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Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« on: October 13, 2020, 22:46:22 »

So, this is probably my....4th M- that I’ve had. Just picked it up today after a 300-mile drive one-way with the Uhaul truck.








I’m actually the second official owner of it. It got bought by an older gentleman when new, then the guy that I bought it from got it, didn’t get it transferred (thanks Covid), then I bought it. Title shows 85 miles even!





Stay tuned.....


EDIT: I’ll get the file size trimmed down tomorrow.
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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2020, 19:03:49 »

Looks nice!
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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2020, 13:25:50 »

thanks! she's a good 20-footer for sure.  I've gotta fix the flasher unit, and the inner LF turn signal bulb before it'll pass inspection.




The hugeist downside is I have to wait until January to properly transfer the title and register it due to the local DMV being appointment-only, even though there's less than 10,000 people in the surrounding 3 counties.

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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2020, 18:14:18 »

So, got to be home for the night, and while I still had a couple hours of daylight I fixed the flasher units, and a relay. Then I checked the right rear corner, and found out my turn signal is out. So, next time I'm home I'll just replace all of the bulbs on the outside, as well as all 4 headlights.


I also got some more interior shots, and discovered the original Owner's Manuals in the glovebox.



My A-pillar trim pieces are toast. As is the center trim on the front seat.









Safe to say that my original paint color choice has been vetoed now that I've seen the interior in better light. I'll probably go with Midnight Blue, so the nearest shade from the catalog back in the '80's.


Also, I've narrowed down my transmission choice. Gonna go with the Toyota R154/R155, since the Jeep AX15 bellhousing bolts to it.




I'm having a harder choice figuring out if I wanna go with a Dana S60 like Mark did for his car, or with an 8 3/4.
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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2020, 15:09:35 »

I've wondered how someone could restore those plastic trim pieces like your center seatback trim.  If you try and sand them they just disintegrate.  Shoot, if you spray Armor All on them and wipe them with a paper towel they just flake off and turn to dust.  If there was a way to stabilize the plastic like you do with Por15 on metal, then you can sand, primer, use SEM trim paint to touch it all up, it'd be great!
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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2020, 18:23:12 »

I’m beginning to think restoration for those might be out of the picture. Somebody might need to make fiberglass copies instead, or find an original set and make molds to make better plastic versions of.


The center console I’m not personally worried about because I plan on going with buckets soon that I’ll have my local interior shop re-trim to match my current front bench.


At some point somebody needs to start making parts for us.

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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2020, 07:58:39 »

The plastic interior pieces hold up better in some colors than others. That's the best option for now  - finding them in a color that survives and re-dying them. don't forget the Fifth Avenue pillar pieces are a good source, remove the cloth and dye to match.
Oddly, for my Cordoba, the light green plastic pieces held up better than any other color.
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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2020, 08:45:53 »

That’s kinda the way I was leaning. I’ll see if any of the local yards might have a 5th, or I’ll just check eBay.

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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2020, 11:58:18 »

I did find some interesting things on YouTube with fiberglass.  Here's a video of a guy taking a completely trashed B-body Caprice dash pad and turning it into something looking brand new.  The fiberglass once matted down with the glue/bondo stuff from the can looks to be thin enough not to make it so pieces won't fit properly considering these older vehicles have large enough gaps that there's room for error.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1UBYrxjeWY


I don't mind a labor intensive workout to allow for parts to be repaired instead of thrown away.  It's much better than buying an expensive and perfect NOS piece of whatever plastic bit and then scratching it during the installation, or worse, cracking it into ten pieces, or even worse than that, having your foot damage it after installation while getting out of the car, or maybe even worse than that would be it sun fading after the first hot sunny summer.


And it's certainly better than cutting your foot on the old broken piece.  And your wallet will thank you for not dropping $200 on a piece of plastic.


But it only covers cosmetic imperfections, if the piece is so rotted out that it doesn't stay in place beforehand this might not help much.
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Re: Let’s get it right this time. (‘87 Dip project)
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2020, 19:48:43 »

I’ll need to check that video out later.


So, yesterday I got the outside lights replaced, and today went on the maiden voyage. I forgot how gutless the standard 318 could be with the stock rear gear.


The car needs power and a 3rd pedal. And some noise too.
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