Front Trunk Refurbishment T5 Coupe

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Re: Front Trunk Refurbishment T5 Coupe

#31 Post by Dave Erickson »

Those are pop rivets :o :shock: :? . Suggest you get the underside media blasted. You do not wank to be sitting over floors that are pop riveted in!

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Dave Erickson wrote: Wed Jul 12, 2023 10:24 pm Those are pop rivets :o :shock: :? . Suggest you get the underside media blasted. You do not wank to be sitting over floors that are pop riveted in!

Thanks, Dave - underside will be next project - next year - the only pop rivets I've seen are in trunk where the battery and spare tire sit - 99.9% certain, that area was a replair due to rust and was a nice job - biggest problem was the person used some sort of tar that never cured and on hot days the smell was awful. Making progress to scrape and remove the tar and will be getting to the POR and POR Bed lining as soon as prep is to my satisfaction.
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#33 Post by Martin Benade »

I saw a masterfully repaired cab once, done by a machinist. Floors, longs, etc all in with a huge number of equally spaced rivets. Beautifully done, and the car drove like it still had its ridigidity.
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#34 Post by Dave Erickson »

I may have seen the same car Martin. I recall seeing one with riveted floors 10-15 years ago. I agree about the strength - look at all the bridges that are built using rivets.

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#35 Post by Martin Benade »

The one I saw was a black 59 cab in Ohio around 1974.
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#36 Post by Ken Tuvman »

Progressing slowly - the most useful tool has been a chisel for scraping away old tar - and shop vac to remove debris

Can you tell me name of the two front covers shown? Left side is front of steering box. They’re covered in tar and time wise I’d be better off with new or used covers.
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#37 Post by Ken Tuvman »

I think I found the two covers I can get new instead of scraping all the tar off existing covers.
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If you can remove them I bet heating the back side with a propane torch would let you scrape them clean pretty easily. But do it outdoors.
Or throw them in a big campfire, I bet they’d come out clean.
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Take them to your sand blaster. $25 and done.

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Thx Martin - why oh why did someone cover that in tar? Smells so bad on hot humid days
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I got most of the tar off the covers today - had a gallon can of carb / parts cleaner - poured it into a basting pan and let it sit half the day - used gloves and a chisel and scraped away 90% of it - leaving town for a week and when I get back it should be hard enough to scrape off OR probably faster to take to my son who has a sandblaster unit at his auto shop and will use it to finish getting it off - it's unbelievable - as if someone went to Home Depot, bought a gallon can of Henry's roof repair and applied it with a paint stick - the stuff never hardened and started to melt and smell on hot days - will be glad to turn the page on this portion of project!
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I don’t think sandblasting will touch it. Too soft. It usually won’t even take electrical tape off metal unless you blast and peel from the side.
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Progressing slow but almost have all the tar removed - now just cleaning up what can’t be scraped with WD40 which works good at dissolving tar - after scraping tar off the two battery box bowl covers sandblasting removed the rest - someone drilled two holes / guessing it relays for headlights were originally placed there but who really knows - they’ll get covered up with bed liner - getting closer to POR15
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#44 Post by Ken Tuvman »

The weld for left horn bracket arm pulled away - guessing a welder would be best way to repair the bracket or replace it down the road - just wondering how you would approach this repair.

I'm not seeing a replacement bracket available at Stoddard or Restoration Design.

Pictures show the right bracket which is firmly attached to the fender trunk area and other picture shows where bracket has pulled away.

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#45 Post by Martin Benade »

Could we have a picture showing the surroundings too? I cannot recognize this at all. Stoddard does sell the brackets, they come with the headlight wire tube and and a support or two. Not terribly expensive.
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