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Top looks like Sh*& and had me nervous during this period but it cleaned up beautifully and I have conditioned the hall out of it. The top is now 12 years old and looks great! The garage in VA was dank and cool and everything was beautifully preserved despite some mildew and surface rust...
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Engine on trailer with tranny and 500 tie downs (a little nervous!)

next pics are the anxiously awaiting engine compartment.




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Time to get started! Engine went in pretty smooth as one unit with the tranny. Had to fight it a bit but not too bad...



I had planned on rebuilding the tranny but I never did. It was in great shape before and I replaced the front and rear main seals... we'll see how she does.




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After a smooth install and as much work as I could muster on a Saturday, we broke for food and beer and decided she wasn't going to run this weekend. I bought another six pack and called AAA.

After explaining to the AAA agent that it was not a dead battery! I finally told her internal engine failure to make her stop using her troubleshooting phone flow chart HAHA.






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Finally home! Wrecker driver was a pro and slid the car up my steep driveway and into the garage without a hitch. tipped him 20




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Finally safe in the garage, out of the elements and ready for an expensive time consuming winter this year getting ready for paint and maiden start.






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The first real thing on the agenda is the engine bay and the trunk. After that I will put her on jackstands and attack the undercarriage with every tool and chemical in my arsenal.



As you can see in the pics, it has been converted to GM HEI and I put an Accel super coil on top. Also I installed an internally excited alternator back in the day because of some regulator issues....

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I made the mistake of assuming that the car would go back together in a couple of weeks and I didn't label anything. Took a good while to get the engine harness re loomed and routed. I am still trying to properly route the starter wires.
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The simultaneous step was the trunk... I wanted it clean so I ground down the primer in all of the lightly pitted areas, treated the rust and sprayed with encapsulator and then primer.



High build filler primer for the pitting until it was smooth as can be. Not that you can see it through the topcoat... Oh well, I know its there.


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Finished it off with Eastwoods spatter paint in black and aqua, very happy with the results.








My only complaint is that the semi gloss clearcoat to make it water repellant has left some overspray dusting that gives it a moddled appearance. I will find a way to remedy that in the coming weeks.

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