Hey gang - been a while? As usual, things here have been busy hectic, etc etc. No doubt i'm not the only one who has issues with life constantly screwing around with my free time and projects. The wimmins keep me running, the cute little 3 yr old daughter is now SIX years old, sheesh!
ANYhow....some movement to report on the Imp. Not being able to work on it here I was finally able to locate a shop that deals pretty much exclusively with old cars rods & customs as well as restorations. Had a chat with the owner a couple weeks back, he came over friday before last and picked the old girl up. She's going to get a complete brake rebuild, new tank & sender, new tranny filter/gasket/fluid, oil change, coolant change, tune up, and differential service as needed.
PLUS - they are going to install the new hood insulation pad and hoses for the convertible pump to get the top working again. I'm also planning to pick up a set of tires for it since it's been sitting on these since 1986 or before.
I had all the parts on hand except for plugs and wires since there was a local father/son garage who offered to do the work over a year ago. Repeated trips and calls there were inevitably met with 'We'll get to it in a couple weeks, gives us a call to make sure'. After losing track of the visits and calls, I decided to move on. Really hate to beg anyone to take my money.
Got to pay a visit today, had to drop off the brake shoes that I hadn't dug out when they picked it up.
Discovered during the visit that my 80s-vintage exhaust is in need of replacement too. The Cherry Bombs are rusted through and one of the pipes is also broken. Hadn't planned on doing that yet but need to get it roadworthy.
The shop is HUGE, two long warehouse-size bays with full size loading dock doors on each end, chock full of old cars, trucks, bikes. So the Imp is in good company. Been a while since I posted photos but I'll give it a try.
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One curious thing came up today: I also purchased one of those rubber collar gaskets for the neck assembly, but the guy from the shop called today to tell me it doesn't fit. This is the one that looks like a big feed-thru grommet. Not sure what's up there
Certainly - Rob's Customs & Restorations, 9128 Euclid Ave. Well worth a visit if you need something taken care of that you can't do or get to yourself.
I like that test instrument. Who makes that.Okay - I'm going to attempt to keep this to one thread, as easy as it is to start a new one for every different issue that arises. The original delivery thread just has too much angst in it or, more accurately, reminds me too much about the unloading incident. Time to move on to the meat 'n taters of it.
After getting it hauled home Thursday, I let the car sit until Saturday. Wife and daughter were off to buy groceries and such, so I strayed off the reservation a bit instead of doing yard work and other chores. Got it started up, again with the aid of fluid, and moved it around a bit - carefully, since I discovered the wet rear wheel coinciding with no brakes.
Did a little 'sample' cleaning on the chrome just to see how well (if at all) it would come back.
Hopped inside and played with all things electrical, right in my wheelhouse so to speak. Discovered that many of the problems are related to sitting idle for 31 years. Imagine that. The rear driver's side window would not go up but I discovered it would go down more. Not the desired result, but at least the motor was good. Pulled the switch panel, switch is rough. But by applying some pressure to the connector and pushing the switch, eventually the window came all the way up. Success!
Moved on to the courtesy lights. Nobody home. Same with the map light. And dash light. Turns out every damned bulb I've pulled so far is blown and looks to be original. A plus - at least they should all be a simple fix.
Wipers work, horn works, aerial went up and stayed there. Locks make a nice noise under the dash but no workie in the doors.
Moved on to the directional signals my buddy had mentioned were non-functional. Grabbed my trusty Fluke meter and checked for voltage at the flasher plug. Sure enough - 12 volts in each position. Picked up the flasher unit and noticed it rattled inside. Huh...not supposed to do that. Hopefully another easy fix as soon as the flasher and bulbs arrive.
Worked on the aerial yesterday evening. Couldn't find my electrical spray contact cleaner so I used the next best thing, the trusty standby: WD-40. Shot some into the switch, worked it up and down, no joy - up only. Reached around through the missing glove box area (did I mentioned the missing glove box?) and did a Stevie Wonder appraisal of the wire connections. A bit of wiggling and - downward motion! Worked the switch a few more times and wiggled the wires, it now appears to be working reliably. Waking Up An Old Car 101.
Here are a few photos of the progress, including some quick chrome cleanup and voltage measurements from the flasher plug. And whatever else looks interesting.
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