petelempert

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  1. I cut an antenna hole in my cover as follows: First, roll the whole cover out on the length of the drivers side only of the car and pull it taut across the front and rear bumpers, leaving it furled on the passenger side. Push the cover up against the antenna and mark the approximate hole position. Next, roll it over the front end of the car across both sides (passenger and drivers), keeping it furled and do the same. Finally, do the same procedure from the rear going forward. You'll end up with three dots in very close proximity. Punch the hole in the middle of all three marks. If you don't take three measurements, you'll end up with a cover that pulls one way or another. Take the "fabric donut" most covers include and glue it down with 3M 8008 weatherstrip adhesive. If you don't use the donut or glue that sucker down with something strong, you'll have a hole that tears and ruins the cover over time. One final OCD nerd trick...mark the front of the cover and sew a small amount of red ribbon on it...it'll help you find the starting point when you go to re-cover and prevent you from fumbling with a giant cover. PRL
  2. I keep my cars covered even though they are in a garage. Sometimes people come in and say "Isn't that sort of like wearing a belt and suspenders?". Its a matter of preference, but I've found that covers keep dust off, bugs/droppings from insects attracted to overhead lights in summer and mostly it's protection from the occasional "rub by" that happens when you're moving around the cars. It would be nice to have them uncovered so you can look at them, but I've found the benefits of protection outweigh the eye candy factor. They sort of look like big wrapped up xmas presents. But here's the thing: A old, dirty conventional cover can actually attract dirt and leave your car dirty and dusty. I would cover my car, them spend a long time dusting it off after I removed the cover. The older my conventional cover got, I felt like I was putting dirty clothes on after taking a shower. I found a product called a "Dust Top" from California Car cover. It's an indoor only cover, but it seems too magically prevent the dust from laying up on the car. Also, it's light and much easier to put on versus the dirty, heavy old cotton ones I used to use. I also been told that a heavy, old style cover with a lot of accumulated dirt can actually harm a paint job. Am I being sort of fussy? Yeah. Are "Dust Tops" sort of pricey? Yeah, but they sure do a great job. PRL
  3. Suggest Eastwood spray enamel. Either "Cast Steel Gray" or "Detail Gray". PRL
  4. Star Wars air cleaner. Suicide ball on the shifter. Municipal bus bumpers. The good, the bad and the ugly. PRL
  5. For me, it's got too much "bustle" in the area behind the rear seats. That said, it appeared to be very well built and not an easy job. It's a matter of personal taste. Without a roof, the real large size of the second gen car is accentuated. In person, this is a big open car. I just hope the doors still open after a few years. PRL
  6. I'm pretty sure the trim rings on my 72 442 are stainless. They look chrome, but up close they have a very mild brushed look. They are 14's so they wouldn't fit my Riv. Good point about the scratches. PRL
  7. Spotted at a groundbreaking ceremony for one of those high end car storage facilities in Dallas this weekend. Looked like a pretty good build. Definitely had presence. Made me realize how important the roofline is to the original design. PRL
  8. Wow. That is really cool. I'm surprised GM didn't think to try it. Throughout the 60s and 70's they tried all types of wheel, trim, spinner combos across the various marques. I love it when somebody finds something cool to try that should have been obvious to us all. PRL
  9. Front disc brakes

    Performance issues aside, the dual master cylinder is certainly a safety modification worth considering. But, do what you want with your brakes and be happy about it. Lots of opinions, but yours is the only one that matters. Don't let anyone stop you (ha...get it?) from doing what you like to your car. PRL
  10. I got the low-down on screw position when I was a kid working at an Exxon station in high school. "Old Bill" was the senior mechanic and insisted that everything we touched had: slot head screws at a 45 degree angle to encourage drainage (oil or water) if present and phillips heads also at a 45 degree...like an X for the same reason. Old Bill was probably the best mechanic I've ever met. In his toolbox he had a stick with a suction cup on the end that he used to listen to a motor. With it, he could spot any problem like a doctor with a stethoscope. Bill was in his late seventies when I worked for him. He was a machinist in WW2 on a destroyer that got torpedoed in the Bungo Strait and Old Bill (young Bill at the time) floated in a oil slick for two days. Every day when we'd wash up after work he'd joke that "he just couldn't see to get away from dirty oil". He left a big impression on me. PRL
  11. First Generation Dash Pad

    I went with the Dashtop option on my 63. It looks and performs great. Nothing against JustDashes...they just rebuilt an entire dashpad for a 77 Pontiac Can Am I am restoring and their work is phenomenal. Its expensive but worth it in most cases. For my 63 though, the Dashtop option is really solid. When I first got it, I thought I'd install it for now and later have the thing done by JustDashes at triple the cost. Now, I drive down the road, glance at my Dashtop, marvel at how good it looks and contemplate how I'll send the money I saved. PRL
  12. Not sure I'd go with a "famous shop". IMHO, most of the reality show restoration shops seem to have moved their core emphasis from restoration to self promotion. It seems they select their projects more based upon the TV value and less on the merits of meat and potatoes restoration work. Of course they may still do plenty of that work, but since it doesn't make good TV, we don't see much of it. Overall, I can't help but feel that the quality of works suffers and the focus veers away towards promotion, fame wealth etc. If I needed a solid place to bring a really nice Riv for some selective improvement, I'd take a long look at a copy of Hemmings, select a few shops that advertise, call them, interview them and ultimately visit each. From there, I'm guessing you could find a reputable shop where your car would get the attention it deserves without all the drama. PRL
  13. I'v never heard of a shop that specializes in first gen...or any Rivs really. As noted earlier, there are lots of shops that specialize in Mustang, Camaro, Vette etc. Riv's are just a different animal and don't have nearly the same fan base. This is reinforced by the relatively low number of reproduction parts out there for Rivs. My guess is that you wanted a really legit restoration, you'd have to find a shop that has very high standards and delivers that quality regardless of the make or model. If you can't fix it yourself or serve as your own general contractor to source work, be prepared to pay dearly for a high quality shop to "get it right" on a Riv. PRL
  14. Sound Barrier

    I dunno. It's sort of an odd concept. I get what they were trying to say, but without wheels, front end etc...this looks like some interstellar, car wreck acid trip. I like how the passenger is looking out the window and down...."Look honey, I can see Uranus. Hope my hat doesn't blow off. Can I have another acid tab please? How is this thing flying without a motor? PRL
  15. Too much Sawzall. Too much time. PRL