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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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 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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 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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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:35 am 
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ok, so kind of a good/bad weekend for the '74. Jacked it up to pull the wheels off and throw my other set on.. A. so I could see if they fit...and B.. because the tires on it were nothing short of magic in the fact that they still held air....

For example....
Image20141026_160512 by braddesantis, on Flickr

The wheels, the 13 inch Fortran Drag 1's I imported from Japan earlier this year for the '80 fit and look pretty good. Might need some more tire if I plan on driving very far, these are pretty small.

Image20141026_151236 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Image20141026_161433 by braddesantis, on Flickr

And now for the bad..... I still have not gotten the trunk open. Blame my laziness and lack of motivation I guess. But when I jacked up one of the corners to put the tires on....this happened.

Image20141026_154453 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Not too big a deal...but it does mean the trunk is full of water, probably due to the dent on the other quarter. But, it did lead me to give the car a little harder of a hit on the lower qtrs.... turns out, they are pretty thin and this happened when I put some pressure on it....

Image20141026_154514 by braddesantis, on Flickr

This is a little more of a problem. I guess I will be doing a bit more work to the car then anticipated. Armed with this knowledge of the lower quarters I went after the whole bottom of the car with a pick. Thankfully everything else is just as nice as originally thought!

Bonus pics of the wheel wells. Stupid clean....

Image20141026_145819 by braddesantis, on Flickr

Image20141026_150732 by braddesantis, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:36 pm 

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that's a 4G33 engine and easy to be restored. lots of parts for it.


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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:24 am 
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evoixmr wrote:
that's a 4G33 engine and easy to be restored. lots of parts for it.


Actually its a 4G52 'Astron' 2.0. The 4G33 is a 'Saturn' and I think only as big as 1.8.

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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:18 am 
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evoixmr wrote:
that's a 4G33 engine and easy to be restored. lots of parts for it.


4G33 wasn't an option in US cars. It was 4g32 or 4g52/4g52b (74-77 had the 2.0l option).

Lots of parts....overseas lol.

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 Post subject: Re: '74 Colt Galant Rescue/Resto Mod
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:39 am 
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RaptorReed wrote:

Lots of parts....overseas lol.


Which is of course where the motors are.....which of course, makes sense.

Small update..finally got the damn trunk open, but neglected to take pictures. d'oh!

Was tricky as I did not want to damage anything, had to sacrifice the trunk seal, but it was pretty junk anyway. Spare tire well is filed with water and dead mice. Gross. But other than the bottom of the left quarter it seems to have escaped the dreaded rust. Must not have been wet to long! Pictures soon.

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