1966 Ranchero project almost done

Discussion in 'Ranchero Pics' started by Ranchero_66, May 28, 2010.

  1. Ranchero_66

    Ranchero_66 In First Gear

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    I wanted to share my project with all of you. I bought this car about 2 years ago off of e-bay. It was a Colorado car most of it's life and appeared to have been restored in the mid 80's. The body and paint held up well but it was time for a refresher. After the summer I totally tore this car apart for a mechanical and body restoration. I spent many late nights and weekends getting it to the point it's at now. The hardest thing that I had to fix was the bed floor. It looked like someone dropped a bolder in the middle of the floor, denting it in several inches. After many, many hours of jacking and pounding, I finally got it pretty good. The rest of the body was in good shape. Minor things like some waves and small dents and dings, nothing too bad. The fenders were pretty bad. The drivers fender had been hit hard and fixed. It was still pretty twisted. The passenger fender was salvageable with just a little prior dent repair. But I was lucky enough to have found 2 NOS fenders over the winter saving me from countless hours of trying to make the old ones straight.

    I have attached a few pictures. I've started painting the jams and I'm getting ready to paint the body this weekend. Hopefully everything comes out right... Thanks.

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  2. 72GTVA

    72GTVA Administrator Staff Member

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    Very nice project - you should be proud of your work! And, Welcome to the site!
     
  3. Giska1

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    A lot of job there, nice, and I guess it will be red :D:rolleyes:
    Welcome :)
     
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  4. sarah

    sarah Pic Moderator Staff Member

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    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Nice RED :) good job and can't wait to see more pictures :)
     
  5. ribald1

    ribald1 Banned PLATINUM MEMBER

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    Lookin good!
    Guess you won't be using it as a rock hauler when you are done.
     
  6. HuevosRanchero

    HuevosRanchero In Maximum Overdrive

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    nice work! keep going!
     
  7. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

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    You are doning an awesome job! What is the name of the red you are using? My Ranchero/Montego (this project is posted here in the pic's section as well) is in the shop getting painted right now (med red garnet pearl 87 GM color) That will be one very pretty 66! Can't wait to see the finished product. Take care Dan
     
  8. DonC

    DonC In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    Looking good, keep it up.
     
  9. Ranchero_66

    Ranchero_66 In First Gear

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    Hello, well its now candy apple red, at least the lower half is. Tomorrow I will mask off the lower half and paint the top half metallic black.


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    I'd make the pictures bigger as I see other post can do but I haven't figured out how to do that yet....
    I'll post more once the black is on. Wish me luck, kinda nervous about masking hours old paint tomorrow but the re-coat window is closing...
     
  10. Giska1

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    Know the feeling good luck and just dont let the tape be on there for long after paint, you know you might get the glue on the tape to get to the red paint, the new paint is like a solvent to the tape glue sometimes especially if its a lot of solvent in the new paint:eek:
     
  11. tully

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    Looks very good and a great color, hurry up and finish and you can help go get some tar with it...LOL
     
  12. Ranchero_66

    Ranchero_66 In First Gear

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    Maybe not in the bed, but very soon I hope to be melting some tar under the tires...:D

    Engine is the original 289 rebuilt with mild cam. Added ceramic headers and 3" exhaust during the restoration. 3 days ago was the first time the car has been started since October, Little on the loud side....

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  13. cesarnitro1

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    very good job, maybe you could learn to restore my 66, is severely damaged
     
  14. 5.0 Chero

    5.0 Chero Bahumbug Staff Member

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    To post them bigger you will need to host them on the web.. then use the URL to link them here.;)
     
  15. As Is '66

    As Is '66 2 Wheeled Mod Staff Member

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    I Love it!!!

    I really enjoy seeing these `66s come together, it gives me inspiration...
    Been thinkin` bout some more sanding and body work on mine...
    Procrastinating is easier though...
    Lookin Good!!!
     
  16. Ranchero_66

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    Painted the metallic black today. Amazing how fast the urethane paint dries. Painted this morning, by the afternoon I was putting parts back on it.

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  17. Ranchero_66

    Ranchero_66 In First Gear

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    Here are a few more pictures...

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  18. cesarnitro1

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    very good job, hopefully soon see the finished
     
  19. HuevosRanchero

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    i like the paint scheme!
     
  20. Ranchero_66

    Ranchero_66 In First Gear

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    Thanks for all the positive feedback.. Next step is to wet sand and buff. Once I finish that, the car can be completely reassembled.

    Picking up the bumpers and some trim parts from the re-chrome shop later this week. I'll post more as the car gets put back together.
     

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