Any of the other V8 options are better than the 318 for the 67-69 car. The hardest part of door trim panel removal is figuring out how to remove the window cranks and door lock handle. First comes the trim Expect to spend at least a day doing this. Clean and tag everything taken off the engine and put in boxes out of the way. If your transmission uses a computer, you need to look into this as well. Step-2: Shell-Type Headliner Installation The foam residue will easily rub off under our fingers and will need to be entirely removed for the new headliner material to adhere to the backing shell. It could be that a previous owner was trying to get more power, or could've been the parts weren't working correctly.
Dynomax headers are gaining in popularity. . Someone needs to hold it up while you remove the bolts, otherwise it will slip and damage the body or one of its corners. The price of chrome plating is extremely varied depending on the condition and form of the parts as well as the number of parts that need to be chromed. Most major auto parts stores offer two-day rentals, but you must leave a deposit, usually with a credit card. Instead, we left the carpet section intact forward of the shifter assembly.
If interior trim pieces cover all edges of the headliner, you can trim the material flush with the edges of the shell. Step-23: Noise and Heat Barriers Lay a section of aluminum tape at the seams between sheets of Dynamat and over sliced air pockets and relief darts. A roll cage is a system of bars throughout the car that add support to the structure in the event of an accident. Have you drained out the oil, remaining coolant and transmission fluid? Find the nearest Cutlass you can, bring it back to life with Original Parts Group and Year One parts, drop in a 455 cubic-inch V8, and roast some rear tires. Then you spend the next year or two stripping it down to the frame, going over every nut and bolt, and making it even better than when it rolled out of the factory 50 years ago. Rust, therefore, is a critical structural flaw on these cars and must be repaired correctly. If you notice an area that may need some spot welding, either fix it yourself or take it to a mechanic to repair.
This is why spending time doing research is so important. Putting some heat on it—either from the sun or from a good, hot lamp—will speed up the process. Since you are restoring the car anyway, we strongly recommend removal of the window mechanism so that any repairs can be made before re-installing the glass. Consult your shop manual for the locations, or just look carefully. Use a longer stitch, as closely placed stitches can basically saw through the new material. Examine the shell for any minor tears, cracks, or gouges.
The very first project restored here won best of show at the '92 Mopar Nationals. If the exhaust has been updated, you may still want to consider restoring or modifying it, particularly for performance reasons. Customers may dread the hassle of pulling their car from an underperforming shop, but it may be the only solution, Case says. To remove the engine from the car, you'll need an engine hoist. Step-27: Headliner Installation Keeping the old headliner material on hand makes finding mounting pads for certain pieces of trim and accessories simple.
Floor mats will obviously take the brunt of the damage inflicted by foot traffic and are much easier to replace than an entire carpet. Now you are ready to go underneath to remove clutch hardware, exhaust pipes, speedometer cable, reverse switch connections, grounding strap, shifter assembly, driveshaft, etc. Take a close look at your vehicle and see if you can spot any problem areas. When evaluating the car, pay close attention to the frame, the engine and the interior of the car. The gray mat attached to the back side of the carpet is called jute padding. It is used to remove and install engines.
The old sail panel material should easily pull away from the backing boards, and all of it should be removed. Stitch Your Pieces Using an upholstery needle and heavy gauge upholstery thread, stitch your pieces together. Step-4: Noise and Heat Barriers The first step in removing the remaining jute was to use a stiff wire brush to break up the bulk of the padding. Finally, apply strips of aluminum tape over every seam and every slice, including the slices made to remove air pockets. Before you start, paint the entire car with black primer so that dents and other imperfections will show up better.
Begin the Overhaul Once you have the parts, you can begin overhauling the transmission. Then, we secured the corners in an X or multiplication-sign pattern. Take photos of the mechanism in the full-down and full-up positions before removal and study your shop manual for hardware location and steps for removal remember, you will be reversing this procedure during re-installation. We can then work with you to set up a budget plan that will be the first step in bringing your project back to life. Step-9: Shell-Type Headliner Installation Everywhere that we earlier identified some damage around the edges, we used simple tape to reinforce the structural integrity of the shell.
The carpet is basically held down by seat brackets, console if so equipped , sill plates, and interior panels, so removing those components should come first. Dental picks and hooks bent from coat hangars work quite well in removing spring clips, but always consult your shop manual for specific removal details. Larger holes—such as for the dome lamp—may require you to cut out sections of headliner material. If you plan to drive at high speeds or simply have a lot of horsepower in your car, a roll cage will be a vital addition for your safety. I have learned through the many years of working with John, that you can trust his work, decisions, and his knowledgeable employees. There are many restorations best left up to professionals, who's business it is to complete these for the best possible outcome.