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Old 12th-November-2012, 03:08 PM   #211
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I was told that this car was about as close as you can get to being junkyard material.
No offense, but I thought that when I first seen it. Like I said no offense, anything can be fixed but sometimes it's not cost effective to do so.

Unless you are really good or have a friend like "Mr. Welder" then it would be cheaper to start off with a whole different car.

Best wishes to you on your build and I am following it and loving the pictures.
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Old 13th-November-2012, 06:49 AM   #212
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Old 13th-November-2012, 07:40 AM   #213
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I x2 that " looking good "

That car has come a bit of way since you introduced it...

It still has a way to go but, going in the right direction...

Keep up the good work
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Old 13th-November-2012, 12:29 PM   #214
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No offense, but I thought that when I first seen it. Like I said no offense, anything can be fixed but sometimes it's not cost effective to do so.

Unless you are really good or have a friend like "Mr. Welder" then it would be cheaper to start off with a whole different car.

Best wishes to you on your build and I am following it and loving the pictures.
No offense taken.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this project (time, money, rust, etc.). I thought I was going to clean up my old car, paint it, and slap an LS2 in it. Had I known what was involved up front, this car would be sitting in a junkyard right now.

It's too late to turn back now. Dollars, time, and sweat will have to be spent to whatever degree to make this work. I'm just hoping I don't have to go all of 2013 without having it back on the road. That first smoky burnout will be worth it all.
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Old 14th-November-2012, 06:32 PM   #215
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That car has no rust... if it were here in Ohio.
I wish mine started out that solid. It was more rusty than that when I got it in 1987!
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Old 14th-November-2012, 08:04 PM   #216
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I am going to clean up my old car, paint it, and slap an LS2 in it.
Fixed it for you.

You got the hard part whipped now, so please stay at it.
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Old 15th-November-2012, 09:02 AM   #217
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Sick wife. No progress.
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Old 28th-November-2012, 07:33 AM   #218
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One more part

I bought another frame notch kit yesterday. It is for the driver's side where the alternator goes. Does that count as working on the car? No, probably not.

My wife was diagnosed with pnuemonia. We had a rough week of it, but she is better now. Then, with Thanksgiving, Christmas decorating and shopping... well, nothing done on the car.

I'm still waiting on A) getting the car back from the welder, and B) getting my miscellaneous parts back from the sand blaster. There's not a whole lot I can do until one of these things happens.
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Old 28th-November-2012, 07:55 AM   #219
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Sorry to hear about your Wife.....

Hope that she has a speedy recovery....

Just keep US posted
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Old 28th-November-2012, 07:59 AM   #220
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WOW!
I remember when you first showed us the car under the cover...
You've come a long way!

Keep up the good work!

Hope your wife feels better soon!

Thanks for sharing your progress!

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Old 5th-December-2012, 01:05 PM   #222
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Coming home

I just received word that Mr. Welder is ready to send the car home with me. He still needs to do the gas tank mods, and the front fender rust repair, but he doesn't need the full body hanging around for that.

So, now I've got to figure out exactly what my next steps are. Mr. Welder recommends removing all the old seam sealer, having the car soda blasted, putting in new seam sealer, then finally sealing the body with primer/sealer.

Do I really need to remove all the old seam sealer? Can't I just add to what is there with some fresh seam sealer? This is another area where I'm clueless.

Also, I've got to figure out if there's anyone near me that can do soda blasting. Mr. Welder gave me a lead for someone who is supposedly very inexpensive. I checked on sand blasting, and the cost was going to be about $1200. I sure as heck didn't want to spend that much on it, and I don't particularly like the idea of using sand. Soda is much easier on the metal, and also there is less of a mess to clean up.

Anyway, I'm getting my Christmas wish, which is to have the car home for the holidays. Now it's going to be up to me to move things along toward completion instead of constantly waiting on someone else. Kind of scary.
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Old 5th-December-2012, 01:11 PM   #223
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Remove the old seam sealer n add a new coat... The old stuff could be brittle and faking off. Good to have a new coat for insurance.

Could shop around by hitting the net for other methods.... to remove whats left n sealing it....

Have you thought about dipping it.... I wouldnt know at how much it would run to have it dipped but it would be something to look into.....

Sounds like that you moving along nicely ...
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A lesson in DIY

I honestly don't think I could have performed the extensive surgery on this car needed to bring it back to life. The latest news is that the 30-year-old bodywork was just 3 or 4 gallons of bond-o thrown over a wrecked shell. Mr. Welder dug out all the bondo and got the panels straightened and patched as best he could. He said the lower portion of the passenger door was pretty rusty underneath all the bondo, and he came very close to just telling me to get another door.

In any case, I haven't seen the final bill yet, but Mr. Welder said we're "north of 3k". And that's with the old engine and tranny I gave him figured in, as well as a friendly discount. I'm about ready to spit up blood from how deep this car is digging into my pockets.

But, there's the lesson in DIY. Don't want to spend thousands on a car? Then learn some welding.

Again, though, I think it would have taken me years to get the skills needed to do what Mr. Welder has done. So, I have to weigh a few thousand dollars against months or years of extra work. I don't like it, but I guess I had rather spend the cash.

The only problem now is that I'm about to be in the boat with most other guys on this site - I've pretty much drained the resources I had set aside for this project. Now I need to go on a budget to get it finished.

Welcome me to the Empty Pockets Club.
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Old 6th-December-2012, 08:28 AM   #225
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WE know the feeling

No one said that , This was a Cheap Man's Hobby

It ll take time for anything to be completed ....
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