Everything on the exterior was absolutely removed. The exterior, all jambs, behind door panels, behind front fenders, engine bay, etc will be painted. The interior will be left untouched. I plan to just wipe up the interior really well. Here ae some pics throughout the tear down process. In total, I took about 1100 photos to ensure I don't miss where a single bolt goes (yes, I am OCD about certain things!
Here's the car in it's "raw/original" form right before I started tearing her down. At this point, the car was still running perfectly fine.
First off, drop and pull the motor! Here's the motor before I started on it. Dirty, but over the years it's been freshened up and tuned, so it still pulled its weight!
Lifting up the car to clear the motor. I find it's always easy to pull the motor from the botom (and put it back through from the top...).
Do we have enough clearance? I think it's ready to be pulled out!
Here's the back of the car at the time...the rear is pretty slammed, but with ample room if needed to raise the front higher...
Here's the engine bay, minus the motor/transmission. Wow...talk about grime, debris, dirt...unsatisfactory!
Next, pulled a few things off, including the front bumper skin/fascia. This will be replaced with the CS bumper and skin.
Also pulled a few other things around the car, including the headlights and bumper itself. Looks pretty cool to me actually...the car's nose doesn't look so pointy/flat anymore!
Also, got some of the interior pulled (I ended up pulling the dash and a lot more after the picture was taken). The brown stuff on the floor pan wipes off with a rag+cleaner. No nasty surprises or rust that I've found under the carpet! I'll probably end up leaving the original sound deadening in there...unsure yet...
Another view of the interior...
Here's a view of the rear with the panels taken out. Again..no rust or nasty surprises. You can't see the left and right bank of the trunk area, but there's no rust there either. Relatively clean for its age!
You can see here, the entire sunroof assembly has been removed to ensure this area gets hit with fresh paint and to remove any dirt/grime/surface rust/etc.
The frame is ready for body/paint work and on the trailer to be hauled over to the shop!
Other things you didn't get to see removed are the windows, side view mirrors, front fenders, rear bumper, rear diff assembly, gas tanks, EVERYTHING under the car except rear subframe and ebrake cables, every single clip/bolt/plastic piece on the outside, etc. I really don't think it was possible to strip it down further on the exterior (yes, OCD in me!).
Thanks for looking!