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Nicolas, in France, has received his '59 Raven Black Squarebird! He sent me some pix to show her to ya'll. She looks to be in pretty good condition over all. He pretty well knows what she needs as you can see in the interior. He says she runs and he will start checking her out more thoroughly as soon as he can. Here are the pix!
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:31 AM
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Nicolas great to see that your classic is now in your possession and the restoration begins Good Stuff.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:13 PM
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Thanks Ray for posting my pics. I will keep you informed as I move forward in my restoration.
I got what I expected. Some welding and patches required mainly on the right side. Engine is running fine but I just drove her into my garage as there was NO brakes at all. I will start my process but first step is good organisation and preparation. I don't have much space in my garage so everything needs to be in the right place.

I will start by marking all the wires in the engine compartment before I take away the interior. I will take the front seats to my upholstery guy. I have purchased new seat covers from Macs Antique.

I want to access the floors and refresh or repair the floors.

I will then start the major part of my restoration, changing the rails.

i will do my best to share as much info as possible but you know how it is !!! Kids, wife, job !!! Not much time left so I have to deal with it !!!

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But ....

Such a good feeling when you finally get you car in the garage, you open the boxes of all the parts and antiques you bought months ago. Some you don't even remember.

I love that thrill.
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Hi Nick, glad to be of help! When you start working on things, post away and post any pix of the areas you are working on, in the technical Forum for '58-'60 Squarebirds. Good luck with her!
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I took the interior off. Carpeting and seats and started my investigation. As expected, poor quality repairs were already done and rust has found its way again through the rails, inner rocker etc... Never seen a glued patch before but there's a first time for everything I guess. After turning the problem upside down, there's no other way but to do it right if I want to have a straight car.
So I started cutting. I will buy some metal sheet tomorrow and first repair the floors. I will also get a 2 x 4 steel tubing to give more strength to my repair. I'll be blocked at some point as my rocker panels are still in the US, leaving on a ship on the 5th of March. But I want to do everything I can before that. She will go on jack stands this week to give better access. God that car is sitting low !!!
Once blocked by my parts delivery, I will start the complete rebuild of the braking system.
Meanwhile, sanding the filter and the valve covers at work for painting (matching colors !), cleaning the engine compartment, Edelbrock 1406 installation, flushing of all fluids, well still a lot to do !!
Will take some pics this week end.
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Some progress !!! I have finished the floor patches on the drivers side. I have started the complete rebuild of the brakes.

Straight out of the box 1406 Edelbrock installed ! Check !

I have sanded (and yes, I need to blow again the air cleaner !!!) and painted the air cleaner, valve covers and replaced the ignition wiring. I know the ignition wiring is not period correct, but I dig the style ! Straight Rajah ! Check !





I have replaced the starter solenoid, the regulator, the ignition coil. I have restored the cooling fluid container. I will finish the brakes next week end and then, I can turn the car... cause my garage is too small !!! So I do one side at a time.

I have also replace the window rollers and my window are moving up and down smoothly... Check !

My best buddy passed by and was impressed with the progress ! Looking good for this summer !

Keep you posted.
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Your car should be a real eye catcher in France. Glad to see the work is progressing.
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Nick, you are making great progress and it is looking good!
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Nick, you are making great progress and it is looking good!
Thank you guys. Can't wait to go in my garage again !

What do you think about the ignition wiring ? You like it or not ?
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