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4 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

F*!#$! I hate hate hate body work.  I cant get $#!! To line up....  I'm trying to use what witness marks are left but I swear some of the panels have changed shape....

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My body man once told me that to align panels the car has to rest on its tires!

maybe that will help

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On 7/26/2019 at 8:00 PM, NC-car-guy said:

 

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Found this after digging in the parts room... What do you think...the redone with the only currently available logo (incorrect though, says fill with hydraulic fluid) or this rough one with the remains of an original logo.

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1 minute ago, JohnD1956 said:

No one will see either one while you're driving it.  

 

 

Using fuzzy math, A quick 13,000 miles should have her lookin about right 

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Just when I was ready to burn the place down, I fired up the caddy and terrorized the neighborhood. Sound ON:

 

 

Came back with beer, drank 1 or 3 and some of the ikea artwork that came with the kit made better sense and I got it this far....

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October 7th y'all....  I can't wait.

Buttercup is headed to a restoration shop.  They will finish her up so I can enjoy. Then ill just have to do the brake master cylinder.

 Before anyone starts hemming about my wallet or checkbook....  I've sold off a lot of my goodies this year and have set all the money aside.  

I'm tired of working all day to come home and work on more stuff,  using every weekend to work on stuff.... From now in I'll have less stuff and let someone else do the hard work so I can enjoy the things I've worked so hard for. 😀

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13 hours ago, avgwarhawk said:

What will you have the shop do for you?

Finish the body, make sure it's all lined up (just to 1954 standards) and test and reinstall the radiator.  We've also talked about a repaint, after her 2021 archival show though.

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20 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

We've also talked about a repaint, after her 2021 archival show though.

I know it's your car, but as nice and original as the car looks, I'd strongly suggest not repainting it if there is no major damage...

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Oh it’s great that you have that much confidence in yourself, I wouldn’t have had. I would have had to crank it and check all its  vital signs before puttin fenders and everything back together  ...carry-on 😊

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2 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

Oh it’s great that you have that much confidence in yourself, I wouldn’t have had. I would have had to crank it and check all its  vital signs before puttin fenders and everything back together  ...carry-on 😊

I only did gaskets and paint....  If it ran before it oughtta run now right?

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Combined two temp guages and replaced.  @Kosage Chavis if you're rating tasks this one is difficulty level: *%+#!!&;:!#%&_;:!-!!!😡

Lol my body just doesn't contort like that.

Original:

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Donor bought on eBay:

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Combined unit reinstalled:

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Testing before reinstall:

Also reinstalled the power brake vacuum pump today. Thank goodness for my shop manual.

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Put the antenna up to where it clears the garage door and leave it there.  The old nylon actuator cord has only so much life it before it snaps on you.

 

Funny how noisy they are, eh?

 

Nice work on the body gaps, by the way.  The car came back together very nicely!

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