The rejuvenation of # 02986

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    Late last year I started my quest for a Dino. I was looking for a well preserved example that had been loved and cared for through the years which would not need a full restoration.

    By reaching out to this Forum, I was able to purchase a two owner, mostly original car.

    Over the past couple months I've spent approx, 150 hours improving the car and raising it to a higher level. I'd like to share the progress so far.
     
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    #2 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    On my first drive I lost the entire under tray due to some shoddy rivet. This started a long process of grinding, sanding, and treating the frame with POR-15 rust paint. Thank you to Superformance for having the replacement undertray available.
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    #3 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    More sanding of surface rust and old rust coating. The good news is it was all solid underneath. Thank you California !!!
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    #4 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    #5 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Next came fluid changes, which leads to the next set of obstacles.

    The gearbox fill plug was seized. A torch, penetrant, and impact wrench did nothing but strip the nut. A friend finally got it out with a chisel and hammer by extracting the washer first. I'm sure this had something to do with the aweful color gear oil.
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    #6 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    The result
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    #7 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    With clean gear oil, I moved on the coolant, motor oil, and brake fluid. Coolant and oil went perfectly, but while changing a rubber brake line, a metal brake line was twisted in half.

    To get to the brake line junction, the heat shield separating the trunk from the engine had to be removed. Many screws and rivets later, it was out ! But, the heat shield was corroded in some places. So, the next repair was made.
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    #8 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    End result
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    #9 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    I ended up cleaning, and rebuilding the rear calipers. The fronts had already been done recently.
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    #10 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    There was also a ton of oil on the engine and air horn which I was able to remove with the heat shield out
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    #11 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    I wanted to inspect the accessible areas of the car for rust, so out came the tail lights for inspection and cleaning.
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    More/
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    #14 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    One thing I hated was the aftermarket side mirror. Luckily the original was included, but I had to open up the old screw hole which had been filled when the car got painted in 1978.
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    Mirror install
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    #16 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    The aftermarket steering wheel had to go too. Once again I was lucky to have the original.

    Much better !
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    #17 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Mouse hair cleaned with a wet towel. Looks very flat when wet, but was perfect once dry.
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    #18 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Carpets cleaned
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    #19 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    After researching rust sprays for non-accessible areas for POR-15, I decided on Fluid Film.
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    #20 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Leather treatment.
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    #21 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    New tires
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    #22 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Nice and clean. Suspension work to come.
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    #23 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Time to detail !

    Clean, clay, polish, wax, treat rubber. At this point I was really missing the pretty side.
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    More
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    #25 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Products used.
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    #26 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Rocker panels rejuvenated.
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    #27 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Template created to fit new undertray
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    Replaced rubber boken boots
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    #29 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    More cleaning.
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    #30 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Another of the tray template
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    #31 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Interestingly, this car was ordered in the US for European devlivery. Thus, it has European front license plate. Sorry it's upside down.
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    #32 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Factory ordered electric antenna.
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    That's it for now. More to come. 1st show is this weekend......
     
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    Hi - could you please explain a bit more about the work you have done to the Firewall - I have a similar situation with my 1973 GT.

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    Good for you--- Every car or motorcycle I have ever bought I always end up taking apart and making it correct. On one hand I get upset/pissed off that the seller's standards seem to be much lower then mine no matter how much money is involved. But on the other- I very much enjoy projects---- and by having to refurbish it I get to know my new machine much more intimately then having just rolled it into my garage and driving it.
     
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    Great work done. Thanks for sharing. Your car appears to be in very good condition so I really appreciate that you're not splitting the cars into atoms and change everything out. That keeps the patina intact.

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    Thanks, I agree. Love Patina!!
     
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    Most people's standards are surprisingly low. I've had to do this all 8 times so far. Love getting intimate with the cars though.
     
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    Steve,

    It not hard, just frustrating. In the trunk you will find rivets across the top and screws to remove. Mine were all in the trunk. Once everything is loose, you pull the heatshield up and into the trunk. My emergency engine release cord was too short to I cut it and replaced it re-using the rubber tube pull for "patina". There are also two screws under the car that go through the heatshield into the frame. Take those out prior to lifting it out. Also be careful not to snag the shield on the header heat shield if you still have a one. Mine was a bit jagged. Once it's out, I treated the rust with POR15 and cut a new piece of aluminum to rivet onto the shiney side. Steel wool polished the aluminum up nicely.
     
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    Thread sealer for the gearbox weeping.
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    Thanks very much - so looks like you can do all this without having to remove much else - which was my initial concern. Thanks for the advice.

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    Yes, just the trunk wall / heatshield should slide out through the trunk. Good luck !
     
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    #43 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    It was another rewarding afternoon in the garage. God I love this stuff, when it goes well ;)

    I was able to get the front wheels off to get new tires tomorrow. This gave me the access to the front cavities. Once again, luckily no rot.

    Buying a car sight unseen from afar, you never truly know what you have until you look for yourself. I've dodged the Reeper successfully for the 8th time. Better not roll those dice again since I just jinxed it.

    Check out this technique.
    Shop air & back pack blower to clear debris and road dust, then rust spray down line.
    Then blow the rust spray down the rocker panels and chasis tubes using the back pack blower once again !
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    It ain't pretty, but it'll work.
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    The nose cavity looked great. This area had been mostly treated before and was still in good condition, so I just blew things out with shop air and sprayed a little Fluid Film to area not previously covered.
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    This used to be rubber trim !
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    #47 Skippr1999, Mar 20, 2017
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    Decided to fit new trim and paint. It's amazing what a little spray paint will do for 45 year old fiberglass !

    Passenger front wheel well tomorrow....
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    Nice work, Skipp. However, I don't know what you paid, but knowing what these go for it's a bit shocking some of the work this car needed.
     
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    Thanks Dave. It was well bought and I assure you this is better than most in unrestored Dino Land. It's a solid and complete car that needed some " rejuvenation" due to lack of use. The price more than reflected all this.


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    This reminds me when I restored my Fiat dino spider 2.4
    Took me 2 years none stop. But the end product was a real success story. Your car looks amazing.

    Keep it up.
     

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