Monday, March 12, 2012

More Disassembly of the Body

I got a window on Sunday late afternoon to do some work on the car.  I was hoping that sometime over the weekend I could wheel that bad boy out into the drive way, "spin" it a few times with some blow down air and clean that puppy out some more. Then I was hoping to get on the bottom side with my big cone wire brush and get started on removing the surface crud.   Well, that didn't happen.

Saturday morning was taken up with my "breakfast club" guys Bible study (that's where I got my labor for the body lift) and then off to make a presentation at a "Health and Wellness" seminar.   Then it was almost Noon and I promised my mother-in-law I'd come by the hospital to visit for a bit.  She's getting better, but will be transferred to rehab today to get her strength back after her illness.  Then it was home to make food for a fundraiser dinner on Sunday to assist a group of 22 who are going to Jopin, Missouri to help with tornado relief. We're also raising money for the tornado victims here in southern Indiana too.

I made a pot of my Jambalaya  and a "Bacon Explosion"  which if you haven't heard of this before, it's a culinary feast of pork--4 pounds all together.  There is a pound of bacon that is prepared in a "basket weave" on a tray.  Then dry rub is sprinkled on it.  then 2 pounds of pork sausage is smeared on top of the bacon.  More dry rub.  Then on top of that is a pound of crispy crumbled bacon covered got it...more dry rub.  Then you pour your favorite BBQ sauce all over that.   The pork layer is rolled up ala cinnamin role  style.  The "basket weave" is then rolled around the outside of the pork goodness.  This mass of meat is then put on a Weber grill set up for indirect heat for a couple of hours.  I throw some wet Mesquete wood on the hot coals for extra smoky flavor.   During the last half-hour, I brush BBQ sauce on the outside to give it a nice crust.   Here's what it looks like before going on the grill...

Needless to say, it's flat-out tasty, but very rich.  You can check it out here....

Anyway, I better get back onto the car since that's what this blog is supposed to be about, but hey...a guy has to eat, right.

With my limited time and not being able to get the car outside, I started taking more parts off the body that will eventually need to come off.   The first order of business was to snake out the rear light wiring harness that runs down the driver's side of the car.   Next was the gas tank sending unit and interior light harness that runs down the passenger side of the car.  With the plugs marked and tagged, I boxed them up for later work.

Then I took out the tail lights followed by the trunk lid and then the hinges.   The rear fender extensions were the last parts to come off the car for the day.   Here's the "naked" rear end of the car...

Here's the pile of parts I took off the car.  The smaller pieces will be boxed and I.D.'d for later when I'll either restore or replace them...

Speaking of replace, with the trunk lid off the car, the rust in it may be a bit more than I want to try and fix.  The right side is the worst, especially along the lower seam.   Here's the rust close up...

The outside skin is OK.  It's this inside skin that will be interesting to try and fix.  It has a few compound curves and shapes that could be somewhat challenging to reproduce.   Then there's the evidence of mice nests inside the cavity between the inner and outer skins...

The amount of surface rust is heavy also.  I'd have to find a way to treat that by pouring some type of rust inhibitor in the trunk lid and then moving it around to try and cover the surface.   It might be worth springing for a good repro piece.  I hear Dynacorn's are decent.   But it will be awhile before I'm ready for a trunk lid anyway.

The Argon/CO2 tank is in the car ready for exchange later today.   Maybe.  It depends on when my mother-in-law get's released to go to rehab and how long it will take her to get settled.   And then there's a meeting at church tonight at 7 PM that got rescheduled yesterday.

Now it's Monday morning and I am already tired.  Was there a weekend...really?

There was a little joy in Mudville yesterday as Michigan State was able to not only win the Big Ten Championship here in Indy, but beat Ohio State in the process.  : D    Sorry...I'm not a Buckeye fan.  I lived in Michigan too many years.

My alma mater, University of Louisville, also won the Big East Title, which was a pleasant surprise considering the end of their regular season.   However, my wife's alma mater, University of Kentucky, caved at the SEC title game.  UK still got a 1 seed, so their SEC loss is really academic. 

Now it's on to next week and hopefully some good quality car time...and some good college hoops.

1 comment:

  1. You had me at "Bacon Explosion", Dennis... *drool*.

    Oh wait, was there a car entry in this one?

    Those dirty little rodents will stick a nest anywhere won't they? The bad news is that it's your seat batting they stuff it with.