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Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: February 27, 2018 09:24PM

A little while back, I took the Sprint to Cody's to begin the process of body repair. Cody's going to get the body right and prepare it for paint.

While the car only had one body dent, it was obvious (to Cody) that three out of four corners were full of filler. It was obvious (to me) that the rear seat pan was Swiss cheese.

Bondo on the left quarter was only the beginning...

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: February 27, 2018 09:26PM

Cody found this at the left rear corner and on the deck lid...

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: February 27, 2018 09:40PM

Meanwhile, back at my place, I was digging out the floor I saved from my '65 AC 4-dr. The metal is good and the plan is to use parts from this floor for the Sprint's rear seat pan, riser, and rear floor pan.

1) A hunter's prize?

2) All ready for Cody's flatbed truck.smiling smiley

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 27, 2018 09:56PM

I cannot think of a better "Dynamic Duo" to take on this project!





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Sea Mountain, between Charleston Harbor and Coos Bay! SW Oregon Coast
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..............................110-PG.................................................Webered-Turbo

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: February 28, 2018 06:22AM

Wow - who knew that a 4-door seat pan would work in the 'vert!

Had the car been damaged/repainted since you owned it, or was all of that bondo present during your first ownership stint?

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: February 28, 2018 06:58AM

Those backhoe front loader units come in handy don't they.

That vertical shot of the floor pan is a picture worth saving.

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: February 28, 2018 07:14AM

flat_six Wrote:
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> Wow - who knew that a 4-door seat pan would work
> in the 'vert!
>
> Had the car been damaged/repainted since you owned
> it, or was all of that bondo present during your
> first ownership stint?

The four-door pan appears to be identical with the exception of the convertible's drain troughs at the extreme left and right sides under the seat.

As for the bondo... the only damage it had back in '71 had to do with the left rear quarter which was about 1/4" short of full length. It's likely it had already been replaced at that point.

Back then, I extended it slightly (with bondo) and that work is visible under the second layer of red paint. Since that time, it was smacked again in the same area and "fixed" with heavy bondo. The other damaged areas all came later. sad smiley

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: February 28, 2018 05:27PM

I look forward to seeing the progress on this one. I love a good build thread!

John Carver
Landrum, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: February 28, 2018 05:48PM

Nice tractor! smileys with beer

-Tom


63' Monza Spyder Convertable (in process) MY Build Thread
73' NovaSS 454 Big block
86' BMW 325es
98' Dodge 2500 12v Cummins Diesel with 1200 lb torque!
98' VW Jetta TDI, for daughter
01' Audi Allroad Stage 3 twin turbo

NFCC
Grand Island, NY

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: flat_six ()
Date: February 28, 2018 08:28PM

Just did a "Follow Topic" on this one. Wheee!


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: February 28, 2018 11:14PM

Huge thanks th Craig for letting me be a part of this build! It feels good to be part of a car that I have heard so many stories about.

So far every body panel is quite the adventure with the sander! The fun part is finding someone else's bad. The not so fun part is fixing others mistakes...

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa factory turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Corsa 140 coupe 95% rust free project car FOR SALE
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
66 Monza 95/PG coupe. Fix? Sell? Admire as it is?
65 Corsa coupe 140 4 speed PARTING OUT
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, four Jeep FC 170s, 66 CJ5A, 4 Rokon Trailbreakers, 3 vintage Honda 50cc minibikes, 4 Honda xr350s, and thousands of parts





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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 01, 2018 07:58AM

You'll fix it!





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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: glivorsi ()
Date: March 01, 2018 11:25AM

I'm jealous that you have A) a front-end loader, and cool smiley the land to drive it on! ggg

Looking forward to following this build. I'm assuming you're keep the door-mounted gauges for the sentimentality. How did those work in practice? Didn't you need to take your eyes off the road to look at them?

Greg in Wildwood, MO (part of the St. Louis urban sprawl)

1965 Monza Vert 110PG, Crocus Yellow with black interior and top

2014 Honda Accord V6 (DD)
2017 Honda Pilot (wifemobile)
2012 Chevy Sonic 1.8L (kid's car)
1997 Honda CBR1100XX
2006 Mazdaspeed 6 (no longer own)

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: March 08, 2018 06:45PM

Decided to start with the small and nasty right quarter dent. But the sander showed another hidden surprise. On the bright side at least the metal work through here was actually great aside from the bondoed over holes. 50 holes to weld up and a rust hole to patch and then I'll move onward.

I'll let Craig post the rest of the surprises if he would like... otherwise I will as they come along

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa factory turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Corsa 140 coupe 95% rust free project car FOR SALE
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
66 Monza 95/PG coupe. Fix? Sell? Admire as it is?
65 Corsa coupe 140 4 speed PARTING OUT
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, four Jeep FC 170s, 66 CJ5A, 4 Rokon Trailbreakers, 3 vintage Honda 50cc minibikes, 4 Honda xr350s, and thousands of parts





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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: Mountainman ()
Date: March 09, 2018 03:17AM

Cody,
Nice thread. I enjoy watching the progress.

What are your intentions on the progress of the bodywork? Are you planning soda blasting? Hand stripping of the paint? Epoxy primer? What about rust prevention?

You do good work so I look forward to your reply.

Thanks

John Cummings

El Paso, IL


1965 Corsa Coupe Metallic Blue 140hp
1965 Corsa Coupe Sierra Tan 140hp (currently under restoration)
1965 Corsa Coupe Crocus Yellow 140hp (currently non op)
1965 Corsa Convertible Regal Red 180hp (sold)


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: BobV66Vair ()
Date: March 09, 2018 06:50AM

It's rough to find more than expected when sanding but good that you found it and can repair it. No one will know the work you did under the paint but you will. That will give you pleasure when you look at it, knowing how nice it really is.

Good job, keep posting. thumbs up

Bob Vinnacombe
Sandy, Oregon
1965 Corsa 140 stock
1966 Monza Soon to be race car
1968 Monza Parts for now



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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: March 10, 2018 04:28PM

Thanks guys!

This one will be mechanical strip. Sand blast the areas I need to and then epoxy primer followed by surfacer. por15 is what we have discussed so far for rust prevention.

Rockers and quarters were about 75% full of debris, nests, garbage, and clay dust. Today was finally warm enough for a 2 hour flush of everything. Now it's time for some progress!

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa factory turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Corsa 140 coupe 95% rust free project car FOR SALE
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
66 Monza 95/PG coupe. Fix? Sell? Admire as it is?
65 Corsa coupe 140 4 speed PARTING OUT
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, four Jeep FC 170s, 66 CJ5A, 4 Rokon Trailbreakers, 3 vintage Honda 50cc minibikes, 4 Honda xr350s, and thousands of parts


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: April 10, 2018 09:53PM

A few weeks back I got the front and rear sections of the passenger doorjamb that were rusty fabricated and welded in. Then I decided my jeep needed it's front locker installed and took a little break

Cody Hurley
North Idaho (Post Falls)
66 Monza convertible 140/PG, loaded with factory options
66 Corsa factory turbo coupe, 3rd owner fully documented [corvaircenter.com]
66 Corsa 140 coupe 95% rust free project car FOR SALE
65 Monza coupe daily driver 110/4
66 Monza 95/PG coupe. Fix? Sell? Admire as it is?
65 Corsa coupe 140 4 speed PARTING OUT
Also 2 Ford f350 IDI diesels, four Jeep FC 170s, 66 CJ5A, 4 Rokon Trailbreakers, 3 vintage Honda 50cc minibikes, 4 Honda xr350s, and thousands of parts


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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: April 10, 2018 09:58PM

Then I got after the floors with the wire wheel to prep for POR. And of course.... more surprises. Drivers side:

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Re: Build Thread: '66 Sprint Convertible
Posted by: sweet66monza ()
Date: April 10, 2018 10:00PM

Passenger front pan.

And.....

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