DMC = Disassembled Motor Car
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November 20 - 26, 1999
| I figured out that for anything to be worthwhile, there has to be some sort of
12-step plan to do it, am I right? =)
Here's my plan:
step one: suspension & steering linkage
step two: running all the lines/wires along the frame
step three: reattaching the pontoon
step four: radiator
step five: fuel tank
step six: interior air box assemblies & dash reassembly
step seven: transmission and linkage
step eight: engine block
step nine: engine bolt-ons & turbos
step ten: body
step eleven: interior, windshield, rear glass
step twelve: tuning, safety checks, final touches
I'm halfway done with steps one and two. I made myself a progress chart to make myself feel better as I go. Something like those thermometers you see where they color in the red until someone reaches a goal. Mine is the outline of the letters D-E-L-O-R-E-A-N-D-O-N-E. I've got half of the first "D" and "E" filled in.
Anyway, this whole experience is going to make me a shoe-in for the "name that part" competition at the nats, as every single piece on the car is getting, cleaned, polished, tapped, died, rustproofed, painted and/or otherwise treated for both appearance and functionality as I go.
Here's a few things I've done these last few weeks:
- grind, wire-brush, wire-wheel, & scrape all cracked/broken epoxy from the frame, degrease, rustproof (Extend rust spray) and repaint the damaged areas with Rustoleum Dark Machine Gray (35 hours)
- heat, hack, PB, liquid wrench, impact wrench and sledgehammer all of the suspension bolts apart from the control arms (16 hrs)
- prepare all new/used suspension bolts for use (buffing, etc.) (2 hrs)
- clean & repaint control arms (1 hr)
- Dremel the heck out of the rear hub carriers until they shined like a new nickel (4 hrs)
- paint the hub carriers with a coat of clear satin lacquer to stop oxidation (5 minutes)
- remove and repress two new wheel bearings into the hub carriers (2 hrs - the old ones were seized)
- wire-wheel and repaint the front spindles with Cast Iron Spray (1 hr)
- sandblast upper and lower front control arms, repaint with Rustoleum Painter's Touch Semi-Gloss Black (3 hrs)
- install 4 new ball joints (and PJ Grady stiffener on lowers) (3 hrs)
- grind, wire-brush, wire-wheel, & scrape all cracked/broken epoxy from the trailing arms, rustproof (Extend rust spray) and repaint the damaged areas with Rustoleum Dark Machine Gray (6 hrs)
- clean, repaint, install new bushings in steering rack assembly mounts (2 hrs)
- install steering rack (1 hr)
- run the interior wiring harness in the body... It was so tangled it took 6 patient hours to get it all straightened out (8hrs total)
- hack out a broken body mounting bolt (3 hrs)
- straighten, clean, paint rear brake lines & T fitting (3 hrs)
- disassemble master cylinder. It had stuff inside that looked like gray cottage cheese. The rest was rust. It's totally toast. (2 hrs)
- clean, repaint rear spring seats (1 hr)
- clean, wire-brush, paint rear axle assemblies with clear satin (2 hours)
- clean, wire-brush, paint rear hubs with Cast Iron Spray (2 hrs)
- install adjustable clutch link (5 minutes. I don't even have a clutch yet, but someday...)
- install windshield wiper assembly (1 hr)
- complain, swear, and generally get angry because I forgot the Silastic sealer (dumb!) (5 min)
- install windshield wiper assembly w/silastic (1 hr)
- install pedal box assembly (30 min)
- clean package shelf carpet (1 hr)
- clean, wire-brush, and repaint power brake booster (1.5 hrs)
- heli-arc weld new large fitting on evaporator core (1 hr)
- remove, identify, inspect, evaluate, sort, tag, bag and shelve all parts from 11 boxes (25 hours)
- 3 trips to All-Foreign Auto Parts (1 hour)
- 4 trips to NAPA (4 hours)
- 7 trips to AutoZone (5 hours)
- 14 trips to Pep-Boys (12 hours)
Well, that accounts for about 125 hours right there... out of the around 300 that I've put in up to this point. I think a lot of the rest of the time was spent by eating, drinking Dr. Pepper,
vaccuming/cleaning/organizing the garage each night, trying to find parts I've misplaced, and other various and sundry tasks. I've installed a 5 CD changer, and TV with cable to help break up the monotonous sound of the air compressor.
|There was a huge chunk taken out of the
windshield frame. A regular fiberglass repair kit was able to fix
the damage with great ease.
You just keep layering on the fiberglass until it's filled the damaged area, then you sand it down into the desired shape.
I like to finish with a 'gel coat' of clear resin.
Most of the bolts on the access covers were stripped. I had to grind
the heads off of them with a Dremel tool, and then replace the
The old ones twist out with a little patience, and the new ones twist right back in easily. I secured them in place with fiberglass resin.
The polished hub carriers after a coat of clear satin paint to preserve
the aluminum finish. I put the new bearings in place at this time
My engine is actually disassembled, but I kind of 'test fit' the parts back together in order to get them out of the way.
|A rare view of the back of the shop. I
have a tv with cable on a computer monitor swing arm. It allows me
to watch tv from pretty much anywhere in the garage.
I live for tv.
Besides, I learn while I work... it's always History Channel, TLC, Discovery, A&E, or PBS.
We don't have the SpeedVision channel here unfortunately.
On the shelf under the cans is a 5-disc CD changer for when there's
nothing good on TV.
The reason the webcam moves a lot at times is because it sits on top of one of the speakers...
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