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I have not. I only started to look today. Thanks for the suggestion. I see a new set on E Bay for 159.99 Is that a good price IYO? That's without gaskets and the surrounding Sheetmetal. Although, I guess I really don't NEED the Sheetmetal. At the risk of being run out of here....the handles are not going into/onto a Pontiac at all. They are for a 1967 Dodge Coronet Resto Mod. I'll be placing them where the tape is in this picture.
I see. Yes, thanks. They are far better than the 67 Dodge clunky handles that stick out sideways an inch and a half. I left them on for a long time just to make handling the heavy doors easier but after smacking my hips on them in my narrow garage so many times I yanked them out. This placement will be unique and out of the way. They will also complement the dual pop up flush mounted gas filler caps that now reside on top of each quarter panel. Symmetry is important. Both bumpers are flushed up and recontoured to the fenders as well so this will make totally shaved sides on the car..
Sure. I'm assuming you mean of the gas caps? I have a LOT of pictures of this project. It's called 'The Yankee Express'. ( I live in Vermont). The list of mods and fabrication/ metalwork is long. A few of the larger ones are: 1966 Thunder Bird sequential tail lights, 1970 Road Runner rear bumper lengthened 4 5/8ths inches and recontoured, the 3" TTI exhaust comes out of the back up light holes, fake quarter panel side scoops opened up and SS mesh inserts, completely rebuilt the rear face of the car for the tail lights, 2004 Audi A-6 dash/console/E brake/ symphony sound/steering/door panel elements. Dual pop up flush gas caps into a 17 gallon fuel cell w/ dual filler necks, 1966 Charger hidden headlights /grille, front fender nose angles swept back to 90*, front disc brakes, rear leaf spring relocation to under the frame rails, 1959 Corvette style roadster panel behind the front bucket seats, 440 Magnum Big Block V8 with loads of mods, 532 HP, 554 FT lbs torque, A 727 trans built be me, with 4 pinion planetary's, 4.2 ratio apply lever, billet aluminum band strut, Kolene racing steels, red frictions, hardened output shaft, shift kit and more. Enjoy! Those handles will be inline with the caps just about right as you look up the sides. I did the rear bumper like I did because the ends sweep upwards and curve exactly like the tail extensions of the Coronet, they flow up and around perfectly. I added the center length to place the re bent ends flush to the quarters and the upsweep curve exactly under the outer curve of the quarter ends for a smooth transition. The height of the Road runner bumper top edge to bottom is almost identical to the space above it that the lights occupy, for symetry.
October of 2014. lol. In my defense I'm a retired combat veteran with 100% disability rating. Most of that is for TBI. Moderately severe TBI. It takes me a lot longer to do anything and I jump around to different tasks. The car was a 100% complete and unmolested survivor so I had a good base from which to begin. I was in Army combat aviation for 30 years. Always planned to build a car after I got out but combat battle damage messed that up, although i'm still doing it. My brain damage is such that I'm able to remember nearly everything that I knew pre injury and have difficulty with memory going forward. Fortunately I knew all the car stuff from before! lol.
That 455 HO must make some stout numbers, yeah?
Sorry to hear about the TBI. My father had a minor disability from WWII. In his later years the VA was somewhat helpful with issues and they helped with the cost of senior living facilities.
Good hobby to have to keep you busy. 6 years isnt too bad have seen others take a lot longer.
Concerning the 455, since it's a 71 and almost stock the compression is pretty low, about 9.1 versus stock 8.4. That prevents it from cracking the 400HP point.