Project 85 Black 442 frame off restoration

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tobyp

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Jun 12, 2011
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I had the privaledge of finding a great buy on a Black/Silver numbers matching 85 442. I have rust in some of the wrong places and the frame rails at the rear are bad enough to warrant seperating the body and frame to do this restoration correct. I look at it as this. Only 3000 442 made in 85, not many left. May as well take the time to honor a great car and put it back on the road and show it. We are the next generation of cars to bring to shows.

I will start posting from the day I picked it up, to the donor frame I am taking from another cutty, to body work, interior, and then final paint. I plan on a 1 year project.

Pics of the day I brought the 442 home





rust in trunk


surface rust on the roof


front end is sound


engine bay


rust at the wheel house and yup, the body mount


pass qtr


pass rocker completely gone, but floor boards are good


drivers qtr


drivers rocker, has 15% rust through


frame rot at body bushing, main reason for frame replacement


interior pretty good, seats not ripped, interior will be the easiest part







interior arsenal of items collected to start dying and reconditioning.


Glad I have some extra parts!
 

tobyp

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These are pics of "pinky the donor" (named by Brian Weaver from Gbodyparts.com) As seen a little rot on this frame as well near the rear end. I have more frame rails where this one is not so good, the rails are good. I hope to have the body off the frame this evening.













If anyone needs a roof let me know!! Rust free.
 

Blueboy84

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Just across the River from you! Good luck on the project! Keep the pics coming. Can't wait to see the progress!
 

dogsh1t

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Mans buzy at it! My 87 442 was also a save but from a better starting point. Plans for a concurs type restoration or with hidden & in the spirit of Doc Watson's 442 upgrades? ie a well built 403 instead of a box stock vin9, or widened rear 442 rims with a better size white letter tire, or 2.5" instead of 2.25" exhaust, or an 87 120mph or aftermarket 140mph overlay etc. Inquiring minds want to know. :)
 

tobyp

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More pics from this evening stripping "pinky the donor" of its body. A little rough in places but in salvagable shape with some tlc with the plasma cutter and mig welder!!

I'd say this being the first time cutting up a car was both frustrating and fun at the same time. :evil: :p






















Next to get the engine and trans seperated
 

tobyp

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dogshit said:
Mans buzy at it! My 87 442 was also a save but from a better starting point. Plans for a concurs type restoration or with hidden & in the spirit of Doc Watson's 442 upgrades? ie a well built 403 instead of a box stock vin9, or widened rear 442 rims with a better size white letter tire, or 2.5" instead of 2.25" exhaust, or an 87 120mph or aftermarket 140mph overlay etc. Inquiring minds want to know. :)



This one gets to stay bone stock. I'd like to preserve the originality of it. I can play around and modify the 81 all I want. Not taking anything away from the 81, but I'd rather keep the 442 an original restoration for shows and such.
 

84clonewars

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Im super jealous of that giant parts bin Toby, I know that car is gonna turn out great.
 
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