This week we have our next customer in for a restoration to go into the panel shop. There is a bit of difference though. On this little lady we are only doing the sheet metal rebuild, and then we are handing it back to the customer to complete the rest, that’s the paint, rolling gear and full assembly.
Why the Green Goddess? To be honest we are not sure, Adam has named this project. Adam has this sixth sense to see past the mess and look at the end project. He can see things that we can’t – and we don’t mean ghosts. We think it’s down to the fact that these cars look great in this light green.
Here we have her being unloaded from our new covered transport truck, which is only used for Mustang Projects.
Yogi manoeuvred the shell into his work cave and took a quick pic. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, some of which we can’t possibly post on a family friendly sight.
The customer wants the bad sheet metal replaced (all straight from our stock of course), and fitted to the car. The Green Goddess has issues, lots of issue in fact with metal worm. What we can or can’t save will be decided when we get round to it.
The sheet metal replacements for this car will be quite extensive as you can imagine. But, we’re not worried about that as we have some panels in stock even though it’s not on the WebShop for now.
Yogi has started at the front with a full kit of LEED Brakes kits witch are a straight bolt in and a breeze to fit.
The brake booster, dual reservoir and pedal are in place but not fully set up yet of course.
The donor car has now also been moved in next to the final assembly room to save walking across the yard all the time.
There are few issues with the donor car, like the rear chassis legs being welded in the wrong place by a couple of inches so the shackles can’t be removed.
In fact the welding is so bad on this car as there is no penetration to the metal parts at all to bind them together. When we lifted the car up to mount it onto the dolly, the front of the car dropped down from the welds pulling open. We had to lower it onto raised jacks to lift up the front while we positioned the dolly under it, then lower it all down again! The pictures speak for themselves.
The sheet metal was like it had been JB Welded into place, let alone Mig Welding! The rest of the car had been patched pretty badly.
It was a very wise choice by the customer to get the rusty shell and and take the good bits from it to make up the rest of the car on the new shell in our opinion, it certainly works out a lot cheaper providing that you can get the new shells of course in the first place.
A couple of nice shots of old Shells and the ‘The Pear’ in the background in the Final Assembly Room.
We have a a couple of new stock items we are trialling at the moment, if they work like we expect them to, we will let you know next week.