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BattlestarOne
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From: Gettysburg PA USA
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posted 01-24-2005 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BattlestarOne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Continuing....

2 Door Hardtop

Cut Here

Cut Some More

This Goes Here

Fit Top Frame and Windshield Frame

Almost a Convertible....

TO BE CONTINUED

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63 Galaxie 557" [email protected]
66 Fairlane 472"[email protected]
60 Edsel 396" not real quick

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73trials
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posted 01-24-2005 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm loving this.
Makes me wanna take on another project.

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Erwin
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steve'66
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posted 01-24-2005 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greg,

Tell us more. Did your customer always want a 'vert? Very nice work too.

SteveW

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TomP
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posted 01-25-2005 04:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know they DID make Galaxie convertibles... and they aren't usually that expensive.

But like the dude i work for says about customers who spend quadruple a cars value on restoration work, "I'm a body man, not an investment counsellor" LOL

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BattlestarOne
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posted 01-25-2005 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BattlestarOne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The guy just HAD to have a 67 XL Convertible. I didn't ask why, but considering his age I would just take a guess that it might have had something to do with, er, uh, S-E-X in the back seat of one many years ago???

Seems like that is a big factor when it comes to the "nostalgia" trip.

Anyway, I put this guy off for over 4 years. I told him to find a good car and buy it. He said he just couldn't find one ANYWHERE........okay, whatever.....

I even found him a real nice turnkey 68 XL Convertible. White with Red gut, 390, loaded. Nope, had to be a 67....

So I finally gave up and we did it his way. If you got the money, I got the time....

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63 Galaxie 557" [email protected]
66 Fairlane 472"[email protected]
60 Edsel 396" not real quick

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-25-2005 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool.

How long does a job like this normally take you?

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

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BattlestarOne
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posted 01-25-2005 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BattlestarOne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I started that job in October 2002 and it was finished by spring 2003.

I had done some convertible conversions on some mid 50s Buicks and a 57 Pontiac Star Chief previously. That's how this guy latched onto me.

The original deal was that I would do the convertible conversion. Just the cut and weld part and make it a working ragtop.

He would grind the welds and take it to a body shop for the finish work.........long story short, I ended up doing most of the project. He did the engine/trans rebuild and a lot of the chassis work. I did the body/paint and final assembly.

I've done several full boogie body off restos that were AACA National quality. If a guy's checkbook can stand it I can do a high quality full resto in a year. The Chrysler Town and Country Woodie Convertible that showed up on the "Idiots" post took about 1800 man hours.

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63 Galaxie 557" [email protected]
66 Fairlane 472"[email protected]
60 Edsel 396" not real quick

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-25-2005 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's really quick considering what you did. My friend did a ragtop conversion on his '88 IROC, it's a ton of work.

I imagine you're booked for quite a while, huh?

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

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BattlestarOne
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posted 01-25-2005 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BattlestarOne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, usually about 2 years take or give....

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-26-2005 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually you are real quick. Heck, the guy I want to paint my Mach has had the same primed '55 chubby on a rotisserie since last summer.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

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Thud
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posted 01-26-2005 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Actually you are real quick. Heck, the guy I want to paint my Mach has had the same primed '55 chubby on a rotisserie since last summer.


Tell me about it! The guy who painted my Mach has had my friend's '72 Mach ready to paint for months now. No bright-blue paint has even been bought.

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