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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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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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