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Everything posted by Smartin

  1. If you're using PPG shopline, just use DC4000 clear. It's under $500 a gallon including hardener. $1300 a gallon for clear is pretty tough. The base prices are in line. You can get away with a less expensive base if you use a quality clear with good UV protection. Stick with the same brand base-to-clear.
  2. Good deal. You'll be amazed at how good it can look with a cut and buff.
  3. Maybe I've just had crappy irons...seems like they just never get hot enough.
  4. Looks great! What are you planning to do to polish?
  5. I've had much better results and luck with a soldering gun. https://www.amazon.com/Weller-D650-Industrial-Soldering-Gun/dp/B000JEGEC0 ...or one similar. I think you can get them at any of the hardware stores.
  6. Buffing is complete. I couldn't resist throwing some bling on it..
  7. All of my 57's an d 58's had shrouds...don't know of earlier ones.
  8. 1000 grit finished early this morning. Buzzed through the 2000 round, and then 3000 DA. Before I quit for the day, I ran the buffer over the RH door to get some motivation.
  9. Fix it until it breaks, Doug!
  10. I usually see around 5.5 volts, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the current problem.
  11. If the problem did not happen the next day, it is likely not a vacuum leak. I would look at replacing the t-stat with a 180, and replacing the temp sending unit while you're at it. Those are both pretty easy swaps. Don't go tearing the car apart without eliminating these simple things first.
  12. I have been busy with installing all the door guts, and rear window guts. Wiring harnesses, cleaning and painting other small parts. Time to take a break from that and start cutting and buffing this thing.
  13. That is not a 75. And he's showing a photo of a 57 Chevy fender like it will fit.
  14. Try these guys... https://speedometercablesusa.com/cables_and_housing_assembly.html Or these guys... http://www.texasindustrialelectric.com/speedo.asp I believe either of them can make you a new cable.
  15. I assembled all of the hardware onto the new glass today. I got a hardware kit from Todd, which includes a good portion of new parts, but some I had to reuse from the old glass. I'm really glad we got new glass for this car. The old stuff was so scratched up and worn out...would've been a bummer to install it on such a nice car.
  16. I started installing door guts yesterday. I forget how much crap is bolted to these doors, until I have to remove ,clean, paint, grease, from the old door to the new door. The original glass to the car was really worn and scratched up. I ended up ordering a set of side glass from Auto City Classic. I had already ordered a windshield from Summit (Pilkington date coded). The side glass will be here in a couple weeks. Not sure on the windshield. Here's a really exciting picture of what appears to be no progress, but it represents about 6 hours of fiddling with parts a
  17. It's called Spectra Chrome...Jay Leno featured it a few years ago on one of his short videos. A local guy that I know bought into it and offers it now. He wanted me to partner up as his painter but I don't have time for it. This is going to be a bit of a guinea pig project for both of us.
  18. Inner and outer AC boxes, and all associated doodads are cleaned up and installed. Still need to buy some flex duct to connect the boxes. The firewall insulation was a pain in the arse to get the pins through the firewall. Seemed like that took more time than anything else. All pedal assemblies are installed. I started to get some wiring in. Threaded the power window harnesses through the doors and roughly hung the dash harness. Mounted the fuse block and left everything else hanging for now...until I can get the instrument cluster back from my spray chrome guy.
  19. Let it sit for a few weeks, not days....before cutting and buffing. A month if you can handle waiting.
  20. That might be an understatement 😬 These parts are all from the parts car I bought last November in KS. It had a complete dashboard and AC system that this car needed badly. Pretty sure it was a complete mouse community before I got it.
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