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Old 11-08-2018, 08:50 PM
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I have been watching your thread. I am pretty close after today with taking the body off next week. I have the entire rear of the car ready. Bumper bolts were a pain, but with what the brackets cost, I had to save them.

Nice to see up inside the body. I am really excited to start working with the body. Even more excited to see my brother work his magic with the new frame and suspension.

I have sprayed the front bumper bolts and will let them sit and hit them again in the AM.

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I was wondering the same thing. Then looking at the date the thread started, I realized that day I was preparing to drive 1,000 miles to Iowa to buy MY '64, which also needs a ton of work. And OP bought his in Webster which is a half hour from here!

Great thread, glad you are having fun with it and good to see another one go to a good home!
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I applaud you guys on your ambition of these resto/builds.

Having lived in the NW corner of Illinois until 1981 I am only too familiar with the rusted bolts and frames on old Corvettes and can say that I certainly donít miss any of that since being in AZ. since 1981.

Looking at these projects makes me feel so bless to have my forever southwestern states rust free 1957. I also this past year bought my 1965 from N.Y. state but was lucky enough to find an original 76K mile car that had never been winter driven and always garaged that is totally rust free.

I will be thinking of you guys for the next year or more while I am driving my cars and you are working towards done cars.Best of luck to all of you.
I am so excited to make some real progress with the 64. You can see I am at the tail end of my 1960 Healey. Totally different type of car but it is looking pretty good.
Next week we are going to your old stomping grounds - The MCACN Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago Nov 17-18. My wife is going with me so I am hoping she will buy into getting this one on the road. My buddy is showing his 1970 Hemi Cuda and his 1970 Buick GSX so this is our first couples weekend with the wives. Should be plenty of nice Corvettes to drool over!!
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I will be thinking of you guys for the next year or more while I am driving my cars and you are working towards done cars.Best of luck to all of you.
I can't speak for the other guys but for me half the fun is the reward and challenge. Sure, it would be nice to jump into my '64 and drive it. But I am truly enjoying the fun of seeing various pieces transformed from those rusty hunks of metal into something which will eventually go back on the car. Some people will spend days with a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I'm somewhat that way with the car. I have no delusions about saving much money, but I have had no regrets whatever so far with mine.

(And while some will scoff, I DO have the '92 C4 to drive. Put about 40 miles on it today, may be the last time this year as snow is predicted next week! )

Here's the shelf unit in the basement gradually filling up with nice pretty bumper brackets, assorted covers, and other odd stuff. And it's got way more on it now than when I took the pic.


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I can't speak for the other guys but for me half the fun is the reward and challenge. Sure, it would be nice to jump into my '64 and drive it. But I am truly enjoying the fun of seeing various pieces transformed from those rusty hunks of metal into something which will eventually go back on the car. Some people will spend days with a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I'm somewhat that way with the car. I have no delusions about saving much money, but I have had no regrets whatever so far with mine.

(And while some will scoff, I DO have the '92 C4 to drive. Put about 40 miles on it today, may be the last time this year as snow is predicted next week! )

Here's the shelf unit in the basement gradually filling up with nice pretty bumper brackets, assorted covers, and other odd stuff. And it's got way more on it now than when I took the pic.

I am sincerely glad you are enjoying your project.
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with what the brackets cost, I had to save them.


I have sprayed the front bumper bolts and will let them sit and hit them again in the AM.
Oh yes, that's how they look! The good news is they do clean up nicely. Blast cabinet, then self-etching primer, then I have been using that 5-ball Krylon semi-flat. Not sure if that's NCRS correct but I bought a case of it and they look great. Hang in there, it's all progress whether it's a big step or a small one.
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I will be thinking of you guys for the next year or more while I am driving my cars and you are working towards done cars.Best of luck to all of you.

That is the great thing about this forum as we are all going about our passions for cars from every direction. As a 25 cent millionaire God has blessed me with health, a beautiful wife, kids, grandkids, family and a big garage with plenty of cars and projects. And one day when my brother and I take the 64 for a cruise, it will be what we created. Now if I hit the lottery I will be driving it sooner than later!!!
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And I AM losing my marbles, seems I had already posted a couple times in this thread back in April and May. There are so many C-2 projects under way I can't keep up with all of them!
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I will be thinking of you guys for the next year or more while I am driving my cars and you are working towards done cars.Best of luck to all of you.

That is the great thing about this forum as we are all going about our passions for cars from every direction. As a 25 cent millionaire God has blessed me with health, a beautiful wife, kids, grandkids, family and a big garage with plenty of cars and projects. And one day when my brother and I take the 64 for a cruise, it will be what we created. Now if I hit the lottery I will be driving it sooner than later!!!
I love your passion and good health. My disability has prevented me working on cars in my garage since 2000. But great enthusiasts like you all keep me involved and act as my hands and eyes looking at cars and evaluating a classic. I bought a 1985 GMC Caballero from Mike Joy, NASCAR and BJ Announcer last July. It has allowed me to stay close to all ''car guys''. Tomorrows 48 degree rain at the Kerrville Veterans Car Show is a bummer. Many of us old geezers will pass on the event.

SAVE THE WAVE my friends.
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Default Body Dolly Complete - Ready for the Separation

Finally I was able to set the uprights on the replacement frame to get my body mount holes layout correct.


Welded up!
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I brought in the reinforcements from NC to check off boxes on the list of items needed to pull the body. Pat got to witness how every bolt fights to stay where they were installed 54 years ago. We knocked the list down to about 10 items. The best part is we have done all the hard items except maybe the radiator and shroud. Left to do are the 4 bolts inside on the steering column (under the hood the bolts are out of the shaft and coupling - had to search for the 12 point wrench for the special bolt), hood, wires and lines, etc. Looks like we may actually make our goal of having the body off by Thanksgiving and the frame sent to NC to live with him..
I have to say the best part was having my brother giving me a hand. He is great to work with and has a good vision on where we are going with this project.
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Man, the countdown to lift-off is like Cape Canaveral! Go easy on the lift and look it over good because it's almost a guarantee there will be some little thing you missed. But it sounds like you're in good shape, can't wait to see the separation.
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The list is complete. We never found the ground in the engine compartment. I was under the impression it was located near the throttle shaft?
Now we just need to pick a time and lift the body. One of my 4 post lifts is an extra height and length version. I am not worried about any clearance issues.
My goal would be to have the drive train ready this time next year. The body would be primed and ready for paint. It we hit those milestones it would be great and a surprise.
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Holt, I recall one ground strap on the carb accel rod at the firewall end, but it attaches to the accel lever and somewhere on the accel linkage. Can't recall right off. Doesn't attach to the frame or anything like that. There is one on the pass side motor mount that is the engine/chassis ground. Another from the birdcage to the chassis in front of the driver footwell inside the engine compartment, down low. Two mid chassis on the exhaust brackets. These I recall, there are others.

If you have time, check with Todd for pictures of the 67 he just painted. Similar to your color. Beautiful car.
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We saw the empty bolt hole. I did find all the others but I am sure we missed something. Thanks
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Those four post lift make it nice. My body shop had to cut the bolts at the deck lid spring area. All the others came out. I think you will still be ahead of me for driving. Here is a couple pics of the lift.



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I THOUGHT I had everything but missed the ground strap you speak of. Can't remember just where it was but somewhere near the steering column or rear of the block. Caught it before any damage was done. If you're seeing empty bolt holes not otherwise spoken for, maybe yours is gone.
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Those four post lift make it nice. My body shop had to cut the bolts at the deck lid spring area. All the others came out. I think you will still be ahead of me for driving. Here is a couple pics of the lift.



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