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Dusty Landrum

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Yikes! looks a little precarious with the car resting on jackstands resting on dollies....
Looks like a lot of work to strip off all that stuff.
yeah it def is a little precarious for sure, BUT they are level and I tacked them stands on the dollies. It works too for moving it around the garage and freeing up space. Learned last time that it SUCKS when you get it up on the stands and where it is is where it stays. With winter around the corner I would like the have another car in the garage and not have my girl complain about the eclipse always being in the way hahaha.

As for as stripping the car, it’s not too bad actually. Hard part is remembering where everything goes when you start to put it back together hahaha. That’s why I am super detailed about pictures and hardware.
 

Justin DuBois

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Yikes! looks a little precarious with the car resting on jackstands resting on dollies....
Looks like a lot of work to strip off all that stuff.
While wrestling the drive line back into place - you hear the jack stands creak:
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Dusty Landrum

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Made it back safe and sound from shootout.. unloaded all the parts I got and feel so lucky to have such good friends and supporters of my build. Simply can’t thank @PLDSM and others enough for their help and friendship.

List includes black door panels and rear seats, full sunroof assembly, nib headlights, year correct hatch cover, oem rear bumper, and most importantly… a built split thrust block that I can’t wait to tear down and rebuild even stronger.

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Next weekend I hope to start the very long and tedious process of restoring the body to better than oem. More to come soon.
 

Dusty Landrum

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While wrestling the drive line back into place - you hear the jack stands creak:
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No way, this is only to get the body work on the bottom and wheel wells done and then it’s back to normal setup! While under it I am also setting up temp stands for “just in case” scenario. I chose life LOL.
 

92Turbski

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Wow, hell yeah, you're doing a hell of a job! Looking forward to following along. Great rust free find. 👍👍
 

DreamChaser7

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No way, this is only to get the body work on the bottom and wheel wells done and then it’s back to normal setup! While under it I am also setting up temp stands for “just in case” scenario. I chose life LOL.
When I showed my father what I was doing years ago he insisted I made “just in cases”. Probably smart. I made solid blocks of glued and nailed together plywood to put underneath for the sketchy stuff to keep people’s anxiety at a minimum. Lol
 

Dusty Landrum

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Well, got a little strip happy and went a little further than I thought I would, BUT now I have access to every little thing. Although this thing is super clean to begin with, now it will be spotless. It’s funny how little time it can take to get the car all the way down to the shell. Just hope I can remember where everything goes back LOL…..

I am also not done yet either.. still have to pull the hatch and doors so that’s something to do later.


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Dusty Landrum

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Finally got around the taking all the pedal assemblies apart and getting them ready for powder coat. Really not a hard process at all, just bag everything up that does not go to the shop and label it.

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Also doing some body work getting things sorted out… the drivers radiator support was crunched pretty bad so got it back out as best I can without grafting in another support. Also started on grafting in the missing passenger side upper support that had been cut out for a super short route.

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greddy_1700

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Having just had my clutch pedal assembly powdercoated, but absolutely sure to mark off areas that are tight tolerance / machined finish. I had to spend hours grinding away coating from areas to get the pedal back together because I didnt do a good job of indicating what not to coat.
 

Dusty Landrum

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Having just had my clutch pedal assembly powdercoated, but absolutely sure to mark off areas that are tight tolerance / machined finish. I had to spend hours grinding away coating from areas to get the pedal back together because I didnt do a good job of indicating what not to coat.
Oh absolutely. I learned that the hard way also on some parts for the last build. Anything that has bushings is always 100% covered and bolt holes plugged. Tedious for the coater but easy on assembly!
 

Dusty Landrum

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Made more progress with the nice weather.. pulled all the remaining wire harnesses and the hatch off the rear.

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Also finally got around to pulling the drip rails so I can have the inner race zinc plated. Have 9/10 replacement outer rails too for replacements.

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Next I started the very time consuming and tedious process of restoring the exterior like I did on the A52.. way more to come but this is as far as I got for now…

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Justin DuBois

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Aug 15, 2019
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Made more progress with the nice weather.. pulled all the remaining wire harnesses and the hatch off the rear.

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Also finally got around to pulling the drip rails so I can have the inner race zinc plated. Have 9/10 replacement outer rails too for replacements.

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Next I started the very time consuming and tedious process of restoring the exterior like I did on the A52.. way more to come but this is as far as I got for now…

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Drip moulding, belt moulding, glass keepers etc. so hard to find.
 

Dusty Landrum

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Jul 15, 2019
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Weather took a turn for the super cold last week so didn’t get much done on the car but this week warmed up so chipping away at the rear. Whole process just takes forever to be done right so being patient. Here is the progress so far. Next is new seam sealer and then self etching primer, then normal primer then rubber coating.. takes forreeevvveeer.

Bare metal, then metal prep solution, then seam primer for now.

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Dusty Landrum

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Jul 15, 2019
Denver, Colorado
So after much deliberation I decided to veer into the race car mode with the build and break down all the harnesses and loom to eliminate plugs and un-needed stuff like abs. Started small with the rear routed harness and pulled the washer stuff, rear hatch stuff, abs and speaker wires out of the harness. Have it just tacked together with masking tape until I decide if I want to sleeve everything. Can’t decide LOL.

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