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I bought this Elky out of Arizona and it has a next to perfect body and interior No rust no bondo. I intended to drive it but found I could not leave well enough alone and wanted an exceptional driver.
After experiencing what I have done this far, I have no idea how some of you take on projects with bad body, frame or interior issues in your home work shops. Although extensive, most of my build is pretty straight forward, and while not easy doing it solo on my 69 year old body, I am going slow and easy Well, I have been tearing things apart for over a year and am about to begin reassembly soon.I have removed the engine and 4 speed , and stripped the engine bay.I have gone thru the tranny and it is ready to go. I mulled over a repower for a long time. The engine is fairly low mileage (66K) and original so I finally decided to rebuild it.Balance and blueprint and no performance mods other than a bigger hydraulic roller cam and roller rockers, being careful to retain enough vacuum for power brakes. It is in the shop for that work as of last week. Mine was equipped with a smog pump which I choose to remove, I bought new non smog exhaust manifolds and had them ceramic coated.

1)I have installed new control arm bushings and upper and lower ball joints in all control arms after sandblasting and painting the arms.

2)It had no power steering so bought the conversion kit, and finally got the bracketry squared away thanx to help from some very kind and patient Forum members.

3)I am converting the factory air to 134a, and using Classic Air's Engine compartment upgrade kit which includes a sanderson compressor, new lines and new condenser as well as their compatible poa and expansion valve and a new evaporator. So, all components that touch freon will be new and compliant.

3)I have a new power brake booster and master cyl.... As well as....

4)New front brake lines in SS, and new rubber lines

5)New calipers,rotors,pads, rear brake cyls and shoes

6)New front and rear springs

7)New front and rear shocks

8)new clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing

9)New engine, front lights and a/c wiring harnesses

10)All new tie rod ends and new center link, new pitman and idler arm

11)Sand blasted and painted front sway bar, all new sway bar bushings

12)Sandblasted and painted drive shaft and installed new u-joints.

13) Sand blasted and painted transmission crossmember

This week I have been pressure cleaning and scrubbing the engine compartment firewall,front frame, radiator support etc in preparation for paint. The inner fender wells are out so, I will also clean sand and repaint.

To date it has been a 14 month journey of disassembly and parts gathering. Once the engine compartment area is painted I can start assembly of all these parts that have consumed my garage for the past year

I want to get front end together and engine installed and running. Then I will recondition the wiring , dash pad, etc on the interior. Lastly I will clean and paint the undercarriage from the trans tunnel back, rebuild/ replace rear components.

The last thing will be a new exhaust system.

I hope this post was appropriate here and hope it was not too long and/or boring.

Before someone post a WORTHLESS WITHOUT PICTURES, please know I am having difficulty posting photos and will resolve that soon. I would like to share pictures as much as some might like to view them
 

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Hope all continues in a positive direction! :bigups:
 

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I wish I could say I'm doing as much of my own work as you are......Keep it up, sounds like you've got a job ahead of you for someone working solo.
 

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OK gonna try to get some photos posted
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Drilled and tapped transmission case for a drain
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OK what happened? I used the same method as last time and photos did not post.
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OK gonna try to get some photos posted
http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/cquester5/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160620_180312.jpg.html?filters[user]=127533708&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=7
http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/cquester5/media/Mobile Uploads/20150626_155742_001.jpg.html?filters[user]=127533708&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=6
http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/cquester5/media/Mobile Uploads/20150831_150213.jpg.html?filters[user]=127533708&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=4
http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/cquester5/media/Mobile Uploads/20150831_141442.jpg.html?filters[user]=127533708&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=2
Drilled and tapped transmission case for a drain
http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/cquester5/media/Mobile Uploads/20150831_144419.jpg.html?filters[user]=127533708&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0

OK what happened? I used the same method as last time and photos did not post.
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r553/cquester5/2015050495100809.jpg

First pic (that worked) was stored in a different shared photobucket folder? :dontknow:
 

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Preparing to paint engine compartment, firewall, radiator support and front chassis' Still have more sanding and scuffing to do before application of epoxy primer and Summit 2 part urethane Chassis paint.
 

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So. I sprayed it today and am quite happy with the results....so far.I used Summit Chassis Shield a two part epoxy, I was concerned when I opened the paint and began stirring it as it was terribly thick and I thought I'd never thin it enough to spray. However it is a 1 to 1 mix ratio with the catalyst and after adding and thoroughly mixing it resulted in a perfect spray consistency.
I sprayed it using a HVLP gravity gun with the 3M collapsible cup liners.For those unfamiliar with the system you invert the gun and press the trigger until all air is removed. there is no vent hole so you now can spray at any angle and totally upside down. As you dispense paint the liner collapses until all the paint is gone, then refill.
The system pays for itself not only in convenience, but, in solvent needed for cleanup. you need only pour a few ounces of solvent thru the gun and the a few ounces in a cup to clean the tip. The liners are disposable and the cup that retains the liner gets no paint on it.
I painted the undercarriage with the car on jackstands so you can imagine the many angles necessary to get complete coverage.It sprayed easily and layed down nicely. Per instructions I placed a second coat after 1 hour.
I bought 2 quarts of paint and 2 quarts of catalyst. I used a quart and a half of each, painting only as far back as the trailing arms.
I will paint the remainder after removing the rear end and all suspension components for rebuilding, replacement and cleaning. The remainder of the paint should be adequate to complete the job.
You have to wait 1 hour between coats, and can wait up to 3 days. After 3 days you must sand before topcoating. I guess that means it takes 3 days to fully cure, so, I will Take a break for a few days. This is a milestone for me and this will now start the reassembly process.I get to start unwrapping all those boxes of parts and components.
The first order of business will be control arms, new coil springs, and spindles. It is hurricane season here and I need it to be a roller if needed to move it inside the garage if a storm comes. It is on a slab under an aluminum roof now.
 

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Some photos from yesterday's painting

My wife took the day off work to help mask. She was also a big help while painting by keeping the lights and cords and air hose untangled. And she was able to hold up a moving blanket to block the glare from the skyline enabling me to see better underneath the car.She usually get's bored as a ''helper'' and wanders off, but, she was a super good trooper and assistant yesterday. Gotta love a woman who can get her hands dirty, clean up, and go get her nails done!




 

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First up for installation after the paint fully cures......New rotors and calipers, cleaned and blasted spindles and backing plates and painted them and the calipers with Eastwood's brake paint. I sandblasted and painted the control arms with Chassis paint and installed new bushings and ball joints. Not looking forward to installing the new springs with the engine still out. Hopefully I will be able to get enough compression with the spring compressor. Anybody have any slick tricks for installing springs in lieu of having engine weight and a jack?




 

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Love what your doing, and am enjoying following along. With regard to the spring install- put a jack stand up against the frame at the rear of the truck, opposite side that you are working. Get it as far back as you can, you will be using the weight of the truck to keep it from lifting when you start jacking up the lower control arm. It works great- I've done a lot of them this way. Good luck with it.
 

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Love what your doing, and am enjoying following along. With regard to the spring install- put a jack stand up against the frame at the rear of the truck, opposite side that you are working. Get it as far back as you can, you will be using the weight of the truck to keep it from lifting when you start jacking up the lower control arm. It works great- I've done a lot of them this way. Good luck with it.
Thanx for that I will give that a shot!!!
 

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Today I installed the aforementioned upper and lower control arms. I also installed the new coil springs I had custom made and the backing plates.I had a bit of a hard time working alone but it all worked out. I used the tip from Kingstir(thanx man!) with the jack stand on the rear, but still needed help getting the spring located properly and partially compressed the spring with my internal spring compressor, once it was seated properly top and bottom I used the floor jack and it compressed the spring with no issues and without the weight of the engine.It was about a 6 hr job for me.

 
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