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Re: Parts cars for my BMH body shell

To: "Dodd, Kelvin" <>,
Subject: Re: Parts cars for my BMH body shell
From: Don Malling <>
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 14:36:00 -0400
Hi Kelvin, 

Thanks for the reply.

The BMH web site said my body shell was for 67-74, but the commission
numbers they list are for 68-74. I guess the first 68 was built in
10/67, so that's why they said 67.

My notion was to build the bulk of the car with the two 69 parts cars
and then put a 67 dash in it. I have now come to believe that the idea
is probably impractical. I understand that the 67 came with a generator,
and the 68 - 74 were alternators. I suspect there may be other wiring
problems with trying to use a 67 wiring harness with 69 parts cars
(other than the dash gauges) 

I was after two things with the 67 -- I simply liked to looks of the 67
dash as opposed to the padded dash, and for the same reason would prefer
not to have head-rests on the seats. 

Does anyone know if I can make 68 style seats (no head rests) using 69
seat frames? That is to say, can I put a 68 seat kit on a 69 seat frame?
I assume 68 had no head rests -- my TR250 does not.

I would still like a 67 dash, but I suspect it's a much bigger problem
than I had thought. I would however have two 69 junk body shells that I
could rip into for practice :-). I have a complete and almost running 73
that needs floors and sills, so I thought I would practice on the 69
parts cars to see what kind of a job it is.

I guess I see the wiring as the biggest problem with using a 67 wiring
harness (dash guages) with 69 drive train and other parts.

Don Malling


"Dodd, Kelvin" wrote:
> Don:
>         The BMH bodyshell is going to have the incorrect transmission tunnel
> and dash mounting area to be a 1967.  The rest of the car is close enough to
> fiddle with, but these areas are going to require surgery.
>         Nothing is insurmountable, but it would be helpful to know what your
> exact thoughts are, and what kind of budget you have.
>         If you are looking for a 1967 donor car, you can widen your search
> to the 63-66 area.  The differences are minimal.  The later 67 has reverse
> lights, and a pull out headlight switch, the 66-67 has the later door
> hardware.  Door hardware and other 67 bits are relatively easy to find
> compared to finding a complete 67 car.
> Kelvin.
> > Hi,
> > I would like to build a 67 on my BMH body shell, but I'm having some
> > trouble locating a 67 parts car in my area -- Binghamton NY.
> > I have not
> > been looking long, so maybe I should give it some time.
> >
> > I have however, located two 69's from a single owner. He wants to sell
> > both.  Both are rough, and one is very rough -- I would only
> > get a drive
> > train, windshield, door hardware, top frame, and some mildly dented
> > bumpers from it. The other one is still rough, but better.
> > From looking
> > at eBay, it seems I could part them out and sell what I don't need. I
> > see hoods going for $80.00 on eBay.
> >
> > Is it reasonable to think that I could use these two 69's to
> > build most
> > of it, and then do the 67 dash and gauges with eBay parts? I assume I
> > would use a 67 wiring harness because of the 67 dash? Perhaps
> > I will get
> > myself into problems with mechanical vs electrical gauges -- tring to
> > connect 67 dash conponents to 69 drive train?
> >
> > Hmmm...Steering column above the u-joint appears to be completely
> > different. Maybe I just need to wait for a 67...
> >
> > Vague questions I know.
> >
> > Don Malling

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