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65 Coupe to Fastback "Phoenix"

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Going to be converting a 65 coupe to a fastback. 

Got it yesterday and started gutting it. Interior removed, qtr windows removed, gas tank removed, taillights and qtr extensions off.

 

Not a lot of rust, underside looks pretty good. Front pans will need some work and the trunk has a few holes but nothing crazy. Really solid car

 

 

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Started measuring and marking where to cut the pillars. 9" looked like a good mark. Between the clips and should allow me room to work. Planning to put a bar on the inside to weld too and for extra strength

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15 hours ago, higherpowerracing said:

Drill holes in the a pillars and Rosette weld the angle iron to the a-pillars also

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That was definetly the idea but ive also been told you can reuse thenold a pillar for this

 

Did some more measuring and markings. Re-measured everything inly to realize i only measured 8" on the fastback A pillar...Weird but fixed everything and made the new lines. Used tape to make sure my lines were straight and welded in a few small pieces in the windshield area to help with allignment 

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i went down this far because the A pillar tapers as it goes up and the further up the more problem ill have with getting the inside section in there

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Well its been a fun night...Chopped the fastback and got.l in place and then started finding the binding points. Have the one side fitted pretty well but at some point the passenger side had a qtr replaced ment that was flanged under it. Then topped with bondo so there are 2 layers of metal and a good amount of bondo so i need to wire wheel and see if they welded it up or hope i find screws...i doubt it though lol

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So in getting the FB top on of course i royally messed up. I knocked off my bars for lining up the windshield area. So anyway, needless to say i had someone get me some measurements and what do you know, the drivers side was 1/2" high. So i cut that out and got everything lined up last night and now im getting close to being able to weld. Granted i still need to do some metal cleaning and prep. 

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Crazy stuff.  Ide love to tackle something so over the top...literally one day.  Once you get a windshield in that thing and it fits you can breath again right?

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