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Old 08-24-2010, 12:08 AM   #21
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I am sorry to hear about your Dad man. I have / fighting Stage IV Kidney cancer myself. It sucks, but it is life.... I think of all the little kids I have seen that has never gone outside to play, rode a bike or have swim in a creek and see I am blessed. Make everyday count with your dad man.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:05 AM   #22
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I am sorry to hear about your Dad man. I have / fighting Stage IV Kidney cancer myself. It sucks, but it is life.... I think of all the little kids I have seen that has never gone outside to play, rode a bike or have swim in a creek and see I am blessed. Make everyday count with your dad man.
I hear ya my son had to spend some time at childrens hospital and we had to go into the cancer ward--it really puts things into prospective. Good luck with your battle...
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:08 AM   #23
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Here is an update on the car.

Here is an update. After Don's buddy who is going to do the body/paint work looked it over don went and pulled the doors off because they are no good. At that point don started stripping more areas that we could not get on the body with the doors on.











The door shell itself is toast--just too much rust in them to try and repair them. So now we are on the hunt for a good replacement set and they also reproduce them but are kinda spendy so we are trying to figure out what to do there.







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Old 09-02-2010, 12:14 AM   #24
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I got the freeze plugs popped out. The lower 5 were not in too bad of shape and didn't pop thru when I knocked them out. The top 4 smaller ones were just toast as every one I popped a hole in it removing.











Unfortunately I had one small one turn installing(they were very difficult to do) so I will have to grab another one tommorow. But the rest are in/done.







I got his new tires mounted and ballanced at work today. I just gotta clean them up so you can see the white walls (what he wanted).



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Old 09-15-2010, 10:15 AM   #25
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Thanks guys for your positive energy/prayers.

An update on my dad. He is still VERY positive and doing very well. He came by to see his pony and was very excited to see where it sits and how its moving (granted I wish I could move faster on it).

But he is currently sitting in the hospital awaiting his 3rd round of chemo and only 2 more to go.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:16 AM   #26
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So here is an update on the car. The headliner is in GREAT shape and from what I can tell unlike the rest of the interior(that has either been painted or dyed black) it was origionally black. The only issue was some mold/mildew on it(just surface from what I can tell).







So I cleaned it with a toothbrush and got it about 80% clean on the first round and the odor is now gone. I will do it again one more time and pay close attention to the few spots left behind.



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Old 09-15-2010, 10:22 AM   #27
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I got the exhaust manifold all cleaned up and it was a task--thank god for files lol. The metal portion of the gasket had rusted to the manifold side and I had to file it off every post but it turned out better than I thought it would. Hopefully it don't leak.







All bolted down with new bolts(and anti-sieze on all the bolts just in case,lol)







I still have to get the exhaust pipe fixed/portion replaced where it mates to the manifold. My dad said he thinks he bought some exhaust parts for the car a number of years ago. He is going to look thru his stuff to see before I look at fixing it.



I went and pulled the carb off to clean it out. Doesn't look too awfully bad but it still needs cleaned out along with the fuel drained from the fuel tank.



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Old 09-15-2010, 10:33 AM   #28
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Here are the seats that came out of the car. One thing that was odd that I never noticed was the material is different on the front seats to the rear bench. The new covers we ordered will make them all the same.







So I decided to dig into the rear seats first last night. I started with the upper part of the bench.







Started by removing the cover/padding and inspecting everything. The spring assembly was is decent shape with some rust from moisture.







I found 2 places where the main frame had broken the welds. So I cleaned them and welded it back together and had to do some work to make it all straight but turned out pretty good.







Once done I scraped what rust I could off the frame and then painted it to not only protect it but hold what rust was there to the frame/keep it from flaking off. I also figured it could help with killing any odors (old smells).







The padding was in great shape still and I spayed it down to kill any odors as well. This old stuff is certainly allot different than what we use in the industry these days.







The next part made me VERY nervouse. I am by no means an upolstery guy and I had second thoughts about doing the seats. But I know my dad would be happier if I did them vs. somebody else. So I dug in and I think I did a faily good job on my first seat.







So I got the cover off the bottom bench seat and thats where I made it last night.



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Old 09-15-2010, 10:45 AM   #29
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The next part made me VERY nervouse. I am by no means an upolstery guy and I had second thoughts about doing the seats. But I know my dad would be happier if I did them vs. somebody else. So I dug in and I think I did a faily good job on my first seat.



Looks good dude! I'd be proud of that!!
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:10 AM   #30
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Great work Crash. It's coming along.
Those freeze plugs are nasty!
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:10 PM   #31
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Thanks guys. Ya they were flat out JACKED! When my dad was over the other night I showed him exactly where they were (pics didn't do it justice,lol) and said "OMG"
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Well the bottom was certainly harder and I was even more nervous doing it,lol. The lower frame was is perfect shape/nothing broken like the top frame. But I was able to get a great fitment on the cover.







So now time to dig into the drivers front seat. These will need more work to get them right but I hopefully should be able to pull it off.



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Ok so I was informed we have hit just about the 2 week mark for the car to head to the bodyman for the body work/paint. So we have in our stash a new hood, both rear quarters, replacement decklid, filler panel between the rear window/deck lid and my dad got a pair of doors (thanks for the link tony).



So I am shifting up a gear or 2 to get it ready.



So I was wrong I started with the passenger front seat--doh..



So I got the seat back all stripped and frame cleaned and painted. Besides the rust it was in great shape.







The cushion was also in really good shape. To pull the seat face around inward around the material seam they use wire thats looped around a seam on the inside of the cover. I had to sand the wire smooth and it was still tough to work it into the new cover.







And here is how the seat back turned out. I was pretty happy with the outcome and I think I got it pulled just right.



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Old 09-19-2010, 12:03 AM   #34
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I got the seat base stripped down. The shop looks like a war zone with pieces of hop ring clips everywhere,lol...







Can you tell which one the new one is,lol. The drivers side was broken so we ordered a new one.



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Old 09-19-2010, 12:08 AM   #35
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So I changed gears and decided to get back to the floor since I need to get that done and sealed up.



Here was one of the damaged areas for the drivers seat mount(LH rear).







All fixed up.







The Rh front







All fixed up







The only access on the back side was like 1 1/2" thru hole under the car since the seat basicly sit on a riser off the floor. I ended up bringing my air hammer home from work and working the sheetmetal back up into place/working it flat and welding it up.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:13 AM   #36
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And now some fun REALLY begins. You have to remember I am used to removing sheet metal and not putting it back--lol.. So this should be interesting and entertaining.



Here is the start of the mess---flinstone mobile...







And here is where I got tonight with it. With the understructure of the car and the fact the spot welds are kinda hidden by the deep rust its been slow and I have been removing the floor pan in sections.







So its up bright and early and back at it..
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:19 AM   #37
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Its looking really great cant wait for pics tomorrow
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Its looking really great cant wait for pics tomorrow
Well if there are no pics tommorow--its safe to bet something went horribly bad and I ended up with a MUCH larger pile of sheetmetal

My dad has also been getting a kick out of the shopcam so he can sit and watch us terrorize his car. My best friend is also coming over in the am to help me get the floor prepped for the sealing....
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:41 AM   #39
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Wow you are doing a killer job and you dad will be in your prayers
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Wow you are doing a killer job and you dad will be in your prayers
Thank you and thanks for the PM Hende
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