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Cleaning the rims for painting.

Cleaning the rims for painting. The last one!.

Rear painting rear bumper.

The nut and bolt wall of painting.

Paint some inside dash parts.

Front wheel spindels. Before painting.

Paint wheel spindels, before painting.

Paint wheel spindels, before painting.

Everything is from 1962.

Doing the front wheels.

Ready to paint.

Ready to go on.

Ready to Go on.

Ready to go on.

Replacing rear bearings.

Driveway build, little by little.

A dinner I stopped in.

ByStander, camera phone a photo.

Cold springs museum, a kid get's a seat.

Cold springs museum. LQQkers.

Setting the timing.

Driving in Cape May on a summer day.

Pointing to the sticker.

Diana, in offical 60's.

Headlight switch replacement.

Backing in, first time.

Removing the door handels.

Painting the engine.

More engine work.

More engine painting.

New freeze plugs.

Dealing with the headliner.

Overspray on windows removal.

Dash stuff, back in.

New carper Install.

New trunk pocket cover install.

Cleaning up the door panels.

Cleaning up the original 62's hub caps.

The new covering for the rear shelf.

Winter time inside buffing.

Clean for painting.

Masking for painting.

More masking for painting.

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  All apart. Now, it's on to the door panels. Some rust, but not that bad.
You Tube Nav ID Removed trim, gas tank fill door and the two rear tail lights... More problems.

Removed trim, gas tank fill door and the two rear tail lights...

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Winter Start 2013

  After those few decent days, it's been cold and windy. Rain also. Work, also... So, I have been putting my additional computer plans into effect. Working on it at night, after dinner. I have been adding to the computer set up. A 15 minute AVI, at 640 x 480 is quite large. Equals a little over 8 gig. Because I want to do the following videos in this resolution, and un compressed, and un optimized. I need more disk space.

  So, within the last few weeks I have been building my own hard drive array. SATA's, on a 3ware 9500S RAID card. All are set up as single drives. 8 total. A stand alone back up program to back up the files (videos in progress), pictures, and other files. These are on the IDE drives internaly in the computer. I still have three hard drives to get. These hard drives are from computers people give me. Their old computers when they get new ones. Each drive has a seperate LED for running, and a over all LED also.

  For the computers and the array I have several fans, and a air tunnel within the computer and the array. Heat is what takes out hard drives. Keep em real cool, and they last.... Usually, longer then just the standard fans within the computer. In the picture below, I still have one to add, and the one's for the computer I will use for non array formatting.

  Thats what I been doing for the last few nights while we wait for nicer weather, and my days off from work. Till next time, Chow!.

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  The hard drive array. I still need several more SATA drives to complete the array. Got drives?.

  Today was a nice day. After running around a bit, Vic came over and we removed the handles and the door panels. Purchased a handle remover from Advanced. Had to modify the tool because it was made for todays skinner handels, and I had to flatten the sides for the tool to fit under the bottom of the handle.

  After some playing with this, the handels came off. They are stored away for another day to clean em up. We also removed the panel channels for painting, when the time comes. And to clean the chrome channels up too. That is, when the time comes.Tomorrow, we are planning the removal of the gas tank and the gas tank sender. So, for now, here's some pictures, and some interesting finding, more about the car.

  The inside of the doors are in great condition. The weather undercoats are in good shape. Don't have to paint inside the doors, but I do have to clean off some rust where the bottom door channel is. Not a big deal... The panels, are in great condition, so are the doors. Needs a good cleaning. And about three vinyl small repairs. I am happy of the overall condition... Nice!.

  Thats it for today... See ya next time... Chow!.

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  With the handels removed, Vic is removing the door panel channels. They need to be prepped and painted. The doors, still have the plastic proterctor in between. This will stay on. It will be masked for painting. Inside the doors are like the day it was made.

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  This panel was either made, or installed on the date in the picture.... How bout that huh?.

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  This is interesting. The Mfg of the panels called them kits. This information might be of some use later on.

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  Panel inspector?. Allen Ind. Herrin, diden't result in any good links using Google. I suppose, they are out of business. That is, if "ind." stands for industries. Interesting......
You Tube Nav ID Removing some inside parts. getting ready.

Removing some inside parts from the 1962 Fairlane 500.

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Bendix Radio repair

  This has been a busy weekend... It's Monday, and raining. I am glad we made the new vinyl cover to cover the whole car. The old way was in two peices, covering the front and the back. Wind blew the inner covers down the windows and water was getting in the engine and the trunk areas. Not a lot, but still getting in. Now, the whole car is covered with the bulletin board from front to back. We removed the gas tank, and starting to prep for dropping the rear so I can do the support restoration on the rails, and trunk floor, and of course, the 1/4's. Video will follow on another day.

  The rear area isen't that bad, but prep work is a lot. I need to cut some out around the supporting rails, and need to work on the rails also. The rear leaf springs, this is the support for those. So, dropping the rear axel, is a must. That will be for another day. It's raining, and work all week. So, thats it for now. Till next time....

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  Measuring. This time Vic reminded me of including the roof. :-)

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  Ha ha, Boogie down at the Trop...

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  Covering the car with vinyl. Be okay. It's not tightly wrapped.

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  Had to put the printing on the outside. Don't want the printing to imbed into the old paint by sun heat. The other side is black.
You Tube Nav ID Had to make a new whole cover. Since the hood and trunk lids are off.

Had to make a new whole cover. Since the hood and trunk lids are off.

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Bendix Radio repair

  A few days ago Vic and I was out removing the gas tank. We did get it out. We discovered the sender (for the guage) needs to be re-set. There was a 1/2 tank of gas when the guage indicated empty. It's a matter of bending the float up a little.. I will do that when the new tank goes in. Installing the new tank is just about at the end of the restoration... So, we have a little time for that.

  I am going to need to drop the rear axle and the rear leaf springs, at the trunk location. This has to be done correctly, as not to put pressure on the far rear, and be stable for me to work under the car and around the wheel wells, and inside the trunk. I have to cut the rail covering metal to fix the rail, and clean it out of rust and dirt.

  While doing that, I also need to make the new metal. Some will go in, and some will go in later. The inside of the rail has to be undercoated when the welding patches are complete. Also, keeping in mind of the new 1/4's. So, there is some planning to do yet, some investigation, and fabrication. After the rear is dropped, it's on to the doglegs and the attaching wheel well areas, and then we work our way to the rear trunk section.

  I asked Skippy (A long time body man, now retired) to come over and help me out in making cutting decisions on the new 1/4's for cutting the old. What would be the best way?. Not necessarly easyest, but best. From there, we start cutting into the 1/4's and such. We have a lot to do in this area, but it will not be as intense as the front because mostly all the peices that need replacing are large peices of metal. That in itself, is easier to work with. Here's some pictures... Till next time all.... See ya later....

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  I painted the tank, after cleaning it out. From the removal of rust inside, and the weight of the gas the bottom has hair line cracks. Can't see with the eye. It leaks. If you watched it, you would see a drip every hour or so... Dosen't sound like much, but, it's bound to get worse.

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  This tank gets trashed. I have a new tank to put in. That will happen just about at the end of the body work.

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  It was so heavy, we needed the floor jack to lower it.

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  The gas in the tank went into my beater car.
You Tube Nav ID Removing the old Gas Tank.

Removing the old Gas Tank.

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  This past week end and Monday, and Tuesday was a busy time.... In preperation for doing the rear end of this car. We did a lot. Still, a few more things to do before we start cutting metal... Here's what we did so far:

  1. Re position the jacks, for lowering the axle.
  2. Disconnect the shocks.
  3. Remove both spring shackles.

  Now, we have to re position the axle and remove the springs. I did find a set of leafs. I will need to modify the leafs to fit. I will be removing one leaf in each spring. replacing that leaf with another... Hopefully, that will help to raise the rear body a little. At least be even with the front height. I would be happier for a inch or so higher also.... We still have to:

  1. Remove the rear spring front eye.
  2. Remove the spring mounts on the axle.
  3. Remove the leafs.
  4. Cut down the new leafs.
  5. Install the new leaf in the spring pack.
  6. Install the springs on the rear front eye.

  Then, we can start on the rear metal body work. Starting in the trunk, then the wheel wells, then the pockets, and then finally, the 1/4's... A lot to do this summer.... We have a early start. Still cold some days, and the rain.... We do the work when we can.. Slowly, but shurly. We're getting there... Here's some pictures for the last few days.

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  New location for the jack stands. On the front rear leaf spring support, along the rail....

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  removing the pocket cover. This is an original part. The 1/4 panel cover is missing, but we will eventually get two.

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