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Old 02-27-2011, 09:11 PM
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Well the weather is warming I brought the bird home so I could start the reassembly process.

The car was disassembled by the shop that did the body and paint work. All the panels. doors etc were removed painted individually, sanded, buffed and now installed..some with rough adjustments.

This will be my kit car since I now have boxes of parts, bags of bolts and screws..mostly labeled and all needing to be installed.
The first challenge is the top. I am going to sand and repaint the frame as well as replace all the tack strips, rubber and then get it back in the car.

I had a good ole boy stop by that was visiting a neighbor and wanted to know if I was going to race it...

since it had a "roll bar" in it. I decided to just humor him and told him yes it was for a NASCAR seniors class (over 60 here)...heres your sign...the 2x4 frame actually keeps the car cover from sagging and holding water until I get the top frame back in place. Any way this is my Squarebird Kit car.. I am probably going to be asking for help when I get to certain parts and will photograph the process...
Just some thoughts from under my shade tree. Grant
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:53 PM
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well you can bet you wont be just "sittin' around with nothing to do" for the next year or two or three....

How does it look underneath? Is there a motor in that car?
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:59 AM
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I can identify...mine is being painted right now and should be back together in the fall providing the money keeps flowing.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:02 AM
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Hey Grant,
She looks great! Keep us posted!!!
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:44 PM
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To answer Dakota Boy the engine and trans are completely done and back in the car. The suspension is all new including springs front and rear. The brakes are all new including new MC, booster, wheel cyl, shoes and drums..and that will change since I now want to go to 4 wheel discs. The top is my real challenge.. I havent seen much on how to refurb one so I am in new territory. I will try to document it as I go. Grant
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ncbird View Post
...heres your sign...
Now that's funny! I've had reason to hand those out in the past...

The car looks great. Did you build a lot of models as a kid? This may be more of a 'snap-tight' kit as no glue is required.

Have fun with it. I hope you can work on it inside.


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