BasketCases 62 948 Sprite: Project Moneypit
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This is where the biggest piece sits. We have an only slightly larger than double car garage. My pickup and my wifes car both fit in the garage, as well as my 6ft long toolbox and BMW cycle.
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This of course is the front of the car. Color I think is a bit to the yellow. I like it though, although I probably would have opted for white I believe the original color was, which was closer to a pure "appliance" white. it'll have a red interior, the "later" color red ("Bright Red", which is actually more towards a dark red than bright, should be a good combination).
Anyways, there was a hit to the car in the left footwell area, a bit wrinkled in this area, but everything should look fine when bolted together. Reportedly the car cam from a southern state (unknown which) from a salvage yard, possibly this is the reason why, it may have been in an accident. Very sketchy details on the cars history.
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Here is a real mish-mash of things to see in the basement, or maybe I should call it "Lower Abingdon". You can see the engine upside-down on a very poor excuse for an engine stand, oil pan is just laying on to keep things clean right now. You can see my rebuilt (by owner, ahem....) smoothcase tranny. In the upper right corner, that's one of the front fenders hanging by a rafter, all painted. There are a few odd n ends beyond the fender and a shelf unit holding some parts. The black sprayed stuff on the newspapers on the left side of the picture is the driveshaft and yokes and engine mount brackets. edit: Oh, also below the fender you can see the fuel tank, that's all ready to go also.
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Intake manifold. Also much debated. Unpainted or painted? I don't think the paint will hold up well, but I did find some small spots of green paint, so it's green for now. Until it all flakes off. Then it's unpainted all the way!
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Control arms. After stripping off old rustproofing and red paint (car was red ALL over!) this is what I was left with: YELLOW! I have heard of these being black with a "splash" of yellow. But these are definitely yellow all over. Repainted in yellow, unsure if I will change the paint scheme on these or not.
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Well, here it is on April 24 2005. Finally decided it HAS to come out of the corner of the garage so i can work on it when I get a chance. Everything kind of reaching "critical mass" in alot of ways. Mainly I've been making lots of progress with components, getting them refinished, tested, or new parts. First I'll be putting the front suspension back on, and the steering components too. Then the front brakes, then rear brakes and parking brake, fuel tank and lines (I have to bend new brake lines too, I have a kit from the UK). Then wiring and engine, and on and on. Eventually it'll be a car again. Hope I remember to stop and take pictures from time to time!
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Finally getting some REAL assembly work done, instead of just bench work. This is a little dark, it's the left front suspension, just the bare suspension, no brakes or steering components yet.
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Here is a similar view of the right front suspension, also the yellow control arms have been bolted down. One other addition is the brake line, it's the dark line running from one side of the car to the other in kind of a "smile" pattern. It's copper-alloy pipe straight from jolly ol' England. Took awhile to bend it to the correct shape, I had the old stuff to use as a pattern.
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similar to the previous view, you can see the brake line job a bit better. In this view on the right you can see the "union" that the brake line screws in to, the thing sticking out of the side of the union is the brake light switch, it's hydraulicly operated (from the brake fluid pressure). There will be 3 other pipes attached to the union, one is short and just goes to the other front brake. One is long and runs to the rear axle where there is another union, which feeds pressure to both rear brakes. The other comes from the brake master cylinder, it provides pressure to everything. The master cylinder will be located in the large cutout on the upper left corner of the picture. Hopefully I'll get more pipes bent tomorrow.
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