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

Posted: Mar 26th, 2021 10:52 am
by rbryce1
Just Say'n,

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

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2021 12:31 pm
by rbryce1
Just heard from Charlie in New Jersey, my vent windows are finished and he will be boxing them up today and shipping them Monday. He sent me a photo of what they look like now, WOW! :eek:

I'm really glad I decided to have them rebuilt instead of living with what I had. The old frames had lots of corrosion, weatherstrip would not fit correctly causing the vent window glass to not seal like it should and they really did need new glass.
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Also, one had a broken T-handle (the part that goes from the vent window to the regulator) and the former owner had just brazed to back together because it was too difficult to do right. :mad:



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To fix it right, first you need to remove the vent window glass, drill out the pivot rivet and remove the vent window frame from the main vent frame. Then you need to drill out the 2 rivets that hold the T-handle in and re-rivet a new one in.


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This is the T-handle and where it goes. Photos are not mine, but is shows what they are and how far down you need to disassemble the vent window to replace it.


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Happily, Charlie did it all right. :thumbs: Here are the photos of what he will be sending back, complete, working vent windows with the correct parts, all new weatherstriping and new reguators. :cheers:

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Once they are here and the new door window glass arrives, I can put the doors back together. :drool:

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

Posted: Apr 5th, 2021 10:25 am
by rbryce1
I wanted to get a money order and send it out Saturday, so I went around the corner where there is an AMSCOT, as they offer free money orders, as long as you are not paying with a check. Got the cash and went to get one. :)

They said because it was over $1000.00, they needed more info. :skep:

They wanted my drivers license, which contains my name, address, date of birth, eye color, hair color, height and weight. They then wanted me to fill out a form which included my name, address, phone number, email address and finally my social security number. :eek:

I told them I would never, ever, give my SSN to anyone. They got on the phone with some supervisor who wanted to know why I wanted the money order, who was I sending it to and what the purpose of the funds were for. :mad:

I was starting to get pissed, but I told them who was getting the money order and that it was for Corvette parts and restoration work.

They said they would not give the money order without my SSN. I effectively told them to eat shit and go to hell. With my SSN and all the other things they asked for, I was then a perfect candidate for ID theft and could easily have someone with that info take out a loan in my name, get a credit card or even buy a house or car and I would have been liable. They assured me that would not happen, so I asked them why they needed it. They said it was because the Fed Gov't required them to get it. :mad: :mad:

I again told them to eat shit and left. :mad: :mad: :mad:

I went home and went on line with my credit union to see when they were open next, and found a button that said request Bank Checks. In a matter of minutes I had a bank check waiting to be picked up, which I will be doing today. So, The funds will be mailed 1 day later than planned, and I will never EVER go to an AMSCOT again for anything.

Be careful what personal info you give ANYONE, even if they say they require it. :agree:

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

Posted: Apr 10th, 2021 7:43 am
by rbryce1
In line with this car coming with all the wrong parts, Charlie mentioned that one of my regulators had 2 grooves in the shaft and the other had 3 grooves. I thought it might have meant right and left. While I was looking into window glass on Corvette Central, I discovered from their photos the regulators for 1963 and 1964 have one circular groove on the shaft, while 1965-1967 have 2 grooves.

I was confused until I went a little farther along in their catalog. I found another set of regulators that had the 3 grooves. The ones with 3 grooves is for the convertible, not the coupe. :bang:
This shit is really getting old! Another item on the list to justify calling it the FrankenVette! :mad:

At least now I have 2 correct COUPE regulators. :thumbs:

On a better note, I did receive a text from him yesterday saying he got the check, the vent windows and regulators have been shipped via FedEx and are scheduled to arrive here Tuesday. :D
:drool: :Hurray: :hammer: :cheers:

On another note, I will never EVER restore a car that I do not completely know all about before hand and know the history of the car well. I'm sick and tired of having to replace every stinking (and expensive) part because the ones that came with the car were either the wrong parts, for the wrong car, or broken. :mad:

At least I can say the parts going back into the car are correct! :thumbs:

If I want another restored car, I will buy it complete!!! :agree:

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

Posted: Apr 14th, 2021 8:57 am
by rbryce1
It looks like FedEx is up to their crap again! :bang:

Last Friday, I had been watching the tracking info, and it said it was received in New Jersey on the 9th @ 2:40 PM and left NJ at 1:12 AM on the 10th. After that, NO tracking updates, but it said the arrival would be on the 13th (yesterday) before the end of the day. On the 11th I received a text confirming that and stating a person at least 21 years old with photo ID needed to sign for it (probably because it was insured for $3,000). So I took the day off work to be here, as my wife had a doctor's appointment that morning. By the way, if I don't go to work, I don't get paid, as I am essentially a private contract employee. The pay is GREAT, but only if I work! :thumbs:

All day yesterday, no changes to anything, still being delivered, but no tracking updates. :crazy:

8:00 PM came around and still no delivery, then at 8:30 PM. the delivery status changed to Pending-no delivery time available. :ack:

Since I needed to go to work this morning and my wife had a planned event to go to, no one would be home between 11:00 and 2:30. :rolleyes: This morning, FedEx tracking now says it arrived in Orlando at 3:41 AM and left Orlando for, I assume, Clearwater at 5:43 AM, and they were delivering it today before the end of the day. :scrazy:

That means either they will bring it while my wife is home, bring it after I get home from work, bring it while neither of us are at home or not deliver it until tomorrow. I say that because if it left Orlando at a quarter to 6 this morning and it takes 2 hours+ (not to mention it is traveling during the morning rush hour for both Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg) to get to Clearwater, it most likely will not arrive at Clearwater in time to take it off the truck, sort it and put it on the correct delivery truck before the delivery trucks leave the distribution center for their daily deliveries, which is usually around 7:00.

So again, we are totally in the dark as to when it will arrive. Might get it today, might not get it until tomorrow. Thank you again FedEx. :mad:

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

Posted: Apr 14th, 2021 9:05 am
by rbryce1
Looks like I was right about how long it would take to get to St. Pete. 2 hours and 45 minutes. It arrived at the St. Pete location at 8:29 AM and they say it left there on a delivery truck at 8:49, just 20 minutes later. Might be on a special truck, seeing it was so late getting here. Now we just wait to see if it comes before the wife needs to leave. Leaving a note on the door, just in case, telling them when she will be back home.

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

Posted: Apr 14th, 2021 7:23 pm
by rbryce1
Yea! Vent Window Parts are here!! :Hurray:

Forgot to mention, even though they said a person 21 years old or greater with a photo ID needed to sign for it, they knocked on my door, when I answered he asked me my name (I could have given him any name) and he left. No signature, no ID, no nothing. Great quality control. :mad:

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

Posted: Apr 15th, 2021 7:42 am
by a66toy
Looks as if FedEx is useless everywhere. I had an envelope with documents overnighted then tossed in my driveway in front of the garage door. Another envelope with carburetor gaskets found in my neighbors bushes. The rebuilt seat belts for my 66 in the rain in front of my garage door. Bitching is a waste of time. I had a small box USPS crammed in my mailbox where I had to cut the package open to get it out. Almost took the mailbox to the post office on that one. Whenever I can I request UPS. My route driver is fantastic.

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

Posted: Apr 17th, 2021 10:06 pm
by rbryce1
Spent most of yesterday cleaning the 2001 Vette for the Mustang vs Corvette car show at Quaker Steak & Lube which was held today. Lots of work. :scrazy: Cleaned every microbe of the car, inside, outside and engine compartment. It looks better today than it did brand new! :cheers:

Not bad for 20 years old! :thumbs: The wife says Hi! :D


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There were 94 Mustangs and 104 Corvettes. Really nice turnout.


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Interesting trophies for the Corvettes. Mustangs trophy had a large horse head instead of the Stingray. Trophys were not real large, but they were heavy. Marble bases and the rest was blown glass.

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All the hard work paid off, I won Overall Best in Class for C5 Corvettes.

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The rest of the day spent resting and nursemaiding my sunburn. Back to work on the C2 tomorrow. Like to get both Vent Window units installed.

I decided to replace both door main windows after carefully inspecting the ones I have. They both have small scratches that simply annoy me after all this work. The main glass won't ship from Corvette Central until the 1st of May.

Once they arrive and I install them, I can close up the doors and install the door panels. That, the headliner and glove box are all that is left to finish the interior. :rolleyes:

Slight adjustment to the windshield wiper shafts to center them in the grill opening better and painting the wheel wells and the outside is done. :hammer:

Then it is Miller Time!!!!! :cheers:

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

Posted: Apr 18th, 2021 9:01 am
by MaineVette
rbryce1 wrote:
Apr 10th, 2021 7:43 am

If I want another restored car, I will buy it complete!!! :agree:
And you'll save a hell of a lot of money in the process! LOL LOL LOL

At least you're in the home stretch.

I've gained a real appreciation for how many little parts and pieces go into a car like this. And, like you, I've learned that the chances of finding an all-original car that's 40 to 50 years old, that's never been crashed or in a fender bender, or has never had Bubba work on it, is pretty slim. Had I know what I'd find with my car before I bought it I wouldn't have walked away, I would have ran...

Congrats on the car show, that's awesome. A pretty unique looking trophy too - better than the typical plastic stuff