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    My 1978 Volare coupe (lots of Pictures)

    Hello all! Some of you may remember me. I started my Journey with my Volare when I convince my then Wife to let me buy a broken down Volare off Ebay out of German-town Wisconsin for $500. According to the guy I bought it from, I am the 3rd owner, the first was a little old lady that bought it new and kept it in a garage and drove to to church on Sundays until she passed. He then bought it from the church auction after her death. He parked it outside and didn't do anything with it for an unknown to me number of years, then it was his daily driver for a little over a year before he sold it to me.

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    It ran when I bought it, but I had to trailer it home because it had a broken leaf spring and was sitting on the axle. When I got her home I got her all cleaned up and replaced the leaf spring shackle and proceeded to have a blast driving it around for around 2 years before I hit a bad pothole one day and the rusted out frame rails decided to bust pretty much in half. I noticed that the driver side door window was flexing into and out of the cab while driving down the road and was like Yikes! and parked it until I could fix the frame rails.

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    Not long after I Parked it, I started in on a very ambitious project to replace and restore the front end of the Volare. I bought some rust free frame rails from DeconstructorJim and had them shipped all the way up to Iowa.
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    Then the demo started!

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    Its amazing how much rust can fall off of a car and you'd think it was disintegrating.

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    This is one of the rails and you can see the frame is pretty much rotted entirely through. ( I'm just now as I write this noticing that my fly is down lol)

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    Finally I had both of the rails out!! Now the process of putting in the new frame rails starts! These next pictures are of the test fitting of the new rail. (side note: Someone on this forum, sorry can't remember who it was, got me a schematic for measurements and placement of the rails so I had an idea of where they needed to be before I welded them in.)

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    Once they where in, I switched to refinishing everything that went into the front suspension.

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    I Ordered some new polyurethane K member bushings as I couldn't afford the machined aluminum ones at the time.

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    I then started putting it all back together!

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    And this is where my project kind of died... Around the time I had gotten to this point my then wife decided she was better off without me and decided to Divorce me. And that sent my life into all sorts of turmoil. So the Volare has mostly just sat neglected in my garage for the last 5 years.

    At some point I decided to tear apart the engine in an attempt to rebuild it. I found out the hard way I don't know enough about engines to tear them all the way apart and expect to put it back together with the correct tolerances and fits. So I got discouraged mostly because I didn't know anyone local to me who could help me and the local Arnold's auto parts engine shop treated me like a piece of **** when I went to them for help. So the project went back to being neglected for a few more years always in the back of my mind.

    Low and behold one day I was surfing the interwebs at work and found out the Auto-zone sells fully re-manufactured slant six crate engines! At this point in my life 32 year old me is way better off financially than newly married 22 year old me who started the project was haha. So I spent the $$ and bought a crate engine!

    Me and a friend just started putting all the components I had refinished years ago back onto the motor this last sunday!

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    Every thing blue are components that I refinished.

    And I just ordered most of the other little things that I need to finish putting the motor together this morning, so I can drop it in the engine compartment and and start plumbing it up! I'm so pumped to get this ol girl running again! It's been way to long since I've been able to listen to her roar!

    Why a slant six you ask? Because I think its a neat motor and the whole reason I love these cars is because my very first car I got when I was 14 was a 1977 Volare sedan with an auto slant six that someone gave my dad because he helped them move. That car and it's slant six where what I cut my teeth on when it came to working on and fixing cars as a child and taught me the love of fixing my own vehicles that I still keep on with even with these newfangled modern cars like my 2013 Focus ST. I also have a 2004 Jeep Wrangler and I do all the work on them that they need. I cant stand to be gouged $$ by car shops.

    Anyways Hopefully my ol girl will be running again by this summer! Then I can turn my attention to fixing the bit of body rust she has and maybe one day she'll get a whole new coat of Red paint!

    I hope you enjoyed the tale of my Journey with my Ol Red.

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    That's a great story! It's neat to see a car come back from the grave like that.

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    Awesome job!

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    Great to hear from you again! Wondered what was up when you disappeared in the middle of all your hard work. Congrats on getting that iron back in the fire!
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    Nice progress.

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    That is great - love to see someone bring one back!

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    Buuurrr it's been too cold to do anymore work on the motor lately! Come on warmer weather! It was -30 ish actual temp last night!

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    In Ohio cold just came back today.....

    Every day we are one day closer to spring!

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    great story and great car ! good luck !
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