Ranchero Topper

Discussion in 'Ranchero Pics' started by Dan the ranchero man, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    Done for the night!

    Finished up today with the entire bottom ready for covering. I have sniffed my fair share of bondo dust and paint fumes! Here are the results of today's work. Now I am going to take a shower and enjoy my paint high!!!!! :D

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. reman

    reman In Third Gear

    Messages:
    117

    Dan, if I ever find a Montego nose, yous may no longer be one of a kind, LOL. Loving the topper too. Can't wait to see your finished product.
     
  3. burninbush

    burninbush In Maximum Overdrive

    Messages:
    8,378
    Location:
    near SF

    Don't know where you are, but if anywhere near Hayward, CA, then be aware that there is a Montego like that parked along lower Winton ave, on the south side. Has been for sale off and on for a year now. Some of the grill seems to be missing, but the car doesn't look bent or rusty.
     
  4. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    I know mine is not the only one (just the only one I have seen finished). Most of the ones I have seen are in primer with the front clip mounted in different states of repair/condition but never finished.
     
  5. reman

    reman In Third Gear

    Messages:
    117

    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately in this circumstance, I am far away, as in Florida.
     
  6. TestDummy

    TestDummy In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

    Messages:
    23,256
    Location:
    C'Ville
    I got up early today to see the overnight progress of this topper, and found you actually went to bed. Ah well, there's always the long weekend. ;)
     
  7. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    Yes there is......:) I will going to the swap in columbus sat (so no work that day) But friday and sunday are going to be progress days!!
     
  8. Huevos

    Huevos In Maximum Overdrive

    Messages:
    3,427
    Location:
    Nor Cal
    Dan, What kind of seals are you going to use at the hatch area to make it water tight?
     
  9. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    There is a company called Bak Flip toppers. They sell a folding flat truck cover that uses a rubber "T" type seal (aprox 3 in across and about 2 in down) that seals the cover. There is also a special 3M tape and glue that goes with it. I will post some photos soon since I have been working on the hatch and will be fitting soon.
     
  10. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    Topper Update!

    Been doin some work on fitting the hatch and it has been going OK. There is (and will be) plenty of fiberglass repair. There are enough warped edges and panels to go around But I think it will still look pretty good when finished. I am also posting some photos of the edging and the "T" seal that will be used for the hatch.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    Seal and Edging

    "T" seal

    [​IMG]

    Hatch door without seal.

    [​IMG]

    Hatch door with new seal.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    Edging that will be used.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  13. TestDummy

    TestDummy In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

    Messages:
    23,256
    Location:
    C'Ville
    What's up next for you? Building a boat, or an airplane. Geez, you got skills.
     
  14. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    Would like to build a nice station wagon I could do LONG cruises in (72-76 montego/torino/68-72 LTD full size or... a 69-70 Impala "townsman or kingswood" wagon)
     
  15. TestDummy

    TestDummy In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

    Messages:
    23,256
    Location:
    C'Ville
    I think a early 70's wagon with 18's, fuel injection, 4-wheel disks, AC, etc. would be the ***. I like the Old's Vista Cruisers with the roof windows.
    .
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 30, 2012
  16. 72sport

    72sport In Second Gear

    Messages:
    59
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Dan
    What you need is a 1974 Montego "GT" wagon sitting next to the chero:D
     
  17. LSChero

    LSChero In Maximum Overdrive PLATINUM MEMBER

    Messages:
    2,257
    Location:
    Area 6 NV
    Go with the 73 waggy!Nice work Dan.Hillbilly must have one..

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  18. scbarger

    scbarger Banner Maker

    Messages:
    596
    Location:
    McDonough Ga
    I got one it is a 72
    [​IMG]
     
  19. Dan the ranchero man

    Dan the ranchero man MODERATOR Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,042
    Location:
    Mchenry , IL
    Wow!

    I guess when I am ready for a wagon I know where I can find one!
     
  20. 70BossRanchero

    70BossRanchero In First Gear

    Messages:
    17
    Location:
    Trinity Alps, California
    That is a very cool topper, I have never seen anything like it. Course I live in the mountains. Have you ever used West System Epoxies? After extensive repair on a drift boat, within 6 months the repairs started to delaminate. I had to eat the whole job. I redid it with epoxy resin and 7 years later I still see that boat banging down the river. It is easy to mix if you buy the pumps for the hardener and resins. I don't use polyester resins anymore, of course I don't advertise that I know anything about fiberglass repair either. It is an itchy job, but kind of fun too.
     

Share This Page