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Blue '71 Project

Posted: 31 Jan 2018 13:45
by cwd240z
Picked this car up a little over a year ago. It sat in the backyard until December 2017, then I moved it into the shop to get started on it. These first few pics are from when I first brought it home.

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I got the motor running in the car, barely. But it had very low compression on one of the cylinders. So I pulled it out to rebuild it.


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Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 31 Jan 2018 13:56
by cwd240z
Once I got the engine torn down, I found out the L16 pistons were in pretty poor shape and were unusable. I ended up getting an L18 bottom end from the guy I bought the car from and built it instead.

The block after getting it back from the machine shop. They honed the cylinders, surfaced the deck and installed new freeze plugs.

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L18 pistons cleaned up

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Crankshaft installed and pistons installed

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Cylinder head and timing set installed

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Front timing cover, oil pump, water pump, oil pick up and pan and other misc things installed

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Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 31 Jan 2018 14:15
by cwd240z
Then I finally hauled it to my dad's shop where I could really tear into the car.


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Before I removed everything else from the engine bay. Going to sandblast and paint it.

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Cutting out the rusty floorpans and inner driver rocker

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Then the "well I might as well do this too" part happens. Took the fenders off so I can sandblast and paint the front fender wells.

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Sandblasted the engine bay, front fender wells, backside of the fenders, bottom of the hood, floorpans, and inside the trunk.

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That's pretty much where it stands at the moment. I sprayed self etching primer on all the bare metal, just to cover it up. Next step is trimming the new floorpans to fit and welding them in.

Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 31 Jan 2018 14:52
by RMS
wow what a great starting point! I like the block colour is that blasted steel or paint ?

Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 31 Jan 2018 16:36
by two_68_510s
You weren't kidding about tearing into it, good you have a shop environment.

Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 31 Jan 2018 18:27
by iceD
What kind of fuel pump is that?

Thanks

ice D

Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 31 Jan 2018 18:29
by NICKLE&DIME
Is that a 64 gto ?

Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 01 Feb 2018 07:04
by cwd240z
RMS wrote:wow what a great starting point! I like the block colour is that blasted steel or paint ?
The first picture of it is just the bare cast iron block after being cleaned at the machine shop. But yeah, I liked the color so much I bought some cast iron color engine paint and painted it.
two_68_510s wrote:You weren't kidding about tearing into it, good you have a shop environment.
Original plan was to just repair the rust and get it running and driving and enjoy for a bit, but things escalated, as they usually do. I do plan to leave the outside paint/patina like it is for a while though...except maybe that orange door. Then down the road I'll do a full paint job and interior.
iceD wrote:What kind of fuel pump is that?
Stock mechanical style pump, don't recall the exact brand, got it from rock auto.
NICKLE&DIME wrote:Is that a 64 gto ?
65 convertible.

Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 16 Apr 2018 14:04
by cwd240z
After sandblasting, what the floor looked like before any new metal went in...

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New passenger floor going in..

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The driver rocker before and after..

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Cut out more of the rusted floor and prepped the donor floor/seat brace to go in. Also, when I cut the old inner rocker out, I cut it slightly too far back (about a 1/4") and the new rocker was too short to fill it, so I cut out a couple more inches, made and beadrolled a new short piece and welded it in. The rest of the inner rocker is now ready to be put in. Then the driver floor.

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I had cut out the battery tray with the intention of moving the battery to the trunk, primarily to clean up the engine bay a bit. Decided to get of the indention in the inner fender. New piece welded in, not cleaned up yet.

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Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 08:04
by cwd240z
Filled the heater core holes in the firewall. Will ultimately go with a vintage air system down the road.

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Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 20 Aug 2018 12:09
by cwd240z
Finally had some time to work on the car. Got the inner rocker in, the toe kick, and part of the floor/seat brace.

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Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 22 Aug 2018 06:24
by Tank510
cwd240z wrote:
23 Apr 2018 08:04
Filled the heater core holes in the firewall. Will ultimately go with a vintage air system down the road.

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Good call, they make nice stuff and even though it's process to fit everything in the car it'll be worth it. Nice work man!

Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 11 Sep 2018 08:06
by cwd240z
Driver side floor welded in.

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Re: Blue '71 Project

Posted: 14 Sep 2018 00:12
by two_68_510s
Nice work, thanks for the detailed write up, very useful.