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Took the steering wheel, column, speedometer/gauge unit out, then took the dash substructure out. Going to clean/sand and 'jamb' spray around the ashtray & glovebox, so when those are opened, it's finished. Also going to brush-paint the firewall behind it, so I can permanently bolt the dash structure back in. Down the road the dash tops and a few other like pieces will get professionally painted. Interior is going to black. Paint tomm.

EDIT :: prepped , primed & sprayed 1st coat this morning. Unfortunately, I noticed soon after that it was speckled with pollen. Have to wait 48 hrs, then do a quick 600-grit light sand & spray a 2nd coat inside.

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EDIT 2 :: resprayed, looks good.
Worked on cleaning the ashtray & it's slide, did some more sound deadening, (searched for my radio/ashtray bracket to no avail), brush painted the upper inside firewall. Had to trim the corners of a fiberglass glovebox from my parts car- for some reason it would not seat all the way in the dash opening. Weird, but it fits now.

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Bolted the dash substructure in "permanently" tonight. Feels good. (8) 1/2-in bolts, plus (3) diagonal braces (for effectively 3 more bolts). Made thin rubber gaskets between the substructure and the body shell- hopefully no squeaks, ever. Feels very good.

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Cleaned/painted the bare steel axle ends, re-sprayed one rear drum exterior, put NeverSieze on axle ends and centers of rims, then put the drums & rims back on.
As a point of reference : 315/60-15s. Not fun getting these on / off the car. Oh well, the price for speed! 

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C7 Z06 wears 335s in the rear, does 1/4-mile in 10.9.
B-59 wears 315s in the rear, will do quarter mile in ????

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• Bolted rear suspension back up (lower shock mounts & Panhard Bar) and sat the car back on the floor (in the rear).
• cleaned / lubed the vent window regulators; bagged & put on the shelf.
• started poking around with the seat belt situation. Front lap belts were not required by federal statue until Jan of '66, tho GM began installing threaded bosses for front lap belts for the '62 model year. Obviously there's nothing on my car from the factory for belts. I have a pair of period (aftermarket) belts I already dyed black, but some of the mounting hardware seems to be MIA. I hate the modern 'tight weave' nylon look in a car this old, but without those MIA brackets, I can't even install these 2 pair. Researching options.

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• Shelved the seat belts for now. Some of the pics of vintage, aftermarket belts look fairly hideous. These weren't installed cleanly, and the seat may be moved artificially up, but still; not having this slop :

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Safe to say, it's no accident, those look positively smashing!

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On 6/12/2020 at 5:46 PM, balthazar said:

Cleaned/painted the bare steel axle ends, re-sprayed one rear drum exterior, put NeverSieze on axle ends and centers of rims, then put the drums & rims back on.
As a point of reference : 315/60-15s. Not fun getting these on / off the car. Oh well, the price for speed! 

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What kind of tire is that?  This look like a racing tire.

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So your project is for drag racing?  I thought it will be a street restomod

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It's for the street.
I would like to take it to the strip at least a couple times. There, I would use actual slicks.
The issue with running it on the strip is; it's going to be too quick to run without a roll bar, and I refuse to put one in. Some tracks kick you out after 1 run under 11.5, others might let you do a few. I would like to know for sure what it'll do, so I'll have to look into that scene for the best scenario to run a few times sans bar.
But for the street, pretty sure I'll need the contact patch these give me (315's).

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• Cleaned / degreased / edge-smoothed 1 front window regulator.
• went thru 5 shelves of B-59 parts; re-familiarized myself, segregated extra parts into storage.
• Pulled my 2 front & 1 original rear bumper out to evaluate. Rear is burnt toast. 1 front is a suitable core for rechroming. Have a line on a local rear bumper core.
• Bought rechromed front bumper guards off B-59 restorer I bought from before.

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Found wiper motor, tested; it works fine. Still a good idea to disassemble, clean, relube. Trying to get actuator arm off- has 'keyed' shaft & retained by nut, but not moving off shaft yet. Soaking.
It's a single-speed motor. Variable would be nice, but then again I doubt I'll be driving it in the rain. Have not researched to see if I can retro-fit a variable motor in this bracket/car- variables came out in the very late 60s. Perhaps a Cadillac unit...

EDIT : before & after pics of single-speed wiper motor. Opened, degreased, re-greased, stripped, painted, test-run again. On the shelf for later re-assembly. Wiper transmission linkage already rejuvenated.

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My car's original rear bumper on the right: bent, twisted & tweaked, beyond the obvious dent.
Got a nice straight core today (on the left); will save huge on the metalwork to try & fix the right one.

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37 minutes ago, balthazar said:

My car's original rear bumper on the right: bent, twisted & tweaked, beyond the obvious dent.
Got a nice straight core today (on the left); will save huge on the metalwork to try & fix the right one.

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Gonna re-chrome it?

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That's the plan, tho chrome work is very expensive.
There's a few products out there that 'replicate' chrome, but I haven't researched if they have any longevity to speak of. Highly unlikely.

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So spray painting them with Rustoleum chrome is out of the question?  

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Yes; yes it is.
Figure around 2 grand for the rear & front bumpers plus 2 'eyebrows' over the parking lamps. But I haven't priced anything yet- not ready. Also want to get the speedometer cluster and 2 lower dash panels chromed. There's also taillight & headlight bezels. I think the 2nd grille I picked up is good enough to use. Everything else is stainless.

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F I N A L L Y got the trunk spatter-painted. I bought the cans 2 years ago.
Not exactly how I wanted it to look- GM's application comes out smoother and quite a bit less 'peppery', but this isn't a restoration, and I can't think that I will actually use the trunk, so it should be good. Have an extra can left for touch-up, but I think it's 95% as of today, maybe 100%.

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Another reasons how this isn't a restoration- I believe GM didn't start to spatter trunks (and different Divisions started in different years), until '62-63. For sure, P-62s are spattered, but Buick didn't start until '65. Buick in '59 shows zero metal in the trunk in factory form; between mats & cardboards, it's all covered. I don't have any of that stuff, and even if it were available repro (I think it is), my trunk's contours are different than stock.

Future decision- to get a period trunk mat or not. I want to... down in that lower well at least. I love the period Herringbone in aqua- both my Pontiacs had/have that :

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Used up spatter can #4 in the trunk, came out pretty good. However, should have used a black undercoat- the self-etching primer was a grey-green color, and such changed the final color.
Then went ahead and dumped 2 cans of matte clear overtop, recommended as the spatter paint is partially water-soluble. That ended up a bit more mottled, but F it; I'm done. Still plan on a mat for the center section.

Still have to get back on the header, but there's a few other minor sidebar tasks I can spend some short time on, too.

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