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Front wheel wells primered and ready to paint.

front suspension primered and ready to paint.

Paint the wheel wells.

Painted, wells. Nice!.

Getting there. Little more to go.

Rust busting! at it's best.

Nasty rusting. But, we bust!.

Patching, This went on for 3 years!.

New wheel bearings, front and later on, the rear.

Original brake fluid, Crystalized.

Going to a car show that day.

Burke car show, 2016.

Cape May. Bystander takes a picture.

Wildwood convention center circle car show.

Holloween 2016 walk through.

headlight switch replacement.

Cleaning up for restoring inside parts.

The door panels came up nice too!.

The inside door panels. Nice yo!.

Bumping some stainless trim.

Buffing the aluminum rear trim.

Masking with flat black.

Removing masking after the paint job.

The new cover. Made from Bulletin board vinyl.

New voltage regulator. Finding one was 1/2 the fight.

Painting the outside body of the 62.

Painting, don't forget under the rockers.

Center beam rust replacement.

Fender: Just removed from the car.

Fender: Just removed from the car.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Fender: Removed the rust.

Welding in new metal.

The restoration picture book.

Changing working position.

Block it for front wheel work.

Painting the edges. Edges first, dry, paint again.

Prepping the roof.

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  We now open up another Logbook page. Seems page 4 almost is all the valve job. That was a major, major part of the restoration. Still, we are on the mechanical workings of the old antique. We are still under the hood and underbody. Now, it's time for the transmission and rear. So, let's move on...

 Now that the Valve Job is finished, it's move on to the transmission. Seems the trans has kept the fluid. I bet the seals have expanded, and is doing what they should. But, after 50 years, it seems I should still have the seals replaced and have the trans checked. Inside and out. Sam is one of the best transmission mechanics. I knew him from my 20's, and he's one of the best. So, appointment will be made to take the car over and get the trans serviced. Maybe I can get video, maybe not. I don't think he will have a problem with filming, but the problem is work. We'll see...

  I ordered the two gaskets for the carb. The old one, under the carb dosen't look that good, and the one under the plate, I will replace just because it's old. The motor has a slight hesitation on excelleration. Might be the gasket leaking air. The gaskets are only like 4 bucks. I also greased the linkage, and the pedel dosen't seem to be as hard.

  Now, it's complete sam's printer, and take the car over for the trans work. Then it's on to the differential oil change. Then, it's start on the front end. Shock towers, and front wall. At that point, we will be into the body rust repairs. I am a bit scared about what I will find when the fenders (both of them) come off. I was looking at the shock towers, and what looks like there is a heavy sheet metal border along with body metal. But, we will find out.

  Now, there will probally be a delay in entries to this LogBook because at this point it's waiting for Sam. Depending on how good I do with his special printer (no software or USB cables). So, until next time...

  Purchased another led sub bottle. Be filling the car up again soon. Hopefully, all the rust dist will be gone with this fill up. Picked up the carb gaskets. Will install them most likely late Thursday.

  Installed the exhaust "doughnut" today, off the exhaust manifold. No problems... I spent a little time to check out the voltage regulator, now that the head lights are working. The car is charging, but, the charging-useage consumption (amps) dosen't seem correct. If the head lights are on and the brake lights, at idle, the voltage does drop. I suppose, it's not going to be a constant at all times, but it does hit 15.5. A bit high, although that happens in a very short time, then drops back.

  Tomorrow, if enough of time, I'll clean up the contacts on the voltage regulator and generator. I think I also may add a ground line from the battery to body. I don't like the fact that the ground goes through the engine first and body ground is at the rear of the motor. It would be better if the battery went directly to body ground. I'll look in the book tonight and see if there is a voltage regulator adjustment. Seems to me there should be a fast or slow reaction adjustment as pertioned to the consumption of current through the regulator.

  Tomorrow we head over to sams and see if I can complete his computer job. Till next time. Chow!.

  Got Sam's stuff working, and I will be taking the car over to his shop next Thursday for the transmission work. He also is allowing filming, and I will have the work most likely in fast motion on You Tube with his address and all. Most likely, editing will take a couple of days as he said it could be a two day thing. Hopefully, I can have someone over there and film while I am at work.

  Vic and Skippy come over today. We installed the two carb gaskets to see if that will take care of the short hesitation from a dead stop. It did. Now, the motor is running even better... Filled up the tank again. The rust clouding, that wasen't bad, seems to have gone away. Thats good, now the tank is just about to the condition it should be.

Disconnected the pos battery lead and cleaned up the voltage regulator and generator contacts. The regulator and generator seem to work as they should. All seems well at this point. I also added the body ground like I said above. That seems to help. Coming back from the meet, I noticed the voltage did stay within the requirements. At least, the headlights diden't get candle type of light...

  Saw Rick a few days ago. He runs the Jersey Cape Crusiers. All of the guys (and Gals) meet at the Sonic on Rt9 in Rio Grande. He heard about my car, and convinced me to bring it over, even though it isen't show quality. I am glad I did. It got a lot of attention.

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  Sonic Meet. The 62 Fairlane got quite a croud just about throughout the time we were there. Kept getting asked. "What is the year?". I can, by law, remove the front plate and have a year plate the complete size of a license plate. Maybe then, I won't get asked so much....

  Vic, has a 1955 Crown Vic. Back then there was a model known as the Crown Vic Fairlane. Then in 1962, Ford took the Fairlane name from the Crown Vic and started the new Fairlane line. Here is a picture of the 62 with Vic's 55. (below)

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  Sonic Meet. The 62 and a 55 Fairlane. Hopefully, when I'm done mine will look as clean as Vic's.

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  Sonic Meet. The 62 and a 55 Fairlane. Hopefully, when I'm done mine will look as clean as Vic's.

  Earlier, when we were working on the carb problem. Vic brought along his old vacuum guage meter for checking vacuum on the engine. As you can see it's just about right on the spot now. Good thing!.

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  The reading after adjustments. The meter diden't move. Indicating no suction leaks around the gasketing or anywhere else.

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  Driving the 62 to the Sonic meet. It's in Rio Grande, just about 3 miles from my house. The car drove smooth, and no hesitation at the traffic lights. Head lights worked good on the way back. It was dark.

  The 62 had a lot of thumbs up. had a lot of looks, and comments. The signs in the windows was a nice touch to a otherwise un finished restoration. Matter of fact, the car got some nice likes over there. And, there was people taking pictures.

  I am glad I drive it over to the meet. I know the motor is in great shape, and the transmission did real good too. But, we are still going to take the car to Sam's to have the trans checked and new fluid, seals and all.

  LOL, I suppose I took the car to it's first car show?. Not only the owners was there but people was stopping and walking around looking. The meets at Sonic are also for the owners to talk, and some of us can talk. LOL.... Till next entry, See ya later!.

  Today rain is forcasted. The sky's are cloudy, and it looks like rain. Hasen't rained yet, but it sure look's like it. I was going to check into the exhaust. There is a leak, probally around the muffler. Seems, the pipe from the motor where it connects to the muffler was already fix, and the way it was fixed was they cut off that area and pushed the muffler a little further up the pipe. Thats why the hanger is tight, like there is no play room between the muffler and the hanger. The complete exhaust system is supposed to have some "play room" for the exhaust system to move. The way this is now, isen't enough for the system to have play room. That will be fixed another day when It's not going to rain.

  So, today while it was sprinkling out, I desided to see about the non working dash lights. Simple change of light bulbs, and some cleaning of the dimmer on the headlight switch. Changing the 4 little light bulbs isen't as easy as you would think. The bulbs was easy to change, but getting to them was the problem, and putting the socket holder back into the dash holes right was a difficult task because of the room. After removing almost, the complete dash I was able to pull the light sockets from the top with the panel slanted toward me from the top. Trying to get to them from under the dash isen't as easy as one would think.

  The below picture was taken around 8PM, when it was dark. The dash is lit up green, as that was a color that was supposed to be easier on your eyes, so they thought. If you remember the first computer monitors, they were also green. green only. That was also thought to be easier on the eyes. A little history for ya.... But, the dash looks good now, and the re-o-stat (Dimmer) is also working good. Cleaned that up with some contact cleaner.

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  The 1962 Dash board at night all lit up with working dash lights. Green was the color of choice back then. The motor is off, so no guages are active.

The picture has not been modifyed in any way. I used the exposure timed mode. The Gen Oil light areas look a little lit. Thats because the lights inside is bleeding through the partition inside. Actually, normal for the camera to pick that up. The human eye woulden't. They do look dark by the human eye.

  Diden't do anything to the car today or yesterday. it's been cold and damp, and blaa out. Not to mention of the threat of rain, and sprinkeling... At this point, I am waiting to take the car over to Sams. I don't know if thats going to happen this week or not. I have a Doctors appointment on Thursday in the morning, and I suppose we will take the day from there.

  I left a message with Sam. If he wants, I can bring the car over on Wednesday after work, A little past 3PM. If he calls back and saids okay, I will take the car to work, and then take it over when I get out of work. Then, I can head over there after the Docs on Thursday. I really don't want to miss two weeks just waiting on the trans work. Those nice days cut out of winter, means a lot. Remember, after the trans, it's the exhaust, and the rear oil, and then it's on to the body work. Stay tuned...

  The car is at Sams. Waiting to be worked on. I drive it over there Thursday. He wasen't in, so I left him a note, and left the keys. He's a bit busy, and I am sure it's going to wait until he get's to it. When I get it back, I will list here. But I don't want to start the body until the trans is checked and seals and all changed. Once I start the body, it can't be driven. In the interm time, I will be getting together some specialty body tools that I will need. After I get some bills paid. This LogBook will be idel for a time, just how long, I don't know.

  Well, sitting here waiting for Sam to get to the car. While I have some down time, I was playing with the web site and learning some new programs, and some new hardware for my computer. Will help me keep better track of the restoration. Looks like Thursday. I will also be able to take videos, that is, if he's not too busy with other work.

  Cleaned up the cars space here at the house. Made a better exhaust dirvision away from the house. Looking into some body tools I'll need soon. So, really, it's not that bad. Time to get me ready for it's return and continueing on the car. Till next time.

  This Thursday he said he will do the 62, and I will be filming and pictures. I will be going over there at 10AM. Getting the tires changed and balanced at the other place will have to happen the following Thursday, unless I can set it up where I can drop off the car the following evening afternoon. I'll have to find out if i can do that.

  Nothing else to report. It's wait until thats done, and then it's on to the body... These couple of weeks werent all wasted. I got my computer more space, and less cluttered, and now ready for video editing and such. Till then.

  Sam was able to pick away at the transmission little by little while it's over at has shop. He did remove the trans clean it up. Replaced the seals, they were leaking, The servo, all the soft parts (rubber) and the trans was missing some bolts. Wonder where some of the bolts went?. Probally loosened and fell out. I did find a lot of loose bolts while I was working on the car. He also cleaned the caseing, and the inside parts. He's now waiting on a "Modulator" to be delivered for the shifting thingy.

  I was not able to video, I figured that, because he was working on the trans in-between his paid jobs, and I knew it was going to take a while. it's still over there waiting on a part. He's having trouble getting the exact year modulator part, but, he did manage to find a 64 modulator, that needs to be modifyed. He's going to try to do that today. But in the while, we wait.

  While I was over there, I had a good look under the body, as it was up on the lift. I took a video of the under, and found a couple more of the floor board rust around the seat mounts in the back. Still, not too bad, but more patching to the car will need to be done..

  While he's waiting for the modulator, he said he was going to re-pack the front wheel bearings, and see if he can replace the right side bearing. The wheel does rock a little, warn bearing. He also said he's going to replace the diferantal oil. He has a sucker to remove the old oil, since there is no drain for this. He agreed, after 50 years it also should be replaced.

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  The trans has been removed and had a bath. Rubber replaced, Servo, and a check out. Waiting on the "Modulator" at this point in time.

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  This is the "Modulator" that needs replacing. Currently, waiting to locate one.

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  Before I paint the under and trans I need to clean the mount.
You Tube Nav ID While it's on a lift, Let's have a better look under.

While it's on a lift, Let's have a better look under.

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  Sam still has the car. It's not done yet... A couple of things left to do to it. Just have to stand by, and wait.... I am getting together some other things for the car while the down time is here. More about that later.

  Picked up a carpet (for free) that may or may not be a good fit in the 62. It looks like it will be a good fit. So, since it was free, I thought I would take the chance. I cleaned it up a bit, and left it to dry on the line. After it dries, I'll put it away until I get to that part of the restoration. Came from a 1986 Crown Vic. Will probally have to trim, and make new seat holes. But the width, sure seems like it, the length, is a question mark. But it measures okay. Until I get to that part, it's drying on the line and I'll put it away after a couple of rains and sunny days.

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  From a 1986 Crown Vic LTD. Cleaned it with Totally Awesome, and using the garden hose. Cleaned up okay, but there are two places that still need attanding to. Probally use carpet cleaner once I know it will fit, and look good.

  Rain, Rain... Okay to rain, haven't had much of it. The car is not here, and it can rain. The rug is out back getting a good rain clean. I found where there is the exhaust leak. It on the input of the muffler. Found them at Advanced, 30 bucks. They are in stock, and I'll be changing that in the coming days. Have to measure and see what the length is.

  Found a antiuque auto junk yard in Colorado Springs, CO. He has three 4 door Fairlanes. Not the 500, but the standard fairlanes. Has 1/4 panels on all of them, and I have a emial into him for prices of the 1/4's including the trunk pockets and including behind the back door area. If they are inexpensive enough I'll get them for when I'm ready... They also have decent shock towers too. But, we will wait until I find out the real condition of the shock towers.

  I am helping Vic with his 55 change out a motor. I am also filimg the swap and when complete will be on You Tube. So, my car plus his car is also in between work and other functions... Hopefully, I'll get my car back this week... We'll see... Chow!

  The car is finished from Sam's... I desided before I start on the body, I should get the tires changed and balanced. I also want to check the rims inside. I made arraingements with the Tech School to change out the tires and do wheel balanceing. The old "test" tires comes off, and the rim will be inspected for rust, and checked around the bead area for rust, and adnormalities. When I changed over to the test tires from the dry rotted tires there was a issue with rust inside the rim. Seems one of the snow tires was put on with some water inside and did somewhat of a rust number to inside of the rim. I want to be sure all is good so far.

  One of the better test tires will be the spare, and the good tires (with white walls) will be placed on the rims and balanced. Then, I can bring her home and start the body work. So far, in my collections, I aquirered trunk material, from a 86 that has the wheel in the center behind the seat. I have a feeling I'll be able to use it. The carpeting. I also may have the inside "pocket" sheet metal (from a 86) I know I will be doing a lot of hammering, bending, and shaping.

  As for the running condition of the car. It's like new. We know about the motor. The transmission you can't feel change into second gear. I tryed to feel it, but could not. I know it is. The engine isen't screaming at 40 MPH. So, the trans is running perfectly, the motor is running perfectly. So far, so good. I am off tomorrow, and I'll ckeck on the car over there later on in the day. He has the car until he can get his class to do the change over.

  So, Maybe I can at least have a look at the shock towers with the fenders off this weekend. Until next time.

  The car is back here, with better tires (that match), great running motor and transmission, and rear that has good oil. So, now, before we start the body, we go back under for the exhaust. Muffler in piticular. It leaks at the inlet around the outside of the pipe. This should be next. Then, it's on to the body.
  The car at the Vo-Tech was nicely accepted by the students. They all were instructed by the teacher to take a look piticulary at the motor and the motor compartment. His lesson was to show the kids the simplicity of the motors and motor compartment from 50 years ago to todays. Along with the underbody, and the interiours of yesterday to today.
  I stopped by in the late morning, The car was still on the lift, waiting for the next class to marvel at yesterdays mechanical wonders. It was very injoying to see these kids marvel at the car. A few, while I was there, talked to me a little. I heard comments like:

  I left the car there, and picked it up later on in the late afternoon. Vic took me over to pick it up around 6:30. School was closed for the weekend. The tires are on, and I now have a spare. I asked the teacher how was the rims, and he said they were't that bad. They had to sand the rim edges a little because of rust, but nothing serious. The inside of the rims needed a little sanding too, but not that bad.
  I'm sorry I diden't have pictures. I was working today, and I diden't plan on stopping by. But, pictures of all the class huttled around the engine compartment would have made a nice picture for the web site-scrap book. That's it for now, tomorrow I have a few errands to do, and if I can, I'll check into the exhaust. I suppose this was the car's first educational outing, along with the tire changeing..... LOL... Sweet!. Till next time.

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