December 2104: The Finished Underbody in Pictures Here are a few photos of the now painted and finished underbody, the suspension, etc., as well as some pictures of the interior as it now stands. The new brake line and fuel line kit from CJ Pony Parts was a snap to install, thanks to their great … Read moreFinished Underbody
November 30, 2014 – The Disgustang Has Landed I’ve hit a major milestone; it’s on it’s wheels again for the first time in a year! Rain has been predicted for the next few days, so I really wanted to get the Disgustang in the garage before that happened. Since I was so close, I figured … Read moreMajor Milestone Reached!
November 2014 With the front suspension installed, the only things standing in the way of turning this car into a roller are the front steering linkage, the front brakes, and actually installing the rear axle. Today I installed the front steering linkage, and while the driver’s side linkage installed without a hitch, the passenger side … Read moreSteering Linkage – A Case for Quality Parts
November 2014 Just in case you missed the earlier post when I discussed disassembling the front suspension originally, I’ll summarize my experience in two words: it sucked. Why did it suck? Because the spring compression that I bought doesn’t fit. I fought it and fought it some more, but having watched the CJ Pony Parts … Read moreFront Suspension Installation
November 2014 It only took about a week to get the rear axle housing back from the strippers, and in fact the third member was done after only a few days, but it took me about a week after it was done to go down and pick up the differential carrier from South Bay Truck … Read moreThe Rear Axle is Back!
October 2014 The hand car wash near the house where I grew up used to have a whole big setup for those extra cost wash options, things like the clear coat protector, sealer wax, hot wax, and my personal favorite, the undercarriage wash. My parents, sensible as they were, didn’t ever pay extra for what’s … Read morePainting the Undercarriage
October 2014 I’ve finished scrubbing and before I start painting, I wanted to take some time to dis-assemble the major components I pulled off so I could start sending them out or exchanging the key parts for already rebuilt ones. RockAuto, conveniently, stocks ready-to-ship steering components on an exchange basis. But that you can get … Read moreRear-end and Steering Linkage Disassembly
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, [and rust]” – Benjamin Franklin August 2014: If a car needs a restoration, you’re inevitably going to find rust somewhere. It may not be that nasty kind of flaky, holy rust we all dread, but even surface rust needs to be treated … Read moreSurface Preparation
Once the engine compartment and undercarriage were completely stripped, the fun began. Scrubbing, wire brushing, pressure washing, and basically trying to get down to a clean, paint-able surface was the goal. Scrubbing the engine compartment is a long and labor-intensive process. I used a wire brush mounted to the drill, steel wool, a borrowed pressure … Read moreScrubbing the Engine Compartment
It’s been over a year and a half since I last posted, and part of the reason for that was that I had a lot going on in my professional life. Between my last post and now, the movie I’d been working on came out (and was, by all objective metrics, a success), we shot … Read moreDisgustang Project: Back to Blogging