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  1. Hey, it's back! New owner needs seat belts installed, electric wiper motor, and speedometer repair.
  2. They did. I had the pigtail plugged into the wrong port.
  3. Previously "repaired" rust is coming back, and likely twice the size as it is showing. I like the 61 E225's...but the hidden rust is a deal killer for me.
  4. Oddly enough, that is not entirely true. This is an original paint car (inside the door jambs)...I didn't paint some of the jambs. The owner was trying to keep any originality he could with it.
  5. It just goes straight in horizontally. The split remains through the door jambs. I'll see if I can find a photo
  6. I wish I could show you...gotta wait until after MCACN 2021! It's killing me not posting photos or video of it running. UGH
  7. Well, it runs and drives now. Top goes up and down. Looks like I'll be taking it to the conv top guy next weekend. I had a couple leaks off the bat when I fired it up for the first time. One transmission cooling line fitting, and an oddball oil leak from the oil pump housing. It seems to have fixed itself, but I'll keep an eye on it. Might end up pulling the pump apart and resealing. Fuel filter housing was dripping, but easy fix with a couple wrenches. It took me a couple hours to get the top working smoothly...kept blowing fuses. But once I got everything lube
  8. The grinder with the adapter for the 3" cutoff wheel...I've tried a couple different variations of that. None of them were ever very stable or balanced. I use one that is specifically for those wheels and nothing else...works great. It's also what I use for 99% of my spot weld grinding/removal. I've tried those round spot weld drill bits...they just walk all over the place it seems.
  9. If you're jacking it up with the rear end, you'll be fighting to get the tire out from under the wheel opening. I typically will jack it up with the rear end, then stick jack stands just ahead of the wheels on the frame rail...then lower the jack until the rear end is hanging free. That will buy some room.
  10. I couldn't get my pedal to firm up no matter what I did, until I adjusted the anchor pins on each wheel. If the shows are not centered with the drums, it will take quite a bit of pedal travel to make full contact with the drums. The adjustment procedure is described in the manual, and it's pretty easy to do.
  11. I've gotten a couple covers from Barney, Ted....can't go wrong with his suggestions! Really nice stuff...better than I have found anywhere else.
  12. Yep...spread the grippers 😁
  13. The lower rear fender mount bolts are 3/8" thread, 16 threads per inch. I wouldn't have much faith in the J clips with the nuts tack welded in, if you want to tighten them enough to hold the fender in place. I'd rather use the integrated threaded clip like I posted earlier. That way, there is no nut that can snap off the clip.
  14. I just used that type on the bottom of the fenders I installed yesterday on the Tealmist Gray car. They have plenty of strength.
  15. Front sheet metal installed today... I'm hesitant to post more complete photos, since this car is supposed to be unveiled at MCACN. 2020 is canceled, so that means it will go to 2021 and be unveiled then. I don't know if I can wait a year to post pics LOL EDIT: I removed the teaser photo to stay eligible for the unveiling at MCACN. I may have to stop entirely posting photos of this project until after the unveiling. It's going to kill me LOL
  16. https://www.amazon.com/Tapped-Hole-U-Style-Material-Thickness-Distance/dp/B00C3MUMOW
  17. Finally have a correct trans mount...got the engine and trans stabbed in this afternoon. I started putting some accessories on, but ran out of steam. Earlier today, I installed the top motor, hoses, and lift cylinders. I also got the new tires mounted on the wheels we are using. I still have to clean them up a bit more and paint the centers. Some of you will laugh or stick up your nose, but this is what the car came with, so that's what is going back on. I dig it.
  18. Use an awl to locate the holes through the trim pieces once you have them in place.
  19. For some reason, I am thinking the 58 splines that go into the transmission have one blind (flat) spline, and the 57 did not. Can anyone confirm? I distinctly remember fighting my 58 trying to get them together, not knowing about that spline...then finally figuring it out. But I don't recall this on any of the 57's I've taken apart or put together.
  20. The holes for the trim screws will be located in the edge of the dash pad topper. If you had the top recovered, check to see if the holes were covered by the material.
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