End of year review and current status
Merry Christmas! As 2015 closes out, I'm looking over all the progress so far, and I'm stuck by two things: I've gotten a lot of good work done, and I have so much more to do. I keep reminding myself this is a long term project ;)
Let's get the basics out of the way.
Yes, I'm still working on it.
No, it's not done yet.
No, it's not down on its own wheels yet.
I haven't posted much the past month as we're currently in the midst of a kitchen remodel that will likely drag until Spring, and this takes up some of my garage time on the weekends. Between this and the Christmas season, it's hard to get time to post much lately. And, if I'm perfectly honest, it's cold in the garage, and I'm basically a wuss when cold weather shows up. (Seriously, it's not even that cold - like 50 degrees.)
But, fear not, for I have time during the last week in December, so I'll get some posts together and published as January plows on. I have some cool stuff to show on the front frame repairs, which has lots of welding, cutting and general chaos.
Astute viewers will note that the blog isn't' really in 'real-time' yet - Posts are still catching up to the current State of the Project. But I'm getting close,which means I'll be posting events as they happen. As such, you might be surprised to learn what actually happened in 2015. Even more astute viewers (which I assume is anyone actually reading the text) will note that any posts previous to what's in here is the 2012-2014 story.
Let's review what got done this year, what we've learned, and what's coming up next.
- Brakes - I'm staying with the power-boosted 4-piston factory caliper set-up; for the calipers, I need to figure out if I'm rebuilding, outsourcing a rebuild, or just buying new parts.
- Steering - I've settled on the factory-like power steering setup but using a manual adapter - more effort but more road-feel and fewer (no) hydraulic issues.
- Suspension - the standard coil spring/strut rod setup will stay, with roller bearings where it makes sense and quality shocks. The stance will be level and the springs will be GT+ rates.