The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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Post by sidewinder » 02 Jul 2019, 23:26

After many years of collecting cars and parts life has finally reached the point that I can rekindle the car hobby in my life and start to resurrect these two rare 69 R code cars I have been storing for the past several years. Going to start on the Kenz and Leslie R code automatic car and perfect the process for the Eliminator in the near future. The K and L car was in pretty tough shape but with good structure when I got it. The engine was in pieces and the interior was a disaster. I have sourced all of the interior parts and the engine will be done from the machine shop this week. The transmission is returning from the rebuilder next week as well. The cool part is that the car retains its original engine by vin and transmission by vin. The car has a ton of the original parts still in tact and more or less was unmolested. I found two build sheets in the car and one in really good shape after a good wax and grease remover bath. I was able to clean the driveshaft with light acid and found all of the original paint markings! The rear springs were rusted through on the second leave but the factory stripes were still present. The front springs also retained their factory paint markings. I could still see the paint markings on the steering components as well. The one oddity is the transmission does not have the R servo cover and I am wondering if such an early 69 build may not have had the famous piece yet??? or did it get hijacked at some point?

I plan to get this thing on the road asap in original condition needing plenty of body and paint in the future but I would like to verify that it is one of the 9 or 10 that were built before I erase the history on the body. I built the engine and trans to make power and go fast as I want this car to be a fun drive.

Pictures of paint markings and the finish on the engine bay achieved with DP 90 and a mix of flat and gloss clear. Very happy with the matte finish that I ended up with in the engine bay.

1969 R code 4-speed Eliminator
1969 R Code Kenz and Leslie XR 7
1970 Decor

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Re: The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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Post by BossElim69 » 03 Jul 2019, 03:46

Good investigation work! Best way to restore a car is to repeat what you can find during disassembly. The engine bay color looks spot on.
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Re: The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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Post by Cougar Bill » 03 Jul 2019, 08:56

Very cool! I wanted that Cat, but have too many.... keep up the good work & keep pics coming
1970 XR-7 428 Ramair 4 speed (now under restoration)
1970 Eliminator Boss 302
1969 XR-7 428 R-code 4 speed
1969 Std. 428 R-code C-6
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Re: The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 03 Jul 2019, 09:41

Awesome! I was just thinking about your car the other day, wondering how (or if) it was coming along! Glad that life has given you a bit of time for projects. Can't wait to see more progress pics :-)

I'm still looking for a copy of the advertisement to make into a poster for my garage.
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Re: The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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Post by sidewinder » 03 Jul 2019, 11:31

Engine bay was an educated guess but the recipe is as follows: DP90Lf followed with a blend of 90% flat clear and 10% regular clear coat. I have not been satisfied historically leaving DP naked, it chalks up over time and doesn't handle abrasion well. More pics coming. I decided to go for performance on the drive train so I will be hanging the exhaust manifolds and H pipe on the wall in lieu of headers and flowmaster kit. Went with a healthier cam as well and a stall converter. Going to stick with original carb and making the engine all stock appearing minus smog bits.

1969 R code 4-speed Eliminator
1969 R Code Kenz and Leslie XR 7
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Re: The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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Post by sidewinder » 03 Jul 2019, 23:53

Tried my hand tonight at Phosphate and oil on hood latch and shock tower mounts. Liking what I see so far. Also found some paint markings on the rear axle.



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1969 R code 4-speed Eliminator
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Transmission detail questions

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Post by sidewinder » 09 Jul 2019, 08:13

Here are the pics of the transmission that came out of the car. A little perplexing since the VIN is clearly stamped in the case and matches the car but the trans cooler line has an odd fitting, possibly early build issue? and the transmission does not have an R servo in it. The code on the tag is PGA AE 010035 which appears to be either 390 or 429 4V tag information. Guessing it's been monkeyed with but could it have been a factory oddity? The transmission does not appear to have ever been apart.


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Re: The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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Post by BossElim69 » 09 Jul 2019, 10:17

I have the same fitting on my 68 XR7 G 390-4v C6 trans.
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67 Cougar project car
67 Cougar GT
68 XR7-G trailer queen restoration.
68 Restomod
69 Boss 302 Eliminator
69 XR7 390 survivor
69 XR7 428CJ 4spd
69 standard convertible
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Re: The time has finally come 69 R code Kenz and Leslie resurrection

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Post by TomL » 14 Jul 2019, 12:34

Would you elaborate on the phosphate and oil technique you used? Thanks.
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