1964 Valiant Signet 200 Convertible
Owned Since - March 25, 2007 - SIX YEARS - WOW - time flies!
This car had been poorly maintained.
I think the last owner said when he bought it, the top engine was removed, so he and a buddy started working on it and got it to a decent running state. They upgraded the lighting (Daniel Stern Lighting) and the Master Brake Cylinder was upgraded to a double reservoir. Brake cylinder upgrade on these cars are always a good idea. He added seat belts in the rear and drove his kids around his home in Seal Beach, California until his wife and he were getting a divorce and the car had to go.
And this is where I came in and bought the car. Found on Craigslist in the Seal Beach area, just over 100 miles north of where I live in San Diego.
What an experience! Had to have it towed as I had the top up and Exhaust was entering the car threw the trunk area... (had an accident years earlier and the repair in the trunk was poorly repaired, I didn't figure out until later...) So, I almost passed out when I felt like I needed to pull over to stop. I had the car towed by AAA Roadside Assistance. I always recommend Roadside Assistance, especially with a classic car.
The next morning I got 5 New Tires and cleaned and polished-up the red paint, chrome and vinyl.
This car was barely a daily driver, the steering was sloppy, front end pulled to the right and there was noise coming from the rear-end or transmission ( a humming.) Two years later I would have the rear-end rebuilt and it was not the rear-end. It was the Transmission.
My friend Marty is my GO-TO GUY.. he came down and he went around, over and under the car and gave me an "Attack Plan" since I'm no mechanic.
I first started on the drive-shaft. I never did anything like this before and I've had Many Old cars. I use to pay to have things done, the good old days, Ha. Now I do. It was a easy job to pull it out and take it someone to rebuild and update the drive-shaft..
I was still out $400.00, but saved about $200 pulling it myself... I don't have machining equipment. :-(
Front-End was a hands on job and the brakes ended up being done that same weekend (my friend said it was a Now Job!
I was not ready to fork out extra $$ that weekend. Brakes are great, drums, but good.
Over time - WOW, what a difference. Steering gear box, Exhaust system & cooling were also replaced.
A rebuilt 225 Slant 6 (from a Marine Shop in the Seattle area) and Rebuilt the Torqueflite 904 Automatic 3 Speed Transmission (Rebuilt by Lemon Grove Transmission) replaced in April 9, 2009
Many other items have been removed repaired or replaced prior to engine and trans work...
Interior was missing all door & rear panels. The previous owner, in place of door proper panels, instead covered board in grey wool (like carpet) and put that up on doors and rear. A guy her in San Diego was selling some items on eBay and when I went over to pick up a rear bumper, he offered a group of door panels for a 2 door hard top, but they were looking like water had got to them and were all warped, like potato chips.
Being crafty, I got to fixing them. First I cleaned them with Holy Cow and made sure to make sure the board was just wet enough to be pliable so I could place heavy objects on them to flatten them back straight. I did lay towels down to cover both sides of the panels. After a few days I taped them up and used Plastic Spray paint to paint them Red, they were Blue and not Signet Styled, (with the silver Mylar rectangle on them) that's just silver spray paint I did after the red. I took DAYS for the Red to Dry Properly, nothing happened immediately.
Those Panels worked great as you can see in the video above, but I will be looking to replace them with reproductions from a 66 Dart with carpet along the bottom of the panel. I also like the idea of having a little something from other A-Body Model Years, 1963 1964 1965 1966 Valiant's and Darts.
This is my Daily Driver & Future Plans include:
Being Done Now --- November & December 2011 ---
- Body work- Now Done
- Paint back to Original Black - Now Done
- Painting the Bows - Now Done
- New Carpet - Now Done
- New Top - In Box waiting to be put on...
It's snowballing from here...
Need to redo Bumpers - Bumpers Now Done!!
and the list continues...but getting shorter!!
Updated Today- March 25. 2013 Six Year Mark
El super Valiand Super BEE de mi Tio Joel Vazquez Sanchez.
Es un coche edicion especial, unicamente se hicieron 1000 de ellos,
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