By dyfea
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hey friends! ive been waiting 7 months to finally start a topic on this forum and todays the day i introduce you all to the Wreckto-1! i found this car half a year ago and finally bought it, and sadly the transport company flipped the trailer on the way home :( but me sittin and crying isnt gonna do anything, so im not gonna let it stop me!

this car is a 1962 m+m that was sitting since 1978 with all of the glass intact, cracked but still in place. when the trailer flipped, it bent in the passenger side fin, the door handles, and the back half of the roof by about 7 inches. it also bent the trim, the drip rail, and shattered the rear corner glass, all of the side, and the windshield. its gonna be tough, but with some help sourcing parts im gonna do my best to get it back on the road.

im currently trying to source a very rough parts donor that would be willing to sell me that section of roof, possibly some glass, and possibly some 59-60 doors. this project will be long, and challenging, but im very verey excited to start. the drivers side is fine, the chassis is solid, and even the rear floors are solid, which i understand is very uncommon! if youd like to keep tabs on this project you can check out my Youtube channel, same name as my profile, i should have a vid or 2 sometime soon.

and if youre reading this and would be willing to sell any donor parts, feel free to get in touch with me! thanks to everyone thats made this situation easier and has helped already, im very much looking forward to making new ghostbuster fan friends!
Last edited by Kingpin on February 28th, 2020, 11:17 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Split block of text into paragraphs.
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By Kingpin
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#4931779
Yikes... You've definitely got your work laid out ahead of you.

I'm startled by the design of the trailer they were using, I don't understand why the vehicles are so high up off the roadway.

Did they provide any sort of compensation for their competence?
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By dyfea
#4932005
I just took my front end off my 61 mm and replaced it w a 59 front end. I wonder if you could do the same or use the fender off my 61.
thats exactly what im gonna do too! im searching for a 1959 sedan as a body panel donor currently, along with a roof section donor of a rotten m+m. did the 1959 stuff bolt on the same? good luck on your build, i love that thing!
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By transam99
#4932048
The doors on mine are unique in that they are basically 1960 doors modified. Thats how it came from m&m. Look at you fender and see if the bottom trim piece bolts on. I will post a picture of my door and fender.
What i did was i made a paper template of my door jam where it meets the front fender. I then placed the template over a 1959 and confirmed the door jams matched. When you convert to a 59 make sure u get every piece including the hood hinges.
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By transam99
#4932050
59 caddies are round all the way down. 61 and 62 have that bump out the bottom few inches of the door. I plan on bolting my bump out piece onto the 59 fender that way i dont have to do metal work down the whole side of the car. Hopefully that makes sense. Btw i liked the video. I feel the same way about my car!
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By dyfea
#4932055
59 caddies are round all the way down. 61 and 62 have that bump out the bottom few inches of the door. I plan on bolting my bump out piece onto the 59 fender that way i dont have to do metal work down the whole side of the car. Hopefully that makes sense. Btw i liked the video. I feel the same way about my car!
thanks man! this is very helpful, i cant wait to see more of your build!
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By Macktacular
#4932299
Obviously you've got a lot of work ahead of you, but I'm curious - are you going to strive for a pristine look, or keep some of the more characteristic dents and such and make a more weathered Ecto (a la the upcoming movie)?
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By dyfea
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Obviously you've got a lot of work ahead of you, but I'm curious - are you going to strive for a pristine look, or keep some of the more characteristic dents and such and make a more weathered Ecto (a la the upcoming movie)?
well i really prefer the original 1984 look so im planning 1959 body panels, black interior, and all the rest. its very very hard to replicate rust and weathering, so a 1984 ecto in my opinion would be immensly easier than a 2020. but that being said, im gonna try and sell my weathered stuff for other builders that DO want to do a 2020, or that are redoing a miller in general
By danimal
#4932429
transam99 - that "bump out" piece down the side is just an add-on molding... I am removing that from a customer car and just moving the front fender spear end to the back door to continue to the rear fender skirt bump-out. This leaves the whole front of the car smooth like the 59. Filling in the little holes down the side isn't a big deal on bodywork from that point.

dyfea - I've been offering advice on your FB threads about this... wish you the best, and hope you got a decent settlement outta that transport company.
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By dyfea
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thanks danimal! yes everything worked out with the transport company, and since then my mind has been on finding a body panels donor and a roof section ambulance donor car, which turns out to be very rare haha. thanks for the help so far!
By dyfea
#4932872
Hey gang! I made good use of the coronavirus free time and did some dissasembly on Wrecto-1! I was gonna try and remove some glass but i have NO JDEA HOW TO WORK WITH GLASS! so instead i took off the damaged doors and cleaned up the interior. The car sat since 1978 so needless to say, its dirty. I also removed a section of the floor cover where you step and there was SO MUCH POWDERY RUST like over 1/4 inch thick so im gladd i got all of that out of there. Still looking for parts, considering going to a frame pull shop to see what they can do with the roof, but MAN id reslly kill for a roof section donor. Still VERY MUCH on the hunt for one so stay tuned :). Video coming up soon on my youtube channel! Hope yall stay safe ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
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