After that was done, I was downstairs pulling out the new frame rail and I saw this triangular piece of metal lying in the pile of parts. After a "what is that" moment I realized it was the torque box to frame rail gusset. I had forgotton that it came with the torque box as 67 and earlier cars didn't have them installed. Since I want as much support as possible for the car, as I am hopefully going to put an engine in it that gets 430 ft/lbs of torque, I decided to install it.
Now the problem is that these cars didn't come with them and so they aren't in the assembly manual. So where do I go to make sure I get it installed in the right place? I just had to look up my fellow blogger's pages and I found Mr. Pruett's installation pretty easily. My thanks to him for doing this and posting it. It is a pretty easy install, but it was nice to have a visual of how it fits and where the welds are.
After beating the living....I mean gently massaging it with my metal reworking tools, I got a flush fit, drilled the holes, stripped the e-coat, welded it in, ground it down, and painted it a lovely shade of black. Every little bit of frame support helps, I suppose.
The rear end disassembly was pretty straight forward except for a few pop rivets, and a bunch of rust. After pulling out all the old wiring harness and deciding none of it was worth saving, I pulled the bumper, valance, and lights. The fuel tank was already unbolted and there was no filler neck or cap. Took a lot of pictures this week, so you can take the rustang tour with me.
|Gusset fit, stripped, and drilled for welding.|
|Weld through primer applied at those places that will be completely inaccessible soon.|
|Clamped and checking final fitment.|
|Looks good here.|
|Welded and ground smooth.|
|Painted (top view).|
|Painted (bottom view).|
|Old wiring, get rid of it as it is a fire hazard.|
|This pile of rust is the old bumper. Not worth saving.|
|Back end minus bumper.|
|Driver's side quarter and valance. Look, more bondo, and....rivets?! You can see part of the really horrible attempt at repairing this area of the car.|
|Wow, look at the rust. Good thing these parts are inexpensive.|
|Rusty floor and tail light panel, right side.|
|Rusty floor and tail light panel, left side.|
|Tail lights removed.|