Ford Skyliner Body And Paint Restoration
This update starts with the end; this is what the car looks like after all the work that’s been done since the last update. The last update was all about panel fit. This update is all about dead flat panels. Keep reading for the considerable work that has been done to get it to this point.
Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 3
So, back to the start of this period’s work: after the media blasting was done all pieces of the car were coated with corrosion resistant etch primer and sealer. This photo shows and old patch that was done to the car years ago. One patch to each side of the hood to cover rust. The rust wasn’t removed, the patch was just welded over it and then the area was bashed in a little so that it would hold bondo. This kind of repair is very common.
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First thing is to cut off the old patch. Underneath you can see the original, rusty metal.
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Then the rusty area is cut out.
Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 2
Then the underlying area is coated, and as far back as can be reached, with a corrosion inhibiting coating.
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A repair piece is made, and the backside is treated with a corrosion inhibiting product that is fine with the heat generated when the patch is welded in. The patch is stitched in with very small welds to avoid warpage. The stitches are gradually connected with many other small stitches until the bead is continuous.
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Then the repaired area is ground smooth.
Ford Skyliner Splash Pan Restoration
This photo shows the badly rusty front bumper filler panel: the car is to the left in this photo, the bumper would be to the right. Repairing this piece is impractical.
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This photo shows the replacement piece that was purchased. It will be blasted and treated before being painted and installed.
Ford Skyliner Top Restoration 3
The top has also been completely blasted and corrosion proofed in preparation for the minor body work needed before paint.
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All of the exposed underside parts and brackets and arms have been carefully cleaned and sealed.
Ford Skyliner Steering Restoration
This good, used manual steering drag link and tie-rod assembly was located for the updated power steering installation