1968 SportWagon Revival

Discussion in 'Drag'n Wagons' started by 95CCRMW, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. 95CCRMW

    95CCRMW Member

    Hi, i noticed that the wagon section needs some love so ill post here. The SportWagon belonged to my grandpa who was the original owner. When he passed away it was given to me and my dad. The car has been apart for about 30 years and started to get resurrected over the summer. First i recruited my friend to help me with some of the heavy lifting. After that i began to work on the front suspension. It is getting converted to front discs. Sandblasted all of the pieces including the bolts, primed, and painted them. Got new ball joints and put them in. Repainted the upper and lower a-arms. Ordered new springs, got new shocks, idler arm, new inner and outer tie rods. Got alot of work done this summer and plan to do what i can indoors over the winter.
     

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  2. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Very cool. Keep up the progress and you'll be driving it in no time
     
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  3. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!

    very cool .. the world will be a better place with another 68 Sporty on the road :TU:
     
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  4. 95CCRMW

    95CCRMW Member

    Well haven't had any progress in a long time... hope to change that soon. My dad just ordered new brake hardware, front wheel bearings and brake lines so hopefully ill have something to do soon. Hopefully start making progress in May when I'm out for the summer. I did however get myself a grand cherokee box and shaft from the yard on Friday. My puller tool was useless at the yard so i got the box home however i could this time... brought the trans home to clean up, do a shift kit, and change the solenoid. Cant wait to get going again!
     

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  5. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Other than heat I dont think there is an easy way to get that pitman / drag link connection apart. Usually gotta beat the crap out of it and use a pickle fork
     
  6. SteeveeDee

    SteeveeDee Orange Acres

    If you can get the nut off, you can also try striking the drag link with two hammers (two pounds each,minimum) at the same time. Not easy to synchronize, but I've done it that way as well. As Briz has said, the pickle fork works. My suggestion is for if you don't have one. If you use either method, be sure to use eye protection.
     
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  7. 95CCRMW

    95CCRMW Member

    Now it’s really been a long time... Decided a couple weeks ago I want to work on the wagon again. Got my brother to help me drag the frame to dads garage from location it’s been at for 40 years . Nothing groundbreaking done yet, just slowly working. Put some new kyb shocks upfront, put centerlink and tie rods on, put the front rotors on, threw some nice period bias ply rollers on. Original front aluminum drums to throw on the rear end. I won’t lie it’s much easier to get motivated with tools and a garage that are close to home. Just have to keep pluggin away this time.
     

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  8. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Nice! A body off on a wagon is ambitious but keep at it! I've had a couple of 68-9 SW 400's

    If you're going to sell your old front drums & have some meat left on the lining (i.e. depending on how much they've been turned), I may be interested. Shoot me a PM.
     
  9. 95CCRMW

    95CCRMW Member

    Sorry keeping the drums. Been working on the brakes and retrieving parts. Brought home the wheels. My grandpa had them on his 81 lesabre before they went into storage. Desert sourced, rust free core support that has been patiently waiting to become part of the wagon. Also came across the protecto plate with manual in my grandpas name.
     

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  10. 95CCRMW

    95CCRMW Member

    Manuals
     

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  11. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Nice! Good score on the corr support. Lots of guys looking for them. Figured no harm in asking on the drums. I converted my 1st Sportwagon ('69 400) to disk and the drums had never been cut. They wound up on my on '70 GS 350 4-sp & I'm looking for another nice pair for the current 350 4-sp project.
     
  12. 95CCRMW

    95CCRMW Member

    Very nice, I hope I can find a decent 3 or 4 speed Buick eventually. Messaged the guy about this one a couple hours from my house but it sold quick! Probably gonna get parted out... here’s the drums on the Sporty.
     

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