I haven't posted much here, but I lurk all the time and really appreciate the resource.
About a year ago a got into an accident in my 66' 4-door Malibu.
I got a pretty good settlement from the insurance company since they didn't want to fix it...
After posting some pic on this site, and subsequently receiving plenty of encouragement I decided to keep it and make the repairs.
It's still got a ways to go, but we have made some great progress on the repairs and are getting close to road-worthiness.
I just wanted to post some progress pics in case anyone is interested.
I've never undertaken a project like this and never really intended to, but this car had belonged to a very dear friend of mine and I just couldn't let it go to a scrap heap...also I hated the idea of taking any of these machines off the road permanently.
Anyway, I hope the pics are a resource to any who need it, I'll be posting more in the coming weeks as we head into the home stretch...
Some of what you'll see what's been done;
Pre-collision body and engine bay...
Replacement parts prepped for powder coating
engine bay with the front clip removed
New accessory drive and pulleys (upgrade)
Replacement body mount bushings
Replacement clip installed with powder coated parts and new aluminium radiator installed
Floorboards with POR-15 rust inhibitor
Floorboards with sound/temp deadener
Some of the mechanical work that was fairly minimal,
had to change the PS pump, so I also opted to change out the PS box for the Jeep box.
The radiator needed to be changed as it had the rear-end of another car go through it so I also opted to go with dual electric fans because the car had a tendency to overheat, at the same time I installed an oil cooler for the transmission.
New water pump, updated billet pulleys, new alternator since the bracket on the old one had broke.
We are now prepping for pain so I changed the seals on the wing windows, bought new felts for all 4 doors.
Working out a deal for the seat upholstery, and will just pick up a prefab carpet set for the flooring.
After its back on the road (street legal), I'll be pulling the suspension to update all the bushings and possibly go with disc brakes.
I'm an amateur on a budget and am learning as I go, so go easy on me if you notice some rookie mistakes.