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Username Post: My '60 classic project        (Topic#308201)
PLS 
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04-10-18 07:24 PM - Post#2730633    
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SOME OTHER UPDATES ON PREVIOUS PAGE


These pictures were on page 1, 07-11-14 06:18 PM - Post#2468372

That does it as far as trying to restore my earlier post to the way that they were before Photobucket decided to jack everyone around. HERE YOU GO PHOTOBUCKET, IT TOOK A WHILE TO RECONSTRUCT THE POST BUT YOU DIDN’T BEAT ME, JUST CAUSED A LITTLE INCONVIENCE AND YOU DIDN’T GET YOUR FOUR HUNDRED BUCKS THAT YOU WANTED. TRY AND HIJACK THESE!!!!

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My grandson covering it up for the night.


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6-7-14 Delivered body and picked up the other pieces, this picture was taken just before we drove off and was the last time I saw the familiar Turquoise. This is the first time in 40+ years that she has been away from home almost didn't want to leave her.


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6-20-14 Shinny as a new dime inside and outside




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04-11-18 07:40 AM - Post#2730671    
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Excellent work, Lamar.

Good that TheBucket couldn't extort money from ya.

I'll be Frank, this hobby isn't getting any easier.
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04-12-18 07:36 PM - Post#2730830    
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  • Techhead Said:
Excellent work, Lamar.

Good that TheBucket couldn't extort money from ya.


Thank you Frank






It’s been a while since my last post on the progress of the ’60, 2-14-16, but I have gotten a few things done which have gotten it closer to the finishing stage, which is a while off but nonetheless, closer. I started back working on it in Sept. 2017. I installed the driver door and when I installed the vent window and driver window I had a problem with the window, it lacked about 1 ½” going all the way up, I could pull it up the rest of the way just couldn’t roll it all the way up. After adjusting everything that I could with the regulator installed in the door and removing and reinstalling it several times I discovered some play at the point where the two pieces were held together with a large rivet. When I ground off the rivet head and took the two pieces apart one of the holes was smaller than the other one and was worn oblong. I drilled the small hole out the size of the larger one, 5/8”. I cut a piece of 5/8” bushing off to the length of the original rivet and put the pieces back together with a ½” X 1” bolt that I ground the head of the bolt down to the thickness of the rivet head. Reinstalled it yet again and when I rolled it up it lacked about 1”. That repair removed ½” of play. Removed the regulator again and removed the coil spring, yep more wear. I put the regulator aside and added it to my “to do later list”, which is growing, because it was consuming way too much time. I have an idea how to remedy this last glitch so when I get back on it we will see if it works.

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Worked on the inner fenders in Oct. 2017 getting the control arm dust shields installed. They are a pain, I tried to use the stainless-steel staples that came with them but they were just to hard to work with so I made my own. Using the holes made by the original staples I drilled through the shield. They may not last as long as the stainless ones but they will outlast me. I know that some use rivets and some use screws but I wanted it to be close to original so I ended up having to do a lot more time consuming work. Installed the inner fender seal but while installing the fender I had to end up removing some of the seal from the inner fender because it was way to tight, it seemed to be too thick. I installed the passenger side inner fender first and waited to install the driver’s side because I had to get the master cylinder, steering column, throttle and transmission linkage and some other things installed first. In Nov. when I got ready to get my headliner install I called a friend of mine who owns a used car lot and he highly recommended the guy that does interior repairs for him and his recommendation was spot on. Donald exceeded his recommendation, he did a great job!! He is going to be doing my windless pretty soon as well.

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04-13-18 07:18 AM - Post#2730848    
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Thanks for the updates Lamar. So nice to see your progress. Your pictures give me hope I can get to that stage someday. Your details give me confidence I'll be able to tackle the issues along the way.

Jim
'60 Impala Sport Coupe, 283/pg
Former:
'65 BelAir (355 / 350 hp)
'68 Caprice (donor)
My Pictures


 
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04-13-18 06:48 PM - Post#2730896    
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quote=60Impala1837]Thanks for the updates Lamar. So nice to see your progress. Your pictures give me hope I can get to that stage someday. Your details give me confidence I'll be able to tackle the issues along the way.



Thank you, Jim. I’m glad that my post may be of help with your project. I’m no expert and sometimes I think that I know just enough to be dangerous so whatever I say, you may want to wait until someone else chimes in. Maybe it want take you 40+ years to get to this stage.





After getting the headliner install I installed the steering column in Dec. 2017 but it wasn’t a problem free install. I tried to remove the “play” in the steering wheel with no luck and then I bugged CT member Jalapeno for a solution and this problem ended up another “to do later thing”. I posted a separate question on the steering column which has since been resolved. I haven’t worked out the problem with the horn ring and yes another “to do later thing”. Got the driver side inner fender installed. Prepped the fenders for installation. The videos that I have seen of the front end being installed on the assembly line makes it look easy. It was installed as a unit but my wife and I had to install it one piece at a time and it was a pain. Jan. 2018, got the tie bar assy., hood lock catch assy. and horns installed. ( The first picture is sideways and I couldn't change it )


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04-13-18 07:00 PM - Post#2730900    
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March 2014, sandblasted the headlight buckets and hand painted them.

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The way they were when I removed them in the ‘70’s


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Sandblasted


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Hand painted


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Finished. The headlights in this picture are the last ones that I had on the car when I stopped driving it, one was broken. I purchased 4 new ones.




 
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04-13-18 07:12 PM - Post#2730901    
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Jan. 2018, got the grill installed after cuts, scrapes and old man purple places on the back of my hands because there are some pretty tight places to put bolts, nuts and screws. I can’t imagine putting this thing together on a moving line. ( I will never learn to take a picture with my IPhone the correct way, the parking light pic is upside down!! )

The last picture of the front end should have said under it "Front end all together"

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Ready for grill


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Grill installed


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Grill, headlights, bumper filler panel and some trim around the lights.


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Grill, headlights, bumper filler panel and some trim around the lights.


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Parking light




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04-14-18 06:26 PM - Post#2730993    
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Way to go Lamar! When are you going to take it touring through the Black Hills?



 
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04-18-18 05:33 PM - Post#2731475    
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  • fander Said:
Way to go Lamar! When are you going to take it touring through the Black Hills?


Thank you, Glen. I wish that I could drive it out to tour that beautiful part of the country and the Black Hills. Maybe take Iron Mountain Rd. down to your place and get a shot of it in one of the tunnels with Mt. Rushmore resting on her shoulders. Then take it and the ’62 for a spin around Hot Springs.









Drove up to Chattanooga Tenn. in Jan. ’18 and picked up my new (bicycle tires ) from Coker Tire. I told the guy at the warehouse its hard to believe that GM would build a 10’ X 20’ car and put bicycle tires on it. I know that it makes some cringe but yes, I put bias belted on it. I’m not after comfort just trying to put it back the way it was when I purchased it. I don’t like the size or the white wall but that’s the way it is.

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One of my grandsons mounting the new tires.


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Sticker off one of the tires.




 
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After posting questions about the fuel sending unit that I had, I ended up purchasing a new one because the one that I had was the wrong one and I have no clue where I could have come up with it. http://chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?tid/34... The flange liked just a little lying flat on the tank. I didn’t try it but I did wonder if it could have been pull down when it was originally installed.

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All installed and ready to roll. No leaks so far.




 
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In March ’18 I got the hood pad installed and enlisted the help of two of my grandsons (one had already gone when I took the picture), my son in law and a friend to help me get it installed. It doesn’t fit like I wish that it would but it will have to do for now. Maybe I will add it to the “to do later list”

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04-19-18 03:48 AM - Post#2731516    
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Hi Lamar,
What a gorgeous car! I'm sure you get a real thrill to see it coming together.
it is such a breath of fresh air to see the beautiful older designs cruising around.
Modern cars today look like they are top heavy and ugly, and make me think that the designers have run out of ideas and are racing each other to create a different collection of creases and angles just to try to get noticed.
I recently looked at the Current Cadillac range and thought to my self that no matter how good it might be mechanically (and about that I know nothing), the styling department needs to go back to the drawing board.
Maybe it is just us older folks who like the old cars and can't appreciate modern design!
Looking for ward to seeing your Impala finished.
John (Sydney, Australia)



 
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04-19-18 07:38 AM - Post#2731539    
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X's 2 what John says. What a beautiful looking car!!!

The older I get, the more dangerous, I am !!!!


 
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  • Aussie_Chevy_Nut Said:
Hi Lamar,
What a gorgeous car! I'm sure you get a real thrill to see it coming together.
it is such a breath of fresh air to see the beautiful older designs cruising around.
Modern cars today look like they are top heavy and ugly, and make me think that the designers have run out of ideas and are racing each other to create a different collection of creases and angles just to try to get noticed.
I recently looked at the Current Cadillac range and thought to my self that no matter how good it might be mechanically (and about that I know nothing), the styling department needs to go back to the drawing board.
Maybe it is just us older folks who like the old cars and can't appreciate modern design!
Looking for ward to seeing your Impala finished.
John (Sydney, Australia)





Thank you John, yes it is nice to finally see it coming together. I have had it cranked many times with it sitting on jack stands but on April, 2nd I cranked it up for the first time since 1969 with the wheel on the ground. That same day I moved it under its own power back and forth on the driveway for the first time again since 1969. This past weekend I wiggled it out of its hole, which is a pain, and worked on getting the front wheels close to being straight ahead so that I can get it to the shop and have it aligned. Once I got them pretty close the wife and I went for a spin, well just back and forth on our street, 500’ to 600’, this was about as far as I was comfortable in moving it. I videoed the moving under its own power the first time but I know that I can’t upload videos without some sort of third party hosting. Lamar





  • 55 Shaker Said:
X's 2 what John says. What a beautiful looking car!!!


Thank you Shaker. Have a ways to go but shaping up. Lamar








 
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05-08-18 09:07 AM - Post#2733397    
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Lamar,
Your car is absolutely gorgeous!!

While today's trend is "patina" and "rat rods", it is truly refreshing to see your car coming together.

When you said that you moved it under it's own power for the first time since 69, I almost fell out of my chair.

I don't feel so bad now for taking almost a year off from my 6T.

When we got hit with hurricane Harvey last year, I thought my car was toast as my shop roof caved in. Luckily, before we evacuated, I turned it sideways between the two trusses that fell. The car was pretty much buried, but not a scratch on it.
I have almost got all the hurricane stuff taken care of, and hope to get back on it this summer.

You have been a big inspiration for me.

Thanks,

Griff

if you're gonna be a bear..................

1960 Biscayne (the 6T)
2005 Yukon XL
2007 GMC Sierra Classic 8.1
2009 Silverado
2011 Escalade ESV


 
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Thank you Griff. As I said in my first post here on CT that I had intended to do a custom job but my dreams were way bigger than my financial situation. By the time a friend of mine convinced me to get the car done I was determined to restore it as close as I could to the way that it was the day that I bought it. As far as moving it in ’69 it could have very well been before that because I had another vehicle and the ’69 tag that I had got is still in the plastic covering that it came in, so I really can’t remember when I actually drove it the last time. After nearly 50 years since I had gotten a new tag I was expecting to have a problem when I went to get the current tag but it was a breeze and the lady was intrigued with the original bill of sales, the original tag receipt and pictures of the car. My brother-in-law bought me a 1960 tag so I will run it. No, you don’t have to feel bad because you have quite a few years to catch up with me. I probably hold the record for a restoration. I am glad that your family first of all was spared in the hurricane and that the 6T made it through as well. Looking forward to some progress pictures this summer. Lamar



 
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05-14-18 08:11 PM - Post#2733992    
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I bet when you drove 500' to 600', you and your wife had 500' smiles!!

Well Done Lamar.


Jim
'60 Impala Sport Coupe, 283/pg
Former:
'65 BelAir (355 / 350 hp)
'68 Caprice (donor)
My Pictures


 
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05-15-18 02:40 PM - Post#2734046    
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  • 60Impala1837 Said:
I bet when you drove 500' to 600', you and your wife had 500' smiles!!

Well Done Lamar.



Thank you 60Impala1837, Yes, we did they were from ear to ear, I told her later I wish that we had thought about videoing it. And it’s funny how little things like that can bring back memories that you hadn’t thought about in years.






In another separate post I mentioned the problem with it running hot and with the help of CT member ragtp66 pointing out that the heat riser could be the problem I was able to resolve that problem by wiring the heat riser in the open position and now everything is fine with the temp.
On May 5th I attempted to take it to the alignment shop on a trailer so I rented a U-Haul truck and transporter but to no avail, the car was too wide and had to take the rentals back. I got the front wheels as straight ahead as I could and on May 12th I drove it about 2 miles to the alignment shop and was really pleased with how it drove overall. Needless to say, since this was the first time that I had driven it since 1968 or 1969 I was a little nervous. The transmission changed really good and smooth. Freddy wasn’t able to align it because when I rebuild the front end years ago I didn’t, I call it – pre-align it correctly and while adjusting the toe-in and toe-out he ran out of threads so I brought it home and did what he showed me to do. I had some play in the steering wheel that I tried to correct earlier and even with the help from CT member Jalapeno I couldn’t get it all out so I decided to go ahead and remove the steering box and rebuild it before I took it back for the alignment. I remove the box and disassembled and cleaned everything up and sent Jalapeno some pictures of the parts inside which didn’t look too good and he gave me the bad new that it is basically toast so now I am trying to locate a replacement.




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05-18-18 08:23 PM - Post#2734307    
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PLS,

Are you looking for a manual steering box? I am kinda going out on a limb here and assuming that is the case. At least I think that if Jalapeno couldn't help you out on that since he specializes in P.S. boxes.

Bottom line, if you are in need of a good manual box, I still have the original off my 6T. It seems to be in really good shape.

I'll box it up, and ship it to you if you'll pay the freight.

Griff.

pm me a shipping address, and i'll get it out this week.


if you're gonna be a bear..................

1960 Biscayne (the 6T)
2005 Yukon XL
2007 GMC Sierra Classic 8.1
2009 Silverado
2011 Escalade ESV


 
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05-19-18 07:06 AM - Post#2734326    
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Thank you Griff I appreciate the offer very much but I sent the box to a guy in Missouri this past Wednesday and it suppose to be delivered today. I could have bough one on line but I wanted to be able to keep the original box and about the only difference in price is the shipping cost to send it to him. Your offer is what I like about this site, CT members are always ready to help with no questions asked Thank you again, Lamar



 
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05-19-18 07:13 PM - Post#2734379    
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Just read 5 pages of AWESOME!! Sweet project, when is your deadline? It is really a cool feeling to take a car this far. Have fun!!

1959 Biscayne with Impala Moldings, 5.3l LS Swap, 4l60e trans, factory PCM
1992 GMC Typhoon - Bowtie block and heads, forged everything, PTE76mm Turbo, 4L80E, Stock PCM's

"You'll never get anywhere if you keep starting over".

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05-23-18 02:21 PM - Post#2734761    
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Looking Good Lamar!!!



 
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05-23-18 03:47 PM - Post#2734773    
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  • beagrizzly Said:
PLS,

Are you looking for a manual steering box? I am kinda going out on a limb here and assuming that is the case. At least I think that if Jalapeno couldn't help you out on that since he specializes in P.S. boxes.

Bottom line, if you are in need of a good manual box, I still have the original off my 6T. It seems to be in really good shape.

I'll box it up, and ship it to you if you'll pay the freight.

Griff.

pm me a shipping address, and i'll get it out this week.



Hey Griff I forgot to mention when I replied to you but my box is power steering.









  • TYTILIDIE Said:
Just read 5 pages of AWESOME!! Sweet project, when is your deadline? It is really a cool feeling to take a car this far. Have fun!!




Thank you TYTILIDIE for your compliment. It has been a tremendously long project and this is the third “restart” as I mentioned in the first post and even with this one there has been a couple of times when I was about to give up but was prodded along once again. I really don’t have a deadline because I have had so many in the past and didn’t make them that I am just going to try and finish it as soon as I can. If it wasn’t for the history behind the ’60 I probably wouldn’t be doing it to start with. Also, mine was in exceptionally good condition to start with, if it had not of been there is no way I could have tackled a project like yours, which I have been following, and a good many more CT members. As I have mentioned before mine was basically take apart, clean up, repair some, paint and reinstall. For all practical purposes there was no body work to be done, it was only outside for about 10 years. I don’t have the space, tools or the expertise to accomplish what you all have done. Lamar








  • 59Lenoir Said:
Looking Good Lamar!!!


Thank you 59Lenoir, it’s coming along but slow, I like what you said back in 2014 about “turning the ratchet to “ON” and have used it and the other two positions a good bit since, when someone would ask how the car was coming along. It has mostly been in the “ON” position, in the “OFF” position a few times but it was in the “||” (pause) for over a year.










 
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05-25-18 07:28 PM - Post#2734936    
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I definitely know what you mean. If I knew then what I know now I would have not bought my 59, saved a ton of money and put half down on an already built car and just drove the darn thing. I drove my car for about 2 months before I tore it apart. It has now been 3 1/2 years! I am getting real close, $40 in parts and about 10 hours of work and I will be ready for exhaust!

I will tell you this, I was getting that "eh maybe I'll sell it" feeling the other day and after reading your post and seeing it on the rack getting an alignment I remembered why I was doing all this in the first place. Thanks for sticking it out!

1959 Biscayne with Impala Moldings, 5.3l LS Swap, 4l60e trans, factory PCM
1992 GMC Typhoon - Bowtie block and heads, forged everything, PTE76mm Turbo, 4L80E, Stock PCM's

"You'll never get anywhere if you keep starting over".

Me


 
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05-26-18 06:50 PM - Post#2734989    
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When I was younger I bought a 54 Chevy that had been sitting on a farm for years I proceeded to restore every last nut and bolt after 4 years and many hours of work I completed the project since then I have sworn to myself to never do this again. The money I spent and hours I put in I could have have restored a house for less.
These days with the price of chroming and paint unless the car is highly desireable its not worth it. Near the end of my build I got burnt out and it sat for a few months till I got inspired to finish it. The problem also with a fully restored car is you end up cocooning it scared to drive it don't want to put miles on it etc
These days I just buy cars the way they are and just make them road worthy and enjoy driving them.



 
wings59 
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05-26-18 09:40 PM - Post#2735002    
    In response to PLS

Lamar your 60 is absolutely beautiful.
Congratulations, well done.

Larry

59 Impala Sport Coupe

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59Lenoir 
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05-29-18 05:09 PM - Post#2735300    
    In response to PLS

Hahaha I know the feeling! You're still lapping my progress!



 
Bowtie Crazy 
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05-30-18 12:00 PM - Post#2735404    
    In response to 59Lenoir

Congratulations. It is so fulfilling to see it from the start until the end. You must be a proud owner.

Heita!

HEITA!
1956 Chevy Bel Air 4dr Hardtop LQ9 4L80E RHD
1960 Chevy Impala 4dr Sport Sedan 383 T350 RHD
1964 Chevy Impala SS LQ9 4L60E RHD


 
PLS 
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05-30-18 08:07 PM - Post#2735453    
    In response to Bowtie Crazy

  • TYTILIDIE Said:
I definitely know what you mean. If I knew then what I know now I would have not bought my 59, saved a ton of money and put half down on an already built car and just drove the darn thing. I drove my car for about 2 months before I tore it apart. It has now been 3 1/2 years! I am getting real close, $40 in parts and about 10 hours of work and I will be ready for exhaust!

I will tell you this, I was getting that "eh maybe I'll sell it" feeling the other day and after reading your post and seeing it on the rack getting an alignment I remembered why I was doing all this in the first place. Thanks for sticking it out!

Quite a few here on CT has recommended finding the best car that you want and go from there and if I was in the market for another “project”, which I’m not, that is exactly what I would do. However, there are guys that love the challenge, have the ability, the tools, the space and the desire to bring one of these classic cars back to life. You have accomplished a great deal in 3 ½ years so hang in there because I am looking forward to the finished pictures of the “cat eyes”








  • 1belair1954 Said:
When I was younger I bought a 54 Chevy that had been sitting on a farm for years I proceeded to restore every last nut and bolt after 4 years and many hours of work I completed the project since then I have sworn to myself to never do this again. The money I spent and hours I put in I could have have restored a house for less.
These days with the price of chroming and paint unless the car is highly desireable its not worth it. Near the end of my build I got burnt out and it sat for a few months till I got inspired to finish it. The problem also with a fully restored car is you end up cocooning it scared to drive it don't want to put miles on it etc
These days I just buy cars the way they are and just make them road worthy and enjoy driving them.


I know the feeling of removing everything that is removal and sandblasting, wire wheel, priming and painting. I would have never imagined that there were as many parts to one of these cars. I understand the burning out because when you work for many many hours and really can’t tell much that you have accomplished it does get discouraging and like you said then you have to worry about it being damaged.






  • wings59 Said:
Lamar your 60 is absolutely beautiful.
Congratulations, well done.

Thank you Larry, it still has a ways to go.






  • 59Lenoir Said:
Hahaha I know the feeling! You're still lapping my progress!

Lapping you, you got to be kidding, I have been on the track so long they have completely replaced the speedway while I’ve been running. By the way do you have any progress pic's?







  • Bowtie Crazy Said:
Congratulations. It is so fulfilling to see it from the start until the end. You must be a proud owner.

Heita!


Thank you Heita, it is a great feeling to be getting this close.








 
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