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1963 Etype FHC- Working on the Firewall Part 2

Here is an update regarding working on the firewall and dash area, prior to installing the engine frames. I completed installation of the two “dash” wiring harnesses, as far as I could go. All of my instruments are with West Valley Instrument being refurbished. This meant that the row of switches across the bottom of … Continue reading

1963 FHC- Installing the Wiper Mechanism aka The Ship in the Bottle Problem

In my previous article, I discussed general assembly work in the area of the firewall and dash, while access was good. One item that is always a challenge is the installation of the wiper mechanism. Although ultimately I will not install the wiper spindles through the cowl until after the painting is done, I wanted … Continue reading

1963 FHC – Working on the Firewall Part 1

In my most recent articles, I discussed painting the engine frames, picture frame, and bonnet frame. I also loosely assembled the bonnet. One might logically think the next step would be to assemble these items on the body shell. And certainly that would be one approach, especially if you had a deadline you were trying … Continue reading

63 Etype FHC – Some Assembly Required

Whom among us have not seen the words Some Assembly Required and felt maybe a little pang of doubt, asking can I do this, how long is it going to take, do I have the right tools, etc? Just the other day my daughter sent me a text. She had purchased a bunk bed. She … Continue reading

1963 FHC – Bonnet Assembly

I have finished painting all the interior surfaces of my bonnet. And all the exterior surfaces are shaped and, with a little final cleanup, are ready for basecoat/clear. So this is the point in the project where I assemble the bonnet in preparation for mounting it on the car. This post will be photo intensive … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – More Painting of Bonnet Parts

Yesterday I did more painting of bonnet parts, as the weather was relatively mild (for February) and I was able to get my paint booth up to its minimum painting temperature of 68 degF. I painted the engine frames, picture frame, bonnet support frame, back hatch, and hatch hinges. I had to do a repaint … Continue reading

1963 FHC – Subframe Bolting

I will (soon) be posting that I have painted my engine frames, picture frame, and bonnet support frame. Looking just a little bit down the road, it will be time to assemble these pieces to the car. Thinking about this, I realized that I needed to get my ducks in a row regarding subframe bolting. … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC: Painting The Bonnet Bottom Side

This week’s milestone activity, if you will, was painting the underside of the bonnet. Basically, the steps leading up to this point were media blasting the parts (last summer!), application of epoxy primer (also last summer!), following by a long period where bonnet fitment occured, followed by application of filler to correct minor issues, following … Continue reading

1963 FHC – Bonnet Wrinkles and Bumps

An interesting thing happened while I was block sanding my bonnet center section. I found a wrinkle and a bump. The wrinkle was next to the passenger side headlight opening. The bump was next to the driver side headlight opening but closer to the power bulge. Both were subtle but block sanding reveals this sort … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – More Bodywork

When I last posted, the big news was that I had recovered from my primer fiasco and was back to progress. Discussing progress with regard to paintwork is a little like a broken record. Apply primer. Sand. Inspect for blemishs. Repeat. The good news is that I am very close on the main body shell. … Continue reading

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