Re: 69 Nomad Wagon Build
I didn't realize it had been this long since I posted. I have made some progress. Engine was in and out a few dozen times while I worked out clearances. Originally purchased an F-body pan but, I just could not make the adjustment to get it all to work with that pan. It would either hit the cross member or, I couldn't line up the motor mount pins. So, alas, ordered the Holley 302-2 pan. Fits well. Clears everything.
Floors - I knew there was something funky with the floors on this car. It has some visible surface rust around the drip rails and rear pillars. Some slight bubbling in the rear quarter area on the driver side. I mean slight - like 2 or 3 bubbles. One actual rust thru right on the edge of the passenger rear quarter wheel opening that is about a quarter in size. The spare tire well has a bunch of extra, non-factory drain holes. Rockers are solid. Door hinge areas are solid. Doors are solid - they have some surface rust on the inside but minor; solid at the bottoms. There is some rust behind the windshield and, some of water leaking over the years looks like it may have crusted up the dash a bit in the corners by the pillars. Overall, car is fairly rust free. But, the floors were weird. Turns out the previous owner went to extreme measures to cover up the rust there. On the underside of the car, there was bondo and fiber glass. It was still pretty obvious, looking underneath the car, that the floor had issues. The inside - well, not sure what all it was. Definitely some fiber glass in there. Maybe fiber glass cloth spread across the floor and then coated with resin? Most of it was hard. There was some black, gooey mess as well. The hard parts pulled up mostly in "sheets". Anyway, got all the cover on the inside out and was left with the attached pic. Most of the worst parts are in the foot wells. The floor between the front and middle braces was pretty solid. The front drivers and rear passenger foot wells areas were the worst. Pic is rear passenger side. Front drivers side had a hole about 4 inches in diameter. Rust on the passenger front goes up higher into the firewall than does the drivers side front. Floor is mostly cut out of drivers side. Braces are solid. I ordered 64-67 floor pans to go back in. I bought the Auto Metal Direct pans. The contours are not all exactly the same. Looks like the length will be good.
Hope this wasn't too long and boring.