I decided to replace the trunk pan in my Gal, as after I discoved all the tiger Hair and bondo, and ripping it all out, to find pop riveted galvanized tin un... Show moreder that, and then gaping holes. I have cut out the entire pan. I discovered that 1980's Lincolns and Crown Victorias Trunks are very similar to 69 Galaxies. So I went to a bone yard and cut out an entire pan. After getting it home I discovered they are a little different, but pretty close. I have to do some modification, but should be able to make it work. So I have cut out the old pan and trimmed my new pan to rough measurements. I Still have to weld on some 3 inch strips to either side.
The only other difference is its a couple of inches deeper at the front of the trunk (closest to the engine) right behind the read differential. I need to know if I can go deeper and still have enough ground clearance. My body is still off the frame, so I cant get the measuremnts my self. The differential is approximately 7 inches off the ground and the trailing arms under the rear springs are about 6 inches. If I can drop the trunk a little and still be higher than those two measurments I should be all right. If anyone can get me the measurement I'd greatly appreciate it. Please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment to my page. Thanks to anyone who can help me.
Bottom of pan and the passenger side trunk with tiger hair and bondo hiding the cancer.
Under that the galvanized sheet metal pop rivited into place. Under the galvanized metal shows whats not left of the passenger side trunk.
Cut out trunk and removal of rusted piece of garbage.
Before pic and a pic with new trunk setting in place for a test fit.
See how the stamped in pattern is nearly Identical? And there is 20 years difference between the new trunk pan and the old one. Great huh? 1989 Crown Vic--1969 Galaxie Show Less
These are some pictures of my first attempt at welding in new body panels in place of rust and holes. I will keep this page of the webs... Show moreite dedicated to only welding, so I can keep track of my progress and to see how much better I get.
What I started with
First I laid out what I had to cut out to get to solid metal. Then I cut a curved piece off the same area of the parts car. Unfortunately the parts car has some rot in the same area so I couldn't use it all from the parts car, so I also used some steel I had bought. I Cut out paper to get a pattern, then traced it onto the sheet metal.
The only sheet metal I could get on saturday was from Home Depot, and all they had was 22 guage. I wanted 20 guage, but it was close enough. (although 20 guage would have been easir to weld.) I cut the pieces to size and sanded all areas to clean bare metal. I butt welded the top curved piece first with a few tack welds. Then I put in the triangular piece and attempted to lap weld the top, and butt weld the 2 sides. I should of butt welded it all the way around. But since this area isnt seen on the body, it didn't matter much. There is a rear fender extention piece that goes behind this which holds the tailight. I did it to strengthen the steel and for practice. I burned through it several time, and it was a real bicth. The thicker metal would have helped with that. But all in all, for my very first attempt, I am satisfied with the outcome. Hopefully, I will only learn more and get better with experience.
There is a rear fender extention piece that goes behind this which holds the tailight. I did it to strengthen the steel and for practice. I burned through it several time, and it was a real bicth. The thicker metal would have helped with that. But all in all, for my very first attempt, I am satisfied with the outcome. Hopefully, I will only learn more and get better with experience.
Next I worked on the corner of the same area. I did this in 2 pices just as it was originally.
I have decided to do a little more welding to pracite up a little more before welding in the trunk pan on page 4. I went ahead and cut out the upper portion of the rear Drivers Quarter panel behind the rear render extention. I am doing my practice welding here, because it will be hidden and don't have to worry about it being perfect. Show Less