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post #301 of 431 (permalink) Old 10-21-2017, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Wanted to take a minute and give a big shout out to the guys here at Space City Customs. I've mentioned them a few times over the span of time the Galaxie has been there but I can't say enough about the quality of work they do. Although I spent some time prepping for this restoration, it took me over 2 years to get the car in his shop. This is not a huge shop like you see on TV where they complete a car every other week with multiple employees. They spend the time necessary to do repairs right the first time and the paint jobs are simply outstanding. Former/current clients I spoke to and images of their cars he completed made the decision easy for me. It's also nice to be able to come in and work on it myself when they may have put it to the side for some bread and butter work. That was a plus to me as well. Have made some good friends along the way as well.

While the car is being buffed, glazed and waxed (which will take some time), I finally got the chance to see the chrome on these bumpers/etc.........

Both bumpers, the grille, headlight bezels and the wing window frames all came out like this. [email protected]#$/'nstanding work!
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Been working with my upholsterer the last couple weeks to iron out my interior while the paint finish is being completed.

Although I expected some finished product back sooner, I simply wanted to make sure I liked what I seen before pushing the green button.

Attached are some drawings of what the bucket seats and door panels will look like when finished. The seat drawing is a bit busy but will look better once completed. I'm using a Lt. Graphite Partner's leather/perforated leather on the seats and door panels. All half and french stitching will be with silver thread. Any leather joining stitches will be a matching grey. The seat/door panel inserts will have half french seams alongside solid leather strips. I included an image of a test stitch we did with scrap leather but both the leather/perforated leather will be matching Lt. Graphite and the half french stitching will be silver (which we was out of during the test).

Getting new carpet (gunmetel 80/20 loop) from stock interiors and new seat belts from Julianos. Both have great reviews and is great quality at a fair price IMO.
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Looks good, I like the color combo!!! I too got my carpet from stock interior, very good quality and a good price it fit good with lots of extra width to make sure it can get tucked away good. It was a toss up for seat belts for me between julianos and retro belt, I went with retro belt but my father in law has used julianos many times with not disappointments.
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Looks good, I like the color combo!!! I too got my carpet from stock interior, very good quality and a good price it fit good with lots of extra width to make sure it can get tucked away good. It was a toss up for seat belts for me between julianos and retro belt, I went with retro belt but my father in law has used julianos many times with not disappointments.
Thanks.

I should have waited until one of the seats were done to post an update.

The last info was a bit confusing. All of the leather will be the same color though. The design just incorporated perforated leather as well. The silver french/half stitches will match the color of my dash and the top of my console.
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Just received my stock interiors carpet so I took it with me to the shop to see how it will look.

At this point, paint and body is almost completed

It's time to get this thing back together. Been a long time coming.
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absolutely beautiful!
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absolutely beautiful!
Thanks cherokeechief7.

The vision I've had in my head for years is finally coming to light.

I'll be taking care of the majority of work from here on out. There's alot to do still and am working on it as often as I can.

The car will remain at the shop since there are a few things they still are going to finish. They will be working on the dash fabricating (fine tuning the fit), painting the steering column/wheel, brake and gas petals, emergency brake bracket & bucket seat lower shields and back covers. They are also going to prepare the new dash cover I made to be leather wrapped.

I've already started on inspecting all of the wiring, adding additional wiring for new accessories and re-tapping harnesses. Once that's completed, I'll install Rockville throughout the entire car in preparation for the carpet and interior.

I've completed the engine bay wiring by joining both original harnesses in the same run. Now routing the combined harnesses where the original lighting harness was on the drivers side fender, across the radiator support and ending at the battery. Since I'm not using the factory oil pressure/temperature sensors, I removed those wires and only had to leave the coil wire from the original firewall harness (now part of the lighting harness) out to use of course. I had to lengthen and run the solenoid wires from the original firewall harness and simply routed those two wires with the lighting harness before retaping. Worked out well.

Will also be rebuilding the fusebox soon by replacing the clips before reinstalling the dash harness. Will be adding an additional 4 circuit fusebox to run the new door(s) and trunk regulator relays, power for the 7" tablet addition (dash) and Vintage Air GenIV system.

Let the fun begin.
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I recently received the new fusebox clips and found time to install them. The only thing I didn't put back in the fusebox was the 2 accessory pins that originally fed off of the heater fuse since I'm installing a second fusebox. They were easy to replace and turned out well. Before and after below.

Yesterday, I also started on the Rockville sound deadener. Will continue over the weekend. I have enough to cover the floor, doors, roof and trunk. It will take me a bit.

I'm still waiting on my bucket seats to get completed so I can fit the B&M shifter, install my new armrest brackets (then rockville the panels) and start the framework of the new center console.

Speaking of those bucket seats.......they are 1967 Thunderbird seats with 1966 Chevelle foam cores added instead and custom leather upholstery........in a 1966 galaxie. Lol
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I recently received the new fusebox clips and found time to install them. The only thing I didn't put back in the fusebox was the 2 accessory pins that originally fed off of the heater fuse since I'm installing a second fusebox. They were easy to replace and turned out well. Before and after below.

Yesterday, I also started on the Rockville sound deadener. Will continue over the weekend. I have enough to cover the floor, doors, roof and trunk. It will take me a bit.

I'm still waiting on my bucket seats to get completed so I can fit the B&M shifter, install my new armrest brackets (then rockville the panels) and start the framework of the new center console.

Speaking of those bucket seats.......they are 1967 Thunderbird seats with 1966 Chevelle foam cores added instead and custom leather upholstery........in a 1966 galaxie. Lol
What kind of money are we talking on the sound deadener

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What kind of money are we talking on the sound deadener

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Coming along slowly but surely.

To break up the monotomy, I also started cleaning window hardware and started assembling the rear tail lights.

All of my front end parts along with my bumper brackets were painted recently so I'm finishing what I can do for right now on the deadener tomorrow so I can start installing all of those. It will all daisy chain from there.
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First and foremost, wanted to give my wife a shoutout for hanging with me the other day at the shop. Took a pic of her helping roll out the deadener.......... She was a big help.

Car was always a mess with the cheap cover I bought originally so I bought a better cover since I have no control what they'll be working on, where and with what doors opened.

I didn't get but a few hours in today. What time I did have seemed to go by pretty fast.

Was able to install the headlight assemblies and brackets. Also, mocked up the new Oracle SMD LED halo headlights on the drivers side with little fabrication needed. These are white SMD LED halo's that will have Vision X Lighting H4 bulbs installed. I seen these installed in a Chevelle being finished at the shop while my car was in progress. Liked the look so I decided to try them in my ride.

Installed all of the radiator deflector shields but had to drill out the holes for the side deflectors. Obviously they weren't originally installed in this rad support.

Put in my new 7 blade fan and clutch, radiator mounts, radiator and the fan shroud. Bought a 3 core radiator from US Radiator that is more efficient but is identical in appearance as the original. The original block was flushed, high flow water pump installed, all radiator deflector shields and new radiator with the original shroud. I should be good to go on cooling.

Finished up the taillights and blasted and painted the hardware for the hood latch assembly and horns before leaving.
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Got back to the shop today after feeling like @#$/ the last few days.

Weathers been in the 70's and then the 40's, back & forth. Was just a matter of time before it caught up with me. Seems everyone is getting sick.

Got in and started installing the trunk and door seals. Found it much easier to pop the clips in the holes around the doors and then reach inside and pull them up tight on the door with a pair of needle nose. Trying to push them in completely with my thumb just wasn't happening. The trunk seal went in with no issues. Says a lot since the guys here at SCC replaced the entire seal track (images in a past post) due to rust.

Installed the other two Oracle headlights on the passenger side and then decided to hand tighten the hood latch on the front end. Assembled my grille along with the new turn signal housings/lenses and installed it as well just to see how she would look. My Vintage Air system is on the way and I still have to do that install before bolting them all down for good. Just a little eager to see I guess.

Before leaving, I put the new float and filter on my fuel sender and installed it in the new tank. Plan to install it tomorrow when I get in, hookup my fuel line and wire it up.

One thing I couldn't find today was my bag of J nuts for the front bumper brackets/frame. I'm missing 5 total. If there's any parts NOT to misplace or lose, it's those, since they are hard to come by. I found the 2 J nuts and other hardware for the rear bumper brackets but couldn't find but one for my fronts. If you happen to have any extras or know of someone that does, I could sure use the help. Will have to fab up my own if I I can't find some but would rather use the originals. All of them are just over 2" in length. 4 of the six have a 1" square nut and the other two nuts are skinnier in width to fit in the smaller mounting holes. Added a pic of the only 1 I found. It is the 1 with the 1" nut. Hopefully someone has some they don't mind coming off of.........thnx.
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