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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-31-2013 Thread Starter
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Another Year Gone By

Happy New Year Everyone,

It's been a busy year since April 2013 working on restoring my 66 Coupe. I want to thank everyone who has commented and helped when I hit a hurdle. Your advice and suggestions are very much appreciated. The following is an update of what has happened since April:
1. The body was media blasted and alot of damage was revealed from an attempted restoration back in the 80's. For a coupe from California/New Mexico, both dry, low humidity states there was more rust than I thought. With that said; The body panels are planned to be welded into place within the next two weeks. I needed to replace more sheet metal than I originally thought. The floor pans, both quarter panels, The tail light panel, a trunk drop off panel, both trunk extensions and the rear valance.

2. With welding and fitting of panels just about completed, January will be spent smoothing the body out and getting ready for it's first coat of primer. The primer is planned to be applied in February. I have access to a heated paint booth.

3. The 200 6 cyl engine, C4 transmission, power steering, gearbox and the upholstery are ready to install. The differential is the last sub-system that needs rebuilding and that will happen in January toward the end.

4. CJ Pony Parts had several great sales since Thanksgiving and I took advantage of these sales and picked up the brake system, suspension system front and rear, the exhaust system, fuel tank, headliner, vinyl top and a host of other parts. I saved over $1500.00 along with free shipping.

5. The only farmed out work was to Elson Transmissions (C4 rebuild), Chockostang (gear box, power steering pump and control valve rebuild) and A+ Machine (engine work).

All that's left is primer and paint, radiator, tires, front glass, door/window hardware and I can start putting it all together with an anticipated completion date set for April 2014. All and all I think the restoration has come along well on time and over budget (LOL).
I'm simply amazed at what it costs to complete a ground up restoration on these early classics.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-01-2014
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Hello. Your car appears to be coming right along.
Happy new year!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-01-2014
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Excellent progress you are making

I don't think 10% of cars I have bought, and I've owned my share, have needed the amount less than or the amount of work I expected, They have needed TONS more. Don't let it bother you, These are 50 year old beasts that have had their fair share of use and abuse, We are the caretakers and it certainly seems you are well into your care of that car. Nice work.

Happy new year everyone.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-01-2014
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Coming along nicely. Should be just like new just in time for the big event in Vegas on the 16th of April... Hope to make it there with my 65 Coupe.
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