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Getting my 1969 442 convertible back on the road

Old January 12th, 2019, 03:42 PM
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If you can put jack stands under the axle and load up the trunk with some weight to simulate gas in the car, it's easier to tighten/torque the UCA bolts that way.
thats a great idea!
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Old January 12th, 2019, 03:47 PM
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Today's progress











Had to fab up a bracket, this rear didn't have the bolt hole I seen in the manual.
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Old January 13th, 2019, 05:03 PM
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Got the rear suspension torqued. Hardest part was figuring out how to get wrenches on everything. I do not have a fancy torque wrench. Just the old fashioned long kind with the rod. But eventually I was able to figure it out. Fuel tank went back in smooth, other than I forgot double check the ground wire was out, so I had to drop it back down to fish it out.

I am really happy with ride height in the back. I was devastated for a minute when there was about 4\" difference from left to right, but after I bounced on the back 4 or 5 times it settled right in.

This is after the bounces.

Not sure I am happy about the front ride height, but I have a ton to put back on, (the outer fender you see and the core support is all that is on, more for me to see how it goes on). I want the front to be even or just a but lower than the rear.

I got a ton done. Still lots to do to get her driving by spring. I have been avoiding the front end because I have no idea how it goes together and I know I will take it apart a few times to get it right. But being able to run and tune the engine is great motivation. Have a 10 page paper write next weekend (last one!) So may be a few weekends before I get back to her.
- thanks for reading, and thanks for all the help so far. Olds people really are the class of the car world.
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Old January 22nd, 2019, 04:01 PM
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Front is back!

Got some time again today to work on her. I got the core support and fenders on, rad is in. The lower hose is not right, even the old one is wrong, so going to have to do some searching. Shroud didn't match completely either, but it should work for the time being. Started laying out the wiring, this is at least the second engine swap, so it looks a little cobbled. I may just order a new one to avoid headaches. Found the rubber parts of my fuel line behind the tire, got those replaced with new. Don't see any more so hopefully I got them all. Still lots of small things to do, but I should have no problem getting her road ready by spring. Couple more weekends I think.




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Old January 28th, 2019, 03:53 PM
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Great milestone

I cut about 15 wires today. Leftovers of the numerous engine swaps and stereos. Got her turning over on her own.

I also now have fuel to carb from the tank, so I should be able to validate that effort in the next day or two. Despite how happy I am about what I got done in my snow day, my wife is even happier, especially since -30 is coming.
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Hope this works. I got it running with everything hooked up so I could let her warm up a bit. Needs a bit of a tune, so I have lots to learn, but only a driveshaft and a snowing driveway stopping me from rolling her out. Maybe tomorrow.
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 12:29 PM
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Running AND driving

Got her moving today. What a great feeling. Still need brake adjustments and a bunch of details buttoned up, but she will be ready to rock as soon as spring gets here!!
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Originally Posted by Rvsmith5 View Post
Had to fab up a bracket, this rear didn't have the bolt hole I seen in the manual.
That would be because the rear has been swapped at some point. Good-lookin' fab, though.
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