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Old April 28th, 2015, 04:48 AM
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Nice to see you back with some updates!!!! Looking great!!!!!
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Old April 28th, 2015, 05:46 AM
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Thanks guys for all the kind words. We are extremely proud of how it is coming along. No Larry, it won't be done for this season but hopefully by spring of next year we should be ready. We have a lot of work to do and I'm really dreading the wiring part. But thank you guys. We are learning a lot and having fun.
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Hey guys, just to update. No pictures this time but will have some to follow. We put the gas tank in last night. First off, finding a gas tank with the vent tube in the right place proved to be impossible. So we got the old gas tank and cut the vent out of it. We then drilled the holes in the correct places on the new tank and went to the local old school radiator shop and got the vent soldered in the correct place. Putting the gas tank in turned out to be an easy task once the correct length bolts were found. Note, The bolts are 3 1/2 inches for a reason. 3 1/4 inch bolts will not work unless you are superman and spiderman all in one. Also had to clean the new wheels with mag polish and then wax them. It seems even in an A/C building, they will tarnish and possibly rust. Problem fixed for now. Starting to put the wiring in certain places still waiting on the dash and instrument cluster to come home to us and we are still fixing some a/c components for under the dash but its starting to come together slowly but surely. I will be posting pictures soon.
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Update: rebuilt the ac box and the blower box. Started putting the wires in and put dynamat on the fire wall. Dad has been hot and heavy on the car as of late. I've been working 6 days a week. We have a bunch of work going on right now and its really a blessing. Here are a few pictures of some of the things we are working on. Hope yall like them.
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Old June 15th, 2015, 01:35 PM
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Super nice attention to detail - wow.
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super nice attention to detail - wow.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 01:23 PM
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Hey Guys, I know its been a while but we have made a little progress on the car. Still waiting on the dash and gauges to come home to us and the ac hoses and condenser should be here this week maybe and the wiper motor will be end of this week or first of next. We have put the ac in and the blower motor on along with most of the wiring. Here are the pics of where we stand as of right now. I hope yall like it.
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Soon as I saw the tread pattern of those tires I knew they were Polyglas GT's. Funny how little details like that stay with you for decades. Really nice work
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 04:25 PM
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Looking good Ronnie.
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Very nice looking, very rare a/c.
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Old August 4th, 2015, 02:50 PM
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Ha ha ha Yeah Trip had to go with the polyglass. Why Not.


Thanks Classicmuscle442 we are extremely proud of it.


Thank you Mr. Mike. Our work load just picked up big time so I won't be able to come up there til after September but I'm sure I will call you before then about something. I know Dad has said he wants to come back and look at your car since its been finished. He loved the pictures.
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Old October 19th, 2015, 08:52 AM
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Hey Guys, It has been a while since I've posted any updates. We have had a busy summer with work and that is a good thing. We have also made a little progress on the car as well. I have some pictures to post, but to name a few, we have put all of the air conditioning major components in the fire wall and under the dash. All we like is hard mounting the condenser and the lines under the hood. We got the dash back from instrument specialties and they did a fantastic job. It looks great and fit almost perfect. All of the gauges look spectacular. We installed the dash, gauges, A/C controls, and vents. All of the wiring under the dash is complete with the exception of the radio and that will be done tonight. The fenders, inner fenders, trunk, and doors have been painted and are awaiting assembly. We also put the core support on and got all of the chrome back from Jon Wrights custom chrome plating , which he does an outstanding job on everything he does, and it is spectacular. Here are some pictures. I hope everyone likes them!!!
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Old October 19th, 2015, 09:20 AM
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Old October 19th, 2015, 12:35 PM
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I've never seen A/C like that. At least mine doesn't look like that. Is that a stock set up? Car looks great.
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Old October 19th, 2015, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by TripDeuces View Post
I've never seen A/C like that. At least mine doesn't look like that. Is that a stock set up? Car looks great.
Yeah that is a stock set up. You are not the first person to say that either. Makes me wonder about it though. I know in our book on the car, there are two different ones and there is less information on this one than the other but it is what we have so that's what the car gets. We completely rebuilt the controls and the box and it seems to operate great. I just hope it does after we fire the car up. Which hopefully will be in a short time. We are going to fire it up right after we put the fenders on it.


If anyone has any info on this being a different a/c option, I would love to hear they're take on it!!
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Old October 19th, 2015, 01:31 PM
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Do you have any pictures of your A/C stuff, I would like to see the differences. I am intrigued by this now.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 05:48 AM
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Beautiful work and attention to detail! I sometimes wish that mine had been complete enough to restore back to factory spec.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 06:58 AM
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NTMD8TR,
Beautiful work and attention to detail! I sometimes wish that mine had been complete enough to restore back to factory spec.


Thank you. It has been hairy at times but it has been a fun build. I cant wait to drive it down the road again.
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Quick note, We put the radio in and finished all the under dash wiring and installed the plastic air box last night. All that is left is putting the a/c hose to the vents and the under dash stuff will be complete. Tonight, is clean the inside of the car out and put the carpet in.
She's coming together!!!
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I've never seen A/C like that. At least mine doesn't look like that. Is that a stock set up? Car looks great.
Just curious as to what you see that's different about Ronnie's car A/C? I looked @ it and don't see anything out of the norm.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 07:36 AM
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Thank you. It has been hairy at times but it has been a fun build. I cant wait to drive it down the road again.
Outstanding car @ work,Congrats.
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Old October 20th, 2015, 08:11 AM
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Beautiful job!!!! I've always loved the 2 tone red combo on the dash! I see you have the vac. gauge on that gorgeous console. Are you going to add the "side-winder" tach to the dash???
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Thanks Mike, Yeah I'm kind of curious because both your car and ours looks to be identical and that's not the first time I've heard that so I'm wondering. Too late to get shaky in the build now.

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Thanks, We have the vacuum gauge already installed on the console but we just came across the tach that goes there and may use it. Not sure yet but we will be getting it restored so we may have an extra something. As far as mounting one on the dash, we will not no matter if we use the one for the console or not. We want this car to be just like my dads first car with the exception of the air conditioning.
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Well I think I had a senior moment. I went back and looked at my old pics and I suppose they are the same. I don't have the complete firewall pics but most of them. Here you go.
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Hey Trip, That is the same set up as ours and Mr. Mike's. I wouldn't call it a senior moment. When you go to put it back in just be sure to have some help with the under dash stuff because without it, it's a booger. Also, good luck with finding a gasket kit that fits perfect. We bought several and nothing worked like it was supposed to. We ended up making our own on a lot of the stuff. And I do recommend Classic Auto Air in Tampa for reconditioning the hoses and compressor and things like that. We did the under dash box and plastic stuff ourselves but they did a fantastic job with our hoses poa valve muffler and other stuff. If you have any questions, I'll help anyway I can and if I can't, Mr. Mike really knows his stuff on this car. He has been a tremendous help to us. I can't thank him enough for his knowledge and advice!!
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Back from the Darkness with updates!!!!

Well everyone, There's been some progress. We've been able to stay on the car fairly productive through hunting season until the stopping point just after new years. Sorry I haven't posted any pictures but this should suffice. We did get all the dash and wiring installed and the front part of the interior. The doors were next and all the windows. The front end has been aligned and we just moved the car back to our friends paint booth and shop to start the final cut, clear, cut, compound, buff, and final assembly of the fenders hood and deck lid before she comes back home for the rest of the interior and all the trim and bumpers.
On a Serious note, we did fire the car up and had a rather disturbing experience. We had a bad lifter and had to tear down the top end and resolve the situation. After that was fixed, she is running like a top and sounds great. Below are the pictures from installing the dash and front interior. Her trip to get the front end aligned and pictures from the first mock up of the fenders hood and truck lid to set the gaps. We took those pieces back off for the polishing and will go back on after the clear is sprayed and final polishing is done. So hopefully we will be doing the final assembly in roughly two weeks. Our goal is to have this thing mostly done so my dad and I can do some turkey hunting together this year.
I hope yall like the way it is going as much as we do.
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That's a great looking car and a good job of a correct resto,congrats.
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Beautiful, I've followed your thread, great work. A very successful father and son project.
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Beautiful work! cant wait to be that far on mine. Great work. My dads not helping me, but i hope i have it done soonish, so i can take him for a ride. He will be 90 in March. Question, is the paint on top of the dash a flat or satin?
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Thanks for the update!!!!!!! Outstanding work!!!
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Beautiful work! cant wait to be that far on mine. Great work. My dads not helping me, but i hope i have it done soonish, so i can take him for a ride. He will be 90 in March. Question, is the paint on top of the dash a flat or satin?
Thanks, we are proud of it. Good luck with yours so you can take your dad riding.
That color is the correct lacquer. It is a flat color that matches the dash pad.
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Thank you guys for all the nice words. We are extremely happy with where we are with how it has turned out so far. Today we will roll the car into the paint booth for the final clear application. Then it will be time for some cutting and buffing. We are in the home stretch and I can tell you it's getting ansy. It seems every time we put something back on the car, she talks to us.
This site and the people on here talking to us with advice and parts has been a blessing and I would like to thank everyone.
We are in the home stretch and I can't wait to start posting pictures as we start the final, final assembly.
Thank you guys
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Another thing, man that 4 speed console is beautiful, did you have it chrome plated? If so, may i ask where? Also did you use laquer on the exterior also? Great work!
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Another thing, man that 4 speed console is beautiful, did you have it chrome plated? If so, may i ask where? Also did you use laquer on the exterior also? Great work!
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The Console was black when we started. We took the whole thing apart and made it red. The top piece was sent to John Wrights Custom Chrome Plating. He is a small shop, but he does show stopper quality work. He is a hot rod enthusiast and does it right. It takes a little time to do it but he did all the chrome on the car. Bumpers included, with the exception of the instrument panel.
After we got it back, we taped it off and painted the insert pieces and re assembled the console. All of the trim was polished by dad and Me and someone else did some of the big stuff with polishing. Then we repainted the center like it was supposed to be.


No the car is painted in basecoat clear. Lacquer was too expensive and too hard to get that much of. We matched off the original paint code. The dash is all in lacquer because of the top having to be a flat color and the bottom a different color so we stayed with lacquer on it.

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Very nice looking car you guys have done. I like the correct chambered tail pipes. Awesome work!!
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Finally got caught up on this thread, outstanding! Any updates?
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