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This was the last piece I installed today and soon going to catch some ZZZZ!
What a great thread and a fantastic insight to your processes throughout this restoration. Truly an inspiration, and I only wish I could have read this thread about 18 years ago. ....would have short-cutted a load of research before the innerweb was the most valuable tool.
J, you da man. You have shown me a few things I have never seen. Goes to show, you never stop learning. Keep posting, I am really enjoying following along. D
So much detail, I absolutely love following along. You could honestly make this into a book, I know I bought one called "Project Charger" that wasn't near as detailed but did help a lot during my build.
EPIC thread!!! Eat your heart out, Worman!!!! lol
Mario Thanks my friend and much appreciated...... BTW this is Season 1 and my car IS as closely built to OE specifications just like it rolled out of the factory back in 10/68.....Eat that!
Darrin I cannot state this enough towards you but coming from you that means A LOT! I also appreciate all the things thus far you have pointed out to me that I did not know!
Got the NOS antenna installed. If you look closely the box label is for a Dodge. The only difference between a dodge and Plymouth is the chrome base. On a plymouth the base is thicker and has a more of a bezeled edge.
Do not forget to wax all areas prior to installing over them...may be overkill but good protection.. D
Front inner fender seals from DMT.....
High beam switch...This is the original switch unit to the X. Dated the 42nd week of 68(hard to take a pic of). They are a royal PITA to take apart without damaging the cap or the base. The base was cleaned up with steel wool and the cap was plated. It has very unique hardware with head marking and those were plated as well. View attachment 415455
Rear inner fender splash shields. The originals were in great shape and the only pitting was in areas hidden behind the bolts. Simply stripped them with paint stripper and soaked them in my phosphoric acid tank overnight. Keep in mind any acid has to be neutralized and I use baking soda in water to accomplish this. Almost all of my metal parts got a phosphoric acid bath. It etches the metal as well. These were originally dipped in semi gloss. So when I repainted these there was a sag/run or too but really doesn't matter because they get blasted with undercoating. Replaced the seals from ones bought from Mega parts. The large thin washer bolts were older new ones but are exactly like the originals. The large thick washer bolts are a challenge to find in good shape and not pitted. Mine were not and they got silver zinc plating. Notice the distinct head marking. The upper two bolts(not pictured) I found just a bit ago. The two "sems" bolts go where the fender meets the shield by the rear bottom fender tab.
Do not forget to put the rocker plug in first prior to installing these. The fender tab originally from the factory received this blackout treatment and it was so it didn't stick out like a sore thumb with the body color on it(think of sublime against a black splash shield). BTW that is how they taped off for the organisol treatment on the rocker panel. The black out was done crudely with paint and a brush on the line. Then the bolts gets installed and eventually may get a little undercoat overspray. The flash makes it look grey but it is satin black.
NOS air grabber cable with correct plug with pm's and logo. I forgot to install this plug prior to putting in the firewall insulation but thats the best time to do so. Keep in mind the part number side of the plug faces the interior. In any event you have plenty of room to pull it back a little and put the plug in. Then just push the cable through the plug. Why do I do it that way? There is not enough room through the cardboard to install the plug without potentially damaging the cardboard hole.
Do you like my redneck baking station?...lol!
My painter uses a wood fire and baking trays to dry small parts - works well, and serves two purposes - keeps the shop warm on winter nights. Also places the hanging frame to dry larger items near the fire.
Here are some factory marking I found behind the interior parts. The 2's and the 10 I have no clue what they were for. The swipe on the door hinge is a completion mark.
Could I get a wider screen shot of where the antenna cable goes through from outside to inside the pass compartment? I think I got it but want to be sure. Thanks