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Great work man.. cant believe I've missed this. Looking forward to more updates!

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Old 12-01-2014, 07:36 AM
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

The hood and right front fender could not be salvaged without a huge body work bill. I lucked out and found both from a guy three hours away in Tennessee. I rented a UHaul trailer and went out and got 'em. Project Thunder is back on track.

NC is very friendly to antique cars, defined as over 35 years old. You can run any plate from the year of manufacture as long as you have the car registered as an antique and carry the "real" tag in the car. With that in mind, I had this one made:
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:52 PM
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

Major milestone: all one color. Final prime coat after all the body work and associated block sanding done.

The hood and trunk lid are painted separate, shown with a black guide coat for final block sanding. Then there's the small parts, skirts and castings.
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

Nice work man, here is the end result of my dads hot rod and my not quite as old restoration job-ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1419780858.011417.jpg

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Dads old rig is faster than mine. And his is 90% custom work done by himself and a friend.
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:14 PM
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Second final prime coat...
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Body back to original color, albeit with three coats of clear.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:08 AM
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Back in the nest. Working on an AC modification now.
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:13 AM
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Re: Restoring an old luxury car

Gosh it's been three months? This thing's been kicking my ass, but I'll win!

The trunk lock took me 2 weeks to figure out. I lost a component and had to order a reproduction part, and that part was made wrong, and had to be modified to make it work. And if the lock doesn't work when you close the trunk, you'll need to cut the floor out to open it back up.

The windshield took three weeks. There are 7 clips that hold the top trim in place and only 3 survived the deconstruction, and these have to go on before the glass. Parts I ordered month's before were wrong. I spent an entire day making calls and emailing suppliers for the right part. The guy that had it took ten days to get back to me. Then the installer didn't like the gasket so had to order a new one from a different manufacturer.

Build primer on the doors proved to be incompatible with the epoxy base primer. That showed up weeks later after hours of block sanding as alligator cracks, so both had to be stripped down a second time to bare metal...

Back glass and windshield in, trunk lid on (and working!), doors on.
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Old 07-22-2015, 11:50 AM
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Waiting on the state inspector for VIN verification and basic inspection. Mad Max interior at this point!
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Perhaps the world's most iconic back seat. This time in all leather, with three-point retractable seat belts.
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Chrome bits appearing- got to be close now.
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I finally got my title back from the state, then promptly went to the DMV to get my plates. Took a spin down the road and came up with a punch list of about 12 items to fix before she's ready for the open road.

The most critical of these is a valve tick on the passenger side. I stopped at my engine builder and he immediately told me to go home, pull the covers off so he could get a better look at it. He wants to adjust the valves while the oil pump is being primed. I've never heard of that before but hey he's the expert.

Doing that will cause oil to flood over the lower flange of the heads onto the floor, so to avoid that I've cut the top off one of my valve covers so I can keep it on while adjusting the valves.

I've had a set of Offy old school covers on the shelf for a while now so the time is up for those to go on. Unfortunately, the OE brake booster interferes on the drivers side, so I have a new slim line unit on order and hopefully I can make only minor modifications to make that fit.

Here's what the new valve covers look like:
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