Restoring from 5000 miles away

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  1. hujibwa666

    hujibwa666 Veteran Member

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    I have a 79 back in NY that I haven't been able to work on for about three and a half years now, because I've been in the Army. They shipped me up to Alaska, and I just can't get anything done in the three weeks a year that I spend back in NY. I came up with a solution though! I bought a ratty old 81 for dirt cheap that has the windshield, black interior and a couple of other things that I've been trying to find for my car forever. Anyway, I've got 6 months left in the Army and have a ton of time on my hands.... so I'm going to restore a bunch of parts on this car, and then transfer them over to my 79 when I get back. I'm going to strip down the front end this weekend and get the subframe ready for paint and a rebuild, then do a spraypaint and RTV rebuild on the junk 305. When its shipped back, I'll just undo the 4 subframe bolts and roll it under my 79 and call it a day!
     
  2. WMCC Doug

    WMCC Doug Veteran Member

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    Sounds like a good plan to me!
     
  3. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    5000 miles?!?

    I've got some long 3/8" socket extensions but nothing like that! ;)

    Pretty much everything is an even swap so have fun!
     
  4. hujibwa666

    hujibwa666 Veteran Member

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    Some progress

    The teardown is always my favorite part. Everything has gone incredibly smooth so far, except for one of the subframe bolts not coming out. I had to grind the head off. This is what me and a friend did in about 5 hours

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    Plus the sweet dolly thing that I made so I can move the car around while I'm working on the frame. It costs about $30 to build and is holding up well so far. I bolted it in using the subframe bolts and the rear mounts

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  5. 79HumbleBee

    79HumbleBee Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    sounds like what im going through at the moment. i just dont have another car to chop up for it. and im not in a friendly country.
     
  6. hujibwa666

    hujibwa666 Veteran Member

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    I did a lot of that when I was deployed too. I pretty much listed everything that I had to do to completely finish my Camaro, in order, damn near every nut and bolt... haha. We were undermanned, so I was doing 8 hour tower guard shifts plus 8 hour work shifts on top of missions.... eek! I had a bunch of free time to daydream, and a lot of time when I just wanted to go somewhere else in my head, so whenever I got computer access (like once a month) I'd buy stuff for my Camaro. I got some torq thrust 2's, brake parts, engine parts, interior stuff, hell I even bought a different Camaro off of a member here just so I'd have something to drive when I was home on my mid tour leave!

     

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