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General Discussion / Re: installing windshields
« on: April 22, 2007, 02:24:16 PM »
jeff g-
I sent you a PM regarding ordering an installation kit.

General Discussion / Re: installing windshields
« on: April 21, 2007, 11:59:56 AM »
jeff g-
Do you use the spacer blocks mentioned above by JohnZ when you install a windshield, or do you rely solely on the dam to set the height of the glass?  How thick and how wide is the dam?

Also, does the dam get mounted to the body or to the glass?  I'm wondering how you know where to put the dam in order to have it look consistent all the way around.

Thanks for your help,

Maintenance / Re: exhaust system for convertible
« on: April 16, 2007, 04:57:00 PM »
I have a Stainless Works system that I purchased many, many years ago.  The fit was perfect and it is slightly louder than stock, but not too much.  If you are looking to go stainless, I would suggest this system.

Originality / Re: seafrost green with ivy gold int
« on: April 03, 2007, 12:19:14 PM »
The PUI upholstery is very gold compared to the original color.  The Distinctive Industries upholstery is a little on the green side and the color was not dark enough.  It also looked 'flat' whereas the original upholstery almost has a slight metallic look to it.

Originality / Re: seafrost green with ivy gold int
« on: April 02, 2007, 11:59:44 PM »
It should be an interesting color combination.  My 68 was originally Ash Gold exterior with an Ivy Gold interior.  The interior & exterior matched almost perfectly.  The Seafrost Green exterior may look a little funky next to the Ivy Gold, but it will certainly be less funky on a hardtop vs. a convertible.  FYI, all reproduction Ivy Gold interior pieces do not really match the original Ivy Gold color.  I finally gave up and went with a black houndstooth interior.

Restoration / Re: shifter ball
« on: April 01, 2007, 01:37:21 PM »
I would think that most chrome shops will be able to chrome an aluminum shift knob.  I had my original pot metal shifter ball re-chromed and it came out great.

General Discussion / Re: installing windshields
« on: April 01, 2007, 12:38:06 AM »
So, if the glass is being installed by a professional, will they know the proper spacer to use or do they need to be told?
Also, is there such thing as a replacement "dam" that can be used for a correct installation?
Sorry to keep beating this subject to death, but I would very much like to have my windshield 'correctly' installed.  It always bothered me that I could previously see the butyl ribbon along the bottom of my windshield. 

General Discussion / Re: installing windshields
« on: March 30, 2007, 04:09:59 PM »
How/where do we go about finding the proper rubber spacer blocks?  My replacement windshield was installed with butyl and all the moldings seemed to fit very well, so I guess it was at the correct height.  Now, the windshield has been removed for body work.  I would like to have it re-installed correctly, so I am curious where to get the proper parts.

Restoration / Re: Outside mirror
« on: February 26, 2007, 05:40:24 PM »
I was able to remove the glass from my 68 outside mirror by:
1)  hold the mirror glass side up in a vise
2)  fill the mirror head with lacquer thinner
3)  let sit for 24 hours
4)  gently pry the glass out
 The lacquer thinner really softened the adhesive.

Restoration / Re: seat covers
« on: February 07, 2007, 01:25:39 PM »
I have seen both the Distinctive Industries (DI) and PUI deluxe seat covers.  I actually installed a set of DI seat covers on my 68 deluxe sets.  They were very soft and pliable - easy to install, but the vinyl was definitely 'soft' compared to my original covers (you could scratch the vinyl with your fingernail).  From what I remember the stitching on the 'insert' part of the seat was not correct.  They were also a little on the puffy side.  It also took a lot of exchanging before I got a set that looked nice enough to install.  However, that was some time ago and maybe they have changed.

Not being happy with the DI covers, I bought a set of PUI ones.  The PUI covers were very nice looking (don't remember if the stitching was correct).  The vinyl seemed very heavy duty and firm, but it looked like they would be tough to stretch and fit properly.  I sent them back.

Like I said, I ended up getting covers made by CARS, but only because I decided to go with houndstooth and PUI did not have them available.  They are very, very nice quality - hand made per order.  The vinyl weight and texture seems just right.  I did have to exchange some pieces of the set several times to get ones that were perfect, but it was worth it in the end.  I'm not sure if CARS would make a 'plain' set of deluxe covers, but you could give them a try.

Sorry to ramble on here, but there always seems to be a story behind everything I have done to this car.

Restoration / Re: seat covers
« on: February 05, 2007, 05:42:41 PM »
^^ PUI (Parts Unlimited Inc.) is a manufacturer of seat covers & upholstery.

I used their armrest and side well covers on my car.  They fit well.  I have not had any experience with the  PUI seat covers - I used ones from CARS.

I think no matter what manufacturer you buy from, you will need to work at them to get a nice fit.  I have many, many hours invested in mine along with some help from a local upholstery guy. 

Restoration / Re: repo dash insert
« on: January 31, 2007, 12:25:00 AM »
I bought one for my 68 a few years ago (not exactly sure) when they first came out.  I sent it back.  It was very wavy across the top edge and the chrome didn't look all that great - although I'm not really sure how the chrome looked from the factory.  I restored mine using the chrome mylar trim from Rick's.

Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly?
« on: January 27, 2007, 01:54:45 PM »
The resolution of the camera and the flash make the finish of the base look quite a bit different than it really is.  There is no coating on the base - I confirmed by testing continuity between the top surface of the base and many other points on the base.  I also scratched it and tried lacquer thinner in a small spot - nothing but plating.

The 'smear' around the hole is not thermal compound.  It is actually some very slight discoloration of the plating.

As far as the thermal design of the solid state regulator - the pcb was riveted directly to the base and a low-rise plastic cover was glued in place over it.  There should be no appreciable difference between the new solid state regulator and the original converted regulator.


Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly?
« on: January 27, 2007, 11:29:36 AM »

Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly?
« on: January 26, 2007, 10:54:46 PM »
Jeff, I guess your car is out of paint jail. Post a picture...
Ha! I wish!  I had problems matching my color in BASF paint.  The car was almost ready for paint, but the color match was horrible.  While I was figuring out the paint issue, the body guy slipped in another project before mine.  Unfortunately, I think that project may take years.  Oh well, I'm in no rush....plenty of other stuff to keep me busy.

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