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Re: Today I...
« Reply #840 on: December 22, 2015, 07:14:33 PM »
I went back after posting this and picked at it some more....It has 2 or 3 tin pieces on the inside holding everything together along with the bondo. Really shoddy job.
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« Reply #841 on: December 23, 2015, 01:37:21 AM »
Seems like your car is trying to look like a corvette, with all that fiberglass..
Will you be able to mount new quarters by yourself?
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« Reply #842 on: December 23, 2015, 08:59:23 AM »
Seems like your car is trying to look like a corvette, with all that fiberglass..
Will you be able to mount new quarters by yourself?
I'm actually going to have my dad help me on that.  The thing is I wanted a '62-'64 Nova or a late 1960s Chevelle for a project car. I think that in addition to a more expensive vehicle that one of those would be in similar if not worse shape than my Trans Am
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« Reply #843 on: December 23, 2015, 03:18:40 PM »

Got my Christmas Packages from Ames and Year One!! Should be most of the small bits I need to finish the int. Hopefully i'll have some time soon to get things going.
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« Reply #844 on: December 23, 2015, 03:47:18 PM »
I pulled an 8"x6" piece of bondo out

Inner structure is intact and rust free so far as I can tell
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« Reply #845 on: December 23, 2015, 04:58:30 PM »
Fabbed up a fusible link fuse block out of UHMW on the mill.

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« Reply #846 on: December 24, 2015, 12:04:29 AM »
Today I did lots, and lots of sanding...



I also got a bunch more sandblasting done. I should be able to finish up the front bumper tomorrow. Endura soaks up the blast like nothing I've ever seen before. It is a very slow process to get the paint off. I was beginning to dread blasting all the other stuff I'm planning on, until I hit some of the metal on the bumper. The metal stuff literally goes 10x faster. When you're blasting the Endura, you can actually see the paint being removed as the media hits, bit if you move the blaster too soon, the paint color comes back. All I can figure is the Endura is so porous and flexible that it bends under the pressure of the blaster, and when you remove the pressure it stops deforming and a new angle of the paint surface becomes visible. I've found that a very high blast angle, nearly parallel with the surface works best. If you try to blast at a 45-90 degree angle from the surface, it is almost completely ineffective.

Here's my super high-tech, protect the pilot eyes at all costs, sandblasting outfit:
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« Reply #847 on: December 24, 2015, 10:34:38 AM »
Cal30: Been there, Done that.  I'm permanently retired from sandblasting. Tooo much of a pita to get set up and then clean everything up when reloading media or the project is done.
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« Reply #848 on: December 24, 2015, 12:16:22 PM »
Cal30: Been there, Done that.  I'm permanently retired from sandblasting. Tooo much of a pita to get set up and then clean everything up when reloading media or the project is done.

I am getting rather tired of vacuuming up the fifty pounds of sand from the floor every 30 minutes or so. A will give a big thumbs up to the dust deputy that I bought though. You can seal it to a 5 gallon Lowe's paint bucket and put it inline between the shop vac and the hose you are using to vacuum. The media spins around inside the dust deputy and falls into the bucket, leaving your shop vac filter and bucket clean. I would have quit already if I didn't have that thing, haha.

Bumper is halfway down to endura. Hoping to get the other half done this afternoon. I can't wait to get on to the metal panels, they just go so much faster.
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« Reply #849 on: December 25, 2015, 06:57:49 AM »
Cal30: Been there, Done that.  I'm permanently retired from sandblasting. Tooo much of a pita to get set up and then clean everything up when reloading media or the project is done.

I am getting rather tired of vacuuming up the fifty pounds of sand from the floor every 30 minutes or so. A will give a big thumbs up to the dust deputy that I bought though. You can seal it to a 5 gallon Lowe's paint bucket and put it inline between the shop vac and the hose you are using to vacuum. The media spins around inside the dust deputy and falls into the bucket, leaving your shop vac filter and bucket clean. I would have quit already if I didn't have that thing, haha.

Bumper is halfway down to endura. Hoping to get the other half done this afternoon. I can't wait to get on to the metal panels, they just go so much faster.

I'd be interested in seeing pics of this setup if possible.


Edit:  Today I... Got an email notification from Rock Auto that the AC Delco reman distributor is now in stock.  Couldn'tpass it up for the price.  Bought myself an xmas gift :-)
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« Reply #850 on: December 27, 2015, 03:29:41 AM »
Here's my super high-tech, protect the pilot eyes at all costs, sandblasting outfit:

Best wishes with your training. Give us some updates as you go.

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« Reply #851 on: December 29, 2015, 05:53:52 PM »
Did the PITA heater core. Man I don't wish that job on anyone. Since I made the car A/C delete I thought I could just by a non A/C heater core, nope. They use different holes. So I got the A/C core and shortened the one snout. Got the heater box together only to find the one vacuum line was dry rotted. Of course it was the line that goes inside the heater box. Then I was tightening the lower hose clamp (the hard one to get to) when the clamp broke, ugh.

But it's done. Funny thing. Went for a test drive to make sure no leaks. Came to a stop sign and decided to have some fun. Pulled out sideways with rubber burning and smoke bellowing. Coming the other way was a 74 formula, dude had his hand out the window giving me the thumbs up as I past.

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« Reply #852 on: December 29, 2015, 06:38:46 PM »
Funny story!

Heater core replacement = good times.

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« Reply #853 on: December 29, 2015, 06:57:31 PM »
I put my 98 into its winter hibernation :sad:

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Re: Today I...
« Reply #854 on: December 29, 2015, 08:55:59 PM »
I much rather do the heater core than the transmission, should've arranged that somehow. :P

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« Reply #855 on: December 29, 2015, 09:19:09 PM »
I did rotors and pads all the way around on my F-150 yesterday. Am i supposed to feel beatup the next day?
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« Reply #856 on: December 29, 2015, 10:13:37 PM »
I much rather do the heater core than the transmission, should've arranged that somehow. :P

Oh I don't want to hear it!  We all know I'm smack dab in the middle of a transmission rebuild...

Today I had one LONG azz day.  Tried to fit tooo many things into an 18 hour period.  I'm quite tired.  I guess I'll go to bed.
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« Reply #857 on: December 30, 2015, 01:13:40 AM »
Want to rebuild mine too?  I pay in cash and booze.

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« Reply #858 on: December 30, 2015, 04:36:52 AM »
Just installed a heater cutoff valve.. Looking forward to testning that mod in the summer :)
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« Reply #859 on: December 30, 2015, 07:13:48 AM »
Want to rebuild mine too?  I pay in cash and booze.

HA!  I'm having enough trouble with mine.  Matter of fact, time to update the resto thread sometime today.
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« Reply #860 on: December 30, 2015, 10:26:37 AM »
It snowed yesterday, about 3 inches with a lot of ice mixed in. I took the 71 out and did some doughnuts and drifts    :lol:

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« Reply #861 on: December 30, 2015, 01:25:15 PM »
It snowed yesterday, about 3 inches with a lot of ice mixed in. I took the 71 out and did some doughnuts and drifts    :lol:

haha, should have recorded this snow adventure and posted up for us to see  :lol:

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« Reply #862 on: December 30, 2015, 01:29:20 PM »
It snowed yesterday, about 3 inches with a lot of ice mixed in. I took the 71 out and did some doughnuts and drifts    :lol:

Cool :)  they dont throw salt on your roads in the winther? Or are you just going to wash the car afterwards?
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« Reply #863 on: December 30, 2015, 02:47:54 PM »

haha, should have recorded this snow adventure and posted up for us to see  :lol:

I think my brother recorded it. I'll have to get it from him.


Cool :)  they dont throw salt on your roads in the winther? Or are you just going to wash the car afterwards?

They usually salt and sand, but for whatever reason they didn't yesterday. I took full advantage of it. :lol:
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« Reply #864 on: December 30, 2015, 03:27:19 PM »
Want to rebuild mine too?  I pay in cash and booze.

HA!  I'm having enough trouble with mine.  Matter of fact, time to update the resto thread sometime today.
Aww oh well...  I can't find anyone near me that's reputable and knowing at least one of them doesn't know what they're doing doesn't instill confidence.  For everything involved in a manual conversion I've considered finding a V8 5-speed third gen with a bad motor and just transplanting my engine into it, then either hold onto or sell the '79 as a roller.

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« Reply #865 on: December 30, 2015, 04:27:17 PM »
Swapped out the water pump on the LS in my 79 that I ruined by drilling a hole for the stock temp see ing unit in the wrong place. Easy job but $130 ish mistake.
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« Reply #866 on: December 30, 2015, 04:28:52 PM »
Today I finished filling up my Xmas present:


Then I did this to my '79:


Then my dad told me he bought this:

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« Reply #867 on: December 30, 2015, 04:42:31 PM »
Nice tool box, I had my eye on one of those but it was a bit pricey. Looked like it was well built though! Nice Mustang, years ago there was an old timer steel guy/welder, had a caddy and his work truck painted that same colour. Had the Pink Panther painted on the back.
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« Reply #868 on: December 30, 2015, 05:33:57 PM »
Was about to ask if it was for breast cancer awareness then saw the ribbons on the quarter glass, I think that's cool.

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« Reply #869 on: December 30, 2015, 06:19:48 PM »
You know the joke that they are all pink on the inside? This one is pink on the inside too. Not that cool! LOL. I cant even  make fun of the previous owner because 1 the car is a repo and 2 the po may have had cancer. So, we're gonna have to make fun of my Dad. New Years at our house will be a blast. He's got 5 sons and a wife the swear like truckers at an open bar. It'll be a blue roast, for sure.

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« Reply #870 on: December 30, 2015, 09:39:49 PM »
You know the joke that they are all pink on the inside? This one is pink on the inside too. Not that cool! LOL. I cant even  make fun of the previous owner because 1 the car is a repo and 2 the po may have had cancer. So, we're gonna have to make fun of my Dad. New Years at our house will be a blast. He's got 5 sons and a wife the swear like truckers at an open bar. It'll be a blue roast, for sure.

LMAO!! I was just thinking that SAME thing, except I was thinking it for a different reason.  Nothing to do with the interior.  To me, it's because only pussies drive Rustangs.
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« Reply #871 on: December 31, 2015, 12:56:45 AM »
There's a newer Camaro that's local and is done up the same way with everything pink and the ribbons and etc...  I think it's pretty cool to show support for a loved one like that.

Side note I like the Mustang, from '64-69 and then from '11 to present is pretty nifty.  I was looking into the SN95 but the Cobra I tested my knee didn't agree with the clutch, I'd have to do a hydraulic clutch conversion.  Though between that and all the suspension work needed I'd be better off finding the proverbial needle in the haystack that is a manual F-body.

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« Reply #872 on: December 31, 2015, 10:37:05 AM »
Got back to working on my dash.  Trying to recreate the bead around the gauge cluster and filling in some low spots that I cut through during sanding.

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« Reply #873 on: December 31, 2015, 04:41:13 PM »
 Fixed someone else's screw up!   They took the nuts off the ball joints without removing the cotter pins!  Whish I would have noticed that before I started putting the car together!  I drilled out 4 of them today on the car. At least I did not have fenders on it. 

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« Reply #874 on: January 01, 2016, 09:09:14 PM »
Today I... woke up a lot later than usual.  Didn't get to bed until after 3 AM (good New Years party :-) ).  Then I decided to get some things done around the house.  Namely, cleaning out the basement and tearing down an old, defunct light fixture above my fireplace.  After I tore that out, I hard wired in a CO detector for the propane heater.

Now, if anyone recalls, I'm storing a friends motorcycle in my garage for the winter.  I went to start it up a few days ago and it was deader than dead.  I jumped it with my DD and it turns out both the battery and the plugs were in need of replacement.  I've NEVER worked on a motorcycle ever in my life.  I'm thankful for Google and Wikipedia at the moment, lol.  Turns out my friends bike was only made for 2 years.  82 and 83.  Stupid Honda's.  Well, luckily I was able to get a new battery and plugs for mad cheap @ work.  I didn't know that motorcycle batteries actually come with the acid in a separate bottle, and that you have to pour in the acid and charge it yourself. 

Well, all is said and done now.  The battery is reading a strong 12.90 and the manual calls for 12.70.  Tomorrow after work, the battery and plugs are both getting installed.  Should fire right up. 

 

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« Reply #875 on: January 01, 2016, 10:04:00 PM »
With help from my wife, we cleaned up the wire harness, removed 39 years of dust and grim. Half the fun was figuring out what connectors went to what.

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« Reply #876 on: January 02, 2016, 01:02:50 AM »
Relocated the PCM in the TA.

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« Reply #877 on: January 02, 2016, 08:12:31 AM »
Relocated the PCM in the TA.

To what purpose?
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« Reply #878 on: January 02, 2016, 10:40:32 PM »
Because of global warming, today I took the subframe of my 73 out onto the snow covered lawn here in Anchorage, and pressure washed 43 years of grime off of it. Normally it would be 10 degrees outside, but today it was in the 40's.
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« Reply #879 on: January 02, 2016, 11:09:05 PM »
Relocated the PCM in the TA.

To what purpose?

It was interfering with the AC compressor, then the hood.


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