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

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2010 2:16 pm
by rbryce1
Well, many people have e-mailed me and asked to see the progress of my project, so here is a link to our Corvette Club's web site where I have been documenting it for some time. Didn't start documenting from the full beginning, as I didn't have a digital camera worth a darn, but started when I got one. Much of the dissassembly is not there, but some is. Hope the link works. Feedback appreciated.

http://www.suncoastcorvette.com/forum/v ... 63f43fbdfa

I have gained a wealth of information from Tim's restore, mostly from seeing problems and possible ways to handle them. Also, many of you have helped me with information in the past as well, and if I can do the same for any one else, please ask.

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Dec 24th, 2010 12:55 am
by nwav8tor
I found Bob's site a while back. It looks good and has lots of info...

Paul

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Dec 24th, 2010 10:30 am
by rbryce1
:Hurray: Another milestone reached. I got real lucky this week. Found 2 1974 doors complete with handles, locks, glass and window mechanisms, in very good condition. Someone about 20 miles from me was parting out a '74 Vette. Have to repair one rust spot on one of the doors, not big or bad, just a little rust, not near the fiberglass and will also be covered by the door panels. Glad I was able to find them before I soundproofed and heat shielded the '68 doors. I don't think I would have had enough material to do 2 more doors after that. One more item off the checklist. Nice Christmas present. :willy:

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2011 9:51 pm
by MaineVette
That's great. It's real nice when things fall into place just right. I've found that, in my restoration anyway, those moments tend to be far and few between.

I took a look at some of your posts and you're definitely making some good progress. Definitely keep us posted on how your project is coming along. It'll be one nice ride when you're finished!

:cheers:

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 16th, 2011 10:31 pm
by rbryce1
Well, I finished another portion of my restoration and posted it on our web site. Doesn't seem like a lot of progress, but it was a lot of work, as I was "inventing the wheel" during this portion, as must be done in a lot of custom work.

Here's the link for those interested.

http://www.suncoastcorvette.com/forum/v ... m.php?f=31

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 17th, 2011 3:32 am
by nwav8tor
Nice custom glass work.

Is that shop at your home or is it a commercial endeavor?

Paul

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 17th, 2011 10:03 am
by rbryce1
The garage is at my home. Actually, the City of Pinellas Park would not let me do the work at home unless it was on a car trailer or in a garage. So I decided to just build a garage instead of renting space or trying to do the work on my car trailer instead of doing it under my partially enclosed carport (there's no snow in cenrtal or south Florida) as I had originally planned. In the part of Florida where we live, you don't have large building lots to start with, and with a 3 bedroom, 1 story house, with a 15'x35' swimming pool, and hot tub and two storage sheds, it didn't leave much room for a garage. Also, it didn't look to me like I was going to have enough uncovered land to meet the impervious surface ratio required for drainage, (that prevents excessine amounts of rain water from leaving my land and flowing onto someone elses). To my surprise, they classify swimming pools as "Retention Ponds", so I met the impervious surface area ratio requirements with no trouble. I also had a full alley along the rear of the property, which gave me great access to the garage. So at that point, 1 and 1/2 of the sheds went away along with a big chunk of the remaining back yard (which we didn't use anyway), and within 6 months, POOF, a garage appeared. I built it as high as I could go due to an overhead electric power line, but have enough for a full height garage area with walk around storage above. The loft area was designed for 350 #/sf, which allows me to safely use the double and triple loft floor joists (which are being supported by a 3.1/2" x 16" Microllam beam) as suspension beams for my electric lifts. Also, I could have made the entire garage four feet wider, but my wife had planted a pink grapefruit tree from a grafted seed and it was 1) in the way and 2) was classified as "not an item that was going away". So, realizing exactly who cooked and cleaned for me, I opted to have a 4' x 16' area as a work shop, and to narrow the rest of the garage's width to allow for her tree. The part of my web site titled "#4 Body Mount Repair" shows photos of the garage, and yes, it is heated and air conditioned.

http://www.suncoastcorvette.com/forum/v ... ?f=31&t=74

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 18th, 2011 8:10 pm
by nwav8tor
Bob,

Certainly is a nice garage. And to think I'll be happy just adding an electrial sub-panel, extra 220 & 110 outlets, and a heater to my existing attached garage plus a small storage shed in the back yard to put the lawnmower, snowblowers and the like.

I'd seen the earlier photos of your new garage, but they seem to indicate that the structure is smaller than the latest photos where you showed the custom glass work on the inside of the fenders. In one of those new pics, your car is in a shop with two other vettes, pole lifts and lots of additional space including what looks like a spray/drying booth. That's not all in your private garage is it?

Paul

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Jan 19th, 2011 8:47 am
by rbryce1
nwav8tor wrote:Bob,

I'd seen the earlier photos of your new garage, but they seem to indicate that the structure is smaller than the latest photos where you showed the custom glass work on the inside of the fenders. In one of those new pics, your car is in a shop with two other vettes, pole lifts and lots of additional space including what looks like a spray/drying booth. That's not all in your private garage is it?

Paul

The photos of the larger garage is at Van Steel Corvettes in Clearwater, Florida. Once I had he body completely ready to be removed, I transported the car to them and they lifted the body from the frame, put it on my car trailer and then I transported it back home to my garage to work on the body and bird cage (check out the "Dissassembly" section on my site.). They performed the suspension dissassembly, frame alignment and powder coating of the frame and built the rolling suspension. I was going to do the suspension, but they made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and since they had done a few hundred already, and I was about 1/4th the way through frame restore #1, I opted for their experience. But that is why you see two different garages.

Actually I would love to own a garage like theirs!

Re: '68 Full Custom Restoration

Posted: Feb 7th, 2011 5:27 pm
by rbryce1
Well, I bit the bullet today. Ordered the Vette's air conditioning system from Vintage Air. I went with them over Classic Auto Air mostly due to their warranty and their Generation IV A/C system they just released. It elimates all cable controls and convert your existing controls to electronic controls. Better compressor, variable speed fan motor and fully electronic climate control. Still installs without any modifications to the interior and uses factory A/C ports and console controls.

Alsoooooooooo, I ordered Vintage Air's "FrontRunner" serpentine belt assembly. It's just awsome. There is a large polished aluminum frame that bolts onto the block using extended length water pump bolts and all the devices mount onto the aluminum frame. It comes with a polished aluminum A/C compressor, a high capacity reverse flow polished aluminum water pump, a polished aluminum 140 amp alternator, a polished aluminum belt tension controller which varies the tension with engine rpm (the higher the engine rpm, the more tension it applies), and all chrome pulleys for everything. Now I will have a totally compatable belt system, sturdy as a rock, no vibrating components, nothing to align and looks awsome. Can't wait till it gets here.

http://www.vintageair.com/frontrunner.asp

Almost finished with the rebuilding of the inner front frenders and the wiper area , and about ready for painting the firewall and inside of the front fenders, then the body drop back onto the frame. May be driving it within 2 months.