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68 Coupe Daily Driver - Keeping it running and trying to impove it

Discussion in 'Member's Build Threads' started by janschutz, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. janschutz

    janschutz Corn Hauler

    Wrecked my DD on 12/29/09. The insurance has told me I will get a check for $4200. I have gone thru the catalogs and came up with $2425 in parts. That levees $1775 for paint and labor. I am not sure what bent parts I can save yet. I will also know more when I see the actual estimate.

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  2. Horseplay

    Horseplay Well-Known Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Obviously it's hard to tell from the pics what all will need to be replaced vs. repaired but I'd say your catalog total is a more than you will actually need to spend. You could get many of the needed parts off E-bay, Craiglist, etc. used (better fit anyway). I'd start looking for an original hood and fender and see what you find.
    Honestly, I think it won't be too bad.
     
  3. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Let us know what you need, I have some original Ford parts for 67/68's that may help. No Fender but Hood, Grille (and related trim & brackets), bumper, etc. My 68 Grille is rough but maybe between yours and mine you could make a good one. Anyway, good luck!
     
  4. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    John, I sent you a couple craigslist ads
     
  5. daveSanborn

    daveSanborn Active Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    I pulled these out of the attic today. They're yours for whatever shipping comes to....



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  6. janschutz

    janschutz Corn Hauler

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Got off all bolt-on sheet metal. The battery tray inner finder is toast (crinkled and rusted out). The radiator support is just bent. Would y'all replace the radiator support or just bend it back to where it belongs?

    Both inner fenders have their Vin, so losing the passenger side I do not think is a big deal. Would y'all try to keep the passenger side VIN or not worry about it?

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    I was going to use a reciprocating saw to cut off the metal and then grind off where the welds were. Other suggestions?
     
  7. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Looks like it was about time to R&R that battery apron anyway John.
     
  8. cecil671

    cecil671 Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    I would replace the radiator support.
    Those are not very rigid anyway and bending the stretched metal back woudln't help.
    I am sorry for your bad luck.
    Keep us posted.
     
  9. RyanG85

    RyanG85 Well-Known Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    If it were mine, I would section the battery apron in. Cut it below the top part to retain the vin and the crisp lines of the original. I would try to straighten the radiator support first, if you cant get it right, either section the top where its bent or replace the whole thing. You'll find the replacement metal will need lots of work to fit and look as good as the original. From my experience, I try to retain as much original metal as possible.
     
  10. janschutz

    janschutz Corn Hauler

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Between my niece dieing and my oldest son getting engaged, I have not had much time to fix the car. Plus I was an emotional wreck and just did not feel like doing anything to it.

    Got all the bent metal off then my youngest son, Steven, cam over and welded the new metal. We also did a patch where some rust was on the rear driver side inner fender seam was. Then my 6 year old digital camera died and I lost the opportunity to take picture of this work.

    Got a new camera.

    Using all Metal to cover over the weld seams for a smooth look. I also picked up a used hood today via craigslist.
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    I kept the original radiator cross member and took this picture of this factory marking to keep. I have now painted over it.
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    Painting and putting it back together!
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    Need to check out the waterpump next and install a radiator and fan.
     
  11. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Nice Job John!
     
  12. Tungsten

    Tungsten Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Looks good! It's better than it was before the crash. Nice!
     
  13. rmarks

    rmarks Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Coming along nicely. Good job straightening the radiator support; can't tell it was bent in the wreck.
     
  14. stangg

    stangg Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    +1 I missed that comment and thought you had replaced it... nice work!!!
     
  15. janschutz

    janschutz Corn Hauler

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    I did replace the radiator support, the cross member was not..
     
  16. guruatbol

    guruatbol Always on vacation!

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Very nice job.

    Mel
     
  17. rmarks

    rmarks Member

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Oh, misread your comment. :wm?
     
  18. janschutz

    janschutz Corn Hauler

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Made a little more progress last nite.

    Started hooking the harness back up. I never liked the horns where you could see them through the grill. I unwrapped the wires to fish out the horn wire.
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    What is this? 2 wire in but no connector on the other side. Just looks like they terminate here.
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    Rewrapped!
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    Horns relocated to the driver side front apron.
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    All the harness is routed.
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    Wish someone made a nice aluminum or stainless steel washer tank that used the factor mount points.
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  19. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Someone used to make one, was it Kanter performance?
     
  20. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Re: 68 Coupe Daily Driver - Wreck Repair

    Can't tell from the fuzzy picture, but it could be a ground plug or a foglamp plug.
     

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