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A boneheaded mistake forces my hand and I'm sliding down the slippery slope to a full restoration of my 1973 Inka 2002. 

 

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Trunk boards and some other stuff.

Trunk boards and some other stuff.

This weekend I stopped by the shop and installed headlights, some new Hella horns and painted the core supports flat black. The boys are also working on the engine bay, continuing with wiring clean up and installing one of Patrick's custom radiators as well.     We've hit a little lull as we wait for some parts to arrive. At this point, Master Patrick has kinda run out of grasshopper level stuff for me to do. He's going to start rewiring the dash area and run add

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Headliner, beltline trim and trunk stuff.

Headliner, beltline trim and trunk stuff.

This is a long one...   The boys at Midnight Motorsports have been busy.    Patrick was able to weld in an early model shift boot flange that I got from @Vintage-Autobahn to the tranny tunnel. This is so that I can switch to a shorty console and attach a round rubber shift boot.      Andre finished most of the trunk area. This included installing the gas tank and fuel pump, associated hoses, the electric trunk opener and hardware, and the trunk gasket. He

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Finished adding Dynamat to the floors.

Finished adding Dynamat to the floors.

Finally finished installing the Dynamat to the floors last night. This took me way longer than I thought it would. And it didn't speed up things when I needed to take a break every 20 minutes to stretch out my aching back.    With the fronts repainted, I got after removing the old factory sound deadening. I was going to try the dry ice trick, but someone suggested trying an oscillating multi-tool with a scraping blade instead.      This seemed to take l

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Refinished door card chrome.

Refinished door card chrome.

The chrome finish on my door cards were shot and most of it had flaked off. Based on what I have read here on the FAQ, I decided to try to refinish them myself with the chrome vinyl that others have posted about.    I ordered the following role of vinyl from Amazon, if for no other reason than this was the one that shipped for free with my Prime account. Based on the reviews, they all seemed like similar products. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E3K3W66/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_yFAdEbQ6V

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Reassembly begins.

Reassembly begins.

Ernie is now back at Midnight Motorsports and we are getting started with reassembly. I've brought my hoard of parts and we've taken a general inventory of what we still need. Parts are getting ordered and we're off...     Today I stopped in the shop to begin getting my hands dirty. The first thing Patrick had me do was clean out the interior of the car to prep for finishing the Dynamat install. The previous owner had installed it in most of the car, but due to rust, didn't

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Paint is done!

Paint is done!

I am STOKED! The paint looks absolutely gorgeous.      They also painted the engine bay while the engine was still in there. Note that the hood torsion bars had been painted previously, so I had them paint them again.     Sunroof panel and Kogglewerks duckbill.     American Auto Paint and Body did an incredible job. I can not say enough good things about Junior and the boys at Ame

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Final paint swatches

Final paint swatches

Another trip to the paint shop today to approve color. We upgraded from PPG Omni to Deltron and WOW, what a difference. Not sure if it's coming across in the pics but the new paint on the right is significantly brighter and more vibrant.     Car should be finished on Friday then it's back to Midnight Motorsports for reassembly.    I'm stoked!

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Almost ready for paint

Almost ready for paint

I stopped by the paint shop during lunch today to approve color swatches.   We've decided on PPG paint and this round the shop used PPG's Omni line of paints. It's a close match, but it's just a hair "dirty" and not as vibrant as I want. So the shop is switching to PPG's higher grade Deltron line of paints to get the "pop" I'm looking for. The car going into paint this week and should be done Friday 12/20. I'll post additional pics as we progress.     

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Hoarding is an addiction.

Hoarding is an addiction.

Spent some time in the garage cleaning and organizing all the crap from/for the build. Also took some time to inventory what I want to keep vs sell, and document some of the parts I've been able to find for Ernie.      Original E9 380mm Petri wheel, button and hub. This is the type with the thicker grip and is in great condition. I decided to sell all the other wheels I have after I found this one.   NOS red tip Hirschmann antenna. I've got a source in

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The car is now in primer

The car is now in primer

Stopped by the paint shop to check in on my car. Ernie is now in primer. The shop has made a ton of progress. They've finished all the body work, including all the work in the trunk, which is still in POR15 and waiting for the shmutz coating on the wheel wells and the primer coat. On the exterior, they're on their 3rd coat of block and sanded primer.    Gallery images below.   A couple of details...   They've pre-installed the @Forrest_KoogleWerks air dam and you ca

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Body work continues

Body work continues

I dropped by the paint shop today to drop off the hood latch parts so that the body guy could set and align the hood. Here are some pics showing progress.    Nose is getting some touch up and the hood is getting aligned.    The original fenders have been patched and reattached. Begone rust, after market sheet metal shenanigans and DOT silliness!   Doors and sides have been patched as well.    No more side markers - or gas cap.

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Getting started on body work

Getting started on body work

I stopped by American Auto Painting & Body to check in on progress and discuss some issues that they've run into that I'll touch on in a sec.    But first the good stuff.   They have begun to strip the body down to metal. Luckily they haven't uncovered a ton of Bondo or any unexpected rust. The body is really straight and relatively ding free for it's age.      They've also been able to remove the old nose and hang the NOS replacement clip

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The tear down

The tear down

September 14, 2019   I've never restored a car before and one of my goals with this restoration is to learn as much as I can. Knowing that, Patrick was kind enough to let me join his team for a day and help out with tearing Ernie down to get him ready for body and paint. Much appreciated my friend. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with and learn from the talented and knowledgeable pros at Midnight Motorsports. Even if it comes at the expense at being made fun of the whole time

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Assessing the damage to car and ego

Assessing the damage to car and ego

After a couple of days of self abuse and a general state of depression, I came to terms with my mistake and decide to make lemonade out of lemons. From the time that I bought this car I had planned on doing body and paint work (I've been hoarding parts from day one), I just didn't know when I'd get around to it. Well, I just forced my own hand.    The first thing I did was swallow my pride and call my mechanic Patrick at Midnight Motorsports to let him know what had happened. After som

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Yep, I own it.

Yep, I own it.

They say the first step to recovery is acknowledgement.    OK, I own this one. It's all me.    Street parking in Seattle neighborhoods is kinda a pain in the arse. The week before the 4th of July I was busy shuffling cars in and out of my driveway. In doing so, I parked Ernie in the street in front of my neighbor's driveway so that I could move my wife's car. Something I do all the time. My neighbor is cool with it and she does the same when she needs room to move stuff. Then

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