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Old 01-24-2019, 11:31 PM   #76
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I'm done scraping seam sealer! Wire brush all the seams is next so about another hour and I'm done with that crap (except that bit after the fuel lines come out.

Found out my gauges will all reach to the stereo slot area so no wires to stretch anymore. Also took a look at the roof and the hatch will definitely need to come off.

If I'm looking at it correctly the hatch actually mounts to the roof panel.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:16 PM   #77
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Thatís a good lookin hatch!!
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:35 PM   #78
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Thanks! Looking forward to this thing being done and enjoyed again.

Bit of a detail on the roof. Unlike the sedans the roof actually had a jog in it at the rear, so it steps down an inch or two then has a flat couple inches to the hatch opening. The flat spot is where the hatch mounts to. No worries on my end, just not at all what I expected. I've had this car for 10 years now and I've just never paid attention to that area of the car.
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:36 AM   #79
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Seam sealer is done, unused studs are cut off, and everything has been ground smooth. Also cleaned up the horrifying seam sealer and ground metal mess. I guess this means I'm done with the crappy part. Phone died so I'll get some updated pics tomorrow.

If have the gumption tomorrow I plan on wrapping up the final couple sections of wire conduit, stripping out the final airbag harness, zip tying any unused plugs up and out of the way, and wiring up the horn.

Once that's done it's time to hook everything back up again and release fuel pressure to pull the lines.

Not too ambitious right now, I'm beat. If I make progress this week I'll be surprised.
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Old 01-27-2019, 04:43 PM   #80
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Pics of the progress. I forgot to mention I weighed the seam sealer bucket and it came up at 1 pound 14 oz. By the time I sucked up all the seam sealer dust it would have easily been over 2 pounds.

Also, I'm probably taking tonight off.










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Old 01-27-2019, 11:33 PM   #81
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I lied.... Spent 20 minutes out in the cold finishing up the last couple feet of wire conduit. One more item off the checklist.
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:39 AM   #82
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The morning you wake up at 5 to go to work, but you look at the weather and say "nope". Have a productive morning setting up your radio blank to fit the gauges!

I'll cut the holes today, possibly get back in the car and secure the rest of the wiring in the dash area.



Looks uneven, it's just the tape. The holes are dead nuts.
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:40 PM   #83
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Holes in blank plate cut, re-wrinkle painted, and gauges rough fit. Need to let is dry for a day before I start to manhandle it, so tomorrow I'll glue it to the radio bezel and mount the gauges up. Just a layer or two of electrical tape and they'll be nice and snug.



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Old 01-28-2019, 11:13 PM   #84
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Gauges are done!

JB Weld FTW





I plan on painting the gray trim in the bezel and dash insert to match the interior silver so Rust-Oleum hammered silver.

Next up is finishing up wire clean up in the dash then moving on to fuel lines.
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Old 01-29-2019, 11:13 PM   #85
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Nope

Inside work it is (detached garage).

Painted the bezel, dash trim, and left side vent. I think it's going to look nice up against the flocked dash.... May even do the steering wheel to match but we'll see.



Also gutted the vents because they're just for show at this point.... Saved a whopping who gives a ****.



Doubt I'll be doing much more till it warms back up. Forcasting -18 tomorrow.
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:02 AM   #86
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Couple hours down last night. Managed some wire clean up in the dash area, including getting everything loose from the body and dash bar. Trying to make it easy to get out of the way for welding. The driver's side is a lot more cluttered and will take a bit more work.

Also managed to get the horn 90% wired up buuuuuut there's a fundamental flaw with OMP's steering wheel and horn button. The button has a spring contact that touches the side of the barrel to complete the loop to ground..... Well, that portion if the wheel is coated and non-conductive so it can't find it's path. I'll need to rig up some sort of ground connection to the steering column but it shouldn't be a big deal.

This morning I bled off the fuel pressure in preparation for pulling fuel lines at some point today. Goal is to pull the lines, clean out the last little bit of seam sealer, and maybe hit the bare spots with primer.
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:03 PM   #87
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Fuel lines are out and started some clean up on the body to prep for paint and cage install. I'll need to give it a good wipe down / degreasing before I prime.









Did some recon under the car and I think it will be best to just route the fuel lines inside the cabin, and I'll just follow the same path as the OEM lines. I'll leave plenty of slack so they can be moved out of the way for welding.
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:19 PM   #88
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Last bits of seam sealer are out, interior has been blown down and vacuumed out, and I decided to pivot to removing sill plates and door weatherstripping.

I also knocked out simplifying the bracket that holds the shifter's rubber boot in place. Removed excess brackets from it, cleaned it up, and it's currently curing out a coat of wrinkle black paint.



At the very least this week I should be able to give the interior a good de-greasing and if it's warm enough spot prime. We'll see, primer says it needs 50 degrees and it's hard to get that when it's February in Michigan in a detached garage.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:17 AM   #89
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Made some good progress tonight. The wife starting up a college course really gives me more time at night.

I was able to get the interior 90% primed..... And ran out of paint right as I was working my way out of the car. Guess I'll finish tomorrow and maybe touch up any areas that need it.









Oh and here's the finished bracket for the shifter boot.



I'll finish priming tomorrow night most likely then this weekend I guess I go after the fuel lines and finally topping off and burping coolant.

My seats should be shipping this month as should my roof panel. I guess there was a hold up on resin but they should have made the mold for it by now. Hopefully this week or next they make the first parts, and I believe I'll get serial number one.

Stay tuned!
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:34 PM   #90
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Priming is complete, put one of the two fuel lines together (other one I completely jacked up the an fitting though), and modified my already modified fuel door release tonight.

I guess I'm waiting till Monday for a replacement an fitting to be able to finish the fuel lines, but I can work to get the horn working and maybe start going after the roof.

The one I did right:



I'll be able to use the firewall grommet from the OEM lines with no modifications.




My shortened fuel door release, now with a pull loop!



Installed.


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Old 02-10-2019, 09:13 PM   #91
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Whipped up and installed some firewall plates, and painted the hatch area. Not sure I like the paint, but I'll roll the second coat instead of brushing it to see if it looks better. If not, I'll cut my losses and spray it with some Rust-Oleum hammered silver. Hopefully it doesn't come to that.

Hatch is not painted yet for reference:



Where I stopped at a panel break:



It honestly looks fine in the pictures but if you zoom in hello brush strokes:



Firewall plates I made. Riveted and rtv'd.



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Old 02-14-2019, 10:11 PM   #92
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Managed to wrap up the fuel line rough-in tonight. Fitted the an fitting, then cut them to length. After I cut I decided to flush and blow them out real good. I'm not installing them until after the cage goes in.





Turns out I could have bought the 10' coils and saved some decent money. Oh well.



Hopefully this weekend I can find time to try coat #2 in the hatch area and pull the dash harness/fuse panel. After that I just need to peel off the roof.

My seats should be shipping next week or early the following. Still no ETA on my roof panel. It was supposed to be in production a week ago but no word yet.
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:41 AM   #93
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This thread is incredible. I've been looking at ways to lighten up my narrow body Awesome thread man
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:19 AM   #94
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If you are worried about brush strokes in the interior just sand the base coat down with like 800 grit and then spray one light coat of the same color with a spray can and you should be all good.

I hope you used the plasticbond JB weld on the gauge cluster.

Everything looks like it's coming together well, just be careful when routing the stainless hoses as they will rub right through a wire harness if you aren't careful.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:26 PM   #95
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Thanks guys. I did use plastibond on the gauge cluster, so check.

I'm a stickler for cable and tube routing so I'll have dedicated corridors for cable versus the fuel lines. I'm planning on running both inboard of the cage.... In case of a side impact they won't be caught between cage and body and turn me into a crispy mess.

I thought about running the fuel lines along the trans tunnel but in the event of a major trans failure to the point of shrapnel I was again worried about ruptured fuel lines in the cabin.
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Thanks guys. I did use plastibond on the gauge cluster, so check.

I'm a stickler for cable and tube routing so I'll have dedicated corridors for cable versus the fuel lines. I'm planning on running both inboard of the cage.... In case of a side impact they won't be caught between cage and body and turn me into a crispy mess.

I thought about running the fuel lines along the trans tunnel but in the event of a major trans failure to the point of shrapnel I was again worried about ruptured fuel lines in the cabin.
With enough cushion clamps and hose separators you should be able to keep them fairly still so I wouldn't worry too much about placement. As long as they aren't rubbing while static you shouldn't need to worry about them.
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Put the second coat in the hatch area today. Rolling it made a huge difference:









We'll see what the rest of the weekend brings. I could continue towards the front of the car and do the bench area today as well. I'll need to wait for that to cure out so I can move the space heater to the bench then attack the driver and passenger areas.
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Ok so I ended up putting the first coat on the bench. Probably do coat #2 tomorrow then shift to pulling the dash harness out.

I may not get much of anything done next weekend cuz it's a date weekend sans kids.

This cold is really slowing down my progress. I need the space heater to warm up the car for a few hours, paint, then I need to keep it warm for as long as possible after so I'm pretty much limited to painting on the weekend. Heat it up first thing, paint around noon, let it bake till bedtime.

I may have already said that I may be completely backwards with painting before the cage goes in, but I think getting it down now will reduce the painting after the cage to just touch up.
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Shutting down the heater for the night pictures. Back half of the car is basically done. I'll try to slap another coat on the bench tomorrow.





Next weekend maybe I go for the passenger side, then the driver's side the following weekend. In the mean time I'll work to get the wiring out and get an appointment set for windshield removal so I can go after the roof skin.

I should be wrapping up my pre work with a month or so of float before the car goes to the fabricator.
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