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    Senior Member powerline84's Avatar
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    VIN 2706's 20 year nap

    After wanting one since a kid and a couple years of looking I found 2706 south of Savannah Ga and brought her home on Dec 10 2016. I have restored a few classic cars and love the hunt and the build so I wanted a restoration candidate that I could bring back to life. I hate to say "Barn Find", because so many people throw that term around these days. However this car was literally driven into a barn in 1996 and sat there till about a week before I brought her home. Originally bought new in South Carolina the second owner passed away earlier this year and the Widow was cleaning out the cars. There was also 3 gto's and a mustang. All the typical stuff is ruined, fuel system, rubber etc. The frame and tub on this car are gorgeous. Being that it lived in GA for many years the ext and interior are sun faded but all the components are there. My intent is to get the car running then strip it down to frame and build her from the ground up.
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    1st order of business was to get all the doors and everything to hold themselves up because it was pretty annoying so Rob sent me a set of pistons. I also picked up some cheap tires to get the car easy to roll around. I also ordered fuel pump, accumulator, tune up kit, fuel system parts etc. to try and get her to fire. 20161210_154522.jpg20161211_101700.jpg20161211_101712.jpg20161211_101714.jpg20161211_101944.jpg20161211_102703.jpg20161211_102717.jpg20161211_173427.jpg20161211_173727.jpg20161211_180113.jpg

    I don't know if I got a defective piston or if my drivers door needs and adjustment but my passenger door flys up and has a lot of power in the piston and the drivers door doesn't and sags. Ill have to ask Rob and see if it needs to be exchanged.

    the only damage I have found on the frame is a little crumple zone rinkle but nothing that cant be fixed.

    The rims were an interesting surprise. I took the tires of the front rims and found that one of the rims is a dark grey on the inside even thought all the rims on the car are light gray. I don't know if the outside is just to faded that I cant tell or what. the Dark grey rim is stamped year 80 on the back and the light grey is stamped 81. Interesting....lol I would love the know the story behind that. I plan on sending these in to DMC to get a refurbished or just exchanged for a Dark Grey set as I prefer them. I had to cover the rim in tire snot to get the bead to seal because so much paint was flaking of or corroding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerline84 View Post
    1st order of business was to get all the doors and everything to hold themselves up because it was pretty annoying so Rob sent me a set of pistons. I also picked up some cheap tires to get the car easy to roll around. I also ordered fuel pump, accumulator, tune up kit, fuel system parts etc. to try and get her to fire. 20161210_154522.jpg20161211_101700.jpg20161211_101712.jpg20161211_101714.jpg20161211_101944.jpg20161211_102703.jpg20161211_102717.jpg20161211_173427.jpg20161211_173727.jpg20161211_180113.jpg

    I don't know if I got a defective piston or if my drivers door needs and adjustment but my passenger door flys up and has a lot of power in the piston and the drivers door doesn't and sags. Ill have to ask Rob and see if it needs to be exchanged.

    the only damage I have found on the frame is a little crumple zone rinkle but nothing that cant be fixed.

    The rims were an interesting surprise. I took the tires of the front rims and found that one of the rims is a dark grey on the inside even thought all the rims on the car are light gray. I don't know if the outside is just to faded that I cant tell or what. the Dark grey rim is stamped year 80 on the back and the light grey is stamped 81. Interesting....lol I would love the know the story behind that. I plan on sending these in to DMC to get a refurbished or just exchanged for a Dark Grey set as I prefer them. I had to cover the rim in tire snot to get the bead to seal because so much paint was flaking of or corroding.
    My car came with a single dark grey rim, and it's November 81. Factory using what it had or a later replacement in the 80s? Quien sabe.

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    More than likely the piston is fine but you need a torsion bar adjustment to make it operate properly.
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    Take the piston/strut off and note where the door hangs/balances without it. It should be about 6" open at the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerline84 View Post

    I don't know if I got a defective piston or if my drivers door needs and adjustment but my passenger door flys up and has a lot of power in the piston and the drivers door doesn't and sags. Ill have to ask Rob and see if it needs to be exchanged.
    Unlikely you got a bad strut, but it's easy to find out - just switch the gas struts to the opposite door. If the driver's door still sags then adjust the torsion bar. If the passenger door now sags you have a bad gas strut.
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    The door struts are one of the more easy to replace and not that expensive. If it sat closed for a long time, my guess is they'd need replacing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lwanmtr View Post
    The door struts are one of the more easy to replace and not that expensive. If it sat closed for a long time, my guess is they'd need replacing.
    See my second post lol. I replaced all of them with a set of pj grady pistons. I am sure it's just a torsion adjustment .

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    Lol..of I missed where you said that...my bad. Torsion bar is something I dont wanna mess with...lol
    Rob Depew
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    Yes, the WK number is your keycode. You can still get new keys cut at DMCH if you give them that code.

    The T is a factory quality sticker. Not sure what it means specifically.
    Dermot
    VIN 2743, B/A, Frame 2227, engine 2320

    I don't always drive cars, but when I do, I prefer DeLoreans

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    No-one is to stone anyone, even, and I want to make this absolutely clear, even if they do say "carburetor"

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