The Quadraphonic Gremlin Progress report....

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Soundfield

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The Ford Anglia was imported here as early as when I was a boy, maybe early 60's? Maybe sooner IDK but I never saw many of them. I remember the kid across the alley got one and put a straight exhaust on it. It always looked so different than the US cars on the road, except maybe my Aunt's old rambler. Boy was that a strange looking thing! But the Anglia sure brings back old memories. Don't believe I've seen one in prolly 40 years or more (in the US).
Even the Police used them in the UK in the sixities - great for chasing criminals (as long as they didn't go above 40mph)!

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Q-Eight

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Castlegar, BC, Canada
Hasn't been a whole lot of progress with the weather misbehaving and I'm still trying to get that '88 Ram of mine together, too!

Interior door panels are on the Gremlin now. Took 18 months for SMS Fabrics in Oregon to reproduce them, and then they hung around my basement for the last three years.
Was nice to finally get them on. Nice sheet of mylar behind also as a water/moisture barrier. I don't want these warping like the original ones!

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A little bit of POO came out when cutting the opening for the remote mirror control. This car never had a remote mirror before but I scored an NOS one during the last Portland Swapmeet. Figured what the heck. It'll be a nice addition. Only with the reproduction door panels, they don't tell you where to cut the opening! :eek: At least, thankfully the mylar insulation sheet had the cut-out so that gave me a basic idea of where to cut.... plus a member on the AMC board sent me measurements this morning and that helped tremendously. Still.... there was some sphincter puckering going on. One slip and that's a whole lot of money down the tube. The pair of door panels cost me about $1000 US plus they destroyed my old panels in the process.

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Work is slow, but progressing. If the weather behaves this week and I can get some interior plastic re-dyed, I should at the very least have the interior done.
 

Q-Eight

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Today/Tonight was all about door sills, kick panels and the parcel shelf under the dash. Work is a bit slow since I'm having to re-dye much of my interior plastic. A lot of it was from another car with a TAN interior, and the old black dye hadn't taken well and was flaking off. Of course, nothing can stay the same and I can't get that nice, semi-gloss dye anymore. The only stuff I can get now is either WAY too flat, or way too glossy as you can see how shiny the driver side kick panel is. The other side is done, parcel tray is in and the windshield trim also went on.

Not to fault the shop that did the paint & body.... but I think they got a little sloppy. I noticed my fuel gauge not registering anymore.... and a quick investigation revealed they must've tugged too hard on the rear harness and broke the wire leading to the fuel sender. Not a big deal I mean.... stuff like that happens. But then I noticed my dome light not working anymore either - by the door switch OR the dash switch. Did the usual checks and it wasn't until I installed the parcel shelf that - if you'll pardon the pun - a light came on. As in, the courtesy light UNDER the dash which is attached to the parcel shelf. Both courtesy lights came on. But they're on the same circuit as the dome light.... 🤔

Simple continuity check to the dome light connector shows..... nada. So, it too either got cut or disconnected from the main harness. Problem now is that means pulling the back seat out, removing the driver side trim panel, and then drilling out a dozen pop rivets to gain access inside the body.

All for a frigging dome light.


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Q-Eight

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Well there's your problem. Seems like somebody's zip-disk went through the rear wiring harness. Sure explains why I had no dome light, brake lights, park, turn or tails.
Fixed now, except for the parking/marker lights. Dash lights seem to have died, too. Suspect the switch at this point. I've had a new one waiting in the box for years just for such an occasion.

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Tail lights got a scrub and a new lick of paint. Also new gaskets and sockets! No more leaks for this Gremlins' bum!

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Q-Eight

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Wow. Guess it's been a while since I posted an update. Well, between jamming on the truck, getting ready for winter, raising new kittens and then being lazy.... oh, and setbacks! We can't forget the setbacks!! No Wipers yet on the Gremlin because when installing the linkage, I stripped out the passenger side windshield wiper post. Not to worry, about an hour away, a buddy had one from a '76 Gremlin. Is it the same? Heck no! Can I make it work? Sure! Are the posts not rusted, spin freely and the same Green as my car???

Do you see where I'm going with this?

So, the posts have been soaking for days. They're free. Today, I laid down paint.... left them outside to dry.... and it started raining. Luckily, the paint had set but man did that get my heart jumping.

The seats are in, the grille is in, wiring repaired, everything works. New horns put in..... I mean, I am making progress.

Fresh, Dual note horns. I had really fought hard with this one.... about getting reproduction Sparton brand horns. But they're $140 US for a set. These were $50 for the pair at Cambodian Tire. I'll upgrade later.... maybe when I have a job.

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Seats are back in. My back is back out.

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Grille back in, emblems on.

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Looks just as good going as it does coming.

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