Thursday, September 16, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Maybe the brake hoses will be done by then, eh?
Not much else has happened - I took a few days off of working on the car while I waited for parts.
I'm guessing I've got about two or three weeks left before the weather turns against me.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
I stared long and hard at the seat belt situation - there are a few ideas swimming around in my head - the front seats are going to be the hardest to resolve because the shoulder mount is too low on the B pillar for the system to work smoothly - I may have to figure out some sort of interim solution until I figure out the future of this car.
There's something weird going on with the transmission - it'll shift into 1-2 just fine but 3-4 are hard to engage - I'll try adjusting them once the car is able to be mobile. I'm fingers crossed hoping that the trans builder used the correct hockey stick...this is what happens when the wrong hockey stick is installed. I hope it just needs some adjustment because I am NOT down with pulling the engine and trans to swap hockey sticks...again. Same builder did this on the Swing Axle trans they built and I specifically called it out when they built this one (and I sent the correct hockey stick to them). Time will tell but I hope like hell that I don't have to take all of this shit apart again.
Speaking of time - the 2nd set of axles are due to arrive on Tuesday - fingers crossed I'll have a chance to get them assembled and installed by the weekend...although that may not matter because...
...first thing this morning I drove 30 minutes over to the shop that I chose to make my brake hoses and asked about my order. The initial response was that I'd have to call the same two people who have been left two voicemails and, as of yet, have not replied to me in any way whatsoever...and there was no way to ask them today because they don't work on Saturday. I asked if there is a "will call" order shelf and, as if a light bulb went on over his head, the counter guy told me that he'd check it. And he found my order on the shelf in a sealed box. He opened the box so we could see what's inside: the hoses appeared correctly made and the correct length - my hopes were rising for functional brakes today. Then I looked at the female fitting and discovered an inverted flare fitting. Wrong fitting - they're supposed to be ISO DIN bubble flare. The male end was correct - the female end was not. Guy at the counter assured me that they'd expedite the order for the fittings and get them done by next weekend. The brake hoses will be the dead last thing I install on this car before I can drive it.
In the meantime - I'm going to do a cursory alignment on the front end, fix the hood release (it's stuck shut right now), figure out rear seat belts and make a decision about how to resolve the front seat belts. At the rate things are going - it'll be done before I get those brake hoses.
I may go through the parts stash and start selling off stuff I'm not going to use if I've got more time between getting the car ready and receipt of those brake hoses.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
The right-side caliper and the right-side parking brake remain to be installed but there's not a huge rush since I'm waiting for brake hoses and axles. Tomorrow can be the parking brake day and if I've got the patience, I'll get to the interior. There are a few other bits to get done in the meantime (like figure out the seatbelts!) but it's coming together.
Started the car and ran it for a few minutes - the engine timing is off slightly and it's running super-rich - I suspect that once I find a good AFR, I can get the engine running right - easier to do when the car is running/driving. Once the car is mobile - a lot of things will get easier.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
“It is possible that longing for something is better than actually having it. I’ve heard it said that satisfaction is the death of desire.”
Saturday, September 4, 2021
The other progress includes - the left side fender is back on the car - the left side parking brake cable is installed, I've ordered Koni Red shocks for the rear and the clutch is adjusted. I prepped the right side of the car for under fender paint and started working on the passenger's side door. But that's where I stopped. I then took a VW break and installed the new horns in the Volvo (success!) and broke the headlamp washer door in the process - they're made from the world's cheapest plastic because they break VERY easily. I knew I should have bought both of them two years ago...oh well, one step closer, I suppose. I'll have to get the little door thing on order with Volvo on Tuesday since the part number on the part seems to have been superseded and the new part number is a closely held secret.
I'll wrap up the inner fender paint and the passenger's side door over the next couple of days - along with the right side fender going back on the car (and perhaps the bumper!). Once I can get the parking brakes are worked out, the floor mat can go back into the car (the rear half). When the brakes are successfully bled, the front floor mat piece can go in the car as well. Then the seats and holy shit, it'll look like a car again. Just in time for snow, probably.
That reminds me...I wonder where those axles are that I ordered from Sway A Way several weeks (actually, a couple of months) ago...they were on backorder but I figured they'd show up by now. Axles and CVs are something I definitely don't want to do twice. If the back order isn't filled soon - I'll probably have to order EMPI axles and hope they don't suck.
Friday, September 3, 2021
First thing: The Type 1 torsion cover plates don't actually fit like I thought they would. They're too shallow - which I figured out while attempting to tighten them to the subframe. Yeah, so. good thing I just bought a new set AND a replacement original set in case the repops were garbage (they're not). I wound up using the Type 3 Swing Axle torsion covers that I kept in case I needed them. Parts hoarding pays off for once. The lack of a cover on the end is a long term issue I need to resolve. I have a rusty set that I can use for welding practice to add a cover. The set that's on the car, for now, I'm going to leave alone because...
I'm pretty sure the rear end of the car is too stiff but I'll wait until it's back together and taken out for a test drive before I decide that I don't like it enough to tear it all apart and re-index.
Second thing: I get a hell of a lot more done when I force myself to find a solution vs. buying one. When I was young and broke all the time - I didn't have the money to keep buying parts - I just figured out a way to fix the problem. Sure, I was living in Southern California and VW shops were everywhere but I still didn't buy a lot of parts to solve a problem. I've been working toward doing that now WITH a parts hoard and it seems to be paying off. The last few times I've bought a part to solve a problem, it didn't...and a part I already had on hand wound up being the solution.
I have the target of getting a lot done over the long weekend since I'm not going anywhere. Time will tell how well my mental motivation works with my physical time management.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
I had to take the day off of work today to watch little dude - one of his classmates tested postive for COVID - thus he's out for 14 days even though they were wearing masks.
A few days ago, I ordered a repop set of covers (arriving tomorrow) but I'm half expecting them to *not* fit properly. Tried to negotiate an expensive local set down to a reasonable price but the seller would rather hang on to them so I passed. Found a set in California that *might* be a good replacement - I have to wait for those to arrive (next week). I feel like I'd be a lot further down this road if I didn't have to wait a week every time I needed a part. Such is life in the Midwest.
And then there's wiring the accessory gauges, replace the broken window regulator, clean the inside of the doors, do the painting, getting the doors back together, etc.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
First thing this morning - I drove 30 minutes to drop off the brake hose contraption so the hose shop could order the necessary fittings to make the hoses. There's a small chance they'll be done by Wednesday - but I'm expecting it to take a week.
Ran a few errands, did some things and then...I spent nearly an hour cleaning out the cabinet and putting everything back before I got to the rear end of the car.
And, well, then I got distracted with swapping the horns in the Volvo - but that didn't happen because I had to buy two wire harnesses on eBay so I don't have to cut the original harness - and the stuff I took out of the Volvo went right back in once I'd ordered the required parts. That was about 30 minutes in total.
Eventually, I got back to the car - the left side (shown) went back together very quickly - less than ten minutes. The right side took nearly an hour and I sheared off a bit of the powdercoating on the subframe. I can't really explain why because the FIRST side should take all of the time while it's being figured out but that's not what happened. I swapped out the typically noisy red urethane bushings for the yellow Saco version - again, first one goes on easy - the second one took 5x as long. It was also in the upper 90°F temps today with a heaping serving of humidity so being in the garage wasn't pleasant. I powered through because this car needs to go back together.
I attempted to clean the covers that I got from Jim but they're very pitted so I may not wind up using them. I'm going to paint them tomorrow and see how they turn out before I decide.
Ended the day by banging out the dents on the left side fender (bottom was creased in) and cleaning the inner fender area on the right side in preparation for paint. Once that paint is on and dry - both fenders and the rear bumper go back on the car.
Maybe next weekend I can put the car on the ground.
Friday, August 27, 2021
I cleaned off the shelf with baking soda and water, then Dawn - wiped down the inside of the cabinet (two cans of wasp killer had expelled their contents as a result of the acid eating the bottom of the cans) and cleaned the rest of the cans and let them sit in a shallow pan of baking soda in water. The shelf in the photo was in good shape - just a little dirty - now a large part of it is missing paint so I've got to address this at some point as well.
It's all currently drying on the floor of the garage. I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped...tomorrow is another day.
I'm going to drop off the brake line at the hose shop, run some errands and hope to get back to getting the trailing arms on the car. Plenty to do - just not a whole lot of time.
Thursday, August 26, 2021
There's a hydraulic hose shop not far from where I work and they can get the M10x1 bubble flare ends. Probably a one week turnaround before I can pick them up. I have to figure out a way to support the brake hose right about where my fingers are in the picture but it'll eliminate an additional connection.
Next opportunity I have a couple of hours - I'll get the rear end installed and get the car back on four tires - the brake lines will happen soon enough.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
The outer bushings arrived yesterday and, while they're tighter than I would prefer, I think they'll work out okay.
I found a local shop that can fab the needed brake lines for the rear end - now I need to find the time to get over to them before they close. Potentially during the week next week.
I should be able to get to the rear suspension soon...then move to the interior and get the doors rebuilt and put back together. Soon enough, I hope, the random piles of parts in the garage will be back in the car.
Progress has been slow this week but I'm hoping to make more progress by the end of the week.