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Posted 2019-02-24 5:42 PM (#578606 - in reply to #482534)
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You have no idea how lucky you are to have a trunk mat! I have only seen a few and they are not that good. It looks fantastic. Great job!
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57burb
Posted 2019-02-25 11:25 AM (#578622 - in reply to #578606)
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Dave, you're doing some outstanding work there! The trunk mat is incredible. Those clips are notorious for rusting; apparently the factory didn't bother to coat or paint them at all. If you run into any more issues with them, many of those clips are available from RJ&L: www.rjlautofasteners.com

Are you taking this car to the Roundup in April?
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Posted 2019-02-25 3:40 PM (#578635 - in reply to #482534)
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Nice to see a 4 door getting this kind of love, not unusual in Sweden but very unusual here, great job!
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macedon
Posted 2019-03-01 4:09 PM (#578744 - in reply to #482534)
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Cleaned out the trunk...



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Posted 2019-03-01 5:20 PM (#578747 - in reply to #482534)
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Where are you going to put all that stuff now??
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macedon
Posted 2019-04-04 4:38 PM (#580386 - in reply to #482534)
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This is the front seat that was in the car when I got it. I always thought it was a high quality redo on the original frames. My upholstery guy thinks otherwise. He says it's factory. The frame looks quite a bit like my 4dr hdtp one. Hmmm... not sure. The frame has an ashtray socket on the back. But when I got it the material covered it and there was no ashtray. Hmmm...

Anyone recognize what it's from?

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macedon
Posted 2019-04-12 3:56 PM (#580780 - in reply to #482534)
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Latest. Still need to adjust the trim a little. Not a whole lot though.

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macedon
Posted 2019-04-16 10:28 AM (#580967 - in reply to #482534)
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Rechroming isn't in the budget for this car. So I'll live with what I've got. At least for now anyhow.



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57burb
Posted 2019-04-16 10:50 AM (#580969 - in reply to #580967)
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Absolutely beautiful.
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57desoto
Posted 2019-04-17 5:51 AM (#581008 - in reply to #482534)
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I agree! One of the nicest sedans I know of...
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Posted 2019-04-18 8:25 AM (#581080 - in reply to #482534)
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Yes, your taste in colors is nice
and you are much faster than me
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macedon
Posted 2019-04-20 12:50 PM (#581176 - in reply to #482534)
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Well you know how it goes sometimes. One thing leads to another. I figured since I had it apart anyhow that I would go ahead and recolor the dash pad. I wanted to try for something closer to the original dark brown. To my eye the SEM 25213 Carver Coco was nice. I happy with the way it turned out. I used the SEM product. Several (like 5 or 6) coats as it goes on really thin. I also used the prep spray SEM 38343.



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macedon
Posted 2019-04-27 1:01 PM (#581411 - in reply to #482534)
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Tail is back on finally!



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macedon
Posted 2019-05-15 3:02 PM (#582170 - in reply to #482534)
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Ok, this has got to be my least favorite job. Headliner... argh. Now I suppose if I had done 50 or 100 of these it would be a breeze. But since this is only the 3rd one I've ever done I'm sure it's going to be a royal PITA. Yeah I'm whining, I know. Ugh, I just hate this job. I'll post the finished job... might be a few days and several dozen curses from now.



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57burb
Posted 2019-05-16 1:14 PM (#582195 - in reply to #482534)
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I only farmed out four things - the chrome, the seat upholstery, the exhaust, and the headliner - and I'm glad I did!

It's a huge undertaking, but I know you'll do a great job!



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miquelonbrad
Posted 2019-05-17 11:18 AM (#582229 - in reply to #482534)
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LOL! I'll send you mine after you finish with your headliner...it's one job I DO NOT look forward to doing.
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macedon
Posted 2019-05-30 2:16 PM (#582706 - in reply to #482534)
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Just turned in the seats and materials to my upholstery shop. We went over the details and I gave them lots of pictures. It's a great shop with a strong reputation. Hope it all works out. If it does I'll have seats that look exceptionally close to factory. Now I just have to hold my breath for 4 - 6 weeks.
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Posted 2019-05-31 10:35 AM (#582752 - in reply to #482534)
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Until then...you have to drive it, sitting on a five gallon pail. :D
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macedon
Posted 2019-07-16 4:59 PM (#584896 - in reply to #582752)
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Yay! Got my seats back. I'm pretty happy. They did a nice job.

Hey Ed, they got the scissors going in the right direction. I was very, very specific about that. I think I know why you see it done the other direction sometimes. It takes more fabric to do it the right way. The scissors pattern is railroad vs. up the roll. I bought 4 yards which was just enough to do the seats and door panels.

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Powerflite
Posted 2019-07-16 5:05 PM (#584898 - in reply to #482534)
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Nice! SMS pulls through for the finish.
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Posted 2019-07-16 5:22 PM (#584900 - in reply to #584898)
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Powerflite - 2019-07-16 4:05 PM

Nice! SMS pulls through for the finish.


I got the material from them quite a while ago. I can't believe it's been almost 18 months. Sheesh, time slips by.

It was a bit of a struggle with them originally shipping me the wrong material. It all got squared away after a bit. Certainly can't complain about the quality of the material though.

The shop here in San Antonio did a nice job.
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moparsteve
Posted 2019-07-16 7:17 PM (#584903 - in reply to #482534)
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amazing!!!!!!!!! car looks like it just rolled off the assembly line!!!!!!!!!
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57desoto
Posted 2019-07-17 5:50 AM (#584914 - in reply to #482534)
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REALLY nice job with EVERYTHING you've done on this. The car is incredible!
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Posted 2019-07-17 5:14 PM (#584940 - in reply to #584900)
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macedon - 2019-07-16 10:22 PM
I got the material from them quite a while ago. I can't believe it's been almost 18 months. Sheesh, time slips by.


18 months only? Yes sometimes it takes longer as you expect.
Mine seat covers waiting approx 5 yrs until the going to the bench
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macedon
Posted 2019-11-23 4:00 PM (#590620 - in reply to #482534)
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Door panels are a bit more challenging than I expected. Oh well, learned a lot on the first one. The next three will go quicker



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57desoto
Posted 2019-11-24 6:59 AM (#590645 - in reply to #482534)
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Awesome. Dave!!!
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Posted 2019-11-24 1:29 PM (#590668 - in reply to #482534)
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when its finished it will look like it rolled off the assembly line...add some " new car smell " for effect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!
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57burb
Posted 2019-11-25 1:47 PM (#590733 - in reply to #590668)
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Beautiful job!
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macedon
Posted 2019-12-11 9:46 AM (#591442 - in reply to #590620)
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I used grow house foil I got on Amazon for the bottom of the door panels. It's not an exact match, but pretty darn close. It's not too expensive, it's heavy duty and most important it's readily available. Perhaps someone like SMS makes an exact match. Not sure, but I can imagine they charge more than what I found on Amazon



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57burb
Posted 2019-12-12 10:57 AM (#591491 - in reply to #482534)
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That is a great idea! You have to be creative and resourceful with these cars. Are you able to use adhesives to get it to stay in position and lay flat?
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Posted 2020-01-27 1:33 PM (#593468 - in reply to #482534)
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Been awhile, but I'm making progress



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Powerflite
Posted 2020-01-27 4:16 PM (#593475 - in reply to #482534)
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It's disappointing to me that the Fireflite sedan doesn't have the dips in the middle of the seats like the coupes do. Even the 4dr hardtop New Yorker that I parted out had the dip in the front seat, and a foldable arm rest in the back seat - which is really cool! Why did they cheap out on the Fireflites, or was that an extra option you had to purchase?
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Posted 2020-01-27 5:48 PM (#593482 - in reply to #593475)
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I've only seen one Fireflite sedan with an armrest in the rear seat. Apparently it was available as an option.



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57burb
Posted 2020-01-28 10:22 AM (#593508 - in reply to #593482)
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Incredible! Looks like an assembly line photo. Great job.

It's too late now, but the green NYer 4dr HT has the dipped seats and a rear arm rest. They were pretty nice as of a year ago.



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Posted 2020-01-28 12:17 PM (#593518 - in reply to #482534)
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I have them as well, but mine aren't in as good of shape, and I am using the front seat as part of a couch in my back yard. However....you would need to make sure that the 4dr hardtop rear seat will interchange with the sedan. I'm sure the front will. But I am sure you will want to use those beautiful new seats as is, at least until they wear out.

All that cursing seems to have worked out great on your headliner. You would be very welcome to come to my place and do some cursing at my cars too!

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macedon
Posted 2020-01-28 4:23 PM (#593526 - in reply to #593508)
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I might be interested in those seats. My 4dr hdtp 57 Fireflite has the dip of course, but no armrest. That's the yard in sunset, right?
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macedon
Posted 2020-01-28 4:28 PM (#593527 - in reply to #593518)
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Yeah, headliners are definitely a PITA! I like the dip as well, but I'll have to wait till I put my 4dr hdtp Fireflite together. I think the dip seats would fit, but the tray in a sedan much deeper. You would have to make a custom. I'll leave that to another.
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macedon
Posted 2020-02-04 1:57 PM (#593799 - in reply to #591491)
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A question from a while back. Are you able to use adhesives to get it to stay in position and lay flat?

I did it in a similar fashion to original. So you have a sewn in backing strip that you then fold the foil over. Gives that crisp line. I had to pre-drill and hand sew since I used hardboard instead of cardboard for my door panels . That's really tedious and slow.

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Posted 2020-02-04 2:09 PM (#593800 - in reply to #482534)
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I'm confused. The strip is just sewn to the "scissors" material, the silver foil & maybe the foam backing, right? Or are you sewing it through the hardboard too?
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Posted 2020-02-04 3:23 PM (#593801 - in reply to #482534)
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Sewn all the way through the hardboard. I had to pre-drill the hardboard to make it work. Factory original was sewn all the way through as well. But they were only going through cardboard. And I'm sure they had heavy duty sewing machine.
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Posted 2020-02-27 5:13 PM (#594919 - in reply to #482534)
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Plugging away. Haven't built the front door panels yet... soon I hope. I was a little nervous about cutting the hole for the ashtray. I definitely measured twice



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Posted 2020-02-28 3:05 AM (#594943 - in reply to #482534)
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Ahh ..what a amazing interior....be proud.
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57burb
Posted 2020-02-28 11:27 AM (#594949 - in reply to #594919)
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Incredible job, Dave!
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miquelonbrad
Posted 2020-03-01 1:04 PM (#595031 - in reply to #482534)
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Thanks for the tip about the mylar! I have ordered the same stuff for my '57.
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Posted 2020-03-03 7:43 PM (#595155 - in reply to #595031)
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Absolutely. You're welcome.

Just finished the new skirts for the power seat mechanism. The old ones were of course thrashed.



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Posted 2020-03-04 11:19 AM (#595202 - in reply to #482534)
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Installed



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Posted 2020-03-05 3:11 AM (#595243 - in reply to #482534)
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Dave, that looks marvelous. Just sit in the Flite will be a pleasure
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Posted 2020-04-26 12:49 PM (#597355 - in reply to #482534)
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Polished up the dealer emblem. Gave it a wash.



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