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Old 05-14-2011, 12:50 PM   #18
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In the year that I've had this car.. it's almost become like a beloved pet, much like my dogs. To put this Trans Am down would be as hard as it was putting down our border collie two years ago.
but you still did it. trust me, I know the feeling of loving a car as more than just another possession and having to die a little inside when you have to let it go.

but, time goes on. there will be more cars, none will be that one, but at the end of the day, you can start all over again.



speaking of which.... pm enroute
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:43 PM   #19
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but you still did it. trust me, I know the feeling of loving a car as more than just another possession and having to die a little inside when you have to let it go.

but, time goes on. there will be more cars, none will be that one, but at the end of the day, you can start all over again.



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Yeah, speaking of which the GTA discussed there and in other threads was sold yesterday afternoon. I wasn't the buyer.

However we found a new way around the problem with the floor and quarter panel. Turns out it creased toward the weld, but didn't cross it. It also stayed away from the welds on the floor from the side of the unibody.

Thus, if needed, we could drop 500 into a new floor and just cut out the old one after straightening out what we can. Also got the hinges pretty much locked down. So by the end of the week he thinks most of the major pulling on the rear of the car can begin.
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Yeah, speaking of which the GTA discussed there and in other threads was sold yesterday afternoon. I wasn't the buyer.

However we found a new way around the problem with the floor and quarter panel. Turns out it creased toward the weld, but didn't cross it. It also stayed away from the welds on the floor from the side of the unibody.

Thus, if needed, we could drop 500 into a new floor and just cut out the old one after straightening out what we can. Also got the hinges pretty much locked down. So by the end of the week he thinks most of the major pulling on the rear of the car can begin.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:46 PM   #21
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We have faith... When she's all done you should nickname her Jesus.
Nah, already picked Phoenix for obvious reasons..

If it were a Camaro I'd probably call it the Jesusmobile.
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Update: Hinges finally came in. So after some chassis measurements the pulling can begin. FINALLY!
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Update: Hinges finally came in. So after some chassis measurements the pulling can begin. FINALLY!
That's good news!!! Keep us posted
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Update: Hinges finally came in. So after some chassis measurements the pulling can begin. FINALLY!

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Update: Pulling on the butt is done. Turns out when they straightened the rear frame, they got the floor in the same pull.

The rear frame is straight. To the decimal on the GM design spec sheet.

Now for the front subframe to the pulled a bit and then the body work can start. Not as gory as I thought but made me put a shopping list together.. hopefully I can find some aftermarket trailing arms, sway bar, and tunnel brace since the last is bent. Rear is still off by a half inch.

Oh, and pics on the frame puller.




Where'd my interior go?



Yeah, what was once one door, is now 2?


Weird ass joggle/fold that we aren't sure how it got there or if it's some sort of recess. Note the lack of cracked/peeled undercoat on the underside of the fold.


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Dude these pics are painful, but it's sounding up! Keep the good news comin.
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Update:

8+ hours of work and the rear quarter is ready for welding. Body is lined up and all that's left is to finish work on the front subframe and install the fender/spindle/knuckle mess up front. Then paint.. but here's the kicker.

ETA of rollout on The Phoenix: June 13 - June 18, 2011.

The end is in sight. Knocking on wood and rubbing the pain in my wallet, but my fellow F body comrades.. the light is appearing. And she burns with the flame that beckons The Phoenix.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:40 PM   #28
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8+ hours of work and the rear quarter is ready for welding. Body is lined up and all that's left is to finish work on the front subframe and install the fender/spindle/knuckle mess up front. Then paint.. but here's the kicker.

ETA of rollout on The Phoenix: June 13 - June 18, 2011.

The end is in sight. Knocking on wood and rubbing the pain in my wallet, but my fellow F body comrades.. the light is appearing. And she burns with the flame that beckons The Phoenix.
Very close in sight my friend, Glad everything is going so well at this point! I bet you're just itching to have that good ol' LS1 under your foot again
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:58 AM   #29
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Yet another update: Welding and sealing is complete. The car is back together body wise. Oddly, with the car sitting unloaded from the puller the rear end is sitting an inch over to the left. 3/4 jut on the left, 3/4 sucked in on the right. We know the center line is not the true center line, but it just doesn't feel right by eyeball. Even if all the measurements line up exactly and she's square on the rear. Ideas anyone? PHB? Trailing arms just tweaked a smidge?

Yet to go:
- Finish fender repairs
- Fill/sand Fender
- Fill/sand Front bumper cover
- Fill/sand hatch crack
- Install/Align hatch
- Repair spoiler
- Repair donor door (small gouge at the bottom of the door)
- Test donor door (motor/wiring, etc)
- Align doors (both because the drivers was off from before the accident and I just found this out)
- Replace right front spindle assembly (rather than just the knuckle/easier)
- Replace right rear axle shaft
- Reoil rear end
- Final align on steering, suspension, rear axle, wheels.
- Prime/sand paint
- Reinstall.. everything behind the steering wheel.
- Test and tune suspension/ride

So, maybe push it back to around the end of June. Either way I'm content with waiting now. Hard part is done, and even in 3 colors she looks better than ever (have the primewells on and HOLY SHEET did I pull the right trigger). Oh, and I'm saving the cracked rim as a trophy. How many of you have done that?
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Sounds like you are getting really close to being back on the road. Good luck.
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ive never cracked a rim so that is a trophy i dont have...
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:13 AM   #32
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ive never cracked a rim so that is a trophy i dont have...
Probably never so much as scratched that WS6 either, I take it. Just a reminder that I want to keep around for when I have kids someday and they want to race and ask about the wreck.

I always did with my mom, but unfortunately she tossed her '69 base coupe emblems and steering wheel out a while back during a move. Still hates that she did it. All we have now is a single cracking polaroid of the car. Lost to a dump truck in the winter of 75 I believe.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:27 PM   #33
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Update: She has two eyes now. Frame work is complete. All she needs is sealant, Weld sealant/filler, a bit of filler on the fender and bumper cover (gouges) and a lot of panel alignments.

Thing now is whether or not I can get my body guy to (once he sees that the axle is shoved over due to the panhard) give up on getting stock pieces and just go UMI non adjustable. Front spindle assembly being new or used is up in the air. THEN the whole interior has to go back in (speakers and some wiring too).

Work slowed after some bimbo dropped off a CRV with a cracked rear quarter that wound up being made almost entirely of bondo and an L shaped bracket holding what was left of the rear quarter. Had chunks the size of an xbox controller come off that thing.

What was supposed to be a 4 hour job.. now turned into 2-4 days including paint. So back up went the sign saying "No more work, overbooked. Kthxbai".

Looking at probably 5th of July before I get it back. :facedesk:
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im still riding on factory good years...9 years old...
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