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1973 2002 field find rescue project


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73808A5F-5317-4DEE-B3B4-BEF8CDDE11AF.jpegI have been littering the forums sporadically with updates on my rescue 02. I’ll start here from the early pictures and just keep the updates as they happen. I

found the car in the buy sell forum located on Vashon Isle in Washington state. At the price it was impossible not to entertain the possibility of getting it and having it shipped to me in Ft Lauderdale. After speaking with the owner and sorting out the shipping the car arrived just before Christmas of 2020. My oldest son helped me get the car into the driveway and was there for its awakening. Below is a brief photo timeline of what’s happened so far. I’ve learned a lot just reading the forums and watching you tube videos. My plan

is to have a solid dependable driver that can be driven hard and not worry about. 

Hopefully when it’s done a new generation of 02 fans carries on the tradition. 

 

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I’ve been plodding  along emptying out the engine compartment. The exhaust was next to impossible to get off, all of the nuts were rusted to the studs which all came out with help from an oversized vise grip. I’m debating on having the motor rebuilt or buying a replacement and keeping this to practice on. I’d like to do dual 40 Weber’s on the new motor with some other mild performance mods. This project has been

a lot of fun,  a great learning experience and I always wonder what it’s going to throw at me next 

 

 

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Needed to redo the bottom section of the inner wheel arch before reassembling the rust repair by the frame mounts. I cut a hole to see inside and it was in good shape so I just coated the area with frame sealer and closed it back up. Most of the pieces pictured needed new metal welded in but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be from seeing it the first time. More to come. 

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