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Old 02-14-2016, 06:55 AM   #519
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Is there anything we can take off my donor to help? It is a '78 but has 8 lug/front discs so probably has the 14K parts.
Oh wow, I hadn't thought about that approach. If I were to go that route at a minimum I would need the steering knuckle and hubs/rotors from each side. The knuckle has the red arrow pointing to it.
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I would need the donor hubs because the spindle bearings are different for the heavier vehicles.

If I do use the knuckles from your donor then the donor will no longer able to be moved around. Would that be a problem?


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Old 02-14-2016, 07:03 AM   #520
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Looking closer I would probably need the rotor dust shield as well.

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Certainly would not be simple at the moment Brad as once the body work is done and the remaining good windows (the single rear, one drivers side 30in slider, and the two cockpit sliders) are removed I intend to get it towed for scrap.

Would be easier if it was being parted out but I don't have the facilities or the time to do it.

Fingers crossed the new parts you have ordered works but at least the donor could be a back up plan.
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I'm sure the right ball joints are out there somewhere. It's just maddening that the parts books are so vague as to what fits what models and years
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:00 PM   #523
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Notice anything missing in the pictures below?

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Since I had the control arms and other suspension components removed I decided to go ahead and drop the saddle and get it cleaned up and painted while the opportunity presented itself. I was surprised at how easy it ended up being to remove it.

Fortunately with all the parts stripped off it's not as heavy as it looks which ended up being a good thing as after I removed what I thought was the third to last bolt it dropped and landed on my feet. Turns out the other two bolts were holding something else in place

It wasn't until after loading all the bits and pieces in the back of my truck and heading over to the place that does shot blasting that I got the bad news for the day. They no long do shot blasting for the general public

Apparently they have a new plant manager who decided he didn't want to deal with the public

So now I get to sand blast everything myself. The small pieces won't take long but the saddle and the transmission mount are a different story. I'll likely have to use a wire wheel on my hand grinder to clean it up enough to paint.

Oh well....

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Did you stop at the car wash on your way back? That high pressure wand and the engine degreaser really works wonders.
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Did you stop at the car wash on your way back? That high pressure wand and the engine degreaser really works wonders.
Yeah stopped at a car wash but all they had was soap and hot water. It did a reasonable job of getting the caked on grease off. I figure a few hours with a wire wheel and it should be good enough to paint.

This afternoon I managed to get all the small parts sand blasted and painted on one side. Should be able to get the other side later this week. Now I just have to wait for a nice day so I can set the saddle on saw horses outside. Maybe this weekend.

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UPS was nice enough to drop off the new rear leaf springs today

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The helper spring was shipped separately from the main spring assembly and from the looks of it I'm a little confused as to what the final configuration is supposed to be.

My best guess is the helper spring is inserted just above the bottom most spring in the pack. That's the only configuration that makes sense. Most likely I'll have to contact the manufacturer tomorrow just to make sure I do it right "the first time"


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Those rear springs look really nice Brad. I guess you are changing out the shocks as well?
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General public? Didn't you tell them you were from Kahler Classic restorations?
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General public? Didn't you tell them you were from Kahler Classic restorations?
To be a business you have to MAKE money, unfortunately Kahler Classic restorations is a money losing proposition, better known as a money pit
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Practical standard for business classification

The general rule is that if you have not turned a profit in at least three of the prior five years, the IRS will categorize your business as a hobby. This may be extended to a profit in two of the prior seven years in the specific case of horse training, breeding or racing. This is, presumably, because these endeavors involve a great amount of risk.


I saw fire blowing out of your engine when you did the test, so the Argosy most be a racing vehicle..
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Practical standard for business classification

The general rule is that if you have not turned a profit in at least three of the prior five years, the IRS will categorize your business as a hobby. This may be extended to a profit in two of the prior seven years in the specific case of horse training, breeding or racing. This is, presumably, because these endeavors involve a great amount of risk.
Or because those industries had really good lobbyists in Washington

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I saw fire blowing out of your engine when you did the test, so the Argosy most be a racing vehicle..
Fire out of the exhaust pipes or was it the spark plug cables?! If it's the exhaust pipe then yes it's my Argosy racing engine. If it was the plug wires you saw that's a whole different story!
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Those rear springs look really nice Brad. I guess you are changing out the shocks as well?
Definitely changing all of the shocks. Way back in fall of 2008 I bought new Monroe shocks for front and rear. I'm hoping they don't have a shelf life!
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