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Old 03-31-2012, 04:50 AM
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On to the left side gasket. This door closes even easier than the right side!
The sill plates were installed the following weekend but unfortunately pictures are not available. The doors however close just as easily now with the sill plates installed as they did without the plates. So far, so good. All that's left is some minor adjustments to the door glass and the doors can be buttoned up.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:59 AM
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Of course, since the sill plates (kick panels) also retain the sill carpet, neither could be installed until the new sound deadening material was installed on the floor. After some research and some phone conversations, it was decided to go with RAAMaudio products. The installation was easy and straight forward. Once this was done, the sill plates and carpeting could be installed.
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More floor stuff.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:14 AM
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While all this assembly is going on, miles are being put on the car. It's covered some 700 miles so far. For the first 400-500 miles, the engine was restricted to about a third throttle and 4000-4500 rpm while the next 500 or so miles will see about 2/3 throttle and up to about 5500 rpm. This is an unusually fast break-in compared to my usually slower break-ins simply because the pistons and liners are not new; only the Hastings rings, bearings and rod bolts were renewed.

Now, if it ever stops raining, seat installation is next.
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I may have said it before in regard's to Papajam's car, but it's easy to take something apart, but difficult to put it back together properly, with emphasis on "properly". There are always secrets which go beyond what is the intuitive ways to do things, such as Jim's advice on installing the door seals. His car, as it comes together, looks New, rather than Restored, which I hope you will agree is the highest compliment. John
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:43 PM
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Jim,

I used that 3M tar strip under the trim previously in my GTV, but I'm thinking about using plumber's putty this time around. It should keep the water out but wouldn't be as sticky as that stuff. Do you see any downside?

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The end goal here is to prevent water intrusion between the channels and the body. I've used strip caulk since forever but I'd think any product that would accomplish the same task would be fine.
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Jim, what did you do to prep your cylinder liners to prep them for new rings? John
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:17 PM
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Absolutely nothing.

Although the P&Ls are some 30 years old, they have only 20-something thousand miles on them. With an easily visible crosshatch, no wear and no ridge, I didn't even take the liners out the block.

Of course, everything gets soaked with engine oil, including the rings, on engine buildup.
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Jim,

I used that 3M tar strip under the trim previously in my GTV, but I'm thinking about using plumber's putty this time around. It should keep the water out but wouldn't be as sticky as that stuff. Do you see any downside?
I don't think I'd try that stuff on a fresh paint job. The chemicals in the plumbers putty may reactivate the paint and cause you a lot of heartache. Go with something that is known to work with automotive paint.
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On to the left side gasket. This door closes even easier than the right side!
The sill plates were installed the following weekend but unfortunately pictures are not available. The doors however close just as easily now with the sill plates installed as they did without the plates. So far, so good. All that's left is some minor adjustments to the door glass and the doors can be buttoned up.
What is the small thing with 2 screws on the A pillar?

PS: I always thought that others were installing the door seals incorrectly when they said they were too long. Now we know, and I wonder as they have installed them stretched would this potentially make the rubber not as soft and thus their doors harder to close?
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:20 AM
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What is the small thing with 2 screws on the A pillar?
It is a plastic plate covering the antenna hole.
The instructions to the bodyshop (granted, this was eight years ago) was to fill in the hole. Unfortunately, the unfilled hole went unnoticed until half the car was assembled after painting. Not sure what, if anything, will be done about it.

Thoughts on the door gaskets a bit later; have to take a work break.
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Unfortunately, the unfilled hole went unnoticed until half the car was assembled after painting. Not sure what, if anything, will be done about it.
I am sure everyone within shouting distance of the shop heard your exclamation when you discovered it.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:48 PM
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Although the car is not yet finished, here's some before and after body pics of the 'refresh'.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:55 PM
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You done good Jim! And as far as the antenna hole goes....that should be an easy fix for the shop to do no? I'd have thought that they would offer to fix that for free seeing how it was their omission.
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