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Old 05-04-2016, 04:27 PM
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Leaves???!!! Our buds are still "trying" to pop, Mitch. Doesn't help when we're in the 20/30s at nite. Talking 70s tomorrow and 80 Friday... Woo Hoo!

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Spent my day making the front half and rear half of Old Rusty one piece. About 1/2 way there. Door gaps still good.....so far.

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Leaves???!!! Our buds are still "trying" to pop, Mitch. Doesn't help when we're in the 20/30s at nite. Talking 70s tomorrow and 80 Friday... Woo Hoo!
That's all Buckthorn...they leaf out early...
We haven't had an overnight low below freezing in a couple weeks. All the trees are leafing out and I've already cut my grass twice. Temp right now is 71... Looks like Harley weather on Friday...
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Spent my day making the front half and rear half of Old Rusty one piece. About 1/2 way there. Door gaps still good.....so far.

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Looks good. You are measuring diagonally to be certain it's staying square too ???
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Nice place Mitch. Cream puff boat too. I'd live there with that... except its probably cold.

Today was odd. Drove the GT to work and it set another DTC. P0650, MIL control system malfunction. Thats a conundrum ain't it? When your check engine light comes on to tell you that the check engine light has a malfunction. Um, OK. Cleared it, didn't come back. Drives great with the oil soaked MAF sensor from the rolled-over engine.

Just waiting for PB to act right. I'll mow and re-try later.
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Looks good. You are measuring diagonally to be certain it's staying square too ???
So far it is within 1/8". All the body bolts are in it too but most of them are loose. There is damage on the passenger side from an unkown cause that makes some of the lower inside areas a little funky. When I first tore the car down I found an area that had been heated, apparently, when they were doing a body pull. Since I found minimal bodywork done to the car I wondered if the factory had tried to correct an assembly error. The door gaps are very good on the outside but they are not even on the RH inside at the back of the door. I may end up slicing and dicing the inner quarter later to open up the lower inside door gap.

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So far it is within 1/8". John
1/8th inch is way better than original...
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Nick worked until 9 last night so I got out there and removed one of the coils and then when he got home we went over what he could do today and how to do it. This spring compressor has sure came in handy over the years. I was told that you can't use a spring compressor on these springs, that there isn't enough room and to go through the shock tower. It sure pays to get good stuff, it was so easy it was crazy with this thing.

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Nick worked until 9 last night so I got out there and removed one of the coils and then when he got home we went over what he could do today and how to do it. This spring compressor has sure came in handy over the years. I was told that you can't use a spring compressor on these springs, that there isn't enough room and to go through the shock tower. It sure pays to get good stuff, it was so easy it was crazy with this thing.

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That is the ONLY compressor I will use on these tower aprons. The one thru the tower is a dangerous joke. Now is the ideal time to inspect/replace the bushing on the lower spring pivot.
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That is the ONLY compressor I will use on these tower aprons. The one thru the tower is a dangerous joke. Now is the ideal time to inspect/replace the bushing on the lower spring pivot.
The entire suspension is being replaced, all control arms with new bushings and ball joints and inner and outer tie rod ends, one strut rod (had to weld the nut on when he banged the curb) and all the strut rod bushings, it's all going to be new!

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Well I guess the body shops will have plenty of work,,this was about an hour ago after the storm passed and rain stopped,had already started melting,

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The entire suspension is being replaced, all control arms with new bushings and ball joints and inner and outer tie rod ends, one strut rod (had to weld the nut on when he banged the curb) and all the strut rod bushings, it's all going to be new!

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Yeowza, you're spending a lot of money on the old girl but it will be done right and drive like new.

I imagine you'll have better luck getting the forward strut rod bushings out than we do. I usually have to torch them off, as the inner sleeves get hopeless rusted on and refuse to slide off.
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Yeowza, you're spending a lot of money on the old girl but it will be done right and drive like new.

I imagine you'll have better luck getting the forward strut rod bushings out than we do. I usually have to torch them off, as the inner sleeves get hopeless rusted on and refuse to slide off.
As soon as he got that job he started buying those parts, they are in his bedroom.

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Well I guess the body shops will have plenty of work,,this was about an hour ago after the storm passed and rain stopped,had already started melting,

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That is perfect hail, its like pennies on the ground for a bodyman! Well, it used to be. Paintless dent repair guys will probably get all that. Hope your stuff ain't tore up too bad.
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Woops, forgot to say...

My next metal victim is scheduled for early June, and I've met the cool owner but today caught a glimpse of the car. Man, it is to die for. 34 Ford two door sedan, solid green with black. Wow, what a ride. I had been wondering if it was a coupe or what. Needs floor and something about the fender mounting in the grille area. I just really dug it when I saw it then slowly realized its up next.
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