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Restoring a 1965 Valiant Signet Convertible

Members of the 1962 to 1965 Mail List Clubhouse are invited to join in with Joe's restoration! Send your thoughts and ideas to Joe and I'll depend on him to let me know how things are going so I can report progress on this web page!

Joe Sadie writes:

It's me the newly retired old guy who is getting ready to start my restoration on my '65 Valiant Signet rag top.

First of all I would like to invite all the guys to take part in this project from the begining. I have a webtv unit so I will have to send photos by a freind. I intend to send photos & details as I go so you all can see how I am doing, step by step, so all can take part in the project.

Here's what we have to start with: a 1965 Valiant Signet convertible. The top is good, color white; the interior is good, except for the door panels, (warped pretty bad on the edges). It now has a /6, auto, the body is better than most--a little rust on the door cornors & bottoms, small holes, 1/2 the size of a pack of smokes. The body is solid but is completly covered with surface rust. The underneath is good, no rot just flaking a little here & there. The tops of the front fenders are really thin, on the edge next to the hood opening for about a foot long on both sides. The front valance is screwed up, but they all are I guess; it can be fixed. Everything else seems to be ok?

Now for the good stuff? I have a Cuda that has had it. It has a 318 V8, 4 speed. Now do you guys think it is worth the effort? To make it a V8 -4 speed car? or leave it a /6?

As I said this is every ones project--so what ever you guys deside will be done. I am now retired so time is not a problem! I am a retired heavy equipment operator--I have twisted a few wrenches in my time so the work is no big problem. Hey! guys remember it has not got to be all done by 5 pm! I knew you guys would get a kick out of that statement! So let's get all the facts together & decide just what we all want to do with our little rag top?

I will do my best to keep every one up to date on the progress--OK? I live in the Northeast & sure would like to go cruising in it this SUMMER! WOW!-- I await you guys REPLY!!

Page created February 20, 1999
Last Update: February 20, 1999; revised and moved to the new web site garage August 18, 1999.

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