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Category: Interior
Posted by: Derek
Just of note, I didn't fully follow the instructions to the letter that came along with Leatherique. It says to leave the car in the sun for several hours to get the interior nice and hot, or use a blowdryer. My goal was to leave it in the garage as in the Florida sun the garage usually gets up to 120 or 130 I'd say when its 90+ out. Plus my engine is torn apart. Of course today (put the oil on last night) it was much cooler and cloudy so the garage probably only hit 100.

Even though I didn't do it as good as I want to (I will be redoing it) and used 1/2 of the amount of oil they tell you to use, take a look at these before and after pics...the leather was stiff and dry, now it is soft and very flexible. Before I sat in the seat and it just compressed with very little leather flex, now I sit down and it wrinkles around me. Only did the drivers side to test it out, will do the whole car and park it outside once its back together.

Category: Mechanical
Posted by: Derek
Some pictures of the intake and air horn painted. Looking forward to getting this engine back together, even though I have barely gotten it started yet.

Category: Mechanical
Posted by: Derek
Today, with the help of two local owners, Brandon and Mike, we took apart my entire engine intake to reach the dreaded 'valley of death'. Ran into no problems during the time spent working, but once the intake was removed, found a nice caked in rats nest. Fun stuff. Now its time to order a bunch of parts to get this car back up and running again. Pictures below.

First look into the valley:

Parts sitting out across the garage:

Closeup of the rats nest:

After we started digging at it to show how deep the valley really goes (and how much crud is actually in there:

Category: Exterior
Posted by: Derek
Now that the grill and bumpers are done, I need to freshen up the lower front spoiler as it has several issues with it. The rock grill is rusting and running onto the spoiler, the spoiler is discolored in some sections, and it also has a hole drilled from the previous owner.

To start off, I used flat black rustoleum on the grill which came out very well. I tried using Duplicolor Trim Black on the spoiler just as I used on the bumpers, but it was almost as if the paint would be sucked into the plastic causing it to not dry evenly, even after several coats. I switched to another can I had of NAPA Trim Black paint. This paint took much better, but it has more of a shine to it than the other paint. It ended up coming out good, even though the black doesnt match exactly. It gives it a nice contrast.

Here is a picture of the patched hole in the lower spoiler:

And some pictures of the final product: