Now that the paint is done, installed the leaf springs and started to finish the rear housing. Had to purchase a rebuilt 3rd member. The one that was on the car was a very early one and not one that should have been on the car.
Took a couple of hours today to strip down the 390 and get it ready to send to speed shop. Engine in great condition. Still going to have them pull the head, pan, valve covers and give it a full review with all new gaskets, seals, etc. they will also repaint. It has an after market edelbrock intake. I have the original. Also has the nice cobra lemans valve covers. Think I will keep both on the engine. PO says the engine has a mild cam. I also have original carb. But there was a better carb on it that I will most likely keep as well.
Having fun now. Rear lights and gas tank in. Rookie mistake I made was that I forgot to weld the trunk latch bracket on to the trunk wall. Luckily I did not burn through the outside paint. All of that spot welding paid off.
Finally clicked in this thread and wow, I’m impressed with your project. You’ve gone from an eyesore of a rust bucket to an enviable painted body in 9 months! That’s getting after it. Have you logged your hours by any chance? It would serve as a good baseline for someone thinking about tackling (or paying someone to tackle) a similar effort.
Funny you asked about logged hours. A friend of mine said I should do that as well. I will start doing that. I did a rough estimate and figure I’m around 380-400 or so hours into it and am about half way.
Decided to change the gaskets on the transmission and get it all cleaned up and painted. I replaced the three main gaskets and then added new oil to it. Oil then started coming out of the tail shaft where there is a seal. Looks like I may have somehow damaged the seal. I should be replacing it anyway.