I haven't posted in a while, but I have been busy. Received, painted and installed my rear exhaust hanger trunk plates and then finished up installing the over the axle exhaust pipes. After giving the widows a thorough cleaning I was surprised at the scratches in the glass, especially passenger door glass. Considering that they are the original windows, I'll try and do some glass polishing although from other posts I've read it's not very effective. I finished sanding and polishing the driver's side SS rain gutter and roof weatherstripping channels and installed them along with the weatherstripping. I also installed new quarter window weatherstripping on the forward edges. I received and installed my Shaker ring gasket and installed same. After deciding that I didn't like my adjustments of the door and quarter glass windows I made several more attempts until I got them as good as I think they are capable of. Or at least as good as I'm capable of getting them.
My hat goes off to Alan for "liking" to do the E-body windows. I think this was one of the most frustrating parts of this restoration.
I installed the rear bumper and rear valance. I removed the large clutch spring from the clutch pedal as has been advised by others considering the clutch I have. I installed my shifter rubber boot and the center console and the back and front seats. The interior is done except for the front kick panels, door sill plates and inside door panels. I need to buy new new door ajar switche and buy and install a new antenna, so the kick panels will have to wait until then, No sense in doing them twice. Also need to clean and repaint the door panels and the steering wheel center caps and spoke covers. Lastly, I installed the side marker housings, reflectors and lights. I do have a question regarding the front side lights. The rear lights are almost flush with the reflectors. However, the front lights are recessed a good 1/4" or so below the reflector. Is that normal? If not, any idea why? I removed the whole assembly and as far as I can tell they are installed correctly. The back side of the housing says LH and RH with arrows pointing up so it would be pretty hard to reverse them. The rear housings did not have these markings?? Do I maybe have the front and rear housings reversed.? :help: I'm going to have to take them out again anyway to paint the gaskets as they really show up against the black paint. Almost forgot to mention. Regarding my oil pan gasket leak mentioned in a previous post. I lowered the pan with the engine in place. Thoroughly cleaned both sides of the gasket, the engine block and the oil pan mating surfaces and then applied some 3M ATV transmission gasket maker. Re-torqued the pan and let it sit for a week with no oil. Added the oil and fired it up and I'm happy to report, so far no leaks.