Cathy's 1960 Chevrolet Corvair
January 27th, 2006
The painting is complete and we picked the car up today. Looks good!
February 3rd, 2006
Now that the exterior of the car looks great, it is time to make the engine look good. We had to remove all of the shrouds around the engine for sand blasting and paint. While the car is out of commission, the steering column and wheel will be painted as well.
February 8th, 2006
Today the engine pieces made a trip to Green Bay to our friend Mike's house for a little sand blasting. It really was a huge mess but Joe got the job done with a primer coat added to prep the metal for paint.
February 10th, 2006
The picces were brought back home and a make shift paint booth was set up in the garage under the lift, using huge sheets of plastic wrapped around the outside to contain the over spray. The pieces really turned out nice.
February 16th, 2006
A good cleaning of the engine brings it to a state where we are ready to put all of the pieces back together.
February 17th, 2006
The engine was reassembled today and the car started right up. I guess that all of the parts and wires made it back to the right places. Remember what it used to look like?
February 23rd, 2006
Then the rest of the rubber and plastic parts were cleaned up to complete the engine compartment.
March 16th, 2006
Workon the front suspension began. All of the parts are very old and the heat has taken it's toll on the rubber parts. The grease in the wheel bearings was like glue. We took it all apart and sent the control arms in to have the new bushings installed.
March 30th, 2006
After getting the control arms back, they were installed along with new tie rods and ends as well as any other parts that had rubber in them.
April 13th, 2006
The steering box was the next to be worked on. After disassembly, the gear lube was like molasses. A thorough cleaning was done andthe steering box was filled with fresh lube. It leaks a little but works well. The car was aligned and the steering box adjusted. What a difference!
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