After a few hours of sanding we got the right side pretty much ready for the second prime. A few more hours on the left and its back to the paint booth. Next weekend we plan to do some suspension work - I have a seized right lower camber bolt (causing that attractive positive camber look) Once thats fixed she's coming down about 2-2.5" to eliminate the "off road" look it currently has. I cant wait to see how much better it looks lowered!
Today I pulled the coil overs out to free them up - they were totally seized thanks to many Indiana/Michigan winters. The fronts went fine but the perches for the rear are rusted out bad . Here is a pic with the front lowered about where I want to keep it - hunting down rear perches begins now. Maybe I'll keep this sweet raked look...
Here's what's left of my right rear spring perch.
I was able to save mine by cutting off the backing plate (so only the outer U shape was left), grinding it all down and welding a new sheet metal back on it. Ground the welds, and hit it all with rubberized rocker guard to seal it all up before putting it back in.
Your's might be a little far gone for that.
Last edited by Mk2Reverie; 02-05-2012 at 02:54 PM.
Tonight we started to begin to save the rear spring perches - I couldn't justify $300.00 each for those things.
We started with this:
I ground out all the deteriorated/rusted metal and taped off where to cut a line:
Got it to this point:
Then we cut out a piece of steel to spot weld back in place:
We will back in the shop on Thursday night to weld them in place - Then I can see what the stance will look like after lowering the coilovers
Thanks for the tip Angrypanda!
Well tonight we saved the rear perches and I'm stoked with the results. Saved me $600.00!
We welded the new metal onto the backs of the perches. *Keep in mind I recently learned to weld so try to not be too critical -
Then I ground down all the welds and removed as much rust as I could get to.
Then we sprayed them with rubberized undercoating and ta-da - New again (kinda)
Then a good friend stopped by the shop to see the car and he came bearing gifts
The perfect end to a productive night