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post #136 of 210 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 20, 5:27 PM Thread Starter
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Coming along. Iíve gotten the doors on and lined up, and the left fender on. I have to partially install the ac system before I can put the right fender on.

I like how itís come out so far. I spent a lot of time and was more anal about the panel gaps and the straightness of the panels than just about anything else Iíve done. I think it paid off.







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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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post #138 of 210 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 20, 1:36 PM
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Hey Andy, What are you doing to block off the heater core hole in the firewall?
I am adding Classic Auto Air and trying to come up with something a little nicer than the piece of plastic that comes with the kit.
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post #139 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 20, 1:43 PM
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Hey Andy, I apologize ahead of time if you talked about your suspension elsewhere and I missed it, but what do you have going on here at the upper ball joint?




It looks like a relocation of some sort, moving the pivot point for a better camber curve? If so, where did it come from?

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post #140 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 20, 8:17 PM
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Looks like an SPC turn buckle upper control arm. Damn sexy, arenít they??
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post #141 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 20, 9:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Andy, What are you doing to block off the heater core hole in the firewall?
I am adding Classic Auto Air and trying to come up with something a little nicer than the piece of plastic that comes with the kit.

The Vintage Air kit came with a nice metal plate that goes over the hole and seals with silicone. Itís obvious that itís a retrofit, but it doesnít look bad.


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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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post #142 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 20, 9:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Andy, I apologize ahead of time if you talked about your suspension elsewhere and I missed it, but what do you have going on here at the upper ball joint?




It looks like a relocation of some sort, moving the pivot point for a better camber curve? If so, where did it come from?

Thanks,

From one Andy 69 owner to another.

SPC adjustable upper control arm. Iíve just got it set roughly. Iíll do a proper alignment eventually.

Right now Iím trying to get the hood gaps right.


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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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post #143 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 20, 9:45 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like an SPC turn buckle upper control arm. Damn sexy, arenít they??
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I have to wonder if GM had some real reason for geometry that bad or if they were just stupid.

SPC produced what GM should have


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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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post #144 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 20, 9:57 PM
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I have to wonder if GM had some real reason for geometry that bad or if they were just stupid.

SPC produced what GM should have


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I can only guess that it had something to do with bias ply tires.
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post #145 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 20, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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I can only guess that it had something to do with bias ply tires.

Do bias play tires have more grip at positive camber angles? I honestly donít know


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Originally Posted by jpete, Dean, Derek69SS, hoffbug, rubadub, Grandsport, Thomas Jefferson, 1badss396, MEJ1990TM, and mrdjc99
As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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post #146 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 20, 5:22 PM Thread Starter
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I've gotten the hood repainted. I can still see the ripple that I couldn't get rid of but it's tough to see unless you know where to look. Going to get the quarters repainted here this week.

Got a little held up on the front end assembly. Discovered both the springs on my hood latch were broken. It doesn't seem like there is an easy way to replace those so it looks like a replacement of the entire assembly is in order. Also my hood hinges are a little ragged out so they are off to Willie. I'm thinking about the gunmetal grey powder coat, or might just use the black SPI epoxy I have. Not original but it will be a nice contrast with the underhood black.

I think there is a good chance I'll have a running car here in the next month or so.

Small list of parts to order yet:
high torque starter
Dash bezel and gauges
Electric fan
may need to replace the engine harness and alternator due to the
ac and the electric fan.

Going through my parts it seems like I bought about 6 rubber bumper and stopper kits over the years. Funny, only one of them had the correct deck lid and door bumpers.
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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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post #147 of 210 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 20, 2:19 PM Thread Starter
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Assembly continuing. Got the quarters painted the other day. Not as good as I hoped but better than I was expecting if that makes sense. A lot of trash in the paint but I think it will be ok. I just have to keep in mind it's not an Evening Orchid Camaro, Z16 convertible, or factory 66 Chevelle SS427. Got to work on the trunk area yesterday and now I'm putting together an order for window parts. Coming together. I'm actually enjoying this part.
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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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Aaargh. Nasty surprise the other day. I'm waiting for the hinges to come back from Willie so I started to put the doors together. Turns out both driver side windows are scratched beyond repair, the RH quarter window is marginal, and the passenger side seems ok, so I'm looking at replacing at least three of the four windows. Add to that the window felts are hard as rock and crack when you touch them and the quarter window chrome trim piece is pitted and rusty. So far I've got $500 in my Ground Up cart for the window parts and I'm still counting. I'm probably going to end up replacing a bunch of the window hardware too.

A little unexpected. At the moment I'm not really working on the car as every little sub project is missing something critical, so I'm just sitting back waiting for orders to arrive.
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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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Aaargh. Nasty surprise the other day. I'm waiting for the hinges to come back from Willie so I started to put the doors together. Turns out both driver side windows are scratched beyond repair, the RH quarter window is marginal, and the passenger side seems ok, so I'm looking at replacing at least three of the four windows. Add to that the window felts are hard as rock and crack when you touch them and the quarter window chrome trim piece is pitted and rusty. So far I've got $500 in my Ground Up cart for the window parts and I'm still counting. I'm probably going to end up replacing a bunch of the window hardware too.

A little unexpected. At the moment I'm not really working on the car as every little sub project is missing something critical, so I'm just sitting back waiting for orders to arrive.
Andy, I found as my project dragged on with all the setbacks, if I can just drive this thing in my lifetime, I'll be a happy camper.

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Andy, I found as my project dragged on with all the setbacks, if I can just drive this thing in my lifetime, I'll be a happy camper.
Iím driving this summer come hell or high water.

I ended up just ordering a full set of glass. That way they will all match.

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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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