Post by countrybunker on May 19, 2016 16:25:26 GMT -5
Appreciate it! I already have the Cordoba under my belt. Buutt I feel the blumo is gonna give me a lot harder time. Blumo was obviously a rusty northern car, where as the cordoba is a clean southern car lol. The t bars literally fell right out with a push on the lower control arms. Don't think I'll be as lucky with the blumo lol
Also the Cordoba front end parts were MUCH cheaper then the monaco parts. Damn pitman arms are pricey for these cars lol
Post by countrybunker on May 31, 2016 6:36:48 GMT -5
Decided to get this suspenaiom outa the way first. Easier to do with the engine out.. Rob, all I have to say is prepare for battle! lol
Jesus H! The lord was not on my side for this job. Every single cotter pin was rusted apart, and stuck in the joints. I broke, and had to drill out one of the sway bar bolts. The trans linkage shield rusted in half, and had to be cut out. Also broke a torsion bar adjuster bolt! It was still under pressure too. Ugh...
The ball joint wouldnt budge. Had to take the control arms, and knuckles out as an assembly. Gonna take em to a shop for them to play with lol
With everything out of the way, needle scaled the frame, and cleaned it. Then masked stuff off, and shot some paint. Looks much better! Luckily no rust threw anywhere. One of the supports that runs to the core support has a little rot. The bolts didn't want to budge, and I was done fighting, so I left it. Still solid enough for its job.
The bad thin is none of the components were in bad shape really, besides being rustier thrn hell. Only 2 boots were iffy. The control arm bushings are shot though.
Replacement parts should be coming in today. Now on to cleaning, painting, and rebuilding. Hopefully the shop will be able to get the arms apart lol.
Post by countrybunker on Jun 18, 2016 17:38:43 GMT -5
Been cleaning, and painting the old stuff. Also ordering, and installing new stuff. We're getting there. Had a shop press out, and install new bushings in the control arms, as well as install new ball joints. While they were away I pulled the master cylinder, cleaned, and painted it. Also shot some paint on the brake booster to pretty it up a little.
Installed a new steering gear, along with new tie rods, sleeves, pitman, and idler arm. I forgot to remove the metal hose off my old steering gear, so need to find one of those.
I had to cut the torsion bar adjuster blocks out of the lower control arms. Ofcoarse these are a bear to find. If anyone has some, please let me know. Thats the last piece of the puzzle.
The pads, and rotors still have a lot of life left in em, so they stayed. The brakes look a little out of place now lol. The hoses are still in good shape too, and I didn't feel like messing with them.
I got the passenger side t bar almost out. Its caught up on the rear heat shiel/bolt. Luckily the dust boot came right off. Need to take a few days off though lol.
Hoping to order a new sway bar from firm feel in a couple weeks.
Post by countrybunker on Jun 25, 2016 10:24:51 GMT -5
Ordered some nos T-bar adjusters from classic auto supply, thay showed up yesterday. I got em installed, and the car back down on her feet.
Then the real fun came. The 440 is in! Was pretty smooth sailing. Had to lift it back up once to widen the new holes I drilled in the mount on the frame. It sitting a lottle crooked at the moment. All the bolts are hand tight till the trans goes in.
Post by countrybunker on Sept 29, 2016 20:08:45 GMT -5
Its been a while, but been busy when I can be lol.
Got a nice set of door handles. One NOS, 2 nice used, and one a bit weathered. Much nicer then originals.
Got most of the rest of the fuel line installed. The vent line was easy, the main line is giving me a hard time. Might just run rubber the last 2ft...
I pulled out the old 727 from the Cordoba. She worked just fine, but leaked from everywhere. I got her cleaned up, pulled her apart, and re sealed it. Got it installed with a new torque convertor. I have a new speedo gear, and cable to install still too.
Looks like the original driveshaft will work, with a conversion joint. I have one, but havn't tried it yet..
Cleaned up the front sway bar, and reinstalled with new hardware.
I had to cut out a corner of the driver side engine perch, for the new dipstick to clear. Got it installed! Also cleaned, painted, and installed the exhaust manifolds. Along with new spark plugs. Welded the cover onto the steering coupler, as it didn't want to fit just right.
My MP valve covers wouldn't fit.. They were hitting the brake booster. Had to go with some cheapie chrome ones.
I've had a ton of new parts coming in. This is one of my favorites, along with the rest of it. Converting over to the sanden A/C system. Have all new components waiting to go on.
I'm sure I've missed a couple things. But you get the idea lol. We're getting there!
Post by countrybunker on Feb 11, 2017 23:25:39 GMT -5
Lots of stuff going on the last few months. 440 is hooked up, and broken in. Running good! Car is painted. Need to order some sound deadened, then she can go back together, and off to a couple local shops for new exhaust, fix a couple small bugs, wheel alignment, and new shoes.
Engine break in
Had to take her around the block a couple times! lol
440 looks awesome, clean. Running good, eh ... would the further proof of that be what looks like a Sure-Grip burnout in front of the house? Lol. Did you do that one?
You have a good eye my man!! LOL
Yea, it was me! But no, not the blumo. You remember my old Newport? I sold it years ago to a kid back up in MI. Low and behold 4 years later it was back on craigslist. I had to get her back! I bought her back in September. She's back home, but in real sad shape. The kid tore her apart, and left her to sit outside in what I can only assume a swamp the last 4 years or so.
I got a little tipsy with some friends one night, and had to mark my territory out front with her lol