Cowl/firewall is painted. Tomorrow I’ll do the frame, woo.
A few years ago when I put the disk brakes on the Chevelle, I installed the bare cast iron master cylinder against my better judgement (hey I was running out of time to get it on the road / out of storage). Surprising nobody, it rusted pretty quickly.
This morning I got to use the snowblower for the first time this winter (see below) and this afternoon I finished the prep, masked, and primed the frame of the Chevelle.
Not only did I make chili (inasmuch as browning some meat and throwing stuff in a crock pot then wandering off is “making”), but I also made some good progress on the front end of the Chevelle.
This just popped up in a formerly-local facebook beaters & car parts thing that someone added me to a long time ago. I have no idea what is for sale or what pretty much any of this means.
So remember a while back I picked up a cheap “compact needle scaler” to take the undercoating off the frame of the Chevelle? About that...
Today I met up with some friends to visit the “Cleveland Goes Rad” exhibit at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. If you are considering going, please make one consideration - are you going solely for this, or to see this and the rest of what they have on display?
Hour rule after my own post? Weird. Anyways, I’m going to this tomorrow with some friends.
This afternoon I took some time to remove the front suspension / steering linkage from the Chevelle. Being rebuilt ~2012, nothing was particularly stuck (though one of the balljoints was pretty happy with being in its taper).
Got the broken bolt out, though. Only took welding three nuts to it before they didn’t break off before being able to back it out far enough to use vice grips. Touched up the primer in that area to wrap up. Tomorrow I’m hoping to begin removing the steering/suspension so I can clean up the frame.
Spoiler: They’re done.
I almost screwed up at the end, started to bend the wrong way, but was able to recover and get a good bend the right way around. If this were structural I’d question the massive work hardening in that corner, but all it does is hold the bottom of the fender, so it’ll be fine.
I’ve been wrenching at reduced capacity this weekend due to my shoulder deciding it’s had enough of my shit. That said, today I did get some more errands run, and whipped up the template for one of the patches I need for the Chevelle.
Got the firewall seam sealed and primed this morning. Took it somewhat easy the rest of the day, mainly running a bunch of errands and cleaning up the garage (and the house).
Late this morning at work, as if someone flipped a switch, my left (dominant) shoulder decided it wanted to hurt. A lot. I don’t like getting old.
Strangely, I seem to be on-course for my goal of getting the firewall in primer on Saturday.
Having done the entirety of the floor pans on this car, I’ve gotten good at removing undercoating and failed seam sealer with nothing more than a 1" scraper, but it doesn’t make it suck much less.
In removing undercoating from the cowl of the Chevelle (I’m not kidding when I say the whole thing is covered) I found most of the seam sealer to be failing/failed, so I’m redoing that while I’m at it.
Didn’t feel very well this morning/afternoon so I did pretty much nothing until after dinner, but in the brief time that I did spend in the garage I made some progress, removing the HVAC and some other odds & ends from the firewall of the Chevelle.
Survived the nasty cold over Christmas, got home today and decided to finish getting the Chevelle ready for engine removal. I went a little further than that.