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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #300 on: October 22, 2015, 10:39:13 PM »
It's coming along good..
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #301 on: October 23, 2015, 01:40:55 AM »
It's coming along good..

Yes, indeed!  Finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, eh?  Fantastic work!

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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #302 on: October 23, 2015, 08:00:40 AM »
That's going to be a very nicely done pinto , 👍
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #303 on: February 21, 2016, 01:36:48 AM »
Update for February 21st, 2016 (don't know why pics posted SIDEWAYS and UPSIDE DOWN) - I put them in correctly

Hi guys/gals:

  I could not POSSIBLY tell you everything that has happened with my car to this point, but after eight years it's on its way to being completed. I will drop a few pics here to show you current state. A couple of important notes of things that I have found that will be added to this car:

1) Have since purchased NOS bumpers, AC condenser, stone shields, wheel well trim, front parking lamps, door handles, and one rocker molding
2) Have installed headliner and a new windshield
3) Busted HUMP on the body and finally got it straight - have three coats of EPOXY primer on it now
4) Have restored an 8" rear end from a hatchback, completely ripped down, sandblasted, have repainted with POR-15 chassis black, need to reassemble then install (replacing the stock 6.75" rear)
5) Also have new rear springs, bolts, shackles, shocks - the entire suspension will be new once these parts are in

Getting excited. Need to start sanding body (hood and fenders are in another room, they are also primered); gonna build me a temp paint booth and do it all in urethane.

Stay tuned :)

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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #304 on: February 21, 2016, 01:46:35 AM »
One more post with a few more shots.....actu ally when I was working on it prior to the shots above (I sprayed an enamel guide coat to help with bodywork, then put on epoxy primer)....
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #305 on: February 21, 2016, 06:41:02 AM »
Lookin good.
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #306 on: February 21, 2016, 12:55:19 PM »
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #307 on: March 21, 2016, 09:19:10 PM »
Update for March 16th, 2016 (aka when the %&^* is this car gonna get finished)? :)

Just a little something I picked up recently to "garnish" the car when I finally finish paint. Yes, the two without tires are NOS 5.5" four lug Cragar rims with caps. The ones WITH tires have new B60-13's, are used 7" rims, and are in beautiful shape. Good Lord who knew I'd be able to find NOS Cragars in 2016? I HAD to have them. And the car will have that classic "70's rake" with A70's in the front and B60's in the rear. CAN'T WAIT!!!
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #308 on: March 21, 2016, 09:38:02 PM »
Love them Cragars....
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #309 on: June 20, 2016, 04:27:00 PM »
Update for June 20th, 2016
Apologies again for my lax efforts to post, it's because of too much going on, waiting on lawyers to finalize my divorce, moving stuff, ughhh. Anyways enough about my personal issues, please enjoy these photos of my 6.75" to 8" rear end swapout including all new springs, shackles, UBOLTS, brake line, etc. I even have classic Cragar S/S wheels now, one pic is of the B60-13's on the back. Enjoy. Eight years people - I'm down to needing a new exhaust system, front end alignment, install my A/C hardware, paint, and interior. Everything else is DONE. What a LOT of work.
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #310 on: June 20, 2016, 04:28:55 PM »
Here's some more......
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #311 on: June 20, 2016, 04:33:36 PM »
FOOTNOTE: It was a big job, but my buddy Rob (whom without this car would NEVER have gotten this far) and I whipped all of this in about four hours, It was LOVELY to see that beautiful *' rear end go under there, and all the associated hardware. All that's left under the car to do is the exhaust system - EVERYTHING ELSE has been restored or replaced or rebuilt new. So exciting.

Still more work but Texas summer heat, and a divorce to get through. Car will be stored until Fall when I can work on it again; trying to get myself reestablished so I can have a place to live, job, you know - all that CRAP> This car WILL be finished if it's the last thing I do. I've put too much time, effort, and money into it to get it this far. More pics soon.
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #312 on: June 20, 2016, 06:59:10 PM »
Nothing says "retro" like Cragers. Gotta love them. Nice work..er job...er fun?

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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #313 on: June 21, 2016, 06:15:13 PM »
Chris,


You have invested a phenomenal amount of time, energy, and money into this project and, believe me, it shows!  Keep up the good work!


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« Reply #314 on: June 22, 2016, 08:00:22 AM »
Chris,


You have invested a phenomenal amount of time, energy, and money into this project and, believe me, it shows!  Keep up the good work!


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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #315 on: January 24, 2018, 02:54:25 PM »
Hi guys!


  Been a hell of a long time - nearly a year and a half since posting. Things have changed substantially, hence my disappearing act. Was divorced in August of 2016. After years of engineering experience, moved out to work in an Auto Parts store, then a gameroom supply house. In February of 2017, received an email from a contractor to work in Seattle at Microsoft in the XBOX group - to which of course, I said HELL YES!


  Have been in the Seattle area since. Absolutely LOVE it here, but my contract ends this June. My car still sits, unfinished, in my former home (thanks to my very kind former spouse), but she wants it moved - SOON. All of my STUFF is in a packed storage garage in Dallas, including all my NOS parts to finish the car.


  I am seeking full time employment in either Washington or Texas, and the future of the car remains unsettled. I had never dared thought to sell it, and still don't want to, but push MAY come to shove, which would make me sick, as this would be the SECOND car I've "nearly restored" then let go of.


  At any rate, I hope everyone here is well and still working on their projects. I won't have any updates to the restoration anytime soon, but, I wanted to stop and say hello. IF I decide to sell the car, I will let everyone here know about it.


  Blessings, all!


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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #316 on: January 24, 2018, 03:01:09 PM »
Welcome back, Chris!  It's good to hear from you again! 


Divorce can wreck all kinds of plans, but it sounds like you've weathered the storm fairly well.  Hope it works out that you won't have to part ways with your wagon.  You've done SO much work on it, I know you want to see it through to completion!


Take care and stay in touch!


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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #317 on: January 24, 2018, 03:39:01 PM »
Thank you Dwayne, and very nice to see you again! I absolutely wish to continue on this car, it's been almost ten years since I purchased it, and I wish it to be completed. Thanks for the continued interest, and I do hope the logistics will allow me to continue. All the best!


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« Reply #318 on: January 25, 2018, 10:17:25 AM »
Welcome back Chris!!!! Glad to see you still have your Pinto. Please start up your posts again. We really need them again.
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« Reply #319 on: January 25, 2018, 10:45:17 AM »
Chris , I knew we were missing something, I couldn't find the motivation that you've shown on the restoration and It's had me in a constant state of amazement :o  Sorry to hear your circumstances caused so much disruption..  Great to hear that you still have the car and pieces to finish it.  ;D Keeps me hopeful that My 72 will roll out of storage within the year, ( Employment dependent , of course)
 I have faith that you'll find this course correction in living to your benefit..  :)
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« Reply #320 on: January 25, 2018, 01:32:38 PM »
Dick, Pintosopher, it sure is good to connect with you guys again! As I get settled I'll get back on this gem, I MUST finish it!!


Last time I was in Texas (May of last year), I took the car out for a drive around the neighborhood. LOL - no lights or markers/turn signals, no seat belt, no gauges, no bumpers, no windows except for the windshield.... and she ran GREAT! A neighbor (formerly unknown) down the street was in his front year and flagged me down, had me pull the car around the back of his house - he was blown away at the restoration and the detail level I had gone to. He couldn't believe he was seeing a Pinto!!


Here in Seattle, I visited a number of car shows lat Summer - NO Pintos!! Can't wait to show mine off :). There is, however, just down the street from Microsoft, a home that has a blue Pinto wagon sitting in the driveway. I've been intending on stopping by and introducing myself/finding out more about the car. Geeze I LOVE seeing these cars!!!


Thanks again guys - have missed being here.


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« Reply #321 on: February 03, 2018, 08:14:29 PM »
Chris, GREAT to hear from you!
Sad about some stuff yet glad things are looking up for you now.
Any chance of them extending your contract, or even better just hiring you?
I really truly hope you can figure out a way to keep the Pinto. You've gone through so much with it I bet it has become a real part of you and there would be a huge hole if it has to go.

I understand all too well about life getting in the way. I had to park my Ranchero almost 2 years ago. Was making good progress getting it back on the road and then I had a major health issue pop up Oct 2016. Ended up having triple bypass surgery in Dec of 2016. That killed a good job I had just started. As well as ANY working on cars for a good while. So even though I started feeling better, with no employment I couldn't really afford to do anything other than some minor puttering. But I have just recently gotten a real job with benefits and more money than I have ever made in my life and am hoping to get serious on the Ranchero soon. My health is still sucky, I get tired way too easily. But I will get back into this game. I just need to learn to be patient with myself, lack of it is my biggest fault.

Hoping to get the Ranchero out of the way by the end of this year so I can move the Pinto back and start on it again.

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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #322 on: February 08, 2018, 12:47:54 PM »
Thank you so much for checking in Russ, I'm glad to hear that you got through your own issues and are healthy again, and that you have a great job. I am looking at two different job opportunities right now, we'll see how they bubble up in a short time - will advise when I know more. I definitely intend to keep my car, it would be a very big oss for me given the time and love I've invested in it.

Appreciate seeing you again! More soon! Be well, my friend!

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« Reply #323 on: March 04, 2018, 07:37:16 PM »
Glad to hear from you again. Hope you are able to get back to the pinto.
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #324 on: April 05, 2018, 02:55:13 AM »
Chris,
Any updates car or job?
Did you notice I have  gone totally insane?
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Re: Popbumper's '76 wagon - update
« Reply #325 on: April 05, 2018, 11:30:07 AM »
Thanks for asking, Russ.


I have been verbally offered a permanent position at Microsoft, the background check is underway, but I've not yet had my formal offer letter. It's been ten weeks since I started this process, and it's been harrowing. It's GREAT news, but not perfected until the signature has been laid down, and the ink has dried. I've never been through such a painful hiring process.


The car sits alone, unattended, in a storage garage in Dallas. It had been at my former home, but required being moved, even though I credit my former wife for allowing me to store it in her garage for a year. Now it costs me $142/month to store it. I plan to bring it here and finish it once everything is squared away. More unnervingly, my buddy Rob in Dallas, who was instrumental in helping with "all things mechanical"on the car, will no longer be available to assist me. I need a new, skilled Pinto friend in Washington, and quick!


Since I, too, have gone totally insane, I have not noticed that you have. Sorry!  ;)

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« Reply #326 on: April 05, 2018, 02:11:41 PM »
Send a note to Tigger as he lives up there in the NW. Knows all about Pintos and has spare parts too. Glad your back ( I hope ) Chris. I moved out of Texas to NW Arkansas and have never looked back. Been here 18 years now. No other Pintos here but lots of street rods. If things don't work out up in the NW try Bell Helicopter back in Texas. They hired me at 71 years old. So much for age hurts getting a job. Only thing that matters is what you have to offer a new employer. I was a metrology tech with over 30 years on the job. Bell hired me on the first interview. Keep us up dated on what's going on up north. ~~~Dick
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« Reply #327 on: April 05, 2018, 03:40:27 PM »
Dick:[/size]  Thanks for all the info and well wishes, I'll be sure to send a note to Tigger.  :)


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