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Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 16th, 2017 12:44 am
by vito
Well the good news is that the car is sitting on all four again. And at only 29-3/8 inch ride height.

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Bad news is that the master cylinder isn't pumping. I ran a vacuum on the calipers to get a fluid flow, then tried to pump the brake pedal, nada, nope and WTF. :mad:

Well chit another thing to rebuild :willy: Talk about chasing your tail

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 17th, 2017 9:39 pm
by ktruff46
Vito,
Is there a Vette in that picture? It was hard to tell with your calendar in the background. Lol!

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 21st, 2017 5:17 pm
by vito
ktruff46 wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 9:39 pm
Vito,
Is there a Vette in that picture? It was hard to tell with your calendar in the background. Lol!
Thanks Ken for reminding me to change the page :D

Good news is the all the rear bumper brackets lined up really well. I will put the rear bumpers on today and everything from the door gap back will be done. Next reassembling the front and wiper door and the body will be done. :Hurray:

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 22nd, 2017 7:08 pm
by vito
Going back together pretty quickly. Starting to look like a car again.

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Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 25th, 2017 5:36 pm
by vito
Before I put the bumpers on this time, I cut some rubber tire tubes. At least I will have something to protect the paint. Lesson learned from last time.

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I haven't seen these in a while. And to my surprise the new part didn't require any modifications :Hurray:

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Finally figured out why the door gap was larger then it was originally. Notice that the old piece is shorter than the new one. The passenger side was actually 7 mm longer and that was one the bottom side. Forgot to take a picture before I cut it. I have Bob to thank for making me think of this. :cheers:

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Door gap at the paint shop.

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Here is the door gap after I cut the trim.

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Also replaced the #4 body mount nuts with these.

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Okay Bob, any recommendations on how to fix this. The old plastic is really brittle.

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Time for the soft top to go back in. And the back will be done :thumbs:

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 26th, 2017 11:26 am
by MaineVette
ktruff46 wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 9:39 pm
Vito,
Is there a Vette in that picture? It was hard to tell with your calendar in the background. Lol!
:ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL:

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 26th, 2017 11:32 am
by MaineVette
Looking good, Vito. Did you ever get your master cylinder straightened out? I've heard you need to bench bleed your master cylinder if you completely drain the system. Maybe it's air bound?

I like the door gaps - they came out really good - but I'm not following how those pieces you trimmed were affecting the door gap size. What am I missing?

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 28th, 2017 5:06 am
by vito
Need some help. The below is the side trim under the door. Does anyone have a picture of what # 6 (originals) look like?

I am missing all of them.
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Many thanks

vito

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Feb 28th, 2017 11:43 pm
by Brookster
It should be part number 445109 for 1969-1973 vet / illustration #10 in the GM Tech assembly manual, It uses a number 8 screw and can still be purchased, pack of 10 is 3159441!
Try this: https://www.zoro.com/value-brand-spring ... oCfLfw_wcB

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Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Mar 1st, 2017 12:39 pm
by rbryce1
vito wrote:
Feb 25th, 2017 5:36 pm
Okay Bob, any recommendations on how to fix this. The old plastic is really brittle.

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Vito, I will look into this for you. Those consoles are not cheap puppies, especially if that is all that is wrong with yours.

I have an old console to play with that is also broken, but the console body was made of cheap plastic and gets really brittle.

Gluing the old parts back on is probably not a good plan, as the entire plastic shell is probably that brittle as well. I will see if there is a way to repair what is there with fiberglass and glue the fiberglass to the plastic so it will work and hopefully be a lot stronger and not interfere with the fiber optics. Give me a day or three to get back with you.