Sunday, September 29, 2019
"The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best"
I will have to get new parking brake cables made for the IRS rear end - the Swing Axle cables are too short.
The first thing I did was break the already severely cracked finger cup in the driver's side door. It was only a matter of time - sucks to break a hard to find part though.
I bought Mario's updated outer scraper rubber but I'm going to hang on to that for a while before installing it.
Seems rather insane to 'start' something new when I've already got so much going on - I need to suss out everything that has to do with the pan so that I only have to pull it apart for modifications and repaint ONCE. That's the goal, anyway.
My theoretical steps as of now:
1. Figure out seat belt mount locations, figure out rear disc brake lines and parking brake cable (routing and cables), determine oil filter mount (make bracket and test fit), find oil cooler mount/location, have hoses made and test fit. Determine modifications necessary for trailing arms.
2. Pull engine, transmission - send transmission out for new case.
3. Install new oil filter/cooler hoses on engine side (easier to do with engine out).
4. Fix floor pan (align holes with body), weld seat belt mount locations, fix right side rear seat kick panel (early style), relocate rear brake T mount, install brake line through body (front to rear)
5. Make modifications to trailing arms. Fix paint and plating and reinstall.
6. Put it all back together.
Looks simple enough anyway.