May 4, 2020 at 2:11 pm #16723
The rear F85 emblem has that red translucent paintMay 4, 2020 at 2:14 pm #16725
The trunk letters are just pressed into the metal and come off fairly easy if you spray WD40 on themMay 4, 2020 at 8:51 pm #16735
Oaklyss, thanks for the info on the F85 logo too as that has ‘no’ red left in and it is coming off next!. As for the trunk letters, do yours seem good and solid still or did you add a bit of ‘something’ to ensure they don’t fall off now?May 4, 2020 at 9:27 pm #16736
My letters are good. The letters have a “wave” shape on the pegs that go in the metal slots.May 4, 2020 at 9:51 pm #16737
I need to apologize that I stopped with my story and restoration. Having been in Florida for the winter kind of keeps you occupied elsewhere. Recently we got back from Florida and started tinkering with things TRF filter stencil, trim restoration as you know.
Suffice to say we got the car home safely, no trouble at the border – Exporting from the USA then Importing into Canada.
5,285 miles/8,505 kilometers round trip, 8 ½ days, 435 gallons of gas – 14 mpg with the trailer empty, 11.5 mpg with Jetfire. What an Adventure!May 4, 2020 at 10:05 pm #16740
The interior is in remarkable condition. The drivers seat bottom was one of the few things that needed attention and fortunately for me – the one thing the Coles had sorted! They acquired an original used 63 back seat cover in ‘as new’ condition and had their upholstery guy use that to refit to the front seat bottoms!May 4, 2020 at 10:19 pm #16744
These are the first photos I got from under the car with some of the dirt and most of the spider egg sacs knocked off. We have a rolling pressure wand with multiple heads we rolled back in forth under the car.
When looking for a car to resurrect: This car is as rust free, ‘complete’ and unmolested as you could ever dream of finding! Nothing like purchasing a California car that had been stored for 33 years!
No real rust, some surface rust on unprotected parts like the rear end, but no rot.
As you know the whole sub frame and floors were actually dipped in a red primer. You will see that better in later photos after we actually clean it.May 4, 2020 at 10:39 pm #16748
After pressure washing everything well and taking a bunch of photos – tear-down begins!
We started by removing the hood then carefully removing the turbo unit and its associated pieces and setting them aside. Then we dropped the transmission as we do not have the auxiliary lifts required to drop the front clip. We removed the heater box, rad, fan and pulleys etc then pulled the engine. This engine had some serious leaks and everything was so grimy but happily it ket things from rusting too.May 4, 2020 at 10:59 pm #16751
OOPs, clicked the wrong button.
I meant to add a caption on those photos. I was looking for photos to post and when I saw that tranny photo I did not even recognize what it was until I sat the photo in full size. The greasiest transmission I ever laid my hands on.
[blockquote]BBCode you used is not allowed.[/blockquote]May 9, 2020 at 9:29 pm #16771
The engine bay was absolutely caked with oil, grease and grime. The engine had a number of oil leaks but on the bright side where was no rust!
It was quite a few days of scraping to get all the heavy crud off the engine bay area. Meanwhile and Steve had removed the heater box and bundled and bagged the wiring harness. Then Steve’s alter ego: Haz-Mat Man took over and degreased and pressure washed it outdoors. No point in putting that shiny engine and Turbo back into a yucky engine bay!
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