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Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: frozenone on January 17, 2013, 07:14:48 AM


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Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: Snotty on January 17, 2013, 09:52:18 AM
Who did the custom work on the body?  It looks good.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: frozenone on January 17, 2013, 02:17:54 PM


Another friend owns an upholstery shop and he custom upholstered the front swivels (they are real flat-no bolstering when stock) and stiched the rest of the interior to match.  Silver piping highlights all the seats,  pleats kind of mimic the stock padded dash.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: frozenone on January 17, 2013, 02:22:06 PM


Oh yeah, I forgot to say the steering wheel was water dipped to get the burlwood look on the upper/lower sections. Pretty cool process, I was impressed on what they could do.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: Snotty on January 22, 2013, 09:50:27 AM
It looks great.  My only dislike are the wheels; I do not like modern wheels.  Don't mean that as a put-down, just a taste thing....

I just looked at the close-up of the wheel: are you missing a stud?  
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: Dan Cluley on January 23, 2013, 09:23:42 PM


I'm not usually a fan of modern wheels either, but I think those work.  The key is that the overall diameter is pretty close to stock, and they are tucked into the wheelwells like stock.  There's a 63 or 64 New Yorker around here with a similar setup that has grown on me over the last few years.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: Steve on January 23, 2013, 09:59:27 PM


No Matter. . .He's done a beautiful job
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: firedome on January 24, 2013, 04:47:43 AM
Really like the Orange - one of my favorite colors!

Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: Snotty on January 24, 2013, 10:47:44 AM

Quote from: POLARACO

No Matter. . .He's done a beautiful job

I did not say otherwise. 
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: frozenone on January 25, 2013, 08:30:02 AM


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Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: dana44 on January 25, 2013, 09:43:56 AM
Hey, it's your car, anything that is modified can be changed back (even if it takes a little extra work to do it), but it is your car and she is a beauty.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: Snotty on January 28, 2013, 09:12:08 AM
Please do not misunderstand my comments - I love your car.  I love customs.  (As long as I do not know that one was made from a pristine car.  There are enough junk cars around that pristine drivers do not need to be cut up - in my opinion.)  I am just not a fan of modern wheels.   Sorry.
I am probably on the opposite side of most car fans: I find "Factory Original" cars boring.  I like what you've done.

I agree with your comments on the modern transmission.  You can get that added benefit by using a Gear Vendors Overdrive.  They are expensive but you get to keep the original motor/trans.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: frozenone on January 29, 2013, 06:15:03 AM


Pappy
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: Snotty on January 29, 2013, 01:31:11 PM
I was thinking about the rear of your trans.  The tail-shafts are replaced when you use one of those units, but that would leave you without any locking device.  You mentioned you were swapping to rear disks via Steve.  If those brake have an E-brake set-up the need would be eliminated.  Otherwise, short of swapping the entire rear, I don't know how it would work.
The cost for a GV is @ $2,500.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: dana44 on January 29, 2013, 04:44:23 PM
Gearvendors goes higher than that, closer to $3500 after you get the rest of the things taken care of like driveline, the unit itself run close to $2800-3000 alone. It is actually cheaper to do the 4 or 5 speed overdrive transmission swap these days. Agree with the e-brake on the rear disc brake setup.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: frozenone on January 30, 2013, 08:37:55 AM


Pappy
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: Snotty on January 30, 2013, 08:54:22 AM
I have not looked at the prices for GV in several years; did not realize they had gone so high.
There is no easy fix.  Getting another transmission is a cost, as is the need to cut a hole for the selector, the selector itself, etc.  As you said earlier, if you replace your trans you will not be able to use the push-buttons.  Having owned a '62 (the New Yorker Steve Hobby has) I think those are just too cool to disable.  That's why I like the GV route.  


I think that is the final factor: the cost and what you can afford.  There are people on this site that have done Trans-swaps; you will probably get some more opinions.  
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: dana44 on January 30, 2013, 03:28:10 PM
Cool thing about the 4spd auto is you can get away with a couple simple wires and sensor to the carb (in this case) for kickdown, several aftermarket trans companies have the needed parts for very little cost. Compared to the GV, it is roughly half the price. Other option is to change to highway gears, 2.73s are really good for cruising and a big block can easily overcome the gears on the street.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: firedome on January 31, 2013, 03:30:03 AM
Unless you're driving the car all the time, there's nothing wrong with
a stock TF, even then you'd have to drive it for 50 years to recoup the
gas savings with a $3500 GV overdrive, so unless just done for the
challenge and hang the expense, not worth it, at least IMO.   And
push buttons are unbeatable for their cool
factor! 
firedome2013-01-31 08:35:51
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: dana44 on January 31, 2013, 04:17:59 AM
I can agree completely.  When the number of gears increased from three to four, the advantage was taken away from Gear Vendor transmissions, and when it went to five it became a novelty and nothing more.
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: frozenone on January 31, 2013, 06:42:45 AM


Pappy
Title: Ride 90% completed
Post by: frozenone on January 31, 2013, 06:42:54 AM