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It's looking really good!

I have a question for you. How are/did you treat the refinishing of the frame/suspension parts, if at all?

My car will go off for final body work and paint this year, but I'm fighting with how to get the frame cleaned up without tearing the car all the way down. I'm not willing to disassemble everything.

Have you done anything under your car?
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I'm not doing anything with the frame at this time.
The frame, floors and suspension are pretty clean. I will get the car up on my lift and clean it as best I can when I get it back from the body shop.

It's a "driver", not a show car and I decided to spend most of my budget on the body/paint work.

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Ok, thank you for the response. I'm definitely going to be putting miles on my car. Seeing you go this route helps me with my decisions. Thanks again.
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Visited the body shop on January 21.

First base coat is on the fenders and hood.
Started blocking this morning:














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UPDATE January 25, 2013

While the car is at the body shop, I have been working on the seats and other parts to get them ready for installation.

The seats didn't look too bad, but when I pulled them out of the car I found a lot of rotten seams and some old rust stains. The foam was

obviously in bad shape; it felt like you were sitting in the seat frame instead of a foam cushion.

When I took them apart, I found the typical rusty springs and some rust on the metal frames:










Got the frames and springs bead-blasted and painted them:






Re-installed the springs into the frames:








Sewed up new suspension units to replace the old, tattered burlap:

Front seat:




More coming...

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More on the seat refurbishment:

Rear seat:




Installed replacement felt underneath the new urethane foam buns:






Then added soft, non-woven pads and slip-sheets before installing the covers:






Then, after a lot of stretching and hog-ringing, I ended up with this:








I still have to re-install the plastic covers, but I think the seats turned out great!

These were ACI foam buns and Legendary covers.

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UPDATED - January 28, 2013

Seats are finally DONE!

The top of the rear seat back has a few small waves along the emboss lines, but I think they will smooth out when they warm up.

All in all, I'm happy with the results.
















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would not look better straight out of the factory....nice work
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Thumbs up

Yes indeed, very nice. Gives me the confidence to do mine myself.
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UPDATE - Feb. 4, 2013

I've installed the gauges and woodgrain on the dash bezel...looks pretty good!


Here is the dash bezel with the woodgrain applied:








And some pics of the installed gauges:








There are some dark spots on the tach face in this is close-up, but it must just be a reflection; the part looks great



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