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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-28-2019, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Total strip down and rebuild of '76 Shadow

Busy day. Dropped the front subframe a few days ago and today steam cleaned the lower block on the subframe and then rolled it back into the shop, hoisted the engine off the subframe and outside again for final cleaning.
This week will be subframe painting, dropping off another load to my plater, sump removal (to clean) and starting the detailing of the engine bay.
Every possible bolt, washer, nut and bracket has and will be sent out for plating.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-28-2019, 07:11 PM
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Hi Robert


Thanks for putting up the pics. I save them as they can be really useful as reference material.


The subframe and ancillary parts are in really good condition. As you say, just need painting to bring everything to look like new.


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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-29-2019, 12:16 AM
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With such a complex braking and suspension, why didn't RR go with rack and pinion _ still the same old clunky power steering box and lots of linkages ?
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Jeff, they did go with a rack and pinion in 1977 or 1978.

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Thanks!
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Ok, more pics. Updating the valve stem seals this weekend. Dropping the sump, pulled the water pump and will mill the exhaust manifolds.
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-03-2020, 08:21 PM
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What paint did you use on the subframe?
And how did you mill your exhaust manifolds?
I had mine dome on a cylinder head milling machine, which was only able to take off 0,02mm at each pass. It took 50 passes to have one side done.
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subframe paint was 2 coats POR15 semi-gloss black.
My machinist will do the exhaust manifolds.
Kelly @BTW will do his magic on the accumulators and pressure valves.
Everything else is done here.

The oil oil was like gravy...yuk! Good thing I'm dropping the sump tomorrow. The intake manifold will be repainted also.

I really wish I didn't have to re-install all the smog stuff!

Powdercoating: Front springs, perches, top plates and rocker covers. I media blast here with #80 Garnet and soda.

All hardware and brackets have been clear cad plated. Bumper shock mountings and cruise control bellows end plates with gold tint cad plating.

By removing the motor and subframe, one has total reach into all crevices of the engine bay.

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1976 rebuild update

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Thanks for putting these pics up Wraithman. I'm following your restoration with interest. Great job, as always.


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