Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I bought all four bumpers that I was missing from Kirk Evans, all done in fiberglass.  I'm going to do something like this, either in black or silver like he has:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

What's Still Missing?

There are dozens of missing parts.  It was funny that I could list a lot of them when I bought the car, but I can list a whole bunch more.  Luckily, I was able to get most of the really important parts, including the glass and the suspension.  However, little parts like the dash vents are missing.  For example, when I bought the car, I thought that the following parts were missing:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fast forward to when I bought it

I purchased #1998 around the first part of February 2011.  The previous owner rebuilt the suspension between 2007 and 2011, but didn't include many pictures.

This is what the car looked like when I bought it.  The carbon fiber hood isn't my favorite part of the car, but at least it had a hood.  Notice that the wheels are on the car.  The suspension was rebuilt and installed on the car.  The Koni adjustable shocks were rebuilt and painted.  To see more, click "read more" below.

Friday, July 15, 2011

October 2007 Pictures

The steering rack was completely rebuilt, with a new bronze bushing and new end boots.  I found out just recently that the right side boot is now leaking.  I have a lovely slick of gear oil all over below the A-arm.  Fabulous.  I called the previous owner, and he said that it was probably just a bad boot. 

Here's a fuzzy picture of the rack disassembled and awaiting reassembly.  The previous owner said that there wasn't any wear on the parts.  He just wanted to replace the nylon bushing with a better oilite bronze bushing.

The front spindle shaft looks okay, but I can't really tell if it's pitted.  The bearings are installed on this axle and can mess up the axle if they get damaged, lock up, and spin on the axle.  Rust and corrosion can also be an issue.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

June and July 2007 Pictures

Interior shot awaiting paint.

Undercarriage, painted.

Painted interior with just the shifter bucket.  It's very bare, but it looks like this today.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

April and May 2007 Pictures

I've combined two sets of pictures since the first set was a whopping 3 pictures long, mostly pictures of the same thing.

The front A-arm being relieved of a bushing in April, 2007.

Finished passenger side wheelhouse, May 2007. 

View under the car showing a painted undercarriage.

Finished driver side wheelhouse.

Overall rear shot.  The decklid is still the '74 ribbed decklid.

View of engine compartment with filled and smoothed wheelhouses.

Driver side overall picture.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

March 2007 Pictures

I've been on vacation and away from this blog, so it's been a while.  No shortage of stuff to show or talk about, just a lack of time, honestly.

Undercarriage being sealed

Coolant tube areas sealed.

Front suspension, unrebuilt and looking tired & old.

The previous owner was a machinist, and there's not much doubt that he fabricated the bushing removal tools seen here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

February 2007 Pictures

The previous owner replaced a lot of the underbody frame rails, as seen here.  There are also pictures in the June 2004 Pictures post showing the construction of the rails.

Another picture showing the new frame rails and coolant tube tunnel progress.