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1962 Corvette Resto Mod build


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I was hoping we would have one part with some original 59 year old paint on it and we have it. The original gasket for the housing for the license plate light has a little paint on the edge. You will never be able to see it but it is there. Might need to consider an LED bulb.

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Every square inch of the Vintage air unit has been kissed and touched. After assembly it sat over night with a vacuum to make sure it seals. Pretty tough to get it in and out. You can see the flat plate epoxied on the back to delete the 2 defroster vents. We had to prime the plastic before painting it. 

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There is a second smaller door rubber on each side. For whatever reason the 3m weatherstrip adhesive did not stick to the rubber. Peeled right off. We have new ones that are the same. No sure the deal here. Try again. 

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First stage done and holes drilled for the AC lines trim plate. Need to machine in the mill. Back side will need recessed for clearance. Trying to decide what color to paint it. Thinking yellow. 

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We have an electric emergency brake kit ordered from Wilwood. Should let us delete the stock bulky arm from under the dash and all those cables that run underneath the car. Also back left you can see the receiver dryer for the AC is painted Misty root beer. Bracket for this got powder coated. 

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Rear deck lid and fuel tank cover needed some more work before final assembly. Painted the computer plate covers darker and they look much better. Also with that electric pump right behind your head we covered the bottom in Dynamat for noise. I don't have a pic but it is final installed. 

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Probably 5 hours today and made some more progress with the Dynamat. Just takes a lot of time. Needed to finish up under the dash before installing the vent behind the hood, radio, speaker, and switch panel. Looks like we won't quite make the first of July for upholstery but should be within a week or two. After thrashing on this car since September I will be ready for a 2 month break. 

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The electric hood ram is close to the exhaust and I think we need a heat shield to not burn it up. Hood does not open straight up but the only way to move the bottom of the ram forward is a completely different bracket and pully set up that moves the AC compressor out of the way. We are still talking about this. This bracket still needs powder coated. The other thing I am worried about is the hood staying flat with the ram on one side. Meaning the ram is only pulling down on one side of the hood. If we had a mechanical latch it would ruin the clean firewall and everything that has been removed. Not sure how this will play out. (In the pics that ram is laying against the firewall. A long way from the installed position)

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Sometimes the easiest job can turn into a project. The rear tumbler lock assembly for the trunk had two issues. Hole in the car was to big and we could not get the factory clip in on the back side. Very tight and you can barely get your hand in there for any leverage. Solution: Machine a steel ring that slips on and has two set screws then 4 bolts to tighten it down. Also machine a thin ring to epoxy in the hole to center it better. Perfect!

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Wood block added for a screw to hold the one side of the package tray under the grab bar. Since we are going to drive this car figured we need somewhere to throw your hat, keys, wallet. Instead of just running the screw up into fiberglass which always strip out. 

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The little sleeves we glued everywhere worked out awesome. Needed a few wires coming in under the hood for the hood ram, AC compressor, and heater control valve.

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Wiring is virtually done. Finally! One panel is hot with ignition and one is always hot. We came close to filling it with fuses.

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Our steel sleeves we welded to the support worked out great. Left side is so full it would be hard to get any more wires through it. Coil of wires zip tied are a full set of extra wires running through the floor and back up to the computer below the rear deck lid. Just in case we need any other wires. Above you can also see the bottom side of the hand levered vent that opens. It is installed.

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I had to do an off road trick at least one place in this car. lol. The ole zip tie and rubber hose trick. I have a ton of these on the Funco for power steering and boost gauge lines. That is the wire and plug going down to the fly by wire throttle.

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Everything is tucked way up. Nothing hanging down. Switch and bracket in the upper left with the up and down arrow is for the electric hood ram. Right side you can see the lever for the hand levered vent.

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One more of that left front fender well before we split off the wires, added the rest of the loom, and drilled the hole. Flash really washed out the color. Looks exactly like 64-67 C2 Corvette Sunfire yellow.

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The amount of hours in something like this is stunning to me.  this is what separates the "Its a nice car" from "HOLY CRAP, did you see that car"!!! 

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Most people don't realize the amount of work that goes into even small projects, let alone major ones. 

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1 hour ago, dariusld said:

Most people don't realize the amount of work that goes into even small projects, let alone major ones. 

The ones who do have been down the resto road. They are who can truly appreciate what has been done here.

Very, very nice!  

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That is an amazing amount of skill in so many areas. Remind me to pay others to do this type of thing in the future!

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