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 Post subject: My '78 build
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:06 am 
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I'm sure it's due to the forum's prune date, I had a thread about the '78 and how my dad & I had pulled the body off the frame to prep it for paint, but it's gone.

It started when we went to Missouri to pick it up from Shawn (Went by haze78bu here). The car was literally in pieces so we had to put it somewhat back together before we could even put it on the trailer...
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... aaaaand just after getting it back to Michigan.
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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:06 am 
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It sat out next to the barn for a couple years until we were finally able to actually pull the body off the frame... note the rust that's formed from sitting :x

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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:13 am 
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Landau trim without the roof? Did someone already do a respray because it looks nice! Good luck going forward!

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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:27 pm 
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Yeah someone already removed it. Paint job is a 20-footer, it'll do for now.

At the end of may my girlfriend & I came up for a wedding, and I was able to start working on the frame again, first was welding washers to the frame for body mount bushings. So far I have most of the rust wire-wheeled off, the top control arms are painted & ready for ball joints/bushings, and I'm pretty much done bending brake/fuel lines. I've also patched one part of the rear section, I have a couple smallish spots to do on the opposite side, then after wire wheeling it's ready for paint. I have an Eastwood Chassis/suspension kit with rust converter and encapsulator to use when it's time.

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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:42 pm 
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Good job!!!


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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:50 pm 
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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:07 pm 
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Thank you sirs 8)

I forgot to put up pictures of the lines...
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Today I didn't get any stripping done, but I got a couple patches welded to the frame. Tomorrow I'll have the last little hole patched and hopefully have the rust wheeled off.
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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:50 pm 
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Lookin` good Doober!!! Very nice work,, gives me hope,, someday,,someday,,, Keep the updates coming,, Matty man

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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:32 pm 
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Nice update Doob! Good to see progress on that one...

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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:01 pm 
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Thanks :) I'm stoked, made a ton of progress so far, if I hit it hard enough before going back to AZ at the beginning of July, it may actually be running :D

I welded some 1/8" plate in to reinforce the triangular braces at the rear crossmember, and rewelded a couple of the lower trailing arm mounts (some had hardly anything at all). I also welded some plate on the outside of the flat upper arm points, they're getting pretty crappy... I'll have pics tomorrow. The frame needs a wipedown then it's ready for paint \:D/

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 Post Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:47 pm 
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Pictures!
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Today's plan is install bushings/balljoints and paint the arms, then wipe down the frame for the rust converter

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 Post Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:24 am 
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So the top arms are ready, the lower ball joints were a major PITA... one took my dad & I over a half hour to put in because the POS ball joint tool kept going crooked. The other one we took to a shop... where has the mom & pop stuff gone?!?! The cheapest shop was $30 and took a ehopping 5 minutes from the time he walked into the garage until the time the arm was back in my hand. 4 other shops were $40-45, and one actually quoted me $70... for a ball joint??? I laughed at them and hung up. Long story short I have 2 bushings left in a lower arm and the two lowers still need paint.

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 Post Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:51 pm 
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Nice to see some progress on this thing!! Looks good Doober

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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:22 am 
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Doober wrote:
The cheapest shop was $30 and took a ehopping 5 minutes from the time he walked into the garage until the time the arm was back in my hand. 4 other shops were $40-45, and one actually quoted me $70... for a ball joint??? I laughed at them and hung up. Long story short I have 2 bushings left in a lower arm and the two lowers still need paint.
Wow, a 20-ton press costs about $200. You could pay for that with only a few jobs at that rate. I used my 20-ton press and it took only a few minutes for each lower balljoint. If you have the floor space, a press is a great tool.

Do you think you should drill a few drain holes in the places where you have added plates? For example, the triangular plates you added.


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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:58 am 
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Yeah, but my parents plan on moving to AZ within the next year or two and it'll be more heavy stuff to carry :x I figure once they're out there we can get some bigger equipment like that.

I was thinking about those plates too... I'm not sure if there will be an issue or not on the plates themselves because they're at a downward angle from the rear crossmember, but the stock braces have little channels in them. I may put a small hole in those to avoid a sit & rust spot. Since it'll be in the desert I'm not too worried about moisture though.

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