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Old 04-07-2016, 06:57 PM   #126
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Exactly 800 days after the rear axle was dropped it's back on the car with the suspension bearing weight. Gee, how time flies. Not.

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Old 04-09-2016, 03:20 PM   #127
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Got the axle shafts with the new bearings back from the shop today and was hoping to get the parking brakes put back together so that there's some way to stop the thing when it becomes a roller and heads out for blasting but I ran into an issue with the fit of the new brake rotors: http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=320364

At least I did get the axle shafts and backing plates back on the car and I threw two wheels on it just to feel like I'd accomplished something:

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Old 04-24-2016, 10:12 AM   #128
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Need to finish up the parking brakes and the battery tray patch and then it's off to media blasting....

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Old 04-26-2016, 08:35 PM   #129
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Some before/during/after shots of significant rust repairs; hopefully they will be useful to others....

[IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 8.05.51 PM by didenpx, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]The Lurking Horror by didenpx, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Rear Shocks/Springs Before & After by didenpx, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Rebuilding Left Side Rockers & Sills by didenpx, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Frame Rail and Outrigger Repair by didenpx, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Quarter Panel Patch by didenpx, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 04-28-2016, 11:07 AM   #130
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I never get tired of looking at your head light/turn signal repair. This is inspiring me to get a welder.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:43 AM   #131
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Looking good! Kinda makes me wish I would have kept our rusty '66 1800S. I'd likely still be welding on it today, but would've gotten all of this valuable practice...
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:27 PM   #132
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Thanks guys!

Duder - you wouldn't have had to do a small fraction of this welding on the Duckling. It ended up going to the greater Boston area, right? Or am I having a senior moment?

And some more photos for the appearance of substantial progress where there is none: I hunted through my barn and managed to find the hood and dropped it in place and took some happy snaps:

[IMG]Appearance of Progress #3 by didenpx, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 05-02-2016, 12:22 PM   #133
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Duder - you wouldn't have had to do a small fraction of this welding on the Duckling. It ended up going to the greater Boston area, right? Or am I having a senior moment?
Yep, it was sold to a guy near Boston. He had it shipped out after Hi Performance Auto here in So-Cal did some mechanical sorting. It was driving better than ever when I waved goodbye to it, but an 1800 coupe doesn't really work as a fun weekend cruiser when you have a kid in a carseat and a dog who want to come along...

Anyway the car had rust in the normal rocker & dogleg areas, in the rear quarters, and in the nose where someone had poorly overlapped and brazed another complete front clip (fenders and all) to repair accident damage I suppose. The car lived in foggy Marin county north of SF for most of its life, so while it didn't have hardcore east coast levels of rust, it was far worse than the typical CA native car.

And if I've learned anything from rust repair over the years it's that whatever's visible is only the tip of the iceberg and represents anywhere from 50% to 10% of the actual total rust lurking beneath.
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:28 PM   #134
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And if I've learned anything from rust repair over the years it's that whatever's visible is only the tip of the iceberg and represents anywhere from 50% to 10% of the actual total rust lurking beneath.
Amen to that!

Anyway I'm still hoping to see the Duckling on the road someday here. 11 years of commuting ~90 miles a day in the greater Boston area and I've seen a grand total of 2 1800s in traffic (and one of them was on a trailer).
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:18 PM   #135
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Amen to that!

Anyway I'm still hoping to see the Duckling on the road someday here. 11 years of commuting ~90 miles a day in the greater Boston area and I've seen a grand total of 2 1800s in traffic (and one of them was on a trailer).
I can give you the guy's contact info if you want, but I haven't heard from him in quite some time (he was supposed to send some pics of the car with New England fall color backgrounds ).

You car is looking really good. Going to paint it yourself?
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:20 PM   #136
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You car is looking really good. Going to paint it yourself?
Thanks very much. I feel so much better about the project now that it's gotten to this stage. There were lots of times that I asked myself what the hell I'd gotten into and doubted it would ever be on rubber again.

Originally I was going to do the paint and body work myself but after all of the time I've put into it and the fact that it should be worth something when I'm done I'm going to have the body work and paint done professionally. I'll be taking lots of photos of blasting and body/paint and will post them hopefully beginning next month.

Starting to think about the next stages.
-Need to procure an M410 at some point.
-Need to rebuild the engine (probably paying to have someone do that too because I've never done anything like that). It was out of the car and disassembled when I bought it.
-Need to figure out what to do for fuel injection....stay with the D-Jet system that hasn't run since ~1983 and may be buggy or go crazy and spring for the stealth MS bolt-in option (http://stealthems.com).
-What wheels to go with? Stay stock and face the ridicule and shame of the TB community or spring for Minilight or ATS repros?
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:37 AM   #137
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I vote for the minilight wheels.
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:41 AM   #138
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Finally off for blasting. Should be headed to the body shop in 2-3 weeks.

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Old 07-31-2016, 12:22 AM   #139
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Rad. I bet that feels awesome to get to that stage. Looking forward to seeing more progress.


For wheels, I'd vote American Racing 200S, as on the Holman Moody 1800:



http://oppositelock.kinja.com/naskar...800-1029894636

http://www.americanracing.com/wheel/...2-classic-200s
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:24 AM   #140
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Thanks Duder; it does feel good. Probably going to celebrate by vacuuming up cobwebs and cleaning the garage stall.

Also thanks for the suggesting the American Racing option, which was news to me. Will definitely consider it when the time comes as it looks pretty awesome!

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Old 08-26-2016, 03:05 PM   #141
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Blasted and zinc phosphated:

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Headed here next week for body work and paint: http://www.lostlegendsauto.com
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:19 PM   #142
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^can I ask how much the blasting cost? I was quoted $2.5k just to have it the whole thing baking soda blasted. This is for the 66 1800S
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:52 PM   #143
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^can I ask how much the blasting cost? I was quoted $2.5k just to have it the whole thing baking soda blasted. This is for the 66 1800S
I paid $1,100 for the blasting (glass bead) and another $200 for the zinc phosphate which is guaranteed to prevent flash rust for 90 days as long as it's kept inside. I was happy with the price and had a lot of confidence in them due to the other cars they've done.
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:57 PM   #144
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Oh, forgot this one:

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It's on the top of the driver's side fender and is a true testament to the mad skills of the body shop that worked on this in the late 70s or early 80s. They just slopped bondo into the hole and painted over it. Real pro work.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:29 AM   #145
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1800

Congradulations to get to this stage of the project!!

This is the same or a replica of the Holman & Moody car pictured a few years back w/magnesium Minilites.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:41 AM   #146
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Thanks very much vintagewrench!

Now I need to spend a lot of time thinking about budgets and the proper order of doing all the things that need doing before I'll be able to start reassembly. Stressing a bit.
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:06 PM   #147
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Car is back from the body shop and in black primer. It's going to sit in my barn until they're ready to begin work on it (probably Jan/Feb). I'm surprised at what a huge difference it makes to see it in one color, even with the dents. Tempted to just clear coat it, paint the Jolly Roger on the roof and race it. Not really....

[IMG]DSC_0085 by didenpx, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 09-11-2016, 05:08 PM   #148
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:31 AM   #149
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Found this video of a film showing the P1800ES body assembly line you might enjoy & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGRDLnHnJgE
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Found this video of a film showing the P1800ES body assembly line you might enjoy & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGRDLnHnJgE
Thanks; love that video. Makes it look like anyone with some basic tools and access to the sheet metal dies could start rolling these off the production line themselves. Wouldn't it be cool!?
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