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Username Post: '53 Bel Air conv Update        (Topic#336028)
Keith_Knox 
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04-07-21 12:32 PM - Post#2817666    
    In response to 40grit

Please accept my condolences. I lost my wife Barb January 8 2017 to a massive brain hemorrhage. Cannot believe it has been over 4 year.

The top looks great. Just your normal work and outcome.

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samsonized1 
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04-07-21 05:08 PM - Post#2817678    
    In response to Keith_Knox

so sorry to hear about your loss she was a very pleasant person mike



 
40grit 
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04-15-21 06:56 PM - Post#2818116    
    In response to drtyler

  • drtyler Said:
The top looks really nice. Good job!

I can't tell for sure, but it looks like brown canvas material? A few years ago, I installed a new top on an 80's BMW convertible, also brown canvas. It was a job to get just right. I have made sure to keep it out of the sun as much as possible because I didn't want to do it again anytime soon!

What brand or vendor did you use for the top?



I apologize for missing your post. You are correct. It is a dark brown cloth top from Kee Auto tops. I had received a quote from The Miami Corp for the top but when I went to order it they never returned my calls....Strange way to do business.

I am getting a good start on my door panels. I am really pleased with them but I sure am slow. Thank God I am not trying to feed my family by doing upholstery. :-))

John



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tommy49 
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04-16-21 04:19 AM - Post#2818135    
    In response to 40grit

Beautiful work, John, as usual!

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, MII IFS, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

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one4dad 
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04-16-21 05:19 AM - Post#2818137    
    In response to 40grit

John, that is beautiful work.

Bill Wilson 50 styleline deluxe 2 door sold,- 51 styleline Deluxe 2 door ,'56 235 with dual carter webers on an Offenhauser intake, Fenton headers, 56 chevy rear end and 700R4 transmission.


 
40grit 
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04-27-21 04:13 PM - Post#2818896    
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Thanks guys. I am hoping to drive the car to the Good-Guys show in Nashville the end of next month. If I can get the carpet and windlace in, it will be a good thing.

It was hard to take the car out of service but I pulled the seat out today.

John






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Dean50 
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04-28-21 12:22 AM - Post#2818903    
    In response to 40grit

Go, Johnny, go!

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rrausch 
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04-28-21 04:03 AM - Post#2818908    
    In response to Dean50

John, what did you use for padding in your front seat?

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
40grit 
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04-28-21 04:32 PM - Post#2818956    
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  • rrausch Said:
John, what did you use for padding in your front seat?



I designed my own foam on top of the original springs. i think I posted quite a few pictures of the process on the Hotrodders.com forum. If you are interested, I would be glad to find it and post a link

John

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rrausch 
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04-29-21 04:24 AM - Post#2818979    
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Thanks. That would be great.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
40grit 
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04-29-21 06:50 AM - Post#2818983    
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  • rrausch Said:
Thanks. That would be great.



The seat upholstery starts toward the bottom of this page. It rambles on for several weeks so you will have to wade through some rambling and off subject conversation but if you will follow the thread for a few pages it will cover the process.

I might also note this was during the time Photobucket was having so many issues and what were full sized pictures ended up thumbnails.

https://www.hotrodders.com/threads/53-belair-con v-...



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rrausch 
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04-29-21 03:29 PM - Post#2819008    
    In response to 40grit

Thanks. I'll wade into it.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
40grit 
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09-13-21 05:27 AM - Post#2826989    
    In response to rrausch

Precious and the family went cruising at the Shades Of The Past last weekend. we all had a good time.

John









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rrausch 
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09-13-21 06:28 AM - Post#2827000    
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Bee-yoo-ti-ful!!

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
eplantage 
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09-13-21 07:35 AM - Post#2827005    
    In response to 40grit

Wow!

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Mike JW 
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09-13-21 08:52 AM - Post#2827008    
    In response to eplantage

Looks great.




 
one4dad 
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09-13-21 08:55 AM - Post#2827009    
    In response to 40grit

Beautiful , I love that red
Bill

Bill Wilson 50 styleline deluxe 2 door sold,- 51 styleline Deluxe 2 door ,'56 235 with dual carter webers on an Offenhauser intake, Fenton headers, 56 chevy rear end and 700R4 transmission.


 
55 Shaker 
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09-13-21 09:47 AM - Post#2827013    
    In response to 40grit

Beautiful/Wonderful

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


 
coachfrank 
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09-13-21 10:10 AM - Post#2827016    
    In response to 55 Shaker

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

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Idaho 
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09-13-21 10:58 AM - Post#2827022    
    In response to 40grit

Absolutely beautiful John, what a pleasure it's been watching you turn what you started with- into a total masterpiece !

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Keith_Knox 
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09-13-21 12:18 PM - Post#2827027    
    In response to 40grit

Outstanding job.

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40grit 
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09-14-21 04:54 PM - Post#2827090    
    In response to Idaho

Thanks for the kind words guys.

I have often said, building a car is a lot like riding a motorcycle. "The journey is the destination." I will enjoy the car, for sure, but the satisfaction of turning this old derelict into a sound and quality driver has been so much fun and the satisfaction is unmeasurable. Driving it will never be as satisfying as the build has been.

I am now 76 and certainly do not intend to start another project of this magnitude but will always cherish the memories of every build I have done, especially this one one. I will certainly enjoy smaller projects and some updates in the future.

My '36 ford roadster needs some updating since being built 15 years ago for sure.

Thanks again everybody.

John

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09-15-21 04:20 AM - Post#2827119    
    In response to 40grit

Well said! The difference for me is, that at 72, I'm still slightly in denial about not starting a new project, Haha.

1950 Fleetline, 355 TBI, mild cam, 700R4, 3.73 posi rear Blazer axle, MII front. P/W, Remote door and trunk locks, GM cruise control, A/C.
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40grit 
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09-15-21 04:43 AM - Post#2827120    
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understood! I don't think you ever really get it out of your system. ????????

John

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