Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
BTW, if I have the light switches in the wrong order, let me know. I forgot to document that, and the Haynes manual doesn't cover it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I also finished installing the head lights.
Both of them.Doors are next and then the dash. But I don't know if I'll install the doors; it's so easy to work on the car without them.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Here's a close up of the hinges with the guide bars all attached and the mounting hardware painted black. The nuts standing out yellow just gave me the willies; so as long as I was painting today, I gave them a coat.
Here's the support arm of the windshield wipers. I'm not painting the whole assembly. And really this part was in great shape.
I found this under the car. I had to remove it to get to the breaks and gas tank lines. I was temped to send it along for blasting; but felt it might get misplaced. Since it provides a bit of aerodynamics under the car, I knew I was going to put it back on. And losing it would be unfortunate.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
There are some sub-assemblies that I'll be working on in the mean-time:
Head-lights getting put back together.
Tail lights too.
Windshield wipers need to get reinstalled.
The trunk hinges working correctly.
And of course the doors.
Most of these will require clean up and a coat of Rustolium before installing. So I'll blog about each one indevidually.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
You can kind of make-out the pearl effect in the paint. No hole for the signal 'puck' or antenna hole anymore.
Focusing is way over-rated. All the dings are gone; nice and smooth.
The flash is making the blue come out more than it really does.
No more rust in the engine compartment.
All patched and painted; no more holes through the car frame.
Nice and straight, and with no rust. I didn't want the jack point; and forgot to remove the one on the other side. I plan to replace the rusted 'runners' with fiberglass replacements. They will stay shinny and black.
Even the doors are nice and shinny. The grill on the engine cover should be removed and painted black (and it will be).
Best photo showing the real color and effects.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
And just a shot of the front. Everything was so nice and shinny!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Oddly the soda blasting is working for and against us. The bare metal is a breeze to fabricate and weld to. But because the job was done so well; the priming paint job requires two coats (minimum) to fully protect. Cal-Blasters got to every nook and cranny; so now the paint has to as well.
Did I mention this car is going to rock? I'll try and get some photo's next time I'm at the shop.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Insert awesome car in to this picture here.
And a huge thanks goes to Rick, for what could have been two days of back breaking work; being two mornings of back breaking labor (with a lot of joking between shots of Gatorade).
Friday, July 04, 2008
And the trunk:
Even the 'rust' in he trunk looks good like this:
Very good idea of the rust in the engine compartment:
I even found out the front left panel had been replaced at some point. But they did a nice enough job that the seam never showed. I always wondered why the paint was lighter.
- A quick primer job so nothing rusts.
- Then metal work for what rust needs to be fixed.
- Then body work to get out dinks and bends.
- Another coat of primer.
- Under carage paint job (JBL or such).
- Paint the car (color number BF1F1).
- Spray the trunks with bed liner. (Maybe later I'm going to be painted out after this)
I will then have a car ready for batery racks, motor and inverter.
Friday, June 13, 2008
The reason I was working from home was the car was being transported over to Cal-Blasters. And it went. Now the garage is an empty nest. Just a lone transmission. It looks so pitiful.
But soon there will be a painted car in there.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
This also required a couple of 'Aleve' that evening.
Front end completly torn down.
All the door trim and dashboard removed.
And the final indignity. No doors or wheel.
Next shots will be of the naked cars. At last dirty pictures. Ironically they actually will be very clean...
But I've been biding my time; wait for the moment to exact my revenge from Sears for the 'Tuffins' pants my mom used to buy us.
At last the three day weekend was upon us; %50 off plus %15 with coupon. It was time to strike!
Revenge is sweet my friends, revenge is sweet (and metric).
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Having dropped the engine; there remained one major system to remove.
All the wires. Rick came by and we got medieval on the wiring harness. And the gas lines, clutch cable, gas and speed-o-meter cables.
All the internal (and external) trim.
I've been getting a lot of support, both from friends and my wife. My friends getting greasy and my wife freeing up my time.
Well maybe the brakes still need a little work…
But major props to Alberto at club NARP for spending a day here at Ground Zero Labs.
Something seems to be missing….
Look ma, no engine (and transmission (and exhaust)).