CAR This is not a milk thread. I have owned my '74 Eldorado convertible for 2 years now but it's time for a build thread

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The old sound deadening/heat shielding material was a combination of asphalt impregnated cardboard and rockwool padding. All of it was wet, musty, and horribly degraded. Needless to say, all of it went into the trash. I replaced it with a adhesive butyl membrane that has an aluminum heat shield on one side. I put two lays of the membrane on the firewall and the floor.

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On the firewall, I added a layer of self adhesive foam insulation. From the factory, there was an extra layer of rockwool so this will replace that layer.

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With the work on the firewall finishing up, I starting working on the HVAC control box. It contains the logic controller, the vacuum system, and the heater core. I already knew that one of the vacuum actuators was bad and everything was really dirty.

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With the control box open, I went ahead and replaced the heater core. It was cheap and replacing it later would be a massive pain in the ass.

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I repainted the steering column and replaced a broken lock clip inside the column.

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The turn signal stalk was rusty so I found a replacement that was in much better condition. There is a button for the cruise control on the end of the turn signal stalk and if you just pull the small harness out of the column, you have to take the entire column apart to get it back though. They provide a hole in the connector to attach a wire to so you can fish the new harness back though.

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The vacuum booster was making a hissing noise inside and there were some loose parts. Turns out there was a torn boot and a retainer clip that had popped out.

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The booster itself was a bit rusty and I was feeling artistic so I tried to replicate the gold cadmium finish with paint. It turned out OKish.

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First, I am impressed, meticulous work, every detail is friggin spot on.

Second, that floor pan was pretty goddamned clean for a convertible with a hole in the top, I am at a loss for words how nice it is age and environmentally speaking.

Third, this nigga uses sprayway! :bowdown:

I am totally impressed by your work and quality of everything you've touched this far! :bowdown:
 

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nice, I figured you must have a sandblaster with how some of the after pics looked.

awesome work. I recognize some of the words, and I can tell that the after pics are much cleaner than the before pics, without broken pieces :bowdown:
 
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First, I am impressed, meticulous work, every detail is friggin spot on.

Second, that floor pan was pretty goddamned clean for a convertible with a hole in the top, I am at a loss for words how nice it is age and environmentally speaking.

Third, this nigga uses sprayway! :bowdown:

I am totally impressed by your work and quality of everything you've touched this far! :bowdown:
The lack of rust is the reason why I bought it. I know it was covered with a tarp while it was stored in the barn it was is because you can (could) see marks in the paint were the tarp corners were blowing around for years and years. The engine (and the majority of the entire vehicle) has never been touched. The rear brakes still had the factory shoes and the rear wheel bearings still had their factory grease in them. The only parts under the hood that had been changed were the alternator and the master cylinder. The only interior parts that had been disassembled were the things that were removed when the accident repair happened back when it was almost new.
 

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