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!!