We picked up this rust free brat locally in Austin, Texas and are fixing it up for a nice summer beach cruiser! It seems to need just about everything, but luckily the parts are cheap (when available)! I'm pretty happy with it because the only spot of any rust on the car is under the battery tray :-)
undercoated interior floor pans, new carpet
roll on bedliner
replaced several bent pushrods (solid lifter engine)
both CV axles
right inner tie rod
super cleaning inside and out
rerouted clutch cable
Front brake pads
still need to do:
radiator (preventative- noticed some corrosion and don't want to get stuck in the desert!)
water pump/thermostat (same reason)
oil pump housing gasket/o-ring
weber carb kit
remove and coat inside of rusty fuel tank
We were driving it around and the steering seems pretty loose still. Like scary if over ~50mph, and with the loosness vibration and automatic lane changes when crossing the paint on the road lol. checked and rechecked the inner and outer tie rods, the ball joints, even strut bearings, but it looked like the manual steering rack might be loose. With the right inner disconnected, I was still getting a clunk when moving the steering wheel. Is there an allowed amount of free play in the steering shaft inside the rack? I can see that there has been water in there, since the teeth are rust-stained.
Looks like its going to be hard to get a reman rack, so I was hoping to see if anyone could tell me if this was normal.. The rack has a bit of movement (not in and out, but the shaft can move up and down in the housing) when out on the floor.
Heres some pics!