Friday, December 23, 2011

Finally An Alignment

Bright and early Thursday Morning I met Weaponsmith Tim LaFrance at his storage unit to prepare a silverado 2500HD with enclosed trailer for towing. 
I met Matt Calderon at Allen Tire in Huntington Beach. He offered undertaking the daunting task of aligning a car that has not been driven in 4 years.  
I trusted Matt C.'s heel toe skills getting this creature onto the alignment rack. The car has not been tuned and wont keep idle.  

The rear came down about 2 in. and the rear toe link was too close to the subframe.  

After raising the rear and putting -4deg of camber in the front. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stripping and Painting Gas Tank

 The factory gas tank is covered in a thin layer of tar. I used a tar stripper and it took 6hrs to remove all the disgusting mess. 

Gas tank is held in with 2 straps and one bolt holding the filler neck to the inside of the passenger wheel well. The 2 straps have 17mm bolts at either end, so removing 2 is all that is needed. DRAIN TANK BEFORE REMOVAL 

 The color is anodized blue. It is pretty transparent, so multiple coats are necessary to achieve this color. I used clear coat to the bottom of the tank to help prevent scratching later on.
  After spraying the clear coat, I noticed excess overspray in certain areas, I used #2 diamond cut with a rotory buffer at 1000rpm for 5min.

 I had to cut little pieces of double-sided tape to stick the factory padding back onto the tank.