March 31st, 2010

Chop Shop | Stripped

So I popped by Autozone yesterday to pick up some autostripper.  I must say… this stuff is amazing.  Low odor, no overspray, and quick turnover time.

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Took apart the lock assembly… debating whether I should strip the paint off of this too.

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Started popping some holes in a box to set the screws in.

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it’s a spray on foam…

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So the last person doing the restoration didn’t remove the door latch mechanisms and just painted over them…

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and… back to stock.

March 30th, 2010

Look du Jour | All black everything.

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March 30th, 2010

Chop Shop | Couldn’t handle…

So yeah… the drivers side door handle wasn’t opening from the outside… probably something you’ll never experience… but when you have to walk around to the passenger side every time you want to open a door… it gets old real quick… everything that followed was well… a small fiasco.

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Door cards out…

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It wasn’t the door latch mechanism… so it had to be the door handle’s button…. there were 2 adjustment screws built into the back of the button… so cool… door handle fixed.

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This epoxy syringe came in handy… I put grease in it and went to town rustproofing the entire door and window assembly.

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It works wonders as you can get the tip in really tight areas, and the pressure of the syringe really forces the grease into crevices, and most importantly… it doesn’t make a mess.

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The Sprite logos in the door sills were fading quick…

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I salvaged what I could with some masking tape… when I have some time, I’ll vectorize it… vinyl sticker, stencil??? Any suggestions?

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The aftermath…

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One of my favourite pics… either that or I’m high off chrome polish.

March 28th, 2010

Chop Shop | Elbow grease.

So I think it’s pretty much decided that I need to invest in a buffer, because 4 – 5 hrs per panel is just reedic.

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The grill was very very difficult to take off… I masked the trim off so I wouldn’t scratch it.

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Done… Time for some cleaning.

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Might as well take everything off… All the chrome has to be polished anyways.

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March 28th, 2010

Look du Jour | Birthday party…

Yes… that is a bow tie underneath that collar…

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March 28th, 2010

Chop Shop | Finally here.

So after an 8:30am “meeting” for work… I head up to NH to pick up the Austin.

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So I found this guy Joseph `on CL to help trailer the car, super nice and very knowledgeable. He’s been restoring classic muscle for 30 years.  Funny who you cross paths with sometimes.

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At first we thought we would have to winch it up the trailer.  But it was so light, a few of us just pushed it up.

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Up and at them!

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I couldn’t resist.

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Arriving safely to it’s new home.

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Quick test… It fits!

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Vacuuming the interior was first priority… I mean… look at that.

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After its second bath… it was really dirty…

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After the 2 washes, besides not having any feelings in my hands, I noticed overspray on the front end of the car.. must of been from another paint job in the shop… ugghhhh.

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A couple hours (and a lot of energy) later… I’m almost done the front quarter…

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Just chilling….

March 28th, 2010

Chop Shop | Something’s clicking…

Thinking it was the parking brake… I take the entire assembly apart to find out it was actually ok… and that it was the CV axle… great.

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Sooooo much more convenient.

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Sweet rotor dude.

March 25th, 2010

Chop Shop | Pleasant surprise

So my boss walks over to my desk just now and goes… “Hey Tang… what did you get?” I look over and there’s a package… I wasted no time opening it… ha

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The OG steering wheel for the Austin… SWEET

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March 24th, 2010

Look du Jour | Black & Blue

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March 24th, 2010

Sightings | Infinitely curious…

A legend.

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