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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    Too bad you couldn't get the floors out of the 1970 Fleetwood at the junkyard down here. I bet they're perfect.

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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

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    Too bad you couldn't get the floors out of the 1970 Fleetwood at the junkyard down here. I bet they're perfect.
    Front floor pans, yes. Rears would be too long.

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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    Rear are bad too? Didn't see that. Well, moot point anyway since the car is about 2000 miles away.

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    Yeah the right rear is pretty bad along with front left need a few small patches here and there in other places. Just frustrating cause I've been ripping through her and now I'm stuck until I can get someone more experienced to give me proper direction.

    Fortunately RI is a small place and everyone knows each other. I talked to an old high school bud who works in a resto shop. Hoping he can come by tomorrow show me what to rip out and prep for him to come back and start patching. Like I've said I'm not afraid to work my ass off just tryin do save as much $$ as possible. I don't ever anticipate tearing her apart like this again so better do it right. If I can get away with throwing him a few bucks and some booze and cost of metal I'll be a happy camper.

    I'll probably go through brakes and exhaust while I wait.

    I was thinking of getting her up on blocks seeing she won't be moving for a bit. If I place the blocks under the hoist points I should be good right?
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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    Should be ok putting her up as long as the frame is solid.

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    Ok figured I'd send an update. I've been super busy so havent had much time to play with her but I'm getting back into her this week.

    The floor is still a problem. Got 2 quotes. One just to sure up the braces $400 and 1 to do the whole floor $1500. I think both prices are really fair especially the $1500 one. He's a real pro and I'm sure it will be rockstar but even at an incredible price it's a little out of my price range. I think I'm gonna have the braces fixed and give it a go myself on shaping and installing the floor pans.

    While I'm waiting I'm gonna keep going through the engine. The 6&8 cylinders are not firing. I've got good spark but the plugs are fouling. They are getting wet with fuel. I'm gonna run compression tests. Maybe pull the valve cover. Hoping it's stuck valves but I'm suspicious that the carb needs some love.

    All of my electronics, lights and gauges are working. Thought I had a bad headlight switch but pulling it in and out and twisting it a while got it all working ok.

    Had to take the steering wheel apart cause the horn is stuck on. Not really sure what to do about that yet. I would assume its not a relay because when I hook up the leads to the steering wheel switch it doesn't go on until I begin to screw it back on to the steering wheel.

    We'll see.

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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    Squirt some WD40 into that light switch. Should clean off any corrosion and prevent it from recurring. The horn pad sounds like it's grounding against the steering wheel arm support frames. Try bending the metal part of the horn pad back (away from the steering wheel) and see if that makes a difference.

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    Good advice. I'll give it a try.

    Random question. I have access to old appliances. Could I clean up washer or dryer panels and use them on the floor?

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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    I don't think they're thick enough.

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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    Thickness would go with age, old enough and it might be.

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    Well here's the floor so far. It ain't pretty but it seems to be working.
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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    I think itīs a good start. The work seems noticeably advanced. You have done the most difficult thing: Starting the job.

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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    That looks good. I think you will be fine with that. As long as it's solid who cares whats under the carpet anyway!

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    Re: 1970 DeVille Convertible.....the adventure begins!

    Looks good to me!

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    Thanks guys.

    I passed along the praise. I cut, my buddy welds. I'm on my own with the driver side pan but I think I can handle it.

    I ran compression tests today on the 2-8 cylinders. 2,4 read143-137 and good ole #8 is at about 35.

    I'm guessing a bad or stuck valve because it didn't increase when I squirted a little oil in there. I'm still pretty sure I'm gonna need some carb work or a rebuild too. We'll see.

    Here's what my new plugs look like from the ones that fire.
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