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so has Atena declared her love for the new arrival yet. Looks like she is getting into the heart of the matter.

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Some Super pictures for Atena

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and in Kodachrome

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the target class was, I would say upper middle

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We are treating it like this will be a car she can drive along side my car to shows. I did warn her that these cars are subject to sale any any time :) She hates that.

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And some color schemes for Atena to choose from...

This Casino Beige represented here is a couple shades too dark but you get the idea, personally, I love it on the big series. And would negate repainting the firewall.

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Titian Red

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Condor Yellow

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Arctic White

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And MrE's favorite, Arctic White over Cavalier Blue

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Nice! BTW, the pump and fittings came late this past week. Thank you, Mr. Earl!! I'm waiting on CARS for an order with new gaskets and rebuild kits now.

I bought a rebuild kit for the master cylinder, too. The brakes are all bled nicely, but the pedal just goes to the floor without any real resistance. I would guess that's an MC issue. Looks like a fun one to remove, too.

I bought a new fuel sending unit for it. That came this week. The fuel tank is completely empty, so I will be dropping it to see what's in there. The previous owner said the tank needs cleaned out, but the fuel that I sucked out was clean. Maybe it was the fact that the pump was dead and they couldn't pull anything from it...dunno.

We are in the process of cleaning up parts and doing some painting while everything is apart. Last night was the first night since last weekend that I was able to even clean a bolt. I've been out of town for work all week. That kinda takes the wind out of my sails as far as progress on home stuff. Then yesterday, we had yard work. Yaaaaaay!

hummm, typing at the same time looks like.

Last I looked for those gas lines on line they weren't to be found, but that was probably 10 years ago so have been buying NOS ones anytime the came up. You may want to go for a new rubber one and keep mine in the trunk as a spare. But it looks good to me and the braided rubber flexed without cracking, so just so you know, won't hurt my feelins if you don't use it.

The master cylinder isn't that bad to pull and replace, once you're under the car with safety glasses to keep the road dirt from falling into your eyes. I am thinking the brake lines should be OK on that car. Can't remember seeing, was the car undercoated?

Definitely while you got the tank dropped, use some Marine Clean with a chain and swish around for 10-15 minutes. May consider sealing it too, just make sure the sealer can handle the new gas.

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What is this "sale" you speak of?

I think we need to hear Atena's thoughts on this. If she ever names it...it'll never leave.

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IF I paint the car, it is to be Titian Red with white top.

The "sale" pertains to the hypothetical possibility that any car can go at any time.

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I love the Casino Beige. I think it's really elegant. Adam I tried to get my Dad to by this car when it was on Ebay. If you decide to sell it, I'm going to try to talk him in to buying it again. He had a light green 54 Super coupe, with a dark green top back in the day. We both love the C body 54s!

Randy

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Hey! Detail that car in the background! :)

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I dusted it off this weekend when I got the carburetor back! It runs soooo nice now. Couldn't believe how much difference it made. It was a 5 week turn around time on the rebuild. I had to send it to Texas.

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Does anyone have the correct routing for the 6500' of heater hose?

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I spent a couple hours today doing some assembly on the beast.  I have decided that I'm going to get the car running and (hopefully) stopping, then put it on the market.  I have too many other things going on in the near future to have another project like this.  Athough I would love to see Titian Red with a white top and some nice whitewall bias plies on this car.

 

I will probably clean up the black painted stuff and do a quick spray on it to make it look uniform, but I'm not going to go crazy with it.  I still have to rebuild the carburetor and fuel pump.

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I went through the carburetor and fuel/vac pump this afternoon after work.  I didn't get off until 3pm today, so I made sure I worked as late as I could stand it tonight.  Just about 10pm and it's quittin' time.

 

So I was going to paint the inner fenders, etc black, but I think I just want to get the car running at this point.  I don't plan on putting any more real money into it at this point....so I started installing parts.

 

Carb, fuel pump, coil, wire harness, relays, junction blocks, voltage regulator.  I sure hope I wired the relays right, because I did a piss poor job of taking photos before I tore it apart.

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Well it runs...after a few hours of troubleshooting with the fuel pump.

 

Has anyone ever had to modify the pump arm to get a full stroke?  I still have to remove it again to permanently fix it...seems weird, though.

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Nevermind about the pump arm.  The only way it seems I can get the car to actually start is to completely smother the carburetor with my hand.  It then will pull the fuel up to the carb and start the engine.  What am I missing??

 

YouTube video of the car running to come...as soon as it is finished processing.

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I have  brakes!  No power assist, but I have brakes.

 

I took the car for a spin around the block and it's not half bad.  I had to top off the trans fluid.  The engine is tired and could use a good overhaul, but it runs and drives.

 

Time to clean it up and sell.

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I think cars built out west had blue engines rather then then the green we have on the east coast ????

When was the last time anyone saw blue mesh covering the hot air tube, blue vacuum lines, and blue wiring?   ;)

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