For the Love for my Father, My 69 GTX Restoration

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    I send all my chrome parts to Paul's myself prior to dispersing elsewhere. For one I am in charge of the order. Two I receive the pictures they receive, the quote and a signed contract for work. That way I retain a hardcopy of the warranty for myself. Then off to the next vendor they go. Also, keep in mind I pack my parts to withstand an earthquake, lol....Pay extra to have your choice of carrier to pack them up when they come back to you. Paul's packing is of no concern.....

    As far as price goes TA is very fair and especially more fair the more work you send them or if you are a repeat customer....I have used TA on 10 restorations over the years and I have not one complaint....
     
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      Headliner Got installed today!

      Took him about an hour and a half....
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        Side marker lights

        Comparison of NOS and new repops. Just the initial look of the lenses are different in the first picture. The new set the amber lenses are actually orange where the NOS are an Amber. The other noticeable difference is the Pentstar. The second pic is the NOS and the third pic is the new. The backside of the new lenses are a different color, no part numbers, no double sided tape and no washers around the tabs.

        If anyone wants to buy the new set shoot me a PM!

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          My side marker housings had a green coating on the back that was an olive color. SEM makes a sprayable EDP coating in olive and I gave it a try. It was a great match in color and sheen. Lets talk about the cap nuts. 69 cap nuts are a one year only size. 70 and forward are a smaller stud and unusable on 69's unless you want to break a stud off. No one has them in stock. However, i got lucky and acquire NOS ones.
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              NOS front inner fender splash shields. After cleaning off the dos dust they look sweet. Original hardware withe "sems" head stamped were silver zinc plated. too bad they will have to get shot with undercoating.:BangHead:
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                  Orignal dash hardware for the top of the dash was silver zinc plated. Notice the correct head marking..

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                    Under dash insulation

                    Another peeve of mine with the industry. With the volume of these purchased why not make an effort to recreate the factory original ones. I have searched forever for an NOS or even a used one with no luck. So I had to get creative and decided to find a paint that mimics the color of what an NOS one looks like. You cannot go by an old one of a car due to age and the elements. I have seen two NOS ones on recored cars and this color is as close as one can get. So YES I painted my dash insulation, lol....I will say once on the car and the dash assembly on no one could tell the difference!

                    The factory used a yellow trim adhesive and the 3m sprayable is what I use....and in the sloppy process the underside of the cowl and firewall gets overspray as well. A little fall on the front floorpans....
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                      Firewall insulation

                      Purchased from my favorite vendor Mega Parts! Pretty straightforward other than punching out the holes for the air grabber cable and tach harness. I also show the comparison of the push pins NOS vs New. ###FYI the pin on the RIGHT is the NOS one### Got them reversed sorry...Very subtle difference and most would not even pick it out. However, I have an NOS set to use.
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                      Here is a pic of whats left of the original one on the X...My technique is pretty darn close!
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                        Heater box restoration

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                                    The factory "OK" was an assembly line tag that was suppose to be removed once placed on the car. The X had half of the tag left....Thanks to Pete Veight I was able to get an original full tag!

                                    For some reason I have never been able to stamp a heater box cover perfect but it will have to do....Always slides on me partly due to my arthritis...


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                                      Installing the heater box

                                      All hardware was sent out for plating. One thing I do different than others is I cut a small square of foam to go between the support bracket and the front cover. Not just to protect the paint once tightened but I lightly snug the bracket prior to install. The foam creates a slight gap so I can adjust the bracket for the stud on the cowl and in turn I do not damage the paint. Little trick when you install these yourself. Btw the support bracket is the First thing I bolt on when I get the heater box in. Once snugged up then I attach the 3 nuts in the engine bay and after that I tighten the bracket down!
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                                        Crap just noticed one of the cables is backwards...oopps Wouldn't hurt anything as far as functionality but will correct that tomorrow!
                                         
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                                          Wiper motor and Pivots installed...

                                          Bill Meerholz came through in the end on my wiper motor debacle and did a stellar job! BME enterprises!
                                          http://www.bmcuda.com

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