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      04-14-2012 10:29 AM #1
      AND CABBY INFO
      Well figured I’d throw together some pics of my cabbie’s last 6 months.
      I’m down in the middle of nowhere in Illinois for school right now and spotted this on craigslist. The guy was getting it scrapped the next week but a friend said to try craiglist first. He wanted 500 for it I gave him 375 for it towed to my house.
      Once we got it home


      Engine compartment was absolutely filthy this is it after degreased a bit
      Last edited by hyperlightboards48; 04-14-2012 at 10:41 AM.
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      04-14-2012 10:30 AM #2
      Replaced
      Dist cap, rotor, plug wires, air filter, Timing belt, water pump, radiator, radiator hoses, dipstick, fuel filter, exhaust and all new belts... and then some. Anyways at this point the car was running decent but there was oil in the coolant when I was doing the radiator

      So I ran the glove test. Here's a video


      Failed miserably!!!
      Last edited by hyperlightboards48; 04-14-2012 at 10:50 AM.
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      04-14-2012 10:31 AM #3
      Off comes the head



      Had the head resurfaced at a local machine shop and they got it all cleaned up

      The Install


      Then replaced all the vacuum lines with silicone lines and lots of trouble shooting later the car started running well so I got to start working on the cosmetics
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      04-14-2012 10:32 AM #4
      Gutted the carpet


      Pressure washed and reinstalled

      Detailed the dash
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      04-14-2012 10:32 AM #5
      Waxed it up

      Here’s the bay
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      04-14-2012 10:34 AM #6
      Now the fun part stopping the curse of the drippy knee (thanks brian for all your help)



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      04-14-2012 12:16 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by hyperlightboards48 View Post
      Gutted the carpet


      Pressure washed and reinstalled

      Detailed the dash
      Any promblems with the carpet shrinkage ???

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      04-14-2012 01:41 PM #8
      WOW...nice safe there!!

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      04-22-2012 01:43 PM #9
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      Nice job! Looks beautiful! I wish more folks were like you.

      Has the PO seen it since its restoration?
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      04-22-2012 02:44 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by kamzcab86 View Post

      Nice job! Looks beautiful! I wish more folks were like you.

      Has the PO seen it since its restoration?
      Crazy!!! I just went to his house about 20 min ago for the first time since i bought it. He and his wife were very impressed!
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      04-22-2012 10:12 PM #11
      great job on it man glad to see their are mosre people out their not scared to buy something somone else thinks is junk and trandform it to something sweet. keep up the good work

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      05-17-2012 08:25 PM #12
      Well i finished up my program down on the corn belt so now the cabby is moving to Minnesota

      Was a pain it the butt to get the car up on the trailer, the ramp was only like two feet long so it was way too steep to get on. I ended up driving on a hill on my yard
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      05-18-2012 07:10 AM #13
      congratulations for the restoration of the convertible!

    14. 07-18-2012 02:21 AM #14
      Very nice save! Good work

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      07-18-2012 09:42 PM #15
      Looks real nice beetlefreak. are you rubbing on hard turns in thr front at all... oh you have all the sway bar stuff, that probably helps.

      Quote Originally Posted by bbrown View Post
      Great Job Man! Red and black '86's are the best.

      I've also got those same black pleather seats in mine. The height adjust is awesome. Keep the updates coming.
      I'm a short guy so the hight adjustment isn't necessary for me but it defiantly is nice!

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      this thread is maus approved.
      Oh thank god! Thanks man!
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      Very nice save! Good work
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      04-06-2015 08:51 AM #16
      Wow. That's awesome!
      I saw your other thread and was concerned the a pillar would be so tweaked up that it would be a lot more complicated than just fitting a door.

      If your fender to hood, fender to door, door to rocker, and door to quarter panel gaps are looking good you're already in the home stretch of the ordeal. Good job!

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      04-06-2015 10:27 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedOne View Post
      Wow. That's awesome!
      I saw your other thread and was concerned the a pillar would be so tweaked up that it would be a lot more complicated than just fitting a door.

      If your fender to hood, fender to door, door to rocker, and door to quarter panel gaps are looking good you're already in the home stretch of the ordeal. Good job!
      Yes I am pretty happy, when the car hit it you might be able to tell in the pics but the car hit the front fender essentially skipped over the main piller and hit the rear quarter. The control arm has been bent but the frame looks perfect. Appears to be all cosmetic. No idea what I will do with the rear quarter panel at this point. I need it back on the road and hopefully over the winter I can break it down and do the paint and what not.

      Fender lines up perfect, door is so so but its all that is needed is just adjusting the hinges nothing major. I was pumped to find the two clean parts in the yard.
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      04-06-2015 01:59 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by hyperlightboards48 View Post
      Yes I am pretty happy, when the car hit it you might be able to tell in the pics but the car hit the front fender essentially skipped over the main piller and hit the rear quarter. The control arm has been bent but the frame looks perfect. Appears to be all cosmetic. No idea what I will do with the rear quarter panel at this point. I need it back on the road and hopefully over the winter I can break it down and do the paint and what not.

      Fender lines up perfect, door is so so but its all that is needed is just adjusting the hinges nothing major. I was pumped to find the two clean parts in the yard.
      For the rear, you could have a panel beater weld on tabs and pull it out, that will probably be expensive. Other option would be to buy that replacement panel.. cut out the damage and weld in the new section. Either route is gonna cost a bit, unless you have a friend that can weld

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      04-07-2015 10:28 AM #19
      Nice job keeping your cabby on the road.

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      04-07-2015 08:48 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by tangerine_coupe View Post
      For the rear, you could have a panel beater weld on tabs and pull it out, that will probably be expensive. Other option would be to buy that replacement panel.. cut out the damage and weld in the new section. Either route is gonna cost a bit, unless you have a friend that can weld
      This is good news any ideas where to buy a panel at? I happen to have a decent welder that I have been getting the hang of.
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      04-07-2015 09:49 PM #21
      Junk yards near you. You would need a good Battery sawsalll I can't believe that some one would scrap a nugget.

      But the Cars you took the parts off of are good candidates, as a plain panel is going to be a high ticket item....if you can still get them, which I doubt.

      You might have a body guy come take a look at it and see what he suggests.... as you might be able to cut yours out and beat it out then weld it back. Depends on if your inner frames are bent I suspect...
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      Yesterday 02:18 AM #22
      This thread made me happy, then sad, then happy again. Great job bringing this little diamond in the rough back to some shining glory. Big eff-you to the asshat who decided to drag his POS along your car. Good on ya for not letting it get ya down. Cheers! Keep up the good work!!

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      04-07-2015 09:59 PM #23
      I wouldn't cut all that out and weld in a new panel. The distortion from the welding is going to be a bear and be as bad as what you have now.

      I would take off the interior panel, remove the rear window regulator and see what kind of access you have. If you can get to the dents from the inside with a 2x4 or 1x3 or even a 1x2 grade stake you can knock out a bunch of it. Put the wood on the furthest pushed in dent and whack the other end with a hammer. You want to push it back out but not too far.. too far is defined as further out than the original contour. Gradually work around until the damaged area is only slightly "lower" than it should be and skim it with filler.

      Since this is pretty recent you shouldn't have a problem with oil canning. Oil canning is a phenomenon where when the metal is dented it also stretches. You tap the dent out and it looks good but if you touch it or even fart within 20 feet of it the dent pops back in.. if you have that you need to shrink the metal. Hopefully with this just happening you won't have a problem with that if you o it now. If you wait til fall it will probably oil can.

      If you can't get to the dents from the backside, you have a couple options. One is a cheap dent puller. You put holes in the panel and use the puller to pull the panel out. Those pullers have a sheet metal screw that goes into the hole. Once you get it the panel straight you weld all the holes shut.

      Or you can break down and buy a Stinger. Its a tool that comes with a spot welder, studs, a dent puller, and some attachments. With the Stinger you put a stud in the welder, attach it to the panel, then use the Stinger dent puller to pop the dent out. Once the panel is straight you remove the stud and apply a small out of filler. I would post pics but the pics I had on my phone got corrupted. However I have a build thread here called "Orange Peel" and it has pics of the Stinger. Cool thing about the Stinger, is if you do have oil canning is it does have a shrinking tip as well.


      I paid $300 for my Stinger setup barely used from a guy on Craigslist. It was worth every penny. But I will say I have seen a knock off at Harbor Junk. I hadn't looked to see if it has all the same attachments, but they are selling their Chinese version for much less.

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      04-12-2015 10:04 PM #24
      Just poking my head in here to say I've now seen this fine vehicle in person. It's gonna be an ass-kicker on the road again very soon. Did you manage to score those wheels this weekend?

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