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#1067832 - 09/02/20 04:39 AM Aerocoupe fire damage build  
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Alright, let's get this party started.

February, 1987, my parents received their special ordered Aerocoupe. I remember vividly walked up to it with plastic on the seats, window sticker, everything. Grew up in the car from age 6 til present. For high school graduation in 1998, I was blessed to take ownership of the car. June, 1999, an electrical short sent it up in flames. Here we are in this foul year, 2020, and it's time for my 40 year old butt to get in gear.

Here is the car being dug out from where it was buried behind a boat, motorcycles, etc, for 21 years.

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Here is a 3-fold of a Colorado trip in 1987, me with the car in February of 1999, and current year after being dug out with my ugly mug next to it.

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Let's get this thing home!

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The third generation of this car, and its future owner.

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First up, get 21 years of crap off of it. I used a foam cannon with 3x the appropriate dose of Chemical Guys foam solution, applied twice, followed by two hand wash over the good areas.

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Now, the hair-standing part - getting the window out safely, and retaining the seal. After a few calls and subtle interrogation, I found just the guy.

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Success!

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Thank God, these are in reproduction now..

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Third brake light was a little damaged, so I gave it a little restoration of its own.

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#1067833 - 09/02/20 04:40 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage build [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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That VIN tag was nasty. Some Por15 and some hammered metal paint took care of it.

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I wanted to see how the paint would turn out with modern technology. I was not disappointed.

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Here's where I leave you for now. Scraping the glass with denatured alcohol and a blade. And don't worry, I've since upgraded sawhorses to much more sturdy ones. Looking forward to posting as things progress!

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#1067861 - 09/06/20 02:40 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Lots of work!!! Glad to see it being restored and not left to rot.

#1067862 - 09/06/20 02:45 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Good luck. Ive been wanting to do a repaint on mine but that rear glass is just so intimidating.


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#1067864 - 09/06/20 09:03 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Now THAT'S a labor of love! Mighty impressive. Enjoy to the full!

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#1067870 - 09/07/20 01:21 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Looking forward to watching the restoration. Are you going to buy a rusty but stock and original parts car for the rebuild?
BTW, if I had to guess, the fire started in the HVAC electrical bundle behind the dash. When I was rebuilding my car, I found several burned, melted and smoked wires attached to the HVAC control panel. My car almost went up in smoke...before I owned it.

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86 MCSS Notchback coupe, LS3, 4L65E, QP 9", Eaton Truetrac, 4 wheel disc, column shift, Dakota Digital, silver with maroon bench interior

#1067907 - 09/10/20 04:31 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: upflying]  
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Originally Posted by tomh115
Good luck. Ive been wanting to do a repaint on mine but that rear glass is just so intimidating.


Don't be intimidated by the glass seal. It's really goopy, but not bad. Just do your research in finding the right glass guy. And if someone approaches the seal from the outside with a Sawzall, boot them to the curb before they start.


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Looking forward to watching the restoration. Are you going to buy a rusty but stock and original parts car for the rebuild?
BTW, if I had to guess, the fire started in the HVAC electrical bundle behind the dash. When I was rebuilding my car, I found several burned, melted and smoked wires attached to the HVAC control panel. My car almost went up in smoke...before I owned it.


It actually started somewhere between the battery and starter, but I can't figure out even still how it happened. I remember when it started, I saw coolant leaking and the positive cable sparking on the ground from the starter post. The quality of a donor to build off of will be determined by t what's available in the coming months. Ideally, a well kept, 100k-ish mile example.

Pulling the engine and trans this weekend and hauling to the storage unit till I can find the right car.

#1067911 - 09/10/20 12:40 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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That's great to see you save he car. You need quiet a few parts to get tit back together. I have many ducts, interior trim and electrical harnesses if you need any of it?


Enjoy life, family first!
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There's a lot of work there,but will be awesome when it's done. I'm glad you're doing something with it!

#1067913 - 09/10/20 04:32 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Great pics to start off, look forward to seeing it move forward! At least door back the parts look generally usable or even very nice.


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#1067928 - 09/12/20 01:52 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Thanks, all. I haven't completely written off building from what I have, though it will take a whoooole lot and I'd rather not bite off more than I can chew. What I'd like to do is lift the body and build my frame on up and get a good shell over it.

Very small update for today. Got some crap wheels on it so I can restore the factory wheels.

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#1068067 - 09/21/20 04:39 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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1 gallon of denatured alcohol, 33 razor blades, and a whole lot of patience later, the sacred window is cleaned up 🙏🏻


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#1068084 - 09/21/20 10:32 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Great job on the back window. I think it was about 2 days ago on facebook a guy said he had 50 rear aerocoupe windows ranging from $2500 to $3000 that he was trying to sale. He had a picture of 10 of them. I would like to know how he collected them out of curiosity.

#1068089 - 09/22/20 04:24 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: 88ssBrent]  
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It might be the g-body junkyard guy on ebay. Mr.Chevelle1 is his username

#1069238 - 01/15/21 12:21 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Small update. Got the new rear shelf and trunk seal in today. Still waiting to find the perfect car to build this off. I found one in Detroit that I'm hoping to pick up in a couple weeks if it's still available.

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#1069751 - 03/05/21 01:34 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Mega update - purchased this 88 SS, bone stock, all options including t-tops, one owner, with 27k miles. Flying out this Sunday to pick it up! It will make the perfect donor for my aerocoupe swap.

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#1069758 - 03/05/21 07:32 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Wow, that escalated laugh. Looks great, guess you don't need to restore your stock wheels unless they have sentimental ties to the original car so you'd like to keep them. Looks like a perfect donor, does the current owner know of your plan? Just curious what they think, not that it will matter.


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#1069762 - 03/06/21 12:28 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Thanks, Paul! I haven't told him the plan. I might send him a picture of the two cars together when I get back and say "thanks again!" haha

#1069807 - 03/09/21 02:36 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Made it home, safe and sound without a single issue.

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#1069843 - 03/10/21 09:59 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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That 88 looks like it's in great shape! I think this build is pretty cool. It's going to be awesome once your 87 is back on the road.

#1069869 - 03/12/21 04:11 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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So you drove it home, where was it purchased from?


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About an hour outside Gary, Indiana. Clocked right at 600 miles.

#1069983 - 03/20/21 10:44 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Engine, trans, taillights, extensions, and rear bumper pulled. As I type this, it's on its way to get some surgery and ultimately sent to its final resting place. Bittersweet, to say the least. Probably 90% bitter. But, on to new things. What's wild is, this wasn't even supposed to be our car in the first place. That car was supposed to be black over grey, but the dealer accidentally sold it to someone else. They had this one on order with the oxblood interior, so dad took it with a little shaved off the price. Funny how fate works.

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#1069984 - 03/21/21 04:43 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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That's an odd post. I was trying to keep up with this cause it was a great story. Did you send it to the salvage yard??


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#1069987 - 03/21/21 06:48 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: tomh115]  
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It's at the shop of the guy who is doing the swap. After he's done, the remains will be plucked through for any small parts, probably drop the frame out, and sent to the crusher.

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I'm confused... I thought you were taking parts off of the 88 to restore your 87 aero?


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I was going to take my aero parts off, lift out the frame, build everything frame-up until I could find an OK shell to piece together. Then this one popped up. I've had several people ask why I don't save the damaged one, and quite simply, there is no saving it. It needs the whole roof, fenders, doors, floor, then the interior, wiring, everything under the hood, etc. Literally everything forward of the aerocoupe components needs replaced. It would be the work of insanity if someone actually did that.

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#1069993 - 03/21/21 11:27 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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I guess I'm insane because I've built several burns like that over the years. All those parts you mention are available.
I'd want to rebuild it just because of the history and family.


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That's.. exactly why I kept every single piece that survived. I'd rather buy a house than to graft 40 Tuff Sheds together to make one livable space. That's the same logic some people have used in defense of "saving" the old car. There is nothing usable left of it. Nothing. To suggest I *save* the old car is redundant, to put it nicely.

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I'm not entertaining this argument further. If anyone wants to be captain automotive save-a-hoe, feel free to DM me and I'll give you the contact of who has it now. Just be sure to post up your build thread where, when all is said and done, you threw away 100% of what you started with.

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I get it completely. I'm sure it was a hard decision to make. I've struggled with mine over the last several years on selling it cause I hate seeing it sit there and get progressively more difficult to keep it reliable. If you plan on selling any aerocoupe parts, id be interested.


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I don't think he is selling any of the aerocouple parts. He is use to to convert the other car to a aerocouple


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I'm sure it's salvageable/restorable but the amount of work/parts needed I can see the decision made to find a clean donor, swap parts over. It would be a very hard decision, not sure which way I'd go personally but unless you have the skills personally to fabricate the cost would probably be pretty extensive, not to mention finding a place you trust to do good work, not cobble it together could be another challenge. If you possess the skills do it, that takes away those issues.


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The big factor not shown in photos is that aside from the frame itself, every single part needs replaced. 20 minutes of ~1200° heat warped the roof, fenders, doors, even the firewall. Between the car living 13 years in the rust belt and all the water sprayed from the fire department that sat for 22 years, the floor pans are incinerated. Once everything was replaced, there'd be nothing left of the original. I try to explain to people who don't quite follow what I'm doing, that I'm taking every usable piece off the car. And aside from the frame, engine, and trans, all those usable pieces are the aerocoupe components plus taillights and bumper cover.

Believe me, I've stressed over all options since 1999 and this is the only real practical method. The other option was to build-up from the frame to a clean shell and such. Both options require a donor car, so I figured I'd start with something low miles and cared for. It's not like I'm "ruining" the donor car. Just doing what 6,052 other ones had done.

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I'll admit, I was a little confused and thought that you were abandoning the Aero altogether and just going to enjoy the low mile car as-is. But I get it now, you are "aero-ing" the donor rather than basically starting with a trimmed trunk and rear window and grafting the rest of the car to it?


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That's the plan. My guy up in Omaha has done two conversions already. He somehow acquired the actual GM instruction booklet that they sent to C&C for the aerocoupe conversion. He's excited to get in there and use the same orange sealer they used, mimic the same welds, etc. I'm incredibly fortunate to live an hour away from this guy.

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Thanks! I got lost with what your plan was. Taking that nice clean 88 and making it an aero using the parts from the burned car makes sense.


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The 88 is really nice platform to start with. Should be a very nice car when finished without years of restoration needed to get there.


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Thanks, guys. I'm excited to have it back.

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Post the guys shop if you don't mind. Mine needs paint and I'm not trusting just anyone with it. ESP when it comes to rear window removal.


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He runs a g-body specific salvage yard and shop. He knows this particular swap, but I don't think he does paint. The shop is called Peterson Automotive & Performance in Omaha, Nebraska.

So far, the rear tray and trunk lid has been removed.

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dillon is good guy, he knows what he is doing.

fyi i have the metal aero tray, i pulled from and totaled aero if you guys need that. Dillon's been to my house a few times picking up parts

good luck and cool build


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#1070152 - 03/31/21 08:39 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Almost there

#1070156 - 03/31/21 09:49 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Looks great!

Did he cut through the seal lip, like C&C did? or did he just flatten the lip when laying the aerocoupe package tray in place? The C&C attention to detail was terrible. They didn't debur the cut, which looked like it was done with a sawzall, or paint the underside where they made the cut.

Marc

#1070157 - 03/31/21 10:05 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: T5montecarlo]  
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I'm not certain, but I believe he mimic'd the C&C procedure identically. He and I both want it to look like an original job.

#1070177 - 04/01/21 10:08 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Some final adjustments and interior reassembly, then it's good to go!

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#1070178 - 04/01/21 11:29 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Very cool. You must be very happy and proud.

#1070223 - 04/04/21 11:33 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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That looks fantastic thank you for sharing this with us!


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#1070231 - 04/05/21 01:27 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Right down to the rear seat brace. Very nice transition!
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#1070266 - 04/07/21 02:41 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Looks great! Swap RPO decals too or just put them both on the trunklid? And I didn’t think there would be any rear seat brace difference unless that’s something I didn’t know with Aero’s. Starting by 87’ or maybe when it changed from Arlington to Pontiac the body has the diagonal part added to the rear seat brace. My 87’ has it, my 86’ doesn’t.

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#1070270 - 04/07/21 03:47 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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The 1987 rear seat bracing is interesting. My 1987 aerocoupe has the diagonal braces and my 1986 non-aerocoupe does not. I never knew there was a rear seat bracing change.

Marc

#1070275 - 04/07/21 08:38 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Thanks, all. I had overlooked the seat bracing. I wasn't even aware they'd changed designs at one point. I do know he didn't change anything in that area. They are the same design between both cars involved. I'm headed to pick up the car this weekend and will get some better photos posted up!

#1070303 - 04/10/21 11:08 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Swap is mostly done. The glass is only rested in there until paint. From here, updates will be a little slow, as I don't have major plans until winter. After that, I'll be diving in on it.

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#1070304 - 04/11/21 12:32 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Paint? It looks fantastic, Justin, unless the camera is hiding something.

Why were the rear side windows removed during the swap?

Marc

#1070305 - 04/11/21 01:28 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Thank you. The paint isn't flawless, even in its best areas. The car was not too well repaired from a small wreck at some point, and the nose is broken in the park lamp area. Between that and the old trunk lid having bad paint, I'm having it painted properly and get it looking 100%. It's difficult to see in photos, but the stripes aren't exactly correct, either. The SS logos and top stripe are almost an apricot color. The quarter windows were out because this car had the VIN acid etching in the glass that I'm doing away with. Finding door glass and t-tops clean enough will be a challenge, though all else is handled.

#1070337 - 04/13/21 02:46 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Looks great from here. I've heard others comment on stripes not being the right color, I always assume it's just faded/discolored over the years.

Any plans other than the paint and glass? Plan to keep it stock? And how does it feel to drive one again?


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#1070350 - 04/13/21 11:27 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Thanks, Paul. I'm planning a tasteful build. Nothing that's going to twist the car up into a ball or make it look trashy. I have a fab guy that's going to box in the frame, do the frame notch, and torque box gussets. Suspension, 12 bolt, mild big-inch small block, etc. It'll be clean, I promise.

Feels good driving it. Though it still feels like I'm borrowing someone else's car. Idk, hasn't quite set in yet.

#1071287 - 07/03/21 10:18 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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Getting ready for paint over winter, where I can finally seal up the window and drive it. NOS nose, fender extensions, t-top weatherstripping, and hood are ordered. Last week, I had some PDR work done and the trunk lid repaired from when the towing company backed the car into something that left a quarter size indentation by the lock. Shooting for first week of August to do the t-top weatherstripping and get a new windshield installed. After that, it's off to paint. Oh, and for good measure, I got a CarCapsule. It alleviates the daily worry about something scratching it, falling on it, whatever, all while keeping it clean. Almost forgot, I was able to source some nearly flawless door glass. Currently in the process of cleaning them up.

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The original owner decided RTV was a great way to seal up leaking t-tops, hvac box, basically anything and everything he could. What a ridiculous mess to clean up.

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#1071330 - 07/12/21 01:26 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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So glad you are restoring your Aero, I have been working on mine since 1995!! Started with it being my daily driver.. saved the car with bodywork and the paint..and stored it for 15 yrs... family and kids came along and like yourself I am in my 40s now and finally getting closer to the Aerocoupe I envisioned. 1987 Aerocoupe Black/Oxblood 450hp 383 Stroker motor and have changed pretty much every other part on car. Godspeed.


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#1071331 - 07/12/21 01:29 AM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: AeroSS_87]  
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So glad you are restoring your Aero, I have been working on mine since 1995!! Started with it being my daily driver.. saved the car with bodywork and the paint..and stored it for 15 yrs... family and kids came along and like yourself I am in my 40s now and finally getting closer to the Aerocoupe I envisioned. 1987 Aerocoupe Black/Oxblood 450hp 383 Stroker motor and have changed pretty much every other part on car. Godspeed.


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#1071370 - 07/19/21 06:05 PM Re: Aerocoupe fire damage restoration [Re: bcoz]  
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Very cool! Glad you're getting it going after all this time.

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