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Old 04-03-2021, 12:08 PM
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As we wait our turn for the body work and paint to happen at Scott Tiemanns, I took the opportunity to 'refurbish' the replacement dash. The original that we removed last fall was severely cracked like a dry lake bed and the new one, while much better, has a few cracks and small shattered depressions that I used a little vinyl repair goop on them and then gave the pad a couple coats to Rustoleum Vinyl Paint that is supposed to be flexible...we'll find out this summer if that is true. This wasn't meant to be a 'restoration' to 'like-new', but just a way to make the pad look more presentable. The pad was decent, but very faded and looked more medium gray than black. Now, I admit that the flat black doesn't quite look right, but it's better than it was, and the crack repair isn't the greatest work on my part, but I hope it stabilized the cracks from spreading further (probably won't).

I'm going to paint the upper core support next week since it is too rough looking compared to the rest of the engine compartment. I'm going to try to save the original 455HO emission sticker, but ordering a repop just incase I ruin in the process.

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Old 04-03-2021, 04:35 PM
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Maybe not a concourse winner but the new refurbished dash is a huge improvement.

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Old 05-03-2021, 12:41 PM
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It's been exactly a month since my last update and, sadly, there is nothing new to report. We had to let another car take the place of the GT-37 and Dan's '68 428HO Catalina in order to get done for the GTOAA Nationals. So, mid July we're back in the shop, but I'm letting the Cat go first since it will be unveiled at this years MCACN show in November. That means the GT-37 will probably be in the shop for paint in late August...bummer.

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Old 05-07-2021, 05:26 PM
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I did get a chance to go work on the GT-37 today, so the top of the radiator support got a much needed 'scuff & shoot' with some semi-gloss black paint...a little too glossy IMHO, but it looks reasonably better. I also painted the nose support brackets in front of the radiator along with the horns, hood latch bracket & pull lever, which were all in light gray primer. Lastly cleaned up the original hood latch and left the old plating patina. The original emissions/tune-up decal was so brittle I couldn't save it, so I installed the repop which isn't quite the same quality (blurry text/out of focus looking?) smaller font lettering and the graphics are sub-par, but, it went on anyway.

We are trying to get the heater blower motor/fan to work, but haven't been successful yet. We both are not electrical guys and not sure where to start looking and testing (I did check the fuse and it was good). We also replaced the fan switch on the dash controls, the resistor block on the suitcase (former A/C car with AC Delete kit installed), the hi-blower relay, and blower motor. We didn't check the in-line 30 amp fuse in the harness near the alternator (just thought about that). If you have any ideas, we're all ears...

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Old 05-07-2021, 05:49 PM
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Original 'PM' emissions decal vs. repop...wrong font sizes, no Pontiac Crest, and generally not as crisp in the details...

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Dan, did you run a separate wire from the blower case(metal) to the firewall for a ground? The fiberglass housing stumped me once before...

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iceman411, That is a great thought - thanks! The AC Delete case is fiberglass and I can't recall if there was a separate ground back to the firewall...wait, I do recall there is one and we did screw it to the firewall. We're going to have to check for continuity at all the connections to see if we find the open circuit. I just hope it isn't in the wiring harness.

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