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Fabrice's 429CJ 71 project
Hey Fabrice i havent been around for 2 weekends and i come back and you done lots and lots of fantastic work. Glad the weather held out for you. Now you can fit all your parts back on the car and finally get some valuable space in the workshop so you can fill it up again with more parts

Steve
1971 Grandé
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(05-12-2019, 05:16 PM)NOT A T5 Wrote: Awesome work Fabrice, I vote chef of the decade  Tongue
Lol, takes a few soups and baking soda to get there! Smile

(05-13-2019, 04:11 AM)Pegleg Wrote: Now you can fit all your parts back on the car and finally get some valuable space in the workshop so you can fill it up again with more parts
Thx Steve, I wish but not quite yet, the engine bay itself and suspension side needs be done first and the bumper hardware as well before I can think of unloading the garage. But now that nicer weather arrives, I can put things outside while busy, so I should be fine for a couple of months. Big garage owners have no idea how lucky they are!

(05-12-2019, 03:22 PM)Don C Wrote: Regarding the dipstick tube, it should just pull straight up out of the hole, nothing holds it in. There is an o-ring on the end of the tube that may be stuck to the transmission. Everything you have done looks great, you're an inspiration.
That's what I thought but as 429 parts are like gold, I wanted be sure. Thanks for the info Don. Will make some cork plug so no crap lands in there while busy...
As about inspire. I hope my updates are showing its not complex, its just my attempt to durably save these ancient parts without using spray-on miracle products. Hope the raw old fashion "hands dirty" approach will help others to do similar vs tos and replace these mostly well made parts.

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Started late today and with a deja vu ...

Thx to Tom aka @vintageman, I've received his 73 used grille to replace mine at some point that was damaged by fire (salvaged in junkyard many years ago). I've heated it back in shape back then, but is still bits warped. You can't see it, but I just know it. So getting one in one piece was attractive, not to mention, some light OMS goodies could enjoy a free ride too.

The ride was rough tho. Not only dutch post kept the package at customs 7 days extra for nothing, the careful people at USPS or dutch post or both did not really handle the package well, and as a result, it was missing a piece (found it back in protection) and was broken in 2 other places. Despite the really rich protection inside the package. It was simply thrown too hard a few times.

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So here we go again: Grille surgery take two! Smile
After a good cleaning and degreasing on the broken places, I've used the 71 donor grille to provide a good piece of plastic and soldered all back. I must say 73 repop plastic smokes a lot more than OEM 71! Smile
I still have to prime/paint it but wanted do that first. I should not have to solder any grilles any time soon now I hope. Smile

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In between, was busy with the engine mounts. After cooking for a week, one of them went thru few bubbles and after a soapy wool massage, one was ready. It will receive an epoxy layer may be tomorrow if the other one is done too.

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In between took care of the hardware, and while 2 pairs were replaced by crappy aftermarket bolts from a kit. At least 6 pairs are saved and will hold the 429 in place for another 50 years or more. They'll also receive soon epoxy and will be greased.

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While stuffs were under bubbles, started put back together some of the parts painted last week.
SS Spring back in and white grease on all moving parts: I can mark the hood latch as done.

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Great work again
Your vehicle when done is going to last longer than FoMoCo would ever have dreamed it would
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Great great work Fabrice. Nice to see things being re-assembled. How did the new spring fit in the hood latch?

Steve
1971 Grandé
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(05-19-2019, 05:45 AM)OzCoupe72 Wrote: Great work again. Your vehicle when done is going to last longer than FoMoCo would ever have dreamed it would
Thx, I'm in no rush with this car, it's more work than just paint and it takes more time, but I kinda enjoy giving these old parts a second life that should be even longer than their first.

(05-19-2019, 08:11 AM)Pegleg Wrote: Great great work Fabrice. Nice to see things being re-assembled. How did the new spring fit in the hood latch?
Thx Steve, yes feels like you actually make progress for a change! The spring does fine, I have a few spares and one a bit more strong that I could use may that one be too soft in practice. So far tested, all works fine.


Weather was super nice, I was productive as a bee today! Smile

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In between activities, finished the second motormount.

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Then reassembled the 71 grille. Hard to imagine now that this baby was a broken mess a few weekends back. Very happy with the results.
Grille: done!

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As it will not be set back on the car soon, as I want maximum space for the engine lift
i've packed it. Meanwhile I had the 73 grille in primer to see the remanining defects of yesterday's surgery.

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As this plastic is same as the 71 and doesn't allow fine sanding very well, added some corrective bondo, wet sanded and reprimed it. Moments later after quick water sanding, it received its semigloss black on the back and will get the front layer next week.

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Also learned something today: Always thought the ponies on the grille were of the same size. They're not. The 71's is bigger.

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Then after searching ages for that little little "S" lock that I knew I've bagged after I've plated it, I've reassembled the wipers arms assembly. Greased every restored star screws and pivots so all move like butter. Wipers arms assembly: done!

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Then it was time for reassembling the headlights brackets.
Dang. That was some work to get there!!
They have marks of ancient corrosion here and there but very proud I could save them down to each j-bolts. Headlights brackets: done!

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And finished the braces and grille brackets too. Tho, semi finished, as I was out of semigloss coat. grrr.
They'll receive a final layer as soon as I don't forget to order a liter like last week.

To be continued...

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Its amazing how much preogress can be made in such a short time. Re-assembly is the best feeling

Steve
1971 Grandé
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(Yesterday, 05:25 AM)Pegleg Wrote: Its amazing how much preogress can be made in such a short time.

Yeah man, when its weekend its time for real work! Smile

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