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Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Nov 26th, 2018 2:40 pm
by rbryce1
I was wondering just how hot the car body would get this time of year. We do have a lot of sun, but it's not a really hot sun, and the temperatures rarely get above 75-80 degrees this time of year, and most days not even that warm.

All weekend the car was in the sun in my front driveway and the hood, top and rear actually reached 140 degrees. The side in the sun made it to 100 degrees and the side not facing the sun only made it to 70 degrees.

Might be a while doing this procedure! :rolleyes:

All I need are the pushrods and we can start the assembly of the 454 for the '68. :drool:

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Dec 21st, 2018 8:39 am
by rbryce1
Well, a different type of progress was completed last week. With the '65 Corvette occupying my garage, the '68 has been living in my car trailer.

When my father passed, I inherited his manufactured home and the lot that it sits on. Mostly using it for storage and a place for my brothers who live up North to use if they come down for a few weeks, however, it has a nice, very big (14' x 55') carport. I was not comfortable leaving the '68 there under an open carport with no one living there, but last week I had the entire carport enclosed with 6' high solid PVC fencing and double 6' gates on the front.

Now, rain can't get in, no one can see what is in the carport and I park my truck in front of the double doors. Also, I have extremely good neighbors who watch the place. One of them parks one of their cars in front so it looks like someone comes and goes and some of the houses interior lighting is on timers as well. Yes, the house is alarmed and I can now put a motion detector inside the carport as well.

So, the '68 is now out of the trailer, sitting on the carport and the trailer is back in the storage lot. Plans are to continue where I left off by completely finishing off the underside of the tilt nose, complete the fit-up of the tilt nose, which is FAR easier without an engine in the engine compartment, as I can go in there and visually verify that nothing is going to rub against something that it should not when the nose is down and that it sits and locks correctly. Kind of hard to do that with an engine sitting in there!

At the same time as I am doing this, build the engine.

Once the tilt nose work is done and the engine is built, I will remove the tilt nose again and install the engine and transmission. After that, get more parts. Still need a big block radiator support and a new Dewit aluminum radiator and electric fan unit, shifter and an automatic transmission set of brake pedals. Timing is about right for this, as the NCRS Show and Swap Meet are coming up in Lakeland. Great place to find most of the parts. Good prices, I can inspect the parts, no shipping, no sales tax.

As far as the engine is concerned, the 454 block is ready, cam bearings installed, Comp Cam is ready, crankshaft polished and verified, and all rotating parts are here. Right after the first of the year, all the rotating parts (crank, rods, pistons, rings, harmonic balancer, flywheel, torque converter, etc., go over to the balancing shop to be precision balanced. After that, it's bottom end assembly time.

That's about all to bring things up to date. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2018 11:40 am
by MaineVette
Hey Bob,

Loved the pictures, they have some pretty amazing projects going over there at Jamisons. You're car looks pretty mean in flat black primer too! It's going to look awesome once it's all finished and painted!

To help get the temp of your car up I wonder if it would help to put a sheet of clear thin plastic over it - the real thin stuff they sell in the painting section of Lowes. It would let the light in but trap the heat. May be worth a try if you can't get it hot enough. You'd need to find a way to keep it spaced off the body panels so you have an air gap.

Glad to hear and see the progress, and hope you have a Merry Christmas and happy, healthy new year! Hopefully 2019 is the year you officially finish! :cool:

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2018 11:45 am
by MaineVette
rbryce1 wrote:
Nov 24th, 2018 10:19 am

:drool: :drool: :drool: This car is way too amazing to be that dirty!

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2018 11:52 am
by MaineVette
rbryce1 wrote:
Nov 24th, 2018 10:19 am
I guess you can only add so many photos to a post. OK, more in the next post!
I updated the limit to 20 photos per post. Happy posting! :cheers:

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 2nd, 2019 8:23 am
by rbryce1
Well, I guess I get to post the first post of the new year!

Happy New Year to everyone, and hope it is a productive Corvette Restoration year!

I don't know about everywhere else, but here in St. Pete Florida, we had a week of incredible weather. Made it into the high 70's and even the low 80's almost all week! Even though it was in the low 80's, the sun was really hot as there were no clouds in the sky. I had the '65 outside baking in the hot sun all weekend and into this week with really nice results so far. Fiberglass got really hot as I wanted it to, and no signs of any issues yet. I think I would be seeing even minor signs of oil or chemical contamination by now if there was any, but the possible fiberglass shrinkage issue will take a bit longer. Planning on starting the last bit of body work, the right rear quarter panel and passenger door alignment, in about a month.

After that, if nothing has shown up yet, get it ready for 3 coats of high build epoxy primer and start the final sanding for paint.

Parts for the 454 engine for the '68 are going to the balancing shop this week. Then another milestone will start for the '68.

Hoping to get some help this weekend to install the tilt nose on the '68 so I can complete the nose alignment in about a week or so. Then it gets removed again so I can install the engine when it is ready. I expect to still need to do some very minor shimwork once the nose is back on with the engine installed due to the extra weight maybe flexing the frame, we will see.

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 6th, 2019 10:45 pm
by MaineVette
Glad to hear mother nature is cooperating a bit and your getting some good heat and sun on the car. :thumbs:

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 18th, 2019 2:45 pm
by rbryce1
Boy am I PI$$ED!

There is a very small metal bracket, about the size of paper clip which is riveted to the drivers door window frame, and is part of the hinge for the vent window.

Here is an internet photo of the part:
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Here is where it goes in the window:
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Here is where it goes on the car:
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It holds the vent window in place and allows it to open or close.

I can buy the one for the Passenger side door all over the planet, but nowhere in the universe so far have I found the one for the Drivers side door. I only found 1 listing for it and they were out of stock with none coming in the foreseeable future.

I don't need the one for the Passenger side. I NEED THE ONE FOR THE DRIVERS SIDE DOOR!

I did find where I can buy the whole assembly, for $450.00!! That aint-a-happenin!

Only hope is one turns up or maybe I'll find one at the NCRS swap meet next month in Lakeland.

Just my luck, there are bizzillions of the other side and none of the side I need.

Oh yeah, I can't put the drivers side door together without this part unless I leave the entire vent window out. Then I would need to remove all the bottom weatherstripping for the window, the window and the front window track to get to the vent window frame to install the darn part once I find one.

Hope I find one before I need to assemble the door!

Now I know why people buy restored C2's instead of restoring them.

So how is your day going???

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2019 6:59 pm
by vito
Doing good here Bob,

Sorry to hear about the window hinge.

Doing something here that I wanted to do for a long time. Cleaned garage of all spare tools and nut/bolts/washers. Donated tools to friends son, gave other items to local family owned FYI center as free issue. Now I can actually fit another car in the garage :cheers:

Re: '65 Coupe Resto-Mod and '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2019 8:54 pm
by rbryce1