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    Resto mod from rolling shell

    Hey everyone, I'm new here. I bought a 1986 MKII rolling shell a month or so ago, but just got the title today.
    I'm going to be putting a lot of work into this, the plan moving forward will be dropping in a mildly modded 5.3 LS into it.
    That being said, I need to check and possibly fix any rust, redo the suspension, as well as re-do the interior in addition, so this will be a long slow journey.
    I have no clue what I'm doing, but we'll see how it goes.

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    Welcome. Don't have a clue? I mean, do you have and knowledge or experience repairing cars or are you just joking? Don't bite off more than you can chew.
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    I've done a few things on my daily driver, intake, exhaust, high pressure fuel pump, as well as a majority of maintenance. I'm not clueless, but I will absolutely be learning a lot of new things for this project. Definitely need to up my welding skills.

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    Good luck with the journey, would be a good read once you are finished.

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    You may as well start a build thread,when you are ready.
    Practice your welding skills and see what you can do and how to do it.
    Rust issues?Check our restoration threads. There are a lot of them and they are a gold mine of information.There are few Texas boys on this forum!
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    LS is cool but there's a LOT to like about a Lexus 1UZ-FE 4 liter V8. My two cents. Look into them, they're a dime a dozen and proven to go 300K miles consistently.

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    Yeah, I'm hoping rust will be minimal, as this was a So Cal car (I'm in VA). However I did see a lot of resto threads where rust was still an issue. I definitely have minimal welding experience, so that's going to be the major challenge. I've lurked on a few resto threads, as well as the two detailed LS swaps DiscoElk and another I can't remember, red supra in Florida.

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    I apparently don't have enough posts here to directly link images yet. I've started pulling things off the car, it didn't come with an engine/transmission to begin with, so I didn't have to worry about that. The previous owner had fabbed himself up some NRG brand seats. He did not do a good job of this at all, and the seats were basically wobbly deathtraps. I got one out so far. I haven't seen much rust yet, so that's good, reading SupraFiends posts, I know I will find some near the shock towers probably. The one spot that is rusty is a drain hole in the spare tire well. I'll have to cut and patch that and hole saw a new drain hole. The hatch itself is in good shape, I might sell it and put those dollars toward a carbon one.

    The bad stuff is only, the windshield is not properly installed, at all, so I'll need to redo that. I'm missing some weird stuff like the windshield surrounding trim, the heating controls. And the roof is dented pretty bad from where the PO had his hood fly up on him.
    Here's an imgur album I'll try to update as things go along.




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    Found a bit more rust. I knew the area behind the passenger door had been repaired with Bondo. What I didn't know was that they had cut and welded in a replacement panel.. without any sort of primer or rust prevention. I'm not sure if just scraping it off and POR-15 on the inside would be enough for this or if more drastic action is needed. I guess it depends on if bondo/ paint will keep the other side from rusting.
    I'm sure SupraFiend could chime in, if he sees this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texasissouth View Post
    Found a bit more rust. I knew the area behind the passenger door had been repaired with Bondo. What I didn't know was that they had cut and welded in a replacement panel.. without any sort of primer or rust prevention. I'm not sure if just scraping it off and POR-15 on the inside would be enough for this or if more drastic action is needed. I guess it depends on if bondo/ paint will keep the other side from rusting.
    I'm sure SupraFiend could chime in, if he sees this.
    again, I can't post pictures or links yet, but if you go to imgur then add this to the url /a/6v4iN that's the album of this panel.
    I tried to find the images....
    No luck. Anyone else want to try?
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