Wow, a month goes by fast. Been busy traveling, hosting family in town, etc. But I have been getting a little time in on my car this past week and today.
To back things up a bit I had to take my trans back out because stupid me forgot to install the pilot bushing inside. On the positive side I'm glad I remembered it now as opposed to later, or worse, on the road somewhere. So everything came apart and I got that in, then decided to install the scatter shield that I should have done the first time. Ordered that and got that in only to have a difficult time reinstalling everything. Maybe I should get a transmission jack (or at least fab up some sort of support to use on my transmission). After a long day today it's back in, and now I can reinstall the console, make sure it's aligned and then get back to installing the front sway bar end links.
This weekend I painted my frame again. I'm a bit bummed because I wanted satin black, the can of KBS paint I bought said satin black, but it came out glossy. Grrr. Oh well, I want to drive this thing so the shiny paint can stay for now. I'm not trying to build a show car.. I spent the rest of the weekend putting parts back on.
This weekend I'll sum up as a lot of lessons learned.
Lesson#1- metal still moves even after significant tack welding. Got my headers back from them being coated. and the driver side no longer fit. It fit beforehand. I thought I checked, thought I had pics, etc. I guess not. There are no other variables. It's either that, or the laws of physics are different in my garage. so I had to mod the header more and now I need to get it re coated. Money and time wasted
Lesson #2- Install the sway bar(s) before painting. I thought this would be a simple job I could quickly do later on. I was wrong. As seen in the pics this has turned into a bigger job. I also sought some help with bending my sway bar arms. I don't have the equipment for heating up these big blocks of metal. I built a template and we used this to follow for bending the first arm, then bent the second arm to match the first. The results are really good, too. Now I just need to clean them up, make my end links, paint and I'm g2g. I spent the rest of this weekend building the perches for the sway bar pillow blocks. Next will be making the end links.