66 Longroof project

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  1. RMay

    RMay Well-Known Member

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    Well I figured out my slider window and have one side done. Time to turn the car around and start on the other side. I was able to make my slider track permanent and design the length so I can easily install the glass. It will have stops on the track and I am almost certain I can use Tri-5 Nomad window hardware.
    Big thanks to Whiskey Runner who hooked me up with the extra factory stainless trim I needed for my slider window. This helps me keep some of that "it looks factory" design style that seems to be popular with me.
    I cut the inside panels from my rear doors and trimmed them down to fit between my B-pillar and rear wheel well. This saved me from fabricating the curved upper interior panels that run the full length inside the car and it adds additional structural support.
    My fenders, doors and hood are all primed and ready to be fit. My friend cut the color in on these parts so It will not have to be disassembled when ready for paint. I selected a 2011 GM Gray to go nicely with my Red interior idea.
    Hopefully I can keep at this project a little more than I was able to do last year. It would be nice to have it on the road for next season.
     

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    Been busy with other projects and collecting more ideas while enjoying cruising with my other cars.
    Thinking about a possible two tone paint scheme for the 66 Wagon but did not have a good break point with the stock fade away Malibu body line. Bent up some metal and reshaped the line near the B-pillar which now gives me a defined line if I do decide to use a second color.
    With the side window opening modifications complete, I cut the original GM stainless trim to fit and now just need to get it polished.
    I also welded up the pad mounting holes and speaker opening on the dash. If I decide to use a dash pad I will go with the narrow 67 style.
    Fall Carlisle is coming up so I may be shopping for some of the red interior parts I need. Still looking for the best place for other Station Wagon interior parts.
     

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    ModelT1 Still Lost in the 50's

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    That looks factory original!:2_thumbs_up_-_anima
     
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    What a cool project. I look forward to seeing more.
     
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    Thanks, I get the same reaction about my 56 ElCamino conversion. Several people in Detroit asked me if it was an old Concept Car. It was my goal when I designed it and has also been a focus on the 66 Nomad Wagon conversion.
     

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    Can't believe another year has gone by. I am trying to focus less on other projects and a little more toward getting my 66 Nomad conversion closer to the finish line.
    Did a special order from Lutty's for the red interior parts I needed. My one of design makes the interior a little different but aims to still maintain some of the stock look. Added a Buick front bench with the fold down center arm rest.
    I welded in the speaker opening and the ash tray opening on the dash and decided to go with a painted dash with no dash pad. Got color on it tonight and it looks pretty good.
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    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Nice to see a little progress update on this one.
     
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    6/17. Still trying to get a few things done on my 66 Longroof project while I am more actively involved working on my 2010 Camaro Station Wagon conversion project.
    This week I was able to pick up my front seat for the 66 from getting recovered. I chose a newer Buick Skylark seat and had him fill in the headrest slots so that it will look more like the seats that were originally in a 66 Malibu. The other change is the fold down armrest which was only available in Buick and Olds models. The nice part is the newer Buick seat mounts in the same holes the Malibu seat used.
    My friend now has the original rear Station Wagon seat and rear cargo area covers that he will recover for me next. Maybe getting this work done will help motivate me to spend more time on the 66. It is cruising season now and I do spend a lot of time behind the wheels of my 37 Chevy Chopped Sedan and my 56 Chevy Custom ElCamino.

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    Nice seat selection RMay! Good to see you are making progress on both your projects. They are looking very nice! Good luck with both. Ever go to any events in the southern tiers? Could, maybe run into you? Happy cruising!....Longroofs Rule! Deane
     
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    Looks great!!!
     
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    This is where digital cameras suck. An analog one wouldn't have made your seats look pink.
     
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    Well since purchasing and starting my 66 Wagon conversion project 8 years ago, I took the next step to get this project back on track again. Having the car at home was nice but I found the work I did on it was minimal. There are always things to do around the house and with my other Customs sitting in the same garage, there was always the temptation to take one of them for a ride.
    Today I moved the 66 to our shared barn shop where I have access to a lift and some of the guys are usually around if I need a hand.
    On my schedule is upgrading the suspension with tubular A-arms and a power disc brake conversion. Cleaning up my welds under the car and cleaning up and finishing any of my body fabrications that will be easier to access using the lift. Cleaning up and painting the underside and chassis. With a little help I hope to also get the body work finished and ready for paint.

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    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Great to see you're back on this project RMay.
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    I've been waiting to see this, in this basically assembled condition. I think this will be a hit out of the park as the Nomaro is.
     
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