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Re: 69 Grandma to COPO Clone Resto... One step at a time!
Make sure you pre-spray/soak all those captured J-nuts that hold in the front leaf spring pockets. They can be stubborn.
Hopefully Grandma has been keeping herself moisturized through the years so they are removed without a hitch.
Hey Todd the diff is already free at this point, however you can't really tell that from the angle of the picture. The only thing still attached is the drive shaft. That will come out next. I will post a side shot for a better view. The spring pocket bolts came right out with a regular socket and they didn't even seem to be all that tight. Even a one armed invalid like myself, was able to loosen the bolts without too much effort. I hope I get lucky with the rest of the under carriage. Next step will be to remove the fuel and brake lines as the parking brake cable is already removed. Then I will have a blank canvas to work with, so to speak. Then I will get the car situated on 4 jack stands and start the task of removing the rock hard undercoating back to front.
I have not decided what process I will use after I finish with the "Fat Max" heat gun yet. I may use a solvent product to wipe it down or a wire wheel or sand it, perhaps all 3. I will wait and see what condition everything is in first. There are a lot of nooks and crannies under there. My target is to finished prepping the underside in the early new year, if all goes according to plan. Then get it in paint asap. Once the bottom side is ready for paint, the diff and leaf springs will go back on temporarily, so the car can be a roller. The car will then go next door to the paint shop and get painted on a lift after a thorough tapping and bagging.
Wish me luck!
Last edited by 69z28freak; Dec 11th, 12 at 11:03 AM.