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Old 07-27-2018, 10:37 AM   #26
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Default All red taillights

Tested out the all red taillights last night with some red film
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Old 08-06-2018, 07:42 PM   #27
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Had a very productive and successful weekend

Started this weekend with the goal of getting the car running. It's been sitting in the exact same spot and hasn't been started up since I crashed it in October, for fear of wrecking something in the engine and driveline. On the crushed subframe everything had been pushed back about a 3/4". Also the power steering lines were dry and I figured it wouldn't be good running the pump with no liquid.

Now that the new subframe was in and everything was back in place, I felt confident and ready. I had fuel stabilizer in the 9 month old fuel, power steering fluid topped up and also put in fresh oil and a new filter.

Mind you I still hadn't figured out my collapsed steering column, so I had no steering except by manually reaching down into the engine bay and turning it by hand. So there was no driving even if I had started it.

With the battery charged, I decided to go for it.
After a few failed attempts of the engine just turning over and not starting I realized I couldn't hear the fuel pump. Thankfully I have a bunch of spare relays so I tossed in a different fuel pump relay and... she started right up.

Here's a few clips of it running. Let me know if you think it sounds healthy. I feel like I may need to shim my valves.







I did noticed that on initial startup, it is idling extremely low, but gets up a little higher once warm
It was idling like this for a few minutes


Then was up to about 600rpm when it was more warmed up


Maybe need to adjust the distributor?

After getting it running, I was anxious to drive it so I set about figuring out a way to fix my Steering column. This turned out to be pretty easy. I took a piece of 5/16" steel rod, put it down the top of the column and hammered away. Believe or not, this did a very good job of extending the telescoping part of the column and getting it reattached to the rack



Got the Steering wheel assembly all reassembled and was finally able to dive it for the first time in 9 months. Mind you I didn't leave my driveway.... But I drove it! Now all I need to get it back on the road, is an alignment and an emissions test(Thinking I'll take off the MBC for that).

Oh yeah!
I put my new wheels on.. and I think they look awesome






They fit perfectly flush




A very happy day
This project went from being at a point were I wasn't sure I would ever get it back up and running on Friday to Essentially having it road worthy on Saturday.
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:43 PM   #28
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:52 AM   #29
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Feel like a huge weight has been lifted
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:12 PM   #30
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How recommended is it that I put in an adjustable panhard bar on my lowered car?
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:51 PM   #31
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Depends how lowered you are. If you're not rubbing the tires on the fender well on either side, and the rear end being off center does bother you aesthetically, I wouldn't bother. Just my two cents though.
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Old 08-10-2018, 03:53 PM   #32
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Depends how lowered you are. If you're not rubbing the tires on the fender well on either side, and the rear end being off center does bother you aesthetically, I wouldn't bother. Just my two cents though.
I'm about a fingers distance from rubbing. As in I can just barely stick my finger between the wheel and the fender
So the adjustable panhard bar is just aesthetic? and doesn't really affect the cars tracking/performance?

I'll have to do some measuring to see the difference between the 2 sides
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:54 PM   #33
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No, it centers the rear axle. When I lowered my car, it didn't rub. But I could visibly see the rear was off center, and that bothered me aesthetically. So I got an adjustable panhard.
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Old 08-14-2018, 02:31 PM   #34
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Did a crappy driveway alignment with some string to keep me going in a straight line until I can get a proper alignment





I've also reduced the amount of camber since these pictures were taken

I got some scrap pre galv sheet metal from work. They were prototypes for a product I was designing that the fabricator messed up.


I have a few things I want to reuse the sheet metal for on my cars. First of which is a cold air intake box. I have very little experince working with sheet metal... other than design parts in solidworks and sending them off to a fabricator. So this was an interessting experience. especially with my limited tools

Started out with a rough "CAD" model (cardboard aided design)


And began tracing and cutting




A brake press would have been nice...
I used the grinder and made some reliefs to get it to bend a little cleaner




Not quite...


A little trimming later


And it fits


Im going to have to work out fastening and get a 45degree elbow for it all to be complete
Also ordering some edge guard, to go around the shard egdes

I know it's not pretty.. but for my first real attempt at working with sheet metal, and with very limited tools... I don't think it's too bad

Also. Discovered this...
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:38 PM   #35
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Good job on that sheet metal!
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:39 PM   #36
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Thanks! not bad for a first timer eh?
Thinking I might redo it to get some better fitment
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Old 08-19-2018, 02:00 PM   #37
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Where can I get this trim from the bottoms of the windows?
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Old 08-20-2018, 11:00 PM   #38
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Where can I get this trim from the bottoms of the windows?
I'm also in need of a set of those. Dave Barton had them for sale at his website.

http://www.240turbo.com/740WindowMoldings.html
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:22 AM   #39
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I'm also in need of a set of those. Dave Barton had them for sale at his website.

http://www.240turbo.com/740WindowMoldings.html
Thanks
Yeah looks like he doesn't have the seals for the fixed rear windows
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:35 AM   #40
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Had the car on the road for the first time in 10 months yesterday

Took it pretty easy, but it felt great!
I've got an emissions test and an alignment scheduled this evening. If all goes well with the e-test I'll be all in the clear and fully road worthy.

Very excited to have putt putt back in service. I've never liked driving any car as much as I love this one.
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Old 08-26-2018, 07:58 PM   #41
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Thought I'd give a quick update on the car
It passed emissions early this week and I've been driving it the last few days

Really missed driving this thing and its so nice to have it back on the road

Did A little cleaning yesterday
Not bad for 25 year old paint

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Sweet! Good to hear you're back on the road again! Did you get a chance to find a supplier for the window trim?
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:06 PM   #43
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Sweet! Good to hear you're back on the road again! Did you get a chance to find a supplier for the window trim?
Thanks! Sucks commuting in my other car now. I just want to drive the Volvo,
...But fuel economy and reliability...

No I haven't been able to find it
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Good job and nice wheels man, outstanding
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Thanks

They were a great find
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Old 09-22-2018, 11:41 AM   #46
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Just did a quick Compression test


Any Reason to not cut this off, so that I can fit my strut brace?
What are these mounting holes intended for?
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^ That would be for egr stuff which you don't have. Cut as you see fit.
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You mean the oil? Normal with stock breather system.
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Even with egr, I hacked away at that bracket for the same reason. Go for it.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:09 AM   #50
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^ That would be for egr stuff which you don't have. Cut as you see fit.
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Even with egr, I hacked away at that bracket for the same reason. Go for it.

Thanks! I've made the cut

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You mean the oil? Normal with stock breather system.
Okay good, Thanks!
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