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« Reply #75 on: July 21, 2012, 04:12:35 PM »




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« Reply #76 on: July 22, 2012, 06:31:38 AM »


I do like the separate small gauge setup on the formals better, nicer than in the
speedo itself on the '72s. How will you fill the space between the pad and the
windshield? iirc the formals had a metal filler panel, unlike the
earlier type which was all pad, and led to all the cracking around the speaker and defroster vent outlets?
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« Reply #77 on: July 22, 2012, 07:48:33 AM »



By the way Rog, until I get that pad out, you can see where the cracks are if you look close.  They're pretty nasty
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« Reply #78 on: July 22, 2012, 09:08:23 PM »



Well Boys!

I am grateful for your help. I am over the hump now.

The last major dash project was installing a new radio and adding larger speakers to the dash.  I have 5 out of 6 speakers finished.  It sounds awsome.  Much better than the last radio.  4 more solder joints and I'm on my way to completion.  I should have the dash finished by Tuesday.  Then I get to play with the pilar covers.  The inner halves go right in perfectly, but the outers seemed to be an issue.

I still have to connect the bells and whistles for the computer.  I also have a few warning devices installed with warning lights.  I can tell when the fans are down, I have a manual override,  Overdrive Lockout, check engine light.  In the engine bay, I need to make an AC harness for the compressor, and I still have not tied in the headlights.  But I have it simplified in my mind.  (What there is of it)   AC Hises are a snap.  I need to modify one existing hose to close that up.  Put in a new dryer and I'm off and running.  I am way over schedule on this thing.

I decided not to wait for the clip to come.  I have another project that has them and I know one is missing anyway.  I used a 1/4" drill stop, (I had 4 of them) and a cut down 8/32 screw.  I put the screw through the eye on the end of the cable and cranked it down.  The threads were taperd differently to hold the set screw in place, so turning a machine screw was hard.  But I lock-tited it anyway.  Worked perfect!  Baffle is in, all I need to do is pad put the seal and put the pad on.

Stan, you old coot.  Thanks for all those pages you posted.  Owe ya one.
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« Reply #79 on: July 23, 2012, 05:50:12 AM »



So what's your next project?
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« Reply #80 on: July 23, 2012, 03:46:21 PM »


Stan hasn't been here in ages has he? But I bet he lurks here from time
to time, and  do miss that crazy ol' fart,  and I
don't like that C Body Only site... too blatantly commercial and
too many know it alls, a certain 70 Dodge owner and some others come to
mind. The Dry Dock is sorta OK. Stanley! We hardly knew Ye!

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« Reply #81 on: July 23, 2012, 04:00:25 PM »




By the way, I'll have a picture with the filler panel on the top for you tomorrow.  I am bolting in the dash pad now.  Radio is in.  Tyhe pillar trim is going to be a problem.Warm up the heat gun.
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« Reply #82 on: July 23, 2012, 04:06:05 PM »

Just dont forget to turn it off and burn your hands,old Pfft,LOL!
Looking good so far,Steve.
 
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« Reply #83 on: July 23, 2012, 04:08:09 PM »



So will it be ready for Saturday Night at The Chatterbox?
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« Reply #84 on: July 29, 2012, 03:08:08 PM »




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« Reply #85 on: July 29, 2012, 05:54:13 PM »

Now it is starting to look like a car.

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« Reply #86 on: July 29, 2012, 06:48:03 PM »

Well I have to say it looks better then I had though it would.  Can't wait to see how you tackle those pillar covers.

Great job so far Steve....



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« Reply #87 on: July 29, 2012, 08:06:23 PM »



I don't know what goes in the opening on the left.
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« Reply #88 on: July 30, 2012, 04:30:55 AM »

Looks pretty good!  How will you fill in the gap on the sides? You're right, almost every 69-73 had that dreaded knee crack in the lower corner, shouldn't have that problem anymore!


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« Reply #89 on: August 02, 2012, 10:28:37 AM »

Thanks Rog
 
It's actually easier to get in and out of now and there is more knee room.
 
Gonna make up a filler and wrap in in Vinyl.
 
BRIAN
 
I am getting ready to package up this vintage air to send through the channels.
 
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