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06-07-2015 11:44 AM 2002 Isuzu Trooper
My youngest daughter drives a 1999 Isuzu Trooper with about 180,000 miles. Her boyfriend "found a 2002 taken by his business lawyer in trade for services rendered. It was described as having a "blown head gasket". We took a quick look; it didn't appear as though the head gasket was blown, so we took a chance for $600. Long story short, some additional investigation (the engine would not turn over), the big end of a rod is broken and it looks like the original owner probably knew that. The lawyer kindly offered to refund our money and will "talk" to his client . . .

In other news, Matt is looking for vehicle. He located a mid-60s vintage Corvair but was about an hour too late to close the deal.

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05-02-2015 10:17 AM Update
The '39 Plymouth has a 454 Chevy/700-R4 combo. I took it to the Colonial Williamsburg Rod Run last weekend and the AACA regional meet at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach this weekend. I was pleased that the overheating problem seems to be fixed and I'm getting 13mpg. Lots of little things still left to fix, but it's nice to be able to drive it.

Matt drove the '37 Plymouth to the CWRR and it performed like it used to. Seems we got a permanent fix on this one as well..

The '54 Desoto Firedome is back home with the owner. Fixing the solenoid on the starter certainly made a huge difference in being able to start the car. The brakes are still a mess and seem to be impossible to adjust correctly; it pulls to the right.

The new-to-us 2002 Isuzu Trooper is on the lift, but won't get much attention as my seasonal business is now open and Matt is working there full-time.

Lots of metal work to be done on the Triumph TR3. New target finish date is Spring 2016.

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04-15-2015 05:53 PM Re-Arranged the Cars
We got both hotrods running so we could move the 2002 Isuzu Trooper onto the 4-post lift and begin work on that. We're told it has a blown head gasket, but the oil doesn't indicate that. The PO had started the repair and given up.

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04-01-2015 01:01 AM Back From The Strippers
Matt and I retrieved the body from the strippers and it shows some interesting things.

These are professionally repaired outer sills. A patch was welded over the top of the rotten metal and heavily slathered with body filler. I do have a set of outer sills to make a proper repair.

Here are the inner fenders. Obviously there was a front-end collision, but is something missing from this TR3A?

Here's a comparison photo courtesy of the legendary TeriAnn.

It looks like I could use a front clip of the inner wings as opposed to metalworking that awful, awful mess. No patch panels are available and the entire inner wing panels cost $1000 each.

Here's the passenger bulkhead. Obviously some damage and misalignment It's easy to see why the right front fender did not line up well.

Thankfully, that's all the significant damage that was professionally repaired. Hopefully, two amateurs can do a better job.

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03-28-2015 04:12 PM Parts Made Like New

Once cleaned, the suspension parts are media blasted and painted. We have all new ball joints, bushings and rubber seals for the front and rear suspension. The only question now is the condition of the steering box, but we'll wait until the rest of the suspension is installed before we disassemble it.

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