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Old 08-21-2019, 10:48 AM   #231
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Come on Mikey, where's your sense of adventure?

Think of all the west coast cars that'll be there that you've never seen before.
My sense of adventure just got tempered by me wanting Dave to do the interior on my Ultimate Sport Utility 1955 Chevy. I'm not a rich man, so traveling to Bakersfield is just not in the financial plan.

Oh well, maybe I will get to see it in person one day.....

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Old 08-22-2019, 12:34 AM   #232
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My sense of adventure just got tempered by me wanting Dave to do the interior on my Ultimate Sport Utility 1955 Chevy. I'm not a rich man, so traveling to Bakersfield is just not in the financial plan.

Oh well, maybe I will get to see it in person one day.....

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You most certainly will Mikey, I absolutely plan on driving her to Bowling Green, if not next year then in 2021 for sure.
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Old 09-01-2019, 05:40 PM   #233
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Lots of progress in a very productive day yesterday;

- tailgate was installed and aligned, the retaining cables attached and the weatherstrip installed. We were expecting a major fight with it but it went on surprisingly easily and although it will need some tweaking it fits surprisingly well.
- we mocked the steering column into place; it's a rebuilt truck tilt unit that I bought about fifteen years ago from C.J.'s Rod Parts. Took a bit of time to figure out the part number for the rag joint we need (18mm X 1" Dbl D) which was part of the order I sent to Summit last night.
- The red steering wheel shown is a 56 150 wheel. I like the clean lines and simple chrome horn button on it but at 18 inches it feels like it belongs on a school bus. It'll be sent to Mikey at the Stainless Shoppe to work his magic in converting it to a 16 inch wheel for me.
- glass has been installed in the doors and the power windows tested. All four of them worked flawlessly including the power vent windows we added as part of the build.

Next steps will be to finish getting the various lines & hoses in the engine compartment plumbed, then we can pull the engine and Gary P., the guy who built the engine for me will break it in on his mobile break-in stand. Once that's done and it's reinstalled we can start hanging front end sheet metal and tackle finishing the wiring.
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I have to tell you all that when we put 12 volts to the side windows and vent windows, and watched them move under their own power, Arlen looked like a little kid on Christmas morning. I must admit it was pretty cool seeing something actually come alive on a car that's been silent for so many years! Not to mention the feeling of satisfaction that all 4 windows worked without a hitch!
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It is always good to see things work/run after many years of sitting or undergoing restoration.

Tell Arlen the red wheel is a 55-56 210 wheel and is different than the 57 150 wheel. I have done more conversions on those than on any of the B/A style.

Just like this one, but visualize it in gray. The emblem can be gold also.

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A friend and I were installing glass in a car a few years ago - when we got it all in and stood back to look at our progress he said 'glass makes it a car'. I thought about that, and it really is a milestone (among many, of course). But it is especially so on a Nomad. I've heard nightmare stories about adjusting the door glass and vent windows - glad you didn't have to fight that battle. I'm doing power door glass also, but undecided on the vents. You probably I.D.'d the supplier previously, but which brand and how do you feel about it after installation? Also, I noticed the speakers in the vent housings...I've considered doing that also. How did you block off the back side to prevent water leakage? And congratulations on the tailgate...I'm getting near that step, with the same concerns... Looks great! JR
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Thanks JR, your friend makes a really good point.

The last car I did was a 4 door hardtop and I fought with the glass in that car for the better part of a week before it worked properly, so we're really pleased that this went as smoothly as it did.

The power window kit and the glass itself are both from Auto City Classic in MN. The power window setup I bought at the Portland Swap Meet at least ten years ago. Talked at length with one of the guys at their stall explaining what I wanted to do. Overnight they put a kit together which I picked up the following day. They swapped the single button switch for a four button switch with all the appropriate wiring and added two motors for the vent windows. Those, if memory serves me, are for 59/60 Buick & Olds, and they bolt right in.

Quality wise the power windows seem to have everything we need and they worked the first time we applied power .... so far so good? The glass itself is all good, only complaint would be that the liftgate window was a tad undersized so we had some issues getting the gasket to fit properly in the liftgate itself.

We've deleted the fresh air intake in front of the windshield, replacing it with a solid panel which we've sealed with caulk. Also, the speakers are marine rated so if a bit of moisture does seep in they shouldn't be affected.

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