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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 68 Deville Rag View Post
    Holy crap, the interior turned out amazing!! It's pretty remarkable what new interior does to improve the look of the car. (Just like a great haircut)

    What's next to get done??
    Thanks for the comment I totally agree. Thatīs why I finally took the car to one of the best upholstery shops in my city... But these guys donīt go crazy with price; just the right amount for a good professional job.

    Next things to do: Changing parking brake (Iīve just received another one working), changing wiper motor, fixing back up lights and changing seals and gaskets of transmission as the car has a noticeable leak presumably by front seal. Then changing truck tail lights on rear bumper for '70 rear bumper moldings, with back up lights inserted in them changed to the outer part of bumper so they work as orange turn lights changing white bulb for an orange one to comply with European regulations, but keeping most of originality. I have them with me and Iīm planning how to adapt them to my bumper.

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Sounds like you've got enough to keep you busy for a bit!

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Forgot to get working A/C blower; now it works only at minimum speed... And a '70 steering wheel to be able to use horn on the wheel; now itīs in a bracket under dash For next year, new front spring coils, redo bottom front fenders (somewhat rotten), taking back original exterior mirror, a new hidden sound system -a sober one; donīt need 40,000 Watts.- and who knows what else the car will ask for

    As I told you, here are some pics of trunk re-upholstered. Water entered in the past in it (presumably through vinyl roof groove around rear window) so most of carpet was rotten, though fortunately floor was ok. Most of side cardboard stayed in its place. The upholsterer made new carpet in 2 pieces, covered cardboard and rest of trunk sides with fabric keyed with carpet and made a cover for the spare wheel:


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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    nice...my trunk is barely there. I'm afraid to even take all the parts/tools/junk out of it to see if there is even any floor left. haha.

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Quote Originally Posted by outsider View Post
    nice...my trunk is barely there. I'm afraid to even take all the parts/tools/junk out of it to see if there is even any floor left. haha.
    There must be a rather firm floor there, or it should have collapsed to ground with all the weight you have there :LOL:

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    That trunk looks great!

    You've definitely got one talented upholstery shop there....

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Thanx cardboard covering hinges was missing but I prefer it so, as IMO it waists room in trunk but if I had given them a pic of the original cardboard Iīm sure they would have done it.

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Quote Originally Posted by PRdeVille View Post

    As to the squeaking compressor:
    Are you 100% sure you have the right belt?
    Two things:
    First, that belt has to be tight like a solid pole.
    Second, there are two belts with the correct length... yet one is "slimmer".
    This slim one (thinner) goes deeper into the V-grove, and squeals.
    The fatter belt rests more "outside" of the V-grove, and works as it should.

    Let us know how it goes!
    Well, finally I bought a set of wrenches in inches and, with the help of a friend, we adjusted compressor/power steering belt tension. Previously, I tried to do it with my metric wrench set but no way as there is little room to move wrench and the head of one of the bolts was somewhat worn. The squeal is gone Now I can test quietly cooling power of system. I think air out of A/C outlets on dash should be cooler at minimum temp. -Iīve read that this system could be chilling even when outside temperature was extremely high-. The A/C guy charged system at 0.750 Kgs. (1.65 lbs.). He was afraid some part of an old circuit could break under more pressure -He had just had already a bad experience-. Yesterday I read on the FSM the circuit charge is 4 lbs.

    What do you think: Is adding more pressure up to 4 lbs. dangerous for an old system that probably has never been recharged in 41 years?

    When valve was opened some remaining gas was still there (not much; the system could not produce cool air before, but at least circuit was not totally empty).

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    First, do a leak test of the system to be sure it can hold a charge. Then charge it to factory spec. Recheck pressure weekly for about a month. If it holds, you're good to go.

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 77CDV View Post
    First, do a leak test of the system to be sure it can hold a charge. Then charge it to factory spec. Recheck pressure weekly for about a month. If it holds, you're good to go.
    Thanks. I think Iīll get more gas added and previously check if the 1.65 lbs are still there. After all, I think the element that would most probably burst is the dehydrator receiver bottle, and itīs easily replaceable.

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Yesterday I finally received my '70 steering wheel. Needs restoring but price was fair for its condition: $59.95. One in really good condition can reach more than $ 250 and they are more and more difficult to find. Seller did not send it outside U.S. but outsider helped me receiving the wheel at home and reshipping it to Spain. Thanks again, man!


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    Center pad seems in rather good condition. Just crest missing but one is on the way. First step will be taking out the remains of veneer -now just semi-transparent plastic-, refilling the many cracks in the black ring, painting it in glossy black and then sending it to a wood restorer to refill the groove with real wood. After that, Weīll change original wheel for this and finally connect horn so we can suppress this wacky horn button under dash

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    I see why you wanted it so bad, nice wheel.

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Thanks It will take some work but I think finally it will be worth it. I want to imitate '69 wood insert, keyed with dash instead of the '70 one. Iīll post some pics of the process.

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    glad the wheel made it there ok. looks like a fun restoration process can't wait to see pics

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    Re: 69 Sedan de Ville official restoration thread

    Yeah, Iīd like to start today. It promises tons of fun filling all the cracks

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