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|IceBlue XFi Sport; Going to Blend both Worlds...............|
|Tweet Topic Started: Sep 28 2012, 01:00 PM (40,177 Views)|
|snowfish||Sep 28 2012, 01:00 PM Post #1|
March 2012 member Cpalz had a XFi Engine & Tranny for sale. I couldn't resist! Cruised over to Beaver Dam Wisconsin and picked it up.
Then back to Brainerd Minnesota for further planning.
A little over a 10 hour drive, round trip, holding 70-80mph most of the way. This is actually 77mph on the GPS.
Got to work, with a pressure washer, and the "heart of the beast" began showing through.
The original plan was to re-hab my Wife's 93. Then this 91 showed up in early May 2012.
Colorado raised and 99% Rust Free!
A couple minor quirks, here and there.
But I think we can work with it!
Engine is nice & runs great.
Interior is fair, but will need some touch up.
Front end has a little lean to it.
So up on the hoist to see what's going on.
That explains a lot!
But with a little help from my friends, at the Minnesota meet.................
We now have a nice, straight radiator support! Thanks 1DCGUY!
Plus much more bounty!
Thanks to Sphenicie as well! Great cook by the way!
Anyway.... ...Frame horns a Solid as a Rock.
Paints gone due to a leaky Master Cylinder.
Rockers are perfect a side from some surface rust and a couple dings.
Rest of the underside is pretty nice.
Aside from the normal 20+ year wear and tear.
This project will take all winter and most of the spring of 2013.
Just starting the prep stage, slowly, as we speak.
Edited by snowfish, Sep 28 2012, 11:33 PM.
|Scoobs||Sep 28 2012, 01:03 PM Post #2|
|Nice, looks like you got a good plan going|
|snowfish||Sep 28 2012, 02:18 PM Post #3|
Some "Sport" enhancements, that I picked up over the summer, include some Swift Bumpers.
Some SRD Skirts & Spoiler.
More Swift Tail Lights.
And some Front & Rear Sway Bars.
I finished cleaning these up & hit them with some Permatex Rust Treatment.
The stuff goes on clear, but turns black when the process is completed.
Painted them up and put them away for later.
Also worked the drums & knuckles that Sphenicie got for me.
All Rust Converted and ready for paint.
I've come to believe that there is no such thing as a sealed bearing. Here's what I found inside.
Just what are they trying to seal?
Every New Bearing needed to be packed! Decided to "cheat" and use a bearing packer with a Power Grease Gun.
Now that's better!
Knocked them in,
Greased up around the spacer,
Filled the center cavity,
And on to the Knuckles.
This tool is a Must for the Cir Clips.
A 50MM Socket works great for setting the seal.
Then off to paint.
I going to attempt to keep this "Ice" theme running through the project.
|cpalz||Sep 28 2012, 02:26 PM Post #4|
|Mythstae||Sep 28 2012, 03:10 PM Post #5|
Keep up the good work, Snowfish!
I'll be sure to follow your progress as you go!
|MR Bill||Sep 28 2012, 03:56 PM Post #6|
|Memphis metro||Sep 28 2012, 04:08 PM Post #7|
||Always like your post. Good deal.|
|t3ragtop||Sep 28 2012, 04:20 PM Post #8|
Turbo3 and Twincam Tweaker
|super nice car to start with and your loving touch will make it outstanding.|
|clarkdw||Sep 28 2012, 06:52 PM Post #9|
Nice start on the new project.
When I saw this my first reaction was WTH??? but then I remembered you're a metric man. I've been driving Cheekyta all summer so my brain is "Americanized" to mph. My speedo is out almost exactly the same amount.
|Jittney||Sep 28 2012, 10:55 PM Post #10|
Anchorage 92 XFi
I've been looking forward to seeing this thread
Let the fun continue
|geo pet||Sep 29 2012, 12:29 AM Post #11|
" my strange addiction "
|with out all that body work your last one took , you should really have fun with this one .it's a very nice starter , and very nice pile of goodies for it . !!!|
|Woodie||Sep 29 2012, 05:47 AM Post #12|
Original owner couldn't be bothered with the recall notice, I guess.
|snowfish||Sep 29 2012, 11:23 AM Post #13|
Had a little wrestling match with some broken transmission mount bolts.
Totally sheared, but the bracket still won't budge!
Drill, Baby, Drill!
Add a little heat.......
And there you go.
Now for the fun part. Getting the broke bolt pieces out.
More drilling & use Plenty of Cutting Oil.
And be Really Careful with the EZ-Out.
There's No Such Thing As an EZ-Out!
I managed to crumble, the ez-out remains, with a punch. Then more drilling.
Finally was able to tickle the bolt remains out using the "tools of the trade".
I did booger up the transmission threads a little.
Fortunately they cleaned up nice with a tap! Time to clean things up and get ready for more paint.
|1DCGUY||Sep 29 2012, 12:05 PM Post #14|
Don't be a "Richard"
And so it begins!!
I've been waiting for this thread to start.
It's going to be very entertaining this winter when it's cold outside!!
Looking forward to seeing the new ride next August!!
|Geo Glenn||Sep 29 2012, 12:19 PM Post #15|
What's in your engine?
I hate broken, rusted bolts.
It's not too often that it happens, but when it does, I send them out. Machine shop guy gets my $ every time.
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