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#101 Datsunrides

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 07:18 PM

I FINALLY got the cowl repairs done! :banana: No more rust!

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Still need to "finish" it, but the welding is basically done. Next I was going to weld in the rusted out piece for the fresh air inlet and patch in the right front wheel well. Got the air inlet piece trimed and ready to go and started to cut out the wheel well. What I thought would be a 3"x3" patch turned into this,

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Oh well, I guess it's better to find this now. :rolleyes: I hope to have this are treated to fresh metal and finish the fresh air area along with seam sealing the front next week, then I can move onto the rusty trunk areas. The main issue I see is Subaru either did a poor job seam sealing, used a bad product, or a combination of both. I feel if it had been properly sealed, I would not be seeing these issues. Oh, and since I was at it, I removed the battery tray since the plan is to mount a dry cell up where the spare tire used to go. Glad I did as, you guessed it, there was rust (only surface at this point) there.

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I am also working on rebuilding the side glass holders (centers rusted out) and hope to have that tackled soon. That's it for now.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 07:42 AM

:) way to move forward !

Any contact with "drivesubies" over this? He's in the process of doing the same car.


...and how's your rear windshield gasket? I may have a good used one here that showed up. I do have a guy who's been asking me about this for several months now. He's in ID restoring the same car.

#103 Datsunrides

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 11:26 AM

Thanks Paul. Yes, I have been in contact with Danny, but over parts. I don't think I was aware he was restoring one of these also. I could use that gasket if it would survive the trip, along with those side markers you were supposed to be checking on. :):popcorn: All ya gotta do is let me know and I'll pull out my paypal pen! :brow:

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 04:29 PM

:) I'll surely get on it soon.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 12:44 PM

Gotta love the USPS. Wonder why they have a bad rep.

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:mad::mad::mad::Flame:

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 12:48 PM

That is ridiculous. :-\

Did it come with all those dents or were some of them from beating the UPS driver with it ?

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 01:15 PM

FedEx Ground - much better.

Mark , there's a few of us with those trunk lids out there. Between Subaru3 , drivesubies , ctsuba , and wagonsonly .... and myself , there's probably another half dozen out there.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 02:35 PM

Paul, I got this one from Danny. I know there are others out there, but it sucks that a NOS one got destroyed. Danny has another one, it will just take some time for him to dig it out. Oh, and the whole mess with dealing with the post office. Yeah, there was no insurance, but come on, I would not call this incidental damage. Something extremely heavy fell on it (but usps does not ship anything over 70 lbs....) or something ran it over. You don't get damage like this in a reinforced area simply by dropping it. I have actually had good results with usps, until now. We'll see if they make this right. Some good news, the NOS glass holders made it unscathed! :banana:

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 03:08 PM

UPS ships up to 150lbs :confused:

I know this for a fact, I used to ship out/receive shortblocks at work. They were just under 150lbs.

Commercial only rule maybe?

#110 Datsunrides

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 06:30 PM

Don't know. The postmaster at my office told me they don't ship over 70 lbs so I don't know if they have a separate service like fedex ground vs. freight. Either way, damage to this extent should not happen.

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 06:55 AM

UPS ships up to 150lbs :confused:

I know this for a fact, I used to ship out/receive shortblocks at work. They were just under 150lbs.

Commercial only rule maybe?


USPS has a 70 lb. limit.
UPS will ship up to 150.

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 10:36 PM

Just bumping this up. I still have the car and intend to finish it at some point. Been busy finishing some other long term projects, but hopefully I can get back on it this summer (I need a break!). Oh, and sorry for the dead links. Webshots really screwed people over. I attached a pic of what it looked like when I got it. Click for full size.

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#113 RustyBrat

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 10:46 PM

i'll take it if you're tired of it... :grin:



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:20 PM

Glad you are still around! Yes I was disappointed when your photos disappeared, especially your work with the cowl area repair.

Will look foward to future updates.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:56 PM

Yeah, been finishing up a 72' TE28 wagon and a 66' 520 pickup over the last couple years. Honestly let this stall out due to the difficulty of obtaining parts. Need to get back to pestering Danny! No promises, but I will see about re-linking pics as (if) I get time. RustyBrat, you can come get it so long as you bring a pile of cash! :lol:

 

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 11:12 PM

haha not that i have any money, but how big a pile of cash are talking about?



#117 Datsunrides

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:54 PM

Actually, I'd really like to finish it off myself. As you know, these early coupes are rare birds and it would be cool to actually get one back on the road. You wouldn't want to know what I would need to get for this to let it go with what I've invested so far..... (actually I don't need to be reminded either! LOL)



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:22 PM

:) alright, i feel ya haha



#119 Datsunrides

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 03:59 PM

So while the Subaru sat, I finished these,

 

 

 

Last weekend I uncovered the car after sitting outside for a few years and am now in the process of scuffing down the entire car (again) to re-epoxy it as gotten slightly rusty on the surface. Still need to finish the rust repairs on the passenger wheel well, cowl opening for the fan, and the rear corners of the trunk. I'll post up a current pic of the car soon. The plan is to try and complete the car for the 2015 JCCS show. Pretty ambitious, but we'll see how it goes with only 1 other project I'm also dealing with.



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 04:44 PM

Ok, so I spent some time and added back most of the pics that the links were lost. The ones that are not back are because I do not have them anymore. Something to do with a hard drive crash a few years ago and I was not able to retrieve all the pics. Better than nothing I guess. :huh:

 

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 08:12 PM

Ahh... Your cowl rust repair pics are back! Thanks Mark, those always give me some comfort!

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 05:15 AM

Nice work there - ( I will have to do the same job you have done to my '74 wagon at some stage )

 

I'll be looking forward to see the end result ... ;)

 

P.S. - You might be able to recover some of your photos by searching for 'cache' files on the web ... :)

Cheers, Bantum ...



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Posted 13 October 2014 - 10:54 PM

That Datsun pickup doesn't happen to have a Buick v6 in it does it?



#124 Datsunrides

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 06:57 PM

No sir, stockish J13.



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Posted 28 October 2014 - 12:06 AM

nice work! I still dream of having a first gen coupe someday..got a built 1.6 5 speed combo waiting for her....someday...... :rolleyes:






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