March 12, 2005 - Natalie has been at my father-in-law's barn for a little while, as we have cleared out the milking area, enlarged the door to accomodate her, and have been doing some minor upgrades to the electrical. This was the first weekend I actually got to spend some real time with her. The last visit was productive as well, but mostly for bringing parts and equipment and building the rotisserie.
Here is what she looks like now.
And the Inside looks like this:
Rusted Frame Rails, etc.
As you can see, there is the usual Mustang rot. Plan is to fabricate as much as possible, making sure to build with strength in mind, while saving money. Unfortunately, there are parts that I just can't build cheaply, or use safely.
At this point, the Rotisserie is ready to be fit to the car, but as you can see, the frame rail that we want to attach it to is missing on the driver side, so that will have to be repaired first, and will probably also repair more in the engine area at that time.
I estimate that we could have the rest of the parts off her the next time we work on her. The font bolts on the leaf springs are being buggers, but next time we'll have penetrating oil sprayed in there, and also the air lines should be run out to the barn by then. THen we would also want to start removing the apron pieces, which is a new process for myself. My father-in-law made mention of a drill bit designed to cut only the top part, leaving the spot weld on the part underneath. After grinding the weld away, you have good metal to weld the new piece onto. I'll also need to get some Argon for the MIG welder to start putting sheetmetal back on.