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 Post subject: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:55 am 
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Picked this up over on Classic Colt a few weeks back. The owner of the car bought a house and this car came with it. He did not know what to do with it so he rolled it under a tree and let the 10,600 mile original car sit outside for over a decade. He posted up a few pics and said if it did not sell it would be crushed. With that info in my head and this photo of the car....

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....I decided it would be a good idea to commit to saving it and emailed him. It seemed pretty rust free and the claimed mileage is only 10,600, how bad could it be. After some exchange and a very small exchange of money, I secured a transport company to pick it up 1500 miles from my house and bring it to me. No small feat it turns out as the car was obviously not in running condition and most shippers will not touch it.

About three days later (So quick!) the car arrived.

Image20140920_074749 by braddesantis, on Flickr

As rust free as I had hoped! (although certainly covered in mud...)

Image20140920_074639 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Some elbow grease and a few nights later she started looking pretty good..

Image20140923_064825 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Night and day difference....

Image20140924_065336 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Image20140928_104836 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Went to work under the hood....

Before....
Image20140920_080536 by braddesantis, on Flickr

After....
Image20141006_183948 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Strut towers are like new!
Image20141006_183954 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Still needs a bit of work under the hood with some degreaser and a small brush, but so far I am beyond excited with the results.

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'83 Sapporo Technica; '84 Starion ES; '74 Colt; '80 Colt; '79 Cressida
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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:53 pm 

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Cleaned up pretty good! nice! :)


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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:11 am 

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Lookin good!


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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:43 pm 
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Thanks guys!

Spent about two hours with some Castrol Super Clean and an old tooth brush on the passengers side fenderwell and fire wall area. Tedious, but seems to be worth it!

Behind where the washer bottle goes..
Image20141012_165846 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Pulled the charcoal canister for more access around the firewall and back of the strut tower.
Image20141012_171238 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Cleaned the first 1/4 of the underside of the hood.
Image20141012_171229 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Basically any thing I can scrub without pulling the motor will be scrubbed. I can't believe how nice this car really is under all the crap. Once I have it scrubbed down I will move it into the new rental garage and go to town on the running part!

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'83 Sapporo Technica; '84 Starion ES; '74 Colt; '80 Colt; '79 Cressida
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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:55 pm 
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That is only just short of being unbelievable!! :shock: :shock:
I'm amazed how well this little beauty is cleaning up. You're clearly a very patient man with a lot of time on your hands... :lol: :tu: But the result is truly stunning!
Good buy!! Ant thx for saving this rare sedan.
Can't wait to see her all shined up and back on the road... :D

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