I ordered plenty of extra trunk liner material along with the trunk kit from Leather Restorations in order to sew together pieces for the LPG covers. I used cardboard to make templates, transferred those to the
trunk liner material and had lots of help sewing it all together. A
common sewing machine can just handle the material.
The job´s nearly finished (still need to attach the spare tire cover flap). It came out pretty well although the two black LPG vent hoses look rather stupid. There's little more I
can do about that than place a large, old leather travel suitcase or
trunk in there. That'll hide those hoses a bit and provide space for the
emergency crap I carry.
The covers are stiff enough to hold
themselves in place. The trunk liner material added to the stiffness
once it was glued in place (I used 3M) but I also added a second sheet
of hardboard on the inside of the covers to stiffen them up so they
would hold their shape and not sag.
years there's a 1963 Continental on Wheeler Dealers... fantastic! I've
been waiting for that. Easily the most important American car design
from the early 1960's (I'm not at all biased).
Looking forward to
seeing Mike emptying his wallet for parts at Lincoln Land or Bakers
Auto & watch Ed deal with the silly crank shaft mounted power
steering pump, the nylon aluminium cam shaft gear, the over-designed
steering gear mounts etc.
I used a vacuum cleaner
to suck up all the dust and sand that was in the wheel wells and behind
the rear quarters. Reason for doing this was the rust prevention product
I was going to
spray with an air gun next. It's important that the spray reaches (or
seeps into) all nooks and crannies. Dust and sand get in the way and
soak up the product.
The product I used is Caprotech RX5, "a transparent product with a
strong penetrating formula, penetrates through existing rust and bonds
to the metal, completely isolating existing rust". The air gun is
intended to be used with undercoating and rust prevention products (not
with paint). It came with two nylon hoses about 2.5 feet long; one has a
tip that sprays 360 degrees, the other one has a grip and nozzle that's
at an 90 degrees angle. The two 55 litre LPG made it a bit difficult to
see if I had reached everywhere so I simply sprayed until drips were
forming at the lowest points on the outside of the car (doglegs, rear
wheel arch etc.)
Next I doubled-up on the sticky-back asphaltic sound deadening material where
the factory placed it but I also stuck it on the trunk floor and the
flat pieces that go over the 'frame' rails. If you knock in different
areas you get a very good idea where you do and don't need to put this
stuff. I'm not going to place additional sound deadening material
because that was already done in the passenger compartment when a PO had
the interior redone.
far I was only able to fit the first five pieces of the trunk kit from Leather Restorations/Jim Wallace. They cover the upright area in front
of the rear bumper and tail lights. It took a bit of trying because I
had to take into account the hoses, lines and cables from the LPG
installation. It covered up 90% of that mess, which is better than I had
expected. In a normal trunk the kit would fit no problem. Good stuff.
Though it a good idea to test fit everything before you start spraying
At first I thought to cover-up the two LPG tanks with old leather travelling bags or
suitcases. But this called for using parts of the trunk kit that just
don't fit right or look presentable. Instead I opted to build covers for
both tanks that - as luck would have it - fit very nicely with the
trunk kit pieces I still can use. They line-up with the largest piece in the trunk kit - the one that covers the floor and gas tank.
hard-board, duct tape, bendy plastic and PVC pipe (for the rounded edges). It's a cheap and effective solution but it takes a few hours of cutting and fitting and cutting and
fitting and cutting and fitting etc. It doesn't look like much now but wait until they're covered with the extra trunk liner material I ordered with the trunk kit.
"Somewhere in a flint mine is an underground
lake. Cars had been dumped and pushed into it through a hole above
creating a large scrapheap. It is said that these are all road traffic
accidents, However I am not 100% sure on that.
A group of eight of us including Behind Closed Doors and Proj3ct M4yhem
met nearby and ventured in after a reasonable descent we had a brief
walk to the lake the sight we were greeted with was amazing.
was such a fun day. Great teamwork in getting our gear and ourselves up
and down the rock face and taking it in turns to paddle back and forth
in dinghies. Even a rescue mission at the end when one dinghy got a