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Post by custom880 on Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:28 pm

Been working the dash all home made parts
bezels for the ac just don't like plastic.
pattern I made

finished bezel. Wanted to mold into the dash in the beginning just figured the dash was to small

made the curves with a large pipe, hammer and lots of little taps.

redid the gauge cluster to hold round gauges


filled the gap between the cluster and the metal sheet with fiberglass then skim coated with bondo, thought might hold together better.

took lots of hand sanding but I think it turned out ok.
last thing is a plate to cover the speaker grill on the top of the dash.



also made a radio replacement panel and a box to hold the ac controls (sorry no picture of that yet).
radio mount'


all these still need a bit of work and was time consuming. Didn't have my Zen today so quit. Hopefully I'll be better soon and start cutting the dash to fit everything together.
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Post by regal81455 on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:16 am

You're doing an amazing job sir - I come back to this thread quite abit - enjoy seeing your progress!  It's going to look great, you should be proud!

Autometer gauges?

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Post by custom880 on Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:50 pm

Regal thanks for the pep talk. this is what I've been doing,
here's the gauge cluster primed.

mock up with gauges, bottom tin was cut and bent so it'll still work. It's pretty pitted, tried polishing up the left side. hoping it'll clean up with lots of elbow grease.

mounted the ac inside before working on dash to make sure no other welding of mount points were needed.


finally got the nerve to hack up the dash, filled the speaker grate,

welded and primed the ac controls,



installed the new stereo mount,


and while the bondo was drying I cleaned lots of parts, stripped paint and started to reassemble.

the dash is smoothed out and feathered in, soon as I prime it I'll post more pictures....thanks for looking.
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Post by custom880 on Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:35 pm

well been doing a lot just nothing to right home about.
Did some sanding


then added a little paint on the jams and engine bay.
forgot that when it looks great walk away, I didn't and got a few sags but nothing great. It's been 6+ years since I touched a gun.




that's about it for now. hoping on getting the engine to the machine shop for a refreshing up next month, working on putting the wagon all together for final sand and paint.
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Post by regal81455 on Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:30 am

Hell yeah man - you're making great progress - bet you'll be cruising in the spring at this rate! Love the color btw! Good choice!

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Post by custom880 on Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:33 am

Thanks, I'm hoping on getting her done by the spring time. I'm turning 60 next year and well I promised my wife that I wouldn't die till all the cars in the yard are up and running,
short list:
57 pontiac chieftain
51 f-2
73 baracuda
61 morris minor
46 pylmouth sedan
65 custom880
41 ford business coupe.
73 amx-runs needs a little work
86 jeep cj-7- runs body shot
whatever rolls in  lol.

so you see I hope to be here for a while.
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Post by reebz on Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:40 pm

looks great

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Post by custom880 on Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:27 pm

well not much to show since I'm sure everyone knows what sanding primer looks like and that's what I've been doing to the door interiors. Lots of curves and small pieces of paper to work with. They're ready for paint which I hope to spray soon.
What I'd like to show is with the help of a friend we ran the brakes.

few shots of the master cylinder and proportioning valve.



also ran the lines

grounded the front suspension

and finally put the rubber shields in. They wanted like 30$ for the plastic pins so I tapped the holes and put screws and washers on them


Once I've painted the doors I'll be putting them on along with the front  fenders. Oh and the engine is in the machine shop should be done next year. I'll have to make brackets for the alternator and ac pump I'll try and put it here.
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Post by custom880 on Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:36 pm

lacquer paint was easy...enamel I got good at. Not sure if it's my eyesight or getting used to the HVLP guns. Its a whole new world for me and well a few small runs this time. guess I need more time between coats and new glasses.





anyone have any extra of these they hold the door in the open position
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Post by custom880 on Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:21 pm

just mounted the exhaust what do you think?




have to trim some brackets and make a few adjustments. Hope it sounds good.
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Post by regal81455 on Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:29 am

You're killing it man!! Love the side pipes! Post a vid when it's running please!

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Post by reebz on Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:23 pm

Amazing work. I may have missed but it what size wheels are you going to use? And what is the master cylinder from?

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