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rfw66
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Saved my son’s first car

Unread post by rfw66 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:33 am

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My son’s car was put out to pasture in 2002. It was taken to the Corvair graveyard for lack of interest on his part and lack of room on mine!
It is time to bring her/it back to life.
A stop at a local car wash knocked off years of dirt and grime! Not to mention the little tree fungus that attaches itself
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I’ll be sure to cut out the rust that has shown up plus the PO’s poorly repaired rear 1/4 s
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Unread post by rfw66 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:04 pm

I started working on it inside, removing the seats and carpet, looking for rust in the floorboards. The white seats are covered with mold! But it turns out that the floors are very well preserved! There is some surface rust in a few places as the picture shows. The only rust through holes were at the throttle pivot, under the rear seat!
I’ve removed the waxy seam sealer and opted for 3M sealer and Eastwood’s “brushable” seam sealer on top of it. The old sealer seems to have been put on, all the cars I’ve worked on at least, a bit haphazardly!
As you can see, the car was crunched front 1/4 on the driver’s side! Long story about the crash, but it’s repairable.
I’ll tackle the eng compartment next. Clean it up and get it ready for its original, rebuilt 140.ImageImageImageImageImage
I’ll post a pic of the moldy seats as I clean them a little.


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Unread post by Jerry Whitt » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:22 pm

Looks like a fun project. As various questions come up, lots of folks here willing to help.
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Unread post by lostboy » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:22 pm

Where is this so called graveyard? Very cool. I was never a huge fan of the LM but the more and more I see them and work on them I kind of want one.

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Unread post by perfectreign » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:29 am

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Unread post by rfw66 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:04 am

As to where the Corvair graveyard is..... it is N of Oklahoma City on a club member’s acreage. Inasmuch as it is not my property, that’s all I can say


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Saved my son’s first car

Unread post by rfw66 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:13 am

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Here are a couple of pictures of the front seats.
There are no rips or tears but a couple of places are the vinyl is coming apart.
However the trim code calls for Black interior so at one point one of my boys must have taken the other sets and door panels to put in their youngest brother’s 65 Corsa!


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Saved my son’s first car

Unread post by rfw66 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:18 am

The front sheet metal will need some attention. But that will need to wait until I get an engine in and running.



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Re: Saved my son’s first car

Unread post by Apittslife » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:02 am

Those seats look far better then mine. Mine look like a pissed off raccoon got ahold of them! LOL

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Re: Saved my son’s first car

Unread post by rfw66 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:12 am

I’ve looked at your pictures and it looks like a small explosion. But unless you are going for a total stock restoration, there are other seats that will fit, are more comfortable and cost not much more, depending on what seats you choose of course, than repairing and recovering the seats you have.
I’m sure seats are down your list of priorities, so do some seat research and you’ll find what you want.


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