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Old 03-11-10, 09:09PM   #1
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1963 Catalina home now. Finally. Spent the afternoon cleaning up the interior but it is pretty much shot. Can probably use the door side panels for patterns but that's about it. All the rubber weatherstripping etc is hard as a rock. It all has to be replaced. Got a better look at the trunk floor and it is soft in at least one spot. Will get it stripped out tomorrow. Interior floor looks good so far. Lots more stripping out to do there yet though. Should see it better tomorrow and I'll get some pics. But the body is rock solid. One thing is for sure. This thing and me gotsta go on a diet!!!! HEH!!! Well the car anywho, heh! Mark L
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Old 03-11-10, 09:19PM   #2
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My only question is: Will this be a SWISS CHEESE type DIET?
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Old 03-12-10, 01:27AM   #3
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VFN has lots of fiberglass stuff for 63's but not 60's....
You're ahead of the game..
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Well I heard that swiss cheese if fattening, but for a diet chedder is better. Heh, ohhhh you mean the car????
I'm debating taking the frame off for a full resto on the frame. I have the time and I still am debating back halfing. I've been trying to look at all pics of the way they holed the frames. If I backhalf it I may run 2X3 metal tubing starting behind the front kickup, it takes a 90 degree out turn to the perimeter frame rails, and run those striaght back and over the rear for the backhalfing. I would/could then cut holes in the original framing to compensate for the added weight and those inner rails would support a lot of the weight. Then I would not run the risk of weakening the original frame. We'll see how far I go. First I have stripping of the interior to do and a major clean up afterwards. I looked at the odometer and it reads 43,XXX miles. Could be original??? Mark L
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Troy. Been looking at fiberglass for it. Hood, fenders, trunk, and bumpers. But the bumpers are in such great shape I hate to loose them. But they weigh a ton. We'll see what funds are left after the major purchases. And your old aluminum KREs will help big time as well. Mark L
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Troy. Been looking at fiberglass for it. Hood, fenders, trunk, and bumpers. But the bumpers are in such great shape I hate to loose them. But they weigh a ton. We'll see what funds are left after the major purchases. And your old aluminum KREs will help big time as well. Mark L
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Old 03-12-10, 10:55AM   #7
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Old 03-12-10, 11:19AM   #8
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I likes da way ya tinks dere Doc. I'm actually thinking twins this time. Been talking to Jeff about a set. Will know better as time and parts start coming together. MArk L
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Got it home yesterday. Spent yesterday and today tearing out all the carpet, seats, trunk floor covering etc and a lot of crap!!!! Scraped down all the metal surfaces and took the pics. The interior floors are perfect, still have to get underneath but so far they look just dusty dirty. Here's some pics.
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See if you can see only the '63 pics.

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Old 03-12-10, 07:30PM   #10
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Nice solid car. Beats the heck out of the rust buckets back here huh. Look forward to seeing what you do to it.
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Old 03-12-10, 08:31PM   #11
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Hey Brad, not doin' so bad yourself. Your tempest is lookin' good too. This is why I didn't mind moving down here. I knew I'd find something like this. Just seemed like everything had been bought and moved. I have to tackle the engine room next. The thing is---I can't get the boody hood off of that thing myself. I'd be popping the titanium out of my back on the first grunt. Normally I'd recruit Janet to help but she has a broken ankle now so I'm on my own. I had a guy here looking at some parts I'm selling and I thought of asking him to help but he wanted $700 worth of parts for $300 bucks. I didn't ask him to help as I was showing him the door. I'll figure something out. Mark L
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use some tie down straps ro something and an A frame
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Old 03-13-10, 05:34PM   #13
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When I had my back surgery I built a pulley and tackle set up to get my TA hood back on. It had been off before the touble. It worked great except when putting it back on one side slid as I was bolting the other side on and the corner of the hood just touched the windshield. CRACKKK!!!!! Had to replace it down here. Damn. Mark L
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awesome car bud!!!....love it!...1 of my favorites.
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Old 03-16-10, 04:19PM   #15
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My son came over and we lifted it off. Found ou tit is an open rearend, and must be a very low (numerically) gear. I tried the turning of the flange and count th ewheel turns. Kept getting 1.5 revs. Can't be so it must be a 2.65 or ?. Oh well. Can't have everything. Mark L
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