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Old 02-15-2016, 10:16 AM
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Thank you! It's just one less thing to worry about.

Agree and Congratulations on getting your 68!!!
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:47 PM
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I just finished pulling the headlight buckets out of the car this afternoon. I knew there was some front end issues and now I'm able to see the full extent. I will have to get some body work taken care of I'm here but I don't think it's too awful.



























Carefully getting the rest of the vacuum related items off the car.
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:17 PM
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Are the 68 radiator shrouds supposed to have rivets in them? I have one with and one without. Or is this a change through the production year situation.





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The frame is going in the shop tomorrow. It will be getting the powder coat treatment. I've been assured they can blast the frame and coat it while still leaving vin readable.

When it comes back I'll be excited to bolt things on the car for good.
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The frame is going in the shop tomorrow. It will be getting the powder coat treatment. I've been assured they can blast the frame and coat it while still leaving vin readable.

When it comes back I'll be excited to bolt things on the car for good.

Very Impressive work!!! and overall your frame looks good too.
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For those interested. A 2012 F-150 will hold a bare frame for transport...
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You will be so amazed when you see the frame after blasted and painted.

BTW, what is the hole/patch in the center of the front crossmember?
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You will be so amazed when you see the frame after blasted and painted.

BTW, what is the hole/patch in the center of the front crossmember?
Some goob cut a hole and welded in gussets. I don't know why. So I found a doner frame. Cut a patch piece for it. Plan is to weld it and hope people are too distracted by the big block to notice it's there.

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Old 09-09-2016, 10:15 AM
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This is where the gusset was welded in initally. The donor part and repair look pretty good.



I just got my parts and frame back from the powder coater. I didn't really know what to expect. But I'm but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. They all cleaned up real nice and the coat still allowed all of my numbers to be seen on all the pieces. Even the vin stamp is clear.

I can't vouch for the correctness of the Sheen and I know pictures make things look differently anyways. But I think I like it pretty well. Thanks for all the input. And we'll keep on going.

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Wow John, just Wow. May have to get me some of that....
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I got my trailing arm rebuild kit. Spent an afternoon disassembling with my dad. I think someone was in them before. The bushings literally fell out their housings.

Got the arms and stuff powder coated.

Again I can't vouch for the sheen. But a durable finish is worth it.

Here's frame progress so far. Waiting on replacement brake lines to proceed.




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I guess you'll be using the pink one for a while
Great progress in 9 months.
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Great progress in 9 months.
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I got the title updated to reflect the type of thread. Also I found a guy who had a vintage picture of the dealership it was allegedly delivered to per NCRS shipping data report.


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I bought some strut rod bushings for my 68. I believe I ordered the right ones. Now that I have the rear apart I'm able to get them put in. I'll be honest they look a little small for what I have.

Do I possibly have the wrong strut rod for my car? Or do I need another rubber bushing for the rod to go with the bushing I have?





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I bought some strut rod bushings for my 68. I believe I ordered the right ones. Now that I have the rear apart I'm able to get them put in. I'll be honest they look a little small for what I have.

Do I possibly have the wrong strut rod for my car? Or do I need another rubber bushing for the rod to go with the bushing I have?




Very interesting thread. Looks like you are moving right along. If you are planning to do the body work I would suggest you get some VPA for a lot of the work. Great stuff !
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Old 11-15-2016, 10:31 AM
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Nice,
I'm looking for a picture of Friendly Chevrolet, Rialto, Ca myself.
That's where my build sheet says my car went back in June of 1968.
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QUOTE=Duffeball;1593378153]I got the title updated to reflect the type of thread. Also I found a guy who had a vintage picture of the dealership it was allegedly delivered to per NCRS shipping data report.

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Old 11-15-2016, 10:39 AM
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I bought some strut rod bushings for my 68. I believe I ordered the right ones. Now that I have the rear apart I'm able to get them put in. I'll be honest they look a little small for what I have.

Do I possibly have the wrong strut rod for my car? Or do I need another rubber bushing for the rod to go with the bushing I have?




mine we're the ones with smaller bushings in my 68 when I ordered new ones I had to send them back and get the smaller ones
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Old 11-15-2016, 10:51 AM
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mine we're the ones with smaller bushings in my 68 when I ordered new ones I had to send them back and get the smaller ones
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so this opening looks bigger right? With the new bushing installed, there isn't any rubber surrounding the outside ring anymore right? I havent seen clear install instructions or pictures.
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