Day 1 June 15, 2012
Well, with a bit of help, we got Roxie into the garage. Popped the rear deck and removed the battery, which was too tall to fit properly anyway. Then we all stood around looking where to start. It was pretty unanimous when we decided the rotted interior was the next part to remove. Out came the knives and tools. The pocket knives were used to cut and then tear out the cheap generic household carpeting that was poorly installed in the first place. Tools were used to remove the rotted interior seats. This gave us a better view of what would need to be done, just to get her safely on the road.
There was some small holes under the back seat that were rusted through, but that’ll be easily patched. Just so you know, the hole that looks like a pipe should go there, that’s a heat vent. Looking at that one spot, you can tell Roxie has been sitting a long time without much love. Especially when you find some sort of pool toy under the bench seat. Cheap waterproofing?
Onward! The next thing to come out were the front seats. (If you even want to call them that, as rotted as they were).
More cutting of the *carpet* and out with the wrench to unbolt the seats. Each one had 3 bolts, so quick and easy to remove. This means the replacements will be just as easy to put back in!
I hope the guys don’t mind, they’re in many of the pictures I took while they were removing the rotted seats and crappy carpets.
Now, I bet Roxie is feeling a bit better, if not a little empty, *giggle* as all her interior seating has been removed.
While we were looking in the trunk, the guys began to smell gas fumes. So we jacked the car up a bit, and Andrew (one of the, what I’m sure is going to be several, friends that will be helping) shimmied underneath. Found that there’s a small but noticeable leak in the fuel line. Good thing is, it’s like $3 for new fuel hose.
So, no biggie there.
I’ve gotta say, even though I mostly took pictures, this was very exciting. I also kind of got to drive her (which is why I said mostly took pics). The huz got in his car and pushed Roxie from behind while I was sitting in her to steer her into the garage. It was all of 10 feet, but it was 10 feet of pure AWESOME! My next chore, (which I will be doing as soon as I’m done here) is to sweep / clean out all the derbis from the body. I was also asked to put her up on jack-stands. Problem with this? I was never told where they were. I may know were a lot of stuff is kept around here, but those, they aren’t one of them. *sigh*
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