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OK, so took Cruzzar's advice and ordered up a set of the run razors and run blockers. Absolutely makes removing runs/sags easier. There is no doubt. I tried switching back and forth between these tools and my good old fashion durablocks and ended up burning through in one spot with the durablock. One bad thing to note about the run files though is that the corners can scratch. I chipped into the paint in one spot. Fortunately both these goofs are in the same area on the LF, so I'll touch them up later and dust some clear on them. I think like the aluminum blocks better then the files, but they are have their particular jobs that they work best on.

The new tools....
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LF fender run
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After using the files for a while, not done yet though....
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LF afterwards.....
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RF fender after some filing
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RF after filing and blocking
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I had the same problem with the blocks digging in, I went back to the good old razor blade scraping to get the runs trimmed down. Looks like you have it figured out though!
 

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OK, so spent any free time available this weekend wet sanding. Got her about 80% complete w/ 600 grit. Took the peel down to point that there are only tiny dots every here and there left of the orange peel. Subsequent passes with higher grit paper will get the balance. Still have the hood, deck lid, F & R valences, 1/4 extensions, head light buckets to do. Hopefully will get them done next weekend, then assembly begins.

First pass....
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After final pass...
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Finished up all the wet sanding on Saturday. Will leave the final wet sanding and buffing for after final assembly.
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/094.JPG

Had one awwhhh Sh_t moment when some trim hanging on the wall fell due to compressor vibrations and fell on the deck lid....*!?*!! :mad: Took a nice chip out. So...for everyone that thinks this kinda crap only happens to them.....not quite.
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Pulled the heater core apart to swap out the heater core while it was convenient. Also figured I'd swap out the foam and gasket set.
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Degreased the wiring harness. Once it dries I will make any necessary repairs and electrical tape wrap the harness. Then assembly can begin.
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So how much did you sound like Homer Simpson after the chip? DOH!!!!!

The chip is a bummer but you are making great headway! The cool part about building this Mach is that you know what you are doing and I'm sure it will go together pretty smooth..

If I can help with anything let me know!
 

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Looking good Rob, its progressing good. :crybaby: :shocked: That would've been my actions after the chip. Keep us posted on your progress. :thumbsup:
 

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Knocked the roll cage out this weekend......

Used a Pro-Tool bender
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Notched pipes with this little gizmo...
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Used 0.140" steel for mounting plates:
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Set up the side bars so there is still rear seat access.
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Ran the rear bars into the trunk to the rear frame rails. Didn't like the idea of mounting to the wheel wells which was what I was finding in the pre-bent kits.
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This is the view through the tail light opening in the light panel looking forward.
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http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/107.JPG

Only regret is that I didn't come to the decision about putting in a 6 point until after it was painted. I would much rather have done it prior to body/paint. All went OK though...no damage.

That's it for this weekend......
 

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Hey Man,

The cage looks SWEET!
Are you going to paint it or just pad it and call it macaroni?

Are you going to make straight tube subframe connectors to tie it all together? The reason I ask is because for some reason I have it in my head that on the white Mach you made an X type brace for the subframes but I could be having selective (read as defective) memory! :p Either way the cage still looks great! Can't wait to see some more progress pics. When did you get the bender and the notcher?

Later Gator!
 

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Hey Rob, where are you located? I'm in Royal Oak. It would be great to hook up sometime. Jim
 

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Burnsie,
Cage isn't quite done yet, but thanks for the remarks. I'm going to add a couple triangulation bars at the bend behind the seat and am considering making a rear impact bar at the tail light panel. Once done, I will paint it black and add padding to all inside cabin bars. The white Mach did indeed have subframes and a cross member. Those were the ones we fabricated from box tube. I have already installed the subframe ties (Global West), see page 1 of this thread. However, not thinking I'm going to put in a cross member at this time. Might add it later. Bender & Notcher are borrowed from a buddy. I simply don't do cages often enough to justify buying the stuff. These two pieces cost ~$900, so hard to justify for one cage per decade... :shrug: Should have a good amount of time out there on this coming long weekend, so stay tuned.... :)

Grabber....warm days are coming man....that always seems to get the gear head juices flowing. :thumbsup:

Hi Jim, absolutely...... I'm in Davisburg. Do you take your car out to Waterford Hill track days?
 

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VintageVenom said:
Burnsie,
Cage isn't quite done yet, but thanks for the remarks. I'm going to add a couple triangulation bars at the bend behind the seat and am considering making a rear impact bar at the tail light panel. Once done, I will paint it black and add padding to all inside cabin bars. The white Mach did indeed have subframes and a cross member. Those were the ones we fabricated from box tube. I have already installed the subframe ties (Global West), see page 1 of this thread. However, not thinking I'm going to put in a cross member at this time. Might add it later. Bender & Notcher are borrowed from a buddy. I simply don't do cages often enough to justify buying the stuff. These two pieces cost ~$900, so hard to justify for one cage per decade... :shrug: Should have a good amount of time out there on this coming long weekend, so stay tuned.... :)

Grabber....warm days are coming man....that always seems to get the gear head juices flowing. :thumbsup:

Hi Jim, absolutely...... I'm in Davisburg. Do you take your car out to Waterford Hill track days?
I am usually there once a year with friends. I took my cobra (FFR kit car) there before. I was there for the vintage racing last year with the shelby club. That was pretty cool to see.
 

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Finished up the roll cage today....

Added a support brace to each side bar.
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/108.JPG

Added a rear intrusion bar. I always cringe at the thought of getting rear ended in one of these babies.
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/109.JPG

All painted up....
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Tied the roll hoop into the sub frames...
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http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/112.JPG

Wiring harness is next.
 

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04-19-09 update:
Made all necessary repairs to the wiring harnesses, soldered and shrink tubed. Then tape wrapped them.

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http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/113.JPG

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Then got to work on the dash. It was in rough shape. Stripped all the bits off of it, cleaned it up, painted it then reassembled. Decided to use an AC dash, so I'll have more vents in the cabin.
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/119.JPG

One of the eyeball vents had the felt hanging out, so needed to do a little r&r on it. Drilled out the OE rivets, then tapped the holes to 6-32 and used stainless button heads.
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/116.JPG

The heads were a bit to large in dia, so mounted them in the drill and filed them to the needed dia.
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/117.JPG

Worked great. OE on the left, reworked on the right.
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/118.JPG

All put back together....
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/120.JPG

Finished up the rework on the heater plenum too. New heater core and gasket set installed and ready to go back in.
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/121.JPG

Next weekend these items will get installed. Then it'll actually seem like I accomplished something. Just doesn't seem like anything is accomplished until the parts are hanging on the car..... :lol:
 

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Looking good!

What brand and color paint did you use to paint your dash?

Thanks,

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Hi Doug,
At first I used DupliColor DE1634 Low Gloss Black, but thought it was too shiny. So, while it was still tacky I sprayed Valspar Satin Black #64018. This looked much more the correct luster. I think I got the Valspar at Lowes or Home Depot.

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Thanks! Valspar is Lowes. I'll hit them up for a can or two.
 

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04-19-09 update:
All put back together....
http://www.vintage-venom.com/69_Mach_I/120.JPG
That looks real nice. I had used Rustoleum semi-gloss black on mine and really like the results. It may not be "correct", but looks really good. And it has been very durable.

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This weekend I mounted the dash, side vents, parking brake actuator and finished installing the wiring harness.
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Installed the wiper system.
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Started fabricating and mock assy of the hydro boost system and pedal box.
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