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Yesterday 04:37 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Dbossa View Post
The car and journey building are incredible!! I guess you decided not to French the headlights? Iím not knocking it in any way.... Iím just curious because I thought you said you were. I was actually looking forward to more of your metal magic.
I really did intend to. When Steve stepped in and started helping me get the car done, it was one of those things we could save a little time and money on. The Mercury headlight bands were far from perfect and labor was going to be more than Steve was really enthusiastic about. He would have done it if I had pushed him but I am very satisfied with the stock lights.

John
Yesterday 06:44 AM
Dbossa The car and journey building are incredible!! I guess you decided not to French the headlights? Iím not knocking it in any way.... Iím just curious because I thought you said you were. I was actually looking forward to more of your metal magic.
05-28-2020 11:12 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Daaaamn that sucker is beautiful!

Brian
Alright you. Back to the garage.....

John
05-27-2020 09:54 PM
MARTINSR Daaaamn that sucker is beautiful!

Brian
05-26-2020 03:58 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I meant 70 years OLD, as in getting deef....I missed that punch line...
Yupper, I did. After 70 lots of things slow down!

John
05-26-2020 03:13 PM
Too Many Projects
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When you get over 70, open headers sounds rather quiet...
I meant 70 years OLD, as in getting deef....I missed that punch line...
05-26-2020 02:38 PM
John long I have 2 1/2" pipes coming down from the manifolds and running out right behind the front wheels. It has a stock cam which helps with the noise but it really is not that bad as long as you are just cruising.

On the other hand, you can sure make some noise if you want to.

John

05-26-2020 07:27 AM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by 123pugsy View Post
Really great John. Looks like a great time. Just how loud is it without the exhaust?
When you get over 70, open headers sounds rather quiet...
05-26-2020 04:48 AM
123pugsy Really great John. Looks like a great time. Just how loud is it without the exhaust?
05-25-2020 08:06 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
1 year ago, did you even DREAM you would be doing this today ???!!!

Tell Steve he is the Miracle Worker...
Isn't that the truth! I was nervous getting it out but super excited too.

Temp, charge, oil pressure, fuel gauge all perfect too. It really was a good night.

Now for a top and exhaust.

John
05-25-2020 07:54 PM
Too Many Projects 1 year ago, did you even DREAM you would be doing this today ???!!!

Tell Steve he is the Miracle Worker...
05-25-2020 05:31 PM
John long WE BE CRUZIN!

Would you look at this. Precious photobombed my picture of Steve!

John

05-20-2020 05:56 PM
123pugsy Sweet.


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05-20-2020 04:27 PM
John long The convertible top irons are now painted and assembly can begin. This has been every bit as difficult as I was afraid it would but I am thrilled I was able to make them this good.

We also called S$H Chrome in Nashville and they advised our chrome should be ready in about three weeks.

John







05-13-2020 07:21 PM
John long You know, one of the aggravating things to me is all these YouTube videos and how to articles that show how to do a project but never show the back ground work that goes into it first.

For example, I took an upholstery course and the fellow upholstered a 54 Chevy seat but never mentioned how to deal with 65 year old springs. Soooo, I am going to go into a little more detail than usual here but maybe somebody with an old convertible will be glad I did.

Steve Epoxied, mudded and re-epoxied my bows and brought them to me Monday. They look great and as always, he undercharged for the job. Thanks again Steve!



I had saved a little piece of the old tack strip for a sample of the profile I needed.




The biggest hard rubber tack strip you get these days is not big enough to fill this channel so I installed a thinner piece first. If you look closely you can see the thin piece laid in the channel and a test piece shaped and laid on top, making up the correct profile.





I then used urethane windshield seal to make a "bed" for the rubber tack strip to live in.





I do believe when it all sets up and the retainer "fingers" are bent up, it will be properly captured and give good service.





I also did the rear bow which was pretty simple and straight forward. It too, now lives in a bed of urethane sealant.





That just leaves the rear tack strip on the header bow which the pads staple to. It should be simple and straight forward and can be done as soon as the front strip is dry.

Hopefully, this is not over kill and will help someone else working on an old ragtop that is not exactly in mint condition.

John
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