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1969 Pontiac 2+2 427/390 Convertible Barn find - But this one a 4-speed


Spoke too soon, used 11 total! Which meant one extra trip to Home Depot because I'd only ordered 10 from Amazon.

That was when I learned there are "Demolition" blades and there are "Fine cutting" blades even for thick material. The demolition blades don't just cut faster, they're a much thicker and stronger blade. In fact I never broke a demolition blade, but I broke about 7 regular thin ones. My brother had better luck with blades, I guess some difference in how he used the saw, maybe I forced it more?

Hate to link to external content (because in the year 2135 when they're researching this car for Barrett Jackson, and this thread becomes known as "The Canonical Thread", I want all the pictures there.  JK.) but here's a video of cutting the top.  This is my brother running the saw this time around:



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On the Cdn cars there's a large brace that runs from the rear bumper up to the roof through the C pillar, and it's interesting cutting through the C pillar.  I don't think the US cars have the same brace as I didn't see it in your photo of the drivers side.

You'll be able to see it in the trunk of your black car, on both the drivers & passenger sides.



-- Edited by seventy2plus2 on Sunday 15th of April 2018 12:57:57 PM

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Yes, you wind up sawing through most of it and then pulling the quarter panel back and cutting a small tab off, if I recall. But the brace is there!  Or least =a= brace is there.  YOu can see the saw kick back when he hits it in the video.



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Dave, maybe you should restore my old 67 car ? I need to push John your way !! You are doing a great job on this car.

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Here's my cluster. I used as much of my original as I could, which mostly meant the plastics because it flash-rusted all the metal. So it's a bit of a hybrid between Catalina parts and 2+2 stuff, but I've confirmed from the parts book that they use the same base speedo.

This is with white LED illumination. I might go back to 194/168s just to keep it original but my night vision isn't what it was in 1984 either!  


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I really like it with the LED's, the numbers really glow unlike incandescent. Does it have a good range of bright/dim with the factory light switch rheostat?



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I don't know about with the factory rheostat, but with the variable voltage digital-controlled power supply it dims quite progressively and nicely. Remains to be seen with a headlight switch but they DO dim, that's the main thing.

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