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Brett Proctor

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Brett Proctor

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Got the lines for the HVAC system stubbed out
I think this is the last of things to do before the body goes back on.

AC lines
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Heater Lines
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Top view
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These are the tubing benders used
Both made by CPS
They worked real well. No kinking just nice smooth bends. I put some grease on the top section of the bender that slides on the tubing so it would slide across the tubing easier
1/2" one is part number TB08
5/8" is BTB10
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Brett Proctor

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Thanks
But running the lines on the outside of the tunnel created another issue. The center console wont clear them.
I was aware of this but decided to go ahead and put the lines on the out side anyways.
I was thinking that maybe I could modify the existing console to fit but doing so would destroy the looks to much, soooo I'll make another center console that will clear the lines. It will look different from what I have now.
 
I was thinking the added lines cut into the seat track area. Mine is very tight.

Do you you have a photo of the console that won’t be used or are you thinking of reusing parts of it? Would sure like to reserve a place for it if it is not being used.
 

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farfegnubbin

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I was thinking the added lines cut into the seat track area. Mine is very tight.

Do you you have a photo of the console that won’t be used or are you thinking of reusing parts of it? Would sure like to reserve a place for it if it is not being used.

“And every night after midnight, Sterling enthusiasts huddle by the dumpster behind Brett’s house to see what beautiful fabrication might be discarded and otherwise scavenged.” Heeheehee. I totally get it. He makes nice things.
 

Brett Proctor

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I thought I asked before but maybe not - what was the thought of running them outside vs in the tunnel?
I did think about putting the lines in the tunnel.
two reasons for not putting the lines in the tunnel
1. To much stuff already existed inside the tunnel and installing an additional 5 lines then trying to get around it all wasn't worth the effort.
I would have to cut the tunnel open to get around all that then weld it all back together.
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Second reason was if anything needed maintenance it would be impossible to get to.

I was thinking the added lines cut into the seat track area. Mine is very tight.

Do you you have a photo of the console that won’t be used or are you thinking of reusing parts of it? Would sure like to reserve a place for it if it is not being used.
No issues with the seat tracks. Lines are way above that.

I don't think the old console will be of much use to you. Location of the shift lever looks to be in a different location than yours, plus its centered in the console not offset like the oem bug lever is.
I have seen some consoles in the yards here that look to be a straight bolt in option. If thats what your looking for.

“And every night after midnight, Sterling enthusiasts huddle by the dumpster behind Brett’s house to see what beautiful fabrication might be discarded and otherwise scavenged.” Heeheehee. I totally get it. He makes nice things.
Yes Warren I have thrown away alot of stuff while I have been progressing through this build.
I've looked back at past efforts and what I'm doing now and think that some of the stuff I came up with back then was down right ugly compared to what I'm making now, and with the money I've spent on all that stuff I think I probably could of bought a new car from you by now.
 

farfegnubbin

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All teasing and joking aside, I feel that one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about projects in the past 20+ years is to be at peace (or more quickly at peace) with re-doing something if I know it didn’t turn out pretty much exactly how I wanted. I used to get caught up in thinking about how much time I’d already invested or what it cost. And although I still don’t want to ever waste time or money, I now see a misfire as being one step closer to the correct solution.

I try to take a breath and ask myself two questions: 1) Did it turn out how I wanted it to and 2) Is this something I’m okay compromising on. If the answer is “no” to both, I try to boldly, bravely scarp it and move on without dwelling too much. I had to learn to do this. I tend to dwell.

Admittedly, I still sometimes need to take a break and reset. But yeah, I’m weirdly impressed by anyone who can bravely throw away something they made because they know they can make a better one.

I’m always happy seeing you guys working through any setbacks and pushing on til you get it the way you want it.

(Thus ends the daily Sterling affirmation.)

((I should also probably add that later tonight I have to go redo something I totally f’d up earlier in the week. Dammit.))
 

Brett Proctor

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Body went back on to the chassis today.
Still have a little wiring to do, build the new center console, design and build the air plenum box from the HVAC system to the air ducts, finish installing the lines for the brakes, and install the hydraulic line to the clutch slave cylinder, lay carpet, install the seats, paint the car.

Temps today reached 110 degrees in the shade. I was determine to get the body back on.

Ignore the mess. Now that its on a rolling chassis I can roll it out and do some cleaning.

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vpogv

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Nice work Brett - determination to get that body on in that heat. Next post better be of a clean shop though :)
 
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