November/December

December 6, 2010

Well over the last several weeks I have been working on the car just in small amounts.

  • Sanded inside front doors and treated with rust converter.
  • Started cleaning up door dings on front doors.
  • Sanded inside one front fender and treated with rust converter.
  • Removed the rest of the side trim.
  • Removed the rear beltline trim.
  • Removed the rear window trim.
  • Removed the tail lights.
  • Removed the brake booster and pedal assembly.
  • Removed the a/c box.
  • Removed the wiper assembly.

Like many things on this car the brake booster fought me. Two of the bolts were difficult to even get to but with a box wrench I was able to get them out (wrenching all the way), the two that were accessible broke (not a problem the booster will probably be replaced). The pedal assembly is coated in rust but should clean up just fine, if not I have another.

I removed the rear defroster and I was surprised when I saw it to have no rust at all, the unit looked almost new. With the unit out I was able to remove the package shelf, I had hopes that there would be good white paint there to be sampled, nope only a drip smaller than a dime.

The only thing I had a trouble with in removing the beltline trim was understanding which clip was used, seemed to be totally random. With the amount of rust that there was I only have to deal with a few clips on each side. Removing the window trim was quite easy again with the rust not much was holding it in.

I finally received my new reproduction exempt plates and they look great except they put registration wells which exempt plates in California didn’t have.

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