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Finally finished my rear bumpers on my coupe. my welder friend tig welded the two inner brackets on and I buffed them out one last time. took the time to repaint the frame ends where the bumpers attached with left over Full-Than black frame paint.
Also finished installing my front carpet tool about 3 hours. Can't remember how many times I took in and out cutting little bits off at a time. the Filling Station make repo door sill plates for a 31 chevy so next week I will order them. First car show this weekend, hopefully it will warm up a bit. In the 50's this week and overcast or raining, mud season in Maine. sc
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Finally finished my rear bumpers on my coupe. my welder friend tig welded the two inner brackets on and I buffed them out one last time. took the time to repaint the frame ends where the bumpers attached with left over Full-Than black frame paint.
Also finished installing my front carpet tool about 3 hours. Can't remember how many times I took in and out cutting little bits off at a time. the Filling Station make repo door sill plates for a 31 chevy so next week I will order them. First car show this weekend, hopefully it will warm up a bit. In the 50's this week and overcast or raining, mud season in Maine. sc
Good to see your progress. Good luck with the weather.

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Almost done compounding the Gran Sport. See a couple pieces of crap in the paint that need to be sanded out a little better. I'll hit those with 2000 and 2500 on a da, then 3000. The 2500 Eagle stuff is awesome! It's REALLY hard making this guy's paint look good. What a nightmare! Looks like the hood on The Charger is no different. Someone needs to tell him to do something about the fish eyes and trash. Oh well, just happy my work wasn't completely destroyed.
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Started making my tail pan today. So far so good.

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Started making my tail pan today. So far so good.

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Looks awesome John!

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I drove my Rambler for the first time today after my vacation last week driving 1512 miles in the family truckster. So on the way to work it really was giving me the hotrod death wobble and I figured it was just me not being use to it, which I am sure it is part of the problem, I mean things don't wear out while the car is parked for a week. But it got REAL bad and I pulled over to check it and the front wheel wiggled big time! I came home using residential streets to keep the speed down and my son came out to help me and I'll be damn if the control arm bushings aren't shot! Ok, I have been putting off rebuilding them for a while looks like now's the time. I will be forced to drive the Gran Sport to work, damn it!

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great work!
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I drove my Rambler for the first time today after my vacation last week driving 1512 miles in the family truckster. So on the way to work it really was giving me the hotrod death wobble and I figured it was just me not being use to it, which I am sure it is part of the problem, I mean things don't wear out while the car is parked for a week. But it got REAL bad and I pulled over to check it and the front wheel wiggled big time! I came home using residential streets to keep the speed down and my son came out to help me and I'll be damn if the control arm bushings aren't shot! Ok, I have been putting off rebuilding them for a while looks like now's the time. I will be forced to drive the Gran Sport to work, damn it!

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Just put the top down and waive at all those people giving you the thumbs up.

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FINALLY got my new engine-intake setup working! Can't believe it's taken so much tuning and troubleshooting to get this setup figured out! The big bugaboo that gave me nightmares, and created so much frustration ended up being a float level problem. The engine ran well cold, and performed great, but once it warmed up it began to idle rich and stall frequently. I had tried everything I knew possible, but couldn't find the problem. Had the bowls off the two 600 Holleys probably 10 times making adjustments and checking for the issue. Checked the floats and fuel pressure numerous times, as I felt the carbs were leaking down. I even replaced the float needles once on these brand new carbs, but no change. In desperation I finally lowered the float level beyond dead level as recommended. I set them about 10 degrees down from level, and bingo! Instantly the engine cleaned up, and no more loading up at idle! Not sure why they needed to be lowered this far, but it worked.
These new style Holley 1850's don't have external float adjustment, so in the future I may swap the bowls from my old carbs onto the new carbs. I am not a fan of having to pull the bowls to set float level.
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Rough trimmed the inner door panel for the Stude glass door. Next is glassing in some bracing and oak pieces for the door hinges and door lock. Window guides and fuzzies..

This was laid up with 2 oz. matt around the window frame with roving on the underside for strength. Will be foamed after the two halves are bonded together.
27 oz bi-axial cloth for the main part of the door.

I started to bondo/sand the visable areas but ran out of time..
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Rough trimmed the inner door panel for the Stude glass door. Next is glassing in some bracing and oak pieces for the door hinges and door lock. Window guides and fuzzies..

This was laid up with 2 oz. matt around the window frame with roving on the underside for strength. Will be foamed after the two halves are bonded together.
27 oz bi-axial cloth for the main part of the door.

I started to bondo/sand the visable areas but ran out of time..
VERY cool, damn that is awesome!

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I really do enjoy driving it. I would drive it everyday but it's a hassle to get it out of the garage. I have a very narrow single car driveway. Unless I put my wife's van out on the street which I hate to do to her I have to move that. Then open the garage and VERY carefully thread between the fence and the house to get the Gran Sport out then go back and shut the garage door. As opposed to hoping in the Rambler that's parked at the curb and driving off.

But DAMN I love driving it!


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I really do enjoy driving it. I would drive it everyday but it's a hassle to get it out of the garage. I have a very narrow single car driveway. Unless I put my wife's van out on the street which I hate to do to her I have to move that. Then open the garage and VERY carefully thread between the fence and the house to get the Gran Sport out then go back and shut the garage door. As opposed to hoping in the Rambler that's parked at the curb and driving off.

But DAMN I love driving it!


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PARKED AT THE CURB! THE CURB? THE C U R B???

OF COURSE I AM YELLING. Marge at least deserves a carport.

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PARKED AT THE CURB! THE CURB? THE C U R B???

OF COURSE I AM YELLING. Marge at least deserves a carport.

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Kinda doubt the city would allow a car port on the street...
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one thing I hate about buffing is that it never ends! It's always when you rush you make your mistakes. I got done with the body and it looked fantastic but felt rushed cause I had to redo an area on the decklid. Brought it out into the shade cause I didn't want splatter on the completed body and the lighting just made me "think" it was good. It's pretty annoying. The inside light, which is very dark in this shop, is great to gauge your scratch removal but nothing else, but out in the shade it's good for nothing til you pull it out a couple feet into the sun, in which it's the best way to gauge swirls/scratches. Since I was rushing and in the shade I thought I was all done and polished it. Then as I was leaving I saw two areas on the decklid that still need to be addressed and one rogue scratch and because it was in better light I noticed it. Oh well, another hour on it and it's done. Getting burned out on it. The good news is, I stuck out my neck on this and told the boss taking my time on this would lead to business from next door and their referral to do complete buff jobs and so when they are done with the blue Chevelle we spot painted it comes back and we cut and rub it. Even though that car was bought at Barrett Jackson and looks nice in pics it's a turd by my standards but with a clean buff job it can fool some more people for quite some time.

Time to go to Ace and go get some square tubing to make some tangs for these elbow pieces I got. I'd like to make these T-Dollys before I planish and grind down my welds on the tank.

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