My Project/Money Pit (pic heavy)

Yes...but that will only allow minor flexing. We had to REALLY flex some corners to get this thing where it needed to be. That's what you get sometimes with reproduction parts.
I worked at a shop in the 80's, the guy was cheap. He would get the nose and tail reproduction parts made in Mexico and Canadia. It would take a whole day to get them to fit up right.

You are doing a seriously nice restoration, good job.
 
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GoldDot40

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Awesome thread! Can’t wait to see her all cleaned up! Thank you for sharing!
I did finally wash it and it came pretty clean. But since all the dust sat on it for so long, it left a lot of contaminants in the finish. Shouldn't be anything to worry about, just needs a good hand polishing. Pics will follow as soon as I get it presentable.
 
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GoldDot40

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Very cool thread. No one really knows what goes into doing these restorations. We are in the process of doing my dad's 67 fairlane gt. I applaud all your hard work!!
I'm a fan of Fairlanes. Feel free to share the progress.
 
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GoldDot40

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My garage looks like a chop shop right now. In the past 2 weeks, I've bought:

New headliner board
New door panels and arm rests
New dash pad
New carpet and underlay
New front seats (Procar Elite)
New Interior fastener kit
New Trunk mat
New Trunk-rear seat divider board with jute pad
New steering wheel
New console

A whole bunch of satin black interior trim paint to refinish all the parts I'm doing to reuse. Also going to dye the seatbelts black to match everything else.

Got the entire interior gutted today from the firewall to the trunk. Going to repaint the steel dash/cowl panel and steering column as soon as the temp gets into the 60's with low humidity. Can't paint with high humidity and expect good results.
 

sea trout

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The wheel choice and spacing gives an OUTSTANDING appearence for that car!!!! That's a perfect profile!!
Very nice!!
 
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GoldDot40

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It's been a while since I updated my restoration progress. I've been pretty busy between work, routine home maintenance (and 3 other vehicles) 20200227_161614.jpg 20200313_164006.jpg 20200620_135547.jpg 20200723_224302.jpg 20200723_224311.jpg 20200821_231657.jpg 20200821_231717.jpg 20200824_190553.jpg 20200827_174935.jpg
Keep in mind that the orginal interior color was grey and oyster (white). I completely transformed the interior color to black.
 
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GoldDot40

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Bought an aftermarket gauge bezel loaded with Autometer electronic instrumentation. I am absolutely pleased with how they turned out and how they perform. Was a fairly tedious task to wire the aftermarket harness into the factory harness so everything would work like it came from the factory.

The dash pad is new/aftermarket and is very well made. The lower plastic portion of the dash is the original. I painted it to match while I had it out. It turned out well also. 20200824_172531.jpg 20200825_210343.jpg 20200828_114759.jpg 20200904_112323.jpg 20200911_212459.jpg 20200912_131052.jpg 20200915_203532.jpg 20200920_214229.jpg 20200920_214644.jpg 20200921_195403.jpg

Also installed brand new Procar Elite seats. Had to modify the existing factory seat sliders to mount these seats, but I'm happy with the end result. They're very comfortable.
 
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GoldDot40

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And today was the maiden voyage with the car "DONE". Had to drive it to calibrate the new electric speedometer. I had also installed some fat front and rear sway bars to compensate for the extra wide tire footprint this car has now that GM never intended for it to have. I handles like it's on rails now.
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rayjay

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Looks great. Here is a pic of my last bracket car. I am a few moments from going red although it may have been time trials and not eliminations. camero_zps9rthvvus.jpg
 
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GoldDot40

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Looks great. Here is a pic of my last bracket car. I am a few moments from going red although it may have been time trials and not eliminations. View attachment 1041336
It's a likely possibility that I've seen your car...and possibly met you once or twice. Atlanta Dragway was like a second home to me on the weekends for years when I lived in Commerce.
 

rayjay

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That would have been in 92 or 93.
 
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