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Old 04-10-2018, 02:19 PM   #61
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Damn. Much as that sucks, I'm not at all surprised to see you dealing with it so well. Good job!
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:27 AM   #62
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Damn. Much as that sucks, I'm not at all surprised to see you dealing with it so well. Good job!
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Feels weird to think that in 3 weeks it's finally going into paint... 3 years of occasional evenings and weekends to get it to here. Hopefully it comes out the other end looking good
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:17 PM   #63
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Feels weird to think that in 3 weeks it's finally going into paint... 3 years of occasional evenings and weekends to get it to here. Hopefully it comes out the other end looking good
Thank, its been interesting and inspiring to follow this project, keep up the work!
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Old 04-25-2018, 04:28 PM   #64
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So it's crunch time this week... car is shipping out on Saturday for paint.
Last Saturday I finished up blasting what I could in the engine bay with my cheap princess auto gravity tub. It cleaned up pretty good, it's not perfect but it's way cleaner than it was and should hopefully help out the paint shop so they don't have to spend as much time cleaning it up...





You may have also noticed that I attempted to smooth out the seam on the shock tower... top tip... don't try to weld the whole thing lol ...



Sidebar...I also bought a bunch of gaskets and other random sh!t I'll probably need for the car from rockauto wholesaler closeout some legit deals... spark plugs for like $0.50 lmao...

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Old 04-25-2018, 04:33 PM   #65
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Then I bolted the front subframe back up to the car... thankfully it still lined up... I was lowkey worried after the car had been on dollies/hoist for 3 years with all the hammering/cutting/welding going on
Then the steering rack and u-joint...



Then the old, crusty front suspension went back on... for now...



I cleaned and coated up the insides of the front fenders...



Then bolted them back up and slapped the wheels on...




Shit.. almost a car again lol.

I was cleaning up and coating the rear wheel wells last night. Will work on putting the rear subframe back in tonight... might even be sitting on 4 wheels!!
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Old 05-05-2018, 05:20 PM   #66
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Update:

Stopped by the body shop today...bodywork is underway!



That is all
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:38 PM   #67
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Stopped by the body shop today...bodywork is underway!



That is all
Taking shape!
What color is it getting? Same stock color?
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:53 AM   #68
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Yeah, Opalgrun
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:50 AM   #69
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Stopped by the body shop again last night and it's almost ready to go into the booth, little bit of work left to do...



The main reason I stopped by though was because he mixed up some paint and test sprayed the underside of the hood so I could make sure that the colour was ok...



Opalgrun is a hard colour to photograph. In certain light it's almost grey, hard to catch that slight hint of green, but it looked pretty bang on to me. Looking forward to seeing the whole car sprayed in it next week!
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:21 AM   #70
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So I've been too busy the past month to get much work done on the project.
I realized I forgot to post pictures of the car after paint. I'm pretty happy with how the paint turned out. There are a few spots in mostly hidden areas that could have been done better, but overall it looks great!





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Old 06-23-2018, 10:39 AM   #71
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In terms of work that's been done lately, I started cleaning up the gas tanks so I can refinish them and get them bolted up with some new fuel lines, pretty boring so no pictures of that.

I want to install a late model E30 high pressure, in-tank fuel pump so that I can run a single pump and an E30 in-line fuel filter where the old external fuel pump use to be. I might have one kicking around in my parts bin.

In the past week or so I started working on the dashboard... it was so cracked that I figured I may as well try and repair it... I couldn't possibly make it any worse than it already is lol. Worst case scenario there's a dash cover available for the E21's that apparently fits and looks pretty good for a reasonable price.

Anyway... so I stripped all the vents and ducting off the underside of the dash...



Then gouged out and sanded a few cracks to try a couple patches...



I filled them with bondo glass, basically bondo with some fiberglass in it to give it some strength...



After it dried I sanded it and it seemed like it should work out so I gouged out the rest of the cracks... yeah... pretty bad right...



Then filled in...



And that's how it's sitting in the shop as I type this.
Going to head out to change a wheel bearing on the DD, then start sanding the dash and adding another coat where needed. Once it's nice and smooth I'll sand the entire dash and hit it with a couple coats of primer. I bought a can of duplicolor black vinyl spray paint... we'll see how that lays out and cures. If it's crappy I can always re-sand spray it with some other product.

Stay tuned.
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