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Seats are done and the hood is complete.  I've got a few more things I'd like to finish and then I'll call it complete and do some testing.  I'll make a list of what is still needed, what needs to be fixed and then carefully take the car back apart and begin the final phase. 

 

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Went for two shorts drives through the neighborhood... short because it is cold out!!   The car runs great but there are a lot of noises and little things going on.  Shifting from 1st to 2nd seems to have a slight little grind as it gets into 2nd.  Not the normal grind or refusal or difficulty getting into gear, just a little noise as it enters.  2nd is smooth after that.  Going into 3rd is smooth but at the top of the range there's a little banging noise like something is hitting the exhaust pipe.  The speedometer doesn't work and I'm wondering if those are related since the speedo cable exits the gearbox right at the muffler.   4th seems very smooth in every way but dang if it doesn't feel like there is anything left!!  I have no idea how fast we were going but it didn't seem all that fast and I was in 4th.   Downshifting into 3rd seems fine as well as 2nd (which is a little confusing because I don't think it made any noise on downshift).  1st doesn't have a synchro so I haven't been downshifting into it.  I just read online that I should be pausing a bit between gears and some say that the 2nd synchro was always iffy and they recommend a double clutch.  Weather will be better later this week and I do some more test driving then.

 

At times the handling is a little squirrelly with a little wiggle in the rear.  The rear tires are bald of course and they haven't been balanced so that may be the cause.   The front tires are pretty new and they were supposedly balanced (they still have weights on them) so I don't think they are the cause but I haven't had them checked out.  I will be replacing all four tires and will have all four wheels checked for straightness as well as balanced.  I don't see any other play in the chassis so I think the tires are the only culprit.  I'm also used to driving Germany's latest technology so a lot of this may be my expectations.  

 

The brakes still don't really work.  They have a little bit of effectiveness right about the time you've pressed your foot through the firewall.  I resorted to just using the handbrake.  I'm going to bleed the brakes again and check to make sure they are adjusted correctly.  I'm hoping another bleed will work.   These cars are notorious for their poor rear brakes so when the handbrake works better than the brake pedal it hints at something really wrong with the master cylinder or air in the lines... or both.  I need to get this fixed before I do anymore test driving. 

 

I went over the bumpers and they were in a lot worse shape than they first appeared.  It is hard to believe that the bumpers belong to a car with such a straight frame and body.  At some point someone drilled some holes to mount things as well as some genius stick welded the backing bar and got slag all over the bumper.   I think I can save the backing bars though they will require a considerable amount of work.  It will save me about $300 to refurb them so it is probably worth the effort.   Fortunately the stick weld on the back was so horrid (a second piece of metal was "welded" to the backing bar) there is almost no penetration so I think I can chisel it off and do it properly.   The bumpers themselves are probably too far gone.  Patching the holes and straightening along with a re-chrome is probably much more expensive that new bumpers from Moss (about $600 front and back). 

 

The engine is still running a little rich but it runs fine and I haven't had a chance to adjust it using the color tune tool.  I hope to do that later in the week.   The engine seems very strong and more powerful than what I've heard.  Of course this is essentially a brand new engine and since we bored it 100 thou over it will have a little more horsepower.  4th gear is going to be the limiting factor with the car and if I were to keep it I'd probably swap in a 5 speed transmission and/or change the rear gears. 

 

So that's the critical summary... the reality is this thing is an absolute BLAST to drive!!!  The car fits you like a glove and it just wants to go fast.   It is like a big and comfortable go-cart.   It sounds fantastic and boy does it attract attention!  I can't wait to get it finished and enjoy it a bit before I let someone else enjoy it.

 

 

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I think that is all pretty encouraging. It's unrealistic to think anyone can take a car completely apart and put it back together and not have issues like that. As it is, it looks really good to me and I've no doubt that you will ultimately get it tuned in.

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34 minutes ago, JV Puleo said:

I think that is all pretty encouraging. It's unrealistic to think anyone can take a car completely apart and put it back together and not have issues like that. As it is, it looks really good to me and I've no doubt that you will ultimately get it tuned in.

 

Thanks Joe!  You're completely correct and that's why I'm going through this exercise.  I knew this wouldn't go perfectly and that I'd have to sort these things out and I wanted to do that before it was painted.   Overall it has gone better than I had expected. 

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1 hour ago, Luv2Wrench said:

Went for two shorts drives through the neighborhood... short because it is cold out!!

Come on Jeff.  You should've just put on a heavier coat.  That's how the old timers did it when they drove their Model "T" in the winter.  Dang softies now a days.:)

Just kidding you.  Looks good and I bet fun too.  You will get all the issues figured out and be ready for the next big phase.

 

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On 9/30/2018 at 10:39 AM, Luv2Wrench said:

Clutch disc finally came in and I was able to get the clutch, pressure plate, bell housing and gearbox on the engine.  It is very nice to have the engine in the car!!   I have a bunch of things to add tomorrow and over the next week. I'm hopeful that I can try starting it next weekend though we do have plans to be out of town.  

 

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Wow! I'm so excited to see the assembled vintage car.

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Glad to read you enjoyed your drive. That's what its all about. I'm sure you will be able to sort out the little niggles.

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