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Old 02-12-2015, 10:59 PM
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The painter just left the house and said he could repaint it (scuff and spray) and repair the fender lip rust for about $4,000. The wife and I agreed and he will take it in two weeks.

I also got the windshield in today that I ordered on Ebay and it looks good. Of course, now that we are painting it I am going to wait on the installation.

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You are doing it right. Body, then Paint then Trim (glass is Trim). Before the windshield and backlite go in you should have your headliner the way you want it. Follow your Shop Manual for glass and moulding installation. - Dave
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Old 02-13-2015, 12:57 AM
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Thank you for the support Dave. This was not supposed to turn into a restoration but it is a nice car and deserves it. So much for my tax refund...

As you said, I need to pull off all the trim, bumpers and lights before I send it to the painter. I also need to keep it running WITHOUT putting the dash and interior back together. Will it run with the dash completely disconnected?



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Old 02-13-2015, 02:48 AM
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Tim:
Do the pictures below look at all familiar? My dash was torn apart for quite a while and I was able to run it and move it in and out of the garage. You just need to make sure that all positive terminals are isolated so nothing will ground out. Your wiring appears to be in pretty nice shape so you sure don't want to burn it up.
BTW, I can't remember if you were going to install an electric wiper motor. If not, this is the time to check the old vacuum motor, since most of them are frozen from non use. Just one more thing to think about.
How was your transmission shift indicator? Loose or sloppy? The steering column is an easy removal with the dash out and things exposed.
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were you going to install a new firewall insulation piece?

when I had my dash removed, I replaced all the rotten tar paper stuff with one of those nice ABS plastic ones. It made a huge reduction in noise and heat
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:33 AM
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How was your transmission shift indicator? Loose or sloppy? The steering column is an easy removal with the dash out and things exposed.
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It is loose and I have to hold the shifter up to start the car. I think of it as a security feature


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were you going to install a new firewall insulation piece?
No, however this project all of a sudden snowballed. I planned on Dynamat and already have new carpet. On my wife's 56' we did a couple years ago it really made a difference.

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I had a couple of beers tonight and decided to start tearing apart the car to get the trim and front end off. Good times. Even the wife and dog came out to help!

I need to work on the door trim tomorrow along with the roof trim and then let the wife remove the trunk pieces and rear bumper.



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Old 02-16-2015, 09:57 AM
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Tim that's great that your wife is jumping in with the restoration as you are doing it together. Now just need to train your dog to bring some beers and cocktails for you and the wife
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I have not done much over the last week however I did move it out today to prepare it to go to paint this coming weekend. It looks like a stock car with the front removed!

In a couple of months it will look just as good as the Bel Air.

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Tim what exterior colour did you decide to go with?
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