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Darrin
I inherited my Dads 97 Sonoma, same truck. Has extended cab with third door (for tools) and 4.3 v6 auto...lots of power and really drives/rides nice. Has sat for years and working through one small problem after another, but no big deal. I really like it but am happy I have a newer daily driver.
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4 days ago
Darrin
Sure sounds like the cable. Next on my list would be adjusting the manual valve, but symptoms lean towards cable engagement.
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4 days ago
Darrin
I’m pretty sure that the first picture shows a factory repair (welding pattern) right over the place where the number was stamped.
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6 days ago
Darrin
There are a few Corvair guys in Stafford up the road from you. They may have good used heads, but are not rebuilders as such. I have a few good used sets of 110 heads if you need cores to rebuild. I have a place in Catlett (near Manassass) if interested.
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7 days ago
Darrin
Al, yours looks like the one Clark's sells.
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7 days ago
Darrin
I like the way you think Tom. Nice work.
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10 days ago
Darrin
Nice article. I am in line with your sentiments about Ralphie. Sounds like you are using a shop that you already know. If so, that makes life easier. Thanks for sharing your story here too! The current patina seems perfect for LeMons, no? Maybe focus on the mechanical and safety first and do the body and paint after you add a few more dents chasing those vintage 911s off the field?
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10 days ago
Darrin
Solution found! Just print more money and spend, spend, spend. Inflation and high interest rates coming soon...
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11 days ago
Darrin
Nice work Bill! Love the steady progress.
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13 days ago
Darrin
Another useful video. Wish you had done it a year earlier...but I did have fun figuring this out on my own. Well done sir.
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16 days ago
Darrin
Awesome. A lot more fun toys in the second pic! You have done well.
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21 days ago
Darrin
Most of the NOS heads I’ve seen over the last 30 years have this sort of repair. I think that they were pulled off the line for repair and then automatically went into the parts bin and were sold via dealership parts departments. All of them worked just fine.
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21 days ago
Darrin
Looks pretty complete. The ones I have seen around here (DC Area) were pretty stripped down. nice.
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24 days ago
Darrin
No NOS, but I have a couple spares in DC area.
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28 days ago
Darrin
Yeah, my grinding always leads to more welding, but have gotten much better at both cutting back to thicker metal and getting the patch to lay on a flat plane with the surrounding metal. Both lead to less blow through and grinding holes. Also getting better at avoiding warping the surrounding metal. I am pretty persistent...if I can remain patient at the same time, it works better! Thanks
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30 days ago
Darrin
Mostly done. Before, patch panel sitting in place, and after welding and grinding. Seams inside the trunk look good (not pictured).
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30 days ago
Darrin
67 moredoor Monza with no options when new.
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4 weeks ago
Darrin
Nice starting point on that one...congrats!
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4 weeks ago
Darrin
I use a 110v Millermatic 130XP that I bought used several years ago. Plenty of welding power for the 18 to 22 ga metal I am welding and assume that the Eastwood unit is similar. The Miller has been very reliable and trouble free. You need to get the gas though...welding with flux core is messy and I have not had great luck.
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
Rory, I use magnets and c-clamps both. I find it really helpful to back the weld area with copper plate if it is accessible. Less burn through and can fill slightly larger gaps this way. Also helpful on thinner metal due to rust.
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
Thanks Dave...that is my new mantra...at least I am not paying someone else big bucks to do just as bad a job! I was visiting a Corvair friend a couple of weeks ago and he had a beautiful non-Corvair that he had painted a few years ago. He pointed out the only small run in the whole paint job first thing! The car was huge and beautiful. Thankfully I am not a perfectionist of that sort. He
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
Hey Frank, Yes, that is it. Works pretty well. I can bring it by for a test drive if you want. Need to come visit you one of these weekends I am out in Catlett.
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
Will, the hardest part for me on this particular project was taking the cutting tools to the rusty corner. Once all the bad was cut out the next steps were easier to figure out. So...I would change the title of this thread to "Cut, ponder, measure....etc....
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
Fourth one (in progress...but tacked in place and the seam is straight and will look great).
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
second patch. Mostly stretched with Eastwood tool. Welding getting better.
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
First patch. Lots of blobby welding....leading to grinding...etc.
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
The bitter cold in the DC area over the holidays kept me inside and got me back to doing rust repair on my 65 Corsa. I have had this car on a rotisserie for awhile and was glad to get back at it. This thread shows that an unskilled enthusiast with a bit of time can get decent results in addressing rust repair. First pic shows the seam and part of the front passenger side corner of th
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
The paper in the first pic is really white, white. It is actually a fabric softener sheet. a few more. Let me know if you are looking for any more specific shots.
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5 weeks ago
Darrin
Sorry it took so long, and maybe no longer useful, but here are a few interior pics of painted surfaces. Have many more and can email them to you if you like Steve.
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