1963 Dodge Dart for the Wife....

JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Here is the trick with the manual top springs. To take them out put the top down to stretch the springs then put bolts in between the coils to hold it open. When you put the top back up the springs will just fall out... reverse this process to put them back in.... easy peasy. Making the patches for the front top rail hold downs. These are not visible so they don't need to be perfect but I am anal so they need to be almost perfect.... Simple tools and some careful shaping is all you need...

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Just work slow and shape and cut the patch as you weld it in. The other side is not as bad. Both patches took maybe 3 hours total...

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
To fix the front rail only the "U" was rusted so a 3/16" rod fit in there perfectly so I just clipped it in and welded the ragged edges to the rod. Mixed up some SPI epoxy (for the last time?!!!) and shot the parts and the visible screws that can be seen from inside with the top up..

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Dropped the last batch of parts to get chromed. I was going to buff out the rust pits but the rest of the car looks so nice it had to be done right. Plus it was the in your face stuff (convertible latches, visor supports and where the top latch clips). Went to the first car show since February with Kaelyn Saturday. Today I shot the last batch of parts.. I will still have a few small parts here and there but this gave me a feeling of being done.... Clear coated the aluminum parts that will really be seen in the engine compartment, shot the second color on the rear seat side covers and put some real product on Kurt's speaker housings that is much tougher than the OER vinyl paint (Yes SPI UC)... Still a lot of little things to continue with while I wait for the engine but the major projects are really done... Oh and forgot to take the convertible top weatherstrip moulding in to be buffed with the chrome parts.... dang....

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JimKueneman

Mopar Nut
Baca did not charge me to do the rear arm rests so I could not take them back and complain. He did not realize how the ashtrays seem to work or there is something missing. He assumed the hole in the plate was size of the ashtray but it is actually the size of the outside of the bezel. I think this was so it would sit low in the padding or something... Well I made some shims out of Luan and pealed the vinyl back and stretched it so the cuts where not visible.. a little adhesive and they are ready to go. Note that these "correct A-Body" ashtrays are not like the originals exactly... If it bothers me someday I will have the originals rechromed... I doubt it will bother me that much....

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