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Jul 20, 2000 (3:27 pm)
That's why a really good paint job costs $5,000+ these days...it's all very labor intensive. I am always amused to read in ads about "restored" cars with new paints jobs that cost $400....yikes!
#68 of 76 paint remover
Jul 20, 2000 (3:57 pm)
for my 64 Benz I bought both types of paint remover (paste, and spray). The spray worked great, not much fume, and paint started to bubble in about 10 minutes. The paste was bad. not as effective and you're right the fume almost knocked me out. The spray is called 'Auto Strip' which I bought at Auto Zone for about $3.
first time takes the paint off, spray again, and when you wipe, you'll see bare, shinny metal.
Jul 21, 2000 (5:41 am)
Where were you fifteen years ago?
#70 of 76 looking for easy way
Nov 05, 2000 (4:11 pm)
I am working on a 51 ford 2 dr and I would like to
change the front suspension to modern. Is there a
front end I can use that would be fairly easy??
#71 of 76 Toyota Corrolla restoration
Dec 04, 2000 (6:21 pm)
I have a 1987 corrolla that I would like to restore. Everything is in operating condition, except for the engine. The car was running until a year ago. The engine burnt four quarts of oil in a week. I laid it to rest until now. I would like to put a new engine in there. It has almost 200k on the odometer. Is there any classes I could take where I could learn this? I know it's complicated to do and very expensive. I've been told it's not worth doing this. how much does a new engine cost? Anyway I could get one from toyota? I have lots of questions, I don't know where to start. any advice would be greatly appreciated. Michael
Dec 05, 2000 (1:00 am)
Michael--I'd suggest that you think about installing a good used engine; other than that, you could probably get the basics of engine rebuilding at your local Community College. But you will still incur expenses on the rebuild, both for some special tools and for the machine work that you can't do yourself. It's a great learning experience though, and if you have the time and interest to look at it as education and not a money saver, go for it!
Fordy--I think you should maybe ask the people who build those early Ford pickup rods. They have a couple of standard front end conversions, and it's my recollection that they use Chrysler front ends with a torsion bar setup...sorry but I don't know the details of that.
#73 of 76 Toyota engine swap
Dec 05, 2000 (4:42 am)
My suggestion is, if you know the basics of slam-bang-cough-wheeze (compression, ignition, exhaust, intake), and know what a connecting rod is, then you would probably learn just as much with an internet connection and a good service manual. (although there might be a few more mistakes along the way ;-)I understand your predicament, as my first car (a 78 Grand Marquis) is sitting in the barn awaiting a transmission repair/replace, (only has 1st gear) some engine work (starts, runs good, doesn't go very fast), and some body work (I'll leav that to the pros, though I might paint her myself if I can find an enclosed place (with vent fans for the fumes, of course!) to protect it as it dries). I know she's not worth it, but it's my first car, and I really like her. ANyway, I'm going to get my hands on all the engine manuals and tools I can, and then start following the instructions. FWIW, I do have experience with small engines, so, although there will be a learning curve (big time!), I'm up to the task. FWIW, having a mechanic repair your car, your glad to have it back, wonder what the heck he did under there, have a horrible pain in your wallet, and have to hope he didn't dribble tobacco juice into the cylinder when the head was off. When you do it yourself, you have the satisfaction of a job well done, know exactly what you did, and spend less money doing it. (40/hr shop time ain't exactly cheap!)
Dec 22, 2000 (1:54 am)
I know this is going to rub a few people the wrong way and at the risk of sounding pompous, I really don't think beginners should be rebuilding certain components on cars, at least not without supervision.
Dec 22, 2000 (11:08 am)
I thinkt the degree of supervision necessary is dependent on the type of component. If you're building say an American V8 engine, this is pretty straightforward, and a good book and the friendly advice of the machine shop might be enough to get you through. But if it's say a Porsche or BMW engine, you'd be a dead duck trying this on your own.
Dec 22, 2000 (11:15 pm)
Agree ... I have seen some top-rate work done by young relative novices. My problem is with the hack artists.