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Re: Spriso's SR20DET Bluebird Coupe Project

Posted: 08 Feb 2019 19:59
by spriso
Get the Lead Out

So a few last details before heading off to the stripper...

Lead-- there is lead finishing the seam in the corner of the windshield and the rear C pillar that needs to be removed-- this is now 50 years old, and is often cracked on many 510s, so I will be replacing this when the car goes in for body work. So, out came the torch and wire brush:

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And the rear seam cleaned out:

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I also removed the drip rail trim (which as always is a giant pain in the ass), but I'm glad I did as there were some trouble areas in a few spots:

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And that's it-- the car is a bare shell (the trunk hinges were removed after these shots):

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If the weather holds (ie. no snow), we will take it down to the stripper's tomorrow... more soon!

Michael

Re: Spriso's SR20DET Bluebird Coupe Project

Posted: 09 Feb 2019 02:33
by KiKiIchiBan
How did you remove the drip rail trim? Its the last part on my shell to remove before it goes off, I don't want to break it but it seems so brittle.

Re: Spriso's SR20DET Bluebird Coupe Project

Posted: 09 Feb 2019 11:32
by spriso
KiKiIchiBan wrote:
How did you remove the drip rail trim?
It is not easy to do without damaging it! I have read about people using bottle openers (but that was going to damage the trim) and other techniques, but what finally worked for me was this:

Use a wide, flat blade screw driver under the lip-- the tip will need to be fine enough to just catch the edge of the stainless trim. Once you have it pressed firmly (and flat) against the edge, use a soft blow hammer on the end of the screw driver to pop the edge off. You will want to start on the lower ends and work your way towards the middle. The transition was the hardest part, but with patience, I finally won.

Not looking forward to putting them back on!

Michael

Re: Spriso's SR20DET Bluebird Coupe Project

Posted: 09 Feb 2019 16:23
by RMS
a small block of wood and a metal bicycle tire tool or rounded paint can opener or modified flathead are my tools of choice. I start in the middle by sliding the joiner to one side. catch the trim with the tool and use the block of wood to lever against to slowly pull the bottom edge out. at the corners give the tail a little twist, very little effort is required to get around the bend. once past the apex the little twist is usually all thats required to remove the trim from the A or B pillar. for installation start on the pillar then when entering the bend give it a twist and knock it on with the heel of your hand or a very soft rubber hammer.

Re: Spriso's SR20DET Bluebird Coupe Project

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 08:24
by KiKiIchiBan
Thanks for the tips. Looking forward to this progressing.

Re: Spriso's SR20DET Bluebird Coupe Project

Posted: 10 Feb 2019 21:25
by goichi1
I used a paint stirring stick and placed it on the underside edge of the drip rail trim and tapped it with a hammer, work it off easy. you can catch just the edge with the thin wood stick. it''ll come right off. The guy that painted my coupe showed me that trick.

Putting them back on will probably chip the new paint. But you might get lucky.