I wanted to show you this motor mount. It is an original "New Old stock" motor mount insulator. It has a D1ZZ part number. The original motor insulator is actually a C8ZZ part. You can see this insulator has a yellow id mark on it. The original insulators have a red mark on them.
This is the clutch pedal removed from the car. You can see it is a FORD service part by the parts label. Most production parts do not carry these labels.
This is an original exhaust clamp. You don't see those too often. It is a 2 inch saddle type clamp. Recently, some nice reproductions became available.
Original AUTOLITE oil caps were always a concern. Finding a new old stock (NOS) cap is very hard. If you do find a cap, you could expect to pay a handsome sum. The other option was buying a rechromed cap. I never liked the look of the rechromed caps, because they looked, well...like rechromed caps. This cap is actually a new reproduction. The fitting has been replated. These caps are very nice and sell for around $35. It is unrealistic to think you will find all original parts, so finding good quality reproductions is important.
Sometimes a good cleaning is all that is in order. These belts were disassembled. The buckles were throughly cleaned and the covers were repainted. I washed the belts in the washing machine. It is best to do this operation when your wife has gone shopping.
Even though the interior of the car had seen better days. A good cleaning and a light coat of vinyl dye can make original parts look like new.
The process of restoring the body shell can be long and full of pit stops along the way. It may seem like a never ending flow of money, but the end result should make it worth it.
The floors look better than ever and a clean up is in order. This car will certainly be getting a lot of attention in the future.
I think you will agree # 1628 has turned the corner and is ready to be among the most elite cars in the country. The original body shell has been massaged and now sports a fresh new coat of white. I think it looks great !
I think the one thing that can really set a car apart from the others is a correctly painted floorpan. Sure, most people will never take the time to appreciate the hours of labor needed to do it correctly. Here is the bottom. Notice how the white has drifted in towards the center of the car ?
Once there are a few shiny pieces of chrome and some blue stripes on this car it will really pop. I think the most important things are doing your research and doing it to the best of your ability.
Remember that C8AF carburetor ? Well, it is ready to be reunited with the aluminum intake in the near future. The square identification tag is the original. I always keep them in a safe place when having the carb rebuilt.
1628 is finally ready to get some parts! This is an exciting time. This is the original build tag. You can see the factory had turned the tag when it was painted and then returned the tag later. Not all cars are like this, but I recreated the detail.
The fuel tank is onboard. I like to put the trunk mat in place so it starts to conform to the proper shape. The jack assembly is also completed. It also makes a great place to store a few parts. :-)
Inside the car, I have set the carpet. The interior panel brackets have all been cleaned and returned to their proper locations. The headliner and rollbar have also returned to their original locations.
These large interior panels had to be cleaned and repainted. I use glass beads and a very light touch. If you have a small hole it can be repaired. The larger holes (like speaker holes) mean the part is junk.
Rebuilding a vent glass frame is a project in itself. I like to rechrome the originals and clean all the hardware.
You need to assemble the overlapping interior panels in the correct order. This bottom corner panel is the starting point.
I use the reproduction vent box for all the new parts needed here. I change out the hardware and reuse the original fiberglass plenum.
Here is that big panel installed in the car. The folding seat assembly is next on the mini-list.
The powerplant and transmission are back where they belong. The fuel line is unique to this carb.
I found this dated anti backfire canister on eBay. It is dated one month before the build of the car.
You may have noticed the AUTOLITE carb. There is also a small vacuum valve on the pcv hose.