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TsTime posted 01-27-2004 09:31 AM ET (US)   Profile for TsTime   Send Email to TsTime  
The ink has dried and the 17'SS is now officialy mine so it is time to begin the wood restoration on this '84 gem!
I seek your input and expierances of the project.
I plan to:
*Replace steering console top(rot on edges and partial trim)
*Replace steering consonsole verticle board (rotted at base)
*Move steering to starboard from center along with motor control(wasted space to starboard and vertical key a pain)
*Remove front seat,rear seat and rear seat storage and refinish.The edges are chipped and bare in areas.

My questions,
Should i strip the wood completly on the refinsh?
Is the steering to starboard a taboo for originality?
Where do i start after mechanical, steering removal. Which bboards removed first?

Your input on past post have been great, I appreciate the advise.


skred posted 01-30-2004 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Although my project was on a 13 sport - the sequence worked out great: First, I removed the screws attaching the top of the console. This allowed me to access the steering assembly. I detached the steering assembly intact (except for the wheel). Next, I removed the attachment screws at the base of the console and along the side riser. This allowed me to lay the console on its instrument-side, and remove the gauges (if any). From there on - disassembly of the rest is easy. I used the old pieces as templates to trace on new 4/4 mahogany, and cut new pieces and mark the screw locations. Naturally, if you're going to simply re-finsish everything, you won't need to trace or copy anything - just do a lot of sanding and varnishing.
TsTime posted 01-31-2004 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for TsTime  Send Email to TsTime     
Thanks for the heads up, time and work space is a challenge.Advise and expierence from forum will save in both and make the project happen. Your input is appreciated.

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