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The "BadSunbird"

Postby Badsunbird » Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:26 am

This is my "79" Sunbird and how she sat when I pulled it out of the weeds on the ol'farm.
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Here She Sat!
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This is what I had to work with after getting her drug into the shop & cleaned out.
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This is the other side of course. I have already stripped the interior, motor and trans. out of the car to access total damage.
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Ah Yes, The Cancer ! The floors are gone! Both sides!
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They are a total loss, there is absolutely nothing left to work with! And The Hunt Begins!
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Postby HotfootGT » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:09 am

Who needs floors?

When the brakes go out just use your feet like Fred Flintstone!
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Postby marco_1978_spyder » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:13 am

from the sides it looks to be worth a resto.

If you part it out, I'd be interested in the grilles.

Actually, the hood and the front beak would work if your not to far away.
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Postby mldeolde » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:45 am

looks like you should have grabed the car next to it also while you were at it..............
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Postby Badsunbird » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:26 am

The Car Next to it is mine as well. It is a 1950 Plymouth Business Coupe. The car belonged to my Great Grandparents. It Has 84,000 original miles and still runs and purrs like a kitten with it's flathead 6 cylinder.
As far as my SunBird, there aren't any parts for sale, I'm in the middle of putting a completely new floor pan in it front - rear. I just didn't get those pictures posted as of yet.
My teenage daughters keep claiming that it is a "Flintstones" car as well and want to take it for a spin around the block! Kid's, they come up with some of the craziest ideas! Guess that's why you got to love them!
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Here is the answer to all my problems! A perfect floor pan from a donor out of a wrecking yard! Good Luck finding one of these, it's almost like hitting the Lottery!
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Postby Badsunbird » Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:28 pm

Here it is sitting in the shop once again being chopped away piece by piece.
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Here is how she sits now. I have most of the old floor cut out and I am working on uncovering the rear trailing arm pockets. Next I will start trimming up the new floor and test fitting it for final fit & welding.
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Postby Caveman » Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:54 pm

Man that is a lot of work but, it looks like you can cut it. Looking forward to seeing it completed. It is great to see someone keep a car from the crusher.
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Postby spyder_xlch » Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:31 pm

That's what I was planning on doing with my 79 Spyder but everyone talked me into swapping my parts to the 75 shell I have. But then again it's not just the floor that's bad, the frame rail on the driver's side is bad all the way to the core support just about.
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Postby Badsunbird » Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:32 pm

Here are some pics of the interior with the floor cut out.
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This is a picture looking in at the front frame braces coming back from the bottom control arms.
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I finally have cut out the whole floor and have it removed
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Postby Badsunbird » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:21 pm

These are pictures of the left rear Trailing Arm Pockets and front R & L frame braces.
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Right Side.
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This is the left rear T. Arm pocket after I uncovered it from the remains of the former floor pan. It is in great shape, no structural damage from rust or anything else. A little reinforcement welding and it will be better than factory.
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Postby DEMON Precision » Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:30 am

you got lucky that rust didn,t spread like it did on my 76 vega , they undercoated the car and the battery leaked really bad and totally rotted out the gusset plates you show in the last pic and even the rocker sill that ties into the rear of the front A-arms . grind the rocker sill to bare metal and thensome , mine where galvanized and caused issues with welding , also the sheetmetal is very thin ( .030" or so ) and burning thru it didn,t take much heat , also watch the paint on the outside of the car in that area i had a couple little fires while welding .
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Postby Sirshredalot » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:25 pm

Yup....That last pistures shows exactly what my car doesnt have...lol

I am gonna run frame connectors as well as a rear subframe but I just dont know where or how to attach it to the existing chassis.

Imstill rolling ideas aroundin my head and making plans.

Those pictures help alot...rock on.

That car reminds me alot of my car if it where a hatchback.
I have the same issues.

God bless
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Postby Badsunbird » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:49 pm

This is the donor car in which I was able to get my floorpan from. In a collaboration with "Wyoming Auto Junkies" & "Peterpan", I was able to get this pan. Peterpan is the one who was able to put me in touch with Wyoming Auto Junkies to inquire about parts. I was lucky enough that they just happened to have a car with a perfect pan. As it turns out, I made two different 500 mile trips to Rock Springs, Wyoming to get this pan. In the end it was Peterpan who was able to get the floor pan cut out of the car for me in trade for parts off of the same donor car. So the donor car was put to good use by supplying both of us with things we both needed.
A GREAT BIG THANKS goes out to "Wyoming Auto Junkies" and "Peterpan" himself for all of his help!
The funny thing about all of this is, I never have met Peterpan yet. It just goes to show how well people can get along and help each other out when they have similar interests. That Is The True American Way!
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After it's donation. (R.I.P.)
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This is what was left of the donor car after Peterpan finished cutting the floorpan out & collecting the parts that he needed as well. Not much left of her!
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This is the donor car as we start the extraction of the floor pan at Wyoming Auto Junkies. As we started to get into it, we realized that these little cars are built alot better than everyone seems to give them credit for.
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Postby Badsunbird » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:07 am

Here are just a few more pictures. This is how she looked after completing the 5-lug rear conversion.
After that I started the "strip down".
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I love the stance and the way it looks.
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Postby Badsunbird » Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:10 am

More pictures of the "strip down"
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