67 Electra 225 Convertible Project

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Assembly continues...
     

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  2. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    So how long is the wait now for you to paint a car?:)
     
  3. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    3 years
     
  4. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Heater core replaced today...also sacrificed the alternator to be able to remove it. The bolt was seized inside the alternator hole and the head broke off when I tried to loosen it. Engine compartment disassembly has begun!
     

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  5. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    Yikes, never had to do one like that, thankfully. That's takin' it off the hard way! The car is looking fantastic Adam, you do excellent work my man. I love 67/68 duece's, can't wait to see it finished. :cool:
     
  6. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Thanks! I'm hoping to have this one wrapped up in the next two months or so.
     
  7. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    Hey Adam if you haven't already reattached the rocker moldings, I'd appreciate a picture of what kind of clips they use. Thanks
     
  8. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    I can do that. They are still in the bag :) ...will grab a photo in a bit.
     
  9. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Here ya go Dave...
     

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  10. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    Thanks Adam...I'm assuming those attach from the back?
     
  11. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    They screw into the rocker panel and the trim snaps in from the top. The rocker trim is then screwed to the bottom side of the rocker
     
  12. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Spit shining parts...

    Heads and exhaust manifolds are at the machine shop getting worked on. Lots of work to do before I can bolt it all back together.
     

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  13. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Heads and exhaust manifolds came back yesterday. I worked a little later than normal today to get the block put together so I could throw some paint on it. I still have to blast the manifolds and rebuild the carb, but mostly everything else is ready to bolt on.
     

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  14. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Almost ready to fire...just need plugs and wires. Last thing in the engine compartment will be painting the air cleaner.
     

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  15. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    Looks like fresh out of the factory! What black paint did you use to get the correct sheen?
     
  16. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Good ol' Rustoleum semi gloss black. If I were doing a heavy big dollar resto, it would be done with a higher quality paint, but I've done a ton of engine compartments that hold up with this stuff as long as they are not driven 15000 miles a year.

    Back to assembly!
     

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  17. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    We have a completed trunk! I'm a little bummed about the reproduction cardboard. It is done right, but they didn't include the taillight covers. So I had to use the old scratched up ones. I painted them as close a color as I could find to the new charcoal colored pieces. This photo doesn't show it well, but they look pretty close.
     

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  18. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    Hey Adam the Electra is looking great!
    If you wouldn't mind taking a couple of pictures of the rocker panels and lower rear quarters before the trim goes on, I'd appreciate it.
    It helps to see where things attach before attempting to remove them.
     
  19. Smartin

    Smartin Stainless Guy Staff Member

    Attached are a couple photos I shot while installing the rocker trim. You can see the screws with the plastic/nylon wedge washers that the trim "hangs" on. The rocker trim then snaps onto the bottom of the rocker and attaches with sheet metal screws on the bottom of the rocker.

    If you are asking about the rear trim behind the wheels, then I already had that attached. It is 4 sheet metal screws on the bottom side, then one speed nut at the back corner. There are 2 other studs that stab into body clips, like oversized rectangular barrel clips. Once the screws and speed nut are removed, the trim will pry out of those retainers.

    I got the remainder of the trim on the car, bumpers, and all weatherstripping on the doors and A pillars. The top rubber will have to wait until it gets a new top in a couple weeks.

    I started to install the carpet this weekend, but I screwed up and ordered loop and not cut pile. Not happy. That's going to set me back almost 2 weeks waiting for that order. Oops! At least I can get some other stuff done like hubcaps and detailing the dashboard. I also need to clean up the underside of the car a bit, and black out the wheel wells.
     

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  20. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    Thank you that helps a lot-the manual doesn't provide much in the way of specifics-just the kind of hardware used. Looking forward to pictures of the finished product!
     

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