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Old 09-15-2017, 02:12 AM   #1
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So I have been struggling with my engine the whole summer and it ended up in buying a new one, its on its way over here in Sweden from the states so in the meantime I decided to tear my rear end apart and get a new diff in...
While I'm at it is dangerous for the wallet



Some stuff out..



Empty, noticed that sometime in time one of the u-joints must have broken because it's damaged in the battery compartment



Some bodywork required





And some undercoat paint, looks great



Old and new, to be continued !

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Old 09-15-2017, 02:28 AM   #2
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Nice job! Looks nice and new.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:47 AM   #3
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Hi SM,
Nice looking repair on the underbody.

"While I'm at it is dangerous for the wallet "

This is certainly true!!!
Probably even MORE SO in Sweden!
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Thanks yeah it's pretty empty now..
Painted the driveshaft, gonna get new u-joints



All black and shiny
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what are you painting the underside with? por15 or something like Eastwood's rust encapsulate?

BTW from the way you repaired the battery box I can only imagine how stunning the entire vette will be when you are done! Good Job!
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:52 AM   #6
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It's a product called hammerite, I don't have por15 here in Sweden but it's really good, paint over rust, and stays fine for years
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This product is it, works great, painted the chassis back in 2002 and it's still black an no rust
http://www.hammerite.co.uk/product/d...smooth-finish/
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Got the rear end together today, went the other way with black spring and silver diff cover
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Excellent Job on your Rear View I did mine 12 yrs ago and it still looks like the day i did it. Don't cover it up all that hard work w/tire carrier.
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Nope there have never been a spare tire carrier on as long as I owned it
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Hello stingraymaniac. Good looking work/results you have going on there.

Something I noticed in the first picture. It looks like the hydraulic brake line on the right rear caliper is copper? If so, you may want to consider replacing that line unless it is already on your "To Do" list.

If it is copper, my understanding is that it will fatigue and eventually crack and thus no stopping enjoyment.
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Never heard of that?
All the lines are changed to copper on the car, no more rust.
Bought them from the local brake company, have copper on my daily also, salty roads kill steel lines over here in the winter so.
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Started to paint my halfshafts


And also while I'm at it....
Started to clean of and paint the floors, some degreaser and a metal scraper do the trick
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Only the other side left..
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Almost done



Ready to go back up
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The diff is back in the car again, starting to look like a car again
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I hope that you mean that the brake lines are copper coated steel lines, which I have seen. Are you saying that they are solid copper? Lou.
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Looks Fantastic! Just redid the brake lines on my Brothers van, we used copper lines, so easy to bend!
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Yes it's copper, works great have been on for 15 years without problems, as said above I have it on my daily also, no problems and it has 205000 miles on the clock
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Yes it's copper, works great have been on for 15 years without problems, as said above I have it on my daily also, no problems and it has 205000 miles on the clock
I like the 2 tone black your doing under your vette , its looking great .

About the copper lines ? by chance , are they a copper/nickel alloy or a "cunifer" line ?

its just that plain copper lines are illegal here for safety reasons .
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