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98 Restoration...

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98 Restoration...

Postby toolbox on Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:00 am

Hey guys,
Finally (FINALLY!!) got around to scanning a bunch of old pics from my '98 restoration... Started taking these in 1995 when I got the car. Sorry for the poor quality of many of them, all I had in college was a crappy point and shoot camera :( . I'm still amazed I got as much done on it as I did...I didn't have much money, but I did have a lot of time. Now I don't have any of either :lol: .

Here's how it looked when I bought it. Notice the fine mouse infested engine compartment and decaying interior... The carb is shiny because I dumped a ton of carb cleaner on it, and the plug wires are new...an attempt to make it run.

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After discovering that the engine wouldn't hold water (pump housing was leaking), I decided to pull the engine and just rebuilt it. It was an, um, expensive little project :shock: .

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Hey, who's that kid sweeping that car out :lol:

Stuffed it back into the car all nice and fresh... The interior is mostly gutted at this point.

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Eventually decided just to tear the whole car apart and try to do it right... Funny, it's still not quite done :(.

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Here is where I got serious about doing the body work (also did the brakes at this point). I sanded the whole thing down with nothing more than a Makita drill and a TON of sanding disks (no DA sander). Man, it was HOT working on that thing in the summer sun...

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Got to move it into the garage at this point...

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Here's the tranny, fresh back from Ed's Transmissions...rebuilt by an old guy who actually knew what it was. Probably one of the only people left in the state who'd worked on one before... I'm sure he's long retired now.

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Fresh back from the paint booth...would you believe this is a $350 paint job? Well, that's what it cost to spray anyway...

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And, all put back together...

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Re: 98 Restoration...

Postby OldsD88 on Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:06 pm

Great shots! Really enjoy seeing the transformation. A hell of a lot of work, but worth it!
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Re: 98 Restoration...

Postby super88dan on Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:10 pm

You really have to have a vision when you get involved with something like that. Dang.
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Re: 98 Restoration...

Postby toolbox on Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:51 pm

OldsD88 wrote:Great shots! Really enjoy seeing the transformation. A hell of a lot of work, but worth it!


Thanks! It was a lot of work...I spent basically an entire summer doing the body work, working 5 to 10 hours a day...mostly just sanding. Better tools would have made it go faster...I did the majority of the sanding by hand (except the actual paint stripping I did with a drill and disk). Doing this sort of thing has rewards beyond the end result...for me doing that sort of work has a zen sort of quality to it. Concentrating on one little dent for an hour and blocking out the rest of the world can bring a kind of peace to your brain... Wish I had time for more of that sort of thing. I've still got my '55 Willys Jeep project that's really just a big pile of parts. Needs more rust repair, but thing is so much smaller than my Olds it should take only a fraction of the time. There's also no "interior" to speak of :mrgreen: .
Then again, maybe I should put the finishing touches on the Olds first :oops: .
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Re: 98 Restoration...

Postby toolbox on Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:54 pm

super88dan wrote:You really have to have a vision when you get involved with something like that. Dang.


It's so true... I did end up taking a couple of big breaks in the middle, got a little burned out on it :oops: .
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Re: 98 Restoration...

Postby super88dan on Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:02 am

Again, Wow! Did you see the featured member request?
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Re: 98 Restoration...

Postby toolbox on Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:53 pm

super88dan wrote:Again, Wow! Did you see the featured member request?


Thanks, Dan...got it!
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