Sunday, April 15, 2012

More Disassembly of the Body and Documentation

It's been a busy 2 weeks.  The week leading up to Easter went by rather quickly but all was good.  Of course, Easter was the pinnacle of the week for the Christian community with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.   I made sure I had all plans in place for my departure Easter afternoon for a weeks vacation and headed out with my wife to west Iowa about 20 miles south of Omaha to my daughter and son-in-law's to complete my "daddy do" list of ceramic tile in 2 baths and laminate flooring and trim in their lower level family room.   4 days of work later, all the work was done just in time for me to leave to go back home.   I left at 6 AM Saturday morning to head back to Indy and beat the bad weather storming through the midsection of the country.   So today was technically my last day of "vacation" be it a working vacation for the most part.

I got my wife out the door to the airport for her trip to San Antonio, Texas.  Then I caught up with some of my chores around the cutting the grass that hasn't been cut in 8 days.    Afterwards, it was time to hit the garage and do some work on the fastback.   There are more bits and pieces to take off the body still.  Before I took them off, I took a bunch of documentation photos dividing the car into a grid on the underside.  The rotisserie made this an easy task.   Even with factory manuals, there's nothing like a picture to show you where the part and all its hardware went.

So after soaking a myriad of nuts and bolts with PB Blaster I started taking parts off and stacking them in piles so I could bag and tag them.   I removed the fuel line, all the hydraulic brake lines, exhaust hangers, among other parts.   Here's the pile....

The underside of the car is pretty much stripped of parts.  I need to remove the rear leaf spring shackles with my "wheel of death" but that will be done during the next work session.

Here's the underside of the car.  I love the rotisserie for the access I have to just about the entire body.

I didn't get everything off today, but I'm hoping I'll get some time an evening this week to remove the vents, back seat belts, and the shackles.   Then it's on to finishing up the floor pans next on my list and getting the driver's side seat riser in.   After that?    I have that passenger side toe board to replace and finish up the firewall around the steering column.  The strut rod plug welds need to be finished up.  And then I should be close to prepping the underside for paint.  That will be a milestone in itself. 


  1. Progress is the important word, Alex. Even if I only get an hour on the car, I will take it because it all adds up toward the end result.

  2. I could not have said it better myself. Great work.

    1. Thanks James. What do they say? Eat the elephant a bite at a time!