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Old 06-09-2018, 09:30 PM
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I removed the fuel vapor recovery canister from the CTS and installed it in the 49. It hangs on the sheet metal above the rear suspension assy. I needed to get it in there to check for clearance. Next I installed the rear suspension cradle again. It's pretty crowded in there but I can leave the parking brake actuator in its original location and the vapor canister clears the suspension by a couple inches.

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Next I started closing up the trunk floor around the suspension. I reduced the size of my pictures as requested by Adm. I think I'm in size. I just reduced the dimensions on my picture resizer

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Old 06-10-2018, 08:50 AM
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Picture size is good jack

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Old 06-10-2018, 01:29 PM
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I made a template and cut the lower right side panel from some sheet. Next, I ran it through the E wheel using a PU upper wheel to put a bend in along the upper 3 inches so the panel rolls inward to meet with the upper panel.

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Then I used the shrinker to bring the curve in so it follows the edge of the top panel, then planished with the E wheel using the steel upper wheel.


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After some fitting and trimming, I tacked the panel in and checked suspension clearance under the car. All is good so I welded it up.

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Old 06-11-2018, 11:48 PM
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Making progress.I need to drop the rear suspension out AGAIN so I can bump some of the original sheet metal out to meet the new stuff across the top.

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Old 06-12-2018, 05:59 AM
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Looking good Jack.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:55 AM
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Amazing work Jack! You have to be getting anxious to test drive it by this point.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:39 PM
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I cleaned up the sheet metal on the bottom and got some seam sealer and primer on it. I reinstalled the vapor canister and parking brake actuator(I didn't have to relocate the actuator. Everything fit.). Then I put the rear suspension back in, hopefully for the last time. I still need to install the shocks and bags.

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Old 06-14-2018, 09:22 PM
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I got the inside of the trunk finished. Seam sealer and painted top and bottom. No frills, it will be upholstered eventually. Not much trunk space left after swapping the rear suspension. I'll be lucky to fit a beer cooler in here. Before, I could fit a whole refrigerator in.


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Old 06-14-2018, 10:03 PM
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Like Tom Sawyer getting all the kids to paint the fence, you'll have gawkers plying you with beer in exchange for answering their questions.


(Hint, keep them back lest they drool on the paint! )
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:11 PM
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I removed the exhaust and drive shaft and started stripping the wiring and plumbing to the engine and transmission today. I need to set the engine and trans down so I can get the firewall and trans tunnel out of the CTS. I tagged the connectors on this one. Normally I wouldn't need to. The harnesses on these new cars are laid out so precisely that you can just drape it over the area where it goes and the connectors will fall within a couple inches of where they plug in. The difference with this job is that there will be some relocation of body mounted components such as the ABS module which will be about 12 inches further forward than its original location. Other components like the overflow tank, fuse box, air cleaner box, etc will end up where ever they will fit cleanly.
I will just be setting the assy on the ground until I can get the firewall transferred to the 49. It's going to get pretty crowded around here for a while.


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