Right now I wish oh-so-much that there was a couple of more hours of the day…so I could spend some time in the garage. Work and other stuff haven’t let me spend the time I’ve wanted there lately but I hope things will change from this Friday.
Anyway, went by the garage tonight and once again it’s time to praise my father. Hands down, without him the car would be miserable. Thanks dad, you’re the best! Thanks to him, things are moving forward.
This weekend I’ll get my hands dirty as well!
While at work today, daddy-o sent me a picture. Apparently he assembled the “whatever-it’s-called” and put it back on the car. I was a little scared that the paint would differ a little from the rest of the car but according to him it blends great!
This morning we painted the hood underside and the “whatever-it’s-called” holding the front lights!
First we started with priming the hood and the plastic thing. For the “whatever-it’s called”, we used a primer intended for plastic.
Then, we started shooting the paint and after a number of coatings we decided that it looked good enough to call it a day.
It’s not show quality, but that’s not what I’m aiming for either. Considering our experience with shooting paint, I’d say it looks pretty darn good.
Spring’s on its way so now it’s time to assemble everything and get the new engine done!
Back home in Sweden since a couple of days, still jet-lagged but I’m slowly adapting back to our time-zone.
Today we took out the 318. Daddy-O had pretty much prepared everything for lifting it out while I was in the states.
Luckily we could use workshop (located next door from my garage) where dad worked before his retirement. Having access to the traverse there made everything so much easier.
Once the hood was off, it was time to lift the engine.
Once the engine and gearbox was on a pallet, they were separated, we decided to wash off the 40+ years of oil and dirt from the gearbox and the engine bay.
Now it’s time to finish building the 360 and to freshen up the engine bay. There plenty of time for that though, the snow should start falling any day now and the car won’t get out of the garage until early April at the earliest.
The last few weeks have been kinda hectic. Pretty much all of the interior, except for the door and backseat side panels has been repainted.
Reinstalling the dash sure was a PITA but eventually it was back in place and looked great.
Once the dash was back in place, the lower front side panels and the center console looked a little pale so I decided to paint them as well.
The amount of old dirt that was hidden in the center console is indescribable. I probably washed it 4 times before it was ready for buffing and silicone remover.
Once everything was cleaned and prepped properly, primer and three coats of paint was applied.
Suddenly everything was back in the car and it was ready! Before I could go for a ride, I had to take it to the biyearly car inspection (or Besiktning as its called in Sweden).
Opus Bilprovning had nothing to complain about and declared it roadworthy for two more years!
Today I went to see if the four coats of paint was enough. To determine this, I had to take it out in daylight.
Once outside, I was quite surprised that it actually looked better than I thought it would.
Yes, the repaired parts are visible but It doesn’t bother me. Perhaps later though 🙂
I also painted the fan vents at the same time. To be honest I can’t really see any difference but I guess they’ll match the dash better now.
To take things perhaps a little too far, I think I’m gonna touch up the metal/silver painted parts of the vents as well. We’ll see.
Oh yeah, and the mailman brought me the kmh speedo head sticker today from Moparts Sweden as well 🙂
Since the previous owner just made a DIY kmh scale on it, I thought it would look nicer with a “real” one!
Next up is the center console which needs some paint as well!
Since the old url was a little hard to remember, I got my hands on www.my72challenger.com instead!
We managed to trick daddy-o (and the rest of the family) that we wouldn’t show up for his birthday, but we did!
After almost two weeks in Thailand it’s about time to head home and prepare for spring (which only is like 3-4 months away)
Now you know why there’s been no update about the Challenger lately. I’ve been busy ridin’ vehicles like these!
Pic borrowed from http://m.123rf.com/photo-7137729_bangkok–january-23-2009-famous-three-wheeled-taxi-in-thailand–tuk-tuk-motorcycle-on-january-23-200.html
Tomorrow’s daddys 70th birthday.
He and mom are in Thailand and unfortunately, due to work we cannot make time to be with them on his big day. Sorry dad!
I keep coming back to his knowledge when it comes to cars (and life in general), so I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate him here with a picture I like of him and mom, probably taken in the late 60’s.
When I was a kid (and actually still today), I always heard of this Buick, or simply “Bjucken” as the car so I’m pretty sure it was a pretty special car. I’m not really sure when they got rid of it but most probably it had something to do with my brother being born in 1971 and life catching up with them.
Anyway, it’s pretty obvious that daddy’s still a gearhead today as he spends more time in the garage than I do, getting stuff done with the Challenger. Hopefully, I’ll pick up a little of his knowledge on the way.
Love you daddy, happy birthday!
Thanks to the fancy decoder at StockMopar.com I was able to obtain the info below…nothing new really but anyway:
E44 318-2 Barrel
D34 TorqueFlite Automatic Transmission
JH23 J = Dodge Challenger, H = High, 23 = 2 Door Hardtop
G2B G = 318 150HP(net) or 155HP(net) 1-2BBL 8 CYL, 2 = 1972, B = Dodge Main, Hamtramck, MI, USA
468898 Sequence Number ‘468898’
HB1 Paint Code: HB1 Powder Blue Exterior Color
B6X9 Trim Grade/Style/Color
B = B Class
6 = Vinyl Bucket Seats
X9 = Black
000 Upper Door Frame: Full Door Panel
605 Date Built: 6 / 05 / 1972
505147 Order Number: 505147
V1XRoof Type OR Color: Full Vinyl Top – Black
U Built to Specifications for USA Order
B51 Power Assisted Brakes
C16 Console w/ Buckets
C56 Bucket Seats 1972 up
G11 Tinted Glass All
G35 Delete Standard Outside Mirror
H51 Single Air /w Heater
M21 Roof Drip Rail Moldings
M42 Front End Molding
N95 Nox Exhaust Emission Control
R35 AM / FM Multiplex Sterio
V5X Black – Mouldings – Protective Insert Body Side
Y84 Unknown At This Time
26 26 in. Radiator
EN2 End of Codes Assembly Line