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David, in your pictures of your rebuilt steering coupler, I don't see a grounding strap on it. Without the shaft grounded by the strap

the horn will not honk.

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1 hour ago, Seafoam65 said:

I don't see a grounding strap.

 

Good eye Winston. Here is a pic of the coupler before I installed the second half from my old coupler. The new one have a different grounding that is sandwiched between the two halves. U can see the gold anodized metal strap in pic

 

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Awesome build thread. How are you liking the sniper so far? I am most likely going that route if/when I need a rebuild. Als wondered if the intake gave any issues?

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42 minutes ago, Chris64 said:

Awesome build thread. How are you liking the sniper so far? l wondered if the intake gave any issues?

 

Thank u. LOVE the Sniper!

 

I just started a thread on my short experience. 

 

No issues with intake

 

 

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On 9/28/2018 at 9:57 AM, RockinRiviDad said:

 

Good eye Winston. Here is a pic of the coupler before I installed the second half from my old coupler. The new one have a different grounding that is sandwiched between the two halves. U can see the gold anodized metal strap in pic

 

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David, 

How about a separate thread on the rebuild of this rag joint.  The full scenario from beginning to end with lots of pictures and tech talk.

 

Ed

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5 hours ago, RivNut said:

David, 

How about a separate thread on the rebuild of this rag joint.  The full scenario from beginning to end with lots of pictures and tech talk.

 

Ed

 

Haha…I’ll do the best I can with what I got. But u guys know I’m no mechanic…so I may lack some of the “tech talk” u want haha.

 

I didn’t take too many pix. But I think I may have enough for a good write-up. 

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1 hour ago, whitewatersky said:

loving this thread - thanks for sharing.

it'll be handy for reference ... if I ever get my build going again...

 

Thank u…

no problem…if u are anywhere near me, I am more than willing to come help however I can (sorry, I can’t see your full profile from my phone)

 

heres a link to a better build haha. I found this link posted on the forum days ago by Schmiddy & I’m LOVING it haha. Makes me feel like erasing my work & starting over by following Schmiddy’s lead haha

 

http://riviera65.com/

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I added more sound deadener. This time I covered the doors with it.

 

I never mentioned what product I used. This car is so big that I had to buy sound deadener 3 times & ended up with 3 different products. End result, I finally found a good product on amazon. Its actually thicker than the expensive DynaMat stuff but at less than half of the price.

 

Apparently, the little dimples on the foil are to be rolled out smooth to ensure proper adhesion. I did not do that. Looks like I have to go back & get after that 

 

Noico 80 mil 36 sqft car Sound deadening mat, Butyl Automotive Sound Deadener, Audio Noise Insulation and dampening https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00URUIKAK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_yACwCb4A41SQ1

 

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Cruising my car around is waaay cool. But its much cooler rolling with some tunes right? Yup...I pulled the trigger & installed some tunes. The plan was to keep it basic with the exception of not using a head unit...It kinda morphed from there & I went overboard. 

 

Since my center console probably wont see the light of day anytime soon, I used one of those Bluetooth gadgets to stream music off of my phone...no need for a head unit

 

This multi-channel EQ allows for the refinement of sound thru my speakers that a head unit would’ve accomplished. Plus it allows for an aux cord to use my iPod. Love that!! My temp mounting locations SUCKS! I will be relocating that...

 

Power provided by a JL Audio 900w amp...

 

Top of the line 3-way Infinity 6x9’s were used for the rear deck. I ordered a 6x9 subwoofer that a member here recommended. It was to be mounted in the factory location between the two rear seats. The 3-way Infinity’s 6x9’s over powered that 6x9 sub. So I decided to use the same sub I am running in my truck...a shallow mount 10” Pioneer sub/enclosure combo

 

For front speakers I was excited to find two 3.5” two-way speakers that Classic Autosound sells attached to a mounting plate made to fit the factory speaker grill of my 65.

 

yes...a bit more than I had originally planned...but it definitely sounds fringin AWESWOME!! Now I gotta attack the trunk restoration & add sound deadener in there too...never ending saga haha

 

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I recently sent my entire gauge cluster (including plastic surround) off to get work done. I used a company near my work called North Hollywood Speedometer & Clock Co. I was very happy with the result. I had them overhaul my speedo, reset my odometer to current mileage on rebuilt engine, repaint all orange needles, clean/test all circuit board runs, replace burned out bulbs, paint scratched up clock bezel & polish all lens. I asked about converting my clock. But the price seemed high especially after reading the recent clock conversion thread. 

 

Once they returned it, the gauges looked amazing which made the plastic surround look like garbage. In my normal “work backwards” fashion haha, I took the gauges back out & proceded to attack the renewal of my plastic gauge cluster surround. All the aluminum like decorative sticker inserts looked purple from the sun beating on them? Or just the heat?

 

I did not want to lose the thin 1/8” aluminum decorative stripe on these inserts. I tried to find 1/8” masking tape & couldn’t find it. So I used 1/8” pinstripping tape. It worked fine.

 

The paint process kinda sucked tho. Everything I read & advice I was given all said I gotta use adhesion promoter to paint plastic. So I did...it didn’t lay nicely...I hated the finish. Sanded it all smooth & just used paint. It came out BITCHEN!!

 

Check out all the mounting holes that are broken. I ordered a two part epoxy from SEM products to restore these tabs. These little tabs are not as important to fix as the main mounting tabs that I plan to fix on my center console. I also have the task of fixing the plastic mounting tab that holds my glove box door hinge. I will practice on the little stuff first. I might start a separate thread on that repair. Didn’t see anything when I tried the search function. 

 

Other than tab repair, I thought I was done renewing my cluster surround. Then I discovered Schmiddy’s website. Wow! Good job Schmiddy!! Now I gotta steal a couple ideas he shared haha. One idea being the turn signal & high beam indicator repair. Love that! I will also try his LED bulb idea & his technique of using thin gauge metal to repair the larger tabs on my center console. Incorporating thin gauge metal like he did may work wonders on my glove box door hinge mount. 

 

BEFORE/AFTER

 

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BEFORE/AFTER

 

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1/8” PINSTRIPE TAPE IN PLACE BEFORE PAINT

 

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EDIT: I had to squeeze this in here. Schmiddy made me do it haha. U can see my turn signal indicator wasn’t in bad condition. I simple touched it up with a hobby brush. Mine didn’t come apart quite like Schmiddys did in his pix

 

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David, your hair is on fire again.........and in southern California that could be a dangerous thing!

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On 2/4/2019 at 11:17 AM, RockinRiviDad said:

 

Thank u…

no problem…if u are anywhere near me, I am more than willing to come help however I can (sorry, I can’t see your full profile from my phone)

 

heres a link to a better build haha. I found this link posted on the forum days ago by Schmiddy & I’m LOVING it haha. Makes me feel like erasing my work & starting over by following Schmiddy’s lead haha

 

http://riviera65.com/

hey man, I'd sure appreciate the help, but I'm in Australia...

I'm in LA every year or 2

i'll hafta check your ride in person if ever up Ventura way !

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On 2/6/2019 at 5:02 PM, 65VerdeGS said:

Your dash work looks awesome - keep your updates coming!

 

On 2/7/2019 at 2:13 PM, Seafoam65 said:

your hair is on fire again.........and in southern California that could be a dangerous thing!

 

On 2/7/2019 at 5:25 PM, whitewatersky said:

I'd sure appreciate the help, but I'm in Australia...

I'm in LA every year or 2

i'll hafta check your ride in person if ever up Ventura way !

 

Thx for the feedback fella’s. Even tho this build isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it’s kinda nice to know some folks are enjoying my journey haha

 

@ whitewater, hit me up when your in town. Burgers, beers & burnouts haha

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Oooooooh man!! Talk about car porn!!

 

I finally got my bumpers triple chrome plated. Or, at least, that’s what I was charged for haha

 

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I have never sent anything out to get chromed before. I have no clue what it takes to get them straight. I’ll have to look up some videos to check out the process. From what I’m told, it sounds interesting. 

 

Apparently, due to the thickness of the metal, they use some sort of power hammer to take out dents. In areas that are not accessible (like behind a mounting bracket) they simple cut the bracket, bang out the dent & reweld the bracket. In the case of my front bumper, the bracket was rewelded incorrectly…I could not get my square head mounting dammit!!

 

Chrome shop was gonna send out his mobile guy. But I told him I would give it a shot. I busted out my trusty ole HF die grinder & wha-lah!!

 

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One piece of advise I was given was to clean & paint the backside of the bumpers when they come home. I was told chrome shops don’t really pay much attention to the backside.

 

Either this shop does great work, I simply got lucky or this was part of the triple plate cost I paid for??

 

Whichever it is, the backside of these bumpers look frigin awesome too, compared to what they looked like before. 

 

U can clearly see how many dents this bumpers had in the before pic. The front wasn’t any better. 

 

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Those bumpers look awesome!

 

Dare we ask what it cost for the triple-plating job?  Was the rear more $ than the front?

 

Keep the updates coming - nice inspiration for the rest of us to get our rides in shape for spring!

 

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