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3 hours ago, NickF said:

A lot depends on your aspirations for the finished car.

Yep, and as almost all of this is hidden then as long as it is structurally sound then all is good.

Maybe just cutting out the buckled sections and rewelding in sections is the best option. Likewise panel beating other areas and skimming with some filler will be suitable.

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Nice knowing you Ryan - see you in 20 years

Hi all Really looking forward to getting this project moving and getting all of your input and advice along the way! Names Ryan, I have been a lurker on here for a very many years now. I am

Hopefully not too much white powder on the parts to trigger Aus. customs interest 

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3 hours ago, NickF said:

Hi Ryan

 That doesn't look too bad If the panel gaps were ok prior to pull apart then the damage might only be cosmetic.

( I'm sure people with more knowledge than me will give better advice)

A lot depends on your aspirations for the finished car.

These restorations are a journey of disappointments  and great satisfaction

Nick

Yes the panel gaps were good but there many dodgy brothers alterations made. Front bumper was not able to be bolted in properly, Holes for sugar scoops slotted, front grille unable to bolted in properly.

It’s certainly not going to be a show car, it is going to be driven and enjoyed. But I don’t think I can live with leaving it as is. Like my mama always used to say “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” 

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I am now contemplating transplanting the front nose of a untainted car onto mine 

Good luck finding one! Better you fix what you've got rather than do a cut'n'shut anyway. And it's not like it's completely rotted out going by the photos.

I suggest you measure it all up and compare to the factory specs to see if it's within tolerances or whether the basic structure has to be pushed/pulled on a chassis aligner to tweak it, before you lock it into your jig and rotisserie structure.

But the way you're going with all this is a credit to you.

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1 hour ago, gilltech said:

Good luck finding one! Better you fix what you've got rather than do a cut'n'shut anyway. And it's not like it's completely rotted out going by the photos.

I suggest you measure it all up and compare to the factory specs to see if it's within tolerances or whether the basic structure has to be pushed/pulled on a chassis aligner to tweak it, before you lock it into your jig and rotisserie structure.

But the way you're going with all this is a credit to you.

I would normally be looking at repairing as I know how hard it is to find a front cut, but I am actually lucky enough have access to the sections I need from the car I got my roof cut from. Which is why a cut and shut is an option. Photos below 

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24 minutes ago, C.A.F. said:

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hahahaha come on @C.A.F. Your 2c would be appreciated here!

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I am actually lucky enough have access to the sections I need from the car I got my roof cut from

? ? ? (Confused). So you have two shells, is the grey primer one not the better of the two then?

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4 minutes ago, gilltech said:

? ? ? (Confused). So you have two shells, is the grey primer one not the better of the two then?

No, the primered one is being wrecked near me. I haven’t got a price for the cut yet which will be what determines which way I go, I think...

my uncle is a panel beater so he can assist in advising the pulling and repair. He is of the opinion that to repair what I have and to cut and shut are both equally a pain in the ass. either way my radiator support needs to come out. 

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I decided to plough on with the rotisserie build as I won’t be attempting repair on my front end until I have the car blasted and up to replacing frame rails/removing radiator support. 

 Progress is coming along nicely.

I realized that if I flipped my mounts and drilled new holes I wouldn’t have to cut and reweld. So now the mounts clear the nose. I love humanities proneness to be lazy.

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notched pipe and mocked up horizontal joiner piece. 
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welded up brackets and jam nuts. My welding is slowly getting better, soon I’ll be able boast about stacking dimes 

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mocked up front base, notched upright for the pipe to fit into snuggly.

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Next on the list:

- tack everything together and add extra supports to the base

-install castors

- do a mock install from jig to rotisserie, My goal is to be able to transfer the shell between jig and rotisserie with minimal fuss and effort 

-all going well, weld up front frame and base and move onto  the rear.

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