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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: 58binz ()
Date: May 18, 2020 09:28AM

Steve, I have a 61 8 door panel that I want to thoroughly restore. I just found your articles on here and realized you had sent me or someone in the club had sent me your article on the fresh air flap renovation. Can you tell me if the sheet metal around the roof on the inside comes off? If I unbolt every nut and bolt will it come off or do I also need to drill out spot welds. I have had the van for a few years now and am just now really starting to work on it. Any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated. Lyn

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 18, 2020 10:11AM

Lyn,
Are you referring to the inner crown molding piece around the perimeter of the roof? Maybe someone else can answer more knowledgeably since I have never tried to remove it, but to the best if my understanding, it is spot welded on. Out of curiosity, why do you want to remove it?
Steve

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: May 18, 2020 12:40PM

Definitely welded in. However the front panel above the windshield can be removed, as I recall.

Corventure Dave

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration
Posted by: 58binz ()
Date: May 19, 2020 07:52AM

Steve, thanks for responding. I would like to remove them because there is surface rust that should be taken care of. Did you document your restoration? If so is there a way I could see and study it.I am new to Corvairs but really appreciate them as I was a VW nut for 45 plus years. Any info you can share would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: 58binz ()
Date: May 19, 2020 08:05AM

Thanks Dave. I took the front one off when I put a new rubber seal in the front window. Do you know any one who drilled out the spot welds? I am trying to find them all before I start drilling. Lyn

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: May 19, 2020 08:44AM

Fortunately I've never had to deal with rust in that area. But if I did, and had only surface rust to remove, My first guess is that I'd use a rotary orbital sander with a flexible ~6" disk.

Steve

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: 58binz ()
Date: May 20, 2020 07:49AM

Thanks for the info. I will give that a try. Lyn

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: September 23, 2020 05:45PM

The Firebrier has new hubcaps, which I believe now match the originals.

Here's how the Firebrier has been outfitted to-date:

Those are standard 1963 14” GM wheel covers.

That the Firebrier had wheel covers at all was somewhat surprising considering it was an utilitarian vehicle with standard trim and the “truck shipper” did not include RPO P01 (wheel covers) among it’s optional equipment. But the historical pictures clearly showed wheel covers;

Well maybe not “clearly”. To my eye they looked like the standard 1963 14” GM wheel covers. Which is what I purchased. I had also painted the rims white (which was also unusual), since I could not see any evidence of a darker red band around the perimeter.

But Danny Davis studied more carefully one of the historical pictures, the one to the far right of Emmett Vedder stationed in the cab of the little fire truck he drove. Danny’s more experienced eyed picked out features that I would not have recognized – rather than a wheel cover, it was a wheel trim ring around a poverty hubcap. This Photoshopped close-up shows more clearly a trim ring with 8 concentric slots and the distinctive 4 ribbed design of the ’63 Chevy car poverty hubcaps.

These I would not have recognized myself, so I thank Danny not only for making the ID, but also for generously providing a matching set of the trim rings!

It took a while to find excellent quality hubcaps that did not cause poverty – NOS or excellent quality caps were listing for around a grand – but I recently found a set more reasonably priced. The Photoshopped image also revealed a darker perimeter around the trim ring, which I now believe was the red wheel – at least this would agree with the stock color. So I’ve repainted the rims red and installed the new trim rings and hubcaps.


And here what they look like on the Firebrier:

I do feel the red rim looks much better.

Steve

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: 1960es ()
Date: September 23, 2020 06:06PM

Looks awesome!

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Date: September 24, 2020 01:39AM

Excellent! Glad to have a tiny role in making your "Firebrier" the best time machine out there!

It does look much nicer with the red wheel exposed next to the whitewall.

smileys with beer


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 Corsa 140 Coupe ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Convertible Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza Spyder Convertible ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 CoupeEvening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: cad-kid ()
Date: September 24, 2020 04:47AM

Great detective work Danny! Steve the Firebrier looks excellent smiling bouncing smiley

For historical accuracy Steve, you should be backing the Firebrier into it's storage spot so it's ready to race out at a moments notice grinning smiley

Jeremy (cad-kid)
Kronenwetter, WI (Central Wisconsin)
SOLD-9-2016 65 Monza 4spd/140
<a href=http://corvaircenter.com/phorum/read.php?1,570615>My 65 Monza thread</a>
<a href=https://www.youtube.com/user/cad0kid>My YouTube page</a> yawning smiley

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: September 24, 2020 05:22AM

As all my friends and neighbors know, I have everything needed to fight fire, except water.
Steve

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: September 24, 2020 08:02AM

Fantastic detail Steve. smileys with beer

Corventure Dave

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Re: FC Fire Dept Truck Restoration Purchase thru Completion
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: September 24, 2020 08:23AM

Great work on the wheel trim.

I recall the 1957 Chevy deluxe pickups got a chrome center hub caps with a trim ring instead of full hubcaps. Must have been a truck thing.

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