Working Below Decks

How many times can you drop one poor old car onto jackstands?

Even with a relatively clean car, there’s always more work than you think. Our chief body man Tom Prescott was not totally happy with the floors and underside of our Shelby GT 350 yet. He carefully welded another crack he found in the shock tower. He gently massaged the jacking points back to perfection. How many times can you drop one poor old car onto jack stands? He tapped, grinded and massaged every inch of that undercarriage until the unibody looked brand new. He then applied factory looking seam sealer inside and underneath the Shelby, and proceeded to the trunk area where he filled extra holes that had been put there during air shock, fuel pump and of all things, a trailer hitch installation.

There was one other area of rust on the top side of the trunk that had to be dealt with, so we used patch panels from NPD to fix those trunk corners.

The rear fascia panel and taillights were removed, as was the rear bumper and valence. At this point we had everything off the car but the doors, dash and glass. The smart thing to do would be to paint the whole car, but we will stick with our rat rod idea for now.

A final coat of POR 15 was applied to the inside of the car to kill and seal out any recurring rust. After a little bit more sanding underneath, the car will receive its authentic OEM-style reddish brown primer with some black paint along the rockers.

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