Aaron's 76 Type LT Project

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by 76_TypeLT, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Haley

    Haley Member

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    Nice!

    I'm doing a 76 LT too. Just started, and this weekend managed to pull out the door panels and dash.
    So the inside is almost bear now, other than the steering column and a whole lot of wires.
    So far I have only torn apart...I'm sure this is the easy part.:)
    Good luck, and keep the pics coming.
    Are you planning on paint? If so...keeping the same color? Just curious.
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  2. 76_TypeLT

    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Nice! Glad to see another 76 Type LT getting done. Let me know if I can be of any help (and vice versa) - I know this car fairly well after 15 years of ownership. I've got a few extra parts here and there, so let me know what you are looking for and maybe I can help. My main advice is to document things really well as you remove parts and take lots of pictures. You can't do too much of either!

    I took more apart this past weekend - outer heater/AC box is off, booster/MC and lines are gone, power steering box, steering shaft and steering column are out. Also took out the "aftermarket" wiring inside the cabin. Had some old alarm wiring and some other non-stock wiring that had to go. Now it's easier to see what is what esp with the steering column out. I am pretty sure the next "major" step is to pull the engine/tranny so I can take the frame off and re-finish it, as well as re-finish the firewall.

    The car will be painted black (originally all black), but I won't be re-painting her myself. Just not enough space to do it and the body work really needs a professional's touch (like welding in rear 1/4s). I *could* do it myself (painted this car way back in 95), but this is a job I am willing to outsource esp for the type of paint job I want. I am going to handle enough other stuff to keep me busy ;)
     
  3. seventy7camaro

    seventy7camaro Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    I'm glad to see you're making some progress. Remember to take plenty of pics and to bag up and label your parts. Don't throw anything away yet. Wait till you're completely done (and even then may be too soon). Man, those pics sure bring back memories. LOL. Keep us up to date.
     
  4. 76_TypeLT

    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Good stuff man! I am all about the ziploc bags, labels and pics :) I'd be totally screwed if I didn't do that - LOL! Good tip about keeping the old parts until you are done to at have something to compare the new parts with. I know it looks like a total mess now, but in my head I can see it being totally different in 3-4 months. Sometimes I will just sit there and stare at my car going through the steps in my head. Just gotta keep at it.
     
  5. brooksman9

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    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Well, it's been a loooong time since I posted in here. Been mainly acquiring parts, getting rid of old parts, and doing other "boring" stuff that is not post-worthy (not to mention a ton of house projects that sucked up all my free time it seemed, but those are all done now). Finally did some actual work though over the past few weeks and intend on doing a lot more in the next few months as I inch closer to getting my 76 into the body shop.

    Got the front sub-frame removed, completed gutting the interior and made some more room so I can put her on a rotisserie in the next few weeks, which I have to build. Here are a few obligatory pics of my 76 in a reduced form. Next step is to pull the rear end and windshields.

    And my temporary shelf above the Camaro was taken down today. I moved all my boxes of parts into my wife's craft room, with her blessing of course :eek:

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  7. 76_TypeLT

    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Got the rear end out this weekend - started building the rotisserie but felt like crap on Sunday so will have to finish that up next weekend.

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    So this is what she looks like now

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  8. brooksman9

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    Glad to see you making some progress Aaron. Sounds like you have a good wife there letting you use part of her craft room and all. Keep up the good work.
     
  9. 76_TypeLT

    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks man, it looks like I am going to wrong way but you have to tear them down before you can build them back up. I expect to achieve quite a bit of ACTUAL progress in February. I have a goal to get her into a body shop sometimes in Q3 of this year so I have to get working here!
     
  10. brooksman9

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    I understand completely. I started off saying "well I won't need to do this or that" and wound up doing pretty much the same as you are doing. Wind up taking little breaks here and there too though.
     

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