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65racecoupe
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From: Layton UT,
Registered: May 2002

posted 05-29-2002 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65racecoupe   Click Here to Email 65racecoupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a lot of stuff to do. I will be ordering my parts and what not when I get home from TDY. What order do you suggest doing this?

Need,

351W (longblock needs to be ordered)
Tremec TKO (have it)
Interior fixed up (seats, paint dash, install shelby tach)
some new wiring for lights and dash
subframe connectors
Ordering Wheels
Paint (car will be ready, no rust, new 1/4s, fenders, etc. Susp. rearend, and brakes installed)


Should I put the driveline in before or after paint. I will probably get the subframes welded in first. Not sure, but you guys have done this mucho times.

thanks, the new guy who knows everything

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Hell_Fish
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posted 05-29-2002 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get it painted without the engine and tranny. After that its really up to you. Some people say to get it running before you start messing with interior so you don't get it greasy. I on the other hand enjoy working on interior stuff more than mech. things, but thats just me.

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65 Plymouth Barracuda
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jkilroy
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posted 05-29-2002 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Exterior paint LAST! Paint the engine compartment, put in the engine and tranny, and drive it for a while in primer or worse. Get 99% of your mechnical stuff worked out and THEN get it painted. Wrenches and parts chip paint.

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Jay Kilroy
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Hell_Fish
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posted 05-29-2002 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Primer attracts moisture. If you drive around a car thats in primer for a while then paint it, rust can form underneath the paint.

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Dustin C
56 F-100
Mech. for wifes 69 Mustang coupe
65 Plymouth Barracuda
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project69
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posted 05-29-2002 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for project69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Start at the beginning.

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65racecoupe
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posted 05-29-2002 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65racecoupe   Click Here to Email 65racecoupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HA, I don't know where to begin

I was thinking driveline, wiring, paint, wheels, interior in that order. I would order stuff while wating of course. Does that sound like a plan?

I should have the money to finish by fall. This isn't really a form of transportation for me, only a project that I am tired of not playing with. I do want it looking like it is supposed to when I get it running.

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mustangboy
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posted 05-29-2002 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would begin with the subframe connectors,especially if your welding them in,wouldn't want to burn up the car if something happened after all the rest of it was done.I would paint the car next and install the wiring and then driveline.You will have to be extremely careful not to scratch anything but the results will be well worth it.I just had my car painted after I had my engine compartment detailed.Even though they masked off the engine compartment from the top the paint still came up from underneath and made a mess.Now I've gotta pull the motor and repaint the engine compartment without getting any paint on the exterior of the car.I also got a lot of dust and crap in the interior from when they were sanding.

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mellowyellow
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posted 05-29-2002 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With motor out! Two of us just today pulled the 5.0 engine out of my 65 GT Cv. I had tops of fenders covered, pulled it, put it on the stand. It's so easy to do an engine cmpt. with no motor. In a couple years and 13,000 miles, it's DIRTY!! I've done it with engine and trans together. Four of five guys, beer and beer...after engine drop-in. WITH A FRESH PAINT JOB!

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Paul Leonard
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posted 05-31-2002 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Leonard   Click Here to Email Paul Leonard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had was going to do all my mechanical first, then paint, but I changed my mind recently. I pulled the engine last week and it was easy, it was just a 6cyl, but I pulled it by myself. There was nothing to it. I watched my car leave on a trailer today headed to the paint shop.

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65racecoupe
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posted 06-01-2002 01:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65racecoupe   Click Here to Email 65racecoupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no pulling of anything to do. My crate engine is coming in a box and the tranny is still in the box it was sent it. All my suspension, brakes, and rear end are set up and ready to go. The car is totally welded up with new floor pans, engine bay, trunk. Looks great, like it would have at the factory.

I know that I will put the sub frame connectors before paint.

I guess it is just a toss up as to what to do in what order. I might HAVE to do the paint last unless I want my car to just sit there with out wheels or a motor, as I dont have all the money yet. Most, but not all.

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70 Pony
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posted 06-01-2002 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70 Pony   Click Here to Email 70 Pony     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I always followed the rule...build your car from the back to front.
Body integrity and SAFETY first...mechanically...suspension, rear end to the tranny and motor, making sure everything fits it's intended use.
Don't put 400 horses in a car that can only handle 200..
It's usually the boring stuff first....but so important...
If you're redoing the engine bay...paint it first...if not...paint the body last.
Just my 2 cents.

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EDDIE D
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John Z
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posted 06-03-2002 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Z   Click Here to Email John Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the order has something to do with how long you expect the project to take. If you slow, or really slooowww in my case, warrenties on mechanical pieces can expire while your moving on to the next step. For this reason, I prefer to leave the mechanicals until the time consuming body work etc. is complete.

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magikshadow28
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posted 06-12-2002 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for magikshadow28   Click Here to Email magikshadow28     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was reading Mustang&Fords and behold there it was in the July issue on page 41. The article is called 10 Biggest car building errors. They list this as the 2nd biggest error. They say (If you're building a car from scratch, dont let impatience get the best of you. Being eager to bolt new parts onto a body and chassis that haven't been worked and painted is asking for the grief of having to do it twice. You'd be suprised how many shows we attend where the paint job came last. We find overspray and body-filler dust all over the suspension components, engine,trunk area, and even the interior in some instances. We've even seen undercoating fallout all over suspension components because the susspension was installed first. Do the bodywork and paint first- always. Apply undercoating before installing suspension componets. Do the nastiest work first, then enjoy the spiritual experiance of installing crisp, clean parts you won't have to debunk because you got in a hurry.)

Now remember guys this is from Mustang&Fords, When I saw this it was after I got everything for my suspension! AHG!

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RICKS
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posted 06-12-2002 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RICKS   Click Here to Email RICKS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely positively finish all body work and paint, including engine compartment and underneath, FIRST, while the car is as bare as possible. Then assemble from there, carefully installing all of your fresh new or restored parts. Sure, the risk of damaging your paint is there, but the alternative option of painting it last is a whole lot worse, it compromises all of the clean and fresh work you'll have done up to that point. Just be CAREFUL, and use alot of blankets or moving pads taped into position to protect the outside of the car. Chips in the engine compartment are easy to touch up. Mustangboy's order of attack makes the most sense to me, and I can tell you from experience of many national 1st place restorations, that paint and body always is the first dog hung.

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