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  • JayBird
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    Working on the doors. These are the original doors and surprisingly not rusted out along the bottom. ​​​​​​​

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  • JayBird
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    Well Christmas came early! I sent the dash out to Just Dashes in California and it was delivered today! Looks great especially given what I sent them was little more then the vinyl covering as all the foam had long since disintegrated.

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  • JayBird
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    Thanks for the encouraging words. However to be fair I'm not doing the work but would agree the shop is doing a great job so far.

    Not a lot of progress this month as the car is still in the adjustment/equalizing stage and they are moving to a larger facility in December.

    I had them save most of the bits and pieces as I thought they might be used for patterns, patch panels or someone might need or want the spare parts. Also thanks to Jerry Forester for re-chroming the Dagmars/Bullets.

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  • 58PackardWagon
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    You are really doing a nice job on this restoration. Do you have any recent pics? Are you needing any more parts for your restoration? If so, please give me at call at six one two 508 3518.

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  • mch
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    what a project+ a project, best of luck,

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  • Flashback
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    You've come a long way. It's looking good. Anxious to see your progress. Keep posting pictures.

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  • JayBird
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    Most of the major repairs on the body are completed and a base coat of primer and now the simmering period for the body to equalize and experience different conditions which will allow it to change and move as it expands and contracts.
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  • r1lark
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    Nice looking shop. Looks like they have a wide range of vehicle types that they work on.

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  • JayBird
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    The 58 J-Bird makes it video debut. Blasted body 9-13 seconds in and frame on rack (top) 14-17 and again on the right upper corner 24-29. Hanging out with the big boys....they ain't seen nothing yet....

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  • JayBird
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    Thought I'd post a good picture of the floor pan repairs. Used the replacement floor pans from Classic Ent. They fit well on the flat part but as you can see the toe/foot board area was a different matter. The fab guys tried to make them work but just ended up cutting them off and fabricating their own foot panels. All in all it's better than starting from scratch.
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  • r1lark
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    Originally posted by acolds View Post
    I always thought if I had the frame from Studebaker made car I would add some metal to beef it up any weight added would be down low and not effect the handling. Would add to the strength and make a solid car A plate added to bottom would be the simple have considered it for my Clipper with on complete car
    I believe that the '60s heavy duty sedans (taxi, police/Marshall models, and other fleet types) may have doubled up the bottom frame plates to add strength/rigidity to the frame. Hopefully someone who is much more knowledgeable on the heavy duty sedans will chime in with details.

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  • acolds
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    I always thought if I had the frame from Studebaker made car I would add some metal to beef it up any weight added would be down low and not effect the handling. Would add to the strength and make a solid car A plate added to bottom would be the simple have considered it for my Clipper with on complete car

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  • JayBird
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    The projects progression
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  • JayBird
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    Back from being media blasted, found a few more areas of rust but nothing significant

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  • JayBird
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    Just got the tail light housings back from the chrome shop. A little early but just could not resist seeing something nice and shiny.

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