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Daniel Jones
Gearhead

Posts: 972
From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 07-10-2006 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones        Reply w/Quote
Here are some pictures of recent work on my Pantera:

http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Pantera_Roller_Driver_s_Side
http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Pantera_Roller_Passenger_Side

Driver's side shot showing interior stripped to bare metal prior to painting.
Also shows lowered floor pans for increased headroom:

http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Driver_s_Side_Stripped_1

Passenger side shot showing the drop floor pans installed and the floor
stripped for painting:

http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Passenger_Side_Stripped_1

Front trunk compartment stripped to bare metal prior to painting. Brake booster
is removed, submerged battery box is intalled and brackets for 3 point brace
are welded-in. Front bracket is welded on the side that is not visible so only
the three bolt holes are visible:

http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Front_Trunk_Stripped_1

Another shot of the front trunk stripped to bare metal. The clutch master,
submerged stainless steel battery box, and one of the 3 point brace mounts are
visible:

http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Trunk_Stripped_2

Close up shot of the submerged battery box. The box is just large enough to
fit an Optima battery and even then the cables have to be pushed into their
recesses. Notch in lower right hand corner is clearance for the steering rack
mount. Area will be smoothed and filled with seam filler before painting.
Haven't decided yet on carpeting or felt:

http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Submerged_Battery_Box

Painted engine compartment. Engine, transaxle, gas tank, A/C, coolant bottles,
et. al. have been removed:

http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Painted_Engine_Compartment_Bare

Blurry shot of some parts after painting. Three of the chassis braces are
visible as are the coolant tubes and bottles, the radiator screen, the old
removable crossmember, a splash shield, motor mount stands, engine pulleys,
alternator brackets, gas tank neck, and some interior bits (including the
original bulkhead cover):

http://www.bacomatic.org/gallery/album03/Pantera_Parts_2

Now if I can only remember how to put it all back together :-)

Dan Jones

SteveLaRiviere
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Posts: 48752
From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 07-10-2006 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
That's looking great! That will be a masterpiece when you are done. Thanks for the update.

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68 Coop
Gearhead

Posts: 5847
From: Mesquite, NV. 89027
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 07-19-2006 01:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 Coop        Reply w/Quote
I just saw your pics Dan, that is very nice indeed. You don't do nothing halfazzed, that's for sure.

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William
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prostreeter
Gearhead

Posts: 437
From: littleton,co
Registered: Mar 2005

posted 07-19-2006 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for prostreeter        Reply w/Quote
Great car Dan.First class!
Looking foreward to seeing pics of that cleveland in the engine bay.
BTW.....what's the weight of that car fully dressed?

Daniel Jones
Gearhead

Posts: 972
From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Aug 99

posted 07-19-2006 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Jones        Reply w/Quote
> That's looking great! That will be a masterpiece when you are done.
> Thanks for the update.
>
> I just saw your pics Dan, that is very nice indeed.

Thanks guys!

> You don't do nothing halfazzed, that's for sure.

You obviously never saw my AMC Gremlin :-)

> Great car Dan. First class! Looking foreward to seeing pics of that cleveland
> in the engine bay. BTW.....what's the weight of that car fully dressed?

I've never had mine on the scales but magazine articles from the period
listed the curb weight at 3123 lbs. Later models like mine have heavier
safety bumpers so weigh a bit more. I've added a few pounds in additional
bracing, bigger wheels and tires, flat bottom oil pan, etc. but will be
taking a big chunk out with the new aluminum V8. Should be around 150 lbs
lighter than the cast iron Cleveland.

Dan Jones

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