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Learning Wrenching Rebuilding: '74 Euro tii


peterman

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So the rebuild has officially started.  I've taken enough apart to feel comfortable saying that the project moves forward and the shell is not being sold/scrapped.  

I got the car out of storage in November and trailered it to VA with a Uhaul.  She went into the garage and the tear down began.

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The idea was to pull the engine are rebuild it, shove it back in and drive her around.  While putting the car down on jack stands I heard a few crunches and crackles synonymous with frame rail disintegration.  The engine and trans came out no problem and went on the stand while I investigated the source of the crunching.  I figure theres no point rebuilding an engine for a car that is rusted through.  I Pulled up the carpets and found some good rust in the driver and passenger floor pans.

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I got under the car and "probed" and ended up poking a hole in the passenger frame rail.

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I started pulling the front of the car apart.  I took off the passenger side fender which was still leaded on and took the wire wheel to the bottom of the A pillar to see how far the rust went.  The rocker panels seem to be in pretty good shape so I was hopeful that there wouldn't be much on the A pillar.  I prodded them with no deflection in the metal.  I haven't seen any evidence of rust (on the outside) yet, so thats another good sign.  How can I check the inside without cutting them apart?  

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I've continued to wire wheel the fender area and I'm getting a good understanding of where the rust is, up front anyway.    The driver side frame rail has already been repaired.  It seems like there was a leaky brake master cylinder at one point.  I'll have to get some advice on replacing the frame rails.  If anyones got any hints, I'm all ears and questions.

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Things are looking up.  It's a lot less rust than I thought it would be.  I'm excited to get the floors and new frame rails welded in... Now I got to pick up a welder.  

 

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I use a magnet to look for bondo. As for a welder I recommend Miller. I've worked with their multimatic 200 model that does MIG, TIG, ARC, and Aluminum spool. It plugs into a standard socket too. That thing is like 2G though, one day I'm going to get one used. They're conventional MIG stuff is great too. In the Shop I just had a projector stand with the multimatic thing on top, a plasma cutter in the middle, and all the extra stuff on the bottom and I'd just pull it around the shop... I miss having access to that gear. 

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