1965 Dart GT 273 Commando 4 speed

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    Thanks so much.
    Cold front got me yesterday as we went from high temps of almost 70 to low 40s today.
    Everything to get her fired up is on the way but gonna be cold till turkey day here at least. Had a great weekend on eBay though selling the original big block vette Holley carb that was on her and original 273 4bbl intake manifold for a tidy sum.
     
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      Weather still sucks here. Got down to 18 degrees this morning.
      Thought I was in the south lol.
      Anyways ,have made no progress since sat. but this arrived today. Shutting down to enjoy thanksgiving but supposed to warm up Friday into next week so screw Black Friday. I'm puttin in a fuel tank.lol.

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        Had good day yesterday as it warmed up nicely.
        Got old Master cylinder removed and trying to figure out dual mc that will fit with these headers.
        Restored air cleaner with eastwoods reflective paint and new decals.

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          Waiting on fuel sending unit so tackled the bulkhead forward under hood wiring this morning. Removed old nasty harness and replaced with brand new factory correct harness and new voltage regulator.
          Still have to replace starter relay and horn relay along with alternator then wire in msd box but happy with this as a start.
          Beerthirty has hit. Wohoo.

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            Where did you get the harness ?
             
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              Classic Industries.
               
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                Thanks it looks great
                 
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                  Damn that is nice. Great progress!
                  So vinegar to clean those seats?
                  They look new now.
                   
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                    That looks really fantastic!
                     
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                      Thanks.
                      Used 1 part bleach to 8 parts water( more bleach could damage threads of seats) to get rid of any mold/mildew then apple vinegar and lots of scrubbing.
                      Luckily the rear seat and passenger front bucket were just filthy with no other damage. Passenger bucket should clean up nice also but drivers is fubared.
                      Still deciding if I want to re-upholster front buckets in future( have done 4 over the years) and early a buckets are a pita to re-cover correctly and don't wanna pay shop. Might end up going with pro car low back buckets.
                      To start thou just gonna throw cover on drivers side and get her in the wind.
                       
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                        Have not made progress this week Dealing with helping sister with some plumbing issues at her house.
                        Know it will not be popular but i'm old and this is a nostalgia build, space is tight with headers and was way she was raced back in day.
                        For brakes going with original style single master cylinder and line lock.
                        True widow maker but i'm already a widower so hell with it.

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                          Awesome project!
                           
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                            Thanks.
                            Helping family and weather here have slowed me up. Still hoping to have her running and in garage by end of yr.
                            Spare bedroom has turned into 65 dart parts holding area.lol.

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                              Good day today. Sun came out, my stainless fuel lines and sending unit finally arrived, treated carb with RPM ( good stuff for keeping moisture off any metal) removed old throttle cable and replaced with lokar unit. Just need to repaint firewall attaching plate and add stainless securing nuts to finish.
                              My car budget is shot till after Christmas so cracked first beer, started fire in fireplace and am watching Pearl Harbor marathon on history channel.lol.

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                                Had a good morning before weather turned.
                                Got line loc solenoid mounted and plumed line to tee on frame and bent first sections of line to master cylinder and rear brakes.
                                Bonus was my anniversary gold paint showing up on porch. Wohoo.

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                                  Cold today but removed full size starter. ( what a pita to get off ) and installed new mini starter but still need to get relay wiring and battery cable cut to length.
                                  Nice weight savings and so much easier to access over full size monster.

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                                    Looks like you are missing a rear valve cover bolt.
                                     
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                                    How did I miss this? Nice score...and what a fast start on getting her going!!! Congrats!
                                     
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                                    Just have em secured with 2 bolts each for now. They need to be restored and still need easy access to valvetrain.
                                     
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                                    And she came from South Carolina.lol.
                                    TMC has a new president by the way. Rick Hart.
                                     
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                                    My brother lives in Columbia SC. About 5 years ago looked at a 66 Barracuda Commando 4 spd in Elgin, SC but it was rough and the seller wouldn't budge on price.

                                    Wow, Butch turned over reign!! Rick will do a great job, I'm sure. That is one great Mopar club!! Very active.
                                     
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                                    Got back on her today. Flu bug got me last week and was not feeling getting under her to remove old gas tank and run fuel lines so spruced up dash bezel.
                                    Did not go full resto as will eventually replace with repop so just cleaned up nicely, replaced missing bulbs, touched up black trim areas and polished light controls, cigarette lighter and ignition bezels.

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                                      Warmed up today so pulled passenger side bucket and started resto on it.
                                      Got vinyl cleaned and re-dyed, cleaned and repainted tracks and started polish process on chrome side pieces( left is before rt. is after in picture )
                                      Hopefully will finish tomorrow along with restoring other dash pieces.

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                                        Nice work. What was your process on the chrome? It looks great.
                                         
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                                        Fine, then very fine steel wool then star-brite polish. For marine applications but works great polishing and sealing chrome. Good stuff.
                                         
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