Project: K.I.T.T. Blog
Troy called today and wants to pick KITT up tomorrow so he can get the engine and transmission installed. That means we had to get KITT ready to tow. First things first, even though KITT loves his roller skates, the auto dollies had to go.
We gathered together the transmission cross-member, the new polyurethane mounts, and the fan (Troy is painting this for me so it matches the other silver parts he has painted). I also found the some of the cables that will be needed.
I had to remove the interior plastics we had been storing in KITT.
On your mark, get set, tow!
When we went through the tubs labeling everything we discovered that the transmission cross-member still had not been treated with POR-15. It was caked with years of road grime and oil! This is what it looked like after I sprayed the majority of the grime off with the pressure washer while it was in a tub to help contain the grease/oil.
I set the pressure washer to a fine stream and worked on removing the rest of the grime. Once that was done, I let it soak with Marine Clean and then Sara and I scrubbed on it with nylon and steel brushes.
This the old torque arm bushing and mount. I am not sure if this mount can be reused with the polyurethane bushing I ordered, but I think it can. The old bushing looks like it is riveted in; I may just have to drill this out.
With the cross-member cleaned, we treated it with Metal Prep and let it soak.
This is my little friend Chester. He is a very curious, very friendly, very young thirteen-lined ground squirrel (aka gopher). He often comes in the garage and will sit right beside me or play in the exhaust Y-pipe under KITT. He also likes to run under the shelves and chirp at me. Today he was just very curious about what I was doing with this tub.
With the cross-member prepped and rinsed off, it just needed to dry overnight.
This morning we hung the cross-member for treatment with POR-15.
I applied three coats of POR-15 Gloss Black just like we have done on the rest of the underbody.
Three coats on one side:
And three coats on the other side:
The miscellaneous hardware from when Troy removed the engine and transmission were also in a bag with the cross-member. They were just as grimy. We put them in a small tub with Marine Clean and Sara scrubbed the heck out of them with a steel brush.
As she finished and dried off each piece of hardware, I used the wire wheel to clean off any surface rust or remaining gunk.
Once the hardware was clean, we put them in a WD-40 bath.
I still need to find the new polyurethane transmission mount, but I know it is in one of my tubs in the garage. I will do that tomorrow morning. :)
I was interviewed by the Aberdeen American News for a story on Project: K.I.T.T.! They also did a short video portion to accompany the online story. I even made the front page in glorious color!
The story and video are included below. If you hover over the story you will find controls in the top right corner to pop it out full size for easier reading.
It was even quite popular on twitter! I have included the tweets below the article.
I am finally satisfied with KARR and can move on...
KARR is back from the shop and has new polyurethane front lower and upper control arm bushings, upper and lower ball joints, polyurethane end links, polyurethane sway bar bushings and front spring pads.
He also got a new ignition module, pick up coil, distributor cap and rotor. He seems happy, but with KARR that isn't always the easiest thing to tell. He is spoiled for sure, of that I have no doubt.
Here are the new Fiero chrome valve stem caps.
The Fender Gripper is the perfect size to protect the taillights when working on the engine bay. I love the Fiero logo!
The next update will be about KITT so stay tuned...
We had something really amazing happen while reupholstering the seats in KARR. When we were taking the old fabric off we noticed the date stamped into the back of the material. It read 5 29 86 and it was 5/29/2016 the day we were working on them. Thirty years later to the day! Is that not awesome? I mean what are the odds!?
I call it fate.
I knew that I wanted to save the Fiero badges off of the original seats, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. Sara suggested sewing them onto some towels for the car. I chose a hand towel and a bath towel. I thought the bath towel would be perfect as a seat cover when taking KARR to the mechanic. I am not sure I could have found a better match for the old seat fabric.
Here is the finished hand towel
and the bath towel.
Here is a close up of the Fiero badge. Thanks Sara, they look great!
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