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Old 01-12-2013, 07:46 PM   #16
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Today I only had a couple hours to work on the vette, didn't feel like getting into the fiberglass work so I put the pedal box together. Used the frame from the auto box as it was in better shape, and the rest of the parts from the manual box I got off ebay. Had everything powdercoated, then chased all the bolt holes and had to sand paint out of the pivot holes etc..., got new bolts and put it all together.




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Looks a lot better than the old one...

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I didn't realize the pedal box was the same for the manual and auto....You learn something new everyday!
Yours looks like new,by the way!
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:00 AM   #19
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More progress. Here are a few pics of where I had the frame cracks welded up.



This is one of the last ones I found, these cracks can be really illusive, I looked there many times over and didn't see it until I wiped over it again with some cleaner, could be my eyes too...



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A arm mount all welded up nice. Had to go back and add some weld where the crossmember was a little thin, all is well now though.

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Bit of fiberglass work

You know how it is, the upper corner where the fender popped loose need to be done right. And of course the "while I'm at it" thing kicked in. All the years of mis-repaired or neglected cracks got attention. It's all nice and strong now.











This was only a small crack, but as I cleaned up the weak areas down to good glass I ended up with this.







I just thought the infrared lamp made for an interesting pic




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I want to keep up with this thread!! Great work so far!
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It's hard to see some of this damage when the radiator and everything is in place. The lower tails where the core support bolts on the sides were split on both sides and needed put back together.







Of course these aren't the finished product and there were more areas I attended to, like the lower front spoiler and fender corners etc... it'll all get finished nicely before applying epoxy primer and satin black AG111.
Had plans to get it all primed saturday, then topcoated sunday and ready to move on to Lizard Skin on the floor, but a 6th grade science project grabbed all the time! First things first!
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:30 AM   #23
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I want to keep up with this thread!! Great work so far!
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It seems like every time I work on it I end up taking more pieces off. If I can ever get this paint thing done I'll be going back the other way, putting new or refurbed bits back in place. The LS1 on the floor keeps whining at me for attention.
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LOL, as just about every other guy on this forum will tell you these cars just sort of suck you into a complete restoration. As you say, one thing leads to another, and another, and another.

It's all the same, it seems such a pain to get the outer layers apart that while your in there you might as well rebuild. Steering, dash, wiring, doors, rear trailing arms, differential, fuel systems, they all seem to be like that. I mean who would pull there trailing arms off and not replace the half shaft U joints. If you do that it's only a few bolts more to pull the differential and put in new seals. etc, etc.

However, when you get to the point of being "mostly done" the sense of satisfaction knowing it's reliable, safe and you did it is incredible.

Keep the faith..........
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #25
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Got another couple hours on the vette today. No time at all this past weekend, although we got good marks on the science project.
So today, I cleaned parts of the front frame, and of course I ended up taking more parts off. Removed the lower front crossmember under the radiator, and the center brackets that holds the center grille/front license plate, and the large piece to the center bumper. All will go to the powder coater tomorrow. I was looking at having to clean and sand, and prep for paint, these items. Most of the time now it's cheaper and better to remove items and powdercoat than to spend the time it takes to prep and paint. Probably put it all back with stainless bolts and neverseize.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now for getting the engine bay and frame painted! Just another day or two...
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You're making great progress!
I agree with your decision to save the time and ship some of the parts out for prep and powdercoat. Sometimes people tend to lose sight that time is a very valuable commodity. Especially if you have growing children in the house.
Keep up the good work!
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You're making great progress!
I agree with your decision to save the time and ship some of the parts out for prep and powdercoat. Sometimes people tend to lose sight that time is a very valuable commodity. Especially if you have growing children in the house.
Keep up the good work!
Well, and it helps a lot that I have 2 large scale powdercoat facilities right here in town! And after losing a few friends lately you realize just how valuable your time is! Scrubbing, sanding and painting now is kept to a minimum, if I can have someone else do it. I like working with clean parts better anyway...
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More progress!
This is a really frustrating space to clean and prep for paint!




Getting closer to ready for paint



And finally! It's black again. Long afternoon yesterday, 2 coats epoxy primer, 2 coats AG111 satin black. 45 degrees cold in the dark shop, finished around 9pm, etc... You can't imagine how long this has been coming for me! Untold hours of cleaning, repairing, sanding, cleaning...











And today at the swap meet I scored a pair of '03 seats! Exactly what I wanted.



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Your hard work will pay off once you're done and see just how nice everything is/has payed off.

Keep up the good work.


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Shaping up very nicely, the frame and fiberglass work look outstanding. I appreciate the quality of your work.

I must admit to being curious about the effect the infrared light has on fiberglass? I have noticed that moving freshly glassed parts into direct sunlight speeds the curing process by quite a bit. I thought it had something to do with UV but don't know for sure. Are you using this for heat or is there some chemistry going on here?

Great pics too, we love pics.
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