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Frank Tate

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  1. Thanks guys! The manual says that I need to use something about 2.25" OD for the arm's outer circumfurence and then something to wrap around the shaft and the bearing's inner circumfurence. That is the issue with me. I will work on it.
  2. I am trying to replace the bushings on the upper suspension arms on my 55 tbird. There is apparently a tool to do that, but I am unable to locate it. Anybody have a source for that tool, or a suggestion on how to do this particular repair? Thanks Frank
  3. Thanks Todd. I'll look into it.
  4. James, My condolences on your fathers passing. I know words are not enough to describe everything you are feeling. Stay safe. Frank
  5. Also, since I am thinking of it, what should be used to keep the fasteners from rusting...I am so tired of blasting and wire brushing nuts and bolts I can hardly see straight! Do you just bolt it all together and shoot it with clear?
  6. Thank you all! I was hoping for the "scuff and shoot" answer to validate my desire to get it done quicker. Also, since I am just outside of Annapolis, we are still waiting for the spring thaw and I still have a foot of snow outside the garage! So I can't take it out for blasting. I'll figure out something to strip it down! And yes, I agree Todd. I think the factory used gloss not flat on the frame. Back to Eastwood!
  7. I am in the process of trying to restore a 55 Tbird basketcase. The previous owner started and then I got the car. He had already painted the frame with Chassis Black. But, as you can see, it has started to rust. My question is...Do I need to sand the entire frame prior to re-coating with Chassis Black just to give the new paint some tooth to adhere? Thanks for any input!
  8. Bernie, I am enjoying your posts. As one survivor to another...cheers! Way to live. Your story got me thinking about getting my act together and making some progress on the 55 Tbird I've got sitting here. I would love to take it on a tour like you described. All the best, Frank
  9. Hershey Highmeadow campground is right there on Rt 39 on the way to Hersheypark. They have sites with all the amenities or no amenities and cabins. I don't know what is still available this late, but you can call 1-800-HERSHEY and find out. It is now run by Herco, used to be private.
  10. Ken, I used to do a little leather work, but have not had experience with what you are describing. I would think though, you would want to put a compatible material in to plug the hole. That being leather! As I am writing this kind of stream of conscience, I just thought that the wood framing in the doors would also be a problem, wouldn't it? I think you may have to bite the bullet and take the panel off to make sure the wood is structurally sound. Maybe an epoxy filler to stabalize the framing. Then you have the panel off and you could put a piece of cloth as a backer and glue in a small piece of leather. Then blend it in with dye. For leather supplies, try Tandy. If you don't want to take the panel off, you at least need to gain enough access to put some sort of backer material in to hold your repair. Anything else will just fall out as the leather flexes in response to temp, humidity and the vehicle motion. Good Luck!
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