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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-06-27 10:11 AM (#584125 - in reply to #539179)
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the trunk/quarters were not supposed to get water though, i understand the window area drains(as long as dirt doesnt clog the drain area).

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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-06-30 10:35 PM (#584272 - in reply to #539179)
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spent hours upon hours to get the door gaps perfect... uhg...

I could slightly push the top back just a couple thousands... I got it this close and was like finally.

This job is a fight. These doors didnt come from this car and I welded new rockers.  I learned you should do this before you paint the doors

You should have everything aligned and marked/pinned. I knew it, just didnt do it

 



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-01 1:01 AM (#584276 - in reply to #539179)
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by the way holy hell is door gap horrible on 50's cars.. Went to a car show, the Chevys i can put my hand in those door gaps.

I saw one 57 on barret jackson the darn trunk had a half inch gap! still sold for 52k!
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1960fury
Posted 2019-07-01 8:04 AM (#584283 - in reply to #539179)
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You should have seen my 60, early production, 1rst year for unibody! Unfortunately for some reason, when I was a teenager, I wanted to put it back together just like it came from the factory. Over the years I have been slowly removing my mistakes, still do. Of course this is lots of work after painting, as most parts just don't fit without modification.
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57burb
Posted 2019-07-01 1:20 PM (#584289 - in reply to #539179)
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Don't sweat it too much, Mike. It's going to look great.

When I found it, my Chrysler had huge gaps at the bottoms of the doors - about 5/8" on the drivers side with the door shut, and 1/2" on the pass side.
And the wear marks, door/quarter glass alignment, and weatherstrip indicated it had pretty much always been that way. Crazy!

I worked it over HARD to get them to line up better, but even with a lot of massaging to get them close, there is still a noticeable (to me!) gap at the
bottom of each door. I spent hours carefully slotting the door hinge holes and striker holes to allow for extra adjustment range, and slightly reshaped
the upper edge of both strikers to allow the doors to properly latch when the door was in position. I stopped adjusting when it became apparent there
was a mismatch in the contour of the quarter panel to the contour of the door skin itself. I aligned the doors so the trim lines up straight and
everything else around it is kinda wonky - but it's not going to get any better without significant cutting and welding.

The car gets compliments on how "straight" it is, so it's pretty close. If I was going to build the car for display under bright lights it would be worth it to
go that extra (hundred) miles to get perfect paint stick gaps.... but this is a real car. Fortunately the car is black, so uneven gaps aren't as
noticeable on it as on, say, a light pastel color...

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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-01 10:47 PM (#584322 - in reply to #539179)
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other side perfect now, had to shim the front hinges at the firewall. test fitting fenders to make sure the rockers are good. I will also put the fenders on to guide coat the lower fenders(they twist on) so you cant get a good idea off the car that they are "flat" or not. Ill wet check them also.



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-05 5:08 PM (#584468 - in reply to #539179)
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test fit hood



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-11 9:30 PM (#584723 - in reply to #539179)
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heater clean up...

i have one heater box with the model 705 upside down... weird...





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Powerflite
Posted 2019-07-12 3:14 PM (#584740 - in reply to #539179)
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That is odd. Never seen that before.

Edit: Actually, that is right side up. You're just looking at it wrong.

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Posted 2019-07-12 11:47 PM (#584747 - in reply to #584740)
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I've seen an number of them upside down especially the A/C ones.

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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-13 1:12 AM (#584752 - in reply to #539179)
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wait left hand drive? I am repairing this one a bit, its nice except it had a crack in the front. I bet these have asbestos in them?



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-15 12:26 AM (#584843 - in reply to #539179)
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Wet checking fenders before i paint... and the booth is up again...

This is the temporary booth i put up to paint the smaller things.



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-16 12:32 AM (#584878 - in reply to #539179)
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fender painted



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Powerflite
Posted 2019-07-16 4:56 PM (#584895 - in reply to #539179)
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How do you install and align it without chipping the paint? I want to paint my fenders off the car as well, because it's easier to paint, but I am worried about installation.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-18 8:17 PM (#584976 - in reply to #539179)
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I use a lot of tape, the yellow 3m stuff. Ill put a lot down at the bottom and all the edges.

Getting ready to paint the other fender and other bits and pieces. I have to paint the 57 and 58 stuff, I have some 59 stuff to paint but havent got the fenders yet.

I'm going to color match the valence and headlight surrounds I think and obviously hood hinges.



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-18 9:12 PM (#584978 - in reply to #539179)
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better final pic of what it will look like. Im painting the headlight surrounds and the lower valence to match.



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-21 12:22 AM (#585042 - in reply to #539179)
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it so hot i cant paint so back to the engine bay... playing with fitment of power steering and alternator...





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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-24 1:30 AM (#585159 - in reply to #539179)
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other fender done and one side of hood hinges/front headlight covers...
Also painted underneath trunk lid.

Im going for only a white roof...



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-29 3:25 AM (#585351 - in reply to #539179)
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Pulleys done pretty much, and brass nuts on the valve covers... ack... I left room for AC if I want to down the road but it will be kind of up top.

 

This alternator is a beast...  its a GM version though, when i had it tested, the guy at the store didnt think they made alternators that put out 240 amps..

https://www.jegs.com/i/Flaming-River/898/FR1171/10002/-1

 

had to use that large angle bracket though...



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Posted 2019-07-29 2:24 PM (#585363 - in reply to #585351)
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Looking great, Mike!!
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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-07-29 9:41 PM (#585376 - in reply to #539179)
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hood springs painted...





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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-08-06 1:03 AM (#585681 - in reply to #539179)
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trunk painted! holy crap im going to actually have the body done soon... had to order another gallon of paint.




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Brushwolf
Posted 2019-08-06 3:02 AM (#585686 - in reply to #539179)
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Really enjoyed this thread. I have a 57 Custom Royal with original hemi and it came with 58 trim in place of 57 CRL trim. Like you I kept changing my mind on color, original equipment and trim or add factory options like PS and brakes. Use the nice 58 trim or find 57 replacements?

So, I now have both 57 and 58 trim (57 cost almost what I paid for the car and took several years to find it all..). Have PS and PB complete original setups (car was manual steering and brakes). A spare dash, several different PS pumps, Got a 57 Firesweep that has a good spare 325 poly block, an air cooled unmolested transmission, complete good frame, much better right side fender (same except lower front section), a couple different later liquid cooled cast iron torqueflights, a 62? aluminum torqueflight, and more. Plus many Ebay buys (gold hood letters, D500 trunk medallions, numerous door latches, gauges, front bumpers and teeth, etc.

Interesting that 57 Chev body mounts will work. I had bought a couple Dodge front floor pan years ago, but didn't think they were good enough to use, so have since bought a bead roller and sheet metal brake to make my own if I dont find something better. Recently did front floors in a 59 TBird and didn't like those reproductions either, so made my own from 18 gauge. The Dodge floor pans are more complex though..

Where did you get your floor pans from?

Thanks, Mike

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mstrug
Posted 2019-08-06 6:49 AM (#585693 - in reply to #539179)
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Real steel Replacements make a good floor pan. https://b-m.facebook.com/RealSteelReplacments/



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-08-06 12:22 PM (#585716 - in reply to #539179)
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i got mine from the guy in Georgia, they are nice and thick, and they are rounded on the edges instead of flat. So more solid.

Not sure the guy still makes them, he is retired but they were 400$ His name is Bob, if you want a set send me an PM and Ill send you his email.



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Posted 2019-08-06 12:32 PM (#585717 - in reply to #539179)
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Thanks, Had not heard of them before and dont use Facebook, but sent an email to them requesting info. Haven't been on the site much due to other issues since back when Neil was the most prolific poster and bought a bunch of motor parts from him. These floor and trunk pans look like pretty good and would save me a lot of time fabricating parts.

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Brushwolf
Posted 2019-08-06 12:47 PM (#585718 - in reply to #539179)
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PM sent.. Do you happen to have a kit number or listing description for the 57 Chev body mounts as well?

Thanks, Mike
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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-08-06 2:48 PM (#585723 - in reply to #539179)
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Here is the one i bought.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=i...

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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-08-06 11:51 PM (#585737 - in reply to #539179)
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firewall "flapper" 58 "no engine bay fumes" fumes version....

its on a piece of stainless steel with two holes drilled. Vans sells the flappers...



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mikes2nd
Posted 2019-08-08 9:59 PM (#585815 - in reply to #539179)
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working on sound proofing... and still figuring out how the whole dash goes together. Starting looking at how to map the wiring to my wiring harness.





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