It was hot Saturday. Rough day to jump into working on the car for the first time in the garage. Cut the hole for the bulkhead connector in the firewall. It is located under the hood hinge bracket in order to minimize its impact on the under hood area. The 3/8" insulated lug was also installed. My AC guy came by and will be ordering parts. Receiver/dryer, trinary switch, and bulkhead connector for the AC/heater hoses. Not shown, I pulled most of the wires through the bulkhead connector and marked them. Then I was able to bring the harness into the house. That allowed me to assemble the wires with the terminals in the comfort of AC.
Got the dash lights wired yesterday. Lots of crimping and shrinking. Had to do some soldering. Also hooked up the turn indicators and high beam indicators. I did break the lead on one of the AC control lights. Now I have to find a replacement. Just a little bit more and the dash wiring will be done. I will also have to make the routing a bit neater. Next will be the bulkhead connector at the firewall.
Well, my ankle is not 100% yet. But I have started working on the car again. I cut the dash wires on the wiring harness and installed a 56 Packard 8 cavity connector and two Weatherpack connectors. The wires which go to the gauges and switches were installed in mating connectors. The gauge power, ground, and signal leads are all hooked up except for the speedo signal. The headlight switch is all hooked up except for the dome, dash, and ground. The power lead is hooked up to the wiper switch. I still have to hook up the AC/heater, the indicator lights, the dash lights, and the power window switch. It is good to be back at it.
I was really hoping to be posting photos of progress. Problem is that I developed a blood clot in my leg. Probably from lack of use due to the broken ankle. Anyway, I am on blood thinners now. Not sure when and how much I will be able to do on the car for the next 2 to 6 months. I see the doctor on Monday. Maybe he will have some good news for me for a change.
I took a one day vacation and convinced my wife to drive me to the swap meet. She actually may go with me in the future even if I can drive myself. She probably just said that because she feels sorry for me.
Lots of neat stuff. I was looking specifically for a park light assembly for my 41. Didn't find one. Didn't find anything else I couldn't live without.
I can put weight on the leg but the doc wanted me to use two crutches, then one crutch before going without. So it was a little rough getting around. I probably would have stayed an extra hour or so if I was 100%.
I saw a lot of project cars with potential. My wife saw a lot of rust. She couldn't figure out how they could be fixed. I said the cars could be fixed, you just needed vision.
Then we ran across this 57. I have never seen one rusted out like this. The cowl was rusted out. The panel between the trunk lid and the rear window was rusted out. The roof was rusted out. The trunk lid and the hood had rust holes. There wasn't a solid panel on the car.
Real shame, too. A two door hardtop with factory power brakes and power steering.
Maybe somebody could fix it. It would be way beyond me.
Didn't take any other photos. The foot and the crutches got the better of me.