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Username Post: My '60 classic project        (Topic#308201)
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12-11-14 02:43 PM - Post#2505541    
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A few more to come

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12-11-14 02:48 PM - Post#2505543    
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Hope I'm not boring you yet

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12-11-14 02:53 PM - Post#2505544    
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That's it for now. It is home and being reassembled. Lamar

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12-11-14 09:59 PM - Post#2505666    
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I believe that is it. Lamar

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You just thought I was through, lol


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In the buffing room


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Just before she came home




 
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12-12-14 03:04 AM - Post#2505692    
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Hi Lamar,
I love the colour of your car;
looking great, putting it together has two parts; firstly the fun of putting it together and secondly the time it will take to get things right in your final assembly, as I can see you are dedicated to getting it right!
I find it very satisfying to see progress; it can be encouraging to see the product of your efforts; friends and family also are impressed.
best regards, John ('59 2 door hardtop)




 
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12-15-14 08:13 PM - Post#2506641    
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Well I have gotten a few more things done at least a lot of small things and it makes it seem like I am getting a lot done because when I hit the big items I know it will slow down but it is getting things out of my way out of boxes off shelves and the ratchet is still in the on position.
Installed dash braces, radio, trim piece on front of dash and ignition switch. Waiting on the wiring harness’ before I install anything else so I can reach though the dash.
You are correct John it is encouraging and I have been encouraged many times from other CT members progress.

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Parking brake after removing it.


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Parking brake being cleaned up.


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Parking brake installed.




 
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12-15-14 08:18 PM - Post#2506643    
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A few more

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Brake pedal removed, disassembled, cleaned up and installed.


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12-15-14 08:33 PM - Post#2506647    
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Just a few more.

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Tail light assembly when I removed it.


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Replacing the black in the trim piece. I started out trying to paint the areas but had to hold my breath to keep the paint off the other part and gave out of breath and besides as long as it took to do two strips I would have had about six months in it so I tried 1/16” pin stripping. Worked great but that took around 3 hours for each side.


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This is complete original assembly, all there and in good condition. The seals were discolored and one was broke but I used them anyway and besides you can’t see the seal.


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Getting the assembly installed.




 
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12-15-14 08:38 PM - Post#2506652    
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Now to get busy again tomorrow. Lamar

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Everything completed.


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Had to play around after I got everything together. I had to see how it would look with the lights on so I used an extra set of Christmas light and poked a couple of bulbs in each hole and it looks pretty good, better than it does in the picture.




 
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12-16-14 04:47 AM - Post#2506726    
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She's looking beautiful Lamar. and your restoration work is superb!!

Keep up the great work, but be sure to save some time for Santa!! Merry Christmas.

Chuck






 
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12-16-14 06:08 AM - Post#2506735    
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Looking great
Jeff

1958 Biscayne 283 Turbo-Glide 31,000 mi (now 35,000 and counting) driven daily
1966 Mustang Inline 6- C4 57,000 mi and growing daily
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12-16-14 08:31 PM - Post#2506915    
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Coming along, I can see changing from painting the lines to going to pin striping tape.

What are you using to clean up the parts?



I'll be Frank, this hobby isn't getting any easier.
58 Delray in disaray


 
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12-16-14 09:20 PM - Post#2506927    
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  • 62sedan Said:
She's looking beautiful Lamar. and your restoration work is superb!!

Keep up the great work, but be sure to save some time for Santa!! Merry Christmas.


Thanks Chuck and Santa is getting close and Merry Christmas to you and your family also.



  • Original58 Said:
Looking great
Jeff

Thanks Jeff!




Thanks a bunch for the compliment.
I used the Zep product the most and it seemed to work best for me. I also used the Purple Power and I used both at full strength. I then wire wheel cleaned and clear coated the parking brake. Lamar

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01-10-15 02:36 PM - Post#2513604    
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Nov. 15, 2014
I got all of my power steering system connected before I got the body back from the paint shop and on Nov. 15, 14 I fired it up to check out the system, with the much needed help of Jalapeno, while it was still easy to maneuver around. Jalapeno sent me the bleeding instructions and walked me through the process. Everything went pretty smoothly after 2 or 3 PM’s to him and I let it run for about 20 minutes turning the wheels back and forth several times and then pushed it back in the basement. The next morning on the way to Church when I went by the frame I noticed about a 2” spot of fluid on the floor under the pump. I knew that I was getting the body back from the paint shop the following Sat. so I decided to wait until I sort of got caught up on installing parts back on the body to check it further. While waiting on some parts to come in that I had ordered I put the ratchet wrench in the dreaded “OFF” position and removed the pump to see just what was going on and when I got it disassembled I found the problem. The attached picture shows what I found, a bushing really chewed up and when I sent it to Jalapeno his response was “Ouch” lol. I have tried to find a rebuilding kit with the bushing but the ones you find that says they fit a 1960, wrong they won’t. I purchased the #7910 Master Pro at O’riellys auto and the bushing and seal is too large for the shaft in my pump. The guy tried a Gates with the same results. If anyone here in CT land has a 1960 pump lying around let me know. According to Jalapeno this is a one year only pump.


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Dec. 23, 2014
Got all the new wiring harnesses from Auto Wire and begin the dash harness installation. I took a few pictures of the old harness installed before I removed it so I could route the new one back exactly like the old one. I would come upstairs to look at 2 or 3 shots starting at the fuse block and by the time I got back down there I could only remember 1 or 2 and to complicate things even more, now after I crawl under the dash I’m looking at it upside down through bifocals, so I put all the pictures on a flash drive and took the lap top and had it in the car but then it wouldn’t boot up so it’s back to running back and forth checking because these wires run over under and around everything under the dash but I finally got it in and now to get the instruments installed. Don’t laugh because I know some of you are in the same boat I’m in, can’t half see and can’t remember much at a time, for those who still can remember more than one thing at time, cherish that memory. Some of you may have doubts that I will ever get this thing back together.


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01-10-15 02:49 PM - Post#2513610    
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Dec. 25, 2014
While my son-in-law and 4 grandsons were here for Christmas I got them to help me get the trunk lid on and everything went really well, I had drilled a hole in each lid hinge and lid years ago before I removed it and I just had to install the bit to align it and installed the bolts and it fit perfect. One of the pictures is me giving instructions as to how I want to do this and if they mess up they will be left out of the will. On second thought after I finish this thing there may not be anything left to will, oh well, they don’t know that.


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Giving instructions on how I want it done.


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01-10-15 02:53 PM - Post#2513612    
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After I got the trunk lid installed I finished installing the small pieces of peak molding on the end of the fins with Jens help in identifying the clips that held this piece on. After Jens ID’ed the clips I found them in my box of “stuff”, cleaned them up primed and installed them.

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01-10-15 03:05 PM - Post#2513615    
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Now it’s back to the dash. Have all the instrument connected up and back in place and they installed pretty easily. I got my speaker installed that I purchased from Turnswitch. I disassembled the instruments and cleaned them .

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01-10-15 03:11 PM - Post#2513617    
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More of dash and I have no idea why the color looks so blue.

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01-10-15 03:17 PM - Post#2513621    
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You can see some Turquoise color over the radio?

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I decided to paint the heater after all because the inspection sticker was applied over the paint so at least the inside unit was painted. I chose to go gloss black, may not be correct but it looks good to me. That's all for now.
I'll have to pull off the build for a few weeks to prepare for the big 50th coming up the 12th of Feb. I was hoping to have the car ready but as you can see I'm a ways from it being completed. Hope I haven't bored you with all of this. Lamar

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01-10-15 10:22 PM - Post#2513726    
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Lamar - I always enjoy your updates and I keep picking up little details that have already helped me and are gonna keep helping me in the future when I get as deep into my restoration as you are.

I'm with you on finding the best way to get pictures to the garage. I've resorted to copying my pictures and the instructions I've download from this site onto a tablet computer and if I'm doing dirty work I'll put the tablet in gallon ziplock bag so I don't have to explain why there's oil in the computer.

Can you post the powersteering bleeding instructions you mentioned?

Jim
'60 Impala Sport Coupe, 283/pg
Former:
'65 BelAir (355 / 350 hp)
'68 Caprice (donor)
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Thanks Jim and I’m glad that I am able to offer a little help, usually it is me needing help and which I have received a ton of it here on CT and without it I would not be near as far along with the ’60 as I am. Here are the instructions Jalapeno sent me: Although the body wasn’t on the frame and there was no steering wheel involved I should have paid a little more attention to the caution below. I did as the instructions said, 1 – 7 and everything was going great and I was just letting it run then all of a sudden the wheels turned violently to the right and needless to say, well I will just say that I wasn’t prepared for that. I have also attached the balancing procedure which I definitely had to do and it worked great.
BLEEDING INSTRUCTIONS

IMPORTANT: USE TYPE A OR DEXRON AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID OR EQUIVALENT

FLUID MUST BE TRANSLUCENT AND FREE FROM DEBRIS AND METAL PARTICLES.

When performing the bleeding process, both front wheels must be completely off the ground. Under loaded conditions (wheels on the ground), the PS fluid is injected into the cylinder under extreme high pressure. If any air is present, this will cause a foaming action with the fluid. It will take several hours, even overnight, to bleed out the air in the system if this foaming has occurred.

CAUTION:
DO NOT PUT ARMS OR HANDS THROUGH STEERING WHEEL WHEN PERFORMING INITIAL BLEEDING PROCEDURE. STEERING WHEEL MAY TURN VIOLENTLY IN EITHER DIRECTION.


1. Jack up front wheels and place car on stands. Do not use ramps. Wheels must be free to turn. DO NOT START ENGINE.

2. Fill pump with fluid. Use TYPE A or Dexron ATF or equivalent.

3. BEFORE STARTING ENGINE, turn the steering wheel lock to lock several times. Refill pump with fluid. Again turn steering wheel lock to lock several times. Check fluid level and refill as needed.

4. Start and run engine for at least 10 seconds with wheels in a straight ahead position.

5. Refill pump with fluid if needed.

6. Run engine for at least 10 seconds, then turn wheels in both directions LIGHTLY against stops.

7. Refill pump with fluid to correct level.

8. Let down front wheels and test drive vehicle. Refer to Shop Manual for troubleshooting chart if necessary.




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01-12-15 08:33 AM - Post#2514046    
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Looking good!!!!!



 
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01-14-15 08:40 PM - Post#2514816    
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Thanks for the instructions Lamar.


Jim
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Former:
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'68 Caprice (donor)
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01-24-15 08:06 AM - Post#2517534    
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Looking great. I don't know about you, but doing the work is as much fun as driving them.

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01-26-15 07:02 AM - Post#2517982    
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Thanks 56. Yes the work is fun but the work that I have done has been mostly disassembly, clean up, repair and now reassembly unlike the real "work" that I have watched you and other guys do here on CT on your projects. Thanks again, Lamar



 
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Aloha from Kaua'i Hawaii. My initial plan was to have the '60 finished in time for our 50th anniversary and we were going to have a 60's theme reception but since that didn't happen we decided to celebrate it here in Hawaii. Please don't take this as bragging because it's not. I'm very thankful and blessed, blessed with good health, a wonderful bride for 50 years, two daughters and sons-in-laws, 4 grandsons, 1 great grand daughter and one on the way and a '60 Impala!- which I hope will be finished soon. Will get started back on it when we get home. Aloha

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50 years ago today.


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1 year ago today, with our snow storm ( 2" )😁


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Today 50 years later and would do it all over again.




 
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02-12-15 04:43 PM - Post#2522782    
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Aloha to you, Lamar..... and you beautiful bride as well. The time right now is to be reserved for the enjoyment the two of you deserve, and for your celebration. Congratulations on 50 years of wedded bliss.

Besides, that ol' car will just have to wait!!!



Chuck






 
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02-17-15 12:18 PM - Post#2524101    
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Congrats Lamar, excellent choices all around!


Michael
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