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Old January 11th, 2018, 04:23 PM   #41  
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i really like that color kandy Pagan gold cant wait to see the completed car
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Old January 11th, 2018, 06:40 PM   #42  
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Kinda looks like a '63 Olds 88 .
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Old January 12th, 2018, 05:56 AM   #43  
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Do you still have the old grill?
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Old January 15th, 2018, 01:21 PM   #44  
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Do you still have the old grill?

Yes we have the grille and a lot of other trim parts, like the taillight "sights" and the trim from the front fender side and the die cast piece that ran between the taillights. The owner had them all re-chromed before he decided to go custom. We have the original headlight buckets and aluminum headlight trim as well.

The asking on the grille is $300.
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Old January 28th, 2018, 07:31 AM   #45  
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Painted the door jambs and hood and trunk edges this weekend. Now on to assembly, and sand and buff!


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Old February 25th, 2018, 05:49 AM   #46  
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Sanded and buffed (1000 grit, 1500, 3000, then compound, and liquid polish, and hand glaze)
Ron's doing a terrific job buffing the miles of stainless trim on the car. Starting to install it now!
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Old February 25th, 2018, 07:53 AM   #47  
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Looks great!
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Old February 25th, 2018, 09:02 AM   #48  
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Sanded and buffed (1000 grit, 1500, 3000, then compound, and liquid polish, and hand glaze)
Sand and buff , the only way to do a real "show quality" job .
This thing's gonna look really sharp !
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Old March 5th, 2018, 07:56 AM   #49  
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---This post contains Easter eggs---

We have been busy color sanding and buffing, so we took advantage of sunny and (relatively) mild weather to drive the car outside and check out the paint!
We're happy with it. Next we need to wash it and get back to final assembly.

Lots of stainless trim to be buffed. And polished stainless bolts for under the hood for that little extra.

Thanks for following this thread.

(Literally, Easter eggs)
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Old March 5th, 2018, 08:48 AM   #50  
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Color looks amazing. I'll bet it sparkles and dazzles like crazy in the sunlight!!
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Old April 14th, 2018, 09:36 PM   #51  
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Today was surprisingly warm and sunny, so we finally got the car outside to give it a thorough cleaning on the outside and under the hood. One little project we finished was to add map lights (l.e.d.) under the dash, next to the courtesy lights switch. Since there only seemed to be block off plates covering the two holes, we put the lights there and they are controlled by the courtesy lamp switch.

Under the hood we still need to run some clamps for the a/c lines on the right inner fender and the power steering lines and on the left inner fender. The "to do" list is getting smaller!
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Old April 15th, 2018, 01:45 AM   #52  
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Great attention to detail, everything looks to be looked after, and finished to top-class.
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Old April 15th, 2018, 11:26 AM   #53  
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Wow! That's beautiful! Wish I could do the same to my '61 ! Very nice craftsmanship!
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Old April 15th, 2018, 02:05 PM   #54  
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I have those radio ***** and lighter they look like steering wheels.
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Old April 15th, 2018, 08:53 PM   #55  
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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday was about getting sunburned, today its all wet and windswept. Yesterday was lots of progress, today it was backtracking and troubleshooting. Among other things, a windshield wiper motor switch that has seen better days stopped the installation of the wiper assembly; while chasing down, and repairing, a broken wire in our headlight circuit took some time.

In the end the headlights are in and working and in the back we are waiting on some clips to finish up the trim.
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Old May 10th, 2018, 11:49 AM   #56  
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We've just had some tragic news, the owner of this car passed away suddenly last week. We liked him very much and we are sorry for his family's loss. We are working with his estate to finish up the car so it can be sold. If anyone following this thread has an interest in acquiring the car, please PM me and we will put you in touch with the proper party. We do not know what the asking price will be.

Of course we'll continue to update this thread as we finish up the car.
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Old May 10th, 2018, 04:28 PM   #57  
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sorry to hear that.. it is such a good build they should not have any trouble finding a new owner..
i have a 39 ford and a 73 javelin in my shop that have similar circumstances.. i am now having to find new owners for 'unfinished' projects for the widow so she can something back
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Old May 14th, 2018, 08:51 PM   #58  
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Work continues on the car, but here's something you don't see every day: mercury switches. We cleaned up the trunk lid light and installed it but it wouldn't light. There was a good ground and a hot in the body harness that the light plugs into. It wasn't until we put it on the bench with a battery and was rotating the light around that it would flicker on. We dug into the socket and there it was, a little glass 'jar' with metal contacts on the top and bottom and a tiny amount of mercury in it. All we had to do was properly orientate the light when we reinstalled it, and it works fine.

The hood light is the same way. As you can see in the photo the original light is a little too rusted but luckily we had a nicer one on the parts shelf. You can see the little jar of mercury that sits under the bulb and on top of the wire. Hard to imagine putting something like this on a car today, it would be way too expensive and dangerous.

I recall the Duesenberg expert Randy Ema saying a Duesenberg crankshaft has several pounds of mercury in a sealed box to keep it in balance.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 06:53 AM   #59  
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Be careful with that little bugger. Mine fell out and broke, and no one could supply me another. I eventually spliced in a more 'modern' mercury switch alongside the light and had a to make a metal spacer in the light socket. Works fine - but a lot of effort over a mistake.
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Old August 27th, 2018, 02:44 PM   #60  
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There hasn't been much progress to show until recently. We had two frustrating problems that slowed our progress. The first was the trim on the bottom of the rear window would not stay on, it would just pop off. We pulled the glass, got a new gasket and new clips. The top pieces of trim were perfect but the bottoms would not stay put. We ended up having to drill holes and screw them into place from the underside.

The second problem was the windshield wiper motor. The car came to us without one. We had a good unit from an '85 G-body. We clocked it 180* so it would hide under the dash and give us a smooth firewall. It would not work as a direct plug-in to the wiring so we had to test our wiring on the bench. It was a problem because we needed the wiper in place so we could put switch/dash end in, that way we could run the a/c hose behind the dash, then we could mount the driver's side a/c vent at that end of the dash, then we could mount the speaker grille and ash tray so we could then re-install the console..... you get what I mean but the wiper was the keystone.

We resolved (mostly) these issues and started putting in the upholstery, we installed the hood grilles and polished up the front bumper and installed the grilles we made for that. Every weekend I keep thinking we'll be done in a month; we might finally be on the way.

Thanks for following this thread.
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