A journey with my boys- The Elf Barn as I call it.

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We usually hit the barn to get some progress on the elves projects. But its also about the journey with our fellow cruiserheads. @CenTXFJ60 joined me and @Cowboy45 at the barn. He was shedding his herd of remaining muscle cars. This one a 1971 LT1 corvette. His buyer met him at the barn because it was closer. We had a good time. Sitting on the front porch nursing good coffee and watching the horses and sunrise was great. “Progress” was working on the hoodliner on the pony which needs to go on before the glass can, erecting a rolling tool chest, and meeting a corvette buyer/ restorer and his dad that has had over 400 vettes. We had some good beer and food. All good. @CenTXFJ60 also took a modified hj62 frame (with 80 front end coil buckets) home with him that @dogfishlake brought to my barn from @bdyer12. We also loaded up a 1fzfe from my stash to send to @CaptClose who will be using it on his FJ45 build. Fair amount of Cruiser DNA running around TX.

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Had a good weekend getting the Pony wrapped up. Headliner went in. All the glass went back on. @SipLife, @Cowboy45, and @cowgirl40 all got in the action. We are spoiled with the well laid out FSMs on Cruisers. Let’s say we did the door glass about twice over. Still some tweaking to do. Chrome goes back on next week. Hoping to wrap most the remaining work next week if possible. Interior carpet, seats, new gear shifter, dash refresh, new instrument cluster bezels. It’s been a hard row as weekend warriors. Getting close to finishing this so we can hit the cruiser projects next.

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Few more pics of the weekend. Boys got a full on lesson on window install. Definitely more complex than cruisers. Multiple planes to adjust. Quarter vent window and multiple planes of adjustment. Tiny hands rule the day in tight spaces.

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Few more pics of the weekend. Boys got a full on lesson on window install. Definitely more complex than cruisers. Multiple planes to adjust. Quarter vent window and multiple planes of adjustment. Tiny hands rule the day in tight spaces.

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Wow man...that paint looks great. Your challenges are the same reason I don’t miss working on Corvettes. Toyota made things so much easier :).
 

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Your doing great!
Your kids will have an amazing life with skills and memories that are rock solid!
And the Mustang looks very good too!
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Thanks @Bob Morazes. It’s been a good journey. Both ups and downs. Sticking with something to completion and doing it as well as one can is a big one. We have never painted or done body work before. How to go about doing new things through proper research and working with the hands you have is another.
 

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That paint turned out great! Looks like you had a productive weekend, all those little details are what take the longest. It's great that your whole family enjoys the same hobby.
 
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Thanks @Bob Morazes. It’s been a good journey. Both ups and downs. Sticking with something to completion and doing it as well as one can is a big one. We have never painted or done body work before. How to go about doing new things through proper research and working with the hands you have is another.
Being 70 YO now, I can tell you it wont be long before you'll be building cars with your grandkids and your sons will be telling stories of today's adventures. So be careful, they are ruthless story tellers when they leave the nest and come back to sit around the family thanksgiving table.
 

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@SipLife worked on getting the chrome back on, trunk weather stripping glued in. We also water tested the front and rear windshield glass after sealer last weekend. All in all great. Two tiny leaks. Recaulked those areas. Chrome trim goes back on after a leak re-test next week.

@samc2447, it’s the small bits that take long. @SipLife had a school project so we only got a day in the Elf Barn this weekend. Sometimes we do the best with the time we have. Weather was great. Had some great tunes on. Seeing the pile of pony bits on the floor diminish and end up on the truck was pleasant. Seeing @SipLife see it coming together was awesome.

Next weekend we are off to Tucson to get a FJ45. So no work at the barn. Will share some pics on that in another thread.

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