Decklid guts

Originally posted on: 06-26-2012

Decided to get busy on the rear decklid while I had an extra pair of hands to help:

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The dremel came out for a couple of detailed cuts, but it was pretty crazy watching how fast that wheel deteriorated, compared to a 3″ cutting disk.

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It doesn’t look like much, but the decklid is noticeably lighter now. It’s kinda deceptively heavy, especially when you have the springs in place. But between this and the cable / latch that came out, it should add up to a few pounds:

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Between the trunk skin, the old latch and cable, and the key-lock, the ol’ girl lost a solid 5 pounds. There’ll be about a 1/2lb or so to go back in from the trunk-pins, but considering how little is left on the car, being able to find a chunk of weight in the “pounds” category is a solid win. It’s not the 12 lbs I’ve seen quoted elsewhere, but I also didn’t remove the hinges or the pickups for the hinges on the trunk, so that probably makes up some of the difference, but I consider that “good” useful weight. IE: I can still get in the trunk without too much fuss and use it to move gear between paddock and grid.

Hood (trunk?) pins in:

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There’s actually a sheet metal “container” that has the studs the rear tail-light bolts to that was part of what got removed, as it’s integral to the “skin” of the trunk. Solution? Epoxy. It’s currently got what I had been using as a trunk-prop holding it in place while the epoxy sets overnight.

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