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PatAllen

1974 automatic 4280905. FINISHED

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yup, elbow grease. thats it.

What i do IS a restoration. Taking a new a like shell and putting all new parts on it is just an exersice of showing that you have deep pockets...i do not btw.

So today i fitted the ?%$?@#? bumpers.

It is just the pre-test fit so i know if it gona be ok or not...i like the overriders-less look.

Hey, who is looking at me up front...yeah, my white 02 of course...

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Update, i didnt touched the car for the last month or so....my gf is pregnant...

i found some time this weekend and finished up the front nose and the slots for the bumper brakets.

i also poured some build-up primer on the trunk lid. all blocked down and straight.

i also seam sealed all the joints of my fixes on the floor pans. aouf.

sorry, no pictures yet. The plan is to have the car painted before the snow gets in.

wish me luck...

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Guest Anonymous

HI PAT, GREAT TO SEE ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND THE OLD GIRL COMING BACK TO LIFE. BRAD KRAMER IN ONTARIO, P.O.

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HI PAT, GREAT TO SEE ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND THE OLD GIRL COMING BACK TO LIFE. BRAD KRAMER IN ONTARIO, P.O.

hi M Kramer, nice to hear about you !!...i didnt knew that this car was a female...lol...

M. Kramer is the last known user of this car, back in 1992...how cool is that !!

yesterday i sandblasted the hood so it is now ready for preparation. My hope are that for the next week the whole car will receive its first coat of primer... wheuuu heuu !!!!

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today update. the doors and trunk lid are primed.

i am finishing the details on the tub, it gona get primed this weeked.

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the thing is primed...rough, my compressor suffered a lot and the finish is not good.

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since i will not finish it before the winter, i decided to get the motor out, so i can get it into my home basement next to the stove and clean it with a tooth brush during the winter ;)

i was not expecting to see the flywheel aka flexplate for automatic, to be like that...there is still quite a heavy mass...that sure helps a smooth idle

;)

i will open that litle monster and ultimately rebuild it the best i can...i have 8 motors to pick up parts from and tons of gasket sets, rings,...

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Oh poor litle engine, even if it was under a "running" condition, i didnt ran with the carso i was not able to "tell". The block is probably only good for a boat anchor, two cylinders are rusted and pitted beyond logic.

The crank has serious play as well, and the piston ring land is over the spec.

Soooo, i will slap in one of my 1.8 block, but with 2.0 internals and fresh new pistons that i bought from e-bay.

Test fitting the crank to see if it is a reground or not. This is a e21 2.0 crank with superb journals...

The block has super clean bores, pictured is after a light honing.

Yes i know it is very dirty. Gona get cleaned and painted flat black soon.

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Since its a 1.8 block, some details needs care.

1-the passenger engine mount holes are not used on the 1.8, so the holes get filled with crap all the time.

I taped them and cleaned them carefully.

2-the 1.8 oil pump tube is a lot shorter than the one on the 2002, so the #3 bearing cap need to have this braket imported from a 2002 block to hold the end of the oil pick-up tube. Taken from the old engine, totaly bolt-on and transportable from one engine to one other.

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small update, i am working on the engine in my home basement, as the cold weather got it.

i am cleaning all the parts for now. the block still need to be painted.

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Some pictures of the piston that i bought on e-bay.

I never thought in my life that i could find nos pistons, and that i actualy bought them !! Just the box worth staring at...thoses pistons are the period correct configuration/compression ratio for the rest of the set-up (carb, erg,...)

also, i unpacked my other purchase, early steelies. Theses will complement the old school look that i want.

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my last e-bay find, a third brake light from the 80's .

3$.

it is nice because there is a rubber trim to cut to window angle.

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