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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 13, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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1967 Convertible - Changing it up!

Forgive me, if this is in the wrong area.

I recently purchased a 1967 convert. It was originally marina blue. The previous owner purchased it in 1977 and painted it red about 15yrs ago. He put on a high rise intake, fuellie heads and a few other things. I have driven it quite a bit, but have some plans.
Here is the link to the car that I purchased.
http://www.mcecars.com/viewInventory.cfm?invID=509
The car runs pretty decent for not being driven much in the last 15 yrs. It does shift into 2nd gear way too soon. So going to be addressing that among a few other issues.

- I just ordered/received new Hotchkis/Bilstein HPS shocks. Those should be going on tomorrow.
-Getting away from the 14" ugly wheels on there and upgrading to 17" Budniks.
-Baer Brakes (Got a great price)
-Steering wheel upgrade and reconnecting the horn.
-Exhaust? Needs to be a little louder.
-New seat covers, removing the upholstered cover.
-I will be getting it repainted to either Black/White or back to the original marina blue and white.
-Also looking at a new crate 383 in the future.

This is just listed in the order of need/want I suppose. I am not a mechanic, but can follow directions. Ha.
I appreciate any advice/direction. So far this forum has been great.

Just looking to make this a great, reliable driver, that turns some heads.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 13, 06:02 AM
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Re: 1967 Convertible - Changing it up!

Welcome Rich. There is ton of information here, you just have to use the search option. If you can't find what you are looking for, just ask and someone will give you an answer. You are putting on the Hotchkis/Blisten shocks, but have the springs been changed? The shocks are designed for the Hotchkis springs. I don't think you will see the benefit with the stock height springs. I have the TVS kit with the Blisten shocks and love it. Make sure to check your new tire rim sizes against what some of the other members are running. You don't want to invest in a new set and then have them rub. Search for posts on exhaust, you have plenty of makers to choose from - Flow Master, Borla, Magnaflow, etc. There a few posts with sound clips to give you some ideas. Hotchkis also makes an X brace to give you more room for a larger exhaust like a 2 1/2 or 3" pipe. Seat covers - you might want to check out TMI, they are a sponsor here and have some nice upgrades to the padding and covers. Good luck and enjoy the wing windows!

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 13, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 1967 Convertible - Changing it up!

Thanks Scott, I appreciate it. I will be sure to post pictures as I go along and document what I do.
Thanks again.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 13, 01:54 PM
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Re: 1967 Convertible - Changing it up!

sounds like you have a great plan, nothing turns heads like a 1st gen vert with top down on a sunny day.

I would add Hotchkis front sway bar, X-brace, and sub-frame connectors to your list. They really stiffen the flexible vert chassis making the car handle much better.

Russ (RJ)
The Garlic Capital, Gilroy,CA

(sold June 15,2014) 1968 RS convertible that is not quite stock

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