August 31st, 2010

Chop Shop | Hot off the press!

So today I had to take the e30 to the shop for some brake work.  After that fiasco was solved, I headed over to Ardon Vinyl graphics in Alston MA to get those gauges printed.

I’ve been starring at that illustrator line art for too long, they’re finally getting done.

This is how they turned out.  The black is a bit warm and it bled into the white a bit.  But that’s ok.

Application.  The match isn’t bad no?

One done.  I actually ripped that off, it took me 3 tries each.

Polishing the surrounds.

Repainted the needles.

They’re in!

August 30th, 2010

Chop Shop | Work week(end)

Friday night, I headed out to Providence with Mike to check out an M coupe, then went to pick up some used parts for the Healey.  Got a steering wheel, gear shift lever, and miscellaneous bolts and washers.

A quick shot of the steering wheel.  It was no where near as good condition as the previous one I leather wrapped, but oh well.

First thing I did was stripped the hub down.

Hub… Primed

While that was drying, I started sanding the valve cover bolts.  I couldn’t sand everything off, but they created some cool patterns, so I decided to just clear coat them as is.

Everything’s hooked up under the hood.

Saturday I started working on the brakes. Up on all fours.

As I jacked the car up, the exhaust fell off.

They’re bled and ready.

Off to get sanded down.


Lastly, the fuel pump.

Well actually this was the last thing.

August 27th, 2010

Chop Shop | They’re in.

The carbs that is!

The internals of the intake manifold were rough.

Look at that buildup of carbon.

A lil’ bit of port polish action!

With the manifold ready, I moved on to the heat shield.  The original one was just beat.  It was cracked on one side and rewelded.

So the most logical thing to do was make one.  Everything’s marked up and ready for cutting.

Almost done.

The time consuming thing about custom fab work is the constant on and off while test fitting.

Not too shabby right?

As the post states, they’re in! and I’m one happy camper.

August 25th, 2010

Chop Shop | 1 down 1 to go

The two carbs have taken over the entire table.

Cleaned the chambers and matched the two air pistons.

Everything cleaned and ready for assembly

August 24th, 2010

Chop Shop | Carb cleaning part 2

The garage is filled with an aromatic mixture of gas and carb cleaner.

Measuring the gas float bowls to make new seals.

Time to cut.

One down…

Cleaning the linkage up.  I have no clue why it was painted.

Second carb apart.

The buildup of crap on this one wasn’t as bad inside.

This is my newest contraption.  Great protection from splashback.

August 23rd, 2010

Chop Shop | Wednesday till now.

Here’s a jinormous post for the days I’ve missed… Work kind of took over.

A box of goodies arrived on wednesday…

Started to work on that front bumper, I was determined to get that front end done.

That 3M metal polish is pretty damn good.

Fabricated a small bracket so I didn’t have to drill into the body.

I was also stripping the intake manifold at the same time.

Almost done… the text casted into the manifold: “firing order 1 3 4 2″… Awesome.

Got a spare off fleabay for 20 bucks!

Saturday… Front end was going back on, the panels weren’t aligned perfectly, but it was the best I could do.

Done!  I’m glad the over riders cover the misalignment of the fenders.

Deep breath, I’ve been putting these carbs off for too long.  We tend to do that with things that are out of our comfort zone, but it wasn’t THAT bad.

Look at that gas reservoir, filthy and rusty, time to get clean.

Everything is apart and cleaned…

The casted text is actually visible now.

One down… one to go.  After the second one’s done, all that’s left is to match the air pistons.

August 18th, 2010

Chop Shop | The little things.

Not much done today… just some small details.

Remember that valve cover?

Well it looks like this now.  Nothing big, just a quick and dirty brush down and clear coat.

I finally got around to revising the safety gauges… Hopefully I can send them to the printer tomorrow… I just hope the gauges are functioning.

August 16th, 2010

Chop Shop | Weekend update.

So this weekend was productive to say the least.  Friday night, the glass went back into the driver’s side door, and I started stripping the valve cover.

Just getting the window to fit and test rolling it.

I noticed the ding on the valve cover when I took it off, looked at it and said “might as well”.

So I tapped it out.

Saturday was Fab day.

Radiator shroud done, time for the battery box.

Here’s a shot of the new glass.

The battery box was a challenge, it had to be smooth on the bottom, and mount to the body without drilling new holes for fasteners.

Placing the template onto the scrap aluminum.

All marked up.  ready to cut.

Yes, I occasionally cut aluminum on a table saw.

All bent up.  Time for a test fit.

Prepping for an angled cut.


Done and done!… I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

That was how it all fitted in.

Exhaust manifold and carbs out…  I was talking to Don about how poorly the motor was designed. Seriously, 3 exhaust ports for a 4 cylinder car?  On top of that, you put the intake and exhaust ports on the same side.

Moving on.  I grinded all the rust off of the headers and resprayed it.

Headers back in.

I’m not too sure how the rad got so banged up.

Putting all the bits and pieces in on the valence.

And… We’re in!  Still have a bit of tweaking to do, but I’m pretty happy with the results.

It’s going to be a rainy week.  Perfect for a carb rebuild session.

August 15th, 2010

Sightings | Classic Fridays!

As I was leaving work on Friday… the sound of Elvis and gleam of chrome from across the street caught my eye… I had to see what was going on… plus it was a chance for me to practice my photography… Walking up to the lot of classics… this was the first of many that caught my eye…

A 1954 Mercedes Benz 190sl… I really liked the no fuss paint… after talking to the owner… he told me he used to track this beast… Imagine taking a corner in this thing?

How about this Galaxie…

With tail lights like this… you’d believe it could blast off too.

Oldsmobile… I’m not too sure what model… but the chrome was to die for.

Marlin… I’m not too sure neither.

There will never be cars like this again.

The armrest on the outside of the door.

Marlin Rambler… the exaggerated absence of the B pillar is stunning.

I hope my grille turns out 1/2 this nice.

Pontiac Eight…

Doesn’t that just make you smile?

Rolls to finish things off… It was nice to just shoot with no pressure… When the car’s done… you know where I’ll be on Fridays!

August 13th, 2010

Chop Shop | Engine bay clean-up + everything else

Finished masking the block up.

I ended up going with a matte black with a mist of semi gloss…. while that was drying… I got to working on the driver’s side door glass.

I was pretty excited…. but the vent glass I ordered was just shit quality.

At least the door glass was a bit better… But taking that channel off was a pain in the ass.

Scraper + Soap + Liquid wrench + elbow grease = gets the job done.

Sanded the inside of the track down… and put the new seal in.

So here’s the block… I know you can’t really see the speckle in this pic… it’s different and not the right way to go about spraying a block… I’ll do it properly when I rebuild the thing.

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