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12 Mar 2019 13:22 #4265 by oestek
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Ben wrote: Hey Kevin, I was almost there!

My mechanic who's painting the car and starting the engine asked me to wet sand the panels to 800 grit so more work to do there, he also suggested installing Air Conditioning now if I was ever considering it so down the rabbit hole we go again B)

I went with an underdash setup from Old Air, unfortunately the brackets for the compressor wouldn't line up with one hole in the head and with no other solution apart from drilling/tapping another hole (which I wasn't prepared to do) I made up an adapter plate from some aluminium I sourced from a local supplier. Job done :P







Next was the addition of some thermofans for the radiator as the old flex fan is not ideal and I think they look pretty neat too.



The installation of the condenser was a tight sqeeze but we got her in there and check out that 130 db horn!



So still a fair bit to go with the AirCon installation but I'm really enjoying it which is the main thing. Looking forward to that tea party with the Mad Hatter when this is all done.


Nice work on the air conditioning bracket adapter, interesting to see why that one didn't work, but looks like you landed on a solution! And I agree, now is the time to add air with the fender off, it's a much quicker job that way. Good work!

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15 Mar 2019 05:58 - 15 Mar 2019 07:15 #4266 by Ben
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Thanks Kevin,

My hunch is that it's the hole placement on the heads and not a bracket issue.

The aircon lines are crimped to length and all that's left now is a little wiring and we're done here.







I couldn't see a neater way to route the hoses through the firewall here without them going too close to the headers.

I get a lot of satisfaction out of this, especially the problem solving side of things and as always I really appreciate your feedback Kevin.

Cheers
Ben
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30 Jul 2019 04:31 - 30 Jul 2019 04:37 #4272 by Ben
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Wow it's been a few months already, I wish these things didn't take so long!

Anyway I had to do a bit more work on my panels, resanding them to 800 grit and then breaking through the primer, respraying parts and blending them back in.....no wonder panel beating is a trade all on it's own.

So I think she's ready for paint, just negotiating with a shop to do it now.

Oh and I've cleaned up the old front grille and put a new '69 badge on her, wasn't a fan of the older style '68 one, I think it looks nice and neat.



Had a friend come and visit while I was under the car the other day too ;) Shares the same colours as the car, red and black! hehe

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30 Jul 2019 11:23 #4273 by oestek
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Your front sheetmetal looks good Ben... yes, this process takes a LOT of time! And watch out for your little "friend"!

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01 Sep 2019 21:50 - 01 Sep 2019 21:56 #4277 by Ben
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YES!!!!!

She's finally painted and starting to look like a real el Camino again, so stoked!

Thanks again Kevin for all your support!



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06 Sep 2019 22:14 - 06 Sep 2019 22:20 #4278 by Ben
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She's alive! Very first start



Don't worry, we got right onto that belt tension for the next start

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