Thunderbird’s skirt still being hemmed.

Posted: December 16, 2013 in Squarebird, Thunderbird, Traditional Custom Cars, travel
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This morning it was -2 F, not exactly inspiring weather to go out and work in the shop. So, I relaxed, had a couple of cups of coffee, and when the outside temperature reached, 3, I went out and built a fire in the stove. Then, while that (slowly) warmed up the shop, I got the ’76 GMC fired up and plowed the driveway. By the time I finished that, visited with a neighbor and had a little lunch, it was 1:00 and the shop was 50 degrees.

BRRRR!!!!

BRRRR!!!!

Perfect timing.

Todays project was to finally finish up the fender skirts and the trough that resulted from sinking the windshield into the cowl. I started by welding 1/4″ bolts to the secondary skirts as locator pins, and then decided they might as well be bolted to the primary skirts. Initially I didn’t think the skirts would come off together, but it turns out they will. It’s a lot more secure having them bolted together, and I can still, albeit with some difficulty, get the entire skirt on and off.

When that was done, I turned my attention to finishing up the cowl and windshield trough. That was straight forward, I got the final little filler section cut, fitted and welded in. Now, a little work with the grinder and it’s ready for a little coat of filler.

My buddy John called this afternoon, and asked if there wasn’t any other work I could think of to do to the car, as every panel now has been cut, filled, chopped, nosed, decked, massaged or altered in some way. I think I’m done cutting and welding now, let the final bodywork begin!

Left side skirt DONE!

Left side skirt DONE!

The primary and secondary skirt bolt together, then mount to the body with the barrel bolts previously installed.

The primary and secondary skirt bolt together, then mount to the body with the barrel bolts previously installed.

Windshield trough DONE!

Windshield trough DONE!

A little more work on the dash pods is needed.

A little more work on the dash pods is needed.

Next up, a little filler and a LOT of long board work!

Next up, a little filler and a LOT of long board work!

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