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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

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This price looks like a tune-up on a modern car.

Can anyone imagine plunking down 1/5 the cost of a modern car these days?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

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No hair board stuck to the floor pans? Wonder when they started that. My 65 took a day of scraping to get to the floor boards. Beautiful car! Nice find.
right? Check out the battery tray!
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That is exactly what your floor boards are supposed to look like. And, your car looks super dry, so congrats.
Keep up the good work, and keep the updates coming. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

Started restitching my rear seat top. Threading has started to deteriorate. but leatherette is still soft! Plastic piping is also mostly soft. There are a couple of spots where the round part of the piping has started to break away from the part that's sewn to the leatherette. Not too noticeable.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:02 am    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

Finished the rear seat. Now I can use it without worrying about it getting worse!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:00 am    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

Finally finished repainting my bug. The interior was left untouched. 99% of the seals remain original as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:09 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

Looks awesome.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:01 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

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Put hot water, bleach and soap in a sprayer, and tape off inside with plastic,
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:01 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

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Finally finished repainting my bug. The interior was left untouched. 99% of the seals remain original as well.

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nice 59 .
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:48 am    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

damn thats a nice car. i look forward to seeing your progress.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:04 am    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

If your venturi ring is still rubbing, double check that the rubber bump stop is still on the fan shroud, They always rot off.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:52 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

Nicely done! Love the fact that you've restitched the seats and are trying to preserve it. Originality rocks! Applause
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:58 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

What a great find and a gorgeous car!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

TinCanFab wrote:
If your venturi ring is still rubbing, double check that the rubber bump stop is still on the fan shroud, They always rot off.


Yes this! Also, if you do need to end up replacing the stop, the correct one is pretty thin, about 1/8Ē. If Iím not mistaken, itís the same piece that they use to plug the rear apron holes; although Iíve seen several with the much thicker plugs, around 1/4-3/8Ē long (like the bump stops for the glovebox door). The thicker ones will work, but I feel that it puts more stress on the thermostat when itís cold and closed so I used the correct thinner one. Iím sorry I donít remember which thread it was that discussed the proper rubber bump stop, but i do know it is on here, I believe in the oval forum.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

TinCanFab wrote:
If your venturi ring is still rubbing, double check that the rubber bump stop is still on the fan shroud, They always rot off.

It's not rubbing anymore once I adjusted it so maybe it's still there. I'll have to look for it because I had no idea it existed! Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: My new 59 Ragtop. Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words all! Pulled the motor again this weekend. First rear main seal did not stop the leak. Sleeved the flywheel as it was groved. Took it for a nice cruise and it was bone dry when I got home! Runs like a champ!

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