1969 Dodge Super Bee Coupe Restoration

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  1. dadsbee

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    New reproduction gas pedal

    Floor drilled to match carpet and pedal installed. I drilled about 5/16" forward of the correct measured position I had on the floor pan. Not bad considering the patched up mess the pedal was attached to when I installed this carpet in '88.

    Similar deal with the dimmer switch that was also mounted in a patched up mess when the carpet was installed in '88. It should be on that formed boss about an inch to the right and up 3/4", but it'll live here!

    Shifter boot installed with 4 # 10 stainless screws. Then the carpet put back and deco ring installed with 4 x # 10 oval head screws.

    New shifter ball, that is correct for assembly line. I've always had a hurst T handle and have a date correct new one that will probably find it's way back into the car in time.

    Getting there!

    New Ebrake, clutch and brake pedal covers.

    Pedal covers all in place.

    5 lb fire extinguisher back into it's home.

    The list is getting shorter....

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      Looking really sweet Wayne!

      Won't be long.
       
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      • dadsbee

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        Depends how well I keep my shop doors locked! Lost the 3 previous days to aircraft customers and making money.. good and bad in that! LOL Now I lose next Wednesday delivering these..... at least I got to repurpose one of Jamie's boxes!

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        • BB BELLA

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          trying to figure out what I'm looking at in the last 2 pics. aileron or elevator section and control struts /cables?
           
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          We're speechless
           
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          • dadsbee

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            Amphibious floats and their rigging Don, I build them.. install them.. etc. Thankfully these ones just have to be delivered to Bowmanville.

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              add a deck,seat,steering wheel and a couple 300hp outboards and it would be right up my alley!

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              • dadsbee

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                Finally found a use for my 1985 cell phone antenna. One of my springs was crusty but still working, I put it in Evaporust and it fell apart. MIG'd on a piece of my phone antenna and Bob's your uncle!

                Seat tracks lubed and springs reinstalled, ready for floor bolts and spacers.

                I swear these quick nuts are fluted backwards!

                Quick nuts going into place! :D

                Now the carriage bolt and spacer can't fall out.

                My kick panels were a mess, just like my windlace and A pillars. Used the paint remover on the edges.

                Used Easy Off again on the main kick panels to pull the dirt up out of them.

                Learned what worked on the ABS "A" pillar material DID NOT work the same on the Polypropylene kick panels. It did clean them, but lightened them considerably. Clean on left, dirty on right.

                Had to dig into my bag of tricks from 34 years in the plastics industry, from when trying to get initial run approvals while matching colour and gloss for about 65 colours for TRW and Bendix seat belt divisions. Tried numerous things on the panel and finished by finding Krown worked the best. Spray, short soak and wipe / buff clean.

                Like new and not shiny.

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                • dadsbee

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                  New kick panel insulation and spray adhesive.

                  Insulation in place ready to install the panels. They slip over the door opening pinch weld and have one #10 oval head screw each.

                  Kick panels in.

                  I painted the seat latches with high heat BBQ paint, like I used on my brake assembly backing, to simulate a black phosphate coating.

                  There is a left and right spring. This is the passenger (right) side,

                  Spring, then latch, then nylon washer and snap ring.

                  Seat tracks installed to front seat bottom and latch connector cable/wire installed. Pictures shows passenger side hooked through the lever hole and then retainer (that looks like a spring) slid over the connection to lock it.

                  Wire goes across an eyebolt (attached to the inner frame front) that is adjustable to snug up the wire for even latch movement on both rails.

                  Wire to drivers side latch assembly lever, retained identical to the passenger side.

                  Front seat bottom set into floor pan holes.

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                    Your getting close to finishing. Everything looks great.
                    I also like your aircraft fabrication parts (pontoons etc.).
                     
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                    • dadsbee

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                      So tired of the reproduction follies. After sending the first, salt crusted and corroded, set back two years ago and getting a clean set in exchange I thought things were good.

                      Both belts should reach the dual stowing clip on the seats bottom edge. These two belts are sewn together at the attachment end so I guess I'm chasing PG Classics for a new pair that are both the same length.

                      You'd do good to get a 3 year old in the belt. It goes half way around me.

                      Not sure what the real OE hardware looks like, but this is what I'm using that gets hidden behind the cover. Certainly better than my nail that had been there for 30 years!

                      Seat backs in place. Cotter to be bent around when I'm certain they're staying on.

                      Polished up the seat release latch knobs.

                      Knob in place. Both sides are the same casting, one with set screw down.. the other up.

                      Passenger entrance view.

                      Driver entrance view.

                      Cross walk pedestrian view! :)

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                      • dadsbee

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                        Did a lot of searching, only to end up back in Canada getting new sill plates from National Moparts after being guaranteed in writing they were the correct dullish finish of OE's.

                        New correct finish reproductions vs the overly shiny set I had from '88. Many still selling the shiny ones.

                        The sills need a quick file to take some burrs off. A couple spots were like a serrated knife.

                        They also have the correct straight down edge to hold the carpet vs the other reproduction on the right without it.

                        Refurbished 1969 bumper jack and lug wrench. New reproduction hook from Tony's via Megaparts ($100US). My trunk mat all cleaned up ready to install. Jack not perfect date wise, but close to my build. It's a 9D so mfg in April.

                        Door plugs into vent frame mounting holes.

                        Big plug in the door bottom.

                        Plug in the end of door below latch.

                        Refurbished 15B wiper arms and new reproduction blades from Megaparts.

                        Ready to install to car.

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                        • Super Rob

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                          Not trying to hurt you, but the correct installation point for the pedal would be in the upper right corner of the rubber pad. That means your carpet sits a bit to "low" if you measured the pedal holes on the floor correct.

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                          As noted... I was working with existing 30 year old holes in the carpet, not something I could move and I wasn't buying a new one. Even if I could have there is no way it would have moved over 2" forward to get the pedal on the rubber mat before the formed carpet would have bottomed out against the rear face of the shifter hump.

                          BTW.. does your carpet go right over top of the throttle cable arm??? SO it lifts the carpet every time you hammer the pedal down?
                           
                        • khryslerkid

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                          You'll really be lucky to find any aftermarket carpet that will let you get the heal pad where it was from factory. If you locate the pad where it belongs, you'll be way short under the seats where the rear section meets. Don't know why this is so common with almost every one that I've seen. You're at the mercy of the manufacturers.
                           
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                          Yep.. that too. Looks like I have about an inch of overlap on the drivers side. Have about 3 " on the passenger. As I noted the biggest issues is the formed 4 speed hump section and I could probably get it 3/4" forward at best. This was a "good $$" carpet that I bought in '88. Don't know if they've done any better repopping them in 30 years.

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                            Being a factory no two were the same place, the line had to keep moving, and you need to be able to hammer down with nothing in the way.
                             
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                              Definitely... and to make myself feel better I opened the door of my Superbird to this. In 1990 I put the old OE carpet over the repro and cut it exactly the same!
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                                Wiper assemblies in place.

                                Reproduction sills don't quite sit correctly. Needs a bit of trimming on the "triangle".

                                Repro to OE comparison. Also note the interior sides screw hole. The reproductions are a depression for the screw and the OE's are a formed raised area.

                                Trimming, then filing, about an 1/8" off the triangles for proper fit.

                                Make sure you get the front interior screw located before putting the outer sill screws in place, or you'll do some swearing!

                                Drivers side installed

                                Passenger side installed. Lost my extensions that hold the carpet from sill plate to rear seat on each side. Have a nice used OE pair on their way from the USA from Sal @Moparsal .


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                                  You could have asked your buddy .,..I would have hooked you up:thumbsup:
                                   
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