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.
Monday, August 23, 2021
Ran the new wiring for the cargo light from the dome light - the stock location is wired to the running light on the tail lamp - meaning it's only going to work when the running lights are on.
The heat shield is notched where it was rubbing on the body and the edge that was rubbing on the bellows boot has been 'coerced in a new direction'. The final touch was to sand the edges to remove the sharpness.
I prepared the pulley shroud gasket so I don't forget to install it. Fingers crossed - I should be able to leave the engine in the car for a while.
I'm not going to bother powdercoating the lid at this point.
The test fit of the heat shield indicates that the modifications should help the two parts keep a slight difference.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
1. Take them to a new plating shop and have this plating removed and re-plated so the finished product fits the Jaycee torsion covers.
2. Find a set of Type 1 torsion cover plates, buy the outer bushings and see if this whole thing goes together.
If it's not horribly obvious - I've decided to go after option #2. I measured the OD of the spring plate, found the suitable bushing and ordered them.
I swapped out the rear license plate wiring and the two grommets - and that was about it for the day. I have the cargo light and the dome light wiring remaining to replace but those will wait until they're necessary - both currently work fine.
I have five days of vacation and then I'll come back and get something done on the car - and repeat that until my ass is in the seat going down the street.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
A random neighbor stopped by in a 1950 Jeep and chatted about the car - we talked about the things that I've done with the car and we talked a bit about his Jeep. There are a lot of old cars in this neighborhood and it's cool to talk with people about their cars.
Engine is filled with oil, trans is filled with gear oil...
The battery goes in tomorrow and then we get to see if there are any electrical issues or leaks. I might get to the spring plate installation tomorrow as well.
The only thing holding this all up will be the rear brake lines - they have to be figured out, made and installed before I can bleed the brakes and drive the car. I'm making a good amount of progress and it'll be nice to turn it over tomorrow.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
They look so much better in real life than they do in pictures. Now I've got more work to do.
Once I can get the weather to cooperate, I'll have some time to get more shit done on the car.
Monday, August 9, 2021
On the way home, I dropped off the spring plates at a plating shop - very weird vibe in that place but I'm optimistic it'll translate into a good product. The weather didn't do me any favors later in the day - I spent an hour in the basement during a tornado warning and then spent another 30 minutes replacing the rear seat center console in the Volvo.
I have to get some shit done on this car...
Saturday, August 7, 2021
I spent 20 minutes getting the transmission coupler cover back on the pan and properly seated under the nosecone seal. I rank it up there as one of the worst things to do on a Type 3.
I found another plating shop nearby - I'm going to drop the spring plates off on Monday and they should be done by the end of the week.
My new target is next weekend for the start up - and I may even be able to get this thing back on 4 tires again.
Monday, August 2, 2021
Sunday, August 1, 2021
I've ordered a new tap to check one last time if I can simply clean out the existing threads on the torsion bar cover plate before I drill out the threads and use through bolts. The main reason behind this is because the use of through bolts requires dropping the subframe to get them installed...which, of course, is a gigantic pain in the ass and will slow the progress considerably. I've already pulled the trailing arms off of the subframe so it'll make removing the transmission that much easier if it comes to it. Once I've run the tap through the threads and figured out which direction I have to go - I'll just move forward. This car has to go back together very very soon.
Speaking of slowing things down - the very local plating shop decided to try and charge me $500 to plate two spring plates so I canceled the job. The spring plates are now in need of a new shop to get the job done. I can't really finish the rear end until the spring plates are re-plated. I do have the ride height dialed in so the swap should be quick once the good plates are back from plating.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
It's a minor victory but it was nice to see that I managed a win today.
Additionally, I realized where I fucked up my rear caliper installation and have made a couple of changes to prevent it from happening again.
Engine dude showed up right after I took this picture and confirmed the oil cooler was leaking - handed me another one and went on his way. I didn't do a lot with the engine today because I was focused on figuring out the suspension situation. The fan shroud is back on and the pulley is back on - I should be able to get the rest of it put back together tomorrow. I'm also going to attempt to get the fuel tank situated and the fuel pump installed and wired up to the safety relay.
The car is back on jack stands with the rear end pulled out in preparation for the drilling out of the chewed up spring plate cover mounting holes. The nuts will only go on with the subframe out (one major downside) but I've got a few other things to get done first - like have the correct spring plates zinc plated. Once they're done, I will swap them out with the set on the car (they're rusting) and put it back together one time. Brake lines are about all that's left on the list of things to do on the rear end. I've got the few front end things to do and finish up the wiring. In spite of appearances - I'm making some progress. I won't be done before the end of the week though. There are a few things I can do while I wait for the spring plates (like the entire front end and the wiring).
Monday, July 26, 2021
Today was not a great day, productivity-wise. Got a sick kid at home and 40 things to get done this week...hard to focus.I did pull the oil cooler and found oil pooled up underneath and the mount area very wet with fresh oil. I cleaned the oil cooler out and removed the black paint from the exterior.
I called several local radiator shops and none had any interest in pressure testing the oil cooler. The engine builder came by after a text conversation and picked up the oil cooler to test it and/or replace it. Hopefully, tomorrow will be more productive and the engine will go back together. I would like to get it in the car so I can finish up the wiring and get the suspension set properly.
I spent the better part of an hour trying to get NOS front indicator housing seals on the car in an attempt to get something accomplished today. In the end, I gave up because they'd shrunk so much that they would not go on the car.
Tomorrow, I will attempt to get the spring plate covers mounted on the car so I can install the other trailing arm and brake assembly on the right side. Once that's done, I can circle back and figure out brake lines.
The end goal is to get the car on 4 tires...I may need to adjust my approach to get there.
This car is far more frustrating than fun.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
I am now held up by a thermostat linkage arm (that's not on the engine) and a spring that may or may not be at the builder's house (more on that later). If I can fix the linkage and get the spring - I'll get the tin back on and get closer to installing it.
My final days at the job that's consumed the last year of my life are coming - two more to go - and then I've got a week to figure some shit out on this engine before I start the next job. I'll drive this car someday. Maybe.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
I ordered new trim rubber for the electric fuel pump mount and a new brass nipple for the fuel pump so that I won't have to use an adapter. I ordered new Swayaway axles...some things to look forward to, I suppose.
The engine should be back in about two weeks - that should give me enough time to get the other trailing arm installed and checked out. I think I can get a nut on the back of the bolts and that'll do it. I'd like to get the rear of the car sorted soon. It's not hard - just time-consuming.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
I had to order a new CHT wire because the original one was too short - something that I should have caught before it was too late. I pulled the other wires out - now I need to fish them all back into the car to get a step closer to being ready.
Asked around about using through bolts and installing nuts on the back of the spring plate/torsion bar area - seems like it's a better solution than using a time-sert so that's the route I'm going to take for now.
All I lack now is time. I have plenty of parts to keep me busy.
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Today, however, I picked the old harness up off the floor to see if there were any OG wires I could salvage (not much) and made note of the condition of the harness and reason why I chose to remove it: loads of cracked wires.
Once I've recovered from this illness - I'll be back at it to get the wiring finished so I can move on to the next part of getting this car back on the road.