Restoration Thread - 69 GS400 Convertible 4 Speed

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by taf44667, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. 70skylark350

    70skylark350 Well-Known Member

    time to put away the Christmas tablecloth Terry, do you still have the lights on the outside of your house too? your one of those guys huh? Just kidding man, cant wait to see that beauty finished.
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  2. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed


    I thought the same thing while uploading the pics and no I am not one of those guys. The wife used to handle all of this kinda stuff and I found that table cloth in the Christmas stuff the old one was spring and it was on till November. I don't even know where to buy a tablecloth I'm assuming Walmart but I do know if she was here I would not be assembling/building stuff at the kitchen table which I have to say is quite convenient to TV and snacks.
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  3. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Forgot to include the pics of the tag...I made this in Word and its damn near identical in font/size and color including the original date code. Little over the top but it makes it look new....

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  4. Ken Mild

    Ken Mild King of 18 Year Resto's

    I have never seen this level of anal-ity. But I must say it impresses the hell out of me.
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  5. rex362

    rex362 paint clear and drive

    Very nice work ....
  6. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    .. I agree :). Looking forward to the finished product!
  7. Daves69

    Daves69 Too many cars too work on

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  8. priariecanary

    priariecanary Stacey

    What did you use to print the label on? Plain old paper or some kind adhesive backed paper? I'd like to try this myself on a couple of labels.
  9. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Sorry for late response just getting back to thread - Yes plain Ink-Jet quality paper - Guess you could use adhesive backed as well.
  10. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Update - Moved, Shop Built, Car in Shop - Just started back working on car February 1st, which was my goal since all the house etc work is completed.

    Never got pics of underneath car since it was put together, I took some before starting to assemble parts. I will post progress/updates as I go..stay tuned.

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  11. dl7265

    dl7265 No car then Mopar

    Terry , Looks great. Are you going to apply the “ blackout “ treatment to the axle & suspension ?

  12. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    That was the plan but I did not expect it to come out like it did, the pictures really do it no justice, up close it really looks like bare metal and everything is painted as to it's correct color. Who knows maybe back in 69 just as they were getting ready to do the blackout compressor went down, break buzzer went off, union meeting, stranger things have happen right, it could of happen. I have seen axles with little to no paint...:rolleyes:
  13. 72STAGE1

    72STAGE1 Runnin' with the Devil

    You are a sick, sick, sick, sick man to have that kind of attention to detail and patience...........just sayin'
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  14. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Awesome - I was going for 5 sicks....:rolleyes: and its only beginning, OCD is a bitch..but
  15. gsjo

    gsjo Platinum Level Contributor

    Terry looking great.Nice catching up with you recently.
  16. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Couple of update on parts being completed...

    Finally got around to finishing the hood bezels, they were re-chromed then taped off (fun) and proceeded to take the pits out, high build and lots of sanding with a paint stick wrapped in sandpaper in those little grooves. These came out really nice - put away until hood is completed.

    One completed, one still in primer..
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  17. dl7265

    dl7265 No car then Mopar

    Wow - those are beautiful
  18. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Cleaned the bases, removed and buffed the stainless trim on the NOS front marker lamps. Would have installed them but I had the wrong plated nuts for them, waiting for them and I will post some pics installed. Have the correct NOS retainers and NOS gaskets to mount them. Everything gathered up to install.

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  19. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    Restored a set of rear marker lights for the car. I had NOS bases but the "400" and lens from original parts needed some work. The "400" was sanded down smooth and chrome metal applied. Thanks "Daves69" for direction on these. It was long ago but I finally got to them. They came out very nice.
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    The bases were cleaned, and the stainless polished, lens were polished to remove scratches then assembled/glued. I have NOS retainers for these and like the fronts, waiting the correct plated hardware to install.
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    Have a set of original rear rubber gaskets in real nice shape, they look good on the finished lens. P.S The additional set you see in the background was made from additional parts and they are already gone.
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  20. taf44667

    taf44667 69 Vert 4-Speed

    The picture below was a reproduction dashpot I was using on the car, believe it came from Cars because I could not locate a correct 4 speed dashpot, nice used or NOS so I used this one. As you can see it's not really functional just for show because it can not be adjusted enough to work correctly. I polished the metal and painted the spring correctly.
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    Just this past week after looking for a long long time I found a NOS correct 4 speed dashpot assembly 1385042. I attached a picture of the comparison of the two, the NOS is on the right with the gray rubber spring seat. Note the spring was already red as it should have been for a 4 speed dashpot 1385042.
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    Installed on the car with adequate adjustment for it to function correctly.
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    More updates to follow soon....
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2019

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