- Riveted the underbody panels.
- Coated with 3M Rubberized Undercoating. It’s hard to get the finish consistent with this paint but it turned out alright and not terribly important for an underbody panel.
- Donor suspension prep:
- Derusted the spindles using a chemical rust-reverse product. It turns them a nice black color. The stuff’s fairly expensive though, I bought the Corroseal product.
- Hoping to refurbish the other suspension components soon.
- Engine Rebuild
- Installed valve covers permanently
- Installed fuel injectors, spark plugs, and coils.
- The engine rebuild is still causing me trouble- had to order more hardware and hoses so I can finish it up. Next steps are to get the timing belt installed, exhaust and turbo mounted, and connect all the misc hoses (of which there seems to be a hundred…)
- I never anticipated just how many little things I’d have to replace on this engine.
- Bought a ACT clutch and pressure plate
- Considering splurging for the iWire harness to save me considerable build time. On the fence about this one because of the high costs. Debating whether time or money is more important at this stage.
Underbody panels painted and riveted.
Spindle after coating.
They don’t look new, but I think with a bedliner coating they will look fresh enough for the kit.
Lots of misc. bits added on. I had to order more hardware to continue.
Continuing my use of farm equipment as engine hoists 🙂
Clecos are great!
Valve covers installed with plugs and coils.