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  1. I used the word weld, but I think they did braze the halves back together. I do know they used a fine cutting blade and cut above the factory seam, not by much but just above. That way i could clean everything and not have areas left untouched. And if i blasted through a rust area, they could solder it up from the inside or outside if they wanted. Done correctly and they still looked almost factory, at least from the bottom of the car. Used to do many old motorcycle tanks too..
  2. When I had my stripping business some guys would want to keep an original gas tank so they rinsed it out, put water in it and used a die grinder to cut it in half. Brought the two pieces to me so i could use my really fine glass bead at low pressure to blast the tank clean, and if any rust holes found cleaned them up for repair. They then would weld the two halves back together and then seal the inside with a gas tank sealer. As i cleaned the exterior of the tank too, they then painted it so it looked brand new. Some vehicles were impossible to find a new replacement tank so this was an alternitive.
  3. By looking for a 1988 Chrysler lebarron conv rear 1/4 glass repair parts i found this: backlite part and gear Don't know if this will ork for your application, I had the same company repair my 1991 1/4 windows and they also said mine was a 1988 Chrysler lebarron conv part.
  4. The word was nicely done, sorry
  5. WOW, you have a Lot more talent than i do. Very licely done. Thanks for sharing
  6. Great point, I didn't think of that but they are different
  7. They told me my 1991 conv 1/4 glass units were from a 1988 Chryser Lebarron conv. That may be true for your car too?
  8. My 91 conv was running hot last year. Had a bit of slight leak on one end of the radiator. Pulled it out and found lots of debris between the radiator and a/c condenser. Probably the cause of the running hot, but recored the radiator anyway. Now runs like it should.
  9. Three is the correct answer for the number of AVX's built. One coupe, one convertible and one T-top. So this is now confusing, how many are actually out there built? Did someone other than the "factory" build the others or are there really only 3?
  10. Sorry can't help with adding cup holders in the car, I don't allow any food or drinks in my Convertible. Don't even know where i could make somehting fit.
  11. Might not work on an Avanti, but when I owned the stripping shop ( blasted with plastic media or walniut shells and fine glass bead at low pressure).we used to unbolt the body from the frame of a full frame car. Lift the body straight up and took 2 inch black pipe cut 11 1/2 inches long and used 12 inch 1/2 inch bolts to run up through the black pipe. Stood the pipe up and then dropped the body back down to be hovering over the frame at each body bolt location. The bolts were run up tight and the body was one with the frame again. This did two things for us, gave us a rolling cart to move the body around the shop. Also allowed us to blast clean the complete frame and under body except the 2 inch pipe location. If this was going to be a real show restoration, we would then pull one pipe out at a time to clean that area. We did this on older Corvettes too but never an Avanti so don't know if it would work? I think it would. many of the shops that brought the vehicles to us didn't have enough room to keep the bosy and frames seperated, keeping them as one unit made it easier on everyone. Plus no tweaking of the body with out supporting structure.
  12. Soda blasting has its own set of issues, you must wash the soda dust that has impregnated the metal with soapy water to remove that film. Otherwise the overlay of primer/paint has no bond. Years ago they were using that method of blasting to remove the paints and primers from GM, Ford & Chrylser cars. I got to reblast hundreds of vehicles to stop the peeling paintand then be repainted. The orignal blasting prices the soda guys were charging was just a tad less than what I was charging. Once the cars had issues, they all (the soda blaster companies) closed up and disappeared.Soda blasting was originally set up as a grease removing system, it worked well for that.
  13. Sorry I missed you, just spent the month of Feb in Tucson at the KOA RV park sitting in the warm sun thinking I wish I had my Avanti Convertible down there with me...
  14. Plastic and walnut will remove the light surface rust, but not actually clean the metal to white clean rust free. I also used to use extremely fine glass bead at low pressure to totally remove the rust. Low pressure to us was 15 to 30psi being shot out of a 1/2 inch nozzel at high high volumn. It would kind of wash the substrait and not dig in or harm the surface material. I had a 800 cfm compressor that was able to run 4 blast hoses at once. if your rust is light surface, using a abrasive pad of some type to remove the loose rust and then using a rust converter, navel Jelly type or POR-15 and then coating the metal would work without going through the expense of jacking the vehicle up high enough to gain a "shooting angle" and blasting the bottom. I'm in Arizona also and had thought of opening a blasting company like I had in Michigan, sure seems like there is a need for gentle cleaning of vehicles for those restoring them.
  15. How about calling the logistics company general phone number asking to talk to the person who is supposed to be working there? I would be questioning a lot before allowing one of my cars to leave my home without a pile of money on my table.
  16. You didn't put a maybe, depending on how it is constructed. I own a Tesla and would look but no firm answer to this survey question until more info is presented.
  17. I used Window Motor World in Florida http://windowmotorworld.net/ I had a heck of a time getting the driver side regulator with glass out, lots of little movements to get enough clearance to get it all out. To reinstall i cut a small corner off one of the brackets to make it easier to fit back in that space. I had to remove the glass as they didn't want the glass with the regulator. Right now I could use a bit more adjustment in getting the glass to seal 100% to the door glass but I can manually move the 1/4 glass by hand and it works well. I would use them again as they were fast to fix and return.
  18. I had my 1991 conv rear glass regulators replaced and mine were from a 1988 Chrysler LeBarron as the rebuilder told me.
  19. When I owned a paint/rust removal company in the Detroit area we used low pressure blasting with plastic, glass bead and walnut shells. Depending on what it was we were trying to remove. Plastic or walnuts were for paint, bondo, undercoating, caulking and other non rusty things. Either the plastic or walnut would remove undercoating very easy. Low pressure in the 15 to 25psi range and using a 1/2 nozzel to get the jkob done. We did many older Corvettes and lots of steel bodied cars this way. Problem was the materials we shot for that job got tossed after the car was done as the oily undercoat mess ruined the materials. We shot low pressure but lots of volumn, we had a 800 cfm conmpressor to get the job done. Don't know how the Avanti body underside would take to that blasting, but Corvettes did great.
  20. When I pulled the radiator out of my 1991 Conv I took it to the radiator shop and had them recore it. Never even asked what they thought it was? He said no problem and I picked it up the next day all done. He did use a bit bigger tubes inside the core for more flow he said.
  21. I think #2 would day something like that in his writing style.
  22. On my 1991 conv I do not think there would be any way to reach up from the bottom to open the hood. Is the lever under the dash stuck and not moveable or has the cable that un locks the latches pulled out? On the door can you get the window down? You may be able to push a rod down along side the glass to press the lock/un lock lever?
  23. The workmanship looks fantastic, and what I can see of your garage it looks like you have a booth in there too. Can't wait to see the next batch of photos. Great Job.
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