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Old 03-10-2020, 08:47 AM   #371
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I think you could sell that pattern and theme to Chevrolet 's design team ....but then it would not be unique .......I believe you have the nicest interior I have seen on a tri five . An incredible mix of design , color and materials. A 6 foot trophy should be awarded for the interior and a 10 footer for the overall car. great work.
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Old 03-10-2020, 12:19 PM   #372
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Thanks, guys! I've already had several inquiries over on Facebook about making more of these bucket seats. Not going to happen...at least not by me. Truthfully, they were more of a PITA than I care to deal with again. And as was pointed out, they wouldn't be unique anymore.
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At long last, the bucket seats are finally done & ready to bolt in!

I've also been finalizing the routing of all the heater & A/C hoses, and I'm just about ready to bolt on the last fender. More pictures to follow shortly.
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Viewing DAvlin's completed '56' bucket seats with wonder, appreciation, and deep lust..
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Old 03-13-2020, 12:36 PM   #375
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I mounted the new, chromed A/C drier along with the bracket it came with, and was now finally able to finished up the routing for the A/C and heater. We still need to make some sort of bracket(s) to hold them all to the inner fender, so the zip ties you see in the picture are just temporary.

Although Roger had given it his best shot, we weren't happy with the lines he made up from the fuel pump to the filter & carbs. So I called up Al Clark (Deuces Northwest) and he re-made the whole works. The bends are nice, the lines run straight and level, and the fittings all match. A much cleaner looking setup! The blue anodizing will be stripped and the pieces polished, along with the fuel filter.

As Arlen is away on vacation, I called Dave Holden to assist with installing the passenger side fender. Once it was hung, he went right to work on setting the gaps. As you can guess, Dave is extremely detail conscious. I managed to get a picture of him using a hammer and punch to "square up" the shims. The grille went in without any problem. The hood won't be going on until we have the EMS logos milled off of the hinges, and I'm not going to attempt to fit the bumper until Arlen is back. But it's really starting to look like a car again!

I'll be wiring up the turn signals, parking lights and headlights next.
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One side done. Should have side two completed tomorrow.
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Dave - I looked back to see if this was addressed in an earlier post and didn't notice it - looks like you have a 90* molded heater hose between the core/firewall and the valve...or is it just a regular hose that isn't kinking in the bend? Did you secure the valve to the firewall or inner fender to hold it in place? Putting it in that void sure cleans up the look.
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Dave - I looked back to see if this was addressed in an earlier post and didn't notice it - looks like you have a 90* molded heater hose between the core/firewall and the valve...or is it just a regular hose that isn't kinking in the bend? Did you secure the valve to the firewall or inner fender to hold it in place? Putting it in that void sure cleans up the look.
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Glad you pointed that out, JR. Yes, there's a molded 90* coming out of the firewall. A molded "U" is on the far side, and it's connected to the 5/8" heater hose with a high pressure brass barb fitting. Heat shrink clamps (which work really slick) are over all the connections. The molded hose sections are ever so slightly thicker than the heater hose. It was just enough that the clamps we had were too small to go over the "bump" when they were pushed on. That's what the delay was. Nobody around here stocks those clamps, so we were waiting for the new sizes to show up in the mail.

The valve is kind of floating just off the firewall, so I've put some HD self adhesive Velcro behind it to stop it from rattling. Ditto with the wire loop and it's connector. If it ever needs servicing, which I hope it doesn't, I didn't want to have to take the fender off to remove it. It's still more visible than I'd prefer, but the hood hinge will hide it a little. Dave
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Let there be lights...
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There were a couple of issues with the Eddie Motorsports hood hinges. Arlen didn't like the look of their logos carved into the sides, and quite frankly neither did I. So they had to go. (Same with the PSC logo milled into the top of the hydro boost reservoir. But it just unscrewed.) We also didn't like the way the top of the firewall bracket doesn't flow with the shape of the firewall itself. And I really thought that the button head bolts should have come polished, and they aren't. So I disassembled the hood hinges, and dropped off the pieces with the logo, along with the reservoir lid to our local master fabricator, Russ Lejeune, who also happens to be Deter's uncle, and the one who taught him to weld. This was on Saturday. Russ had them milled down and back to me on Monday! Tuesday, I had a dash to recover, but today I jumped back on the hinges. I couldn't quite squeeze the hinge bracket into my band saw, so I just ground the corners off. After I had them shaped the way I wanted, I polished them up again, along with the milled pieces and all the button heads bolts. The fit at the firewall is much nicer now, and the engine compartment sure looks cleaner with all the logos gone.
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