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  1. We replaced the spare tire well, as it was rusting. We bought the replacement from Wolf. They sprayed the color and shutz in the way the factory did. Thanks for the tip from Andrew Wilson on that.
  2. Reggie's wife Stephanie took some nice pics of the car after it was all cleaned up. So photo credit goes to Stephanie Stewart. Car came out great. Nice to know it is solid underneath, once again. Hope it lasts another 50 years!
  3. Reggie's used the same DuPont paint that was used in the early '90s. They used the door to create the match, since they could see it from all angles, and get good light on it. The paint match turned out pretty nice, I have to say. They did a great job. And I didn't have to spring for a full repaint. Here's the various coatings, etc, that were used, from an email from Reggie: Behind and in-between metal that will no longer be accessible, we use a weld-through primer, which is basically liquid zinc. On your pinch welds, we use a Wurth body panel adhesive along with the pinch welding technique, so that all of the space between pinch welds is sealed (and technically stronger) - This is likely similar to the glue that holds the roof on your M3. On bare metal that we have access to, we will do a 3-step POR-15 application (3-steps being, clean/degrease/etch, then paint) In cavities that we don’t have access to, we will use that Eastwood internal frame coating. We will apply 3M or Wurth seam sealer around all weld seams and flanged joints. On the texture, we use a Wurth product with a gun that is made by them specifically to shoot this coating. (This is the body shutz he's referring to here.)
  4. It seemed worse in the front vs. the rear on the passenger side.
  5. And we're on to the other side!
  6. More pics of the work on the Driver's side of the car. We thought this would be the worst side, but that wasn't entirely accurate. The rockers were pinched-welded as you can see, like the factory. Real goal was preserve the car, not restore it.
  7. The plan was to replace both rocker panels, and the spare tire well. And anything else that the excavations turned up. We knew we would find more. Thanks to Reggie Stewart - his shop Reggie's Motorworks did the work. Also thanks to Paul Wegweiser, who supplied a lot of the parts via Maximillian's. Special thanks to my wife for supporting me on my expensive hobbies! Here's what was found on the driver's side. Work was needed on the lower part of the firewall, and the floor, a bit. Bottom of the A pillar where everything comes together was probably the worst. Work was also needed in the area around where the rear subframe bolts to the car - in front of the rear wheel wells. So here are the pics from start to finish.
  8. It all started with a two rust bubbles. One on the bottom of the passenger door, and a more serious one on the bottom of the driver's side rocker. That one was the outer rocker beginning to rust through. While I have owned the car since 1987, it was a daily driver before that. So probably a good 17 years as a well-cared for daily driver. So when I bought it in '87 I knew it was fairly solid, but not perfect, in terms of the condition of the body. And over the years, trips to Vintage and PVGP had certainly exposed it to a couple of full-on Midwestern downpours. So it was time to do something, before the car got much worse. I had preserved it one other time in its history, so this was the second go-round. The paint from '92 was still in good condition, and I really didn't want to paint the entire car. I knew if I did, I would find myself creating reasons not to drive it. And really, the best part of having it is driving it. I didn't want to paint myself into a corner (rimshot). Here are a few shots of it before the work started. (Whoa what a trip down memory lane! These are from the last six years or so).
  9. I bought my '72 tii for $3650 in '87. Through my research at the time, a decent tii was about $5k. So Mike's was in the ballpark of what I was expecting to pay. Mine was a little less due to the seller's situation. In contrast, to buy the tii I sold my '78 Celica GT Liftback, which was in a little better condition than the tii, for $2500. Over the years I'm sure I have put a ton of money into the tii, but I have also enjoyed it (and the people like you all) that I've met over the years, tremendously. Scott
  10. Sweet. Interesting rear flare action. Wheels are interesting, too. Glad it is getting saved by an FAQ all-star. This whole thing just perked up my day a bit! Scott
  11. As the above two folks point out, they are pretty different. I have a '72 tii. Compared to modern cars, it is light and tossable. Very small compared to newer cars. Very direct and visceral driving experience. And relatively loud on the highway. Super fun on a curvy road. Not AS fun on a six hour interstate slog. I have a stock driveline. In terms of presence, the 02 is more likely to be characterized as "cute" or "fun" vs. "premium" or "luxurious". It's a bit classy-looking, but not like a coupe. Super fun to drive. It's all about that. And cool car people know it's a cool car, basically. I know lots of people have both, so I'll leave the "compare and contrast" essays to them. Scott
  12. You could get something like these. They are new, and hence are contoured a bit more for "today" vs. 1977. Just a thought. https://classiccarseats.com/monte-carlo-seats.php Scott
  13. saaron

    Moving is not easy

    That house is gorgeous! We've been in our house now for 19 years. We will probably stay for a while, but we also know that we probably will leave it someday, and that will be a mental, physical, and emotional challenge. Scott
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