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71 fastback project
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(06-18-2019, 06:11 AM)NOT A T5 Wrote:
(06-17-2019, 09:52 PM)rigotti76 Wrote: New aprons fit pretty good but will need a little massaging shouldn't be bad though kinda disappointed they dont already have the square holes for the fenders already but oh well[Image: 619e70fafa7aa3e368f84e848194a1d9.jpg][Image: 12e4a434ef6a8bb8477331bfc9f8692e.jpg]

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Yeah, those aprons come without holes for the fenders. Looks like your right strut rod is a little bent. What are you going to do about all that surface rust?
One of my buddies has a sand blaster so I had thought about going that route but it's really not bad the flash on my camera makes it look worse I think but i think a white wheel and some sanding would get me where I need to be of kinda like to avoid sandblasting as it a bit of a mess but as for the strut rod it has new bushings I guess I hadn't really thought much of it being bent is that an issue as far as aligning it goes?

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Core support came yesterday ordered outer front frame rails today and a passenger rear apron still need to get apron extensions but I may just fix the ones I have[Image: 2d5bd4e69e296fd843ee9f13b81d55d7.jpg][Image: fd5afa33ba578df88cf3040878609c15.jpg][Image: 6055ca72e259ffc16c733aba92d4c3e3.jpg]

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Regarding the bent strut rod, because it is bolted to the lower control arm, the lower control arm also has to be bent or twisted. I would also wonder why it got bent, and what else may have received damage. The strut rod can be straightened on a press.



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#34
runninpony 
rigotti76, I have a passenger side fender apron extension that you can have if you want, just pay shipping! I bought this piece from OMS, drilled some holes in it for welding it on but never used it! Let me know, thanks!

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(06-19-2019, 09:01 PM)Don C Wrote: Regarding the bent strut rod, because it is bolted to the lower control arm, the lower control arm also has to be bent or twisted. I would also wonder why it got bent, and what else may have received damage. The strut rod can be straightened on a press.
The front cross member look like a farmer welded it in the bent strut rod may have something to do with that

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(06-20-2019, 05:55 AM)NOT A T5 Wrote: rigotti76, I have a passenger side fender apron extension that you can have if you want, just pay shipping! I bought this piece from OMS, drilled some holes in it for welding it on but never used it! Let me know, thanks!
Well I'd really appreciate that if it wouldn't be too much trouble! Thanks

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(06-20-2019, 06:42 AM)rigotti76 Wrote:
(06-20-2019, 05:55 AM)NOT A T5 Wrote: rigotti76, I have a passenger side fender apron extension that you can have if you want, just pay shipping! I bought this piece from OMS, drilled some holes in it for welding it on but never used it! Let me know, thanks!
Well I'd really appreciate that if it wouldn't be too much trouble! Thanks

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Well, no trouble at all! Ahem, I have the extension piece for the driver side, not passenger as I posted earlier. PM me if you need the part!

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#38
I agree with the Crossmember being bent.  Looks like aftermarket welds in the shot that shown the top side weld of the crossmamber to the drivers side frame rail.  My car had the same problem.

When I bought my car in 1982, the previous owners had run it over a parking curb or something that hit the front drivers corner of that cross member so hard that it broke the welds loose.  Funny thing about mine is I couldn't identify the problem for years.  I would have the car aligned, and it would always pull to the drivers side.  It made no sense until one time when I was replacing strut bushings.  As I braced myself to crank on the bug strut bolt I noticed the main crossmember rocking back when there was rearward push on the drivers wheel.

I found all the forward and one of the lower welds were broken.  I replaced the Strut Crossmember and bought a straight strut.

There is enough adjustment in the strut length that you can still align the front end when they are bent.

Just a little old school story for you......

good luck!   I love the fender apron progress!

One question, did you manage to locate the battery apron support bracket prior to welding that apron to the frame rail?  Is is supposed to be pinched between the apron and the frame rail.

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(06-21-2019, 08:52 AM)kcmash Wrote: I agree with the Crossmember being bent.  Looks like aftermarket welds in the shot that shown the top side weld of the crossmamber to the drivers side frame rail.  My car had the same problem.

When I bought my car in 1982, the previous owners had run it over a parking curb or something that hit the front drivers corner of that cross member so hard that it broke the welds loose.  Funny thing about mine is I couldn't identify the problem for years.  I would have the car aligned, and it would always pull to the drivers side.  It made no sense until one time when I was replacing strut bushings.  As I braced myself to crank on the bug strut bolt I noticed the main crossmember rocking back when there was rearward push on the drivers wheel.

I found all the forward and one of the lower welds were broken.  I replaced the Strut Crossmember and bought a straight strut.

There is enough adjustment in the strut length that you can still align the front end when they are bent.

Just a little old school story for you......

good luck!   I love the fender apron progress!

One question, did you manage to locate the battery apron support bracket prior to welding that apron to the frame rail?  Is is supposed to be pinched between the apron and the frame rail.

kcmash
I didnt know that but the apron is not welded In yet. If you hot a chance do you think you could get me a picture of how the battery tray mount as mine was completely rusted away and I have no idea how the mount

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