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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #40 on: August 30, 2018, 02:11:22 PM »
I have been wondering how this build was coming along. Car looks nice. The quarter came out perfect.
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #41 on: September 20, 2018, 02:13:13 PM »
I think my camera made the underside appear a bit brighter than it really is. Body guy used a textured epoxy that he likes to use for undercarriages, color matched to the original red oxide from a sample he found in a protected area prior to media blasting.







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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #42 on: September 21, 2018, 06:15:28 AM »
Looks Fantastic! I know what you mean about the red. I colour matched mine darn near perfect to a piece of original I had. In the pics I took it looked like a different colour.
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #43 on: June 20, 2019, 09:45:03 AM »
Been a while since an update on this, for those who are interested.

The body is as it was in the last set of pics. It was shuffled to the back of the shop as some high priority jobs came in, which I'm fine with, as I have a kid graduating high school and two teenage daughters with many expensive "needs". In the meantime, all driveline and suspension/frame bits have been rebuild with all new or refurbed parts, down to nuts and bolts (AMK kits are awesome!). Did the suspension with a Fbody ProTouring kit with a one inch drop. Used the fancy delrin/aluminum bushings FWIW. Rear axle completely redone with a new Eaton locker - trutrac I think; the original posi had some kind of damage to it. Also replaced the axle shafts with CroMoly Strange axles while we were in there. Retained the factory 3.55:1 ratio as my understanding is it's a good combo for the M20.

The original M20 is being rebuilt, along with a Hurst factory rebuild on the shifter.

The engine is currently sitting at Rick Johnson's Custom Auto Machine in Crete, IL getting redone top to bottom. I decided to go ahead and do it right the first time rather than potentially having to pull it again after the body was done. It will be a 461 stroker with his recommended street-friendly cam, but retaining all stock externals so it will be stock appearing once put back in place. He says it should be good for at least one hp per cube. Also decided to go with a billet steel flywheel based on his recommendation - this will also allow the engine to be internally balanced.

The journey continues...

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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #44 on: June 20, 2019, 02:35:13 PM »
Nice that you're able to do everything well the first time. Should be a mighty fine car when finished!
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #45 on: July 17, 2019, 10:36:20 AM »
Got the engine back from Rick yesterday!


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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #46 on: July 18, 2019, 03:28:06 AM »
Purdy!!
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #47 on: July 18, 2019, 06:44:39 AM »
The delrin/aluminum bushings are supposed to allow easy movement letting the other suspension components do their job.  The trutracs get nothing but positive reviews so I sure you will be happy with that.  I would like to get both of these some day.

Ditto on engine, it looks great.
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #48 on: July 20, 2019, 04:28:21 AM »
Love the Pontiac blue. It will go so nicely with the Lucy.




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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #49 on: July 22, 2019, 03:43:13 PM »
Nice to see I'm not the only having to had this level of sheet metal work.  Amazing how much effort can be spent restoring the sheet metal.  Looks like's its coming along very well.  I'm catching up though and should be done with paint next month.  ****finger's crossed***
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #50 on: December 10, 2019, 12:21:27 PM »
Subframe is back on. Front end is complete since this pic was taken, all the suspension, steering, and brakes are done, and the rear end is back in. Firewall stuff is pretty much in as well. I forgot to take pics.

Now to swallow the BIG JustDashes pill.






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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2019, 12:34:11 PM »
Looks great. Ya, glad my TA has a really nice dash. I hear it's around   $1800 but I results are amazing.
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #52 on: December 12, 2019, 12:51:04 PM »
Coming along nice!
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #53 on: December 12, 2019, 10:05:22 PM »
Kooch dashes is about 1/2 and equally as good

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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #54 on: December 12, 2019, 10:25:22 PM »
That is so cool...I love it!!
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #55 on: January 10, 2020, 12:12:55 PM »
Kooch dashes is about 1/2 and equally as good

Do you have a link or contact info? I googled and couldn't find anything.

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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #56 on: January 10, 2020, 12:17:02 PM »
Stopped by to drop a check and got some updated pics.






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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #57 on: January 11, 2020, 11:46:38 PM »
Are the steel lines all stainless, or plain steel?...coated maybe?
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #58 on: January 13, 2020, 09:13:24 AM »
Are the steel lines all stainless, or plain steel?...coated maybe?

They're all stainless. I know it's not OEM, but some things are just worth upgrading IMO.

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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #59 on: January 15, 2020, 08:22:58 PM »
Oh cool. I like the stainless idea

For my purpose, good ole steel is all she's getting. Next time I do the work, I want to upgrade to the stainless and be done with it!

Looks fantastic!!
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #60 on: January 16, 2020, 05:55:45 AM »
I hope they seal well for you.  I had trouble getting some of mine to seal. I ended up removing some of them and going with nickle cad. Engine bay looks great!
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #61 on: January 16, 2020, 02:38:40 PM »
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Engine bay looks great!/quote]

I'll second that opinion.
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #62 on: January 20, 2020, 01:32:10 PM »
Thanks for the positive comments! Engine bay is also covered in body shop dust in these photos. When it's wiped down, it's amazing. Looking forward to posting more pics when that happens.

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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #63 on: February 21, 2020, 05:07:15 PM »
Engine and Trans are back in their home.


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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #64 on: February 22, 2020, 10:38:53 AM »
I see some of the parts have been put back on the upper cowl. Are you going to leave it blue?
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #65 on: February 22, 2020, 01:54:00 PM »
Looks  beautiful!  Do you have a target date for completion?
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #66 on: March 10, 2020, 10:30:28 AM »
I see some of the parts have been put back on the upper cowl. Are you going to leave it blue?

Oh yeah, Lucy blue all the way, the original color. That's new paint on the cowl and in the door jambs. My painter likes to cut it all in, then get it back together to paint the body panels assembled. At least that's how I understand it. He's the expert!

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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #67 on: March 10, 2020, 10:33:06 AM »
Looks  beautiful!  Do you have a target date for completion?

I hope to have the car back by May. The dash and lots of interior bits are currently at Just Dashes awaiting their magic to be applied. I'm hoping that we can actually drive it, at least around the block or something, this summer. Total completion, well I hope for it to be 99% done (are they ever truly finished) in time to drive it before the next Iowa winter sets in. Depends how many nickles and dimes she throws at us over the next 6 months.

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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #68 on: March 10, 2020, 11:05:21 AM »
I see some of the parts have been put back on the upper cowl. Are you going to leave it blue?

Oh yeah, Lucy blue all the way, the original color. That's new paint on the cowl and in the door jambs. My painter likes to cut it all in, then get it back together to paint the body panels assembled. At least that's how I understand it. He's the expert!

I got to thinking about this question more. I think you're asking me this maybe because the cowl was black from the factory? I went back through some pics prior to disassembly and it looks like the cowl on this car was kind of half and half. Maybe I thought it was just dirty. I'm not an expert on these cars. Since it's already painted and this isn't meant to be a nut and bolt correct concourse car, I'll probably just leave it blue.

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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #69 on: March 11, 2020, 06:41:14 AM »
I think the cowell and firewall were painted prior to the body colour. With the body colour bleeding over onto the top of the cowell. I have seen some original cars that the cowell was almost entirely the body paint, there was no cutoff line. Then maybe the dash top was painted?
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
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Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
« Reply #70 on: April 08, 2020, 04:18:05 PM »
So I did find out that the cowl should be black. I'm debating getting it fixed, I actually like the body color on it.

Fenders, hood, and the new (old) nose are rough fitted up. Ended up driving 5 hours each way to pick up another '70 bumper that is visually in worse condition, but is straight and fits properly. Also test fitted the rear wheels/tires. It's riding pretty high back there, the springs should settle, they're from fBPT so they should be good once the car is back together, I hope. 285/40r17.








Re: 1970 Lucy T/A restoration
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