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Djthom

Readying the Rear End

With body nearing completion and engine complete I've been starting to assemble other major assemblies including the rear end.

 

- new input and output seals on the differential as well as new gaskets

 

- new brake cylinders and brake lines

 

- new urethane bushings in suspension arms and sway bar linkages 

 

- new suspension mounts and urethane bushings in differential mounting bracket

 

Looks fantastic all together with the replated hardware.  Just need a body yo install it on!

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Djthom

Body Progress

Going to add some progress photos on the body.  In this set is new trunk floor, rear panel, dogleg behind door, inner/outer wheel arch, rocker and A pillar.  Zero rust now and perfectly aligned.  I'm closing in all the side marker and reflectors for a Euro look.

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Djthom

Head Rebuild

Been awhile since I posted but lots has gone on.  All of the parts have been restored and I"m waiting for the body to begin assembly.  Here i have some head shots and list of new parts from Ireland Engineering

 

  • New 292 camshaft
  • New rocker arms and eccentrics
  • New timing chain, oil pump chain and fuel injection belt
  • New valve guides. 
  • New exhaust studs and nuuts

 

 

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Djthom

Nut and Bolt Restoration is an often misused phrase, but in this case that's exactly what I've been up to.   All fasteners and bracketry have been wire wheeled or glass bead blasted to bare metal and freshly replated.    Now as I enter the reassembly phase, each component will have the appearance that it would have when leaving the factory.

 

Sure, replacement hardware is available, but it lacks the aesthetic originality.  The small thin washers, short headed bolts, original markings, shallow castle nuts and original finishes are just not available at the local hardware store.  When finished, everything should have that "just right" look to it that can't be replicated with anything but the original bits.

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Djthom

Short Block

With the body away, its time to begin rebuilding!

  • Crankcase stripped, cleaned and new core plugs installed.  Painted with high temperature black from Eastwood.
  • Cylinders deglazed, pistons checked and in good condition with proper clearance
  • Crankshaft journals polished to a mirror finish.  No wear groove on the rear seal
  • New piston rings, main bearings and big end bearings from Ireland Engineering

With the crank installed and buttoned down, it turns easily and freely as smooth as glass.  With the pistons in, the engine can still be turned over by hand.  Everything moving nice and freely and smoothly.

 

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Djthom

Stripped Down

Fast forwarding 2 months, the car was completely disassembled down to the shell.  The doors, hood, trunklid and fenders were taken off, and they along with the shell were media blasted down to bare metal.  We said goodbye to paint, body filler, tar mats in the interior, undercoating, and of course most importantly rust.  With nothing but solid metal remaining, epoxy primer was applied on the same day to prevent any new surface corrosion from forming.

 

As previously noted, the trunk floor and rockers will need replacing.  in addition the lower A-Pillars, lower nose valence,  and rear wheel outer and inner wheel arches will need new metal.  The rear strut towers and rear suspension mounts are rock solid.  All new metal panels have been ordered from W-N and a few minor areas of fabrication will be required.

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Djthom

Recently I purchased  my first 02, a 1973 Malaga tii with tobacco interior.    .  The current paint looks like it was applied with a roller and there is overspray all over the place, but under that facade the car is very solid with the exception of rockers and trunk floor.  Mechanically, it started right up when I went to pick it up, and I was able to drive it up onto the trailer and even take the kids for a ride around the block when I got it home.   With the exception of a couple of dash cracks, the tobacco interior is in fantastic condition with no rips or tears.. 

 

My plan is to perform a complete restoration that I will document here

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