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[…]

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[…]