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Old 07-14-2012, 11:29 PM   #261
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holy crap. that looked scary! You are doing it right bro!
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:40 AM   #262
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:39 AM   #263
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holy crap. that looked scary! You are doing it right bro!
Thanks man, that's the plan lol.

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Glad I didn't disappoint! Feels good to make some real progress again.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #264
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Dude! So glad to see some progress! I love this thread! <3
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #265
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More progress on the underbody today. First up was removing the spring perch on the passenger side.

Hmm, I wonder what's under there:





Surprise!! More Rust!






Wheel Well after drilling out the spot welds and grinding off all of the undercoating. Now it's ready for sand blasting:






The worst of the rust was actually on the passenger compartment side this time. Either way, it'll get cutout and replaced.





And to think one of the reasons I bought this car was because it had solid shock towers.





How it looks from the passenger compartment. Think of it as ventilation for the rear seat passengers.





Here's the underbody after getting blasted. Pleasantly surprised with how solid the metal is here, both the original metal and my patches from two years ago are holding up well.





I think there may have been a hoard of angry chickens in my car at one point in time.





And finally here's the same wheel well after being blasted. Fairly clean, just needs the one patch and some modification for my true-coilover setup.







Last but not least, I picked up a GoPro Hero2 this past week. I got it mostly for recording drives and other outdoor activities (snowboarding, hiking etc), but until then I'm also going to use it to help document the build in a different way than just the pictures. That being said I don't really want to take it in the booth while I'm sandblasting, so that will have to wait until I'm done with this stage. Hopefully here soon.




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Old 07-16-2012, 06:35 PM   #266
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Let me start by saying that this was just something that I threw together very quick this afternoon. I was anxious to test out the Hero2, and so I took this video of some undercoating removal. Not the most glamorous topic I know, this was mainly just an exercise for me to be able to practice with. That way when the good stuff comes along I'll know what to do and how to do it.

Without further adieu:

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Old 07-16-2012, 10:36 PM   #267
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:36 PM   #268
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It's cool seeing the progress. Thanks for the updates
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:10 PM   #271
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Took a break from sandblasting today, but got some parts ready for the next small project with the help of one of my friends.





Lets see who can figure out what these will become in the near future....
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:05 PM   #273
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Hint: While the parts pictured won't end up on the car, what they make is directly involved with the project as a whole.
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are you building an engine stand? maybe?
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #276
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are you building an engine stand? maybe?
Nope, already have one. (It's hard to beat $40 from Harbor Freight)

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Nope, already made one. The car has been on it for the past few pages lol.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:16 PM   #277
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Good guesses. The correct answer is.... Tubing Bender!!

After not finding a good used one locally and not wanting to pay out the a$$ for something I will only be using to make one roll-cage for, I decided to make one following a set of plans I found online (Also known as the Go Trikes Bender). A few key elements that I really like about this bender in particular is the vertical bending angle lets you easily measure your bending angle as you go. Another plus is you don't need to support the far end of the tube on larger pieces, like you would with a horizontal bending position. It also runs off a pneumatically controlled hydraulic cylinder, so there's no need to bolt it to the floor or use a huge breaker bar like you would on most cheap, manual benders. All in all I have about $100 in parts (not counting the dies). Not to shabby considering it's only two days of my time, and it's something I enjoyed making.

This also gave me another chance to use the GoPro for a timelapse movie. I think the stationary camera position makes the video much easier to watch. FYI, there's no audio on this video. I got lazy and didn't feel like finding a good song lol. Oh, and you'll notice that the video stops before it's fully assembled. That's because the battery ran out lol. Looks like I may need to get the extended battery pack or remember to plug it in before shooting.






And here are some pictures of it mostly assembled. I still need to paint it, but I'll get that done here in the next week or so.

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Old 07-23-2012, 12:35 PM   #278
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Very cool. Will the car be seeing enough track to make the cage necessary, or is it for increasing rigidity?
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It's a combination of both, plus an added factor of safety for regular driving. I do plan to take it to some HPDE and open track days for fun, but it won't be a dedicated track car by any means. It will also be adding some much needed rigidity throughout the car, and give me a place to tie my rear suspension into (the stock shock towers couldn't support true coilovers when new, let alone being rusted out). The other big reason for doing it is to make the passenger compartment safer for me and anyone else inside. I know there are a lot of people that will argue you should never put a cage in a street car, and that you would be much better off without one in the case of an accident, but while that may be true for modern cars (airbags, more complex crash structures and materials), the '02 is much smaller and weaker than modern vehicles, especially in the A and B pillars. In the case of any side impact over 35 mph I would be a goner, there's just no structural integrity in that part of the car to keep it from crunching in on me. With how I'm going to design the cage, it will be tucked as close to the body as possible, while staying away from where the occupants heads will be to help minimize the chance of hitting them on the bars.

(Just for the record, please don't turn this thread into a discussion about putting a rollcage in a street car. This is a decision I have thought long and hard about, and I feel I've made the right choice for my situation. Besides, if safety is your first and foremost concern you probably shouldn't be driving around in a car from the 1970's to begin with...)
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:32 PM   #280
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Finally finished with the media blasting. This past week I finished hitting the rest of the underbody as well as some of the interior. I did skip over some parts of the interior, but they will just take a little bit of work with a angle grinder and stripping pad to get down to where they need to be.


The Results:













Overall I'm pretty happy with the results, although I can definitely say that I will gladly pay someone to do that the next time. Next will be fixing up the rust spots and fabrication that needs to be done so that I can lay down the epoxy primer. That should keep the body from rusting away until I can get the interior, engine and suspension sorted out.

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