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Thread: My new to me 35th Annv project (pic heavy)

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    My new to me 35th Annv project (pic heavy)

    Title says it all I picked up a 1990 35th from Rod (racecougar) that he has had for about 8-9 years. I believe he picked it up with a blown head gasket. Showing approx 119k on the OD. It's bone stock body in descent shape considering it sat for the last 9 years. This car is going to take a bit to get to driving, but its got a good rust free chassis to start with. My wife is the one to blame as she told me to get a new project now that the bike is finished. I'll start the disassembly when I get back from the UK at the end of November.

    A big thanks goes out to Rod and his Dad because "THEY DELIVER". Thanks again for dropping it off!!

    Pics below:






    Last edited by Wzenheimer; 03-23-2013 at 09:01 PM. Reason: added pics

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    I've been consistently working on the 35th to get it ready for my engine which will be ready in April. I've also wanted to clean up the engine bay and address a few surface rust issues. Since the entire front suspension is off of the car I needed to devise a way to get the car rolled out into my driveway so I could power wash the engine bay and underneath the front wheel wells. Since the rear suspensions is still on the car and it still had a functioning parking brake I lifted the front with my cherry picker. I then slowly rolled it out into the driveway. Worked pretty good too, I parked my chit azz F-one-fitty behind it just it case it got away and wouldn't roll into the street.




    Once it was out far enough I put the rear wheels up on ramps and the front end up on jack stands.





    Then the power washing and scrubbing with SIMPLE GREEN using some brushes began.





    Luckily my neighbor has a HOT water spigot inside his garage and I was able to use hot water to clean and power wash with. Doing this out in the high 40's we had yesterday evening wasn't all that fun but it was well worth it. Once that was all over I put the rear tires back on the ground. Then lifted the front end with my cherry picker and I used by $17 Harbor Freight cable puller and pulled the car inside. For some reason I forgot to take pictures of that but it worked out really well. To say that the inside is much much cleaner is an understatement. I still need to take some scotch brite pads with acetone all over it before I shoot primer or anything but it is all in all pretty clean.

    BEFORE






    AFTER






    I also took all of my front suspension parts to the glass beader on Monday. I should have those back this afternoon. I will get shots of those and put them up later. Once I get the front end done I will start on the rear end of the car. I can then do the same and address any small surface rust issues.

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    I've acquired all of my front end parts for the eventual overhaul except my sway bars. Still waiting for those to arrive. I've also been painting pieces as I have time and the weather is warm enough. The biggest challenge I have is I need to paint/clear my engine bay. My buddy who is going to paint my car eventually mixed me a quart of the paint and clear so it will all match. Problem is it needs to be shot when it is at least 70 deg outside. SO I am waiting for an Indian Summer kind of day to get that accomplished. In the mean time I have also acquired my liquid intercooler and just ordered the heat exchanger I plan to use. Pics/links below:

    Liquid intercooler heat exchanger
    http://www.frozenboost.com/product_i...2a2c8c7a19a02d


    I plan to run 2-3 of these 2200 CFM permacool fans on that heat exchanger:
    http://www.summitracing.com/parts/prm-19127


    Intercooler




    Repainted/Glass Beaded parts:







    Brake Rotors and Calipers




    Front end parts collection:

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    I spent some more time cleaning parts the other night at work. Then today I prepped and painted most of them. Towards the end of painting with my touch up gun the damn hose end on my dry air hose fell a part in pieces. I didn't get finished with my last coat of chassis paint those parts.

    The rear hubs I cleaned and pressed new bearings into. I meant to take pictures of them all apart, but my phone died when I was at work and I couldn't get it charged. However, I think I need to go back and verify the rear hub is pressed all the way into the bearing as it doesn't seem seated all the way.

    Also today my transmission cooler, Liquid heat exchanger and associated silicone tubing arrived. The heat exchanger is quite thick. I'm going to have to get my bumper cover back out and test fit it to see if it will go where I want it to go. I'm planning on doing that Saturday.


    Anyway more pics. These are all the parts before cleaning:




    These are the parts after cleaning and before primer/paint.




    Parts after primer:





    Parts after paint, I glass beaded the anodized motor mounts and it removed the coating. I tried to pick a rattle can that was close but I think I'm off quite a bit. I also painted all of my steel pulleys that I am keeping an aluminum color to try and match the aluminum crank pulley I have.









    Transmission cooler:


    I'll post pictures of the heat exchanger and liquid intercooler once I decide how I am going to mount them. I need to figure all of this out so I can paint my engine bay. Any changes that need to be made like welding brackets or something delays that painting process.

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    I spent the day hacking up my core support and fixing my bent bumper. The intercooler is going to mount in real well a bit lower that I'd of liked but I was able to gain an additional 3 inches of space between it and the pulleys. I also temporarily mocked up my heat exchanger. The damn thing is so THICK that it barely fits where I wanted it to do. I may even have to cut part of the bumper on the inner edge so I can clear some fans on it. I have all of the mock up for brackets for the intercooler just need to weld on some 1/2" aluminum stock to attach to. There is exactly 22inches of space left from the intercooler to the other frame rail. The radiator I am looking at is exactly 22" wide so I hope it fits. Anyway more pics of the progress.

    Previously bent bumper section:



    Newly welded on bumper section:




    Intercooler mocked up and core support cut to accommodate:






    Heat exchanger mock up looks like I'll only have room for 2 fans:



    I need to order my radiator so I can decide if it will actually fit and make brackets. I'm trying to decide if I really need a transmission warmer that is included in this radiator for $349. Or if this other radiator for $399 that includes a fan without a warmer would be a better choice. Opinions or thoughts?

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    Awesome thread. Keep the pics coming.

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    That's coming along real nice, Chris!
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    UP THE IRONS!!!

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    Chris

    Did you find any obstacles when you looked at HE mounted vertically vs horizontal mount. Race only?

    Presume IC core is 10x10x4.5 20"centres or is it bigger.

    Paul

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    How well will that horizontal HE work compared to if it was vertical? Real nice work and progress Chris.
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    Someone should sell this guy the AWD SuperCoupe.

    BTW awesome thread bro, you do good work. I like your red jacket, Milwaukee tools FTW!
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    hey, nice thread. its great to see someone fixing up these cars. i own a 35th myself. there very rare keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalcracker View Post
    Chris

    Did you find any obstacles when you looked at HE mounted vertically vs horizontal mount. Race only?

    Presume IC core is 10x10x4.5 20"centres or is it bigger.

    Paul
    The heat exchanger wouldn't even fit if it was vertical. It would interfere with the intercooler. The intercooler BTW is this one click here . I do plan to eventually upgrade to this spearco unit below but since I am trying to tackle so much all at once the funds just aren't there yet.

    Spearco unit :


    Also if I could mount the HE vertically it would be directly behind the bumper. I feel that the HE will get better air flow mounted as it s since it sitting directly over all of the lower vents in the bumper cover just prior to the chin spoiler. See these pictures:




    What I am not super pleased with is the fact that the HE is so THICK (3.5") that it blocks this opening in the bumper cover which supplies most of the air to the radiator. See pic.



    However, both openings in the cover and the opening in the slit on top of the bumper cover are still there to supply air to the A/C condenser and radiator.





    I do plan on installing a pusher fan to help supplement cooling. Just need to see how much space I have left once I mock everything up so I can install the largest one possible.

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    I was wondering how you were getting all that painting done during the winter time until I saw the space heater in one of the pictures...

    This thread will come in handy when do my engine and front end later in the year.

    Nice work!
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    1990 XR7 and 1955 F250!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J dot Miller View Post
    I was wondering how you were getting all that painting done during the winter time until I saw the space heater in one of the pictures...

    This thread will come in handy when do my engine and front end later in the year.

    Nice work!
    My garage is fully insulated. 2 space heaters can get the temp up over 75 even when it's 20deg outside. The biggest problem is once I start painting with the mini booth ive created with 2 box fans and several house filters the temp inside immediately starts dropping. I'll shoot some pics of the setup next time I'm painting something.

    I am waiting for a good 70deg+ day so I can shoot the engine bay. The chassis parts aren't as critical. As you can see though I still have lots of mock up to do before I can prime and paint the engine bay.
    Last edited by Wzenheimer; 03-24-2013 at 01:02 PM. Reason: Edited for clarity

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    I can relate. My Dad and I made a garage large enough to drive a 25' motor home in for storage or repairs. My friends and I did the ruff framing and concrete work. My Dad and his friends did the roofing, electrical and outside. It is large and heated. We did not add ventilation. Instead the ventilation was attached to the house attic ventilation.

    I used to paint cars in my Dad's garage. I decided I was going to paint cars for a few extra bucks. I had to stop after painting about five of them, the fumes in the second story of the house was unbearable...
    Last edited by J dot Miller; 03-24-2013 at 01:27 PM.
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