Inspection and freeing up and cleaning the wheels and brakes
View of front suspension and broken stabilizer bar
View of rear under car
Left front wheel, brakes and bearings
Cracked raceway in left front wheel
Broken left front wheel bearing
Right front wheel bearings
Front brake shoes
Lower left front arm
Pair of front springs
Rusty left rear wheel, nut, and muffler
Left rear axle housing without brake assembly
Close-up of mud in brakes after forcing them open
Rear brakes disassembled
Pressure washing rear brakes
Rear brakes washed and ready to sandblast
Sand-blasting rear brake drums
Rear brakes shoes
Muffler - I'll have to make a new one
Broken front stabilizer bar
Steering rack and worn pinion
Close-up of steering pinion
New set of keys
The "new" front seats arrived from Buenos Aires
Inspection and freeing up the wheels
The first step is to free up the rear wheels that sat so many years in the mud. At first I thought maybe the hand brake was on, but that had been scraped years ago. Everything is rusty and stuck. I got out my pressure washer and took more dirt stuff off of it to get at the bolts.
The front wheel bearing race is cracked, so a set of bearings will be in order. The brake linings are worn to the rivets and the backing plate is bent. I'll look for parts and then replace the bearings, re-build the cylinders and re-line the brakes. The front suspension was very rusted in place, but a lot of patience got it out for sandblasting and painting.
The steering is locked and I needed to make a set of keys. The insides of the steering rack show some wear so I'll be looking for a new pinion or both rack and pinion. Also I see that the front stabilizer bar is sheared off at the left end, so one of those will be required as well.
The rears are really stuck. I finally ended up taking the whole units off the axle and pounding them apart. They were filled with mud and rust. Time to sand blast everything and paint, hone, resurface, re-grind, etc.
I finally got the replacement seats from Buenos Aires, so I'll fix them up and upholster them with the rear seat.