Originally a Chamonix Color, this vehicle received a bare metal, glass out, re-spray done in Florida, a rare early color that looks simply stunning on this 1600.
The strut and shock towers were perfect, the rocker panels escaped their typical decay, the lower fender corners and the spare tire holder were also completely free of rust. Only two small floor sections needed to be repaired, and OEM floors from a donor 1600 were used to ensure a perfect match.
New seals have been fitted throughout including; door seals, windshield seals with new chrome locking strips, all new quarter window seals and vertical seals, new door handle seals, under-hood engine seals, and drain tubes.
Roll up side windows have been fitted with new channel felt and new squeegee rubber, tracks lithium greased, and new door breaks fitted. The original chrome shines brightly and all the trim work has been professionally polished; including belt line trim, b-pillar trim, quarter window trim, interior mirror, front grills, and wiper arms. The rare embossed belt line on the hood was hand painted after being polished, as was the rear tail light trim.
The early model 1600's were not fitted with lower rocker trim molding, and should be painted black, but it was determined that their beautiful original integrity should not yet be hidden under a matte finish.
The original early side mirror was retained and fitted with new glass. The headlights are new flat Euro H4's, the flush euro turn signal lights are new, and the early style red center tail light lens remain in excellent condition for their age.
The aluminum roundels are new, including the very rare early rear roundel.
The interior has been completely redone, beginning with a custom wrapped dash and center console both done in black vinyl with black stitching.
The dash chrome has a few sections that have started to peel, and it lacks the correct under dash panels unique to the early dash, as well as the small pod that would typically hold the flashing red hazard switch - currently relocated to the side panel.
All new upholstery has been completed including the front and rear seats, headliner, carpet kit, rear parcel tray, and pillar vinyl.
The engine has been fully rebuilt with bathtub pistons, upgraded to 9.5:1 compression, and a rebuilt cylinder head. It was then fitted with all new ancillary components, including a new: fuel pump, belt, fan blade, coil, plugs, rotor, cap, wires, pertronix ignition, and more.
The electrical system features a new alternator, new voltage regulator, new battery, and new battery cables. It runs cool in the heat of the NV desert with a cored radiator, new water pump, thermostat and all new hoses and clamps.
The clutch pack is new, and the transmission has been fitted with new input, output, and shift rod seals and filled with redline fluid. It shifts smoothly and has no grinding synchros. The shifter bushings have been renewed, and the drive shaft is in fine shape, and the rear axles have been rebuilt. For those new to early 1600's half shafts, the CV Boots are clear so you can monitor the oil level, as they are not to be filled with grease.
The suspension is in stock form and therefore it has no sway bars, though the shocks and struts have been replaced with OEM units. The rear subframe bushings are new and the front end has been completely rebuilt with new: ball joints, A-Arms, tie rods, and centerlink, as well as the idler arm and radius rod bushings.
The brake system features a full 2002 conversion, including new master cylinder, new brake lines, new front rotors and pads, and new rear drums and shoes.