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KevFin

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As many people know, I have been a little slow getting boats done for the past 5 years!  This delay will now come to an end as the restoration of Christine has finally been completed!  The next boat restoration can finally resume.  Watch for updates on that one soon.

Here now are some pictures of Christine as she was when I pulled her out of the junk yard.  I will update this thread daily until all the photo's are up. 

This was a $700 junkyard car from Swains auto salvage in BelAir MI.

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Once we tore into the car it looked a lot worse than we had thought.  The rocker panels had rusted out and the previous owner slapped replacements over the rust, when those rusted out as well, a second set of replacements went over the top of  what was left of the other two!  We had to tear it all out and start over.
-KevFin

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The original engine, a 301 - 2 barrel, was siezed when I got the car, but a gallon of WD40 poured into the spark plug holes loosened it up and I got it running.  It fouled plugs every 2 weeks so I had it completely rebuilt, .040 over with new pistons, reground solid lifter cam and higher compression, with a lot of chroming and powder coating and chrome-ceramic coating.  I added the totally correct 57 / 58 Fury dual quad intake, and carbs, rebuilt by Chuck Smith as well as power disk brakes with dual master cyl. and an original booster with modern front discs from AAJ brakes. 

Then it was time to get on with the rear quarter panels.  We had two NORS patch panels per side which we acid dipped (shown in green acid etch primer) but more metal than that was needed so the rest was hand fabricated from sheet metal.  We had to save the strips with the horizontal crease on each side.  My friend Kevin McCracken, with 30 years experience in the trade, made it all look easy!  The quarter turned out laser straight!

-KevFin

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After the metal work was done the welds were ground and filling and sanding were completed.  The insides of the quarter panels were treated to the same care as the outsides.  You cannot see the seams anywhere.  A lot more work was done than shown here.  The trunk floor and tail pan body mounts were also bad, in fact the body had settled 2 inches lower onto the frame at the rear.  We raised the rear half of the body back into position and rebuilt those pieces in order to get it off the frame!  Most of the hard work was done in a two car garage at my parents house.  My garage is too small.  My friend came over mostly on Sundays and that is when we did the work.  Most of the way through the body work, we cleared out the pole barn and made it into a first class workshop, but for now, feel free to marvel at the clutter we worked around!

-KevFin

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I have heard that when these cars were designed Virgil Exner wanted to do away with the fuel door in the side of the car.  Unfortunately the complete redesign of every car in Chrysler's line up cost so much time and money that there simply weren't any resources left to do this.  The removal of the unsightly fuel doors would have to wait for the next re-design in 1960. 

This updates for you, Virgil.

We used a repro. 1960 Chrysler tank and a K-Car inlet grafted onto mandrel bent exhaust tubing.  The original lightening hole in the trunk latch support was cut out and reversed so as to locate it at the bottom of the support, instead of the top.  The license plate gas door was taken from an old Buick.  The entire apparatus is completely removable for service.

-KevFin

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Finally!  Christine's in the paint booth, edged in and ready to paint. 

I designed a rotary air hose boom for the ceiling, inspired by what I have seen at the manual car wash.  I used a hollow 1 inch diameter pipe and a boat trailer hub with 1 inch bearings.  To this I added an 8 inch trailer rim with electrical conduit welded into the notch I had ground into it.  The air hose simply goes through the "axle" where a rotating air hose coupling is inserted into the hose and through a hole in the center of the conduit.  I bagged the whole thing in case there would be any condensation leakage at the coupling.  This makes a neat set up without having to drag the hose around and step over it all the time. 

The booth has a sealed motor exhaust fan with furnace filters, ten lights in the walls and nine in the ceiling.  A furnace on the other side of the wall with a fan only setting supplies filtered make up air.   

-KevFin

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On goes the red in a base coat / clear coat.  Lots of preparation went into this paint job and to insure that it was not a waste of time a lot of preparation went into the rustproofing of the car as well. 

We used over 3 gallons of Herculiner, truck bed liner as undercoating.  Everything was stripped of the old dry tar undercoating by using an air file with the end of the file sharpened, many hours were spent at this, then it was all wire brushed and cleaned with GON, finally acid etch primer was laid down before the Herculiner.  Additionally we sprayed some type of flow-able undercoating into the doors and rocker panels and other tight areas. 

The rear window of these cars has a sort of a canal or moat under the chrome which traps water and dirt washed from the back glass during rain.  After repairing the rust in that area which necessitated removal of the glass we added 4 drains to channel the water through the rear wheel wells and under the car.  Only after a thorough and complete preparation did the car finally receive its GM torch red paint, but unlike modern GM cars, this is REAL paint, not watercolor, it won't wash off if we forget and leave the car out in the rain!!!

-KevFin

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absolutely fintastic!!!,
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At this point in the restoration, I got too excited to take many pictures of the trim going on.  There were over 50 pieces of stainless to be buffed.  The lint from the buffing wheel went into the buffer's electric motor.  I literally buffed stainless until the buffer burst into flames!!!  I tried to blow it out with an air hose and that only made it worse.  It looked like a jet engine in full afterburner.  After about 5 minutes it burned it's self out.  Since the motor still ran I decided I'd just go ahead and continue buffing! 

The interior was done locally in the original design for a Belvedere, but as you can see, I added Fury seat backs, with the notch cut out of the top as seen in the movie.  The door panels were masked off and vynal dyed and turned out great.  The seat fabric I chose was '57 Chevy cloud pattern in red and black.  Sorry Mopar purists, but I like the idea of red storm clouds gathering in a Christine!  I think they fit the personality. 

I masked off the uprights in the grill and acid etched, then painted them, in satin black.  I think it's a great effect.  These bumper stickers were given out at the box office in 1983 when the movie was in the theaters!

The photo's in today's update were taken over the winter in the paint booth, before the hubcaps even got back from the chrome shop.  I hope to get some outdoor photo's soon, but I have been busy fixing glitches!  The odometer works correctly, but when the gas tank is full it reads empty and when it's empty it reads full!  I had a local business match the 1960 sender with the 1958 gauge.  At least they got the Ohms right! 

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And now, for my next trick...

I've caught a 1958 Herters Flying Fish which I've kept on ice for several years.  These boats have 58 Plymouth Styling on steroids, the tail fins are 2 feet high with an aluminum tail light casting at the rear edge!  The hull / deck molding is wide and perfectly suited as is, I will angle it up at the rear.  To this I will add a lower narrow molding and continuous Sport Tone trim inserts.  The tail light castings will be re-cast to perfectly match the Plymouth in a stretched version.  The hardtop shown here is off a 1960 Glastron.  I have already had the windshield reproduced.  The motor will be a 1958 Johnson and the trailer a Gator with Christine-like grills at the front of its fenders.  Naturally it will be the same red and white as the car.  This fish will bad to the bone!

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Here's a '57 flying fish that was done by a friend of mine, Gary MacNorius to match a Desoto.  I think these fishes are an excellent match to the Plymouth because of the curvature of the fins.

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Came over from the FL forum. This was a fantastic look and read about your Christine and VERY nicely done.........congrats and see you out there.

Love the boats too
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It's been a busy summer getting some mechanical bugs cleared up.  She's running fine now. 

I got a nice shot of the car this fall so I thought I'd put it up! 

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