1968 Convertible Conversion

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by Yorgle » 14 Mar 2014, 18:48

Looking good. Will they be welded to the valance?
1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 15 Mar 2014, 06:45

1969XR7Vert wrote:Fab work! FABulous FABrication Steven! :beerchug:
mo2872 wrote:I'll echo FABio's comment, Steven. Nicely done.
Yorgle wrote:Looking good. Will they be welded to the valance?
Thanks guys. The buckets will be welded to the valance. Here are some pictures of the buckets tack welded in place and a test fit of a fog lamp.
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by Al Bundy » 15 Mar 2014, 07:05

You must be doing good work Steven, you're starting to make me regret not keeping them and doing it myself. :buck:
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 15 Mar 2014, 08:03

Al Bundy wrote:You must be doing good work Steven, you're starting to make me regret not keeping them and doing it myself. :buck:
Al I really appreciate you selling me the fog lights. I probably would not have made this mod without Lucas lights. :beerchug:
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 28 Mar 2014, 10:45

I did a test fit of the valance today. The fog light buckets cleared everything so I removed the valance and its back to the welding table for the final welding.
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by CATHOUSE » 29 Mar 2014, 18:56

Maybe it's just an angle in the above photo but the bucket on the right looks to be closer to the center of the valance than the bucket on the left. Based on the drop down in the bumper and its relationship to the top of the bucket.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 29 Mar 2014, 19:53

Randy you are correct. The buckets were worked off of the centerline of the valance so they are good. The bumper needs to shift over about 5/16 of an inch towards the drivers side. The car was hit on the passenger side at some point in its life. The bumper brackets/bar still is bent. After that fix is done the drop down in the bumper for the license plate opening will look better. I also didn't have the valance completely bolted in place when I took the photo. My main reason for the test fit was to make sure the backs of the buckets cleared the bottom of the radiator support.
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by Yorgle » 30 Mar 2014, 06:47

Looks good, Steven, but I think you should add some drain holes for all the snow and slush that will get packed in there. ;)
1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by CATHOUSE » 30 Mar 2014, 10:27

Steven, good to know that you are on top of it. I thought about the bumper not being on quite right but it is a bit hard to tell as the far right side is cut off in the photo. Good to hear that the valance fit with no issues.

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Re: 1968 Convertible Conversion

Post by 1967 S Code » 30 Mar 2014, 20:45

Yorgle wrote:Looks good, Steven, but I think you should add some drain holes for all the snow and slush that will get packed in there. ;)
Jody I did think about drainage. We don't get near the snow here in South Carolina that you get but we get plenty of rain and car washing. I'll take a picture of the bottom of the buckets, I left a 1/4 inch gap the length of the bucket. This is for the drainage. I liked this idea when I was doing the fabrication better that just holes. The bottom of the bucket is angled towards the bottom inside of the valance so water or anything should drain well. When I'm done I'll get a template made up and send it to you.
Steven
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Our Cougars

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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance

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