Only took me about an hour to stain the wood and mount everything up.
Shocks are now assembled and the front 2 are now mounted. I only had about 45 minutes yesterday so i couldn't get it all 4 installed.
I also installed the steering rack.
I couldn't let the day go by without some progress so i went out to the garage and removed all of the aluminum after taking a TON of photos that show how the aluminum was mounted.
I was able to clean out the garage last night, seats, interior, body components are all in my Van waiting to be dropped off at another garage. Anything not project related is in my truck ready to go to the dump tomorrow AM.
40 people showed up for the party tonight so i ducked outside with 8 or so guys and carried the GTM into the garage. Was pretty easy:
1) Remove all the red tape
2) remove the two screws in the licence plate hole, and the two screws in each door jam
3) Removed the glass
4) Set the hood and doors aside.
5) Lifted the body while pulling the bottom lip away from the frame.
Body could easily be moved by 2 people. 3 people could easily move the metal frame.
For now its sitting on jack stands, I will have to get the lift mounted some time this week.
Rebar done, not the prettiest but functional. I used green epoxy rebar and i sprayed the old rebar with an epoxy coat as well.
Bending the rebar was a little problematic and i managed to catch my leg with my BFH while trying to bend the last piece. I am only walking with a bit of a limp :-).
I picked up 10 bags of 6000 PSI concrete, i bet its not enough but i should get a better idea after i fill the first hole tomorrow.
(about two weeks until the kit arrives... which is perfect because i have some work to finish.
Dug a bit, slow progress because i cant fit a shovel in between the re-bar holes. I ended up using a metal crow bar and a blue parts bin as a scoop, I originally planned to dig down 4' but after getting to 3' and struggling to reach the bottom i decided that 3' is deep enough. :-). Not to worried about the frost line as the garage is heated and I don't think the ground under the garage freezes.
The new concrete will be poured though the existing re-bar, I will also add 16' of Re-bar into the new holes. The holes are 1.5' wide and 3' deep, it will also lock into the bottom of the existing slab. This should produce a safe footing for the lift.
Also think i might pick up one of the 996 "budget" gearboxes from "The Race Line".... just need to make time to call Erik and talk about gearing and the options for limited slip.
This was the connector that i was worried about blocking off. I took the time today to read the manual and found it mentioned well after the engine section under "gauges". Turns out there is a new sensor that comes with the kit that will thread in here.
I almost finished the steering column modifications today. I only had about an hour today to sneak out to the garage. The hardest part i found was the lack of proper tools, I don't own the torx sockets that were required or the steering wheel puller to get the pins out. I had to drive around town to even find someone that had a kit to sell. All the usual tool loan/rental places didn't carry them. I ended up getting a kit from partsource.ca who use to loan them out. I called ahead, he said they may have some to buy and when i got there he had found one of the old loaner sets on a back shelf. So now i have my very own steering wheel puller set.
The column disassemble went quick after that, following the manual instructions for the adjustable column. The instructions imply that once the collar is cut it should just slide off, mine took 10+ hits with a BFH and a metal chisel to pop off. I was very careful to only hit the portions that would be thrown away.
Only a few items left, I have to cut the outer rod ends, drill a few holes, then put it all back together.
I sent another letter to transport canada, this letter was responded to, they mentioned that the previous letter must have been lost.
Back to waiting an additional 2 weeks for customs paperwork. Arrrggg.
On the bright side the lift was shipped today and should be here in a few days. I guess its time for a dump run to clean out the garage.
Another day of spending but not a lot of progress.
I bought the PG-055 transmission plug, fender covers, and a battery tender that i can wire into the car when its in storage.
and these lug nuts
I have no less then 12 orders waiting to come in, unfortunately the parts i need first are the ones due to arrive last.... good news, every day i come home from work to a mini Christmas morning, bad news is no progress can be made on the suspension until guide pins and rubber boots arrive.
these little dust covers will be the end of me. I found a local corvette dealer that told me he had a few that i could have, one was good, the other was worse then the ones i was trying to replace. Seemingly no one would sell them without selling the full $270 set of parking brake shoes. So i started to investigate, turns out all Chevy's use the same boot.... using this information i finally found them, annoyingly they are at the same parts place i have been using all along, for less then $4.
Now that i know what the part number is i can find them everywhere. If anyone else is looking for these look here:
http://rockauto.com Under Dorman 924-243 (this is where i bought them)