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Old 03-09-2019, 10:09 PM
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Installed the shoulder belts, holders and coat hook then onto installing the visors and I remembered I still need a pair. If anyone has a set of original and mint or near mint visor pivots I will be happy to pay up for them as I do not want pitted ones.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:28 AM
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Some excellent work on the inside....keeping the bar high Rick!
Poking holes in a stretched headliner is oh so nerve racking!
Nice to see the oem jute on the bottomside of the package tray also.
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Great work guys. I would never in a million years even attempt to do a headliner....best to let the experts take a crack at it.
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My experience has been that they sometimes but not always put a flash coat of black on them. They were then machined on the front where the code was stamped as well as the two flat surfaces where the outlet lines were attached. I restored ours with a light flash coat of black and then machined the surfaces as can be seen in the photos. Our original hold off valve showed no signs of any paint on it so I restored it as such. I found no date stamping on either piece.
Thanks for the reply. It appeared in the photo to be natural finish.
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It does look natural. I tried some different lighting and you can see a flash coat of black. I rarely ever see them fully covered in black (though they did) so I chose to just flash coat this one to give it a black tint so there was not as much contrast between it and the natural hold off valve.
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Last night was the steering column and firewall mounting installation. I have included several original photos of how it looked and how we restored that area and the hardware.

The Quietride firewall pad comes with the pad that goes around the steering column just like the original though it does need to be cut out for the steering column, clutch rod and brake rod.

The speedometer cable clip was on the original cable but not attached to the firewall plate. When I tried to attach it, it would pull the cable up tight against the clutch rod so I left it off just like it was originally.

Oddly enough the accelerator pedal attachment bolts were zinc as I usually always find them black oxide on 70 Chevelles. Regardless we restored them as found. The accelerator pedal rod and retainer were both a dark grey phosphate and were restored as such.
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Finished up the steering column tonight and installed the under hood insulation.

Notice that the steering column cover and ashtray are slightly duller than the main dash. This is normal and I see it all the time on the 70 Chevelles. None of these pieces were repainted, only cleaned thoroughly and reinstalled.

The rear seat divider was not perfect but was reusable and since it was the original I elected to use it instead of the wannabe reproduction. I do not like the looks of those when looking thru the trunk so this works for me.

Tonights project is to finish up the firewall forward wiring then onto the carpet and window regulator installation.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:40 PM
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It's interesting your rear seat divider has the 2 large holes punched out Rick. My '69 sedan had that in excellent shape and the round holes weren't punched out. They were perf'd, that's it. Maybe a difference in the "cabin pressure" between the sedan and hardtop??
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Virtually very 70 I have torn down had both holes punched and usually when I have looked in the trunk of any survivors (both 69 and 70) I can always see seat springs. I know this as I usually use that as an access point for my bore scope when looking for a build sheet.

I did check my files and Phil Woj's survivor does not have them punched. Hmmmm, I wonder if the Racoons had anything to do with mine being punched out? (seriously) I do not recall finding the cutouts laying in the car however....

Damn, now maybe I will have to use that garbage reproduction. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.
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My Chevelle had the holes knocked out of the seat divider when I first got it with 19,000 miles on it. It's a Kansas City car though.
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