given a forced vacay, it was time to get rid of my donor car. The original plan was to swap the VX parts entirely into the donor car and sell it as a cheap roller/runner, but I’m going to take a loss and sell as a shell just to make some damned room to actually achieve some things
day 1 was getting the donor’s interior back together. dash, seats, and all the interior was just sitting in a jumbled mess in the car for months. getting rarer to find a complete unripped stock interior, so perhaps that’ll have some attraction to someone maybe
and then it dumped snow, thanks spring. putting a little damper on my labours, but once you really get working you don’t notice the cold. Well, until later when you notice just how many times you busted your knuckles
also day one, bumper, fender liners, hood, exhaust and some a/c components out
the sloppy exhaust that was randomly welded and slip joints all over the place was rusted throughout
day 2 was releasing suspension parts, more accessories, and clearly identifying what was making the whole of my car oily/wet/greasy
steering boots are for losers.
suspension parts on a 94 need some persuasion, was nice to have the right tools for a change
day 3 and 4 were spent borrowing a hoist, getting out the hard to reach trans engine mount bolt, then actually pulling the engine.
then also sometime spread across days 3 and 4 was subframe completely out.
subframe is HEAVY. but mostly just awkward becuase you cant just lift it out with teh engine hoist. and with a jack underneath its all just weirdly balanced. but whatever.
so, out goes the shell to lower my property values. had a couple of friends come over to help wrangle the black car out and the red car in
then, I took all the scavenged parts from the donor and put them in front of the red car back on my side of the garage so the wife can park again. Plans for further work will just mean pull out the red car and work on my side of the garage. which of course needs that black car to be bought and taken away.
I took a few intermissions through my garage time to tend to other issues:
my son had a critical bike failure, not easily resolved with so many stores shut, but I met up my buddy in a parking lot and he had a spare tube for me
and then I facetimed with another friend to help him replace his hood struts (so the scooter wouldnt be needed again)
leaving me a final day in the week, having tidied up my own projects, I donned my mask, and went to play with a friends recently acquired project car hell
currently it’s upgraded brembo brakes dont match the car, needing a corrected proportioning valve, and in the end a new brake booster to replace a broken unit
could apparently use some new hood struts like my other friend too
boost gauge unwired and sitting loose in the engine bay? #selfie
not it’s only issue. among the list of items we identified needing attention: