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Duskylady last won the day on September 6 2013

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About Duskylady

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    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 01/02/1980

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Bayfield, Colorado
  • Interests
    Husband, cars, kids, cars, wine, cars, flowers, cars, etc.
  • My Project Cars
    1941 Plymouth Sedan, 1947 Plymouth Business Coupe, 1948 Plymouth Convertible, 1930 Ford Model A, 1960 Ford Thunderbird, 1967 Chevy C10, 1982 Am General DJ5

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  • Biography
    Wife, Mom, Gearhead, Ice Cream Lady, Hot Rod Shop Interceptor
  • Occupation
    Jane of all Trades


  • Location
    Bayfield, Colorado
  • Interests
    Cars and family

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  1. Greetings! Does anyone know the differences in the P15 Deluxe and P15 Special Deluxe trims?
  2. Would be cool if the kids got into cars! Ours are still a bit young, 6 & 9. They still show prospect. Don't give up! Or tell them they can't drive unless they build their own. ;-)
  3. Awesome to hear your story and run into another gal into working on cars. I am only an apprentice backyard mechanic. I got the basics but can't diagnose a thing. More power to ya, Miss!
  4. It's taken a long while but we got her put together this spring. Her name is Bettie. She ran so well that we chose to take her to the Hot Rod Dirt Drags in Monte Vista, Colorado. Won 1-3 against a big black merc. Blew up a second flex plate and found out the steering column needs a new bearing. Even with that she drove there and back home without a complaint! Woot!
  5. Need wiper posts and under dash arms, please and thank you

    1. 47 2 Door Coupe

      47 2 Door Coupe

      We went with electric British car wipers from an MGB and they work slick! '47 2 door Coupe

  6. Virgin run! Check out my blog :-)

  7. Duskylady

    Virgin Run

    My 1948 Plymouth convertible was finished just enough today for a test drive. We checked the fluids and temporarily wired the radiator into place so it wouldn't hit the fan then hit the road. Drove about 5 miles. The engine runs strong! The tranny shifts smooth! Success!
  8. Update: We finally got her to fire off this weekend! The husband put a lot of work into putting the engine back together yesterday while I ran herd on the kids (of course I helped when I could). Today running fuel line, hooked up exhaust and some temporary wiring. Then she started! There's still a lot of work left. Plan is to finish the wiring, run transmission lines, put in the seat and temporarily mount the radiator so we can test drive the car. We want to make sure the engine and tranny are good before putting the front clip and hood back on for paint and body work. A few more weekend and she will done in time for the snow season, hahaha.
  9. Thanks for the comments! We are counting the days until she comes back with new interior. Now to come up with a good name for her.................
  10. Many apologies for the delayed response. The door panels are plywood. Sanded and treated with a marine grade urethane. The reupholstery was done locally and for under $2k.
  11. Yesterday a new find to further confirm the car is THE car. We ripped out the interior for reupholstery, including the carpet. Underneath the carpet in the trunk was a letter made out to my father-in-law dated the year he sold the car!
  12. Well my convertible is sitting on the side lines for a bit. A new addition has been added to our driveway. ITS A GIRL! 1960 Ford Thunderbird. When my husband was young the carcass of a car arrived at his family home. Over the next few years he played in it with his older sister, kid stuff. Later his Dad started rebuilding the car and he was part of it. The car was finished after a few years and the family drove it. When my husband was 16 the car was sold, for unknown reasons to him at the time, teenage stuff. The sale broke his heart and he was angry. In 2002 he decided to start searching for the car. Unfortunately, with no success but has been searching ever since. One week ago today he received a call that there was a possible sighting of this beloved car in Durango! Thinking nothing of it he decided to go check it out anyway. Upon arrival he saw the car and still wasn't certain. He called me to come help check it out. The confirmation on the identity of this car was laying in the locked trunk, he said. We found he keys and unlocked the trunk. When the lid was lifted and I was sure my husband was going to his knees. To our surprise, there was an outline of a Thunderbird emblem made by his dad out of thumbtacks so many years ago. After over a decade of searching the 1960 Ford Thunderbird is back in the family, forever. There is a lot more to the story but I don't want to bore anyone. Please ask questions if you have any ;-)
  13. This is my attempt on a run down of the work done so far on the interior. 1. The seats were reupholstered from a maroon-color vinyl to a black/grey leather-like vinyl. The back seat was out of a 1980 something blazer. Perfect fit and with new fabric looks perfect! Also notice the maroon carpet trim. I used VHT black plastic/vinyl spray paint. Saved the expense of resewing the trim :-D 2. If I would have been on top of my game I would have taken before pictures of the gauges. They were Dakota digital and green. Not a good combo for a convertible. The sun is most always on top or behind you, so it was always a guess as to how fast I was driving. I chose Autometer gauges and an aluminum dash insert. The dash was disassembled and removed. My husband and I debated on painting it with an automotive glossy black. A few months later we decided powder coating was far more durable and not too expensive. The local company we use gently sandblasted the dash, glovebox and windshield frame then powder coated. They look great and will not scratch as easily as paint! 3. The steering wheel was a task. I originally chose a Grant three-spoke wheel that the company rep said would work with my steering column (1970 Imperial with tilt and telescoping). SHE was incorrect. In my 13+ years dealing with the automotive industry I have learned that just because a girl can answer the phone or stand at the parts counter does not mean she knows her **** (pardon the language). So, the grant kit does not accommodate telescoping steering and there is no way to "rig" it to work. The husband did some research and found the Lecarra company. They made an adapter kit for my steering column and carried lovely steering wheels. I chose one that looked more retro and decided not to paint in because I'm going for a more "ratrod" look. 4. My biggest achievement was the driver's side door trim. There was not one on the door and none to be found anywhere. I contacted a few local metal workers until I found one that had experience in fabricating parts on older cars. Luckily, the passenger door had the trim and the guy said he could make one to fit the driver's side. $200 later I have NEW door trim that looks original and fits. Hazah! Stay tuned for my next update on the exterior (we put in the engine/tranny today!)
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