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post #1 of 9 Old August 27th, 2019, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Another 1965 Coupe

this is one of the cars i inherited when my dad died. i pulled it out and washed it like 13 years ago, so i figured it wouldn't need too much work. it needed a decent amount of small things, so i've spent the past 2 weeks messing with it

here's what i've done so far:

new air filter
cleaned out the fuel tank
new fuel sending unit
new rear fuel hose
new front fuel hose
new fuel filter
ethanol free gas
new starter solenoid
new battery + hold down
adjusted carburetor
new belt
pulled and checked all the spark plugs, looks good
changed the oil
new thermostat and housing
flushed the coolant
flushed and bled brakes
new floor mats

i wasn't going to buy a thermostat housing, but when i put the new thermostat in, i cracked the housing. when i installed the new housing and filled the radiator, coolant started pouring out from under the thermostat housing. really really hoping i didn't crack the manifold and that i just tore the gasket during installation. i didn't see any cracks, but i couldn't get a good look. gonna buy a new gasket today and see if that fixes it

other than that, i have new tires arriving tomorrow, so when i get those mounted tomorrow or thursday, the car should be 100% done

hard to get decent pics where it's at, but this is what i'm working with. more to come soon



this car was restored by my dad and grandpa in the '80s. they knew what they were doing, and this car is the nicest classic i've ever seen. 36k actual miles, absolutely zero rust, perfectly aligned body panels, straight as an arrow down the side with no waves, doors close solid, flawless interior, perfect paint (if there was one thing my dad was better than anybody at, it was painting a car the right way), no dents, dings, or scratches, perfect chrome with no pitting or blemishes, perfect rubber trim, and hasn't seen a wet road since complete. i've really debated going full bore concours with it, but that will cost more than i'm willing to spend right now. planning on selling this thing when i'm done. it should bring top dollar, but if it doesn't sell in a reasonable amount of time, i might start chipping away at it with some concours parts

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Small world, i follow you on Instagram lol. you comment on a photo of my 65 coupe asking about my Nexen tires. That thermostat leak is the exact leak i am having as well! right around the bottom bolt it is damp. I spent way longer that it should have taken because my car has power steering and AC so it have a bracket that covers that area and makes getting that lower bolt alot more difficult than it should be. Hopefully like you said its just a torn gasket and not a crack in the manifold. update us with your findings!
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Small world, i follow you on Instagram lol. you comment on a photo of my 65 coupe asking about my Nexen tires. That thermostat leak is the exact leak i am having as well! right around the bottom bolt it is damp. I spent way longer that it should have taken because my car has power steering and AC so it have a bracket that covers that area and makes getting that lower bolt alot more difficult than it should be. Hopefully like you said its just a torn gasket and not a crack in the manifold. update us with your findings!
lol, i knew that was you when you followed me. i thought you knew it was me too

i replaced the thermostat housing gasket tonight and i still get a little moisture from around the bottom bolt, but it's not pouring out like it was before. it doesn't seem to be a crack in the manifold. it should be at least driveable now as long as i keep an eye on the fluid, but i think i'm gonna tear it back down and try RTV on it next week. is your thermostat housing stock or aftermarket? i went with the dorman housing from autozone and i'm starting to think it might be warped. if RTV doesn't work, i'll try another housing. if that doesn't work, i'll set the car on fire

P.S. i ended up buying the same nexens as you lol. they'll be here tomorrow. hopefully i'll have time tomorrow to mount them so i can wash the car and get some better pics

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got my tires mounted this evening, and think i've freed up the brakes enough to not need wheel cylinders. just gotta throw the wheels on, take the car off jack stands, and drop in the new battery now. already have insurance and all. first test drive will be tomorrow and if all goes well then i'll clean it up and maybe take it to a show this weekend

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pulled it out to wash it today but the left rear brake is locked up. gonna tear it down and replace the wheel cylinder when it arrives tomorrow

i fucking despise drum brakes

aside from that, last night i installed the new battery, wheels/tires, and detailed the interior/door jams. hopefully i can knock out the brake work tomorrow and wash it if i still have daylight. will probably polish it late tomorrow night in the shop then get pics the next day unless i run into more problems

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tore apart the rear brake and evidently the brake adjustment cable was snapped too. new one should be here tomorrow with the wheel cylinder

this car is gonna nickel and dime me to death

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lol, i knew that was you when you followed me. i thought you knew it was me too

i replaced the thermostat housing gasket tonight and i still get a little moisture from around the bottom bolt, but it's not pouring out like it was before. it doesn't seem to be a crack in the manifold. it should be at least driveable now as long as i keep an eye on the fluid, but i think i'm gonna tear it back down and try RTV on it next week. is your thermostat housing stock or aftermarket? i went with the dorman housing from autozone and i'm starting to think it might be warped. if RTV doesn't work, i'll try another housing. if that doesn't work, i'll set the car on fire

P.S. i ended up buying the same nexens as you lol. they'll be here tomorrow. hopefully i'll have time tomorrow to mount them so i can wash the car and get some better pics
haha no i didn't know it was you, it just came up as recommended for me lol. But yeah i have a Dorman thermostat housing and used the supplied gasket. its not dripping but like you said its just damp around the housing. for now i snugged the bolts up a little more and will keep an eye on it. Hopefully you like the Nexens! currently fighting with a new fuel line on my coupe
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i replaced the left rear wheel cylinder a few days ago and it's not locking up like it was before, but the car still wants to stop on its own and when i mash the brake pedal, it goes almost all the way to the floor and then grabs hard. i've adjusted all the brakes already, so my buddy who is a brake specialist is coming over tomorrow to help me determine whether i need a new master cylinder and/or hoses

other than that, everything is coming along nicely. been messing around with the car while waiting for my buddy to get back in town, so i already have the interior and door jams detailed, all the chrome polished, etc.

it's getting close. might actually be finished once i get this brake problem sorted out

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brake specialist buddy came over and told me i basically need everything. wheel cylinders, master cylinder, etc. tomorrow morning i'm going to order 3 more wheel cylinders, a master cylinder, and maybe all 4 hoses. hoping to get it all knocked out before the weekend

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