Thursday, July 27, 2017

Coyote Engine Teardown, Part 3

I decided to tear the engine down further, not trusting what I was seeing in the cylinder bores.  The plan is that if the bores need only honing, I may just replace the rings and have the block honed & surfaced.  If the bores need more than honing, I will consider new forged pistons and rods. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Coyote Engine Teardown, Part 2

The Coyote engine cylinder walls weren't as good as I had hoped.  This means a further tear down.  Pictures of each cylinder wall:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Coyote Engine Teardown, Part 1

I decided to tear down the Coyote and rebuild it while the car chassis is in Oregon. 

Here's the engine with the intake and injectors removed. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

After Blasting

I was really unhappy with the rattle-can undercoating applied by the previous owner, in an effort probably to hide some of his handiwork.  It's all gone now.

Note the rear corner issues. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

At the Blaster

Well, part of my car returned.  The trip to the blaster took two full months, from May 12 to July 10th or so.  I'm told the blasting operator had surgery and was unable to finish the car.  

Stay tuned, I have about five more posts being readied to release in the next few days!

Looks pretty good, but needs more blasting.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rockers and Front Clip Removed

Another hot and heavy day in the shop!  The outer rocker sheetmetal was removed, as was the entire front outer sheetmetal, minus the cowl vent area.

Here's the car, with the front clip and rocker sheetmetal removed, minus the front valance.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Roof Scalped!

 Looks like the roof skin is gone and the rear panels sanded off. 

The three metal bars in the picture are not stock and will be removed.

The rear has been sanded and all filler removed.

The front clip will be removed and then the car will be taken to a blaster who will clean off all of the undercoating as well as blast the roof rust away.  After blasting, work will begin on the lower rockers and the upper A-pillars.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Car Goes to Finn's Auto Restoration in Oregon

I loaded the car up and took it to Denny Finn w/ Finn's Auto Restoration, in Woodburn, Oregon.  Here's a few pics:

Denny's shop has several Panteras in it, as I took this screenshot of his new website.  He plans to take another picture with seven Panteras being repaired in the same shop.

Here's Larry Finch's car as it was delivered to his shop.

Friday, March 3, 2017

What Came Back From Blasting

I took the car to the blaster. Here's what came back...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Loading the Shell

We loaded the shell onto a trailer on Saturday in preparation to take the car to the media blaster to see what's hiding under the body filler.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Seat Test Fit

I put the Recaro seats in the car as I was fitting the firewall reinforcement:

I like how they look!

I'm test fitting the seats.

My son and I took a (rare for me) selfie.  

I have a pair of Corvette C4 seats that I won't be using.  No idea what to do with them.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Firewall Opening Reinforcement

I added some firewall opening reinforcement using some 1" x 1.1/2" x 0.060" wall tubing.  I cleaned off the paint and had a friend come and weld it for me since I don't trust my own welding abilities.

Here's the tubes, test-fitted.

My good buddy came and welded it up for me.

Finished product