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What an amazing journey.

Can't wait to hear it...need audio of a few fly-bys!

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That's awesome!! So just how big was the smile??   :victorious:

The wife was pretty happy. She hasn’t really seen the car since I started working on it years ago. She loves the colour.
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I'm basically starting my journey; I'm in only a couple of weeks.  My wife has asked several times already, "So how long do you think it will take?"  She clearly has plans.

Meanwhile, I'm fitting the garage with a hammock....

20 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

Maybe she's just happy seeing light at the end of the tunnel when you come back inside the house and aren't living out in the garage?  Haha!

 

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45 minutes ago, ETI4K said:

  My wife has asked several times already, "So how long do you think it will take?" 

 

The correct reply is, "As long as it takes, dear. By the way, it keeps me out of the bars, eh?"

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46 minutes ago, ETI4K said:

Meanwhile, I'm fitting the garage with a hammock....

 

I just put a 40" TV in my shop. Still trying to get the HDMI over Ethernet thing to work right, but when I do I'll be able to catch the racing on the weekends, and get work done.

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On 4/6/2021 at 7:06 PM, Racer X said:

The correct reply is, "As long as it takes, dear. By the way, it keeps me out of the bars, eh?"

Exactly.  I have a very long history of missing badly when estimating how long something will take, so I'm keeping my mouth shut on that one.  I used to believe I'd get it done in a couple of years.  Then I read Mark's thread! 😉

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4 hours ago, ETI4K said:

Exactly.  I have a very long history of missing badly when estimating how long something will take, so I'm keeping my mouth shut on that one.  I used to believe I'd get it done in a couple of years.  Then I read Mark's thread! 😉

I figured out a general timeline estimate years ago, and it has proved more accurate than I want to admit.

Figure out the longest time the job could possibly take, then double it and add half. 

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17 hours ago, Pilgrim said:

Figure out the longest time the job could possibly take, then double it and add half. 

So... just tripple it?  Yeah..  Restaurations take a lot of time, always longer than you thought it would.. some take forever..😵

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24 minutes ago, wheee! said:

I regret teasing my father about taking seven years to finish his Mini Cooper....

And the icing on the cake is you've got another project waiting to begin 🤥

 

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Finished the front garage this weekend. Got the four post lift installed. Canadian Automotive Equipment brand, 8000lb extended height lift. I can walk underneath it and open the hood on the 370 without touching. 

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On 12/30/2016 at 7:20 PM, wheee! said:

Thanks! I am enjoying the metal work more than I thought I would. I figure the more pics I take, the better reference for later on as well as to help others in the same process as me.
 

Indeed, I am replacing my floors now.  I have been rereading the entire section and have been taking notes to copy some of your ideas - like scoring the metal to facilitate bending of your frame connectors and adding a jack plate for starters.

Thank you again for taking the time to provide so much helpful information - especially what the original sheet metal looked like!

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In case anyone has been wondering if I dropped off the face of the earth, I have not! With COVID restrictions on car meets and stuff, I haven't had the car out of the garage yet. I am still finishing up some small areas of the car, like the rear spoiler, which should be finished this weekend.

I installed new side window glass for driver and passenger (Thanks @zKars!). Mine had some moderate scratches so I took advantage of the like new used parts from Jim. I also have been working on getting the doors to close properly without slamming, but have been having very little luck. I am hoping it is just the seals that need to compress and form properly, as this is not a good feeling having to slam a door three times to close it! I also pulled the power window motors out of the doors, as I cannot get them to fully go up or down without issue. I am sure it is an issue with the strength of the motor (no they are not SPAL brand but a knockoff). So in the meantime I will revert back to manual windows. I will order a newer set of window motors from Blaupunkt which seem sturdier.

Otherwise, I will get the car onto the hoist and inspect all the bolt torques, readjust the coil overs for even ride height, tighten up the fittings and lines (I have small coolant leak somewhere and a small brake line leak) and make sure its safe for its first trip down the road!

Insurance and registration are complete. Here's a fun fact: a 45 year old car that was last registered 13 years ago (same province) does not require a safety inspection in Alberta! Insurance and registration took minutes without any hassles. Love this province! But then again, I am scared of all the unscrupulous car owners out there that don't look after their cars!

PS: What do you think of my idea for a hood logo? I was thinking of making it in black and chrome: Thicker chrome ring, white lines are black, red lines and sun are chrome with a slightly raised chrome Z on top!

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13 minutes ago, Mark Maras said:

 I love the logo. Have you considered t-shirts?

I had not... but anything is possible! I would like a hat with the same logo in black and chrome with the silver thread... 

The rising sun image I used is the one from my hood design (which I paid copyright to use) I do not have permission to use it for other advertising, so that's why I would like to do a line art version of my own in black and chrome...

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A bit of a milestone last night. Got the rear bumper mounted and the hatch spoiler finished. 
I did the spoiler same as the taillight panels, matte graphite. I’m pretty happy with the look! The tall hatch seals spoil the overall finish but I hope they will settle in. 
 

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