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droptop73

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  1. Nice work!! I installed a repop hood and front trim. The hood was bowed and about 1/4" high in the front third. Since it was painted I was hesitant to try to straighten it but went for it. I placed a piece of 2x4 on end on the bumper bracket going up to the hood with a shop rag on top. I marked the hood at it's worst points and then started massaging it by just pressing down by hand. I was able to take the vast majority of the excess arch out of the hood. That said, my understanding the seams are folded over the inner and spot welded on original hoods and just folded over the inner on th
  2. More cleaning and more painting... that's gonna be my life for a while. Gotta get stuff ready for pulling wire.
  3. That sounds like a great time. It shouldn't be in conflict with Power Tour but they may piggyback.
  4. Like David said, use the FAST rule... Fuel, Air, Spark, Timing. Be systematic in your diagnosis.
  5. Hi Chris, I've been cleaning with Super Clean with rags and brushes. I did blast some parts years ago but would not blast the latch mechanism.
  6. I sure hope so! LOL!! I plan to start adding back in the A/C components too as that is a priority to get functioning again.
  7. I used the reproduction wheel moldings and am satisfied with them. Some slight massaging and they would fit perfect. I got mine from CJ's.
  8. Thanks Tim, I'm just cleaning up and re-sealing what's there. It's a mild 2v engine with a little head work and a Comp 268H cam. The plan is to paint it the same color as the trans and bell housing. I have a performer intake and some polished motorsports valve covers to dress it up a bit. The water pump did not clean up very well so it's getting painted too.
  9. Yeah... some really nice short shorts...
  10. Here's the reason for the new harness (well that and some coming upgrades). I pulled the dash assembly and have all of the main harness out.
  11. I spent most of my nearly 2 week break cleaning, cleaning and cleaning some more. I got the bell housing and transmission painted and the engine ready to paint. The wiring harness has been pulled.
  12. Welcome from another convertible guy in west Michigan. Top down a good cigar and great tunes... let's roll...
  13. Welcome from another convertible guy in west Michigan. Top down therapy is best!
  14. There are steering quickeners out there in the circle track world. https://howeracing.com/collections/steering-quickeners
  15. Welcome from west Michigan. A 71-73 convertible is a great choice! I may be biased though...
  16. To add the t-lock you need to replace the ring gear carrier in the differential. Quick performance sells a kit with a new gearset, t-lock and all the bearings for about $500.00. I have that in mine although I don't get mine out in the snow. I thought you were in Florida for some reason...
  17. Welcome to the group from west Michigan! Best wishes on your search! Are you looking for a complete car? What do you plan on doing with the car? Restored or modified? There's a ton of great knowledge on the site!
  18. Thanks for the advice and the update on the outer tower brace. I spent some time in the shop looking at it over the weekend. I think that's where I'll start. If I want to do more at the middle and back of the car later there's way less disassembly. I might do some reinforcement at the "B" pillar though, there's a ton of flex there when closing the doors.
  19. Since I have the engine out of my car and plan on doing a lot of clean-up, what areas would you suggest I concentrate on as far as welding seams and adding reinforcement to tighten up the structure. Please keep in mind the car is painted. I have subframe connectors but little else. I am thinking about adding the outer shock tower bracing and welding the front structure and torque boxes. Needless to say convertibles are a good bit more flexible than the others. The interior is also out to re-wire the car.
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