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51 or 52 Panel, Should I have left it in the bush

 
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:10 PM
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Welcome!
If you haven't figured this out yet... allow me to recommend you stack up on lots of bug spray / repellant, traps and anything else you can think of.
If I were you, I would not store this beauty in the garage as of yet. Your other half may not appreciate it much - assuming there is one around???
You are about to meet some of the most awesome people on this site - I'm fairly new here and speak from the heart!
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:15 PM
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Welcome. Another panel owner, that's very cool. Glad you joined us and shared the news. Have you decided on what direction your build will take you, is it going to be a stocker or do you have darkside tendencies?
 
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:54 PM
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Hey, you saved a PANEL! Much rarer than a pickup. This place is sort of like the SPCA...you try to save them all!

As a former panel owner, I dearly miss mine. Had to sell it because of the economy. I'll get another though!
 
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:23 PM
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I stumbled across this about 2 years ago when I was doing photographs of Rick's daughter and future son in law. Rick is the one pulling it out with the tractor. It was there 30 years ago when he bought the acreage. I told him I used to have a 53 Ford Panel about 25 years ago and he said I could have it if I wanted it. I finally picked it up 2 years later. As far as direction with it. I think I would like to keep it stock but I guess I'll see if what is in it will allow that.
It's a little overwhelming looking at it. Not sure where to begin other than trying to track down front fenders and misc parts. The worst part on it is behind the passenger back wheel. Not really sure how to tackle that. From what I've read it doesn't sound like there are patch panels available. I'm a novice when it comes to this as well, I've built and worked on motorcycles but this is a different ball game. I'm excited about the challenge though. I'm kind of in the research stage at this point. First order of business will be to just clean everything up to see where I'm really starting. I'm sure I will have lots of questions as I go. Thanks again.
 
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Congratulations on the find

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; get the motor running if possible . Gonna take some body work but hey if its mechanically all there that's a bonus!

Welcome to the madness, lots of answers on this site; good luck.
 
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:40 PM
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little spit, a coat of wax and you'll be in business <g> welcome to the jungle,,,,,,,
 
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She'll live.

Nice to see another panel being on its way to salvation. It just takes time and patience, I've had mine for over two years now and haven't made much progress but still not letting her go easily.

I haven't been here for long either, but I can tell you this is a great place to ask questions and feast your eyes on a little "truck ****" as some call it.

Welcome aboard!

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I have a spare air cleaner if you haven't got one.....nice truck...soon I'm sure..great score !!
 
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At least it's in one piece, took me three loads to get my F1 home. Welcome to the best little truck house in the world.
 
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You've got a lot of fun ahead of you. There are no replacement panels available so it's a great way to learn body work and rust repair. Mine has a bad rear quarter too but I think I've figured out the most economical way to replace it.
Good luck on yours.
 
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That is cool, you even still have the old flathead in it. And Welcome from another panel owner.
 
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:07 PM
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Welcome to the forum! Looks like a great project. My first 52 Panel was just about as rough. Ended up getting on the road, hauled my motorcycles in the back during my short racing career and ended up putting over 150,000 miles on it before trading it for another motorcycle. Good luck and enjoy the madness and the journey.
 
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Welcome & thanks for saving another one
 
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Welcome to the club. Thanks for saving another one! My first 52 Panel back in 1968 was just a little better starting point than the one you saved. The end result was I drove it almost 150,000 mile (100,000 of those with a Ch--- engine) and ended up trading it in 1975 for a 750 cc motorcycle when it was ready for another restoration. Lots of work, lots of memories but totally worth it! Good luck!!!
 
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Welcome to the club. Thanks for saving another one! My first 52 Panel back in 1968 was just a little better starting point than the one you saved. The end result was I drove it almost 150,000 mile (100,000 of those with a Ch--- engine) and ended up trading it in 1975 for a 750 cc motorcycle when it was ready for another restoration. Lots of work, lots of memories but totally worth it! Good luck!!!

Sorry for the second post. When I looked at the thread, I didn't see my post from last night so assumed I hadn't hit submit. Sorry guys.
 

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