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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    Okay, well looks like things are on hold until I can obtain a replacement hood latch brace as mine is bent. I'm hopin John can come to the rescue!
    Did you speak to John or leave a message?
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    In the off chance John doesn't have one, here are 2 eBay auctions you can check out.


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/20295589231...IAAOSwti5cv3aJ


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/16256131663...sAAOSwXetZSmVr
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    Thanks Ed. Actually the latch itself is fine, it was the brace that mounts to the radiator support that is damaged.

    But yeah, I did get a hold of John and it sounds like he has what I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    Thanks Ed. Actually the latch itself is fine, it was the brace that mounts to the radiator support that is damaged.

    But yeah, I did get a hold of John and it sounds like he has what I need.
    That's good news for you man. Hopefully you'll be marching on with this project sooner than later.
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    Well it looks like I'm not going to get the front of my car back together this year. I have to get her put away before it gets really cold, and my window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Looks like this Friday and Saturday are my best option. I've been trying to come up with a repair for the battery tray as it was badly damaged from corrosion.
    I realize replacing or rebuilding the inner fender would be optimal, but it's not currently in the plans.
    I decided to make a reinforcement brace to go under the weakened area that would bolt to the factory battery brace and to the radiator support where the inner fender originally did. (That part of the inner fender had completely disintegrated)

    I used 14 ga 1"x1'' angle iron to make the brace and then used a piece of 22 ga sheet metal to cover the hole. I know it's thin, but I needed something easy to bend. I may go back later and make a new plate out of heavier material.

    Rusty, gaping hole




    The reinforcement






    Homemade sheetmetal brake


    Top plate bent up


    The rivets are just for alignment. I'll be using screws



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    Well, from the look of things, this should hold your battery for awhile.

    Will the next installment be priming and painting the repair metal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperial King View Post
    Well, from the look of things, this should hold your battery for awhile.

    Will the next installment be priming and painting the repair metal?
    Yeah, but that will have to wait until next season. I no longer have the time to paint and wait for it to dry since I need the car in running condition in less than two days, and with all the distractions with my mom, I barely get any garage time in.

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    Well well, I received an email today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    Well well, I received an email today.
    Not to celebrate too early but at least it looks like you finally got some traction. You’re way more patient than I would ever of been.
    You are doing some awesome work to keep a part of history on the road
    (Oo)== V ==(oO)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    Well well, I received an email today.

    Oh my word....... Can it be Chris?
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    We shall see.

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    Welp, that time of year is here. Time to put the car away for winter yet again. Boo.

    I had to put the old grille back on just so i could say there was some progress made from last year.





    It's always a mess


    Nice to get the space swept out though








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    Glad you got a message about your upholstery finally being shipped!!!

    Lets all hope it's all good when it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big m View Post
    Glad you got a message about your upholstery finally being shipped!!!

    Lets all hope it's all good when it arrives.

    ---John
    Thank ya. I will have my fingers crossed.

    I checked my credit card statement, and they charged me the final amount, so I can only assume they really did send out the upholstery.
    (It wouldn't be the first time I got a false shipping notice)

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    I saw railroad crossing stuff there. Does it still work Chris? That looks cool, addition to your Belvedere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperial King View Post
    I saw railroad crossing stuff there. Does it still work Chris? That looks cool, addition to your Belvedere.
    There are two signals of the same type inside the garage, and one plain signal outside. The one outside does indeed work. Only one that is indoors is assembled, but nothing is hooked up. I had to piece it together from parts I found on craigslist, but all the internals for the rotating stop sign are now there for both..

    There also is a traffic signal from an on ramp which my late uncle "acquired" when it had been knocked down by a car.
    I ended up finding a new base since the original was broken, and mounted it in the backyard.






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    Okay, so I got a box yesterday......










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    For the most part I am very pleased with the quality, but there is something which has me concerned. I'm not an upholstery guy. I know wrinkles can be removed with steam, or heat, but this seems extreme to me the way the material is wadded up.




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    I see that Chris. My initial advise would be to lay that material out in the sun and see if it smooths out. (Maybe put an old pillow in there to help it stretch?)
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    It maybe looks a bit thight in some corners but you really don’t know before you start working with it. But nothing that can’t be solved. :)

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