Archive for April, 2010

Cutting Corners (just like A-Rod)

Posted April 25, 2010 By jack

Probably pilfered from a car much more expensive than ours

Today, we worked a bit more on disassembly. First, I took off the doors and door hinges, using a hydraulic jack and a 2×4 to support the door while I took out the fasteners.

Then, our restoration guide instructed us to move the the rear end and remove the gas tank, along with a few other parts, but we need the car to run when we steam clean the engine (this step will happen next week). To make it easier on ourselves for this next job, we removed the hood and hood hinges, placing rags under the corners to prevent damaging the cowl vent.

Our hood has a functional 429 Cobra Jet scoop on top, so we may chose to switch it out for the Boss 302 Shaker hood. We’ll make that decision later on.

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The long way around

Posted April 17, 2010 By jack

This past weekend I worked a bit more on disassembly. According to the restoration handbook (which is extremely annoying when it doesn’t apply to my particular model), the fenders are supposed to come off at this stage. However, it told me how to find some elusive fastener hidden inside the footwells. I removed the dashpad, instrument cluster, clock surround, and footwell vent covers trying to find it, and was about to start on the lower dash before my dad realized something was wrong and stopped me. As it turned out, our Holy Grail of Fender Removal didn’t exist.

While at the garage, we also got some manual filing done, and finally finished organizing the almighty Montezuma. Tomorrow, the doors and hood come off, and my dad’s friend might stop by to help out with decorating the garage as a thank you for spending a few hours with him to get some wheel dollies to Fremont.

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