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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #100 on: December 12, 2019, 04:22:13 »
Irrepond, You just made my month thank you! i will make sure I post more pics as I go forward.

Below are pics of Fernando Castanfeira's car that is the model for my colors. Fernando has been super helpful in helping me get my colors right, and sent me these pics just yesterday helping to make sure I order the right leather color.

I had that same car in my shop about 17 years ago but I think I remember it having dark brown leather. At any rate, it was a decent looking car back then and the only one I've seen in that color. 
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #101 on: December 13, 2019, 04:36:36 »
Good memory Dan. It did have brown leather before.
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #102 on: December 24, 2019, 16:58:24 »
I thought I would attempt to install the green stripes on my rear shocks before the install. Shvegel gave me the measurements as to size and spacing apart but I had to guess on the location on the shock. I couldn’t find any picks of the stripes on the site. Any picks would be appreciated so I can adjust if necessary. I know many believe this is a bit of overkill but why not when it doesn’t take long at all.
John Krystowski
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #103 on: December 24, 2019, 17:21:36 »
sorry about the last pic being sidewise. Having a bit of problem transferring the pics in the same orientation that they show on my phone.

We installed the rear differential yesterday. I read a good bit about the special tool used to install the front of the trailer arms with the doughnut bushings and how difficult the process can be. Luckily I am working in my brothers barn with all kinds of junk handy for makeshift tools. I found the installation of the front of the trailer arms to be a five minute job by just getting them close by pushing on the rear axle and then pushing the arm up from directly underneath with a 3 inch pipe fitting and an old jack. A little bit of liquid dish soap provided the lubrication.

I wish my method for installing the compensating spring was as easy though. Took longer than it should but its done. I am a bit concerned that jacks under the ends of the rear axles raise the car up before they straighten out the axles, but I hope that is just the lack of weight from a bare chassis.
John Krystowski
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #104 on: December 24, 2019, 21:47:59 »
Here's a photo of a new pair
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #105 on: December 25, 2019, 04:47:10 »
Thanks Dave.
John Krystowski
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #106 on: December 26, 2019, 14:50:24 »
It always cracks me up every time I spend an hour trying to mask off a part and paint a mark you know someone did in about 2 seconds with no thought about location etc at the factory.

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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #107 on: December 26, 2019, 18:43:18 »
It always cracks me up every time I spend an hour trying to mask off a part and paint a mark you know someone did in about 2 seconds with no thought about location etc at the factory.

Good point pat. I am about to do the same with figuring out what dots go where on my differential and rear suspension. 
John Krystowski
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #108 on: December 27, 2019, 17:28:00 »
I have a bunch of pictures and can help you if you need it.  The “Holy Grail” is a good starting point.  Make sure you use the pictures from before they touched it up as they covered some of the “Dotology” for example the big blue swipe across the drain plug shrinks after the touchup.

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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #109 on: December 27, 2019, 19:21:19 »
I think I could use some of your pictures too, actually...
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #110 on: December 29, 2019, 16:44:05 »
Hey John.
Wow you’re doing such a meticulous restoration right down to the n-th degree.  Your workmanship, attention to detail and finish choices (paint and interior) are all contributing to what will be an amazing car.  I’m both impressed and proud of your accomplishments.  Best of luck with this endeavor in 2020.
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #111 on: December 30, 2019, 02:42:39 »
Thank you Irrepond!  I  excited about tomorrow. I am heading to Columbus to put my engine together under the eye of Joe Alexander. I am very lucky to live so close to the master!
John Krystowski
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #112 on: December 30, 2019, 22:50:21 »
Wow, I’d be excited too.   Now that’s a double dose of w113 knowledge power. Keep us updated.  This has become my favorite thread on this site!
Len.
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #113 on: January 01, 2020, 03:44:38 »
So yesterday was the highlight of my restoration. Got to spend the day putting the engine together with Joe Alexander! What a class teacher we have in Joe and talented yet humble mentor. Not only did he do such a thorough job teaching me along the way, but he took the extra step to lay out the nuances of what remaining bolts and nuts go where and what to look out for as I finish some of the periphial items on my own.  After twelve straight hours of assembly at 11:00 at night joe was still an energizer bunny willing to keep assembling more while showing me more. I had to call it quits as I was just plain tired, and I am younger than Joe!

Anyways thanks to Joe for a great day advice, expertise and friendship.   You are a true friend to us all on sl113!

John
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #114 on: January 01, 2020, 03:47:37 »
Damn IPhone!  I can never tell
What orientation it is going to post my pictures in until after they are posted!
John Krystowski
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #115 on: January 01, 2020, 20:23:05 »
Pawel and John,
Here are the pictures of my rear suspension Dotology.  Pretty confident of most of it.  The rear shock lower bolts may be plated and there may not be marks on all the brake lines I marked.  I just assumed the assembly was painted black, filled with oil( blue marks on drain and fill plugs), brake lines, calipers, hoses and rotors were added then the unit installed. Spring marking are per application and there is a yellow dot on the inboard face of the control arm only.
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #116 on: January 01, 2020, 20:24:31 »
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #117 on: January 01, 2020, 20:26:54 »
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #118 on: January 01, 2020, 21:52:01 »
Shvegel, thank you so much for this! I actually put my car today aon a more permanent stand higher above the floor to do a couple of fixes, I will also look into dotology!

Thanks again!
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #119 on: January 01, 2020, 22:01:31 »
Nice photos.  One thing I noticed over the years, the size and colors of the dots varied from car to car. Most likely when shift changes at the factory. The inspection dots were very individualized like signatures from the man with the paint.
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #120 on: January 02, 2020, 01:41:41 »
Joe,
I totally agree.  Some of the dots are consistent like the inside of the control arm but when you get down to final checking and wheel alignment etc all bets are off.

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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #121 on: January 02, 2020, 01:44:19 »
Here ia a better lit shot showing the colors better.

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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #122 on: January 02, 2020, 08:37:41 »
Thank you again!

Is it white on the two bolts holding the spring bracket?
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #123 on: January 02, 2020, 14:13:02 »
Thanks Pat
Your differential color locations are very similar to my pics before I started the restoration and your pics are more complete.

Pawel it appears that light green was used on front and rear suspension bolts. I have some in my front suspension as well.
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Re: I rolled my pagoda last night...
« Reply #124 on: January 02, 2020, 18:53:26 »
ok, thank you, so this is light green.
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