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St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:40 am
by chriss402
Hi guys,
I decided I wanted to start a project vehicle but wanted something a little odd. We only have maybe three or four of these cars left on island and I managed to find a 1992 tucked away in someones shed. After a few visits I finally agreed on a price with the owner and the car was mine.

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:40 pm
by hoys
How cool! Keep us updated.

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:39 pm
by chriss402
The more parts I removed the more accident damage and amateur body work repairs I found. It looks like the right wheel was hit so hard it pushed up the floor and buckled the firewall and the tunnel .

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:41 pm
by chriss402
When the carpet was removed it then revealed everything .

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:43 pm
by chriss402
The wiring was a real piece of work, someone used house connectors to repair where it must have been cut in the accident .

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:44 pm
by chriss402
I stripped the interior completely to view any other hidden gems and then went to work on repairing the harness .

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:46 pm
by chriss402
Now it was time to remove the engine and decide what I was going to do with the front end . It was out of square and someone had damaged it by gas torch welding it back together.

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:48 pm
by chriss402
Fortunately I was able to source a front clip locally from someone who shipped in an engine from Japan in it . I was lucky enough to get it for free too !

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:06 pm
by chriss402
Now was time to start drilling off the bad parts and preparing the shell to receive the nose clip.

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:08 pm
by chriss402
Once most of the heavy parts were cut off I could start to concentrate on drilling out the balance of the spot welds and do some hammer and dolly work on the flanges .

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:16 pm
by chriss402
After drilling off the original firewall the corresponding spot welds were drilled off the donor nose cut

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:18 pm
by chriss402
Once everything was drilled off the new nose cut was offered up and held in place with screws to check fitting of parts and gaps

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:19 pm
by chriss402
Once I was happy with the door gaps and the fit everything was welded up .

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:31 pm
by chriss402
After spending so much time on the chassis I was ready to move on to something else . So I left the chassis alone for a while and went on to suspension and undercarriage parts . I tried to remove items as an assemble so they could be cleaned up before tearing them down. Once removed they were pressure washed clean.

Re: St185 full rebuild

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:32 pm
by chriss402
Suspension parts pressure washed clean