The speedometer situation worked itself out-literally-as the speedometer stopped functioning today.
The clutch pedal still hangs slightly somewhere. I can't quite tell if it's the pedal assembly striking something in the tunnel or if it's the rear arm on the bell housing. The transmission has a curved clutch arm and the action isn't quite as smooth so I'm going to swap it with a straight one which should solve the issue.
I took the car out for a 4 mile tour of the subdivision and, while imitating the sound of an angry typewriter, the engine is strong, transmission shifts smoothly and the feel is quite a bit better. I'm sure the front end is going to need some attention-that much crud on the beam means it's been a long time since it's seen an adjustment or grease. I won't at all be surprised to find worn out ball joints or tie rod ends...
My next steps:
- Swap fuel tank, install new tank sock and tank nipple
- Clean, lube and adjust front beam
- Install new speedometer cable (or fix existing cable if I have the clip for the end)
- Check plugs for wear
- Check valves
- Set timing
- Check body to trans ground
If the minor engine tweaks don't solve the idle hunt and ticking noises, I'll pull the engine and swap it for the 1500S in the garage after I swap the fan housings.