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whitley1983

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1978 Invader 440 added to the pack
« on: March 29, 2020, 09:55:20 PM »
Just went and picked it up, here it is by the Drifter I restored this last winter. It definitely has a lot of power! I'm really excited to start cleaning it up. The hood has some minor damage that has been fixed with fiberglass kits and the tub, which I didn't expect to be plastic, has quite a few cracks in it. Don't suppose anyone knows where I can find a tub for it?
1980 440 Drifter, 1978 440 Invader

mswyka

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Re: 1978 Invader 440 added to the pack
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2020, 04:43:48 PM »
Congratulations.  Assuming that Tub and Belly Pan are the same thing, we have had really good success patching cracks and holes using scrap pieces from another belly pan and PVC Cement.  Around the edges we normally use C clamps to put pressure on the patch until it cures.  If we can't reach the patch with a C clamp, we drill small holes and use drywall screws to pull them together.  Removing the screws after curing. After all the repairs are made, some auto body filler and paint and she looks like new. 

Attached are photos of a repair  in progress and the pan after painting.
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

whitley1983

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Re: 1978 Invader 440 added to the pack
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2020, 07:05:29 PM »
Thanks for the reply, from what I can see so far it just has a lot of cracks in it and not missing any of the plastic, I was going to try and see if any of the repair shops in my town do any plastic welding repair and get it repaired and then try and find a skid plate that I can get to fit on so that it doesn't just happen again. Another question is if anyone knows of any place online that reproduces the decals on the hood? I had found some for a Drifter on Ebay and I'm sure I can go to one of the Auto Accessory stores in my town that does stuff like that and see if they can make em but pretty sure they'd be pretty pricy.
1980 440 Drifter, 1978 440 Invader