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    The mid winter car "fix"

    Seeing as it was so unusually warm today I could NOT resist the urge to back the car out and let it run a bit. It was so good to hear it running again, if only for a short while. When it hits 40 and there is zero wind, in the middle of January, you can't waste it. It's not much and I am no videographer but as they say, no pics (or video) it didn't happen so here is the proof, lol.

    Yes, I just realized my backup lights don't work after looking at the video. Something to look at tomorrow. That and replacing the missing sway bar link.

    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Did you use 78 tail light housings with 79 lenses or alter the 79 housings for the second brake light on each side?

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    That is just a beautiful piece of machinery,I love the highly detailed suspension,All your time you put into that is well worth it,you should be proud of your F-body,What size rims and tires are you running.

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    Thanks DC! That was the result of way too much "might as well", "while I'm at it" snowball type of thing that ended up being 11 or 12 years of work (roughly 2001-2012) It started out as a trans overhaul and just a little body and paint touch up work, seriously.

    On the taillights, those are the original ones but I had a broken pair from a '78. Cut the socket protectors (the "roofs" over the sockets) off the '78's, cut holes for the sockets and glued the protectors on. Then used the metal grounding rings from the '78 lights also. Figured the lens and reflector were there, they may as well light up. You can never have too obvious of brake lights. I believe the bulbs are 1004's or was it 1156 (don't remember 100% right now) which are the same brightness as an 1157's brake light filament.

    The rims are Wheel Vintique's 15x7 in front and 15x8 rear. The rears are a custom offset and are basically like a 15x7 with an extra inch to the inside. That way 15x7 trim rings fit perfectly. It was needed because the rear axle is actually too wide for an f-body. Came from a '71 Roadrunner. The options were narrow the rear or custom offset wheels, the wheels won out.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Keep that baby out of the snow and salt.
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    You got that right, Eric! The car hasn't even been touched by water, except for wet sanding while building it, since the summer of 1996. No rain, no water hose, nothing.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Come on! Your messing with the F bodies DNA. They were made to rust! Just like my Ram which is dissolving from the darn sticking salt solution they spray on the roads. That stuff is like glue.

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    They spray that liquid crap here also sometimes. They changed to a different solution this year though and it seems to be way less destructive and it doesn't stick 1/2" thick on vehicles.

    I spent a lot of time fabricating and welding to fix the rust my car and hope none ever returns. It wasn't badly rusted in the grand scheme of f-bodies but it had a lot of rotted out areas. The majority of the damage was from water leaks, specifically the 1/4 windows and the cowl on the right side. Got the inner and outer panels in front of the rer tires and the back ends of the rockers and also the lower cowl and front of the right rocker. Both doors had the corners and parts of the bottoms rusted out and of course the floor under the rear seat where the 1/4 window caused rust crept out. Right front subframe rail, left rear subframe rail in in front of the tire, both corners of the trunk lid, 1/4's behind the rear tires both inner and outer panels,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,etc, etc, etc.

    The last winter it saw was the winter of '86-'87 and not a spec of salt since then.

    I know I've more pics of the early stages of the build but i'll be darned if I can find them right now. This is a couple of the left front subframe rail.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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