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Offline S12_Lifer

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #20 on: 03:12:33 PM / 29-Oct-16 »
As of today, car is still not ready.  Should be painted next week.  Until the mean time, I have been working on the extra rear suspension parts that I have.  That way when the car is ready, all I have to do is bolt them on and tighten to specs.





Pounding out the old studs.





Removing the brake line.



Prepping to sand blast the surface rust.



Next step, remove the old bushings.



Here are the tools I started with to remove the old bushings.



Ready to torch the bushings.









Time to press in the OEM bushings which are still available.







Installing new studs which I bought at Autozone.







Torching the old bushings from the rear cross member.





Using emery paper to smooth out the inside.





A couple of R180 diffs and the rear cross member which I primed and painted in the backyard.



Crazy man tapping and setting the new OEM bushings.



Notice I put a light coat of grease on the outside on the bushing.



Easy peasy.



Sand blasting other rear suspension parts.



Please let me know if any of you would like me to put the sand blaster to any of your parts.  I will be more than happy to.  You just have to ship them to me in San Diego.


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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #21 on: 06:23:12 PM / 29-Oct-16 »
Can I ship you my whole car for a while?

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #22 on: 11:45:58 PM / 29-Oct-16 »
Absolutely!  You can ship your car to San Diego on December 16 for the meet on the 17th.  That way your drive time will only be 14 hours.  We can do whatever you want to your S12.

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #23 on: 06:46:16 PM / 30-Oct-16 »
Wow. Looking forward to seeing this car once it's done. Seems like you're going to have it back to factory fresh!
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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #24 on: 11:22:08 AM / 31-Oct-16 »
Jay, looks fantastic! I admire your hard work, your son is so lucky to have this project that will be his prize one day. Thanks for documenting all this effort, it is inspiring (and embarrassing that I am not getting into mine as much!)

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #25 on: 11:56:50 AM / 31-Oct-16 »
I love the progress. You will have a new car once you are done. Can't wait to see the final product.

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #26 on: 12:02:10 AM / 01-Nov-16 »
Thanks guys  for the positive feedback.  November may be a slow month for this project as I will be visiting family in Hawaii next week and taking another week off for Thanksgiving.  During that time, I'll most likely take my S12 on a road trip to Vegas to "stretch her legs" and to possibly visit the S12 Vegas boys.  Thanksgiving in San Diego is boring, especially when I have to visit the in-laws. 

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #27 on: 07:23:55 PM / 02-Nov-16 »
I had a little time to stop by the paint shop to check on the car.  Looks like their done with the bodywork and priming.  They will start painting next week.  Here are a few pictures.

 

 











They did a great job in removing that rust on driver and passenger side as compared to the first pictures I posted.








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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #28 on: 06:51:18 AM / 03-Nov-16 »
Wow. This thing is going to be fresh.

Are you looking to adopt a 27 year old Hoosier any time soon?
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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #29 on: 07:47:43 PM / 03-Nov-16 »
No time soon.  Perhaps when I'm retired.

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #30 on: 10:17:15 PM / 03-Nov-16 »
Wow. This thing is going to be fresh.

Are you looking to adopt a 27 year old Hoosier any time soon?
He already promised to adopt this 58 yr old veterinarian and restore his '85

Offline kelso840

Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #31 on: 06:43:05 AM / 04-Nov-16 »
Fiiiiiiiiinnneeee
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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #32 on: 12:45:45 PM / 04-Nov-16 »
You young-uns are so funny!

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #33 on: 06:16:52 PM / 07-Dec-16 »
Updated:  December 7, 2016

Body and paint is finally done!  At first, I was surprised with the color.  I was expecting a color close to Nissan's "Hot Red."  Instead, my son decided on "Claret Mica" from a Lexus RX 350.  They did a great job and totally satisfied with their work  I plan to bring restoration project #4 (Blue Bandit) in the next couple of months. 
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Finally back home for assembly.





They temporarily mounted the fenders so they can align the black trim on bottom.



Front and rear bumbers.



Hood painted black.



Hatch.



Not enough room in the carport so additional parts will be stored in the house.  Wifey not to happy about that, oh well.  I will most likely start with the back of the car and work myself to the front begining this weekend.  Stay tuned.

« Last Edit: 06:27:07 PM / 07-Dec-16 by S12_Lifer »

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #34 on: 07:22:26 PM / 07-Dec-16 »
Do you have new weather stripping & windshield trim - if so where do you get it? The color is great IMHO!!

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #35 on: 08:26:18 PM / 07-Dec-16 »
I have lot's of the plastic/chrome trim for the windshield and some weather strip.  Email me at jgonzaga@palomar.edu and I will send you some pictures of what I have.

Offline kelso840

Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #36 on: 07:15:50 AM / 08-Dec-16 »
This is just the coolest.
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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #37 on: 01:58:08 PM / 08-Dec-16 »
I agree Kelso840.  This is the best part of any restoration project........putting everything back together with the best parts I have.  This is going to be one sweet ride that will be joining me on road trips and car shows. 

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #38 on: 02:38:42 PM / 08-Dec-16 »
I'm really excited to see that color combo once it's all back together. Your son went with something very unique for our weird little spaceships.
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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #39 on: 08:53:05 PM / 20-Dec-16 »
It's turning out really really well.

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