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Old 01-18-2004, 09:37 AM
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car sittin on bloks for 12yrs

im in the process off buyin a 1981 ta the car has been sittin in blocks for around 10 yrs the blocks are under the the middle of the car under the dorrs fornt after the fornt wheel and before the rear wheels would this cause any problems to the frame the wheel are barely touchin the ground to remove wheel have to jack up car about 3inche to remove i hope this is enough info

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Old 01-18-2004, 09:42 AM
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sitting that long, all the rubber bushings are probably ruined, If you have to jack it up to remove tires , they probably have flat spots. mike
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:42 AM
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As long as the car isn't rusting while sitting there. See if the doors open and close properly, while sitting there on the blocks. After you take it down, make sure that they close the same.
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Old 01-18-2004, 10:59 AM
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tks to all replies also the doors open ang close good all lined up any other things to look for as for the rust looks like surface on the frames only bad spot is the rear bumper frame cross member rotted out on drivers side any ideas on how to fix
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Only way to repair this is to weld in new pieces.

While you are looking, have a GOOD look at where yor rear leaf springs mount to the frame. These cars were known to rust at these mounts. A friend had a 80 Z28 that the spring mounts rotted out and they came right up through the floor.
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right on if its gone in the front part of the trailing arm, it will cost more to fix than its worth. unless you just want a parts car.

sorry , i meant the spring. not the trailing arm
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from what ive seen the rear shocks upper mounts look good as far as the rear leaf springs look like just age surface rust if they are gone how would i repair it
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Just like everthing else.....welding and new metal.
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Heh, some of the vehicals I've seen haven't been fixed with new metal poncho. Then again these were the cars that gave bondo/body filler a bad name.
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fix it?

Anything can be saved, but is it worth it to you to spend the money if needed? I have seen TOTAL rust buckets rebuilt into sweet rods. A lot of cutting, welding and grinding then filling as necessary. If its worth it to you buy it and fix it.


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Does anybody read Street Rod Builder magazine? A few months back they had a 39 Ford drop top. They showed pics of when the guy brought it home. You could see through just about every panel! On the trailer rid home the frame even snapped in two! A couple of years and a wad of money later it was a beautiful driver. Just goes to show you anything is possible with a little time and a lot of money.
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tks again for all of your replies b4 i got married had a 79 ta always wanted another i guess im just want to bring back the old days and enjoyment of drivin one again if it takes a few years to fix it will be worth it
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