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Offline jphillips3333

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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2010, 07:35:14 PM »
Congrats bub - Tim sounded like an upfront guy.  Glad it worked out.
John

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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2010, 07:55:33 PM »
Thanks again John! He has been great through the whole thing so far
JJ
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2010, 01:24:01 AM »
I like the seat covers....you should keep those!    ;D jk
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2010, 12:02:12 PM »
haaha they're pretty cool! I've been looking into the direct factory re-coverings for these cars. Expensive! They better look good.
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2010, 10:28:43 PM »
Well ,my dad went and checked out the car tonight, and said hell yeah, lets do it! So i'll be picking it up within a week or two and getting this project started!! It's going to be a very long haul, and take awhile to get the car together, but in the end it's going to be great to see completed! Opinions on what I should do first, and if I got a solid deal and a great starting point are open! thanks
JJ
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2010, 05:03:07 PM »
Cool - glad it worked out.

It really depends on your where you want it to be ... and your pocketbook - snaponbilly has a great thread about his TATA restoration and I thought there's another thread as well (my apologies, I've been "away" for a while).
John

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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2010, 04:42:26 PM »
I'm very  glad it worked out. A guy offered him to buy it, but he wanted to part it out as it's got all the original parts etc, and I wanted to finish the car and restore it, so he was much happier to hear that it was going to be taken care of. I can't wait to start, I just dont know where to start. I assume I'm going to get the rust out of the inside of the doors and get all the body dings popped out, then start on the interior, then once everything is completely done, get it painted.

Where would you guys recommend I start?
JJ
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2010, 04:45:14 PM »
Mechanicals, interior then paint & body...
John

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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2010, 05:52:07 PM »
Awesome. It's mechanically 100% sound,  not terribly worried about that. Off to interior! These TATA interior parts aint cheap!
JJ
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2010, 06:51:55 PM »
Well, that's what I'd do.  Others may say mechanicals, paint then interior.  They might have to paint sills, interior doors, inside trunks, etc.  I guess it depends on how far you're going with it.

I prefer interior then paint because there's always the possibility of jacking up the paint with carpet being installed, seats dragged in & out, or dinging a door on the garage wall.  It's easier to put cheap seatcovers and some old floor mats//plastic wrap to protect the interior at the paint shop.
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2010, 12:25:05 AM »
Yeah, I'm doing interior first. The way I see it is if I can start doing the little things first and start seeing progress, it's going to be more fulfilling to see come together. If I wait to save up the 5,000 for the exterior work, and nothing else gets done whlie i'm saving the money, it will just be sitting, not getting worked on. I think the first thing I'll do is get the TATA carpets in, then do seat covers.

Does anyone have some advice on restoring the backs of the seats and the back arm rests? All those plastic pieces? Mine are in terrible shape, can I sand them down and repaint? Good interior paint companies with the right color silver for the TATA's? I want this to be a completely original restoration.
JJ
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2010, 05:11:40 AM »
Looks great!  Nice find!
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2010, 09:29:47 AM »
Thanks Dave,
I've been following your build for the past few months. It's coming along GREAT!! Can't wait to see it finished..Awesome/bummer about the 455! It's going to scream!
JJ
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2010, 06:15:40 PM »
Thanks, yeah it was bitter sweet, kinda like getting your a** kicked then a check for a million bucks!
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Re: Found one! Great restoration Y89, check it out
« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2010, 09:18:34 AM »
hahaha I've never heard anything described like that. It'll be pretty mean! I'm stuck with that pokey 403! Not complaining about numbers matching though
JJ
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