After putting it off for weeks I finally decided to tackle the rear valence. Every old mustang has bent, twisted, dented up valences and this one is no exception. Rather than shell out the bucks for a new one that probably wouldn’t fit anyway I thought I’d spend an inordinate amount of time trying to repair this one.
As you can see this one is not in great shape. The first step was to grind out all the bondo and then use a hammer and dolly to straighten out the dents as best as possible.
The valence also has to be modified. After I figure out what exhaust tips I’ll be using I’ll cut out a section on each side. Until then I’ll just get the valence straightened and fitted.
This is one of many test fits. I think I had this thing on and off a hundred times in the last two days. There was a significant fitment problem that I had to remedy. It seems that after having rebuilt the entire back end of the car the lower right quarter panel is about 1/4″ too wide. This left a huge gap. Not a good thing.
So I had to cut the valence and add a piece to lengthen it. That was actually about the easiest part of the whole process.
The next step after getting the valence to mount reasonably well was to apply body filler and try to get it straight. Then I had to work on the fit and try to get the gaps close where it meets the quarter panel.
After too many test fits and tweeks to count I finally got the gaps close. I’ll still have to do a little work with the body filler to get it perfect.
The old mounting tabs on the back were rusted out and I didn’t like them anyway so I cut them off and fabricated a different kind. The new tab is simple and fits up real nice.
After getting the valence fitted nicely it was on to primer. This is the valence and the inside windshield trim ready to be primed.
And PRESTO! It’s primed.
Here’s a complete view of the valence in primer. Unfortunately it still needs more bodywork. But that will be done after I make the exhaust cut-outs. While I had the primer mixed up I shot a couple of other areas.
One interesting thing about the car, maybe the only interesting thing, is that it used to have a spotlight attached to the A-post. I was wondering why there was a hole on the inside of the post and when I sanded down the outside I figured it out. Since I don’t plan on installing a spotlight I had to cut metal and weld it up. By the way, the hole on the outside was filled with bondo so it wasn’t so obvious as the photo.
It’s looking much better now.
I also fixed up the left door jamb and got it primed. Then another tiny hole showed up so I get to do more work on it. And there you have it. A few photos and two long days of work.