From 10' this does not look like a car in need of disassembly, blasting, and repainting. Looking back, I'm still questioning my sanity. With ~ 80% of the disassembly complete, I'm very glad that I'm doing it!
Feel free to comment or DM me if you have any questions. I'll be happy to share additional pictures and share anything I learned on the way.
Dec 16, 2023
Rolling the fenders
(and found some bondo on the right rear )
And not sure how I missed this one I bought the car (although having flown to Boston to drive it home, I'd prolly have still bought it) The passenger floor was replaced, but generally, the car still seems very solid)
Disassembly started. I'm really liking the QuickJacks
Debating filling in side markers
Beltline removal terrible, but not fun
Interior removal started
Door cards bright covering of rain gutter (terrifying!)
2 week sidetrack (I needed the room in the garage) to assemble woody cap that my stepfather had created 20 years ago, but didn't complete before he left us. Amazing craftsmanship!
Did some hot laps in the cul-de-sac to make sure tires no longer rub:)
Hotlaps lead to brakefluid sprayed all over engine bay(?) This was my last time driving the car with current setup, so wiped it down and moved on.
More interior coming out
Why 2 different sound deadeners (?)
All the beltline trim is off. I think the knee trim is glue on. Gonna break out the heatgun to remove it. Later
Lots of progress (about 5 hrs effort; thank goodness for heated garage!)
Removed drivers seat (Recaro; from pair I bought from @esty
and upholstered, including heat (will do another post on that), turn signals, boot lid, boot lock (after this pic) rocker trim.
Coming down the home stretch
Removed quarter windows and trim (thanks @Mike Self
for the pointers). Kinda stressful, but got it done. I taped the windows to keep them from falling out while I unscrewed them. Definitely enough rust lurking that I'm glad I'm taking it all apart for paint!
Also removed speaker wires and most of the rest of the carpet.
Windshield, dash, and sunroof out
Put the old steelies on to avoid getting paint on the Rotas. Removed the passenger side window in the door - fought with the cotter pin for 1/2 hour only to realize I'd read Haynes wrong and didn't need to remove the cotter pin
I was skeptical about Hayne's suggestion to use a wooden wedge to drive the exterior trim off the door but it worked!
Removed passenger vent window, door strap
Removed rear window, headliner, sunroof tracks, door handles, drivers side door parts. Swapped Momo for original school bus wheel
Headliner was no fun and took a lot longer than I thought. Roof is very rusty; lost of surface rust and a layer of scale:(
Pulled the wiring harness out of the trunk and up to dash. Removed the last of the carpet and the cardboard underlayment. Need to tackle the sound deadening now that I've decided to blast the whole car. Found some unwelcomed rust:(