I got the new hatch gutted and painted.
Bought a non-crashed, non-bent, non-rusty pile of crap subframe, cleaned it up, and installed new bushings.
Replaced my lower control arms which had been bent and hammered straight a few times and installed Energy Suspension bushings.
I thought it would be interesting to see how square the chassis is at this point. I put bolts through the front and rear lower control arm mounts and and dropped a plumb bob from those. It was exactly square (+/- 1/32″), which was shocking. I’m sure it could be bent in other ways, but I think this is the most important type of measurement. So this is good to know.
So just cleaning up the rear suspension now and putting everything back on. My diff output shafts are kind of wobbly now. You can move them up and down like 1/16″ and in/out about 1/16. What is wrong with it? Does it need new bearings? The one and only time I’ve ever opened a diff is when I installed the LSD 2 years ago, so I don’t know. Help.
Just have the hatch to lighten and paint, and then put it all back together.
I finished up with all the welding on the back. I added a bash bar and the bumper brackets. Now just need to put in the windows, fenders, and paint it.
I’ve been making some progress on getting the car back together. I cut the back off the free shell I got and trimmed it to fit. It’s tacked on now so just need to finish weld everything, make a new bash bar, and paint.
Also been doing some work here and there for people since I’m poor. Here’s a sweet exhaust I put together for an LS1 S14. You can’t tell much from jackstand pictures, but the tips look nice. And that’s what matters.
I got this shell for free.
It has a nice rear.
The C-pillar and rear taillight sheet metal was bent down and inward pretty badly. After a lot of hammering and pulling with creative combinations of tow straps, engine hoist, and angry man-power, I got everything to line back up pretty close with a new hatch. Putting that hatch on and taking it off about 50 times was a great workout too.
Today I got started on replacing all the things cut out. I added the end of the right rear rail that got crumpled and made some mounting points for a new bash bar. Hopefully I’ll have a new right rear section in the next few days.
Ray Horton from garagespec.net stopped by the shop last week and did a quick interview with me for the next issue of his online magazine. A preview of the interview is up on the GarageSpec blog. Check out the site and the full interview in the upcoming issue.
I tried on another subframe, and it looks like the studs are in the right place and at the right angle. I’m not sure how that’s possible with the frame rail crumpled a bit, as you can see in the third pic. Some sort of magic. Anyway, knowing that I don’t need to pull anything for a new subframe to fit, I decided I would save myself the time and just slap another right rear corner on instead of cutting off the whole rear.
So I did some cutting. Next comes bending the C-pillar and rear to be in the right place, and then finding a replacement rear. Also have to get new ricer taillights.
What do I do now? lol
I’m leaning towards pulling out the right rear frame rail a bit and doing something like this: