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Been a while i mulched my hand on the table saw and lost its use for a year. Do not do that please.
Lets see, pulled the radiator straitened all the fins, also did the a/c fins, corrected the mounts painted and now look great. The fins get real bent and clogged. Over 50%. Pressure tested held pressure all night. Also removed the alternator checked the brushes cleaned it and reinstalled. (while rad is out) Re did the trans lines they were rubbing metal on metal used fuel hose to stop rubbing(pita) Saw the trans rubber lines were cracking so i replaced them too. Got new stainless trim for wheel wells then it all went to hell.. Drivers fender had holes from some idiot riveting the old covers in place. Ok so now i pulled the front bumper off to get holes fixed. might as well re do that while I am at it. Dismantled cut access holes, miracle painted the frame New stainless screws new clips(over 1 month to get) *** You must remove the bumper and inspect the fenders at the lower seam. My pass side I was able to catch the rust starting(on the finished side hidden by bumper) I also re did the front chin used chip guard new screws. Got me some rattle can custom paint to touch up the sides of front fender below bumper. Repainted trim below headlights rusty. Then miracle painted the insides of fenders 3/4 of the way up to stop any rust. Fixed rust at headlights. Now on to my real project redoing the rubber on the front end. Also took bottom of drivers fender out so i could coat the backside too. Save it from rusting. Repainted drivers lights, re soldered bad wiring at lights. Now i need a ball joint tool. and a spring compressor for a 107. I am on fire I lost a year..
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Ahhh good for you Any pics of the progress?
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sounds like normal project creep to me

Same thing always happens to me. I cant leave anything alone once I get into an area.
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sounds like normal project creep to me

Same thing always happens to me. I cant leave anything alone once I get into an area.
Plus 1 on that! I had a simple oil change turn into a 2 day progression of repairs/improvements and still never got around to changing the oil.
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Changing oil on my 6.9 will probably take 6-8 weeks. Had to remove sump tank, clean and repair. This has led to stripping radiator support and wheel well liner top and bottom and repainting.
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What year is it? Since it is a 107 Fonzi might move it to the 107 forum. Plenty of 107 280 owners there.

Don't wast money on a spring compressor. Standard models will only work on the rear from below. It will work on the front if you go in from the top but you will have to remove the entire subframe to do it.

Many 107 owners are negative on the fender stainless trim lips on the fenders. They promote rust. A few like them and are willing to gamble.
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