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Thanks Doug.  With those drums it's good to buy them when you see them if they're not cracked up and are reasonably priced!  Incredibly, the NOS drums were a couple of the many great parts that came with this car.  The extra stuff I sold already more than paid for the missing stuff I had to find.

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15 hours ago, lancemb said:

Assembly is underway.  Note the NOS Delco front brake shoes.  I also have NOS front aluminum drums that are going on it (I will probably never find another pair).  Also fitted with NOS ball joints. 

I did the same thing on my convertible...probably should have saved the parts for a car that I actually drove.:o

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1 hour ago, old-tank said:

I did the same thing on my convertible...probably should have saved the parts for a car that I actually drove.:o

I hear ya.  Thing is, I have so many NOS parts I've collected for the outside I figured I'll try to make it as authentic as possible.

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Frame and suspension is finally done and rolling, and I'm pretty happy with the results!

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The body and underside was also blasted and primed.  Since this car won't be worked on until completion right now, I wanted to leave the dash in place.  Therefore, most components stayed on the firewall for now.  I also asked that a portion of the original paint be kept on upper quarter to aid in matching later.

 

Tomorrow morning I'll try to assess how to proceed, and to what extent for now.

 

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Some more pics of body.  Other than the obvious rust at front of rocker area and typical rear quarter rust (which isn't horrible on this car), there are just some pinholes that appeared which should not require a full patch.

 

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Well, my luck may have run out on this car after hitting yet another snag.  I went to install the trunk hinges and tension arms, only to discover that each hinge is missing one of two little arms needed to keep it stable.  The opposite is missing on each one, so I could make one good one out of the two but need at least one.  So far, my usual sources have come up short. 

 

If I can't get these, I can't finish the car.  I can't find anybody locally who can fabricate them, either.  If anyone reading this can help, please advise!

 

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59 minutes ago, dei said:

I'll have a look in the shed Lance but believe I left those on the Limited parts car when I scrapped it out.

Doug, unfortunately these are convertible only!  I will probably have to fabricate the missing pieces, but they are beyond my available tooling and I can't find anyone locally thus far that can do it.

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Even if '58's are the same Lance, I can't help you this time as they went with the car.

Here is a not so clear picture if that helps you at all.

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Here also are a few pictures of the Special convertible that you might be able to find and adapt.

Goood Luck  there.

 

 

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1 hour ago, dei said:

Even if '58's are the same Lance, I can't help you this time as they went with the car.

Here is a not so clear picture if that helps you at all.

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Here also are a few pictures of the Special convertible that you might be able to find and adapt.

Goood Luck  there.

 

 

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It appears that 58 convertible not same, and it is 57 only.  Parts book seems to confirm that so this is a one year only part, convertible only.  Ultra rare! 

 

I am going to try calling another place today.  If I can't find someplace locally I will either contact a lead @FireballV8 gave me or make the pieces I need myself somehow.

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11 minutes ago, lancemb said:

It appears that 58 convertible not same only and parts book confirms that,  so this is a one year only part, convertible only.  Ultra rare!

 

Wow!

Sounds like the same thing with those ball joints for '57.

Makes one wonder why there was no standardisation to save money doesn't it?

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45 minutes ago, dei said:

 

Wow!

Sounds like the same thing with those ball joints for '57.

Makes one wonder why there was no standardisation to save money doesn't it?

Yeah, well I guess with some things GM was making enough money back then that they didn't care. 

But, there may be some logic here.  Convertible needed hinge that didn't go back as far, to make room for convertible top when folded.  I wondered why they didn't just use the convertible design on all cars then.  After becoming familiar with the design though, it's a more complex design with more opportunities for failure, and would cost more to manufacture.  So, it is probably sensible in this case, but doesn't help me at all 60+ years later!

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Great news today!  I got my trunk hinges back from rebuilding today, and I believe they are BETTER THAN NEW!  It has new brackets fabricated (2 were missing) and all new rivets as well as custom-made mounting pins.  I highly doubt the tolerances were this tight when new!

 

I am extremely happy with the results.

 

 

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On 11/20/2020 at 5:33 PM, lancemb said:

Great news today!  I got my trunk hinges back from rebuilding today, and I believe they are BETTER THAN NEW!  It has new brackets fabricated (2 were missing) and all new rivets as well as custom-made mounting pins.  I highly doubt the tolerances were this tight when new!

 

I am extremely happy with the results.

 

 

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Looks like you created some more "luck" for yourself after the initial amout ran out! 

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On 11/20/2020 at 7:33 PM, lancemb said:

Great news today!  I got my trunk hinges back from rebuilding today, and I believe they are BETTER THAN NEW!  It has new brackets fabricated (2 were missing) and all new rivets as well as custom-made mounting pins.  I highly doubt the tolerances were this tight when new!

 

I am extremely happy with the results.

 

 

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Looks like the worlds worst vise-grips

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Today I finally got the hinges on.  The pins that hold them on are held in place by metal tabs punched out of the hinge box.  Since I think these will come out again, I didn't want to bend the tabs back in and create extra stress on the metal causing them to break.  Therefore, I used pins that have cotter pins on the end for now.  I have a bit of slop in the pins, but I think it's just because the temporary pins are a little too small; I'll have to verify this.  Otherwise, the hinges themselves work great!

 

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In addition, I recently had another bit of amazing luck in that I found a correct trunk lid; actually, it found me when I wasn't even looking for it!  This was a bit late since the heavy repair had already been done to the other one.  However, that one still needs work to finish and this one will probably take no more work to fix than finishing the other one.  It's still rotted on lower edge, but is substantially better than the original was to begin with and will be much better fit and quality when done.  So, for now at least I have a functioning trunk lid!

 

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