16
Mar
09

Little delay….

Well I am out looking for a body person now.  I got a little disappointing news but I totally understand.  The guy helping with the body work and paint (David) has a super difficult schedule coming up and is going to be super busy plus some “life” things came up.  So I need to find a body guy to do some help finishing the base for the paint.  Primer and finish little body work. David is still going to help paint.  Which is what I would rather him help with anyways….he’s amazing painter.

So we got a little delay.

No biggie,   hope to find someone this week and maybe get it done within the month.  Be able to paint next month or in May.

15
Feb
09

Engine or Interior?

Okay here is where I am at.  I am trying to figure out if I want to go Engine or Interior?

Engine…..

Purchase the following Valve Covers, 4-Barrel Carburetor, Manifold, and Air Cleaner.  It will clean up the engine bay and provide some nice horsepower.

Interior….

All I need to do really is get new door panels and evaluate knobs, handles, arm rests and console.  I already have the carpet and the deadner.  So its just a matter of sitting down and figuring out which way to go….

Suggestions are welcome!

12
Oct
08

Prep and Paint…

Finally some good looking progress!  We got the driver’s side prepped and primered!  We got to do a couple little things but they are easily accomplished within a couple hours.  My next step is to finish sanding the trunk and get the passenger side sanded as well as the hood.

After some work we come to realize that the body is in MUCH better shape than originally anticipated!  Good job Pops on the past prep work!  Everything help up well and is making this process super easy!  We did all the prep (except for sanding) and all the work and primed it in less than 6 hours!

Slowly getting things done and making good progress!

One thing we are working on next is filling up some holes (where the trim used to go) and trying to adjust the door so it will be flush down the side of the car.  As you can see we got a small gap to fill.

29
Sep
08

Rearview Mirror…..

www.opgi.com

This website has pretty much anything you need to restore your car to whatever need you want to make it.  I recently bought my carpet and my rearview mirror.  Unfortunately the carpet is backordered but my mirror came in and it looks great!  It makes me anxious to see what the car is going to look like when everything is finished and set up!  A little mirror isn’t much but it sure does help with the overall vision of what it is going to look like!  I am excited!

23
Sep
08

Carpet….

Last night I made my next purchase!  I got some Essex Carpet, which is going to have a higher cut pile which you’ll see in more luxury cars than what you typically would find in a “original 71″ interior.  Also got some high quality sound deadener/ padding to keep the heat out during the winter and keep the cool in during the summer.  Along with my purchase I have brand-new Sill plates to match the original plates that have the “body by Fisher”  logo on them.  So in the next 5 days or so I should have those goodies in my garage! 

Also as a little subnote,

Today or tomorrow I’ll be sanding down the old dead paint and start preping the car for an awesome paint job!

11
Sep
08

Sparks and Tunes…

I took off my door panels just recently and I was looking at my speakers and thinking…..Wow thats some old speakers!  No there not original they’re more like $30 walmart speakers from 20 years ago coupled with an old Radio/Cassette player.

As I put the speakers back in place with no panel i was getting no sound at all!  Hmmm….I unscrewed the speakers and as I did I was getting sparks on where the bracket touched the metal!  Not good….. So I know for sure I need to replace the speakers and the radio, I just got to see what are the best speakers to fit in that space that can carry a full clean sound in all ranges.  I have a pretty good knowledge of what I want…It’s once again it comes to the all recurring question……How wild/custom do you want to go?  I won’t go to wild by all means but I want to make sure I leave the option open for a subwoofer.  Will I go that far?  I dont know but I do want to make sure I have a good clean sound.

As far a Radio/CD Player….I am currently looking at a Blaupunkt Key West MP38.  It is priced cheap and has a clean front operational face that is what I have in mind.  Not to mention it has 4,096 colors to choose from on the display…..pretty nifty.   As far as speakers I need to do some more research….More than likely I’ll go for the JL Audio TR series or something with Pioneer or Infinity.  As mentioned I need to do some more research.

Ahhhh….slowly but surely its all coming together!

09
Sep
08

Interior removal began….

Phase 1….

Remove Console and Door panels…..

I took out the console of the Cutlass and I saw something I have been kinda curious to see….What in the world has fell into the console over the past 37 years and has never been fished out after all these years?  Well I found some interesting stuff…..a receipt from 9 years ago (milk was much cheaper!), a stamp of 33 cents, old gum wrappers, and various trash.  It was like a new little treasure.  What can you find?

All I really need to do now is pull out the seats and then I will be ready to lay down the under lay and the carpet.  I have chose to go with the newer carpet as opposed to the “old original” style carpet.  It will add a new comfortable feel and will maintain much better.

As I removed the door panels I know that ordering brand new ones will be a a smart investment as well as some good quality speakers.  I also need to figure out my cd player issue….as in i need one…..BUT thats down the road for sure……

As I am pulling the car apart all I see is all of these great ideas in my mind and I just ask myself….Do i want to take that leap?  Do I want to go the extra mile at________?  Do i want to customize_______?  It can go as wild or as mild and still pay the same amount of money………

Its all about the vision in your head!




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