Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Little Progress, Time With Friends And A Rabbit's Review

Troy was not able to come over this weekend and as a result I did not get as much done on KITT as I had hoped, however I did get to spend some time catching up with friends. Saturday morning Andrea stopped by for a couple hours to visit. :) While we talked I worked on installing the fuel tank anti-squeak insulator pads on the top side of the tank. The pads were long enough that the excess I cut off will cover 80% of the bottom of the tank too. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Back To Work

After a short hiatus, I am back and ready to get to work on KITT. Troy had indicated that the rear end is ready to go and we can start working on getting KITT back on his wheels. There is some welding that needs to be done on the bracket for the Panhard/track bar and also the subframe connectors. Troy will be bringing his welder over so we can start with that. 

Troy has also ordered the parts necessary to rebuild the fuel sending unit. Once this is done we can get the fuel tank mounted back up under the car. The previous owner had obviously dropped the tank at one point and removed the factory installed anti-squeak insulator pads. His solution was to replace them with good old duct tape and some carpet scraps.

I wanted to go a little higher class, so I bought two actual GM anti-squeak insulator pads I found on eBay. They are self-adhesive and precut to the right width. I will have to trim a little off the length, but I should be able to use the excess for the straps on the bottom of the tank.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sick Of Being Sick

I have been sick this entire last week and I am just now starting to feel better. The thing about being sick is that on top of not feeling good you really do not feel like doing much of anything. I am looking forward to getting back to work on KITT.

We did make it to the 3M scrap sale this morning though and picked up a few supplies that will come in handy for KITT. We found some double sided automotive tape in various sizes. If you have not used this stuff you should pick some up. It is awesome and I dare say is almost as handy as duct tape. :) We also picked up some particulate respirator masks, Scotch-Brite pads, and painter's tape which will all come in handy when we start to paint the interior plastics. Thanks Jake and Jessica for the tickets!

Then we went to Walmart to pick up some cough drops and I found these!

So, now that I have at least two KITTs I can open one and display him beside the Batmobile, ECTO-1 and the A-TEAM van! The A-TEAM van was part of the second wave in this series and this wave also features KARR so I will be on the lookout for two of him as well.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Checking In With Mario

I stopped by Mario's shop to drop off the door hinge pin and bushing kits. He has the doors completely sanded down and he filled some of the small dents with polyester finishing putty. The original passenger door had several layers of paint with the most recent being the blue. It took him two hours with 80 grit sandpaper to get through all the layers. Mario said whoever painted the car this last time did not even bother to remove the mirrors or even some of the pin-striping...they just painted over it!

Mario said that overall the doors are in really nice shape and the small dents that were there are along the body line where the molding will go, so even though they have been repaired they will be hidden by the molding anyway.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Brake Calipers Are Here

I stopped by Troy's shop again on the way home from work and found out the calipers had been delivered. Originally I was just going to rebuild the original calipers, but it turns out that I could get re-manufactured ones for less than it would cost for the parts to rebuild them. Because they are re-manufactured they look brand new! Now all I have to do is paint them red with the POR-15 caliper paint I bought.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Painting The Transmission And Engine

I stopped by Troy's shop after work to take some pictures of the painted transmission. It now has a few parts accented in black. I am really loving the red if for no other reason than it will be different.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Door Hinge Pins And Bushing Kits

The door hinge pins and bushing kits I ordered from 1A Auto arrived today. I ordered a kit for each door so both the upper and lower hinge hardware will be all new. Mario said he would install these for me, so I need to get these to him tomorrow.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Inspecting The Replacement Glass

Today I stopped in at Mario's shop to drop off the trunk lid we removed yesterday and check on the scratch in the donor hatch glass. :(

Mario has made some progress on the doors.

This is the passenger door. Mario said there were no surprises on this door, other than a lot of layers of paint.

A Good Friday To Remove The Trunk Lid

After finding out from Mario that the trunk lid on the donor hatch glass I found was rusted in several spots, I decided that I wanted to use the original one. On Friday Sara and I decided to get the trunk lid separated from the hatch glass so that it would be ready to take to Mario.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rebuilding The Rear End And Painting The Transmission

I stopped in at Troy's shop yesterday to see the progress on the rear end. I took a few pictures of everything laid out where he was working on it.

Replacement Hatch Glass Is Here!

I finally found a replacement hatch glass. The glass is in good shape overall, but does have a couple of deep scratches between the defrost grid and the trunk lid. The trunk lid is also quite rusted, so I will be using the one from the glass I have. Thanks to Mario for taking these pictures.

A Few More Painted Parts

Yesterday Mario dropped off a few more painted parts. He brought over the slam tray, front bumper support, window triangles, and the hood hinges. The front bumper support has already been modified to accept KITT's scanner.

It is really exciting seeing all these parts coming back finished in black!

Here is the slam tray.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mario Brought Some Parts Back In Black

Yesterday Mario sent me a message saying he had some more painted parts to bring over. He brought back the spoiler/wing, side view mirrors, headlight covers, fender vents, side marker trim, and fuel cap, all done in black. These will all have to be color sanded once they are back on and the car is painted. We laid them on carpet squares in the garage for now, but I intend to store them inside to prevent accidental damage.

Here is the spoiler/wing.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

In With Hood & Fenders, Out With The Doors And Bumper

Mario stopped over this afternoon to drop off the fenders and hood and pick up the doors. I decided that I also wanted him to paint the front bumper black, so I unstrapped the bumpers from the shelves and pulled out the front bumper. Then I resecured the rear bumper to the shelves so it would not fall over.

Mario pulled up and we opened the garage door. He brought in the driver side fender first and explained that the hood and fenders were in primer and guide coat. The insides of the fender jambs and the underside of the hood have been painted in gloss black.

Friday, March 22, 2013

KITT's Rear End Picked Up For Reassembly

Troy called today and said he is ready to work on assembling the rear end this weekend. He sent Joel over to pick everything up. I plan to help with as much as I can and if nothing else at least get some pictures. I was also going to get rebuild kits for the front and rear calipers, but Troy found out that he can buy rebuilt calipers cheaper than he can get the kits. He is ordering those for me and will be pressing in the new polyurethane bushings on the front control arms this weekend, too.

Gutting The Doors, The Finale

Today after work I wanted to finish up the doors so Mario can pick them up tomorrow. I needed to remove the armrest brackets from both driver side doors so I could swap them. I started by grinding down the center of the rivets.

Gutting The Doors, Part 5

Wednesday after work I started by scribing the outline of the door hinges on the driver side door. I really do not see any adjustments or how they can be mounted incorrectly, but it was mentioned multiple times online that it was important to do so - so I did.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Plastics Thrown Everywhere

Yesterday morning did not start out the greatest. When Sara left for work and put the garage door up, one of KITT's interior plastics fell just enough to catch on the garage door. When she put it back down it ripped a bunch of the plastics free and threw them to the ground. :( Sara took these pictures over her lunch break so I could see the damage.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gutting The Door, Part 4

I had to work late today and had plans this evening, but when I got off I still had just enough time to get the rest of the components out of the driver side door. Cold in the garage? Not compared to outside. :)

I started by drilling out (read mutilating) the two rivets holding the power lock actuator. These two rivets were the hardest to remove. I am not sure why, as they were the same type used everywhere else on the door. Here is the power lock actuator.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Gutting The Doors, Intermission

Mario called tonight to let me know that he has the underside of the hood and the fender jams painted and they are ready to be brought back over. He would also like to pick up the doors, so he can begin the prep work on them.

Lately it has been very cold so I have not been working in the garage. Although this is not conducive to working on KITT, it has allowed me to get caught up with a few other things that I have been needing to get done. I told Mario that I would have the doors ready for him by the end of the week, so no matter how cold it is in the garage I need to get those doors finished. 

Anyone want to help? ;)