All kinds of cool stuff has happened since I’ve been M.I.A. RB26’ed the Z and SR’ed the 510. Picked up a Hako to play around with on the weekends and a Lamborghini Murcielago SV 670 for a daily driver.
Truth is, I’ve just been busy with work, going back to school full time, taking care of my girl, and generally having fun with life. Kind of lost interest in cars and toyed with the idea of selling the wagon, but once it’s in your blood, there’s no giving it up. The bug to wrench bit the other week, and it’s bitten HARD. Been working on the 510, but it’s hard since I have no garage and have to do everything in my parking stall in my apartment’s garage. They don’t like me tinkering with my car in there, so I can’t tear it apart like I want to. However, I have been breaking down the interior, piece by piece, so I can remove the sound deadening. It’s slow work since I don’t want to risk using dry ice and being on the news as the guy found dead from fumes (no ventilation in the garage). So far I’ve done the front floor pans, transmission tunnel, most of the firewall, and have started on the rear pans today. The majority of the floors are pretty solid, so I’m pretty happy with that. I also have a full urethane bushing kit from Prothane and moog ball joints making it’s way over the ocean, and am planning to hit up Gabe at Techno Toy Tuning again for the full front suspension.
*Strip sound deadening/rust repair/Por15.
*Strip undercoating/Por15 undercarriage.
*Suspension refresh. New bushings, T3 front suspension, rear drop blocks, etc.
*Repaint mismatched panels.
*Fix sagging door hinges.
*General maintenance and refreshing of whatevers.
*Repaint engine bay.
*Cut and reweld transmission tunnel so I can achieve the massive low.
*Fabricate skid plates/reinforce underbody to protect from the massive low.
*Sick wheels. Something rare. Riversides? Techno Phantoms?
*Bulletproof rear end. Ford 9″ maybe? Not sure, gotta do a lot more research.
Ideally, I want to keep the patina. I want it to look like a low and ratty 510 on some awesome wheels, that everybody thinks is slow until I drop the hammer. I want the outside looking just like it is, but the engine bay spotless and tucked, with the undercarriage looking brand new. I’m weird like that. I’m going to pace myself on this one though, so don’t expect a quick build. Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion that since I don’t have a garage, the engine swap will have to be outsourced. Hopefully, I can borrow someplace to do most of the work, and just pay to have it set up, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m not even sure if I can find a place to put the car on jack stands long enough to take care of the undercarriage.
The worst of the rust:
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