We kick of this week with the continuation of the BRC (Blue Racing Coupe), we promised from last week. The back of the project was the focus this time and we knew there was going to be a fair bit of work to do. With the car up on stands and the fuel tank removed it was easier to what the metal was like inside for a detailed analysis.
It became clear that the trunk side drops would need replacing and the rear chassis legs needed to be looked at carefully with the drop sides removed. The bottom of the rear quarters were needing some attention as well, but not in such a bad shape as we first thought.
With the metal removed it was easier to see the chassis rails, and they did indeed need replacing in substantial sections to be on the safe side.
With the rear light panel also removed it makes life so much easier to work on and measure accurately.
The rails were welded into place and treated as per the standard practice. The welding clamps were put in place ready for a dry fitting of the rear panel and wheel arches before the final welding takes place. unfortunately the bottom sections of the wheels arches were in a poor state and couldn’t be saved, the top parts were fine so to save disturbing more than was required, they would be cut and welded into place.
The drop panels were fitted and welded after the arches, where the red oxide was applied to protect the metal for years to come. A seam sealer was applied to the joins to give that stock look and provide a layer of protection to these vulnerable areas.
The fuel tank was replaced for a finished look. The bumper anchor points also needed some work as they had also gotten a little thin and not as we wanted them to be.
The cars major structural components have now been completed front to back and now it’s a case of getting ready for the stage of the restoration as only Mustang Maniac knows how.
A recent new customer was so pleased with the work we had done on his car that he decided to take the car on a driving holiday. That car is Primrose as she is known now had a few issues around the engine tuning and the brakes dragging, all which were sorted out without problems, along with a few other minor niggles at the same time. But before she went on her trip a little loving was bestowed upon the paint job at our yard. The car paint was flattened to remove the old surface imperfections and polished to a smooth finish ready for a proper gloss.
Some top quality Carnauba wax was hand applied and buffed to that rich gloss finish we all want.
We have received an email of the car on her travels through Brittany and she does look great we have to say.
Send us some pics of your car on your travels and we suspect that we would post in on our blog for you.