Tom W

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So I am in a slump in my resto project, The heat, the rust repair, I am even losing track of the reason I wanted to start and finish this little 02. I need some inspiration, anyone willing to put up a before and after pic of there car for some inspiration, Thanks!

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I only have a "before" photo as I'm in the middle of putting things back together... even if I were to share the "before" photo, the car looked good, so the whole scenario of seeing a lump of crap (before), then a shinny 2002 (after) doesn't work out for me so well.

 

Once you get over the hump of cutting out rust and on to reassembling stuff, the work will start to feel much more fulfilling.

 

I'm at the point where I can't wait to get back in the garage and continue work... back in the rust days I didn't have the same sentiment. Keep you head up!

 

 

 

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What did your project start off like?

 

I can sure understand the frustrations of working in the heat... last year I was rebuilding the front end of the '75 (bushings, ball joints, etc...) during a couple of 113 degree heat-index days.  That will sure sap you, if you're not prepared.  I know of several of the FAQ members are not too far from Pell City, AL... maybe you could have a "Beers&Wrenches" day and knock out a couple projects?

 

Here's what the '75 started out like... doesn't look horrible, but no brakes, clutch would barely engage, ran horribly, broken exhaust manifold, sun-scorched paint, leaked fluids everywhere...

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I polished the paint so I could keep my motivation and think, "well, at least it shines up nicely" (excuse the flipped picture)

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Here it is, almost 18 months later, after a lot of mechanical repairs and tweaking, she's no show car, but it's a pretty nice driver... heck, even the AC works now. :)

75 Cosmics III.jpg

 

Keep your head up, these things take time.  If it were easy, any dumb "stance" punk could do it...

 

Ed

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All of these cars started as shells that were headed for the crusher.

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DQ48, the first car with Alpina fenders, how hard was that to do as I need to get on the rust in my car.  My rear quarters are toast and if this is an easier repair than welding new sheet metal I may break down and buy the IE bits to do this.  Well on top of the trunk floor, rockers, floor pans and strut towers for the rear of the car.  Wish I had some pictures to show because I think the op would feel he has an easy project. Also how wide are the wheels on that one?  Car looks good in white. 

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Picked up in December of 2014, getting it back for final assembly this week...  Keep going!

 

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Nice response guys, definitely some motivation! I have the car on its side as of now and only have just a few more hours of welding and cleaning before I can spray the bottom. The inside cab area is also sanded and ready to paint. The engine bay is also sandblasted and lightly primed, so that should go fast as well. I am always amazed at how much you can do when you hit it hard for a weekend and how long it can sit with nothing getting accomplished when you put it on the back burner. Thanks again

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On July 20, 2016 at 5:08 PM, Henning said:

Desperately missing Steven's (Conserv's) 76...

 

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Hen,

 

I will need to lie about which photo is before and which is after.  The '76 is languishing in North Carolina as it receives its first re-paint.

 

First photo is April 1977, er...I mean....today.

 

Second photo is at the paint shop, I mean...."as found", parked in a barn somewhere in the American heartland.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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My tii started at as an authentic tii shell that I transferred all my parts into after bumper conversion and repainted.

 

Hang in there, it's worth it in the end.

 

G-Man

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