1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

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Polishes up well.

Car looks shiny too... :lol:


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Nice strides!



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:D Lovely set of photos - I'm sure the happy couple were very pleased with their transport and indeed their very smart driver of the prettiest vehicle!



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Yes, they were delighted. They were German friends of a mate who have holidayed in Scotland for years and thought it would be nice to renew their vows here. I'm glad it made their day.
I wouldn't do a 'paying' wedding though, as I'd hate to disappoint with any possible car mishaps.

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Today I attempted to get the heater motor working. If you take the heater shroud off you can spin the blades to start it, but when stopped it won't start again. After a bit of an effort I got the motor out and dismantled it and gave it a clean and a lube and it worked fine on the bench. once replaced it just reverted to being sticky, so I've ordered a new one from the US. I think the problem is that it's a 6 volt motor and 12 volts isn't doing it any good. I've ordered a 12 volt replacement which will fit with minor tweaks. I'm also taking the opportunity to move the ecu and associated relays out of the engine bay and into the dash area - makes things a lot neater. I also flushed the cooling system and added new anti-freeze. Hopefully motor should be here next week.

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Heaters tend to be redundant in California!

When will you fix the steering wheel... ;)


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Driving from the left is very easy to get used to, and some manoeuvres are actually easier from that side.

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Heater is now fully operational having purchased a new 12volt motor from Ecklers in the US. They also sent me a thick parts catalogue for my car - you can buy everything for it apparently. I also took the opportunity to move the ecu and associated relays to inside the car under the dash. Engine bay is now a lot tidier.

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I've been chasing a coolant leak for a while now, so today bit the bullet and removed the heater connections to see if they were leaking. They are an unusual connection, being a male pipe fitting attached to heater outlet and a female coming from the engine. To detach them involves taking off a false bulkhead which is held in by about a dozen fasteners. Once all removed, I refitted connections with loads of pipe tape, so we'll see if leak is fixed. At the same time, I put car on ramps and started the remaining underside tidy up. I use neutrarust (2 coats), then 2 coats of bonda primer and 2 of chassis black. I managed to get the chassis and floor area up to back axle rust treated, and tomorrow possibly the rest. It's mot time tomorrow, but i don't envisage any probs. I still can't believe how rust free the car is, and that's how I want it to stay. Once it's all done, i'll be injecting loads of dinotrol in all the cavities, so it should last another 66 years.

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MOT passed today, no advisories.

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