St185 full rebuild

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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:49 pm

It was a nice change to get away from the chassis and start on some other parts of the car. The suspension parts were fully disassembled and sand blasted. All parts were painted using a wet on wet method. The sand blasted parts were epoxy primed and then 20 minutes later after the primer had flashed the top coat was applied. This method I've found to give the best results. The paint and primer chemically bond together rather than a mechanical bond between coats from sanding.
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Sway bars and hubs painted.jpeg
Lower control arms painted.jpeg
Trailing arms painted.jpeg
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:50 pm

Brake calipers were torn down and sand blasted, painted .
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:52 pm

New seals and installed on calipers. These will get shelved until towards the end of the build .
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Brake calipers ready for assemble.jpeg
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby tHeGeeK » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:02 pm

Impressive work! Keep it coming! Great to see another one saved.
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:10 pm

Now the chassis was square and sound I wanted to be able to work on the underside as well as the top. Seeing as I was going to be doing a color change I needed a rotisserie. So I decided I would build one using some donor hubs from a parts car as my pivot point .
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Car raised up to receive A frames.jpeg
A frames welded up.jpeg
Donor hub installed as a pivot point.jpeg
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:12 pm

After double checking my clearances I installed the A frames and finally the car was able to spin like a roasted pig!
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Car on rotisserie 2.jpeg
Car installed on rotisserie.jpeg
A frames installed.jpeg
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:13 pm

Car on rotisserie
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:21 pm

Now it can spin, time to pressure wash off all the years of crud and grease !
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Pressure washing the shell 1.jpeg
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:22 pm

Pressure washing cont.
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:34 pm

After pressure washing and engine degreaser about three or four times I finally got all the caked on grease and mud off. Time to put her in the booth to begin seam sealing and final prep.
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Final seam sealing prior tp paint.jpeg
Car prepped for paint in booth 1.jpeg
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:36 pm

Final prep continued .....
The fire wall had to be painted separately as I was concerned it would be too much to paint all in one go .
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Fire wall painted.jpeg
Car prepped for paint 2.jpeg
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:37 pm

Interior painted and underbody
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:47 pm

Once the underside and firewall was completed, those areas were masked off so the exterior could be painted.
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:49 pm

I had to remove a lot of the sound deadening material in order to wed things up and straighten sheet metal . I didn't want the car sounding like a tin can afterwards so I opted to install Dynamat on the flooring and foam rubber dynamat on the firewall .
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Installation of dynamat 1.jpeg
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Re: St185 full rebuild

Postby chriss402 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:50 pm

Installation of sound deadening continued .....
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