unimogjohn

Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

Recommended Posts

Golly, it was sure hot today, 94 degrees.  This cannot be the start of summer yet.  

 

On the old car front I moved the Avanti to the service bay to replace the dead Optima battery.  Remember that I have it tucked into the trunk.  I had to remove all my wiring to give me some slack to pull the battery box from it position in front of the rear wheel well.  What a pain to get it out.  But got it out and tomorrow will put in the new replacement Optima.  

 

And of course the Traveller would not turn over.  Ahhhhhhhh!  So I ordered a brand new starter for $80 to my door.  I could not have this one rebuilt for that kind of money.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Paul, a shade under three years.  I was really disappointed.  I have two six volt Optimas in the 23 and 28 Buick.  They are going on four and three years and are working fine.  I was hoping to get seven years or more out of the twelve volt Optima.  Thankfully, Amazon gave me a free replacement so I am not out any money.  

 

I charged up the bad Optima today.  It reads 12.84 volts, I will check it tomorrow and see what the reading is and let you know what it reads.  

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

John, for what it's worth, I purchased a 6V Optima battery for my '36 Buick a year or so before we moved into our current house.  We have been in our house now for 15 years and it is still cranking away.  Of course, now that I have mentioned it, it will probably go dead tomorrow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been running Optimas exclusively in my fleet (all 6V) for 15 years and am delighted.  I run a pair in parallel in my three Pierce 8-cyl cars not for cranking but for being able to drive long distances at night at a slight charging deficit.  I changed out one pair at 14 years, another pair at 10 years.

 

I like Optimas for underseat/underfloor locations because they never need water or corrosion removal.  And they will hold a charge over the winter without a trickle charger.  My 1930 roadster was on display at San Francisco Airport for six months (master battery cutoff switch, of course), and when their contracted transporter brought in back at 1:00 AM, I poured in a couple of gallons of gas, let the supplemental electric pump run for 45 seconds, and the engine spun fast and caught on the first rotation.  The transporter driver, who routinely hauls high-end sports cars to/from auctions, was utterly amazed.

 

Optimas have a reputation for not wanting to come back after going completely flat.  There's a work-around:  Hook up another battery (Optima or wet cell, with at least a moderate charge on it already) in parallel with the fully discharged Optima, and put the pair on a trickle charger for two days or so.

Edited by Grimy
corrected typo (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is Friday, May 19th.  Going to be hot and humid again today so headed to the garage early.  

 

Got the new Optima battery into the Avanti, so turned my attention to the old battery to see if I could recharge it.  After looking at several videos I got the battery to accept a charge.  It is now about 50% charged so will let it charge for the rest of the day.  I will report the outcome tomorrow.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been looking to add to the fleet.  I want a modern collectible sports car that will be comfortable tourer in our advancing years.  So after many weeks of research I have settled on a BMW Z4 Coupe from the years 2006, 07 and 08.  Only 200,000 Z4s were produced and of that number, 16,000 were coupes versus roadsters.  So a coupe is a rare car even today.  They produced a M or performance version of the couple, but they are way too expensive for me.  I want something under $20,000 all in.  Here is the history of the model.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_Z4_(E85)

 

The hunt is on..........

 

 

00W0W_8ig0gupgRrA_1200x900.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is Saturday, so I headed with the Jaguar to the local cars and coffee event.  On the way I smelled anti-freeze and the engine quit as I pulled into the parking lot.  Darn, did a new hose come loose?  Nope, I had not correctly installed the radiator cap so anti-freeze puked all over the place.  I cleaned everything up and made sure the distributor was dry and hit the starter, she fired right up.  Disaster averted.  

 

A few days ago I wrote to Dexter's (the Morris Traveller) first owner in the states.  He imported the car in about 2006.  Here is what Mark had to say.

 

Hi John,
 
 Enjoyed reading your letter with regard to Dexter aka Wallace.  He was named Wallace during his stint in the U.K., and I followed on in the U.S.
You are right, I spent many hours and dollars trying to get the car back to a reasonable condition. Not 100% but I did my best.
 
Wallace was well known around town in NC and did in fact amass quite a few trophies in his time including a first in class
at the local AACA event. I hope you continue to enjoy ownership of a really good example of British history.
 
I was born in the UK back in 1940 and have owned quite a few British cars since I moved here in 1977.
I had amassed quite a collection by the time illness forced me into letting a few go to other owners.  Currently down to a Mini and a 1960 MGA..
 
Regarding your questions. The engine is a 1098cc unit and I did fit a reconditioned head with hardened valve seats. Feel free to burn regular unleaded.
I rebuilt the engine with aforementioned head, plus new rings, bearings and camshaft. Original gearbox was bad and I replaced with a Sprite box which is interchangeable.
 
I did attempt to paint the car but as you have probably noted, my skills in that area leave a little to be desired!!
 
Under separate cover, I have forwarded pictures of the near empty can of paint, containing the made up formula of the Acrylic paint I used.. I had my local Car Quest store try to match the original but they missed by quite a bit. Original factory spec color is Rose Taupe. I was unable to find a match so settled with the color they provided.
 
Best Regards
Mark
 
I have Dexter on the four post lift.  Alice did a bump start in second gear to get it running.  Tomorrow I will pull the starter in preparation for receiving the new starter, which should arrive on Tuesday.  
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sunday, Got Dexter up on the lift and proceed to pull the cable from the solenoid to the starter (it will be replaced) and then the starter.  I guess it took all of ten minutes.  Lots of room and easy to pull and clear the oil filter.   I put the starter in a vice and jumped it using my battery pack.  It did not spin when the terminal was touched, so I rotated it and then she spun, then tried it again, dead.  Did it several times, so it looks like the starter has something going on inside, maybe a bad or loose brush.  And the starter gear is looking a little worn also.  Glad I am getting a new starter assembly.  I will keep this one as a spare for now.

 

Tomorrow PM we are going to look at a 2007 Z4 Coupe.  This could be the one.  And it is local, only an hour away.   

 

 

P1090609.JPG

P1090610.JPG

P1090611.JPG

P1090612.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is Monday, Well, the deed is done.  Another car added to the fleet.  This time a modern one.  2007 BMW Z4 Coupe.  Just needs a good cleaning and going over.  I am sure that there are hidden sins to fix.  It has 103,000 miles on her.  

 

 

 

 

P1090613.JPG

P1090614.JPG

P1090615.JPG

P1090616.JPG

P1090617.JPG

P1090620.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is Tuesday morning, May 23rd.  Hit the garage early this morning.  Fired up the Avanti with its new battery.  Works great and the amp meter shows a 7 amp charge at start up and then quickly going to about two amps.  This is what it should be doing.  The old battery was staying on 35 amps, the max power from the alternator.

 

And then i put the new starter  in the Traveller.  Went in in about ten minutes with another five for the new cable.  Wow, kicked right over.  I am impressed.  Alice should be good to go now.

 

Pics of the old and new starter, and the new starter installed and ready to rumble.

 

P1090621.JPG

P1090622.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

John:

 

Looks like you need to add one more car to your AACA Forum salutation.  Congrats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is Thursday, PM.  Been cleaning, detailing, and polishing the Z4.  It looks new.  I ordered one new rear tire as one was worn out and I am sure would not pass the annual safety inspection.  Here is the old and new tire.

 

I ordered new spark plugs, special motor oil, and filters.  The computer says that I still have 8,700 miles to go before the next service so I can wait a bit.  The PO says that it was last changed in August and only has put on a few thousand miles.  

 

I have also ordered a missing license plate light housing and bulb, and a windshield trim moulding.  The moulding is all coming apart, a common problem.  According to the internet, not a hard job to swap out.  I need the license plate light as it is also a safety inspection item.

 

 

 

P1090623.JPG

P1090624.JPG

P1090625.JPG

P1090626.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is Friday morning, and we have a report from Greg.

 

 

Hello all,
             Still here under the radar.    Even though there isn't a lot of progress to report,  there is some movement.   Mainly on the '10 Overland.  Encosed photos are a brief account of the door reconstruction.     Wooden cars don't age gracefully.  Especially when moisture and  things that eat wood are present.     With the main body components,  the front and rear seats and the lower platform now caught up and near ready final bodywork and paint preparation,   the doors are the remaining high jump.
 
         Composed of wooden frameworks,  tin covered and  aluminum T molded around the edges,  they were also upholstered with leather stuffed with horsehair.   All candidates for rust,  rot,  mildew,  termites ,  horsehair eating beatles,  etc.
       
         Using samples of the original,  I"ve reverted to the woodshop,  a place where I don't get to spend much time.     Our serious woodworkers  look at my  approach and just shake their heads.   Being more familiar with metalworking equipment and also the precision that can come with them,   I cut and mill the ash and maple as if it were aluminum and steel.
 
           Ash is getting hard to find (ash borer beatles) so Barb and I had to spend a day on the road to get some.   Too precious to waste and hoping to avoid rework,  I've been taking my time.   Scott could have had these done in short order.
 
        As of tonight I have both door frames  screwed together and perimeters still oversize.  Close association with what looked to be simple cabinetmaking turned out not to be so.   These pieces are nothing but angles and curves that come and go,  many that would have been easy to miss.   And the left and right sides are not identical.
 
           So far so good,  I think I now need to work with the heavy wooden jamb moldings that close up the bottoms and then make the doors and moldings fit each other.
 
    No much movement on other fronts.
 
Wish you the best for the Memorial Day Weekend.
 
GREG.
 
 

zzzzzzinkki070.jpg

zzzzzzinkki071.jpg

zzzzzzinkki075.jpg

zzzzzzinkki079.jpg

zzzzzzinkki082.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is Monday, PM, May 29th.  As you might imagine I have been working on the new 07 BMW Z4.  Have been detailing, cleaning, polishing, etc.  It looks like a new car now.  I did get the new rear tire on the car so I am good for about 25,000 miles or so.  

 

And new parts came in on Saturday.  So today I put in the new led license plate assembly.  Had to rewire, but an easy job.  I do not know if I will replace the other side OEM unit, but probably will at some point.  I also got the four little plastic pods that do into the brackets on the frame so I can use the lift to get it up in the air.  And finally I put in new spark plugs.  Took a couple of hours, the hardest part was breaking loose and removing the coils with boots attached.  These plugs were original to the car, this is the first spark plug change.  So I am good for another 100,000 miles or so.  The old ones were not that bad, but the metal L was starting to erode.  The color looked very good on all cylinders.

 

Tomorrow I plan on polishing the headlights.  Then I am done.

 

 

P1090629.JPG

P1090631.JPG

P1090632.JPG

P1090634.JPG

P1090635.JPG

P1090636.JPG

P1090637.JPG

P1090638.JPG

P1090639.JPG

P1090640.JPG

P1090641.JPG

P1090642.JPG

P1090643.JPG

P1090644.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The plugs were replace in our Mazda 6 at 100,000 km as the manual says they should be. What a disaster! The old plugs were in as-new condition and the car now needs to change down on a hill on the way home that it didn't before. New platinum plugs is the only difference. I hope you have a better experience.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it is Tuesday, PM, May 30th.  Spent a couple of hours on the BMW Z4 this morning.  Decided to put it up on the lift to check the underside of  the car and suspension to see if I needed anything.  I had to find an inventive way to put it on the lift on its mounting points.  I ended up using pads for the front and the little discs from BMW for the rear resting on the arms of the lift.  Worked great.  Nice and stable on the lift.

 

The underside of the car looked like brand new, no issues except for a bent aluminum panel under the rear end.  Only took a few minutes to put it back in place.  I did undo the little trap door to see where the oil drain screw was.  I will change oil in August.  

 

Then I polished up the headlight lenses.  They look almost new now.

 

 

P1090645.JPG

P1090646.JPG

P1090647.JPG

P1090648.JPG

P1090649.JPG

P1090650.JPG

P1090651.JPG

P1090652.JPG

P1090653.JPG

P1090654.JPG

P1090655.JPG

P1090656.JPG

P1090657.JPG

P1090658.JPG

P1090659.JPG

P1090660.JPG

P1090661.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still Tuesday.  We have had line after line of thunderstorms and heavy rain roll though tonight.  We still have power so that is a good thing, but the rain is so heavy we have lot satellite TV.  

 

So while waiting for the TV to come back on I decided to look at some YouTube videos on how to replace the Z4 window seal that I ordered a couple of days ago.  All the installations used some plastic, non-marring prying tools, so I ordered a small set from Amazon.  They should be here about the time the trim seal arrives.  

 

Here are a few pics on why I am replacing the seal.  The old one is just falling apart.  I guess from the sun exposure?  

 

And figured out the color of the paint and the BMW paint code.  It is called Stratus Metallic, Code 440.  I am going to order some factory touch up paint.  I have lots of chips on the front of the car.  

 

 

 

 

P1090662.JPG

P1090663.JPG

P1090664.JPG

P1090665.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

John,

 

Excellent choice with the Z4. We have had a 2005 roadster since new and only two expenses other than gas and oil...a new battery and 4 new run-flats.  It is like an Austin Healey where everything works properly and not held together with a bunch of fiddly little connectors. 

 

BTW, your headlights look great.  Enjoy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DrData, thanks, I really like the Z4.

 

It is Friday, June 2nd, PM.  Well, the day started out great.  I spent the morning polishing the Passat W8 headlights.  Why?  Because the W8 failed its annual safety inspection for dim headlights.  So I ordered the most powerful xenon bulbs I could find and then spent a couple of hours polishing the lenses.  Now you cannot even tell the lights are covered.  When the new bulbs come in I then have to take the front end off the Passat, take out the light assemblies and install the new bulbs.  And then hope that it passes inspection.

 

With that done I decided to replace the rubber trim around the Z4 windshield.  So tools in hand I went to work removing the old stuff.  Actually, the moulding came out rather easily, until I had to use a little pick to pull up on one end to start it.  Well, I must have had the pick a bit too far under the windshield and I heard a "crack".  Opps, instantly a long crack appeared in the windshield.  So I cleaned up and will call the glass company on Monday for a replacement.  I am not going to install the new trim, does not make any sense to do it now.  

 

 

P1090666.JPG

P1090667.JPG

P1090668.JPG

P1090669.JPG

P1090670.JPG

P1090671.JPG

P1090672.JPG

P1090673.JPG

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 4/10/2017 at 5:45 PM, unimogjohn said:

This afternoon we had a nice visit from Al Gerisch (AACA Lifetime member) and his wife Mary Ann.  They were travelling thru the area on their way home to NY.  Al always met me on the show field at Hershey and gave me plenty of great advice on what the judges expect.  And Al has many, many car and judging stories, I could just listen for hours.  Anyway, we had a great couple of hours at the farm.

 

Al gave me pictures of some of his cars.  He has a 28 Gardner, 53 Chevrolet, 62 Corvair convertible, and a 29 Chevy coupe.  He also has several other cars.  He and Mary Ann go on several east coast tours each year so look for him if you are on one of them.

 

Thanks for coming by Al.

 

 

P1090376.JPG

P1090377.JPG

P1090378.JPG

P1090379.JPG

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

John you have some of the same luck as me.

Yesterday backed corvair out of it's storage caught tail pipe, rip out muffler and broke of mounting ears on manifold. Fortunately   have fresh manifold but am weighting for gaskets, need three have two.

Al   

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote
On 6/2/2017 at 9:14 PM, unimogjohn said:

 Because the W8 failed its annual safety inspection for dim headlights.

 Just curious, John, does this apply to the vintage cars as well?

Keith

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Keith, no yearly safety inspection if you have vintage car tags.  You are expected to keep  your car in good order and could be issued a ticket if is found to be deficient.  

 

Window guy is coming on Thursday to fix the BMW Z4.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now