On again, off again, on again, off again...

December 1, 2012


This past week has had me in the garage most of my waking hours as I (with help) have been putting Phiona back together again.

Donovan Wood, Kent Schweiss, Carl Walus, and Steve Moore each have offered assistance and have been a tremendous help as we now try to put parts back together on the car. It's no easy task. It's a lot like putting pieces of a puzzle back together. Some times it looks like this will fit here, but then it's not a perfect fit, so we try again.


The bare interior

One of the biggest tasks on this reassembly has been reattaching the accessory trunk to the back end of the car. Without going into the lengthy procedures, we've had it on, thinking it was fitting properly, only to find we miscalculated and then had to remove it and start over. This happened at least three times I think. I forget, it's been so tedious and frustrating. But again, with the help I've had, we have plugged away and, now (I HOPE), we have it figured out. 

Thursday afternoon, when Carl and I had finally got new welting attached to the back side of the trunk where it attaches to the car body and then bolted it in place, I realized that the pinstripe that still needed to be painted on the belt line of the car would be obstructed by the position of the trunk top. So-o-o-o-o, off came the trunk and all the supporting bracketing and frame work. 

Steve helping align fenders and welting between the fender, body and back splash panel (that long blue panel that runs along the back of the car(.

After Kent and Carl left yesterday, I stuck to it and (finally) got the most difficult part of that bracket back on the car. I can reattach that framing and base of the trunk now, and after the pin stripe is added, the trunk should be easily bolted back onto the car (keeping my fingers crossed!!).

Other progress is that the fenders are all attached, I reattached the radiator hoses, cleaned the still bare interior, and put the air vent louver back in place. This morning I hope to finish the trunk base addition and maybe put the rear bumper on. Then I hope to fill in the nail holes in the interior woodwork. 

A preliminary fitting of the trunk. Repeated several times...

In addition to all this car work, I have to get the garage cleaned up and set up for a progressive dinner next Saturday for the car club, get table and chairs to set up in the garage for the crowd, clean house, prepare a main course, get the meal ingredients, plates, plastic ware, etc, go get my still missing hood and other parts from the body shop, get a missing part from the chrome shop, figure out how to  bolt the front bumper in place,, reattach the hood, figure out how to install the window run channels, put the side windows in the car, do laundry, do my volunteer work, get some rest. And BREATH.


Back side of the trunk with new welting added to the outer edges. Welting helps protect the parts from rubbing against the body, acts to prevent squeaks and is a nice finishing touch.


Showing how the welting bead looks when the parts are joined together.

John Huntsman has offered his help in preparing the meal, but I could use help in getting the rest of the dinner preparations completed, like gathering up tables and chairs, table covers, etc. 

Still no projected date of completion for Phiona. 

Lots of setbacks are sure to arise and frustrate me, but I'm hoping to just do what I can with the help that I'm offered (and soliciting), with completion before the year ends. Once I'm done with what I can do, the car will go to the upholsterer for the interior, whereupon I can put the dashboard and window garnish molding back in place.

Now, taking a deep breath and heading out to the garage for more work on the old girl.

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