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Working on brake lines.

New shoes, springs, and cylinders too!.

New, new new...

The nut and bolt wall of painting.

New again, as it was in 1962.

Painted. Complete.

primer on the rear and roof.

Roofing. Sand, primer.

The cowl, sand, primer and paint.

The sticker from PA.

Cleaning for painting.

Body work on the rockers.

Painting the dash also.

Primer, edging, and the doors.

Primer on the doors, and edging.

Some paint around the edging, and other difficult places.

Buffing the stainless trim.

Bumping out the dents.

Making the dash trim templet for the holes.

making the dash trim holes.

painting the dash.

Buffing the rear trim.

Sanding for another coat.

Masking for floor painting.

The couch for the material.

remove, and replace.

Homemade buffer machine.

driving past a speed trap.

repaired mud deviders.

Wildwood summer drive.

Welding in new pocket-well metal.

paint the underside.

Rear suspension back on.

Protect the sun from my head.

Nasty rusting.

A seat screw from 1962.

Painting the front wall.

The front wheel well, is done.

The other done wheel well.

Front wall is also done.

Rusted mud deviders.

Painting additional items.

Lot's to restore here.

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02-02-14
  Here we are on Page 44..... Yes friends, we start another page. I have been working on the web site. Going over to fine tune some code. I think I now have it ready for the spring. It is planned in the near future a monumental site move, just when, not sure. I will announce the move when it happens. I have to wait to hear from my space provider. Hopefully, I will have all the goodies as I do here....

  This week there is supposed to be a huge snow. 12 inches they are saying. I will have some work to keep up with the roof of the spray booth. The car is standing good, and I'm not worried about that, but the booth I am. I still have parts in there waiting. Some paint, some prep. We will see what happens with the snow. Until next time. Chow!

02-05-14
  Okay, good news!. The sewing machine upholstery needles came in AND they do fit the machine. Do you know how difficult it was to locate them?. If it wasen't for Superiour Threads (The company I purchased from) I would have never found them. I diden't sew with them yet, with the thread I purchased, BUT, Plans are to start the cloth seating areas this week end.

  The other good news. The trim parts I found on Craigs List came also, and the main peice is the back trim between the tail lights. It's in great condition. Also along with the deal, is additional trim stuff, for the front. I was going to (when the time comes) to also paint the little black trim squares, and I am. They should look just like new after shined up and painted those areas.

  I will be out there on Friday, after work for a short time (if weather permits) to measure the sizes and the width of the "puffy" area of the seats. I will also start cutting the material for the puffy inserts and the material to complete the new cloth areas, sew, and get them ready for sewing into the seat covers. Should be interesting....

  Below are some pictures from the video. See ys next time... Chow!.


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  The arrival, It's like Christmas In February......... Purchased some sanding discs, and paint stripping disc, and the new radio speaker. The discs, mainly for the roof. Most likely, will need a bunch.

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  The arrival, It's like Christmas In February......... The new radio speaker. This should be the right size. It's a non standard mounting configuration.

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  The arrival, It's like Christmas In February......... The new sewing machine needles came in. They do fit, but diden't try to sew with them or use the new upholstery thread yet. The weeknd is almost here..

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  The arrival, It's like Christmas In February......... Trim parts I purchased from Craigs List. Nice purchase!.

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  The arrival, It's like Christmas In February......... This is the prize piece.... The super part of this purchase!.
You Tube Nav ID Christmas In February. Re stocking and opening parts for the spring.


Christmas In February........

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Christmas In February

02-12-14
  Okay, we are well underway with the car's seat project. This will take a while, and hopefully, I can complete. Double hopefully, I can complete before the spring. I had to measure the cloth seating centers first before attempting making the centers from the Couch material. Remember the couch I took the material from?. Now, we put the material into a seating center to get ready to sew into the vinyl seats.

  This will be a project in itself. I have no real experiance with upholstery, but it's more like a repair then upholstery I suppose, But we will give it a try. I am hopeful, it will turn out looking great.

  I purchased the pig rings (the smaller ones for this is called "pig" rings. Not "hog" rings. Hogs rings are much bigger. I also purchased the tool to do them. I will need to remove the seat covers and clean them up, and take out the old cloth along with the old stitching, and sew in new. But that is when I get all eight of the centers ready. Little by little, step by step. At this point, I have 4 done and ready to go into the seats.

  I will be doing that when the time comes, and naturally, a video will be posted.... Here's what I got done so far... Until next time everyone, Chow!.

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  For the back seat, as the curve, I need to make a templet of how the curve goes. Plus, the templet is my guide for the center also.

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  There will be 2 templets for this part of the seating. The back seat.

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  I will need to remove the back rest. I will do that when the time comes. But for now, we need measurements.

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  The "stuffing" material. The "ribs" in this area. I have to cut about 108, 1.5 inches wide and the length.

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  Use a box cutter to cut out the ribs from the material. I think they call this material "Juke".

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  Cut out the underlayment material. This is just a "holder" for the ribs and the material. Kinda like "boxing" in the Juke.

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  Now we cut the outter material. For the underlay and the material I am allowing 4 inches, in order to cover the juke height.

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  Now, we sew the material together with the juke nested... So far, so good....

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  We are re creating the rib effect in the cloth centers. I suppose machines did this in 1962. We will try our best to keep the 62 look in these seats.

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  The first two seating centers are complete. To do the two, took two nights including the cutting of the ribs.
You Tube Nav ID We start the re-Upholstering of the 1962's seats. This is Video 01 (The centers)


Re Upholstering The Seats 01

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Re Upholstering Seats 01

02-14-14
  Was off from work today.... Not because of the weather, but I suppose cutting hours... Nothin' new for this area, for some reason or another.... For the last couple of days I was working on the seating centers. All 8 are almost done. Had to seam some peices together because I ran out of the larger peices. So far, dosen't look too bad. I tryed hard to keep the seams un visible, but some of it I just coulden't hide. But, still, dosen't look bad. Matter of fact, better then I thought.

  Maybe this week end, I'll bring in the rear back rest and start with that part of the seating. I think maybe that part of the seat will be a good one to start with a learn a little without being too in depth. I'll gain some experiance before the harder one's like the back bottom seats and the complete front. So, for now, until next time. Chow!.

02-15-14
  I started removing the cloth centers in the back seat back rest. I have the centers removed. I also had to remove the "beading", or whatever it's called from the sourrand centers. That means I have to make new beading for them. I have pleanty of material left to make them but I also need reinforcment for the inside of the beading. I have a few ideas on what to use.

  I have a small telephone install job tomorrow. Hopefully it won't take all day. I'll stop by the hardware store on the way back and see what I can use. Lamp cord wire?. Cloths line?. It should be black in color. I am leaning toward lamp cord wire. I can get that from appliances from the trash, or use the inside black line from a extension cord. Probally #14 wire, or #18 will work. But, I will be making a test bead to see how it looks and goes. So, until next time... No pictures yet. I am recording this operation. Remember, this is the first time in doing upholstery and learning as I go... See ya next time. Chow!.

02-20-14
  Hello everyone!. I am happy to announce the first part of the seats went well. The back seat rest is re upholstered with the couch material, and the vinyl is in good shape with just one wrinkle at the top where the back shelf will go. Maybe I can get it out during the installation of the seats when the time comes. I have 3 more parts of the seats to go.

  This one back rest part was in the construction phase for just about 2 weeks. In between work and the other stuff, before work on these can continue. I broke 2 needles on the original wire frame for pig ring applications. I will be more careful. When it comes to thin sewing space of the old re sewing material from 1962. But, all in all I am happy with the first attempt to do upholstery.

  This is more of a upholstery repair than re upholstering. The beading on the sides (along the new center squares) is beading. I used underground low voltage cable because it's UV resistent, and just about the right thickness of the old beading. The old beading was plastic, with a plastic sew through kinda placement. This stuff I could not find in the local stores, but it was on line and rather expensive.

  The pictures below is the back seat back rest portion of the seats. There are 3 more seating parts to go, and hopefully, they will go together without any problems. So, here is this weeks activity for the 62's restoration.

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  Removing the "pig" rings. Often called "Hog Rings" but, that is the wrong type to use. "Hog" rings are much bigger...

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  Removing the centers stitching. Then, removing the centers and trim the new centers for the same size as the old, and keeping in mind the "rib" placements.

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  The old stitching is like small rope, much like the new will be. But the old stitching is a little thicker. But the new is stronger.

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