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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 5:14 am    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

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Round hole is 1955-56. Triangle 1957-up.
Same drain holes were on early Ghias and type 2s.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 5:17 am    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

some progress with the steering box clean up with some of the brakes components.

I have used my ultrasound cleaner, with hot water, Lysol toilet cleaner and baking soda. not more rust and grease.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

working on the details:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

some random work,
I just installed a kienzel clock:

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

here is bit of progress epoxy painted some hardware and little parts.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

also restored the stearing box

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 3:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

Great stuff! Nice job on the glove box cover, bet you spent some time wondering about cutting a hole in the OG door!?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2021 6:06 am    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

Bendango wrote:
Great stuff! Nice job on the glove box cover, bet you spent some time wondering about cutting a hole in the OG door!?


I did the cut on another cover i had in spare. I did not want to cut the og paint globe box door Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:32 am    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

interesting your pitman arm has the upward bend. I thought those were only on early Ghias.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2021 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

Here is a bit more update.

I just started to wet sand and buff the front quarter panel:

I water sanded with 1500, 2000, 3000
and used CSI polishing product.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2021 10:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

WOW! Really nice paint job! Want to visit me in Huntington Beach?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 4:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

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WOW! Really nice paint job! Want to visit me in Huntington Beach?


Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

I just received my restored carpet from UK.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2021 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

Here is a bit of update with a small repair on the front hood.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2021 6:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

here are some pictures the fenders skirt I just started fitting. result should be great.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2021 10:56 am    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

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I just received my restored carpet from UK.
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As usual, stunning work you are doing!

Question: Did you order new carpeting cut, edged and sewn to your original red vinyl and rubber front wall mats, or is that your factory original carpet cleaned up? And who provides this service in the UK? Looks great...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

Hi Bill,

I sent my original carpet so Dylan could re-use what ever was re-usable like the red leatherette, and aluminum rings for the heather holes.

we used the OG carpet as template to cut new carpet with the exact shape and color, same for the edges, he had different color available so we choosed the one the matched the best.
the rubber mat is new from Germany it is a very accurate reproduction.

So at the end the carpet is new but all of the specific details have been redone like the original one.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2021 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

latestest progress,

the front hood is now blended and back in place.
working on cut and buff the fender before assembly


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2021 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

Stellar work! Looks great!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:18 am    Post subject: Re: Original 1956 Oval convertible Reply with quote

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Stellar work! Looks great!


thank you !!
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