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Masking for painting the edging.

Masking for edging the cowl area.

Hood back on. It's that time.

Painting the jambs.

Painting the outside, first coat and edging.

Buffing up stainless trim..

Making some trim clips.

Making the side dash marks hole templet.

Painting the inside.

Re placement of the stands.

Radio repair.

The rear removed for restoration.

Making new leafs to install.

Painting the rear ax.

The 1962 fairlane was badly rusted.

The 1962 fairlane was badly rusted.

Seats needed a lot of work too.

I do own a sewing machine, 1932 Consew Singer.

Removing the old material around the old vinyl.

Sewing on new beads for the centers.

Now, sewing in the new centers.

Hog ring placement and install.

Installing the beading.

Installing the centers.

Very strong old sewing machine.

Patching the spring covers. RAW patching.

Starting the booth-garage.

Making progress on the booth-garage.

Made from wood and bulleting board vinyl.

The nut and bolt painted wall.

Parts painted.

Booth painting. Edging some parts.

Parts painting in the home made booth.

Painting a few parts. To be painted again.

The home made buffing machine. Made from a washing machine.

repairing the rear rail.

Bending sheet metal patch.

Patching the rear lobes.

hand made dog leg.

Finishing the patching welding in.

Plastic (Bondo) Smooth over the roughing.

Plastic (Bondo) Smooth over the roughing.

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  Here's what the material looks like. The picture light make it look a little purple. But, it's blue. Will be making the seats material just like the OEM way. With the padding in between the stitching up and down, about two inches. The cross print on the new material I'm thinking, will be straight line stitched (with padding in between) right down the white thread in the cross print. Should look good on the seat.

  The seats vinyl is in good condition. All of the vinyl except for the back seat where your feet will go there is a cut in the vinyl. I should have enough to replace that area. Care should be taken to keep the material all in the same running. The plus sign "print" will be the guide for the padding and a stitch over the center white thread. The seats should have the same "puffed" up strip runs, as the original did. I still do have the other material from the other couch some time ago. I may also use that too. Will find out when the time comes.

  The material will match the carpet I have (from the 86 Vic). Hopefully, the carpet will fit without a lot of modification. I am still gathering information on how to sew in around the cloth seating area as the origional area has a plastic runner. I asume (for now) that the material goes in between the plastic material and is sowen in. But, we shall see when the time comes. Hopefully, we will be able to work on the seats after Christmas.... We have a small house, and doing this inside some family members will have to grin and bear it for the duration of the seat project. Yes, the seats themselves are a project. I am hoping to also paint the seat frames... Until next time... Chow!.

  I wanted to see what the seat will look like with this material. So, I took some pictures of the material layed on the seat. I also brought the back part of the seat outside to have a look as it would be in the day light. To my surprise, The ribbing on the seat is gold. The "print" on the material does have a dash of gold. The red however, Oh well... But, I think it will look nice. Not OEM, but, This is a low budget restoration, But, It will look nice and functional. What do you think?. Here's some pictures...

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  Taken inside the little garage. No flash, regular low light level...

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  Outside, laying against my Escort... Diden't clean up the vinyl. Has some dsut and dirt on the vinyl.

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  I think it will look good... But, I am not a color corruniated person. At least wearing cloths... LOL....
  Hmmmm, it's 30 outside, Windy, Cold, Um, I mean freezing!.. Cought up fast diden't it?. My 100 foot garden hose was still connected, and I bet next spring there will be leaks in it. maybe not.... But, can't mess with it. Best to leave it there. Disconnected and the nozzle is disconnected. Hope for the best I suppose.

  I suppose this years car work is done... But, there still may be a day or two warmer, but not enough to get a lot done, or even fun to get stuff done. The cold is a problem for me. Heat and sweltering heat I can take. But the freezing cold, or just plain cold I have a problem with.

  Diden't do nothing in the spray booth this year. The 1/4's took all the summer just about. Diden't plan on those taking so much time. But, eh, It's done, and we move on. The spray booth needs some TLC next spring. Need to put another cover on the roof, or, RTV the spots along the beam where the tarp hits the beam. From the wind blowing it up and down, it's rubbed through and leaks when it rains. But, still, holding and holding good. Just a few little dripping kind of leaks. Moved the parts away from the leaks back in the summer. Next year, I am hopefull of getting the car in for painting. But, we still have a few more things to do in the spring. Then, when we do drive it in the booth, we still have to mask, papaer, and ready the car for painting. That in itself may take a month. But, I have lights and may be able to do that after work on nights. He,he,he. Woulden't that be quicker?.

  I have not finished painting the hoods and the fenders, and the stuff from the dash. Guess, since it's the same blue color I can do them while I'm doing the car but will have to figure out placement inside for best painting without messing with the car's finish. We shall see... Something about restoring a car... The delays, walls to pass through, and the figuring. It is fun, but, you know after you get going good into the project, like I am, "forgots" are the things that happen, and to back track takes time too. Although, the "forgots" are at a minimum.

  So, as like last year, we wait. Collecting materials, parts, and the "behind the sceens" stuff to do. I will report here. Keep checking back here. Be subscribed to my you tube channel and you should get up date notices for when I continue next spring. I suppose, as the weather gets better, I will start doing the behind the sceens things in preporation of getting started again. So, for now, Happy Thinksgiving.... And Happy Holl.... No, hey!. Why should I say "Happy Holidays" when you can have a "Merry Christmas". So, Merry CHRISTmas"... :-) So, I suppose we should consider the cars restoration is closed for the winter of 2013. Looking forward to the spring.

  Today, as everyone was working on Thanksgiving dinner prep. I was working on the web site. Re done the LogBook menu. Better to know where to navigate for what your looking for instead of paging through all of the pages so far. Basicly, I deleted the bubbles, and put the page numbers and sometimes a short discription in the picture of the repairs restoration. Much better to navigate. Seems the bubble idea wasen't as 'clever" as I thought. Even I get confused!.. LOL.

  It's been raining, raining, and more rain. Cold, windy, nasty... The weather has not been good. And to think, I have three days off, and guess what?. Raining for two days, Cold the rest. No, Freezing the rest... Waiting for better days.. But, I did get some web site work done!... have a good Thanksgiving. I know, I will be quite full tomorrow. But, dreded Black Friday. I have to work, and be in a 6AM!. LOL... Until next time. Chow!

  Another cold day. In the lower 40's, but, still not good enough for primer, or leaving bare metal open. Well, like I said days ago. Winter, is mostly data work. So, I did again. For the last 3 days been working on the web site. Installed a few CGI's, and cleaned up the outside part of the site. The main site that is.

  Added on the side, that's why it's been empty all this time. I suppose since your here, you can see the additions on the right. Seperate CGI's (Yes, I wrote those). I have been told by a couple of people that my site looks "old School". Yes, it's that way on purpose. Hmm, on purpose you ask?. Yes. The car is old school, and I also wanted the site to not be bogged down by heavy script, code, java, or any +code. So, it looks old school because it is. LOL....

  Maybe in the future I'll include more CSS, or PHP, or X HTML, but, you know, there has to be something still around that has the "Old School Touch". Besides car's, antiques... Hey!. maybe the side could be classified as Antique... :-). But anyway, Thats it for today. See ya next time. Chow!

  Yes, today was also cold. I was off, and a few days ago found a good deal on a professional, roller tool box. Not too big though. Stands about up to my chest. Today, I cleaned up the first tool cart, and transfered some tools over to the new roller. (No pictures but I am sure you will be able to have a look in another video).. Now, the new one is also for speciality tools mostly, but I did have to put some standard open ends in there. The first cart was getting crouded.

  From all the weld grinding, cutting, and metal grinding the tool cart was packed with grinds. Was messy with that. I took the time and cleaned up the drawers, landings, and nooks and cranies of the grinds and dust, and dirt. Seperated my tools better, in catagories, like, electrical, body, and such. Nice. Cleaned out the little shed/garage, and now I have more shelf space. Going to have to stock up on some supplys. brake cleaner, and the like. Started around 1pm and finished up around 4pm. So, it was a major cleaning up job.

  Tonight, did some image work for the front web site. Thats about it for today. See ya all next time. Thanks for visiting.

  Welcome to the new 1962 Ford Fairlane web site. That is what I have been doing for the past month!. I have learned some new web code, and doing copy and paste of the old code to the new format. That is, the herfs, img, and the rest. Not a easy thing to do when you have hundreds of pictures allready in place with old code. Transferring all of them was a slow process. No program to hurry along the process. Must be done by hand.... Matter of fact, this whole site was done by a text editor (basicly) no fancy front page programs, or any other web building program that does it for you.

  You will also notice all the videos are listed on the right, and they will rotate as you page through, along with the left that will also rotate any special pictures we do along the restoration process. I have better CGI scrips, Java, and the like. I have been building while learning new CSS, Java, and other fancy codeing.

  It's been too cold, snow, rain for the most part of the winter. I was going to work on the seats but, we have a house full, and there is no room to bring them in to work on them. Just have to wait until it's time to work on them :-(. As I get cought up with some of the other things going on, hopefully, I can move on to the car. But for now, I will be working on this site until all the blanks are filled in, and the quotes are done. If you find broken links, Please let me know. Thanks. Everyone. Until next time. Chow!.

  There is a lot to report today... Still, working on the web site. Getting some odds and ends worked out, and making some features better... But, I can't continue until my space provider lets me, as he's working on the server. Until he gives me the green light, I can't do nothing but use my hard drive.

  It snowed a few days ago, and I do have 2014 Snow Car pictures. This winter got cold fast, and stopped all work on the car. espically, when the work also deals with primer, so, we wait for better weather. Here's the snow pictures.

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  The snow has landed... The next day, early morning "un touched snow" picture.

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  The snow has landed... During the night when the snow was still falling.
  Neat huh?. Quiet, waiting to be worked on again.... I noticed in my first Comming Home Video, I estimated a 2 year project. Well, It's been two years now, and I am a little over 50% done, so, maybe I should have said 4 year project. But, I am hoping to get her back on the road this summer. But, we shall see....

  Today, checked the spray booth. All is weel, but it is going to need to good cleaning. Leaves found there way in, and there are a lot of cob webs. I suppose before I use it, and continue on the parts to be painted I need to get the hose and spray it out, and clean real good, Can't have any dust, or particles in the paint or primer. I suppose at the start of spring time that will be first on the list, and if the temp is good, I 'll do the spraying and then work on the car, and spray car.. You get the idea. Hopefully, this year I can get her back on the road. The 1/4's are done... Till next time See ya later!.

  Today, I ordered a pack of upholstery needles and 4 cone Weather Guard Auto upholstery thread for the seats. yes friends, It's time to tackle the seats while the weather is still winter. According to the sales guy, These needles will handle through the vinyl, and fit the old antique sewing machine... I know it has been a battle of finding the needles for upholstery for this machine. So, now, we wait for UPS to show up. During that time, when it stopps raining, I'll pull out the seats and cut out the seating area "ridge" stuff and measure the squares.

  Then, I'll get ready to cut the materials, and sew in the ridges, to finish the squares. I will make all 4 at the same time. Then, start to remove the seat covers, and cut out the old cloth seating area and get ready for the new to be sewen in. This, will take some time, as there will be no room to "mess up".. Never did this before, and it should be interesting to make these.

  Then, it's on to make a foam cutter to replace the torn out foam. I have foam, remember from the couch. I have a old toaster (yes, a bread toaster) The special wire it has to make the cheese cutter type of tool for smoothly, and nicely shape the foam to contour the seats. I really don't know what I'm in for, but we shall see... Can't be worse than what is allready on!. LOL.. Stay tuned. Video and pictures to follow.... Chow!.

  Well everyone. Today was freezing cold. I was going to get out the seats, and seperate the front seat back. But, it's too cold and I don't want to mess up the vinyl as the cold tends to make them not as playable as if they were at room temperature. The other thing is that the materials I ordered for upholstery is supposed to arrive on Tuesday instead of today. So, the seat work must wait.

  My space provider has delayed the magration for another day, and allowed me to continue on this web site. I have a few more things to iron out. It's going nicely, and I hope to have everything correct within this evening. If not, Tomorrow. But for now, There is nothing else to report. So, see ya next time.

  Plans have changed. Seat work postponed. I need more working space. It's too cold outside to even do the prep work on the seats, and should not bring in the seat parts for fear of them getting destroyed by the animals here. Family is here, and their animals. cats. yea, I do like cats, and two of them has taken a liking to me, but, I don't want to have the 50 year old seats even touched by the nails, or even hair on them before any work is done. So, we wait. Most likely, until after the car is in the spray booth with at least a coat of paint. I plan 5 coats, and then the car must sit there, un desturbed for at least 2 weeks to cure. During the cure time, That is when the seats will be started, and hopefully, completed... We wait.

  Still more work to this web site. I plan on a search engine... No not one of those copy and paste searches. I plan to install a CGI search engine of my own. Better searchability, and no ads, and I can control the searches. There are some directories that should not be in the searches. Pictures, probally, text links yea. I have a CGI script with the assocaited files, and I am playing with it. So, more data work is going on. Until next time, Chow!.

  The thread and needles came, actually a couple of days ago. I finally had a chance to see if the needles fit. This old machine needles are difficult to find. Espically in upholstery needles. But, the needles I ordered do not fit. I have a email into them. Hopefully, they will find the right one's. Seems the stem is too wide for the holder. The one's I do have won't be good for upholstery because the needle's hole is small.

  I am worried that the needles I need are no longer available. Before I contacted a professional needle thread supply house, I tryed many, many from Wall Mart, and the various outlets here. Even a sewing repair shop. That's where I found the 4 I have, and they were laying around in some forgotten drawer. So, we wait until we here from them, or figure out something for this machine. Here's a picture. Hope I ordered enough of thread. :-)

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  The needles are wrong. Hopefully, I can get the right one's that fit. We wait......

  The thread is "Solar Guard", Made for auto upholstery. Not cheap stuff!... I ordered too many I think, but it's good to have over enough then to have not enough espically when you only have 2 inches to go to finish..... So, we still wait.... Best case, I will use the one's I have but take it sloooooowwwwww.... Not ready to tackle this project yet. If I can't use the thread, or I purchased too many, I can always return the one's I diden't open. That's what he said.... More later!.

  Hello everyone. The thread company must be a good company. They emaild me a day or so ago and said they found the needles for my machine for the thread I ordered from them (pictured above). They wanted a picture, so I sent them the pictures I did for the web site, including the date brass tag. She sent a message back and said.

"Your pictures came through just fine on your email.. When you said your sewing machine was old,
I didn't think you were talking that old! Kudos to you for fixing it up to work for you!".

  They said they will be in their office in about a week... Hopefully, They are the right one's.... Still cold outside, freezing, windy... Just waiting for the spring time. I am hoping if all is well, and I get the things done I was planning over the winter (Nothing to do with the car.) I will be able to continue on the car is the spring. Last year was a early start, Hopefully, this year will be the same and I don't have interuptions in between. So, Until next time. Chow!.

  Hi-Ya everyone!. It's February allready... Soon it will be time to break out the tools again and do some sweating.... If nothing stops me.... I have some news: I was browsing Craigs List. Mainly in neighboring states and found some trim parts I needed... Want a find!... I don't have to do the additional bumping work, but I do have to clean up the parts. The prize part is the rear trim between the tail lights. This one seems to be in excellent condition.

  The following pictures for this entry are from the guy's craigs list sale page. (with permission)... They should arrive Monday or Tuesday...

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  The new Used rear in between tail light trim. The original was cracked and broken, with a few peices missing from the top where the stuff in the trunk ripped the aluminum off or curled the metal. This one, is in great shape. Necessary replacement. very nice!.

  The other parts, includes the wrap around aluminum from the front lights. One side on the original was dented in, like a gash about 3 inches long, right along the puffy top area. This too, is a good thing to replace. I will keep the old parts. Maybe sometime when there is nothing to do I will see about fixing for a spare.

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  I purchased each side. As you can see. In better shape for both sides. Well worth the price. Save some hours in repairing. Shine up...

  The other parts I got with the deal are shown below. I was quite excited when finding these on Craigs List. The price was very good too. There will be some work to these too. I have to buff the aluminum, and then, get out the artist paint brushes and re-paint the black insert areas. I had practice with this on the 85 Ranger, and they also did look good, although that was plastic and this is aluminum. But still, will look new, and shiney.... Here are pictures of all the parts from the CL purchase. Next time your in a parts store, check out how much the headlights are for this car these days.. LOL...
  Craigs List Purchase. All these parts here... Good condition, Just needs cleaning up and buffing. I will have to inspect the condition of these, and inspect the condition of the originals before I choose to install.... Time is almost here!.

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