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06-02-2005 09:11 PM 49 Olds - don't tell that
I have to tell this even if it gets me laughed off completely.
When you're done scratching your head or rolling on the floor over photo 1,
I'll explain. Composed? Ok. That is not a tire. That is a seat. Are you
gonna believe me or your lyin' eyes?

That's also not the Flintstones' vehicle,
it's a 1980 Dodge Ramcharger with the floorboard cut out. It was cut out
because it was hopelessly rotted away; just strips of rust surrounding some
holes under the mat. Remember all those Oldsmobile parts piled and scattered
on the ground? The truck was needed even though it had no seat and no floor.

NOTE: At no time was the truck operated on the highway or at any speed above
a crawl in this condition. (Just in case some young idiot thinks it would
be funny to cruise like that).

The Olds parts were outside at the northwest corner of the garage. The doorway
to the garage loft is in the south end. I tossed one of the tires from the
Olds into the Dodge as you see and drove it through a small orchard, then
(tried) to back it up the hill the Olds had been pulled up by ratchet hoist
at the start. The hill was a little too steep for an unloaded two-wheel drive
pickup. A little over half-way, it just started spinning.

It was an interesting viewpoint from the improvised bucket seat. The pedals
were too far away, the dash was too high, and strange sounds, odors and lots
of dust came up through the big hole.

Photo 2 shows the tremendous load hauled. Alright, so there's not much weight
to it, but think of how many trips it would take to carry those parts half-way
around a garage, up to the 2nd floor and into some semblance of order there.

The blue '85 Caprice with the missing windshield trim piece belongs to my son.

Photo 3 is my son, who helps even though he thinks I've lost my mind. You can
probably tell by the expression on his face what he thought of my fine seat.

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06-02-2005 07:22 PM 49 Olds -- aftermath
Photo 1: More of the carnage. Both headlight buckets, the 'Y' section of the
right-hand vent intake with its flange, piles of zip-lock plastic bags (I put
each entire parking light assembly and vent intake into their own separate
gallon-sized zip-lock), and hood brace are all piled on the panel that was
in front of the radiator at the top and came off first. By the way, the hood
was left on just because I still have no roof over the car.

Photo 2 is a view you can't get with all that sheet metal in the way. That is
a very hefty looking crossmember.

I've read *all* of the threads for
"Frame swap/subframe/front clip install/wheelbase/track width" and almost half
of those for "Mustang II IFS" at
and I still don't know what I'm going to do with this front end. I do not feel
comfortable with that delicate looking crossmember that comes with all the kits.

Photo 3 shows one of the problems with just upgrading parts on the existing
suspension. What do I do about that funky upper control arm with its "quaint"

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06-02-2005 06:55 AM 49 Olds -- face removal
It gets sadder and sadder looking. Actually, photo 1 was an experiment to see
what it would look like with one of the grill bars rotated. That lower grill
bar simply sat on top of the front splash pan with two bolts running up into
its base and the two brackets, shown in earlier photographs, connecting it
to the upper grill bar. It rings like a bell when you tap it.

In the lower right corner of the photo you can see a pile of red clay. That's
from a hole dug for one of the posts that will support an enclosure for the
Olds. Soon, hopefully. On the left side you can see where part of the existing
garage wall has been opened for measuring, etc. A little oddity in the photo:
a tire from the car is framed in the right fender and teardrop vent openings.

As I mentioned earlier, most of the bolts holding the grill to the fenders
just snapped off. Photo 2 shows the right headlight and parking light assemblies
out, the right intake vent tube out, the grill removed, both horns removed, the
front panel of the splash pan removed, and my ever-faithful insulated coffee

Photo 3 -- Did somebody drop a bomb?!? Ok, I'll start in the lower left corner
(photo left, not car left) and go clockwise. The rusty chunk with a bit of
shine on the tooth is the front bumper. The multi-colored wooden sawhorse is
there for a convenient seat while pondering what happens next. Hmm, persuader
pipe, fluorescent drop light, various pieces of cardboard that were found in
the interior, oak board from the garage wall with fiberglass insulation puking
out of it, the radiator, right rear tire and wheel, security light rigged in
the wrong place for where I was working, underside of hood, pile of miscellaneous
lumber moved from where the extension goes, the left front fender with radio
antenna and most of the inner fender still on it, then at the bottom of
front and center is the big panel that filled the front end.

That "Big Six" you're looking at is not locked up. I put a socket to that
big bolt with the expectation of just grunting and the thing turned just
as it should. It was gratifying to hear the pistons wheeze, but I didn't
turn it much (it can't have much oil where it should).

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  [Entry #41]

06-02-2005 06:48 AM 49 olds -- eye surgery
Photo 1 shows the old girl when I returned to disassembly on the 25th. That is
one really sad face. The bumper is off, the panel in front of the radiator is
out and the radiator is out. Look closely at the springs and you'll see some
lifting blocks (?) inserted. You can also see a persuader pipe lying where
the radiator used to be that I used on some stubborn bolts.

Photo 2 is looking in the right front headlight hole at the 'Y' in the vent
intake. All of the Philips head screws holding the headlight bucket came out
fairly easily.

Photo 3 shows all the parts of the headlight assembly lying on the splash
pan between grill and radiator. Even the chrome trim ring screw came out
easily even though it was the most exposed of the bunch. It didn't act like
it was a 56 year old, neglected car.

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06-02-2005 06:43 AM olds -- clean the crud
The radiator came out easy. The hood latch brace in front of it only had
one bolt. There was still some anti-freeze in the radiator. Photo 1 shows
the accumulated dirt, sand and rust at the base of the radiator.

At each end of that brace running from side to side above the fan there
was a wiring terminal block. Lights and horns were connected to these.
Photo 2 shows the condition on the driver's side. The other one was just
as bad.

I spent May 24 trying to rig up an air compressor. No success.

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