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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

April 2004 – Cylinder head paint, small plating, bushes installed

Cylinder head gold paint When my dad was here, we inspected the tappets that accept pressure from the cams. One of these appears to have been damaged either by dirt or by corrosion. The surface of the plate where the cam touches has been pitted. This will probably have to be replaced, since a roughened Read more about April 2004 – Cylinder head paint, small plating, bushes installed[…]

March 2004 – Bonnet test fit, plating prep, cylinder head cleanup

Bonnet test fit The garage had a very special visitor over this weekend. My dad, Wallace DeLong, came up to North Carolina after making the rounds through Florida to see relatives and participate in a travel exchange with people in Sarasota. I was a little worried about suggesting that we take on a project with the Read more about March 2004 – Bonnet test fit, plating prep, cylinder head cleanup[…]

March 2003 – Right door cleaned and fitted, right front suspension disassembled

Right door cleaned and fitted Removing the guts of the right door was considerably easier than doing the left door, since I had already been through the process once. In a nutshell, this is the process: 1. Remove the window crank and the door latch handle by pushing the escutcheon away from the handle and pushing Read more about March 2003 – Right door cleaned and fitted, right front suspension disassembled[…]

March 2003 – Rack and very evil rust

Rack (15 March 2003) It would be nice to have a “rotisserie” to mount the car body on. Such things are do-able, and I’ve seen them around, but I’ve not wanted to invest the time into building such a fancy rotating mount for the car. I suppose it would be nice, but we’ll flip this Read more about March 2003 – Rack and very evil rust[…]

March 2003 – Right upper wishbone removed, other smallish stuff

Right upper wishbone removed (02 – 03 March 2003) Things have been getting too clean with the floors fitting and being sealed with POR-15. This weekend I turned to the front frame that we had removed long ago with the front suspension and steering mechanisms intact. The entire structure needs to be completely taken apart Read more about March 2003 – Right upper wishbone removed, other smallish stuff[…]

November 2002 – Frame removed

Frame Removed (9 November 2002) The front frame that holds the engine, the front suspension, and the bonnet was removed. Overall it was No Big Deal, though bolts on the left (driver’s) side were rusted tight and had to be drilled off. The heads of the bolts had fused, though the threads apparently are loose. Read more about November 2002 – Frame removed[…]