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Old 08-26-2018, 10:14 PM
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Colorado Customs wheels. Those are the exact same wheels we’ll be getting for the ‘49 Mercury 4 door to 2 door conversion project! Though we obviously plan to do a custom Merc emblem or logo on the centercaps when the time comes.

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Ughh!!! 90 degrees and 93% humidity. This is why I have to cover bare metal with epoxy primer as soon as possible.
I wasn't about to do any welding today. I did a little light work. I made the plates for the wheel center caps instead. I used some black 1/4" thick plexiglass to make the background and used CTS crest and wreath grill emblems.
I chose these wheels because they were loosely patterned after the 61 and 62 Cadillac hub caps. I like em.

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Old 08-29-2018, 02:06 PM
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It's still way too hot to get into any heavy work. It is supposed to start cooling down tomorrow so in the mean time, I've been taking care of some minor stuff that doesn't require much effort. I installed the CTS door check arms to the lower door hinges and they work well. Then I got the door latches and strikers mounted. These door latches are operated electronically. There is a button on the outside of the car to get in, and one on the inside to get out. There are also cables that come from each latch so you can get in and out of the car if the power fails from an accident or the battery dies and you can't get in or out.
I also installed the fire wall insulator pad and the accelerator and brake pedals. (All from the CTS)

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Old 08-31-2018, 09:19 PM
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First test fit of the dash. Almost there. It needs to go down about one inch and forward about two inches. I need to do a little trimming around where it meets the corners of the windshield.
I removed the welded on side brackets from the CTS hinge pillars and need to weld them to the 49. When I get the dash in place, I'll tack them in, remove the dash and finish welding them in.

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Old 09-01-2018, 06:06 AM
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I think the rounded hood over the instrument binnacle suits it too.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:48 PM
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Still one of my favorite builds.
Your vision on this project has been amazing.
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Old 09-03-2018, 09:34 PM
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I started installing the air ride system this weekend. I know this looks like I'm jumping all over the place, but there is good thought behind the madness. I need to get the heavy fabricating out of the way. All that's left is to make the roof frame and skin it. I didn't do that earlier because it would have been in my way whether it was on the 49 or off. The problem is, I can't even get to my machines with all the parts and boxes all over. I need to clear some space to work in so I'm putting as much into the car as I can without having to remove it later in the process.
I'm using a 7 gallon air tank and two Air Maxxx 580 compressors. I have them mounted in the trunk above the rear suspension. There is a drain petcock on the bottom right side for bleeding condensation from the tank. I bored an oversized hole in the floor there so the compressors can draw fresh air for cooling. You can't completely enclose these, you'll overheat them.

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These are the air management solenoids. Each one is identical to the others. What they do depends on how you plumb them. The first solenoid takes an air line from the tank. When it's activated, it allows air to go straight through the T fitting to the air bag lifting the car. When you let off the button, the air is trapped in the bag. The second solenoid is attached to the T also and when activated, it allows the air that's trapped in the bag to dump through a line going out the bottom of the car to open air.
I put the tank and compressors in the trunk to eliminate noise in the interior. The solenoids will be mounted in what was the back seat area along with the battery and some other electronics.

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Old 09-09-2018, 08:55 PM
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I mounted the air suspension solenoids next. The pairs are mounted on small brackets then bolted to the rear bulkhead. Two of the output tubes go to the rear bags and two to the front. They are plumbed individually and will be wired individually. You shouldn't use one line, then a T to service two bags. If you do it that way, when you turn a corner, the air can travel from one bag on the outer side of the turn as the load increases to the other bag on the inner side of the turn as the load decreases. Run a separate line to each corner
I also seam sealed and primed the bottom of the floors and started making a bracket to mount the drive shaft center bearing. Busy, busy.

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Old 09-09-2018, 09:14 PM
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Pretty hard to wrap my head around all you're doing, Jack. This project is always very impressive and informative.

As always, Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:15 PM
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I continued fitting the interior components. I need to locate where the seats, seat belt retractors, and upper loop will mount and get bungs welded in for them. The console, shifter and the dash pretty much bolted right in.

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Old 09-14-2018, 05:25 AM
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That's terrific.


How is the fit where the dash meets the windshield?
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