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Old 07-27-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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I picked up this vintage jewel in a trade a few months back and since been lurking on TB acquiring info, parts and ideas for the car. It's a bone stock 73 142e with exception of the dash which has been converted over to what I believe is a late 70's 240 dash.

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This is just a weekend play car for me so I'll be upgrading the suspension, wheels, manual trans swap and some doing some performance mods. Since it's a presmog car I may do a full swap down the road.

I've started a few little projects that I'll share and continue to update this thread.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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Nice. 1973 was the first year for that type of dash. I think you have the original still in the car. You have very rare power steering. I have only come across one 140 series car in all these years that had PS.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:43 PM   #3
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thanks.

I found a couple other 73's that have the round vents. Plus this car had a tree branch go through the windshield smashing dash and blower so I figured the previous owner swapped it over. The dash is out now....
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:15 PM   #4
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Nice! I love those seats. I think the 73+ 140 dash itself is the same as the 75-80 240 dash, but yeah you should have had the round vents instead of rectangle. Hey, at least you have vents in the dash!! My '71 only has defrost and floor vents, no vents in dash.


One of these days, we need to assemble all of the local 140s and snap a few pics.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:20 PM   #5
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Nice! I love those seats. I think the 73+ 140 dash itself is the same as the 75-80 240 dash, but yeah you should have had the round vents instead of rectangle. Hey, at least you have vents in the dash!! My '71 only has defrost and floor vents, no vents in dash.


One of these days, we need to assemble all of the local 140s and snap a few pics.
ah gotcha....well I need the whole damn dash, vents and new blower so it looks OG. It may still or may not have functional vents..lol

PS- Yes we need to get together for a photo op sometime.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:30 PM   #6
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I picked some Sirius wheels from 2manyturbos a couple months ago that I knocked down and prepped for paint. Over the weekend I had them wrapped with new falken rubber and installed along with chopped Wagon springs and front 10.5"x5" 300# true coils.

Back done, tucking those bad ass tires


with the rear wheels/new tires on


Starting the front in the early AM to avoid the heat


True Coil vs Stock Coil


Then I realized the front shocks are garbage so I ran over and picked up a couple monroe's for now


Tire comparison, 205/50/15's BTW


and her she is all done


IPD front sway bar and new end links are on the way. The front isn't low enough so I need to figure something out there. Also, I need to modify the panhard bar length.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:59 PM   #7
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Very nice! Yeah, I'd like to find those same coils but .5-1.0" shorter. Been having a pain of a time finding them in the correct spring type though.

Hey, before I forget - you need to go out to the Rancho PnP and snatch the front brake setup off that '73 164E. Having vented discs up front is gooooood. That same 164 also had a brandy-new Cibie right-hand taillamp lens on it too. Would be a good spare for yours to keep on the shelf.
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Very nice! Yeah, I'd like to find those same coils but .5-1.0" shorter. Been having a pain of a time finding them in the correct spring type though.

Hey, before I forget - you need to go out to the Rancho PnP and snatch the front brake setup off that '73 164E. Having vented discs up front is gooooood. That same 164 also had a brandy-new Cibie right-hand taillamp lens on it too. Would be a good spare for yours to keep on the shelf.
I hear ya, best I've found is a pair of 8.5" springs. I found a guy with one 9".....

I need to head out to Rancho for those dash parts too, thanks for the tip.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:58 PM   #9
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Nice find I love my 73 142, I drive it almost every day! Mine has full IPD suspension (springs bars,billy HDs, poly bushing} and I installed aan adjustable panhard rod handles great]. I also ported the head and installed full isky valve train and cam realy woke the motor up. Although I am thinking about a VPD cam for a more modern design. Great cars glad to see someone building another cool 142
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:07 PM   #10
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I assume you fabricated the panhard bar? I haven't been able to source one.

PS- I received some good info from your threads, thanks.

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Old 07-28-2010, 02:35 AM   #11
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Hey, before I forget - you need to go out to the Rancho PnP and snatch the front brake setup off that '73 164E. Having vented discs up front is gooooood. That same 164 also had a brandy-new Cibie right-hand taillamp lens on it too. Would be a good spare for yours to keep on the shelf.
+1. Saw someone in the know snagged the last set that stumbled into the yards.

Yes, that dash has the same style cluster, but with round vents and I seem to remember grey centerline plastic. The grey w/ round was there on my 74 but not on the 79. The best dash is the one without a nile river of cracks.

I had sirius for my 70 but it was manual steering and a parallel parked car, so I went back to 165s. Good you can make use of them, they look killer on 140s.

Have some random m40/m41 manual trans and 140 parts kicking around in Sac should you need them.

Sweet, straight car. Great original interior too.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:53 AM   #12
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I always thought Sirius wheels looked good on 140s
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thanks.

I found a couple other 73's that have the round vents. Plus this car had a tree branch go through the windshield smashing dash and blower so I figured the previous owner swapped it over. The dash is out now....
I forgot all about the round vents. It should have those. I kind of skipped the 73-74 140s. I had several 71-72s.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:44 AM   #14
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I always thought Sirius wheels looked good on 140s
They sure do. This project looks awesome.
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Healthy looking car, I see the US versions received the bigger bumpers a year earlier than europe, overhere they came the same time with the change of doors without the vents..

Your tires seem a bit too small in diameter, I take it you'll take the lower mileage that comes with it..?
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+1. Saw someone in the know snagged the last set that stumbled into the yards.

Yes, that dash has the same style cluster, but with round vents and I seem to remember grey centerline plastic. The grey w/ round was there on my 74 but not on the 79. The best dash is the one without a nile river of cracks.

I had sirius for my 70 but it was manual steering and a parallel parked car, so I went back to 165s. Good you can make use of them, they look killer on 140s.

Have some random m40/m41 manual trans and 140 parts kicking around in Sac should you need them.

Sweet, straight car. Great original interior too.
yep, this is what it should look like.


Thanks for the offer on the parts. When I get into the swap something may pop up.

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X2, my favorite of the factory wheels.

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Healthy looking car, I see the US versions received the bigger bumpers a year earlier than europe, overhere they came the same time with the change of doors without the vents..

Your tires seem a bit too small in diameter, I take it you'll take the lower mileage that comes with it..?
I rarely drive this car so mpg is the least of my concerns.

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IPD front sway bar and new end links are on the way. The front isn't low enough so I need to figure something out there. Also, I need to modify the panhard bar length.
Looking good.
74's has power steering 3.56 lock to lock iirc.

Be sure to reinforce the front sway mounting point on the lower A arm with a fat bead of weld or preferably welded on triangles.
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thanks for the heads up, I'll be sure to reinforce those points.
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That was the color of our 73 145 (RIP).

Looks good, will it be making the drive to Carlsen?
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not sure yet, I'm on the fence.

I haven't drove it very much other than a little bit around town so I'm not sure if it's ready for a 2+hr drive down to the Bay.
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not sure yet, I'm on the fence.

I haven't drove it very much other than a little bit around town so I'm not sure if it's ready for a 2+hr drive down to the Bay.
join the caravan. If it breaks (what can break on that?) you will have tons of help. I would even drive out to help if you broke on the way.
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ah yes I see the caravan starting about 20-30 minutes from my house. Sounds like fun.
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:49 PM   #23
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Do you guys see any issue with cutting down the front bump stops? I just noticed that I'm pretty much riding on them yet I have plenty more shock travel left.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:40 PM   #24
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You can cut the bumps but the -if old- control arm bushings aren't going to like the new angles of the A-arms.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:44 PM   #25
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Good point.

Just an excuse for poly down the road right?
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