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[…]

February 2003 – Left floor, wheel well, “fillet” repair

Left floor installed (20 – 22 February 2003) This actually went quite quickly, even though our logs say it took two days. The issue was amount of time spent on each of those days. I set up a fair amount of welding, and Aaron did the welding, for the most part. As I said in Read more about February 2003 – Left floor, wheel well, “fillet” repair[…]

November 2002 – Ugly hole fixed, car flipped, more nasty rust

An eventful weekend, this was — though not because too many things got done. It was mainly because things changed visually so much. Now when you enter the garage (a.k.a. “The Cat Cage”), you see the bottom of the car, not the top. Of course, this opens up many new possibilities, since the ugly old Read more about November 2002 – Ugly hole fixed, car flipped, more nasty rust[…]

November 2002 – Right sill stiffeners, rear bulkhead, some priming

Right Sill Stiffeners After the manufacture and installation of the sill end pieces on the right sill, I installed the front and rear sill stiffeners. These are littlemore than brackets that fit below the door frames — below the “B”-pillar in the rear and below the structure that holds the door hinges. They turn the Read more about November 2002 – Right sill stiffeners, rear bulkhead, some priming[…]

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[…]

November 2002 – Basic body repair, POR-15

Basic Body Repair, POR-15 (2 – 3 November 2002) Although I’ve categorized this as happening over the period 2-3 November, it’s actually been a longer haul. But, it’s been a longer haul over very short periods. Doing bondo work isn’t exactly time consuming, though it is putsy. I probably worked in half-hour periods at various Read more about November 2002 – Basic body repair, POR-15[…]

October 2002 – Right “B”-pillar

Right “B”-Pillar (5 – 6 October 2002) The “B”-pillar is where the door striker is located, and the right-de “B”-pillar on this care had some rust damage that was cosmetically repaired, although not as badly repaired as the inner sill. The original fix did nothing to the internal corrosion, but the plates that were added Read more about October 2002 – Right “B”-pillar[…]

September/October 2002 – Sand play and evil rust

Sand Play (29 September 2002) We were quite industrious the first week, and we stripped most of the “tub” (the name given to the basic body stripped down to essentials). We used aircraft stripper, old wood chisels, putty knives, and rough scrubbie pads. Because rust reappeared in several areas overnight, I used some WD-40 (you Read more about September/October 2002 – Sand play and evil rust[…]