1966 Wildcat Sport Coupe

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Chuck Bridges, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. 64 skylark mike

    64 skylark mike Well-Known Member

    I assume you have an air compressor if you are planning on painting it yourself. You should be able to get an air powered DA sander to make it a little easier. It's a big car, so it's going to be a big job! There's some electric DA sanders available too.
     
  2. Chuck Bridges

    Chuck Bridges Well-Known Member

    I found a dual action electric sander today. I will pick it up tomorrow. It's on sale, 50 down from 120. I cannot pass this up. Add in some sanding disks and I'm up to 70. I am borrowing my son's VISA and will pay him back on Friday. I will also need some primer. I am going to do a section, such as the hood, then prime it. Do a fender, prime it. This is going to take some time but, what else do I have to do right now. Almost everything I like to do in Lethbridge is closed. Restaurants are take-out only. Thrift shops, closed. The weather is improving, so, sand sand sand away! Also remove chrome.

    My compressor is a little light for this work. Ray's is professional, but also 450 miles away.
     
  3. Chuck Bridges

    Chuck Bridges Well-Known Member

    Okay, my lack of mechanics and car knowledge is showing. I am embarrassed to admit this. I have the car running great (Thank you Bob at Bernie's Auto). She doesn't scrap entering the alley (New Coils in May), doesn't roll going around corners, other than paint looks really good. But.... when the car gets to 70 KPH (~ 40 MPH) the most annoying buzzing sound, like something vibrating, would start. It would do it if there was wind, or even no wind. I tightened bolts, I oiled everything. I took the passenger side vent apart, lubricated everything and cleaned it out. No change. :( I was at my wits end, but since I drive it around town at 50 KPH (30 MPH), I was living with it. Today, I took the dog to the off leash park and, since it was overcast and trying to snow, I had my headlights on. I backed in (telecom training... always pull through or back in), turned off the car and, buzzzzzzz. My headlight reminder I added. I turned off the headlights and, lightning hit my brain (boy, that really hurts o_O) It sounds just like my annoying buzz. There is a adjustable speed reminder standard in my car. You can adjust it to see when your speedometer goes above it. It is set to....40 MPH. After walking the dog,I took the car out on the highway. Buzzzz. I adjusted the minder all the way up.... Peace and Quiet. I Am An Idiot!!!!. But, I can be taught.:oops:. Anyone else have a similar story! I really don't want to feel alone in this.
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
  4. JESUPERCAT

    JESUPERCAT No Slow Boat

    I was going to ask you about the speed minder as I read your post.
    Glad you got it figured out.
     
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  5. Chuck Bridges

    Chuck Bridges Well-Known Member

    Thank you. I should really follow the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) methodology, but I dug into everything down deep. Well, at least I cleaned, lubricated, and tightened things. Going to try to remember this next time;)
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
  6. Chuck Bridges

    Chuck Bridges Well-Known Member

    I had a young guy come up to me today and ask about the car. He then asked if it was for sale? I said no, it's not for sale. He said "I'll give you $2000 right now for it." I said "That's a joke, right? I wouldn't sell it for $20,000." He said "It's not worth more than $2000" I told him it wasn't for sale at any price, and I just put $6000 into it. He said "Your loss." and walked away. I shook my head and got in and drove away. You would have thought the first no would be good enough. Offering $2000 was an insult.
     
  7. Chuck Bridges

    Chuck Bridges Well-Known Member

    Today I was too sore to lay under the car. Our age does come with it's limitations. I got out the backup camera system that I purchased last month. The instructions were, how to put it, confusing and read like they were translated by a 4 year old. The diagram was little better. It took me 4 hours to install, but mostly because I refused to drill any holes in the body anywhere. I used existing holes, put the wires behind the chrome trim and soldered the joints. I used the hole for the license plate light to get out of the trunk. I had to gently pry the bumper out about 1/2 inch to get the connectors past the bumper. I used my light to verify the backup power since both wires were green o_O???? Ah well, it wasn't too hard to figure out. It came with double-sided tape so I didn't have to drill any holes in my bumper. Finally, I tried it out and, nothing. Now what? I checked the trunk and, of course, I verified the power and forgot to plug the camera back in. Try again, upside down. No problem, turn the mirror over. There, now I will feel better backing up into the parking down at the dog park. The posts and wire are too low to see in the mirror. I don't want to dent my baby.
     
  8. Chuck Bridges

    Chuck Bridges Well-Known Member

    I installed the windshield washer monitor yesterday. I managed to hide all of the wires in the split loom I installed under the hood. Today, my wife and I sent the Granddaughter back home next door for a nap and I asked my wife if she wanted to go for a drive in the car. We are both going a little stir crazy. As they said in Muppet Treasure Island, we've go Cabin Fever. Up north, we used to call it being "Bushed". Off we went for a short drive, just a 30 mile round trip. The car ran like a dream. The annoying buzz..... gone. Now, we did hear whistling through the windows a little, but I knew it needs new seals. The plastic I put in the doors cut off the drafts through the doors. My wife enjoyed the drive. She said it brought her back to her teen years, cruising with the other teens in Whitehorse Yukon. For me, it was more akin to when we first got together and couldn't afford a new vehicle. Either way, it was way too much fun. Have to do it again, although I might have to keep a closer eye on the GPS for my speed. Easy to speed in the Wildcat.:cool:. Have a good day all....and... stay healthy!
     

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