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Old 12-30-2014, 05:15 PM
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It'll be nice to see some that dash cluster and parking brake get put to good use. Like a lot of other stuff I have laying around they were just gathering dust. The 1963 80lb vs 60lb gauge thing got really ugly. Here is what I got back when I raised the issue concerning my coupe:
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Drip rail repair progress.

BEFORE



AFTER



BEFORE



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Old 01-17-2015, 09:25 AM
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I'm just amazed at people that take on these monumental restorations....a labor of love for sure. I assume that's an early '63 as I think I see the underseat "toolbox" depressions...
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It's a late car, so I'm not sure why it has the deep tubs. I've heard of some other late cars having them as well, but I really don't know much about them.
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6 hours

I picked the car up this morning from the body shop. The drip rails have been replaced and the other necessary metal repairs to the birdcage are complete. I also had them lightly soda blast the cage to remove as much rust as possible.







I brushed the top portion of the birdcage with SPI epoxy primer after using wax and grease remover. I also poured the epoxy inside of the cage where i could. I'm not going to bother spraying the cage with the crappy rattle can zinc oxide. I'll apply it to the visible areas, but not those that will be covered.






Next I cleaned the bonding strips.



And finally I applied 3m Panel Bond to the birdcage then riveted the bonding strips in place. I know they used some sort of seam sealer type product under the bonding strips at the factory, but I am going for maximum adhesion.





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I finally found the engine pictures. I thought they were on my Nikon, but they were actually on my phone.
The never rebuilt 327 block











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Old 02-24-2015, 08:43 PM
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Since I am overwhelmed with work currently, I am going to let a pro handle bonding all the panels in place for this particular car.









These pictures did not turn out very clear, but I sprayed the green zinc oxide paint on the birdcage today and it looks really nice.



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Old 02-24-2015, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
I'm just amazed at people that take on these monumental restorations...
It's phenomenal.
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
I'm just amazed at people that take on these monumental restorations....a labor of love for sure.
I am too! Attention to detail and thoroughness are truly incredible.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:07 PM
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+4 Hours spent prepping and painting the rest of the birdcage.

After sanding I applied a rust encapsulator primer. I also used Eastwoods internal frame coating to spray and coat the inside sections of the upper birdcage.














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Originally Posted by 65silververt View Post
+4 Hours spent prepping and painting the rest of the birdcage.

After sanding I applied a rust encapsulator primer. I also used Eastwoods internal frame coating to spray and coat the inside sections of the upper birdcage.














Very impressive. I really like your attention to detail - it's exceptional.
Looking forward to more updates.

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Old 02-26-2015, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by 65-StingRay View Post
Very impressive. I really like your attention to detail - it's exceptional.
Looking forward to more updates.

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Thanks!

I'm surprised somebody hasn't pointed out that i painted the support rods and the clips green. I'm not going to mess with the window trim clips, but I do plan to remove and paint the support rods and bolts the correct color black at a later date.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:12 AM
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Truly an amazing restoration. I would think that you would feel incredibly proud of what you can do.

Looking at something like this makes me feel less talented, more incompetent, stupider (ya that's a word) and like a missed a page out of a car restoration book when I was growing up.
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Amazing build! Another brought back from dead!
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:35 PM
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She's off to the body shop to become whole again.

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Old 02-26-2015, 08:03 PM
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She's off to the body shop to become whole again.

How sweet it is!!!
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:39 PM
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Ordered the wheels and tires today. here's the look we are going for.







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Old 02-28-2015, 09:41 AM
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Ordered the wheels and tires today. here's the look we are going for.







I like em'
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:11 PM
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I like em'
Thanks! They are from Vintage Wheel Works. These wheels will also help show off the WilWood Front Disc Brake Conversion. I did not order the vintage Good Year tires...those probably cost $1500.00 and I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for them.

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Unbelievable!
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