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1 hour ago, imr said:

How did you strip the frame

The slow painful way right now, with wire wheels & coarse abrasive sanding pads on an angle grinder. It's actually going pretty quick since the frame isn't really rusted. Going to follow up with sandblasting in the hard to reach spots.

1 hour ago, Rob Peters said:

Were you trying to cut the springs?   You succeeded in warping them.  The spring compressor is truly a life saver on removing those front springs.  Even with a spring compressor it scares me a little.  Keep up the good work, I can almost see it in black paint already.  Keep the pictures coming.

rob

 

No Rob, I didn't do that to the springs (I've done some stupid things before, but not that stupid, lol). Some prior owner did it to lower the car. The back had BMR 2" lowering springs. Apparently it was much easier to heat the springs to lower it than doing it right & replacing the fronts with matching BMR ones.

Probably won't be black for at least a couple of weeks due to the work schedule. In the mean time I'll sandblast all the control arms and pop new bushings & ball joints in the front & rear arms. Need to bring the old 12 bolt with the 4.11 gears up from the basement and clean that up too. Probably pop the axle seals out and replace them too since it's been sitting a long time. Good chance to inspect the axles for wear as well.

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Ordered the AC from Classic Auto Air today. Got the Stage 3 upgrade kit with the newer Sanden type compressor. Also has the parallel flow evaporator & condenser. Car was an original AC car, but the prior owners removed that too, so I pretty much needed everything.

Started out just to clean up a bit but ended up playing with the front control arms for a few minutes. Looks like the original upper ball joints were still in there by looking at the rivets & in surprisingly good shape. Still, going this far, they had to go... Air chisel makes it a 30 second job

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Sandblasted the rest of the control arms last night after work (dayshift) & spent this morning blasting the frame before starting a string of nightshifts tonight. Probably won't get to paint it until next week. Still need to put the bushings in all the arms & clean up the 12 bolt before paint anyways. Need to cut those brackets they welded on the frame (crooked) for the exhaust too.

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Looking good. Going with epoxy or POR15?  A friend of mine did Krylone semi gloss so if he had chips he could just re spray. mine is epoxy DP90 And DP40 (black) and herculiner on the body and inside floorboard.post-259-0-61935100-1474727657_thumb.jpg

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Thanks James. I'm going to spray it with the same stuff I did the floors and the core support, etc from earlier posts. It's  'Hot Rod Black' from Distinctive Image (DI-HRB). Mixes 4:1 with activator & it's a urethane. First I'll spray it with Variprime self-etching primer, and then the HRB can go directly over the self-etch. My paint supplier had it on the shelf and said all of his customers like it a lot.  Real happy with it so far in regards to the semi-gloss sheen & durability.

 

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Had a couple of hours to play after I woke up today from work last night. Got the old Monte's 12 bolt blasted today (has the 4.10 gearset). I'll pop off the backing plates and do them in the blast cabinet then I change the seals. Looks like the GMPP transmission & other parts are supposed to be delivered tomorrow at some point too.

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