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> My slow-paced, mundane progress thread
RoadGlue
post Dec 7 2017, 06:26 PM
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QUOTE(jmitro @ Dec 7 2017, 04:23 PM) *

nice work.
funny, I have the exact same paint in my garage, just waiting for me to finally prep the same parts and paint them. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)


I thought it was a good product to work with, but I'd be curious to see what you think after you've used it.

I sprayed the primer in cold weather too. Somewhere in the low 40s, and didn't have any issues. It _might_ have been in the 50s when I sprayed the urethane. Again, no issues whatsoever.

Good luck!
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post Dec 18 2017, 05:16 PM
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Been a week or so since I last posted an update.

Tried starting the car last weekend. However my new battery acted like it was dead, though it tested fine. Almost my new ign. switch stopped working after a few tries. WTF? Turns out I hadn't tightened the ground strap to the gearbox. From what I can tell I only fried the start position on the ign switch and cooked my CHT gauge. Thankfully I have another NIB gauge and my replacement switch just arrived today.

Used a momentary switch to make a starter-switch in the engine bay just for getting her going. Once the grounding issues was resolved I found that I was only getting back fires when trying to start it up. Checked and double-checked that the rotor was pointing where it needed to be at TDC, wire order, etc. Eventually had to call it quits until Tuesday. Had my friend and the person who built the motor come by to check my work and found that he had installed the distributor drive gear 180 deg out.

Once that was sorted she fired right up, but I had some terrible exhaust leaks so we shut her down.

Pro Tip - Always fit the exhaust on the stand. I didn't because I didn't see an easy way to get the motor off the stand with it upside down or sideways.

I paid the price for that. While tightening the exhaust I pulled a stud and broke another. I take full responsibility for the snapped stud, but the once that pulled never got close to being torqued.

Long story short, I was able to to get the stud out using a Snap On CJ700-1 stud extractor. Really dodged a bullet there. Just barely had enough thread left and clearance to make that work.

Fixing the pulled stud with a helicoil this week and hopefully we'll be in better shape to actually drive the car by next weekend.

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post Dec 18 2017, 10:22 PM
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QUOTE(RoadGlue @ Dec 7 2017, 01:16 AM) *
It's getting down into the 30s and my garage is in the 50s at night, maybe lower.
Well, isn't that cute? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/poke.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/lol-2.gif)

Looks like you're making great progress. It's the ol' 90/10 rule. But keep after it. You're almost there.

BTW, I really don't think that was a Triad. At the very least the actual tailpipes are huge, and I don't remember a Triad being like that.
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post Dec 19 2017, 10:58 AM
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QUOTE(McMark @ Dec 18 2017, 08:22 PM) *

QUOTE(RoadGlue @ Dec 7 2017, 01:16 AM) *
It's getting down into the 30s and my garage is in the 50s at night, maybe lower.
Well, isn't that cute? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/poke.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/lol-2.gif)

Looks like you're making great progress. It's the ol' 90/10 rule. But keep after it. You're almost there.

BTW, I really don't think that was a Triad. At the very least the actual tailpipes are huge, and I don't remember a Triad being like that.


Hey, I'm a proud Californian wuss. :-)

You know how large my garage is. It's pretty well insulated too. Any ideas for a relatively economical way to heat it up?

I'm inclined to agree that it's a a Triad copy.
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post Dec 19 2017, 11:27 AM
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QUOTE(RoadGlue @ Dec 19 2017, 08:58 AM) *
It's pretty well insulated too. Any ideas for a relatively economical way to heat it up?


If it's well insulated you can get one of them electric oil-filled radiators and set it to 65ish. Once it gets there it won't take much energy to keep it at that level.
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post Dec 19 2017, 11:51 AM
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QUOTE(SirAndy @ Dec 19 2017, 09:27 AM) *

QUOTE(RoadGlue @ Dec 19 2017, 08:58 AM) *
It's pretty well insulated too. Any ideas for a relatively economical way to heat it up?


If it's well insulated you can get one of them electric oil-filled radiators and set it to 65ish. Once it gets there it won't take much energy to keep it at that level.
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I can try! I actually have one already, but didn't feel it would have enough oomph to do the job.

I'm usually only out there in spurts and often right after work. I wouldn't want to leave it on while I'm away, so having something that could be more "on demand" would be helpful.

Good idea though and it could turn out to be useful during the upcoming holiday break.

Thanks!
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post Dec 19 2017, 11:54 AM
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Propane heaters work well. I had one at my dads place and it was nice. I'm looking into the small Reznor hanging shop heaters for my garage at home. They're available used all the time for ~$100.

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post Dec 26 2017, 12:20 PM
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That oil-filled radiator style heater worked great in the garage. Took the edge off and if I was close to it I'd find myself pushing it out of the way.

Fixed both exhaust studs on Thurs evening and then drove around the neighborhood for the first time in seven or so years Saturday. Happy Christmas to me!

Still have an exhaust leak I haven't been able to totally adjust out. This set of HE's I have might not me totally true/straight. IDK... Think I'll heat cycle it a few more times and carefully try to add a bit more torque. If that doesn't work I'll pull them and put a straight edge on it and see how it looks. Might need a new set though. These are pretty ratty anyways.

Also installed another ign switch. Think I can swap it out and put it all back together in about 25 min now, while sleeping. Anyways, didn't fix the START position problem. Pulled the fuse block, fixed a few little issues, cleaned up the main ground lug. Still no dice.

Pulled the passenger seat. Put the switch into START and wiggled the sea tbelt interlock wires and BOOM, it wanted to turn over. Didn't have chance to investigate further, but at least I know where the issue is.

Tonight I'm having my neighbor come over to TIG weld the engine lid hinge mounts. I installed Sergio's GT lid and the springs appear to have a lot more tension. Both hinge mounts ripped on the first close. DOH.
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post Dec 26 2017, 12:23 PM
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Also mounted the front LE Dam and bumper, rear valance and bumper and the two rocker panels.

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post Dec 26 2017, 12:26 PM
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In other news, my buddy Dug snagged a set of 15 x 7 ATS 4-lug wheels that were listed on the classifieds here for me this past week - Probably won't have them here in Santa Rosa for at least a few weeks, but I'm so stocked. Always loved the ATS wheels.

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post Dec 26 2017, 12:38 PM
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Question -

My car was originally a '74 1.8 and I wonder if the relay board cover was different for L-Jet cars as I can't for the life of me get my relay board cover to fit.

Anyone care to chime in?
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post Dec 26 2017, 02:32 PM
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Looking good Randy! I am so glad you got those wheels!
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post Dec 26 2017, 02:37 PM
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QUOTE(Krieger @ Dec 26 2017, 12:32 PM) *

Looking good Randy! I am so glad you got those wheels!


Thanks buddy!
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post Jan 5 2018, 02:46 PM
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So last weekend she officially roared to life, sans exhaust leaks. The HE I picked up from a fellow member years ago, for whatever reason, wouldn't quiet down. Pulled it again, put a straight edge across both surfaces and couldn't see any problems. I had one spare in my stash, but it's a SS and has a slightly larger ID. I either need to pick a new HE that matches one or the other.

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So last weekend she officially roared to life, sans exhaust leaks. The HE I picked up from a fellow member years ago, for whatever reason, wouldn't quiet down. Pulled it again, put a straight edge across both surfaces and couldn't see any problems. I had one spare in my stash, but it's a SS and has a slightly larger ID. I either need to pick a new HE that matches one or the other.

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post Jan 5 2018, 02:48 PM
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Really wasn't happy with Mark's throttle cable support being on the passenger side of the case (sorry Mark!) as it meant that the linkage rods weren't parallel to one another. After some heavy tweaking in the vise I got it to fit on the other side of the case -

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post Jan 5 2018, 02:52 PM
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Nice work!
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post Jan 5 2018, 02:53 PM
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Still fiddling with gauges. Fuel gauge isn't working, though the reserve light does operate. Hmmm.

Really digging the A/F ratio gauge. More on that later though.

Installing and oil pressure gauge this weekend.

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Thanks Glenn! Think I beat my Sept '18 deadline. Just gotta be sure not to break it before then. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)
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post Jan 5 2018, 02:57 PM
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Awesome neighbor came by and TIG welded both of the cracking/separating engine lid hinges -

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