Advice on taking front section apart on '70

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Advice on taking front section apart on '70

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Post by bsbeck » 07 Nov 2018, 19:28

I'm considering pulling the entire front section of the car apart this winter and cleaning/repainting but I'd like to hear some thoughts on how hard it is and any advice you have. I'm not going to repaint anything that's body color, but the rest I'd like to freshen up. Here's what I'm thinking...

1. Removing Hood
2. Removing Front fenders
3. Removing Front spoiler and valance
4. All the headlight assembly and vacuum tank
5. Possibly go ahead and rebuild the entire front suspension
6. strip everything off the block best I can and cover, then clean and paint the engine bay
7. Reverse cover and repaint the engine.
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Re: Advice on taking front section apart on '70

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Post by cyclonelou » 07 Nov 2018, 21:46

If you remove the wiring harness you can clean it with a toothbrush and full strength Simple Green or a like product that is mild so as to not remove any colors on the wiring. Important to hang that harness straight as rolling it up might do damage to those 50 year old wires. And of course tag every thing i.e. 1 to 1, A to B, or whatever suits you. Of course pictures help too.

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Re: Advice on taking front section apart on '70

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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 08 Nov 2018, 00:10

I did that over my first (or was it second?) winter with my car too. It's not too bad. I also replaced the door hinge pins while I was at it. Good times, hanging doors by yourself! Fenders were a good time too ~ trying to get some semblance of even gaps on a car that's crooked as a politician, LOL!
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Re: Advice on taking front section apart on '70

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Post by CATHOUSE » 08 Nov 2018, 08:48

The first thing you will need to do is to line up a helper. I generally do it myself but I am taking a parts car apart with no intention of putting it back together so I am not concerned if I end up put a scratch in the paint, if there is any of that even left on the car. For you though a scratch would not be a good thing.

So I would start by removing the hood. Then you will want to start at the front down low.
1) Remove front spoiler
2) Remove front valance
3) Remove front bumper with the brackets still attached.
4) Remove stone panel
5) Remove complete front grille in one piece including the hood latch support brackets and vacuum motor.
6) Remove front fenders.

Now you will have good access to the front suspension and any engine work you would like to do.

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Post by bsbeck » 08 Nov 2018, 11:41

Thanks everyone and thank you Randy for the detailed list. I'd still love to hear more opinions too.

How hard is it to remove the power steering pump to clean and repaint it?
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Post by badcatt » 08 Nov 2018, 16:18

What your planning will most likely give you a very nice detail job, a decent job can also be done leaving fenders in place and masking the fender flange well. Removing the grill is a must for a good refinishing and detailing. If you have help with the hood and do a good job of marking or pining the hinges is a bid help. I like the engine out if possible, but a decent job can be done by stripping the accessories from it. Good luck and post lots of pictures.
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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 08 Nov 2018, 18:35

bsbeck wrote:
08 Nov 2018, 11:41
How hard is it to remove the power steering pump to clean and repaint it?
Easy peasy. I found it harder to reinstall ~ as far as making sure I got the belt tight enough without denting or bending something along the way.
I removed the pulley from the pump as well, using a puller loaned from the auto parts store. Clean it up real good. Mask off the pump shaft and hose threads, hang it and shoot it.
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Re: Advice on taking front section apart on '70

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Post by mr 580 » 08 Nov 2018, 19:58

With no body color painting planned and no gap or hood fitment issues, I would leave hood and fenders on. IMO easier to mask off those exterior pieces. On my 68 I’ve done what you are looking to do with hood and fenders on including suspension. Once inner panels are off quite a lot of room inside fenders. I’ve worked in stages on my car the last couple years and that way I’ve had it to drive each season. Sometimes putting things back together are more of a problem than taking them apart.

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Post by CougaDan70 » 08 Nov 2018, 21:12

Done that 2014... you may want to look at what I posted at the time:
viewtopic.php?t=3489
Hood is not easy to remove and put back/adjust, but it gives a lot of space to work in the bay. Long nose facilitate hanging up while removing but I needed help to re-install.
I was able to detail with engine still in. Lot of patience will be needed to mask and hide the surrounding parts.
Power stearing pump is not easy to remove from the reservoir, I got it done with help of a friend who had the proper puller and experience.
Nice project, enjoy!
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Re: Advice on taking front section apart on '70

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Post by bsbeck » 09 Nov 2018, 07:51

Taking the hood off scares me a little cause I know that's hard to get back in place and get aligned. My alignment is really bad on it now, so I think I need to tackle it. It's very high in the back and probably has a full 1 inch gap at the back.

Are the fenders as easy as unbolting and then bolting them back on???
Do they go back in the exact same place easily or is that an alignment issue too??
I've never removed a power steering assembly before. Does the house just unscrew and then unbolt the brackets?

I'll definitely be leaving the engine in the car but I do have to replace the valve covers and breather with the factory ones. I was considering stripping all the accessories off the engine and then masking everything off and cleaning and painting the engine bay. Then reverse masking and trying to clean the block while in the car and repaint it. The valve covers and breather are painted and ready to install. I'm also considering pulling the intake and sand blasting it cause I'll never get in all those nooks while installed in the car.

What about the radiator??? Should I take it out all the way? I'm not having cooling issues or leaks but it needs a fresh paint job. Do I need to use any special paint on it?
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