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Old 27th February 2014, 00:53   #16
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Fantastic Pavan. Great to see these cars getting restored. You will never regret the effort well, except for the mini oil well necessary to quench the thirst of these V8s. Can't wait to see the finished look.

Great going.
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Pavan, Is that ac unit is a standard fitment or aftermarket?
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Am surprised to see how the Rust has eaten up so much of the American build.
The Rear Windshield needs to travel from the US shores? If so would this be via Air / Sea, Pavan?

And just off the topic.. Is there any limits & assumptions on the Budget that is going into this exciting Project?
Should be part sea and part Air as per the arrangement

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Fantastic Pavan. Great to see these cars getting restored. You will never regret the effort well, except for the mini oil well necessary to quench the thirst of these V8s. Can't wait to see the finished look.

Great going.
LOL, u must have seen the expression on my face when i got a 5 litre petrol in a can. We cranked it once, and i just drove it 50 meters into the workshop and took 2 videos of the exhaust note ! All the 5 litres GONE

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Pavan, Is that ac unit is a standard fitment or aftermarket?
Its a Standard fitment.

some more rotten metal replaced.
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Old 27th February 2014, 22:34   #19
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Just curious Pavan, what kind of protection can be applied on the inside area when one opens up and patch it up. Any simple step by step process that can be followed?

Excellent thread, thanks for sharing.
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Just curious Pavan, what kind of protection can be applied on the inside area when one opens up and patch it up. Any simple step by step process that can be followed?

Excellent thread, thanks for sharing.
Very simple, We scrape down those inner panels, and spray Industrial Grade Epoxy Primer + Seam Sealers after the weld job. This eventually seals off the metal surface from further rusting.
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Old 28th February 2014, 18:52   #21
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Great job Pavan. Looking forward eagerly for the progress on this one..If you need a volunteer for the job do give me a shout..
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I was rather hoping that this car sported a Turbo Fire V8 + Ramjet Fuel Injection.

Okay! So it has Carbs! So which make are they? Holley?
Pavan, you still haven't replied to my queries. Holley? Carter?

Is it feasible to integrate a fuel injection system? Particularly Ramjet Fuel Injection? It really takes the car a few notches higher.

Original Paint?

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Good to see such a classic being put back to life. Very good job indeed. And a very good thread to subscribe.

Hail your effort.
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Amazing. Have to really appreciate the time and effort put in to restore these old beauties. Not everyone will be able to do it , let alone post it on these threads for us all to see.
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Pavan, you still haven't replied to my queries. Holley? Carter?

Is it feasible to integrate a fuel injection system? Particularly Ramjet Fuel Injection? It really takes the car a few notches higher.

Original Paint?

Cheers!
Right now it has the GM Stock Rochester Twin Jet , Dual Barrel down draught carb.Looking at a EDELBROCK carb with same settings and playing around with the jetting a little bit for better fuel effeciency. I would not want to modify anything apart from the stock settings, except for the Radiator . The stock iron core radiator will make way for a high performance Aluminium core radiator with an electric fan coupled to a Thermostat.

Major of the expenses and work is basically focussed towards the sheet metal work. I would not bother about the engine because its just done 17,000 miles till date.

The Rot is just Horrifying
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The Rot is just Horrifying
Pavan, the more I look at the rot, I am convinced that the New Jersey weather must be culprit. Being next to sea coast, with hot and humid summers, torrential rain and also snow in winters, must have caused the rust to set in. Since the rust was not addressed after the car came to India, it has reached this state of rot. From the first few pictures, one would have never guessed the extent of rust.

Cannot wait to see the finished product.

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Pavan, the more I look at the rot, I am convinced that the New Jersey weather must be culprit. Being next to sea coast, with hot and humid summers, torrential rain and also snow in winters, must have caused the rust to set in. Since the rust was not addressed after the car came to India, it has reached this state of rot. From the first few pictures, one would have never guessed the extent of rust.

Cannot wait to see the finished product.

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Might be the case.

Basically Rusting is OK, but here the metal has DIS-INTEGRATED and we have nothing to start with, no idea how it fits, how it looks, where it goes and how it ends Just at the mercy of the great lord up there and my hard working Tinker who is putting his BEST. While i am Just assisting and admiring his approach and planning
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Extremely impressive and very hard work. Can't wait to see the outcome because I just love American Muscle cars. With their distinctive engine roar and extremely aggressive looks, they're the product of a bygone era of greatness, before competition from Japanese, and then Korean companies made almost every car in the world look and sound virtually the same.

By the way, is it customary to leave the left hand drive as-is and not tinker with it in any way? It would be incredibly hard to drive this machine in Bangalore traffic (just saying!! )

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I just love American Muscle cars. With their distinctive engine roar and extremely aggressive looks.

It would be incredibly hard to drive this machine in Bangalore traffic (just saying!! )
Yes, and the interiors are so roomy that it can seat as many people as a BMTC low-floor hehe. Had a chance to see this car in flesh and its magnificent dashboard got me floored instantly . All the best Pavan.
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Its been extremely time consuming work at each panel we intend to work on, but my tinker is just marching ahead unperturbed by whats happening around him the moment he starts his work on the car as the day begins. Lots of rotten metal sees Dust and new templates being Cut shredding loads and loads of news paper to get the panel right. New Sheet metal being welded on, lot of panel beating noise reverberating through the day. Work happening and i have no worries as long as its being done the RIGHT WAY

Just glad, the front firewall is DONE.
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