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Many bets are out there I cant make Carlilse with Bens Car.

I think I can do it..

I figure I have a week or so more of welding.

Then a weekend to rustproof and undercoat and install the sound proofing.

Then a week or so to tackle the rewire project (I have redone a wiring diagram, but before I let it out to the public I want to make sure it all works first).

After replacing the alternator and starter, I should get her started again.

At that point I will rebuild the brakes, and mount the tires. Mechanically I think thats all she needs.

Then off to the paint shop where he will have 3 weeks to install the windshields, install a new headliner, and carpet, and of course Paint the car and install the stripe kit.

Leaving me getting the car back to the garage in late April.. with 2 weeks to reassemble the car. Which I think should be fairly easy at that point.

Am I nuts or what? I feel like I am on a episode of American Hot Rod or some such show where they are trying to make the SEMA show.. ;)

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GoinManta said:
Am I nuts or what? I feel like I am on a episode of American Hot Rod or some such show where they are trying to make the SEMA show.. ;)

Charles
At least as crazy as me last year trying to turbo a Manta in 7 weeks. I just started working on that project again yesterday....

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I hope to fair a bit better than that though ;)

Charles

P.S.

Tonight:

Weld in Battery box

Make and install inner fender patch to cover holes not covered by pieces in the kit.

Final welding in the inner fender for the battery box kit.

Final prep for the driver side jack point/floor

Friday:

Prep Driver Rear Quarter

Weld Driver Rear Quarter patch panel

Weld Driver Jackpoint

Saturday:

Final touch ups on the passenger floor, driver floor, and rear quarters.

Sand blast the Inner Hood.

Start prepping the car for chassis saver rust proofing paint

Sunday:

Rust proof

Hmmm... at that schedule, I could get done early..
 

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Lot of welding...Did Santa bring you a MIG for Christmas?
Good luck...hope to see the car at Carlisle.
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Nope.. I bought it off Ebay ;) Couldnt wait on Santa and it was a better deal.

Charles
 

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welder

what brand did you buy.... how are your skills(how many burns have you inflicted on skin and clothing?)
 

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It's a Craftsman Wire Feed MIG. It was "gently used" for a single project by previous owner. Its 120V, has only 2 heat settings and 2 wire settings.

Overall though it works like a champ for the $125 I paid for it.

As for my skills, they were non-existant when I started the project a few weeks ago. Right now I would say they are a hair better than non-existant ;) But I do seem to be getting the job done.

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GoinManta said:
Tonight:

Weld in Battery box

Make and install inner fender patch to cover holes not covered by pieces in the kit.

Final welding in the inner fender for the battery box kit.

Final prep for the driver side jack point/floor
Finished... (See my gallery, link in signature)

GoinManta said:
Friday:

Prep Driver Rear Quarter
Did Yesterday... (Getting ahead of schedule is always a good thing ;)

GoinManta said:
Weld Driver Rear Quarter patch panel

Weld Driver Jackpoint
Add to this list for tonight:

Install seat mounts for the front seats.
 

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Install seat mounts for the front seats.
Not quite as easy as it looked... The Toyota seats had to be mounted about 2" up to be right. Which meant I had to do some creative engineering. Add to that I don't trust my welding (Not enough to trust a simple piece of welded angle to be the sole support of the seats, especailyl since my son will be driving it.). So, I created a frankenstien looking thing.. but I doubt it will go anywhere and I can unbolt the Toyota seats and rebolt them as much as I want to and they are rock solid..

BTW, for the Manta the 91' Toyota Celica GT seats are dead on perfect fit. Except that they sit a little low. Once I raised the mounting bracket up the two inches, they were perfect. They dont even impede on the stock Manta seat belts.

Not to mention last weekend I had a ton of things to do.. so little got done.

Got a good bit done last night though.. Think I should have the welding completed tonight. I want to be back on the ground and ready for paint by end of next weekend. Body shop said they really need the work right now, and will work me a even better deal.. (talk about your incentives..)
 

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Not to mention last weekend I had a ton of things to do.. so little got done.
Ditto last weekend, and some of this week

I STILL have some welding to finish up.. but mainly because I am focusing on other things instead. I am tired of welding.

What I have done:

All welding (except a piece on the passenger inner fender)

Rust proofed the engine bay

Stripped the back of the hood

Pulled everything off the motor

Cleaned and painted the engine, air cleaner cover, pulley, water pump pulley, washer fluid bottle bracket, brake booster, RED..

Installed CD player in dash, and front speakers

Sent exhaust manifold to get repaired (Broken stud And a ear)
Picked up manifold

Sent Radiator to get dipped and tested
Picked up radiator

Started to reassemble motor parts.

To do list:

1) Finish prepping/painting the parts for the engine (manifolds, alternator, barkets, thermostat housing, etc..)

2) Finish welding inner passenger fender area

3) Paint the engine bay (Spray on truck bedliner)

4) Install engine bay sound proofing

5) Strip floorboard and other interior rust spots

6) Clean and rust proof floorboard

7) Install sound proofing on floorboards

8) Finish installing all engine parts

9) Finish installing all engine bay parts

10) Install engine sound proofing

11) Rebuild and install the brakes and brake lines

12) Replace front shocks

13) Install rear shocks and springs

14) Paint header pipe and exhaust manifold

15) Weld exhaust back together

16) Prep rear speakers

17) Install wiring harness

Drop on ground and start.. ;)

THEN it goes to the paint shop.. (Strip body, Paint, install carpet, install windshields, install new headliner)

Back to garage for final assembly of trim and lights...

I honestly think I can get to the wiring spot of the project the weekend of the 26th of March.

To paint the 28th of March, back Late-April, assembled and ready by the first week of May..

About to post new pictures.

Charles
 

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Charles,
Did you use Magnet Paint Chassis Saver on that engine compartment? If so I'll be curious to see how it holds up to the heat. If you have any left use it to coat those jack points and cross members. Looking good!
Todd
 

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Bought a gallon of the stuff and it rocks.. My concern isnt the magnet paint, its the spray-on truck bedliner coating I am using over it.. A truck bed, is supposed to take a LOT of abuse, oil spills, etc.. and stand up to direct sunlight for a long time.. so I think it should survive the engine bay fine.. will find out.

Anyway, I have enough magnet paint to paint the car top and bottom if I desisred ;).

I plan on doing the undercarraige bare spots in magnet paint than top coating in rubberized undercoating..

Charles
 

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GoinManta said:
To do list:

1) Finish prepping/painting the parts for the engine (manifolds, alternator, barkets, thermostat housing, etc..)

3) Paint the engine bay (Spray on truck bedliner)

4) Install engine bay sound proofing

8) Finish installing all engine parts

9) Finish installing all engine bay parts

11-1/2) Install brake lines

14) Paint header pipe and exhaust manifold
Engine and Engine Bay is about 95% complete. Posting pictures now.. man it looks sweet ;)

Tommorrows plan is to install the hood back and align.
Route the new metal fuel lines (melted the plastic ones when welding)
Finally get to welding the patch in the passenger fender well.

Tuesday I hope to prep and paint the interior with the ruwst roofing paint.

Then follow up with the soundproofing and foot pedal installs.

At that point I will be down to wiring, brakes, and shocks...

Charles
 

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Having problems loading the pictures.

So here are smaller versions, I will email Gary the zip of the larger images.

Charles
 

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Some other pics...
 

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GoinManta said:
2) Finish welding inner passenger fender area
<< Burnt up MIG just as I finished >>

5) Strip floorboard and other interior rust spots

6) Clean and rust proof floorboard

7) Install sound proofing on floorboards

10) Install engine sound proofing

11) Rebuild and install the brakes and brake lines

12) Replace front shocks

13) Install rear shocks and springs

16) Prep rear speaker holes in deck
I also installed the seats, front and back, and got the foot pedals and cables back in, along with many other items. (Changed the Oil, and coolant).

Whats left:

15) Get exhaust back together

17) Install wiring harness

Install Dash/Guages, etc.. as needed for wiring.

I would post more pictures, but currently I am having issues with uploading pictures. I may have to delete a few of the less critical pictures.

In the meantime I will post the small versions here.
 

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Some more pics..

Ben is my son in both pics, the other boy is also Ben, Bens Best Friend..

Working on Opels is contagious I tell ya..
 

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