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I used the same bushings on my 72.

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Originally posted by lynchster lynchster wrote:

Looks good in black. Are you leaving the vinyl top off?


I'm going to install 1/4 vinyl top to my car. I'm not worried about rust problems under the vinyl top. One reason is my paint system. I use maybe even too heavy paint methods.

All my sheet metal are painted with high quality industrial epoxy and polyurethane coat. Method and paints are same what they are using with this LOL



Well, industrial (icebreaker sea boat) paints are here easy to get and they are very cost effective. Very popular with car builders to use it on their projects. Car paints are also very good these days, but prizes are lots of higher. Maybe I spray last coat with normal car paint, just for to get nice and shiny coat on. Industrial paint is quite tricky to paint. Its very hard to get coat on without orange-peel effect.

-Timo



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experiment with a little more reducer in the paint and maybe a slower reducer for a warmer temp Wink
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Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

experiment with a little more reducer in the paint and maybe a slower reducer for a warmer temp Wink


When I get my retirement days I will move somewhere where people don't know what coolant liquid is LOL
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i love the idea of the chevelle body bushings!!   
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Working with radiator support



It is sand blasted and need some work to do. Not bad anyway Tongue

Only corners and body mounts need some new metal



Open it and weld new metal...






And same job to do. New metal Tongue



And it is done Smile




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Beautiful....You really can work some metal. Great job! Clap
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
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well done! yours was a lot better than mine was
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Test to install my Champion two row radiator. I choose two row radiator after reading difference between two or three row radiators. I'm not sure is there huge difference, but maybe two row radiator flow better in normal drive. 



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Originally posted by NorthElite NorthElite wrote:


Test to install my Champion two row radiator. I choose two row radiator after reading difference between two or three row radiators. I'm not sure is there huge difference, but maybe two row radiator flow better in normal drive. 




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what was the difference between the 2 and 3 row radiators that you read about?
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Originally posted by gnrlee01 gnrlee01 wrote:



what was the difference between the 2 and 3 row radiators that you read about?


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Rear bof course bumper reinforcement was rust, of course.



Cut it half, sandblast it and start welding new metal . It is thick material and easy to weld.




After few evenings it looks better. Maybe I send this one to Hot-dip galvanization after Xmas Smile
I still don't have front bumper reinforcement. Maybe I need to build my own patent to hang up front bumper.



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Thank you for the past year and a merry Christmas to all. It's time to close the garage and take a peek into next year Smile




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You found one for the right side too?
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oh wow, i saw the pic but it didn't click in my brain...you got a NOS door skin? NICE!!
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Originally posted by lynchster lynchster wrote:

You found one for the right side too?


Yes. Now I have both NOS door skins. I was very lucky to have them. Extra thanks for You Chuck Smile
 
Just solve what to do with my front bumper reinforcement. I didn't find any picture or any information about Elite bumper reinforcement. I really don't know what is originally inside Ford Elite front bumper. Mine original is lost and replaced with IKEA furniture parts. LOL

I have made some research and finally I have good solution. All know that safety bumpers are typically very heavy. I noticed that Ford Thunderbird 74-76' used same looking bumper like my Elite have. Part number is almost same.

Best part is that Thunderbird 74-76' bumper reinforcement is light aluminum profile. 
All bolt holes are just same like on my Elite 76' bumper. I was lucky to found one of these Thunderbird's part with reasonable prize Smile

100% bolt on part and it is much more lighter than my rear bumper reinforcement. This one is HotRod to me Wink

Maybe I need to cut my front coil springs shorter, coil or one and half. I have Moog 8170 coils and stance going to be probably too high.

Here is some test install pictures.






Painted it with black epoxy. Steel can harm aluminum and paint seal them.




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 Clap nice find on the aluminum interchange!
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Air cleaner did not fit in with a Road Demon JR carburetor. The fuel inlet hit the air cleaner and I have welded snorkel horn to a new location.





Maybe I would have to use spacer with it, but air cleaner had to be cleaned in any case and welding was a quick way to make it fit. I wanted to use the original cleaner, because I like the factory cool air intake horns.

New rubber seal to top. It is home door sea, but fit nice here. Material is EPDM rubber and works good with the fuel but not with the oil. Time will tell How it Works Smile



This time I spray also two component clear coat on.



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New Brake fluid inside the brake system and no leaks Smile

Ac condenser and overflow can installed



AC condenser is from one small European car. Very nice part and it comes with integrated dryer can, filter inside Smile


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74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 CORVETTE COUPE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
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