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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:26 pm 
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Tried my hand at upholstery today. Rear seat armrests, new and old.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:24 pm 
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Wired as much as I can to this point. Installed inner fenders with all the adjustment bolts still loose. Installed a battery and started it using the KEY!!! Waiting on the radiator to come back from the shop so I can fill it with coolant and run the engine for longer than a couple minutes.

Were you able to run it longer? Keen to know!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:01 am 
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Yes I did. Discovered two oil leaks that were fairly easy to fix, one valve cover and the oil downdraft canister. No driveshaft installed so I was able to put it into gear and found out the speedo cable made noise, so that has been replaced and tested. Today the plan is to plumb the power brake system (need to fab two pieces of brake line) and see how many fittings leak that I made while the body was off the frame. I also need to find a vacuum fitting for the intake manifold the splits for the wipers and the power brake booster. I don't know what it looks like. I used parts from three different engine to assemble this one and only have one type fitting that I can find. I could use some help on the vacuum hose plumbing.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:15 pm 
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I looked at pictures from before the tear down. It turns out I never had the fitting for the power brake booster, it had been robbed prior to me buying the car. I found one at Concourse ($$). Started to bleed the brakes and brake fluid squirted out of the vent hole in the master cylinder cap. After a couple of discussions with White Post Restorations it is going back for them to give it another try. Since I'm at work stoppage on the brakes I decided to install the downpipe for the exhaust. I swear I don't know how it is replaced in a complete car. I had to remove the right inner fender (thankfully it was only 5 bolts and remove the battery) and the starter to worm it into the frame holes. Since the starter is removed I'm giving some thought to getting a new one. I realize it is only 6 volts but I think the starter should spin faster. Any recommendations?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:37 pm 
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Making headway. I fabbed up the vacuum lines for the fuel pump/wipers/power brakes after finding the fitting I needed at Concourse. Bled the brakes, installed the shocks and the driveshaft. I also installed the exhaust pipes and muffler. Picked up the wheels from the powder coating guy. Haven't bought tires yet. Then started it up and took it for the first drive.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvhh9p ... e=youtu.be


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:09 pm 
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I've been working on the electric window regulators and motors. Other than a couple parts that are due in soon the rear ones are finished. Today I started making good front regulators out of parts. I have two left ones and two right ones. The one thing they have in common is a weak mounting "foot" if you will. Three of them were cracked and the fourth was broken off completely. I dug through my junk pile and found a bracket that was left over from another project that had the required 90 degree bend. I cut the bracket to the required size and welded it as a reinforcement. Please don't laugh at my welding. I'm a total amateur with a $90 harbor Freight flux welder.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:32 pm 
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Today I finished assembling and wiring of the regulators. I tested all the switches, relays and motors. Ready for installation.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:15 pm 
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Today I went through this thread from the first page and replaced all the pictures that photo-bucket blurred out.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:56 pm 
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Installed the trunk lid, doors and fenders. It's starting to look like a car again.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:20 pm 
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Not much happening. I did get the steering wheel finished. Not as easy as the u-tube videos make it look. The twins are here for the summer so I had to recreate the picture that was taken almost 10 years ago when I brought the car home.


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