Thursday, January 30, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Special thanks to my brother Alan for popping by this afternoon to help me jack up the parts car and put it up on cinder blocks so we could take the wheels off. K.I.T.T.'s proper shoes are now stacked neatly in the garage. Just need to take them in and have the old tires taken off the rims so I can clean up the aluminum rims.
Yesterday I started to get the insulation up into the rafters in the garage. I have a good 3rd of it done and will be doing the rest today. Hopefully this will help make the garage a little more bearable for working out there on cold days.
Also got 4 good cinder blocks to put the donor car up on so I can take off the Turbo Cast rims for K.I.T.T.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
the gullwing steering yoke, upper and lower consoles that I also got from eBay from Knight Scan.
Now I need to find some instructional videos on what type of rotary tool is needed to make the cut outs for installation of the electronics and installation of the dash onto the current one in the 1982 Trans Am Firebird.
If anyone knows of any good ones I would sure appreciate the pointing in the right direction ;)
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
Here you can see from the underside of the hood where this piece was removed, excuse my dusty finger marks on the underside of the hood lol.
I have the underside of the hood pretty much cleaned up and I'm just in the process of making sure I locate any rust areas or areas that look like they may be starting to develop the early signs of rust, sand and prime all of those areas. But right now I still have a fair amount of cleaning to do. Overall mostly just some surface grime.
I will most likely need to re do the gasket or seal around the edge of the part I took off of the hood. Now I'm note sure if those gaskets are easy to come by or if I should just use that liquid "Create a Gasket" stuff I've seen available?? Or option "B" I get some thin rubber sheet and cut out my own gasket?? Either way, easy enough for me to do.
As you can see here I've sanded a lot more of the top of the hood. It looks shiny here because I had just washed all of the paint dust off from my sanding job and I wanted to inspect the hood again to catch any more scratches and paint chips that still need to be sanded.
Once done I'll give the whole hood a good scuffing over with the scuff pad and clean it thoroughly before priming it.
So far it's coming along and it won't be too long before K.I.T.T. has the correct hood installed. :)
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Back of the hood had some deep surface rust close to the front. I used that liquid gel rust removers I got from Princess Auto, some stage 1 auto body sand paper and my dremel to remove a lot of the tough stuff, the rust removing gel did pretty much the rest. I think I have most of the rust off, I'll give it a closer inspection in the morning and see where I'm at. With a bit of hard work I should be able to prime this sometime this week depending on how many imperfections I find.
Soon K.I.T.T will have the correct hood installed.
As you can see this hood is in really great condition. Just a few minor light surface rust spots on the underside near the front, nothing some sanding and priming can't take care of.
I got the whole car for $500.00 bucks and I know there are a lot of people paying way more than that just for these Turbo Hoods which are getting scarce. You can find nice fibreglass reproductions for around $1,200.00 - $1,500.00 but I really prefer the original steel hood.
I will definitely get a helper to help put the new hood on once it has been refinished, either that or rig up some kind of harness and lower it into position carefully.
Please keep in mind I know next to nothing about cars so all of this is pretty much a BIG learning experience for me, kinda learn as I go. I'll listen and welcome suggestions but I'm pretty much a "do it yourself" type… more fun that way eh? ;)
Friday, January 3, 2014
I bought this one because it has the correct wheels and hood, but from the looks of it, it has a whole load of other parts that will be good also.
The front Turbo hood looks to be in great shape, the rest of the body not so much but that's OK so long as the hood is OK that is mostly what matters.
The tires on the Turbo Cast wheels look to be in great shape too which will be an added bonus. Overall for $500. bucks this was a great deal to get all of those much needed parts for my Knight Rider conversion.