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1962 Starfire Convertible Project

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Some new pics of the '62 Starfire as of last weekend. The repairs to the forward parts of both rear quarters have now been completed.

One of these pics shows a rather convoluted view of the inside portion of the forward half of the driver's side rocker, seen looking forward. Normally hidden by the frame, this part of the rocker had started rusting from the inside out, necessitating a small repair.

Still remaining is the repair to the driver's floor and the aft portion of the passenger's rear quarter. There's also a small rust hole evident underneath the left outer tailight. Once these are fixed, the metalwork on the car should be essentially finished.

Chuck

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I learned to drive on a 1962 Wedgewood Mist Starfire convertible. What a hot car that was! I also live in the Chicagoland area, and I would love to see the car. Any chance?

Barry

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I've had this project on hold since early spring due to all the Hope & Change we're enjoying.

All the metalwork on the car has been completed & the body primed. The restoration shop has the body & frame tucked away at their storage facilty, so at the moment there's not a whole lot that I can show to anyone.

I'm hoping to restart work on the car over the winter. Originally I'd hoped to have it ready in time for the OCA Nats in Des Moines, but I don't think it's realistic or prudent to press on with it in the face of big tax hikes and changes in healthcare (my profession) that are coming down the pipe. It's time to pay off some debt & batten down the hatches, 'cause things are going to get ugly....

I'll be sure to post some more photo updates whenever work resumes.

Thank you for your interest-

Chuck

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Work has resumed on the Starfire.

The suspension and frame are essentially completed. Meanwhile, the body is in line to be prepped and repainted in its original color of Wedgewood Mist. Once painted, the body will be mounted back on the frame, and then the car will likely wind up mothballed again for awhile.

Enjoy the new pics-

Chuck

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Hi Chuck, the color looks a lot better here in these photos, this will be a very beautiful car when finished.

Will you have it done for the nationals in Ohio 2014? ( I'm hoping for a yes here!! )

Steve

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Mike, I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. Sorry for not being in touch for awhile- this time of year is always jammed with too many things to do.

Steve, I'd love to have the car finished this year, but I think 2015 is looking more realistic (I hope.) The work on the interior is just beginning, and I haven't done a thing with the engine yet...though the transmission is ready to go. Finally seeing it in paint these past few weeks really has me motivated to bring it over the finish line as soon as possible. I've always liked Wedgewood Mist on these cars- it just doesn't photograph well under the fluorescent lights at the shop, but I'm very pleased when I see it in person. No doubt it will look even better wearing a fresh set of aluminum panels!!! :D

Chuck

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Great thread!! I’ve gotten lot’s of tips on my own frame off restore of my ’64 Electra convertible. I’m doing everything myself though and I am far from a professional. I’ve resigned to the fact that I will have a nice driver (no trailer queen here).

Who ever did the welding of the panels on yours did a really nice job and is giving me something to strive for.

great job,

Can’t wait to see it done!

Larry

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