I wound up spending the rest of my time cleaning the garage because it was filling up with random shit from the yard and the house.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Because I think I've got at least two of everything - I actually have the exact replacement for these two worn out bits and they'd be a lot easier to deal with since my brake line is already assembled vs. the newer pieces. Someday in the future, I'll be pulling this pan apart to get the floors welded in so they'll get replaced well in advance of ten years from now. I'm hoping to have some time in the morning tomorrow to tackle some more work on the car. All I've managed to do so far is take more parts off of the car - I've got to start putting them back if I stand a chance of putting it back on tires again.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
I installed them today after having to concede defeat yet again with the brakes. The car has never had a solid pedal like it should. An attempt to bleed them today yielded another disappointing result. Instead of just saying 'fuck it' and blaming myself for not doing something right, I examined the whole system, inch by inch, and I found the problem: The main line from front to rear has three tiny holes in it...just enough to cause havoc with both successfully bleeding the brakes and, likely, successfully stopping the car. Since I don't have one of these lines handy, I had to stop this process - knowing that I'll have to order / find one and start again. Since I'm at this point, I'm going to pull the whole system apart (something I tried REAL hard to not do) and replace all of the hard lines (soft lines are brand new). I've ordered completely new hard lines for both cars (or for me to screw up once and try again).
To make myself feel slightly better, I installed these clamps and did some interior cleaning so that I could accomplish something with the time I had available. I'll have to remove the seat belt adapter so that I can remove the rear section of the crispy rubber mat...which will then allow me to get to the rear portion of the brake line. I'm not really looking forward to this repair.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
It's good because I was able to address a few things that needed attention.
Up front: Adjusting the steering box because it wasn't quite on the mount where it belonged - unfortunately it didn't 100% solve the alignment issue but I'll get back to that, drain the fuel tank, assess the situation with the brake reservoir and centered the steering wheel once I aligned the center mark on the box.
I still hold out hope that I'll be able to get all of that done AND bleed the flippin' brakes. It'll be a hell of a lot easier to do with the wheels off (bonus: the car is level right now). If the weather stays mild, I might fire it up and go for a drive...but I'm not feeling quite that ambitious or hopeful. It's tantamount to buying a scratch ticket - knowing full well that I don't stand much of a chance of winning while secretly 'wishing' that I could...wishing that I would.