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Post by ratnfested on Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:04 pm

I drive that car 500 miles/year. So it should be fine underneath. I'll keep the compressor easy to reach the tank doesn't need to be.
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Post by Brainstain on Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:03 pm

The tank is where your valves are attached. If you have a problem, 95% of the time it's a sticking valve. Unless you go with a manifold $y$tem..

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Post by ratnfested on Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:28 am

ok I will do something cool so its easy to take apart.
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Post by Brainstain on Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:28 pm

If it were me personally in your situation, I'd put a 3 gallon semi tank on each frame rail, run the lines from the tank to the trunk, put your valves in the trunk (for easy access) and put your compressor in the engine compartment. They are actually pretty small and should tuck nicely into the driver side corner of the core support. Some of them are quite loud so maybe it would mask it being under the hood.

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Post by ratnfested on Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:23 am

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Time to scrape.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:25 am

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Powder coated parts.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:26 am

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frame looks pretty good. Some spots are smoother than others.
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Post by dynchel on Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:32 am

Very nice.77 Malibu Classic frame off resto - Page 3 978692
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Post by driveit on Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:18 am

Everything is looking awesome. Can't wait to see more!
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Post by 77mali on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:24 pm

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Post by 77mali on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:29 pm

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Post by Hawk03 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:35 pm

Impressive! Nice work.
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:12 pm

Looking great!
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:36 pm

lookin good
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Post by BK-75 on Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:03 am

Looking fantastic so far!!
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:59 am

I am welding patches on the inside bottoms of the pass door. My welding sucks but after grinding it is not bad. And besides its the inside and not very easy to look at. I also have to finish scraping undercoating and hope for a couple nicer days where I can push the Rotisserie outside and blast the outside floor and some inside floor spots where there is light rust. somewhere in there I have to see my engine guy about prepping the block and some headwork, then I can assemble and fit the motor. I need a 4l80E I can do a rebuild on and install also.
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:02 pm

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The worst spot (by far) is this tail panel. Its like it was never painted. Hopefully there will be no holes after blasting. I have been poking at it and I think it is ok.
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Post by 77mali on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:32 pm

Just looks like surface rust on the tail panel to me. I'm worried about the panel that folds up from the floor where the back seat goes on mine. We'll see soon enough I guess.
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Post by ratnfested on Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:15 am

Worst case I might have a couple tiny holes I can weld in. I started using mineral spirits and paper towel to wipe off the remainder of the undercoating but the thicker spots are not coming off easily. Tonite I plan to use a wire brush and see if that gets it better. Saturday is gonna be 50 and sunny so I need to be ready to sandblast the rusty spots.
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Post by ratnfested on Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:58 am

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Gonna blast the rust tomorrow. Hopefully I have enough sand.
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:29 am

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I sandblasted till I ran out of time and sand. I got all the rust. inside on the floor, around the windows. I even blasted the firewall and cowl. I have a tiny amount of undercoating left to scrap and I will DA the remaining paint and shoot chassis saver over the floor. I'll use SEM trim black on the firewall/cowl and the inside floor will get some epoxy primer.
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Post by 77mali on Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:00 am

I'm always curious what people use for blast media & what do you plan to use for a coating? I've used POR 15 & the stuff is awesome. Another member, Laguna Budman, used a textured bed-liner type coating & it came out really nice. I think it was Rhino-Lining or something like that. Usually the floor pans are shot because of leaks in the glass. All that metal looks great, nice job! .

Wanna sell that rotisserie, when you're done? Very Happy
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:23 am

I am going to use Chassis saver (satin) its like por-15. But you spray it so it has a nice factory look and it very chip resistant. I hit the wife's Nova with a wrench in a couple spots assembling the car and it did not make a mark. I will probably epoxy the firewall and then SEM black over that. I have to check and see if SEM requires primer cause I can't remember. I used Sand for media. Sackrete medium grit.


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Post by ratnfested on Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:26 am

This is a pic of the nova from a couple years ago.

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Post by driveit on Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:23 pm

Awesome. Can't wait to do that to mine some day! First I need a garage and .... I'm not even gonna get started on what I need. Looks great.

Got any more updated pic of the restofication process?
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