Saturday, March 29, 2008

Rear suspension

First real work on the car has started. I started out jacking up the rear end and reinstall the Rear wheel spring & shock anchor plate. It was installed backwards. Mainly because David got to the point that it was a rolling chassis for pickup. I checked some schematics on the web just to make sure both sides were facing the right way. So reinstalled it and added the brand new KYB shock absorbers. The shocks went in real easy. Most of the work was taking off the wheels and cleaning them. The rims are 15x7 JJ with BF Goodrich P 235/60R15.

Now all I need to do is finish by installing the new Rear axle Bumbers as soon as I figure out what bolts are need to attach them on the outside of the frame.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

What I got

Not much to post other than I took about 5 hours making categories of all the spare pieces, setting up new selves to store the new and old parts. And taking notes on the boxes and what they contain. Next weekend I'll finish up the rear suspension.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

How long do you need help

After talking with everyone about the potential of this car I finally decide to but down the money and buy the car from David. the big sell for me was the Pontiac 455 that came with it. Also a plus is that the builder of the engine is in my backyard. Lee Atkinson built this beautiful beast with the following goodies.
Engine complete from Pan to Carb including:
455 Block and Crankshaft, fully machined and balanced Forged Pistons, resized factory rods, ARP rod bolts, and moly rings, Competition cams
280AH camshaft with Rhoads lifters and Harland Sharp 1.65 roller rockers.
SD Performance heads ~ 9.4:1 compression
Holley 750 Double Pumper Carb
Edelbrock Torker II intake manifold, Mallory Unilite Distributor

complete rebuild of the front and rear suspension. Starting with a strip and repaint of the front frame. They did allot of great work including taking out the rusted floor pans and POR15 in some new ones. New poly suspension kit,David and his brother had done allot of work already. Mainly tearing down the body and new coils, new multi leaf rear springs, body mounts, and the subframe coated in Por15. Brake lines were all replaced.

So I asked my friend Brett to help me out on Saturday. He asked 'How long you need help?' And I of course said we just need to pickup a trailer and head out to get the car. I didn't really tell him that I needed to load a engine hoist in the back of the truck. Or go get another friends trailer. Or unload a car off that trailer before hitching it up. Or traveling an hour cross town to pick up a car with the entire front end disassembled, and engine sitting outside of it. Needless to say we didn't make it home at 12:00. To be fair he made it a point to complain all day, moan about hunger pains and how much trouble that I am. When it was all said and done I got the car in garage that day and he got a great steak dinner out of the deal.