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840 840 840
11-22-2014, 03:20 PM
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Charley

840 840 840
11-22-2014, 04:09 PM
A little paint work done.
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11-22-2014, 05:15 PM
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Dan Leavens
11-23-2014, 09:41 AM
Charles what is the finished exterior color code and roof going to be on the 56?

840 840 840
11-23-2014, 10:50 AM
I'll post a shot of the ID plate, But the roof is Fiesta Red, as is the interior, the body will be shot in a Polize White, which I understand was a special order color, kind of a French cream white. Our 58 Squarebird is Polize White.
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Dan Leavens
11-23-2014, 09:13 PM
Charles very elegant 58 convert and I see that has AC as well. My wife's 58 HT is Colonial White and has the same stance as yours with the original drum brakes. She drives it all over the place with her girlfriends and gets lots of looks.
The 56 should look stunning in that color combo and look forward to more pixs as you progress.

840 840 840
11-24-2014, 03:41 PM
If you go with the Unisteer brand steering rack system you end up making a whole lot of changes to the steering column to make it fit and work for your 55-57 bird, and the hardest part is retaining the telescopic feature. Here's our new in shop built shaft. Just not a Baby Bird with out this feature.
I'll do a build up on the whole column when the parts come back from the chrome shop.
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Joe Johnston
11-24-2014, 05:43 PM
Looking forward to your upcomming build and pictures! My 57 is modified and that would be a good addition.

840 840 840
11-26-2014, 05:52 PM
Couldn't stand looking at all the extra brackets on the A/C compressor so I cut them off, now it's a Y-Block Compressor.
And started working on the steering column again.
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fcar
11-26-2014, 08:03 PM
Both looking good!

840 840 840
12-04-2014, 04:40 PM
Just a little more work, re chromed steering column parts, reworked steering wheel. Cluster reworked and painted 3 different colors. white, semi black, semi Fiesta Red
Also the clock.
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simplyconnected
12-04-2014, 07:53 PM
Beautiful work, Charles.

Dan Leavens
12-05-2014, 09:05 AM
I agree will certainly allow show quality.

840 840 840
12-05-2014, 10:35 AM
Using a flashlight to light the instrument panel to see it lighted up. One more task on the list to check off.
Didn't like the red colored plastic on the gen and oil lights so we made our own out of red film that's used to do wraps on cars and trucks, it was cheap the wrap place gave me a square foot for free. But took a few days to come up with a film that would look just right day or night.

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840 840 840
12-05-2014, 11:08 AM
A little shifter work. Re chromed lever and base. New park/neutral switch, lamp for shifter selector and lens.

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simplyconnected
12-05-2014, 11:26 AM
Why does your TEMP gage rest at 'hot'? I'm not critical but since you have the gauges out you may want to check it out. These King Seeley gauges are relatively easy to fix. There is no armature or pivot.

The Fuel should rest on "Empty" and the Temp should rest on "Cold".

1956 was the ONLY year Ford used 12-volt gauges. If you have problems finding one, use a '55 gauge with a CVR. - Dave

840 840 840
12-05-2014, 01:03 PM
That's a good question, I already asked, and was told they where good when tested last week and I know they where good when we tore the Bird down. But I'll pull them again and test again just to be sure because I did ask twice if they had been tested.
Charley

simplyconnected
12-05-2014, 02:31 PM
Charlie, both gauges are identical AND interchangeable. I have never seen a temp gauge that reads 'hot' with no power. Have you?

With all respect, I would have a serious discussion with the guy who 'tested' them. Here's a link to our site that discusses Ford gauges:
http://squarebirds.org/gauges/HeatActivated/

I have a '55 Customline with your cluster. All the gauges have a K-S mark on them, showing they were made by King-Seeley for Ford and for many decades. Squarebird gauges are exactly the same except they mounted both in the same housing and one is upside-down. The guts are all identical except, in '56 they used ni-chrome wire for 12-volts on the bi-metal strip. Ford quickly reverted back to six volts in '57 but they added a Constant Voltage Regulator for the gauges.

I hope this helps.

BTW, I used a red LED in that little hole for the upper beams. It worked out nicely. - Dave

840 840 840
12-09-2014, 06:05 PM
Slow going but started wiring dash and finding out what more we need to make this all work.


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Larry
12-12-2014, 05:15 PM
Thanks for posting your project! It is looking awesome and you are going to have one sweet ride to be proud of when you are done!

840 840 840
12-12-2014, 09:38 PM
Thanks Larry your welcome to come by any time, I really build Model T's and late model iron, but come on by and I'll give you the two dollar tour, bring the kids and if the weather is nice we will give them a fire truck ride. ;)

Larry
12-13-2014, 10:11 AM
Thanks Larry your welcome to come by any time, I really build Model T's and late model iron, but come on by and I'll give you the two dollar tour, bring the kids and if the weather is nice we will give them a fire truck ride. ;)

Sounds good neighbor :). Is this what you do for a living? Would love to see some more of your work.

840 840 840
12-13-2014, 03:02 PM
Yes Larry, I own Nichols Hills Paint and Body in OKC, just call and I'll show you our projects.
Charley

840 840 840
12-22-2014, 04:49 PM
Still working on dash getting every thing right and ready to plug in first try.
Here's the new radio sounds great with the dual voice coil speaker.
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Charley

bird 60
12-22-2014, 06:27 PM
She's coming along very nice Charles, I see some very straight lines on the dash.

Chris....From OZ.

Dan Leavens
12-23-2014, 08:52 AM
Charles it appears that you have done this several times before. I know as I see in the pix the key, is in the ignition even though the dash is on the bench. Good Stuff:rolleyes:

Larry
12-23-2014, 04:19 PM
Still working on dash getting every thing right and ready to plug in first try.
Here's the new radio sounds great with the dual voice coil speaker.
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Charley
Looks good! I also went with a DVC speaker on my 58 for a factory look, but used a Ken Harrison radio, good sound even at high volumes.

840 840 840
12-23-2014, 05:26 PM
Hi! Larry
I went with the Antique Automobile Radio Inc., Model 313401 having never seen one before in person just pictures, as I was more concerned about appearance then function at the time of purchase and just liked the look and the fact you can just plug an I-Pod directly into the unit, as we are going to use the ash tray for storing the I-Pod and charging. When I first opened the box and took one look I knew it looked just like I thought, but was shocked by it's small size being only 2.5 X 2.5 X 9.0 I was taken aback just a little. But once we got it installed it made me really smile. Plays music through the custom autosound Model 3006 DVC Dual Voice Coil speaker like an Angel or Uncle Ted on Saturday Night.
And I must say the quality of the chrome, style, and the really high quality of the original look knobs really made my day. This was the first part we have purchased new for this car that we didn't have to rework to bring it up to the standard we have set for this car. We did rework the wiring harness just a little but that's really just me, it wasn't needed.
Charley

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Larry
12-23-2014, 06:38 PM
Hi! Larry
I went with the Antique Automobile Radio Inc., Model 313401 having never seen one before in person just pictures, as I was more concerned about appearance then function at the time of purchase and just liked the look and the fact you can just plug an I-Pod directly into the unit, as we are going to use the ash tray for storing the I-Pod and charging. When I first opened the box and took one look I knew it looked just like I thought, but was shocked by it's small size being only 2.5 X 2.5 X 9.0 I was taken aback just a little. But once we got it installed it made me really smile. Plays music through the custom autosound Model 3006 DVC Dual Voice Coil speaker like an Angel or Uncle Ted on Saturday Night.
And I must say the quality of the chrome, style, and the really high quality of the original look knobs really made my day. This was the first part we have purchased new for this car that we didn't have to rework to bring it up to the standard we have set for this car. We did rework the wiring harness just a little but that's really just me, it wasn't needed.
Charley

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Nice clean install. Mine took a lot more work for the speaker because of the limited space between the speaker housing and center tunnel, nothing a 4 lb hammer couldn't solve :). I put my usb/3.5 av in the ash tray as well, the rear ash tray houses a usb port for charging other devices.

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I just use a micro SD card and reader for all my tunes. But can also listen to music or any of a number of stations via my phone. Gotta love the new tech we have today. I remember as a kid if you wanted more selections, you only had two choice's, bigger antenna, or eight track tape player :D

840 840 840
12-30-2014, 11:04 AM
Well back at it this morning.
Installed rebuilt heater control and new cables in dash, insulation board for firewall and A/C & Heater through firewall plate, steering column gasket and plates.
Next electric wipers and defrost ducts, then heater/AC box.
Randall getting into the action, he builds all the detail parts.
Charley

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Joe Johnston
12-30-2014, 11:58 AM
Awesome! It certainly is more fun putting clean things together than taking dirty stuff apart! Having the car on a rotisserie helps too!!

840 840 840
01-07-2015, 12:02 PM
Electric windshield washer switch using old floor switch.
Charley
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Dan Leavens
01-07-2015, 02:24 PM
Charley I am impressed with the rebuild so far. It clearly shows your ability to map the project out / create the design to complete and then tastefully apply. Good Stuff.

840 840 840
01-07-2015, 02:57 PM
Thanks Dan, here's our test shot of the build to see it really work and we learned some thing we didn't think of, the boot needed a 1/16 vent hole are it draws a vacuum and will not self return the switch all the way. HA!
Charley
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840 840 840
01-07-2015, 04:15 PM
Here's some more of today's work.
An A/C vent cover made out of Basswood, we will fit the 4 vents, round the outer corner, give it a coat of fiber cloth and fiber resin, then cover it like the upper dash cover.
Just couldn't stand looking at those vent boxes that came from Perfect Air.
Charley
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Dan Leavens
01-07-2015, 09:45 PM
Great idea and fabrication. Why did you use basswood?

840 840 840
01-08-2015, 12:02 AM
Dan, It's light weight and takes resin very well and holds it's shape and comes in many different sizes right off the shelf.
Most model builders use Basswood to build the large wooden boat models that we see on display. It also seems to have a very good crush factor do to it's cell structure almost a harder balsa wood.
Charley

840 840 840
01-08-2015, 07:03 PM
First coat of fiberglass inside and out.
The A/C vent will start taking shape now.
Charley
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Dan Leavens
01-10-2015, 09:29 AM
Charley I am familiar with basswood in boats as a buddy of mine is an old school carpenter. Makes sense, just caught be surprise when you stated basswood for this application. Looks great:)

simplyconnected
01-10-2015, 11:10 AM
Charlie, I'm going to do a '55 dash with the same setup. Could you give some dimensions of your fabrication? Thanks. - Dave

840 840 840
01-10-2015, 11:52 PM
Charlie, I'm going to do a '55 dash with the same setup. Could you give some dimensions of your fabrication? Thanks. - Dave

Yes! I will, but I'm gone till Monday from the shop, but I'll post it for you.
Charley

840 840 840
01-12-2015, 11:51 AM
Here You go Dave.
Holes for vents where just laid out, by how I thought they would look the best. When we get it all mounted to the dash, I'll show that operation also.
Charley
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840 840 840
01-12-2015, 03:17 PM
Bent up a new heat shield for the dual master cylinder assy,
Here's a few shots from old to new.
Not shown is the anti rattle rubber button on bottom of master cylinder, I'll post a picture of that when we do the final polish of the shield.
Charley
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simplyconnected
01-12-2015, 04:18 PM
Here You go Dave.
Holes for vents where just laid out, by how I thought they would look the best...Thank You, Charlie. You do very nice work. I hope mine is as nice. - Dave

840 840 840
01-14-2015, 02:01 PM
Starting to fit the Perfect Air Heater/AC unit to under dash.
Charley
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840 840 840
01-15-2015, 06:38 PM
The perfect air condensation tube would just drip on the engine bay and the clear drip tube would allow daylight to be seen when sitting in the seats, so we changed it to this setup.
Charley
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Dan Leavens
01-17-2015, 11:03 AM
Charles very nice work and I am sure that the air conditioner will work better than when it came off the production line:)

840 840 840
01-21-2015, 04:36 PM
Does anyone know the correct route for the heater blower motor wires back to heat box ????
What we have done here is add the heater hoses and new heater valve and A/C lines, every thing else is just test fitting.
Gutted the blower fan and inner armature on the motor, that stuff is just a shell now and made up a dummy wiring harness.
We also threw the Perfect Air plenum away and reworked the Ford original.
The reason I'm asking about the wiring route is I've seen about 30 pictures of the wiring and no two are a like.
Also installed condenser.
Thanks Charley
PS--- a picture would sure help.
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840 840 840
01-27-2015, 12:16 PM
Simple brake light relocation switch, to get rid of that non-working hard to use pressure brake light switch.
One small bracket and one small hole drilled in column support, then un wind wires from harness at pressure switch and plug in instant brake lights.
Works 6 volt or 12 volt.
Switch $19.84 from O'Reilly fits 1964 66 Chevy/GMC G-10 series Van.
Charley
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840 840 840
01-27-2015, 03:29 PM
Starting to build the fan shroud for the A/C condenser, moved brackets to right side of shroud and building a new brace on left side to stretch across condenser, all braces will be rubber mounted. 1990 Toyota 4 Runner A/C fan assy.
Will get it cleaned up and installed soon, it will be a one wire setup with the relay installed in dash.
Just having a little fun on the project.

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Blue 85 goes to new blower switch.

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Charley

840 840 840
01-28-2015, 03:27 PM
Starting to finish final design.
Built in anti-Deer Whistle.
Charley
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simplyconnected
01-28-2015, 04:10 PM
It makes sense to mount the electric fan on the cool side of your evaporator/radiator because the motor doesn't need to operate in 200 degree temps.

Mount your relay close to the fan, not under your dash because none of the wires go inside your car and you want your wires short.

If you connect your relay coil to the compressor wire, you don't need another fuse. It already has one. The relay coil draws less than 1/2amp. You will need a flyback diode across the relay coil just to protect it from the compressor coil.

You do not need to connect an orange wire to the N.C. contact (87b, unless the plug already has one on it).

I'm all in favor of a mechanical brake light switch. Borg Warner makes good stuff (BWD) but I used a micro switch from a computer mouse. They are free and very reliable. I used the N.C. contact from the switch to energize a relay coil, just like the relay you used on your fan. That way, no current (to speak of) goes through the switch and the relay will handle 40amps if I add brake lights to the circuit. When the pedal releases the switch arm the N.C. contacts close and the relay energizes, completing the brake light circuit. CLICK HERE (http://home.comcast.net/~simplyconnected/projects/BrakeSwitch/) for my conversion. I had my Brake Pedal Support out because Robin wanted her car to have an automatic transmission. It came with a manual shift. That's another story but it went extremely well. - Dave

840 840 840
01-28-2015, 06:27 PM
I'll post our wiring diagram tomorrow for both the fan and brake light switch and you can check it out. Better safe then doing it twice. My idea was to keep the engine bay looking as close to stock as we could there for was trying to keep all new added wiring, and relays hidden under dash. But, if I need to I'll change direction on locations of relays.
Charley

840 840 840
01-30-2015, 12:03 PM
All finished, installed, and tested. Quite as a church mouse and very powerful, this baby really blows some air. Very HAPPY!
Charley
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bird 60
01-30-2015, 06:47 PM
Hi Charley, your work is coming along beautifully, but tell me, why is the fan off set:confused:

Chris....From OZ.

840 840 840
01-30-2015, 08:38 PM
The fan is just used with the A/C on, and also can be over run by switch if car is in a parade. But to answer your question it's harder to see through the grill opening and also the radiator inlet is on the upper right and the most coils on the condenser is on the right side.

840 840 840
02-02-2015, 06:11 PM
Started fitting the stainless steel & insulated shield for the A/C receiver drier, used part of and old sink and a short length of 2.5 inch copper A/C pipe insulation.
The drier is so close to the exhaust and down so low in the air stream, I thought this would help keep the Freon from getting hotter then it needs to. Talked to the Valeo automotive A/C tech and he said it would be more then worth my time.
It does get hot in Oklahoma. I'll post the finished product Wednesday.
Charley

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840 840 840
02-09-2015, 04:48 PM
Here's a little up date. Body sitting 6 inches off the floor still on rotisserie, dash going in and wiring harness to engine bay.
And started rebuilding the door glass and vent frames, here's a picture of the door glass stainless steel. We knocked all the dents out, reshaped them, sanded them smooth and then a high polish finish.
Charley

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bird 60
02-09-2015, 05:26 PM
Looking really good charley. When do I get my Boomerang back :confused::D

Chris......From OZ.

840 840 840
02-09-2015, 05:52 PM
Had to think about that boomerang, but I found them. HA!
Charley ;)

Dan Leavens
02-10-2015, 09:07 AM
I had to think a bit about the boomerang too:rolleyes:

840 840 840
02-11-2015, 02:27 PM
Sorry for the dust on the frame poor thing been waiting for a body for awhile.
Made some simple resonator heat shields out of stainless steel and working on the muffler shields right now. Any thing to keep the heat off the floor seems like a good idea to me.
Added muffler shield picture.
Charley

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And here's the muffler shields.
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Dan Leavens
02-12-2015, 08:24 AM
Charley nice touch and good idea on both:rolleyes:

840 840 840
02-19-2015, 11:58 AM
Here's an update on work in the shop.
Rebuilt the power brake booster, just had to stone hone the 1 inch bore, the only internal part serviced by aftermarket is the large bladder in the vacuum canister, lucky me both the small and large bladders where in great shape so we just had to modify a 1 inch wheel cylinder cup by punching a 3/16 hole in the center to reproduce the needed cup for the cylinder bore. We also refurbished both internal and external check valves by punch cutting new rubber plugs.
Also finished building the door glass assembly, sanded, polished stainless, sandblasted glass channel treated them for rust and rattle canned them gunmetal gray.
That power booster is easy as eating pie to rebuild at home just take photos as you take it apart and as long as the small bladder is good you can handle the rest.
Parts and material cost $32.78 that includes cooper rings and bleeder valve, and we have plenty of extras on them now.
Charley
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Joe Johnston
02-19-2015, 12:38 PM
Looks great! Reminds me that I need to rebuild my booster - bypassed it when I converted to disk brakes.

Dan Leavens
02-21-2015, 09:47 AM
Charley it looks like you are moving along nicely. Have you set a target date for completion?

840 840 840
02-21-2015, 05:16 PM
@Dan, April 1st was the deadline don't know if I'll make it but I'm more use to cars from 1902 to 1914 so this Bird is kind of a new thing around the shop. We have always pushed the envelop with our builds they have to be top flight and buck the trend of the old guard, so we will see. We are also building a 1910 Buick for Disney Land and a 1914 Model T pickup plus doing about 5 to 10 collision repairs every week and their is only 7 of us working.
Plus all the minor repairs we have to do every day.
And we only work Monday to Friday.
Charley :D

Dan Leavens
02-22-2015, 08:14 AM
Understand the work flow and yes, you are still running a business. Allocating time and resources is essential for any resto. The 1910 Buick should be sweet and especially tagged for Disney:rolleyes:

840 840 840
02-24-2015, 05:05 PM
Back on the exhaust shields, I'll finish up on them tomorrow.
Charley
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840 840 840
02-25-2015, 10:29 AM
A little stretching this morning, getting closer to dropping the body on.
Charley

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840 840 840
02-26-2015, 12:59 PM
Finishing up the exhaust shields.
Charley
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Dan Leavens
02-27-2015, 08:59 AM
Charley nicely done.

840 840 840
02-27-2015, 03:51 PM
Dropped the body on the frame today.
Here's the highlights!
Charley
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simplyconnected
02-27-2015, 06:58 PM
Beautiful work, Charlie.

840 840 840
03-19-2015, 05:19 PM
Starting to make all the connections we couldn't make without the body mounted to the frame. Trying to keep it looking stock under the hood. Reworked the brake booster vacuum line, master cylinder lines and built a trick road draft hole to manifold line for the PCV valve. A/C lines installed and about 25 other small tasks finished.
Next dist vac line and finish up the fake windshield wiper vac lines and running a remote battery cut off switch, so you don't have to mess with the battery terminals and a acc line to keep battery charged with out opening the hood for battery maintenance.
Charley
PS--Sorry about the dust.

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840 840 840
03-19-2015, 05:41 PM
Steering rack to column hooked up. Fan, shroud, and lower shroud bracket installed. Re-drilled the rubber block for a brass machined insert, so we didn't have to find the mount for the block that should be on the bottom tank.
Charley
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840 840 840
03-23-2015, 05:02 PM
Started building a line bracket.
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840 840 840
03-24-2015, 10:16 AM
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Charley

840 840 840
03-24-2015, 02:59 PM
Almost finished with fuel and vac lines, one more bracket.
Charley
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840 840 840
03-24-2015, 04:53 PM
Rear bracket for windshield wiper vac line.
Think I'll finish it in black, sticks out a little to much in stainless.
Charley

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YellowRose
03-24-2015, 05:30 PM
Charley, I have been following your work on this project and you do beautiful work! It has all been very interesting to follow. Thanks for sharing with us!

840 840 840
03-24-2015, 06:29 PM
Thanks Ray, hope your having fun today.
Few odd's and ends and we should be ready to fire this Bird back up. Getting real close to that time.
Charley :D

bird 60
03-24-2015, 06:51 PM
Hey Charley. You know how the song goes, "You're just too good to be true", excellent detail. keep up the good work.:cool:

Chris.....From OZ.

840 840 840
03-25-2015, 12:34 PM
Negative ground under dash cut off switch.
No more leaning over the fender and messing with the battery to store car.
Charley
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840 840 840
04-01-2015, 05:19 PM
We have power. Installed battery and tested systems, but didn't put gas in gas tank, all other fluids installed and motor turns over and we have spark. Built a really cool wiring harness for the battery tender that will be plugged into a special harness installed in glove box and the battery tender will be stored in a special tool box we are designing for the trunk.
Charley

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PS--You can buy this battery at Interstate Batteries for $89.00 we removed the decal's and going to sand and polish of the writing off on the caps to give it an all black look.

Dan Leavens
04-03-2015, 10:29 AM
Charley like Ray, I have been following this build and also enjoyed your pixs. Your attention to detail and vision certainly reflects the quality of your work. Good stuff.

840 840 840
04-03-2015, 09:57 PM
Forgot to tell you guys, the engine started on the third crank over, then we ran the valves at 19 and now the engine starts with in 1 to 2 seconds, maybe quicker, guess we got lucky. But anyway two brake line leaks and one small lower radiator hose leak and we where ship shape. Timing was right on the money, not bad for a bunch of guys that build crashed cars to pay the bills. This was our first modern engine build since say 1976, we normally do 1897 steam to 1915 Model T.
Charley

Dan Leavens
04-04-2015, 09:32 AM
Charley good stuff and sure you and the boys are very proud of this build. When does the owner take possession ?

bird 60
04-04-2015, 08:11 PM
And also, if it's not being personal, how much are we looking at in $$$$$s for the magic restoration.;) I would like to compare notes If it was done here in Australia.

Thank you
Chris....From OZ.

840 840 840
04-23-2015, 11:30 AM
Sorry guy's been busy working here's where the Bird is now. Just shot in the jams on deck, doors, hood, trunk and body, getting ready to hang every thing. Also finished up some wiring lose ends. Also sealed the primer using a white sealer.
We also took it for a short test drive, drove and ran perfect no bugs, the motor runs smooth as a silk purse on Friday night with your best girl.
Charley

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YellowRose
04-23-2015, 09:24 PM
Charley, you do such beautiful work! It is looking awesome!

keith
04-23-2015, 10:07 PM
Great thread. Nice details all around. Thanks for taking time and sharing your build.

Keith

840 840 840
05-12-2015, 04:50 PM
Break in the weather today, so we are going to shoot some color on the Bird.
That's Kevin "Mega Bucks" Jones my painter and the car owner Don, Don is a hands on got to see every milestone.
Charley

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840 840 840
05-12-2015, 05:37 PM
SEALER coat tinted in creamy ice cream white.
Charley
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840 840 840
05-12-2015, 06:09 PM
First coat of base color Colonial Polize White.
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840 840 840
05-12-2015, 07:41 PM
First coat of clear.
Charley
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840 840 840
05-12-2015, 08:53 PM
Three coats clear.
Charley
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840 840 840
05-13-2015, 11:53 AM
Back to building this morning.
Charley
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840 840 840
05-13-2015, 03:45 PM
Got an email about why we painted the Bird in the middle of the shop floor.
The reason is that it has been raining for a few weeks in Oklahoma and it's quit humid when it's not raining and the paint booth is a flow thru booth meaning the fresh air comes in the filters and exit's out the back of the booth which draws the air across the car and the humidity with it, which would make the clear milky looking, so we elected to run the booth with the doors closed to exhaust the over spray from the shop. It worked great but also took more time between coats needing to tack rag the body off each coat. The Bird will need only minor wet sanding and a quick polish after it's complete.
We kept the shop floor heated to 85 degrees and used the heaters to dry the air so we could control the humidity better between coats. Couldn't wait on the weather any longer.
Charley
PS-- It's raining today and for the next five days.:D

840 840 840
05-15-2015, 05:16 PM
Still no sun in Oklahoma. But rolled her outside.
Charley
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Dan Leavens
05-16-2015, 10:07 AM
Charley I can only imagine how this classic will shine when the sun does come out:D Looking good.

840 840 840
05-20-2015, 10:41 AM
Still cold and raining in Oklahoma.
Here's some reworked chrome.
Charley
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Joe Johnston
05-20-2015, 12:24 PM
The shiny bits make it look even better!

840 840 840
05-20-2015, 04:46 PM
Thanks Joe!
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Dan Leavens
05-23-2015, 09:30 AM
Charley the chrome and badges really pops on an already great restoration. Good stuff and the sun will soon come out:D

840 840 840
05-30-2015, 02:09 PM
We hired Sue Gray from Grays Auto Glass to install the windshield this morning, she made it look easy.
We had all the trim ready and had pre fitted the weather strip to the glass. We reworked all the chrome and stainless removing all the pits, dents and then did a lot of buffing.
Charley

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Dan Leavens
05-30-2015, 05:41 PM
Charley of course Sue Gray made it look easy. Repetition is a wonderful teacher! as you know. Looks great.

840 840 840
05-30-2015, 07:47 PM
The windshield install is the only thing we as a shop didn't do our selves besides chrome plating. I felt like it was better to allow someone that works with glass install every day do it rather then take a chance of breaking the glass. Sue and her husband Jim install equipment, camper, tractor, antique auto, and race car projects along with every day modern cars and trucks.
Charley

Dan Leavens
05-31-2015, 09:13 AM
Charley good call. I have a buddy here in Calgary that is restoring a 56 Lincoln MKII II and when the shop tried to install the windshield yup cracked it:eek: Costly on the insurance premiums when they had to replace AND locate another one.:rolleyes:

840 840 840
06-08-2015, 12:33 PM
Restored grill and moldings also restored windshield wipers.
Removed all the dents and scratches and polished every thing.
Used all old parts from this car but did make all new grill clips.
I know not very exciting! HA!
Charley
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840 840 840
06-08-2015, 02:46 PM
And if you need new wiper blades the part # from NAPA is 60-1233 at $8.99 ea.
Charley
:):D:cool:

840 840 840
06-09-2015, 01:58 PM
Testing the water on this Fiesta Red.
Top just set on car for a quick look.
Started headliner on top.
WOW! What a color.:D
Charley

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YellowRose
06-09-2015, 02:30 PM
Charley, IMHO I think that Fiesta Red really sets the car off. Sure beats a white top!

840 840 840
06-10-2015, 12:51 PM
Does anyone know anything about the wood that goes around the base of the hardtop?
Charley

Joe Johnston
06-10-2015, 06:32 PM
I think originally a tightly twisted sisal type of material was used which is unavailable now. I know some have fitted and epoxied in wood which works well and a tough rubbery plastic material is available. I seem to remember some one mentioning using material from GM (heaven forbid) convertibles.

YellowRose
06-10-2015, 09:01 PM
Charley, I had the opportunity to talk with Lance Herrington of Thunderbirds Southwest, his website is: http://www.thunderbirdsouthwest.com/ in La Grange, Texas today. During our conversation, the subject about that "wood" around the base of the hardtop that you were asking about came up. Knowing that Lance and his crew have repaired and restored many Tbirds, including Babybirds, over the years, I asked him about this. He said that is not "wood" but looks like it. He said that is actually hemp. He also said if you will call him during the day tomorrow, he will tell you how to go about replacing/repairing it. His phone number is 979-249-4200.

840 840 840
06-11-2015, 08:16 AM
Thanks Guy's! I'll make the call. And thanks for taking the time to help me out.
I'll take a bunch of pictures and post them here on how we go about making the repair. The ones that where on the top when we got it where made out of plywood and where falling apart.

Charley :D:D:)

YellowRose
06-11-2015, 09:30 AM
Charley, I just talked with Lance and he said it sounds like some previous owner, not knowing what to use as a replacement, decided to use plywood. He can tell you what to use, and if you want to send him pix you can send them to his lance"at"thunderbirdsouthwest.com email address. Replace the "at" with the appropriate symbol. He is in the office now.

840 840 840
06-24-2015, 04:58 PM
Well got the chrome bumpers back from the plating company.
Sent them off to Quality Chrome in Dallas Texas and I have to say their work is perfect and Joe the man who runs the company is 100% professional on time and does what he say's.
I'd like to thank him a lot.
After unpacking which took awhile, very well packaged we where stunned with their beautiful no ripple, deep plating.
And as always, we had to push them a little further so we cleaned the backs real well scuffed them and shot pickup truck bed liner on them for ease of cleaning about 2 mils thick and smooth.
Sorry should have took pictures with all the bumper parts laid out and shinning.
Charley
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Charley

YellowRose
06-24-2015, 06:41 PM
Nice looking, Charley! Was Lance able to help you with that material that goes under the hardtop? I hope so. I gather that he does have the information you need regarding that problem and has been waiting for you to call.

840 840 840
06-24-2015, 11:04 PM
Haven't been able to talk to Lance hope'n to do that tomorrow.
Charley

840 840 840
06-25-2015, 06:00 PM
Test fitting the new OEM style wheels to the disc brakes.
Wheels and brakes from Prestige Thunderbird.
Prestige Thunderbird, has worked out very well for me during this build, but as always will take it to the next level.
Going to paint the wheels Fiesta Red to set the white walls off.
Charley:D

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No real wire wheels on this car it's a City traffic driver.

840 840 840
06-30-2015, 04:03 PM
Fiesta Red Wheels
Red faced / black backs.
Really starting to like the Fiesta color.
Girls seem to think the color is more then wonderful.
Charley
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YellowRose
06-30-2015, 04:11 PM
Charley, that is really pretty! Rather than cover that up with full wheel covers, since you have the nubs on the rims, I would think that some snazzy looking Ford dog dish hubcaps like mine would really set that color off! BTW, did you ever get your top problem fixed? I hope Lance was able to help you.

840 840 840
06-30-2015, 04:37 PM
YellowRose, going to run the Ford caps with white inserts with the wire baskets outers. On our 58 we have the real wires, but the roads in Oklahoma seem to be a heaven for nails and at least 2 or 3 times a year the 58 ends up with a flat tire and that's such a pain to get fixed on a Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.
Still waiting to talk to Lance, but I'm starting to feel better.
Charley

840 840 840
07-09-2015, 10:59 AM
Here's the wheels mounted on the tires.
New lugs nuts all around.
Kind of gives the Bird, the "High Horse" look.
Hope you like the cap, YellowRose.
Charley:D

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07-09-2015, 11:23 AM
Here's the wheels mounted on the tires.
New lugs nuts all around.
Kind of gives the Bird, the "High Horse" look.
Hope you like the cap, YellowRose.
Charley:D

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YellowRose
07-09-2015, 11:25 AM
Charley, they look great, I think! IF you want to "dress down" the bright red color any, you might consider doing what I did. Add beauty rings... That way, you get just a hint of the color and not the full effect. I turned the white lettering inside after getting comments about that. Here are some pix of what I did.

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07-09-2015, 11:38 AM
The bold look of the red makes me think of the sixties when my sisters boyfriends would paint their wheels different colors almost every other week to impress the girls. HA!
We also have a set of wires.
Charley
PS. I want to cruise with out the wires, but I'll get over ruled.
Here's Don he can't wait to install the wires.

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YellowRose
07-09-2015, 12:00 PM
I gather those are the wire wheel covers that you can pop on and off. Bcomo had them on his '60 Tbird before he sold it. When his got dirty, he would wait til his wife was gone, pop them off, put them in the dishwasher and wash them!:eek: Then pop them back on when they were clean. These look nice, but they completely cover up the red rims! I guess it is whatever turns you on... Me, I think I would pop chrome beauty rings with the dog dishes in place on those wheels and call it done! But to each his own! :D

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07-16-2015, 12:15 PM
Got the bumper installed this morning. If you have never built and installed one it takes awhile to do this simple job.
Charley

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07-17-2015, 02:21 PM
Out in the sunshine, she needs a bath.
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YellowRose
07-17-2015, 04:13 PM
Charlie, she looks pretty clean to me! Looking gooood!

Dan Leavens
07-17-2015, 10:54 PM
Charley she looks stunning and great restoration. I prefer the wires but it is your restoration.

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07-18-2015, 10:25 AM
We are talking about a real set of wires for local shows, but really we are going to drive this car a lot, that's what it's built for.
I'd like to get a set of red walls with chrome wheels and baby moon hubcaps or remember those bullet rockets that covered the dust caps and chrome acorn lug nuts for a sixty's custom look.
Charley:D:eek::rolleyes::p

Joe Johnston
07-18-2015, 01:53 PM
Another thing to consider is the wire wheels are a MAJOR PITA to clean! I've had them for many years and now enjoy the steel wheels. At least the wire baskets can be put in the dishwasher.:eek:

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07-21-2015, 12:21 PM
Test fitted, the fender skirts this morning.
Every day we get a little closer.
Charley

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07-21-2015, 01:35 PM
A little door panel work.
Notice the o-ring anti rattler on the lock knob.
Charley
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07-28-2015, 03:43 PM
You may remember we are using all the original upholstery from the Bird just taking it all apart cleaning and stretching as we go, made new 1/8 inch birch wood kick panel backers and added courtesy lamps for the foot wells when the doors are opened. The lamps are LED and look just like the 56 Bird tag lamp light. Which I thought was a nice touch. Notice the aftermarket ac/heater box bracket in the lighted picture, that will be replaced with a new bracket we will build, we may not have caught that if I wasn't taking pictures, so guys it pay's to take pictures.
Now when a lady slides inside this bird in the dark she can see the floor and she doesn't have to worry about her stockings. See I'm always thinking about my clients well being.
Charley

PS--Also tying up a few loose ends under the drivers foot well for a new surprise!

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Dan Leavens
08-27-2015, 09:20 AM
Charley nice touch on the door panel lighting to allow a visual entry at night:)

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08-30-2015, 05:43 PM
I'll post some pictures tomorrow, got my shop computer back up and running after getting it hi-jacked by someone that wanted to hold it for ransom along with 4 years of other project builds.
I guess they thought it was worth a lot of money and it was I had the last 90 day's of unpaid non backed up billing on there.
Took a while but lesson learned.
Charley
PS-Bird is on the road being test driven.

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09-30-2015, 05:43 PM
Got a lot more pictures, but we took the bird out for a spin this morning thought you guy's might like to see the Bird.
And I'll get more pictures posted as I have time to post.
I kind of missed posting to you guy's updates.
That's Don the owner at the wheel, he drives like this thing is a Hell Cat instead of a Bird.
Charley
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Joe Johnston
10-01-2015, 08:13 AM
Great job! Now it's time to enjoy all the hard work.

Dan Leavens
10-01-2015, 07:19 PM
Charley you might let John know there is a big difference in suspension and horsepower between a TBird and a Hellcat:rolleyes: