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sigtauenus
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posted 10-24-2005 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need a piece of the firewall that includes the hole for where the clutch rod goes through...only I want it off of an automatic car. Mine is all boogered up and since I'm converting to cable clutch, I might as well weld in a piece that hasn't been punched out before. Soo, I'll weld in the patch panel from an automatic, and if a future owner wants to go retro on the clutch mechanics, all he has to do is pop out the pre-punched panel just like if you were converting automatic to manual. Anyhow, if you got one, let me know.

Also, I need the metal plate that the upper driver side door hinge bolts to in the frame. If you take the hinge off of the car, that metal plate lifts up and out, and I need it. Mine is stripped.

Thanks.



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68 S-code GT
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posted 10-25-2005 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I could hook you up with the firewall piece but how soon do you need it? Also how much of it do you want? I have a car that is all striped out but itís been raining here a lot lately. I should have that hinge plate also but I have to search around for it.

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sigtauenus
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posted 10-25-2005 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No hurry. I'm still in the process of stripping the car. slowly stripping the car. I'd be ambitious to think I might start welding by Christmas, but that is unlikely. I didn't realize my pic wasn't working, I'll try to fix it. All I really need of the firewall is a square around the hole, but since my intention is to butt weld it and grind both sides smooth, I'll look at it closer see if there's any easy lines to draw.

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lonewolf
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posted 10-25-2005 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lonewolf   Click Here to Email lonewolf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been awhile since I converted from an auto to standard on a 68, but isn't there just a plug that the factory installed in that location since all of these are unibodies? You could also straighten that area with a hammer and dolly and put a rubber grommet in it. Might be easier than welding in a new piece.

Cheers,

Rick

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sigtauenus
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posted 10-25-2005 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can't tell it from the picture, but there's too much metal missing around that hole to just straighten it out. The rubber plug always fell apart soon after it was replaced and even if it stayed intact, it would pop out of the firewall because there wasn't enough of the hole sized correctly to hold it in place.


Unfortunately the best option will involve welding, and I'd rather have it solid metal than rubber if I won't be using that hold for anything.

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lonewolf
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posted 10-25-2005 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lonewolf   Click Here to Email lonewolf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, now that I look at it a bit harder, it's pretty mangled. At least it's on the correct side of the car where a right handed welder will have an easier time getting into it.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 10-26-2005 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw the picture fine but I thought that maybe you were just circling the damaged area.

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sigtauenus
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posted 10-26-2005 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't realize it until yesterday afternoon, but our IT guys just totally blocked a lot of websites, and my pics are hosted on AOL, so it came up as a bad link from work.

I'd probably need at least a good inch square around the hole, but still need to look at it closer to determine how much. Had baby class last night after work, church meeting tonight...will probably get to it this weekend.

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Dave Gibson
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posted 10-26-2005 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sam,
You are forgetting about the car show at Beach Ford Saturday morning and the cruise in Saturday evening.

Dave & Terri

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sigtauenus
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posted 11-16-2005 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dang, spent the whole weekend blasting parts with my new compressor installed, totally forgot about this. Boy am I bad sometimes about saying I'll do something and then totally forgeting about it.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 11-17-2005 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you need the firewall part I might be able to cut that out this weekend. I found some of those plates but Iím not sure which is which though. I think 67s and 68s might be different and the upper and lowers are also. Do you have a picture of your stripped one?

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sigtauenus
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posted 11-23-2005 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dang, sorry I missed this.

Here you go. Plates are as viewed looking at driver side of car, ie, top plate on top, bottom on bottom, and oriented as the would receive the bolts from the hinge.

Bottom picture shows what appears to be easiest way to weld in the new panel. If you give me a little slop around that I think it should work just fine. And to confirm, you would be cutting off of an automatic car that doesn't have the clutch rod whole punched out, correct?

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posted 11-25-2005 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have an email coming!

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