There is no dirtier job than removing the suspension from the car. Especially when it hasn’t been off for years or ever. I’m going to do a complete rebuild with new shocks, bushings, ball joints, wheel bearings etc etc. A arms, sway bars and other parts to be powder coated and other parts will be cad plated either clear or yellow.
More parts taken off that will all need thoroughly cleaned, lubed etc. before they can go back on the car after paint. These parts are never taken off in most cosmetic restorations. Most people buy cars based on the paint and interior when there are a lot of issues that are neglected. With the price of these cars now, it is definitely worth it to spend more and do it right.
There are lots of trim pieces that need either rechromed or if stainless, polished. Everything will be done on Rob’s Dino per the photos. A few parts such as emblems will be sourced new. Including lug bolts, over 50 items need to be addressed.
Just unhook everything and it comes right out!
The Dino has 4 sets of ID numbers. There is the chassis number, this one being 08450, there is the body number being stamped on numerous trim pieces. There is also the engine ID number and gearbox number. Here you will see the chassis and the body #’s. The engine is coming out this week which will allow for photos of the other numbers.
The last drive before things get crazy and I really start pulling parts off! Doors and dash were next. The doors are one of the more challenging projects. Even stripping the parts off is difficult task. The dash is also a bit challenging as there are lots of parts to be disconnected before it will come out.
It was decided to bring the Dino back to original factory configuration. Blu Dino Metallizzato with tan interior, rust carpet, Dino vinyl trim and correct mouse hair.
The owner hadn’t decided on a color but was leaning towards blue. We were told this car was originally silver. As I was stripping it down there right in front of me was a remnant of the original color. The car came from the factory wearing Dino Blue Metallizzato, the owner decided that’s what it will be. I really like this trend with owners going back to original colors.