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Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Mar 13th, 2017 12:54 am
by vito
I got tired of laying on my back last week. Got the shifter installed. Flipping neck and back are sore as hell so time to move on to something else.

I found a 2 part epoxy with glass. Guy said it could work on plastic soooooooooo lets try

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Built up the bottom side then flipped it over and did the same.

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After I grinded it down. Need to paint it next

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Good fit too. The stuff really got hard quick, now it is solid.

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Note to dumb ass self, don't put an elbow in this area :ack:

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console plate cleaned up. Now the flipping ashtray door slides open

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Back permitting tomorrow should have the clutch done.

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Mar 18th, 2017 11:27 am
by MaineVette
vito wrote:
Mar 4th, 2017 4:09 pm
Brookster wrote:
Mar 3rd, 2017 4:27 pm
You know, if I didn't have to work for a living I could get this car done. I have had off about 6 days and have made some noticeable progress, my wife positively commented for once! :)
Time is the main factor. Da older ya get the busier you get.
Amen to that!

Looking good Vito, sorry you put your elbow through your console. :ack: But hey, it's only money, right? :ROFL:

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Mar 26th, 2017 2:04 pm
by vito
The last thing I need to do in the rear is install a back up light. Unfortunately I could only get a 4 W eagle eye.

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Since it is a bit smaller than the hole it is time for some creative thinking.

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Later today I will fill the small gap with liquid tape and install. And yes I did test the light to make sure it worked.

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Finally I can get off the floor for a while. Next week start cleaning up the steering assembly and reconnect the tie rod ends.

Anyone with some ideas on cleaning a sticky driving wheel?

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Mar 28th, 2017 5:33 pm
by vito
Haven't seen this look in a while

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Hopefully by the end of the day, everything from the seats back will be done. The front should go together pretty quick as everything has been fitted already.

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Apr 1st, 2017 5:54 pm
by vito
So back to new part mod :ack: The quality of the new parts now a day are really bad. The rear quarter trim pieces weren't even close. The screw holes weren't on center and wrong angles, trim was bigger in some areas and smaller in others. :crazy:


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So I cut the front piece off the old one and cut the rear part from the new one. Removed the vinyl from the front of the new and glued it all back together.

Not bad, it will have to work for now. Also this trim piece is painted not covered. I will have to keep an eye out for some good old ones in the future.

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At least the metal fits correctly now.

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Not bad 5 footer's :D

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Does anyone have a picture of how this piece looks installed? I have a feeling the another modification is on the horizon :bang:


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Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2017 9:30 pm
by MaineVette
I looked through my photos only to confirm what I thought - my car didn't come with those.

I did a quick google search too and didn't come up with anything there either. In fact, I couldn't find a single picture of a stock C3 with that part. Are you sure they were provided from the factory?

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2017 2:44 pm
by rbryce1
My '68 convertible doesn't have them, but I did find this on Keen Part's web page. They call it a Water Diverter. Could this be what they are showing?

http://keenparts.com/pages/Catalog3.php ... 19&year=C3

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2017 3:00 pm
by rbryce1

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Apr 4th, 2017 4:03 am
by vito
Thank you both for checking.

Interesting that they were removed in Feb 72 and my car is a Nov 4 - 71 production car. Can only think that GM knew it was coming, and when factory stock ran out that was it. I can see the benefit of it. You might not drive your car in the rain but you will wash it.

Re: 1972 BB Convertible in Atomic Orange Color

Posted: Apr 5th, 2017 6:37 pm
by vito
Well time has come for the un-fun part. A/C system laid out and parts check.

First problem "Warning: always mount circuit breaker in the engine compartment close to the battery" :ROFL: And this system was designed for a corvette :scrazy:

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While I am doing the install I am going to have the wifey make the duct. I did a mock up of the indoor unit air connection. Note that the actual diameter of the inside connection is 2-1/4" and the duct they provide is 2-1/2". So I am going to make mine 2-1/4" until I get to the ball defuser and make it wide enough for the connection.

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