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#51 waldoz

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:57 PM

I was into Volvos for along time I put a Buick Grand national motor/transmission in there with an 8.8 rear end. I almost have the drivers pan redone so its slow but going.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:33 PM

I thought that engine looked odd in there, but a Grnd National engine? That is going to be a blast. It was a good idea to do the 8.8 swap, I have one sitting in the shed, just haven't got around to putting it in anything yet. I have a few projects like that. :) I always try to keep the Subarus, the Merkurs and the Volvos alive.

#53 waldoz

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:42 PM

Yeah I sold it 2yrs ago when I smoked the trans. It was a money pit and I lost my tail on it sold everything for $2500 and got out of debt. :clap: Best thing I ever did.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 12:02 AM

Do you still need a windshield? I have one in storage and a new windshield gasket for it too, I have to find that though.:o

I am amazed with the rust and the restoration you have done with your brat good job it is looking good.

#55 waldoz

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 12:12 AM

Funds are low, though I do need one. Maybe after the first of the year I need to get the pans in and por15 the crap out of it. :brow:

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 01:50 AM

ok no problem its just sitting in my storage unit it will give me some time to find the new gasket too. Just let me know when you r ready. I live fairly close

#57 waldoz

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 12:07 PM

what did you want for those 2 items anyway?

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 12:23 PM

Glad to see im not the only one,im going through exactly the same at the moment with my wagon.
It is tiring and causes major mojo loss at times but itll be worth it :D

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:27 AM

Please look for any rust high up on the inner wheel wells. Right where the inner wheel well, the firewall and the cowl come together. With the amount of rust you have, I'm afraid you will find it there too and it's nearly impossible to effectively repair that area.

You have MANY good parts. I would search for a better body. But then again, if you have the time, money and determination, you are on the right track.

At any rate, thanks for sharing your projects with all of us!

If you run part needs...Give me a shout!

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 01:44 AM

I am trying to figure out where that is at in my mind. This I think is a fun little project to keep me busy. Don't know if I will keep it too long after its cleaned up. I don't want to take the dash out but after I get the floors in I might do that. Still need to fix the front caliper as it is sticking. That stuff is easy though get most of the major rust done and move to the mech stuff.:eek:

#61 kingwill

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 02:28 AM

ok the windshield cost me im thinking 30 bucks and I think the gasket was also 30. so 60 bucks for both

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 04:32 AM

Please look for any rust high up on the inner wheel wells. Right where the inner wheel well, the firewall and the cowl come together. With the amount of rust you have, I'm afraid you will find it there too and it's nearly impossible to effectively repair that area.


Mine seems to be fine up there,despite the amount of rust ive had to cut out the front floorpans.....

Doesnt stop me running out and checking it everytime someone mentions it on here tho!! :D

The old pickup i stripped a coupla weeks agowas rotten there,i could put my hand up through the other side!!

#63 waldoz

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:56 PM

Its been a while but the deal is going down! I still am working on the pass side pan still at work but will finish tomorrow I hope.

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I was going to rebuild the cross braces under the pans but I thought what would I do that when I can put these under there. :grin:

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12 Ga. Beefieness !!

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I figured if I wanted to jack the car or put brush guards on the sides these would be perfect. I will have to cut them down and prep them for some sealer But is should be good. I have the whole next week off and the floors are going in no matter what. I will also try and get to the engine bay and patch that one spot but will have to see if I have enough time for that.

All for now and Merry Christmas!!:cool:

#64 waldoz

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:53 PM

Well I have to say I am little disapointed in my self for slacking off so much and not working on the pans for a week or so. I could have gotten more done so I would just take and weld in. So I will have to finish this up at home, which I really did not want to do. On a positive note I scored!

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Yeah was working on my pan and The guy who hired me 15yrs ago asked what I was going to coat it with. He said he had this stuff that coats rust and converts it and seals it. :brow: He said he had some I could use. 2.5 gallons to be exact!!
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All I can say is this brat is getting a bath in this stuff. I tried a really rusty scrap that I cut out. turned black with a hard coating on it and it dried pretty good. All for now better keep an eye out cause I will be posting every day I hope this next week and should see things move fast. :popcorn:

#65 waldoz

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 09:27 PM

Got some done not as much as I would have liked. I had to take the welder apart and fix some hoses and the gun lead. Seemed to be not turning on the gas before the wire started. So fixed that and finished up the drivers door channel. If you can't tell I love before and after pictures. :P

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As for the Corroseal that stuff works great. I put a layer on there started to bubble then put the light on it for about 20 minutes and it hardened up really good black and shinny

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Also started to fab up the patch for that one little tricky
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I plugged some holes that I drilled through with the spot weld drill bit. I went to far so I had to patch those up.
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I am hopping to get the drivers pan in tomorrow. If not I will be behind dead line and will not get all I want to get done before my vacation is over. I spent prob hr or more just fitting it in there. It still needs prob more time on that.
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Almost forgot I had to cut out a section instead of filling the holes though I don't know if it took longer to put fresh metal in rather than patch. But I was getting a lot of porosity with the holes I was fixing and the metal was really thin.
its that patch on the left.
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All for today :D

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:46 PM

So I prepped the cross brace to get ready to weld in. I am having complaints about working to early in the morning so I have to do stuff that does not make noise. :banghead:
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Also got that other hole that had some rust in it.
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Mind you I was called into the house but I got it in and it all still needs to be cleaned up. I will prob do that after the other sides in.
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The back of the panel took more time than I wanted and it really needs to be sanded down a lot just like the other welds in the bay.

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Now if I can get the other pan in I will be on target to get the eng bay spot done.:clap: The other pan though is not as clean as the first and will take a bit more time to fit up. The good thing is I wont have to patch the back wall like I did on the drivers side.:brow:

Is anyone watching this thread anymore?

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:05 PM

Yes even tho your are speaking in Japanese to me and Im very interested and impressed in what you are doing and Im glad you are reviving a Gen 1 Brat that I have been watching the events currently!!! Keep it alive and keep the progress coming!!!!!!:banana:

#68 waldoz

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:12 PM

Good to know. :cool:

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:03 PM

I'm here everyday looking for update. Keep it up, I can't wait to see the finished product.:headbang:

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:15 AM

Hard work and determination. You can hang out with me anytime. :headbang:

Go man , GO !!!

#71 waldoz

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 01:56 PM

I don't know about hard work LOL I still don't know how committed I am to this thing. :rolleyes: Yes its fun from time to time but I think this is a rust lesson learned :)

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:23 PM

Checking in every few days to see how things are coming along. You are providing some inspiration for me for when the weather turns warmer again and I can get to the Brat. Now all I can do is try to track down parts I need and get ready for spring.

#73 waldoz

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:37 PM

As for tracking down parts, I thought that the subie guys had it easy. There is not much for parts which sucks. The GN set up was just like that parts are expensive if you can find them. I am really tired of that :)

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:17 AM

I just feel so lucky to live where they don't rust like that if they are cared for.

Great pics, I too love the Before and afters.

#75 waldoz

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 02:27 AM

Sweet its up. Ok had some problems with the coating. It seems the Corroseal really likes rusty rusty spots and not so much clean areas.
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It seemed to peel and crack and got to the point of flaking off. :horse:
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So I thought can't just leave it. So I took it all off :mad:
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That took some time but it was worth it. My friend at work gave me a can of:

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All I can say is this stuff is sweet. It tacks up in 15 min and dries in 16hrs I am prob going to do the whole in side with this stuff and the really rusty areas with the corroseal. Its not bad stuff it just needs something to stick to and smooth metal it does not like.

So painting it up, yes very messy.
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The results though are worth its weight in gold.
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So I was trying to figure out where I was going to have my paint line. I think just at the bottom of the back panel shelf and take it all the way around. I am prob going to do the fire wall but I will have to take out the whole dash and that is a spring project. Also cleaned up a lot of the welds but still need to do some more.
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Got started on the underside braces I think these are going to turn out really good. I actually got a tone done just a before 11 but so you don't get to see the full work till tomorrow. :brow:
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I just love this picture because the pans are in and Its not a Flintstones mobile anymore. :grin:
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All for now.




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