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2002 Restoration Photos

The first year of work on the Pacer was full of surprises... both good and bad...  in retrospect, it's amazing that things have progressed as far as they have.  This car had a lot more rust and damage than I originally thought.

May 24, 2002
MOVING DAY!  Here are a few pictures from the day the car was moved from my garage to it's current home at the body shop.

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May 28, 2002
The engine and transmission are out of the car and ready to head for the machine and transmission shops.  Hopefully things won't be as bad as I think they are going to be.  Out of the car, they look pretty grungy!

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June 5, 2002
Here are a couple of shots showing the car while its trim is being removed.  The panels look pretty good in these images.  Only a few problems on the rockers.

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June 7, 2002
Here are a couple more pictures one showing the damage under the passenger side headlight and the other showing the empty engine compartment.

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June 15, 2002
Here are a few more images showing coral paint around the horsecollar and behind the front grilles- evidence that the front end has been replaced.  There is also a good deal of rot under the passenger side headlight.

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June 19, 2002
The patching is done on the passenger side.  I removed the teletouch motor today to send it off to Mike Brogan.  Yes, that's me inside the engine compartment, fighting with wires and rusty bolts.

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June 26, 2002
The welding is done on the lower parts of the driver's side, but there is a considerable amount of damage to the fender near the driver's side headlight.

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July 2, 2002
Patching is nearly done around the driver's side headlight.  Almost like new!

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July 7, 2002
(At right) The welding under the driver's side headlight is done.  Things are starting to shape up!

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July 15, 2002
Here are a couple shots showing the front end after the welding was done.

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July 27, 2002
The rear end of the car is pushed and pulled back into shape.  Unfortunately, the before picture (below) doesn't show just how badly it was pushed out of line.

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July 30, 2002
At right is a photo of part of the underside of the car. The floors are in great shape!

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August 16, 2002
The engine compartment is primed and ready for painting.

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August 21, 2002
.... and the first taste of color!

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September 12, 2002
The trunk is primed and ready for painting.

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September 19, 2002
The hood, trunk lid, and roof are all stripped... and the inside of the trunk is painted.

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September 25, 2002
The hood insulation will need to be replaced and there is some welding to be done along the front edge of the hood.

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October 4, 2002
The undersides of the hood and trunk lid are painted.  The insulation still needs to be removed.

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October 18, 2002
The insulation under the hood has been removed.  Soon the car will go into storage for the winter.
 
 
 

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July 11, 2002
(At left) The damage on the passenger side front fender is repaired.  It looked pretty much like the driver's side.

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August 11, 2002
(At left) The engine compartment is ready to be primed for painting. 
 

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August 28, 2002
(Left and below) The engine compartment is all ready for the engine.

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