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  1. #121
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProTouringCuda View Post
    I must say - very nice work! I'm partial to the first gen's (64.5-66 :: i know, some call 64.5-73 first gens - don't agree with that ) but you, my friend, have put together a fine specimen.
    Haha! I probably agree with you on that! I really like the 65-70 fastbacks/sportroofs best but also like any fine example of a 64.5-73 too. You have some excellent rides/projects also! Thanks for the compliment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by builttodrive View Post
    I thought the same thing. I knew I wasn't out anything to try and modify it by removing the rest of the grill and just like you said it gives a cleaner and meaner appearance. Thanks!
    I like the cleaner and meaner look.

    Probably eat the bird whole now! j/k

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    I think I did get most of it lol! Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey97D View Post
    I like the cleaner and meaner look.

    Probably eat the bird whole now! j/k

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    The car is at the upholstery shop now and while I finish up a few front end items I've been thinking about some future wheel options. I found a wheel I really like by Billet Specialties a while back but was told it had been discontinued. Now I get a Black Friday deal from Billet Specialties sent from a friend but I didn't have a wheel picked out yet. For fun today I had time to kill and jumped on their web page and the wheel I liked is shown on the website again. What do you guys think of these?

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    They're nice but it's also a design that can be found at many manufacturers if Billet Specialties lets you down.
    Tracey

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    That style of wheel seems dated imho.

    Don
    1969 Camaro - LSA 6L90E AME sub/IRS
    1957 Buick Caballero - huge project
    1959 El Camino - Ironworks frame
    1969 Mustang Sportsroof
    1956 Cameo - full C5 suspension/drivetrain

  7. #127
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaints1115 View Post
    They're nice but it's also a design that can be found at many manufacturers if Billet Specialties lets you down.
    Yeah I know it's a pretty common style made by most manufacturers. I just like the unique spoke design on these that most don't have. I also like a wheel by Forgeline that is similar.

  8. #128
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhutton View Post
    That style of wheel seems dated imho.

    Don
    Definitely a design that's been around a while I agree. But my current wheel is too and I have had them on the car since 2004. Having a hard time finding a wheel I really like to replace it with. I really want a higher quality wheel than what I have currently in different sizes also. I'd like to stick to something in a five spoke or split five spoke design.

  9. #129
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    Hi. Your car is stunning and every mans dream. We are working on a 69 and having the same issues with the shock tower plates. We have ridetech coil overs and TCP export kit. Would you be able to tell me where you had those shock tower plates made? If I could call them and ask them to make a set exactly like yours then that would truly be a blessing. Your plates are EXACTLY what we need. Any help would be very appreciated.

  10. #130
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    Quote Originally Posted by builttodrive View Post
    I'm using the Total control full export brace. I made a custom shock tower plate that works with the mounting for the total control export brace but has the ridetech bolt pattern and the correct bore for the coil over shock mounting....it also works for the air system.


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    Thank You! I plan to keep this one as long as I live and would like to see it be passed down to my kids one day.
    Hi. First time using the forum. I think I may have asked the question in the wrong place as it posted at the end. Your car is awesome. Itís done to perfection for sure. Those shock tower plates are awesome and exactly what we need... we have the ridetech coil overs and TCP export kit just like yours. Could you please let me know what company you used to cut/make those shock tower plates? I would love to call them and order an identical set for my 69. Thank you for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozzlynn69 View Post
    Hi. First time using the forum. I think I may have asked the question in the wrong place as it posted at the end. Your car is awesome. Itís done to perfection for sure. Those shock tower plates are awesome and exactly what we need... we have the ridetech coil overs and TCP export kit just like yours. Could you please let me know what company you used to cut/make those shock tower plates? I would love to call them and order an identical set for my 69. Thank you for the help.
    No problem and thank you! I had a local machine shop make them for me. They have actually made a few sets for different cars over the years and we are actually having them make another set now. I can see if they would be interested in making and selling a set. The owner is a personal friend and he is making them for us as a favor.

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    Gauge Bezel in Brushed Steel Finish

    I am really a fan of what you did with your gauge pod. I started disassembling mine yesterday and after disassembly and cleanup I have a few questions. On the metal surround that has woodgrain finish, did you remove the woodgrain vinyl before applying the brushed steel vinyl? The woodgrain vinyl appears thicker than modern wrap vinyls. My woodgrain on the gauge pod is in good condition, just wondering what you did and why. The plastic surround with the simulated texture is finished in a mate black finish, any recommendations on a rattle can product with the same color that will hold up? Last, the gauge bezels are finished in a mate dark blue grey metallic finish. Is there a rattle can product that would replicate what the factory did for these parts? For the rim of the bezels I was thinking of using a chrome silver metallic paint and a brush to try to replicate the original chrome finish. I was thinking of using the Testors Chrome Silver paint they make for models to do this.

    With a little repainting I think the gauge pod should come out similar to yours. Now my clock panel is a whole different story as the metal with the woodgrain rusted severely. I am afraid I will have to go with repop stuff for those pieces.

    Thanks,

    Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss5Oh View Post
    I am really a fan of what you did with your gauge pod. I started disassembling mine yesterday and after disassembly and cleanup I have a few questions. On the metal surround that has woodgrain finish, did you remove the woodgrain vinyl before applying the brushed steel vinyl? The woodgrain vinyl appears thicker than modern wrap vinyls. My woodgrain on the gauge pod is in good condition, just wondering what you did and why. The plastic surround with the simulated texture is finished in a mate black finish, any recommendations on a rattle can product with the same color that will hold up? Last, the gauge bezels are finished in a mate dark blue grey metallic finish. Is there a rattle can product that would replicate what the factory did for these parts? For the rim of the bezels I was thinking of using a chrome silver metallic paint and a brush to try to replicate the original chrome finish. I was thinking of using the Testors Chrome Silver paint they make for models to do this.

    With a little repainting I think the gauge pod should come out similar to yours. Now my clock panel is a whole different story as the metal with the woodgrain rusted severely. I am afraid I will have to go with repop stuff for those pieces.

    Thanks,

    Alan

    Alan, I know there are different paint offerings from catalogs that may include the correct paint and colors to refinish the bezels. It will take some patience and probably some fine line tape masking. For my car I reused the clock metal face and reconditioned it. I removed the woodgrain and sanded down the panel to bare steel and smoothed it out with bodywork and primer because it isn't the straightest piece. I then had the metal wrap applied to that and the metal portion of the gauge cluster bezel. There are companies that restore these panels and can even vacuum plate chrome the areas outlining the gauges etc. I had painted the plastic portions of the gauge and clock bezel to match the exterior paint color of the car many years ago and so for me it was easier and relatively inexpensive to just buy new plastic bezels from Dynacorn since I am a dealer.



    Thanks
    Greg


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