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Hello again Pantera community…..  it’s been a while!   Nope… I didn’t fall off the earth… I‘ve been restoring a few of my daughter’s cars with her.  Most notably a 1969 Boss 302 clone.  Then, I built another GT40 … but now, finally pulled 05843 from the back of the barn.  I’ve been concerned for years that the rust which was generally speaking minimal at the time of purchase (almost a decade ago) has continued to creep.  For that reason, my focus for right now is “preservation”.  And, as the current caretaker of 5843, I wanted to share and document the process.

Got my first positive surprise when I popped the trans off, and found a billet wheel and center force dual friction PP & clutch.  😎👍



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Hi Larry, sorry…. I should’ve been more clear, as preservation can have different meanings. My intention is… to strip it down to the chassis, and have it sandblasted (gently 😂). With the idea to stop any rust that exists. The key mission here… Kill the cancer. Based on other project priorities, I will then either tackle the metal work now and put it into epoxy primer/sealer… or go straight to epoxy/sealer.  

I pulled my zf in the car when I painted the engine bay. I allowed the clutch disc to get wet and it rusted to the flywheel. I tried breaking it loose by driving the car and when it DID break, it looked like a shreaded bird was inside the pressure plate. Please use caution and the finest media you can to Lightly strip with sand blasting. I have stripped hundreds of cars and I can reccomend NOT using any media on the exterior body panels. I prefer a chemical strip. As a body shop, I am allowed to buy BENCO B17, it still has the MEC in it that makes it work. I will strip undersides and door jambs with the fine media, just NOT the exterior panels. Those are some fine cars you built there!   Have fun, Bill


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Hey Rocky…!  Great to hear from ya.  Hope life’s been treating ya OK. 😊.   Glad to know someone noticed I was missing 🤣

I have no clue about the -1 box.  Was in there when I got it.   Would really prefer to find someone needing one for a proper restoration and swap with them, as I obviously need a -2 for mine. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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