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Old Thu, Oct-01-2015, 05:51:41 PM   #11
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How's the project coming? I'd love to check this out sometime, are you actually in Seattle?
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Looks to be a promising project op. Best of luck, and it sounds like good things are about to come!
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Old Sun, Oct-04-2015, 11:16:30 PM   #13
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Progress is being made but it is slow. I can grab 4-8 hours per weekend.
This weekend I got the struts off & front sub frame dropped. I'm almost to the point where the tear down is complete. I just have to dismantle the front & rear sub frames and suspension into their piece parts. Also, I'm not sure if the gas tank has to come out. I don't know if a welder will weld in the RTAB reinforcements with the tank in.

Yes, I am in Seattle, Central District.

Here is the front sub frame out. I torn down the brakes, removed the calipers, pulled the wheel bearings, and removed the struts first. Each step I learn more about how these cars are put together.

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Old Thu, Dec-24-2015, 09:56:04 PM   #14
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Finally getting rebuilt parts back. Slow and steady is the game.
I got my rebuilt axles back from Butters Stoch today. The subframe and suspension parts are being finished up at powder coat shop, and diff is being finished up. So things are staring to come together, albeit slowly.
Also waiting on a SuperSprint end-to-end euro exhaust system that I picked up at one of the Christmas sales.

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Old Fri, Dec-25-2015, 06:07:38 AM   #15
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Awesome project! I love that you're knocking everything out all at once. Motivates me to make moves and knock out the bigger stuff. Have you started tearing down the motor yet?
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Old Sun, Jan-31-2016, 10:39:20 PM   #16
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Waiting on the mobile welder to get the AKG Rear Trailing Arm Pocket Reinforcement plates installed. The only time I'm not working and he is available is President's Day (Feb 15). So everything kind of ground to a halt. The good news is that the front and rear subframe reinforcements plates are welded in and all the sub frame & suspension parts, and the brake calipers are back from powder coating. The Super Sprint Euro headers, mid pipe, and race exhaust arrived as did the M50 manifold I got off EBay.
SAP delete arrived as well.
Found someone to do the engine work. Just have to figure out how deep I'm going to go $$-wise.
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Old Mon, Feb-15-2016, 05:50:19 PM   #17
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Finally got someone to weld in the Rear Trailing Arm Pocket Reinforcement plates. Whew! Now I can start the suspension installation.

Mike the Welder doing his stuff.

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Nice progress...keep it coming...liked the idea of your using the automotive seam seal.
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Can't wait for more updates!!!
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Things slowed down a bit due to other commitments. I'm back on track now.

The new suspension is on order and should arrive in 2-3 weeks. I bought a dual fuel pump kit from a forum member. Pulled the old pump and sender unit today and spent too much time cleaning the gunk off the fuel tank. Also had the SS headers ceramic coated inside & out. Working with someone on the cams. Trying to determine the best route to go. Anyway, things moving better now.

Reinforcements in. I used seam sealer all around to prevent any moisture getting in.


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