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Offline S12_Lifer

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #60 on: 08:45:04 PM / 01-Jan-18 »
Updated: 01/01/18 - I was able to take advantage of some free time I had during the holidays to continue this slow but steady project.  Here are the latest pictures.



Finally towing her out of the carport to the Auto Hobby Skills Center on base.





Time to remove all of these components and swap them out with restored parts.



































I plan to repair/replace, sand blast, prime and paint these parts and install them on restoration project #4.



Cutting the exhaust pipe to remove cat and muffler.









After scrubbing the wheel well, I sprayed a layer of undercoat.



Now for the fun part.........installing all restored parts.









Securing the brake line with zip ties.











Removing the old seals.



Installing new seals.

































Camlock gaskets to prevent clunking.



Adjustable collars.

















Such a pain in the ass installing the brake cables.











Final height adjustment will be done once I drop the motor.  Later this week I plan to do the front suspension and replace steering rack.  I am hoping to drop the motor by the end of this month.  Stay tuned!

Offline kelso840

Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #61 on: 08:22:15 AM / 02-Jan-18 »
Dude...... You built a whole damn car!

This is insane. Hope your son appreciates how dope his old man is.
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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #62 on: 02:05:45 PM / 02-Jan-18 »
Hey Kelso840, this project should have been completed a long time ago.  My son is just to busy with his job and cannot really help me.  He just wants to just drive S12's to the shows and meets.  Guess I don't blame him.  Besides, he knows how passionate I am when restoring these cars.  Want to come over and help?

Offline kelso840

Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #63 on: 08:41:09 AM / 04-Jan-18 »
Hmmmm.... It's 11 degrees this morning, and I am trying to make inroads with the fuel handling folks at a base in San Diego. Be right there!
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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #64 on: 12:33:40 PM / 04-Jan-18 »
Cool!  I'm off at 12 today and have a lift reserved at 12:30.  By the way, it's currently 70 degree's right now.  Gotta love that Cali weather!  We can drive the 12's to the beach and have a margarita!

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #65 on: 09:03:47 PM / 05-Jan-18 »
Very, very cool, S12_Lifer!
Can't wait to see the SE restoration!

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #66 on: 04:50:08 PM / 09-Jan-18 »
Jamie, as usual, your love for these cars shines through! Remarkable restoration work, kudos to you!

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #67 on: 11:26:26 PM / 09-Jan-18 »
Thanks Cajun1guy!  Hey SuperWhitePlatinum, I probably will start repairing the SE in April.  You may like what you see when I'm done.  Full restoration will probably start in a couple of years.

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #68 on: 10:19:04 AM / 10-Jan-18 »
I'm glad that your sons project is going well. Great work Jay!!! Your son will be proud of your accomplishment.

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #69 on: 06:02:50 PM / 11-Jan-18 »
Thanks Sanchez36!  Now, if he can just get Saturday's off from work, he can start joining us on road trips, meets, and shows.

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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #70 on: 06:20:01 PM / 29-Jan-18 »
Updated: 01/29/18 - Moving forward with significant progress.  Here are the latest pics.



Ready to replace all front suspension parts to include Steering rack and calipers.













Removing the entire strut assembly.









Dropping the entire front cross member.











Cleaning the cross member.



Spayed undercoat before installing parts.



The best motor mounts I have, ready to bolt on the cross member.



Cross member installed and torqued to specs.



Remanufactured power steering rack.





I thought I would move the car outside to save a few bucks on the lift.  As most of you know, it's all down hill from here. 

































Setting the bearings.









Next week, drop the motor.  Stay tuned!



 


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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #71 on: 07:06:26 PM / 05-Feb-18 »
Updated:  02/05/18 - I finally had the chance to drop the motor.  Here are the latest pics.



Just loaded the motor and other parts on to my truck.  Off to the Auto Hobby Shop.



Off loaded the motor late in the evening. 



I been waiting a long time for this moment.  A couple of buddies assisting me in dropping the motor.



After a few minutes of wiggling the motor in place, I bolted her on to the motor mounts.

 













The last part to install on the bottom of the car was the front sway bar.  This weekend I will tackle the air intake, radiator, hoses and vacuum lines and of course, the harness.  Hopefully she will crank over by Sunday.  Stay tuned!


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Re: Restoration project #3
« Reply #72 on: 01:11:28 PM / 13-Feb-18 »
Sir, you are full to the brim of awesomeness! I love your builds, are you spending your retirement funds all at once?