January-May 2005 – IRS rebuild

IRS rebuild I had read the an IRS rebuild is actually straightforward and not too challenging. I agree. I also have a new measure for how long it takes: in winter it takes as long as a thumbnail to come back in; in summer, probably considerably less. I know the thumbnail timeframe because I managed Read more about January-May 2005 – IRS rebuild[…]

November/December 2004 – Steering setup

Steering setup Of course, the “upper” steering column — the one inside the car — was set into place back in October, but the front section of the steering needed restoration. This includes the “rack and pinion” steering assembly that is attached to the “picture frame” and connects to the suspension pieces. Although all of Read more about November/December 2004 – Steering setup[…]

November/December 2004 – Front suspension

Front suspension The front suspension waited since the basic installation of the bearings, brake rotors, and wheel hubs. I hadn’t done much of anything to the torsion bars, since the prospect of actually setting them up just exhausted me. But with work proceeding on the steering column and the rack and pinion setup, I decided Read more about November/December 2004 – Front suspension[…]

September/October 2004 – Clearcoat, boot lid, steering column, sundries

This entry begins the third year of restoration work on the old car. Clearcoat and boot lid installation The car body was completely sanded smooth with 800 grit sandpaper, and ripples and “orange peel” areas were smoothed out. The surface was then degreased and coated with another double coat of clearcoat. This final clear coat Read more about September/October 2004 – Clearcoat, boot lid, steering column, sundries[…]

June 2004 – Front suspension, part 3

This part of the front suspension story focuses on the wheel hubs, the bearings, and the brake rotors. Actually, the process is quite straightforward, and it is certainly easier than the installation of the wishbones. One thing that might look a little odd is that the hubs are both sporting “socks” — quite literally. The Read more about June 2004 – Front suspension, part 3[…]

June 2004 – Front suspension, part 2

The heading says “front suspension,” but for all practical purposes it should read “torsion bars are the key — and the pain.” I have a vague suspicion that a great number of restorations go swimmingly until torsion bars need to be dealt with. At that point, the would-be restorer throws up his hands in defeat Read more about June 2004 – Front suspension, part 2[…]

May/June 2004 – Color on front frames, suspension, part 1

Color on front frames First, a larger picture than I usually post. I beg forgiveness for the size of the shot, but I figured the compressed GIF image sacrificed too much accuracy in color. Fatter JPEG format will do. The picture shows the color a bit more clearly than the previous shot did, but still Read more about May/June 2004 – Color on front frames, suspension, part 1[…]

April/May 2004 – Small plating gets big

Plating saga My intention in the beginning was to have a professional plater complete the nickel plating of the front suspension pieces. And, indeed, I made good on the intention on my side. I drove the parts down to a plater in Fayetteville, North Carolina — all sixty-some pounds of them. I was hoping that Read more about April/May 2004 – Small plating gets big[…]