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I never knew you could put bondo on that thick on a car before. The driver's door on the '65 project had a major bang in it. The brilliant PO decided he didn't need to straighten it, just put a half inch of bondo on it. I started sanding and thought I'd never hit metal!

After busting off all the bondo, I got that sinking feeling seeing all the rust under the bondo boulder on the door. A little work with the orbital sander, though, and the rust came off quickly and we finally got to nice shiny metal ... If I'd had to replace the door, too, it could have been the final blow to say this project isn't worth it.

Ever get that "what the hell am I doing with this thing?" feeling on a project? I remember getting it a few times on my '66 during the rebuild, and got that feeling again today. Fortuneatly, I got enough stuff done today, to finally look back and say, yeah, we can do it. This car really is a piece of crap, and should have been scrapped ... why must I feel I have to rebuild these things? *LOL*

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Don't you just love some of those POs?! At least it didn't turn out you having to replace the door. Good luck!
Sean

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Hi, I had that feeling more than once with the 67 coupe and then I had to save another one from certain destruction What was I thinking?????? http://a1060.g.akamai.net/f/1060/597/30minutes/www.zing.com/picture/p05564d289d7fe7013c64b8d52b9c3211/fed9b807.jpg oh well it was only $150.00 cant go wrong for that price. John

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But John,
You just have to remember what the final product is going to be. Ya, it's definately worth it. At times it gets a little frustrating, been there many times with the fastback. But the feeling of once it's back on the road, makes all the frustrations and aggrivations go away.

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Want to teach me how to weld before you move? *LOL* Thanks for the words of encouragement. I know it'll be great when it's done, but in it's current state, progress is slow *LOL*.

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As to the bondo, I can relate. When I got my current work van, an 87 Aerostar, I put my magnetic door signs on, and took off. When I got home at the end of the day, my passenger side sign was gone. Near as I can tell, the bondo was so thick that the sign just wouldn't hang on.

As for the project that should have never been.........I just yesterday discovered that the drip rail on the passengers side is rusted out. Not the chrome trim, the actual drip rail is trying to rust off the car. If I didn't already have so much in it, I'd probably trash it. I've got more in the floor pans, frame rail, and torque boxes than I paid for the car.

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Well, neither welder is packed yet, so if you want to learn and do a little playing -- not a problem. I'll give you a call tomorrow, when I can clear a path to it. A major tornado has hit the middle of my garage. *LOL*

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I had an old GMC pickup truck once that some lady sideswiped me in. It didn't render the door unusable but it had a huge smash in it - the outer and inner metal were touching is how deep it was. Being 19 at the time, I had just learned what kind of things you could do with bondo. After sanding off all the paint (hey, at least I did that ;) in the smash I filled it to the contours that the door would have been before it was smashed. I'm sure I had at least an inch of bondo in that door!

To make matters worse, because I was working on such a ridiculously big bondo spot, I never primed overtop of it. Eventually I gave up on the idea of repairing the door and so I just drove around in it like that for about 5 years...my buddies all called it "the truck with the huge bubble gum stuck to the side"...

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It is very nice to know that there are others like me with a big pile of rust. At least you have "pure" bondo. My current project has bondo on top of fiberglass on top of bondo. Yikes! I love to hear the neysayers when they see me work on it. I try to keep it out of sight as much as possible!
 
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UGH! Hate it when that happens! You know its too thick when you have to chip it out with a screwdriver!

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Yep! At least you found metal under your bondo, and it was
only the door. We found spray foam under our bondo and
it was the rear quarter panel. OOP'S-- We made the best
of it and put on some personal plates "IBBONDO". Turns out
to be a blessing. When the tailgaters see the plate they get
scared and back off! Life is good!
 

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Those PO's just get me po'd. The PO of my 54 pickup did a half-a$$ed job replacing the cab corners, or should I say filling the cab corners? In case you're not familiar with the 50's F-100's, the rear cab corners are extremely rust prone. The left side was rotted completely off! So what the guy did instead of buying and grafting in a new corner was, lay in what looked like nylon window screen, and pour an entire gallon or more of bondo. The way the left side of the cab is built it was hidden from view by the filler neck recess. I never saw it for 8 years until it started cracking because of the rough roads I travel. One day I was on my way home and I hit a huge pothole and out came the bondo cab corner leaving an enormous hole. I have since replaced the corners (the right way).

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I ask myself on a regular basis why did I ever get into drag racing. I'm pretty much beyond the point of no return or just too mule headed stubborn to quit now.

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