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    I also applaud Brian for his workmanship and dedication in bringing this old Ford sedan back to the world of hot rodding... .... getting closer by the day!

    PS. Personally I love the coupes, but also really like the sedans due to their huge room in the back seat for family members...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belair-o View Post
    Hey Brian,
    Thanks for documenting the steps along the way, it is very informative. Seeing much of the nitty gritty along the way, maybe is kind of like seeing sausage made. Some of the steps may not be pretty, but are necessary and foundational to the great end result. Nice to see your vision for the car steadily taking form. Appreciated your work with your existing tools - making them do the job you need done.
    Regards, Doug
    Thanks Doug, Appreciate the kind words and glad you have an interest is the project.
    More post to come
    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaNomad View Post
    I also applaud Brian for his workmanship and dedication in bringing this old Ford sedan back to the world of hot rodding... .... getting closer by the day!

    PS. Personally I love the coupes, but also really like the sedans due to their huge room in the back seat for family members...
    Thanks Gary,
    It sure keeps me busy which is a good thing!!

    P.S. Saw on the news today Alabama had some pretty bad weather. Hope you are doing ok.

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    Progress Update

    I finished up on the passenger door earlier this week before moving on to some small projects around the shop (including a good clean up) that I have been putting off doing. Next week I will start on fixing the rust at the bottom of the trunk lid.


    Here is the door with the braces welded back in place and the drain holes drilled in the bottom. Originally the door just had the 3 holes to the rear of the door. Hard to see in the picture but I added 2 more holes at the front of the door (left hand side in the picture)



    A couple of shots with the door back in place. Looks like everything fits pretty well so time to move on. Once the weather gets consistently in the 60's around here I can get epoxy primer on this stuff.
    Brian







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    The door and alignment to the body both look fantastic, Brian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaNomad View Post
    The door and alignment to the body both look fantastic, Brian!
    Thanks Gary.
    I am pretty happy with how the door fits. Pretty easy to align on this car as there is very little adjustment where the hinges bolt to the body and they are welded solid to the door itself.

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    Well cleaning up the shop and doing some re-organizing led to another unplanned project. I found some pieces of 3/4" thick and 3/8" thick pieces of hot rolled steel plate under one of my benches that I had forgotten about so it turned into a welding / grinding table project. I had a small metal table that came out of my late uncles garage that I had been using to stash all my metal scraps underneath for the base of the table. It was somewhat low for a decent workbench so to raise it up I added some 3" swivel caster to the 4 legs so now it will be about 34" from the floor to the top and is mobile to boot.



    To keep the top as flat as possible I drilled and tapped the steel flats and drilled the table to bolt them all in place. That way I could shim them up where needed to keep them all flat. They all overhang the table by 1 1/2" as well so I have a good place to clamp things down to the table.



    The two 6" wide pieces on the right and the 8" wide piece on the left are the 3/4" thick plate. The four 4" wide pieces in the middle are 3/8" thick so I welded spaces to those to bring them up to the same level as the 3/4" pieces.



    Here is the finished table. When I put a straight edge across it is within .010" to .015" of being flat so should work pretty well. Finished size of the top is 21" x 35". For sure much better than what I had.
    It may be a couple more weeks before I get back to working on the 39 again though as Sunday my son and I started a project on his 59 Mercury. We will be replacing the worn out original power steering box and system with a Borgeson power box that eliminates the power assist ram and all that mess so that will be a big improvement. The hardest part of the install will be shortening the steering column a couple of inches while maintaining the column shifter. Then we will be replacing the original power brake booster and single master cylinder with a new 8" booster and dual Willwood master cylinder.
    So those projects will keep me busy for a while.
    Brian

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