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post #231 of 239 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Day 120 Dash bezel assembly

My original dash bezel panel was in sad shape so it had to be replaced.

My bezel piece had a notch cut out for the convertible top switch. The reproduction did not have that notch of course so I had to cut my own. I made a tape template as a guide. Worked perfectly.
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Day 120 continued

Thank goodness for the reproduction industry.....sometimes the quality isn't what we expect but at least somebody offers this stuff. In this case, I could not fine any fault with the quality of the reproduction parts....except for maybe the wood overlay would be a little oversize. That would require the user to trim or sand the excess so some people might complain about that. I wouldn't complain....I would prefer slightly oversized wood laminate so I could trim myself. The alum backer piece was dead on. I presume the same cut file was used for the alum backer as was used for the wood look laminate so they should be exact......except the laminate can shrink a little bit, hence the request for slightly oversize.

Application of the wood look laminate is straight forward. I use a solution of soapy water to wet the alum backer panel and the adhesive side of the laminate. This helps me position the laminate prior to setting in place permanently. The adhesive is pressure sensitive so using a squeegee helps to affix it into place. When the laminate is in place, then pre-form the alum to the shape of the dash, peel off the adhesive backing and set it in place. Worked fairly well.

Now to clean up the rally gauges and clock and then reassemble the dash....
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Day 121 power steering pump

My power steering pump was filthy. AutoZone had a re-manufactured pump and reservoir that was an exact match so I just went that route instead of trying to rebuild my pump. I compared the AutoZone unit to my original.....exactly the same in every respect.

My original pulley was heavily rust pitted so I purchased a reproduction pulley from The Parts Place. The pulley they sent was also an exact match to my original....down to the part number and batch code. Nice piece.

The reproduction pressure hose was missing the red stripe.....that was a bummer. I might keep my eye out for a more correct item if I can find it. I will use the hose I have in the meantime.....

The alternator is a correct date coded rebuilt. Even has date coded diodes which is fun.....even if nobody else ever notices. I am not sure if I have the charge wire routed correctly. If anyone has reference materials that shows something different then please enlighten me so I can make the necessary corrections.
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Day 122 tidying up...

Had enough time left in the day to add a few bits and pieces to the engine. Might as well get those parts where they will eventually be needed so I don't have to hunt for them later. Seems like a good time to step back and sum up the progress so far to date. Here are some pics...

Up next is to restore the master cylinder and steering column. After that.....then I suppose I can install the front clip.
I can almost start thinking about firing up the engine soon. That will be an exciting day....hopefully.
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Had enough time left in the day to add a few bits and pieces to the engine. Might as well get those parts where they will eventually be needed so I don't have to hunt for them later. Seems like a good time to step back and sum up the progress so far to date. Here are some pics...

Up next is to restore the master cylinder and steering column. After that.....then I suppose I can install the front clip.
I can almost start thinking about firing up the engine soon. That will be an exciting day....hopefully.
what brand of engine paint. mine seems a little bluer. might turn a slight green when the heat finally hits it. "I can almost start thinking of firing up the engine soon. That will be an exciting day....hopefully" My thoughts exactly. Good luck.
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what brand of engine paint. mine seems a little bluer. might turn a slight green when the heat finally hits it. "I can almost start thinking of firing up the engine soon. That will be an exciting day....hopefully" My thoughts exactly. Good luck.
Thanks and same to you. That 67 engine looks nice! Do you have an extra harmonic balancer pulley? The pulley on my 1967 WZ engine was bent up pretty good....

I used Valspar 227 Pontiac blue metallic. Seemed like a decent match to the original color. From what I remember, these engines changed color after a few heat cycles anyway.
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A quick question, What brand of engine mounts did you use? Have been looking for some quality ones with OEM metal thickness for strength. Fantastic looking car and a very tidy work shop also!
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A quick question, What brand of engine mounts did you use? Have been looking for some quality ones with OEM metal thickness for strength. Fantastic looking car and a very tidy work shop also!
They came from Ames Performance. Their catalog has a couple of choices....I went with the more expensive OEM style mounts and they were a very close match to what came out of the car. The only thing I had to add were the two threaded holes for the battery cable tube that hides behind the HO/RA exhaust manifold.
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They came from Ames Performance. Their catalog has a couple of choices....I went with the more expensive OEM style mounts and they were a very close match to what came out of the car. The only thing I had to add were the two threaded holes for the battery cable tube that hides behind the HO/RA exhaust manifold.
Thank you for the info. Buying off the internet is a pain is some respects as you can't tell the quality by the picture in most cases. Keep posting the pics of the rebuild. thanks again.
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