A gratuitous shot of the door sill, just because I think it looks elegant.
Looks like I managed to handle the to do list.
On a bummer note, I noticed fluid dripping at the front of the car. When I had sufficiently cleaned the interior, I jumped in and tried pushing in the clutch. I wanted to sit there and play for a while. Unfortunately the clutch went to the floor and did not return. Yep, slave cylinder for the clutch had the line broken off right at the hose. Hopefully that is the only reason that fluid is leaking.
Today slowed to a crawl. I had intended to spend the day cleaning up hardware and brake items. Unfortunately a horse run in shed and an unscheduled, unexpected need to replace a front hub on the beater van hijacked most of the day.
An unexpected bonus was that my oldest son stopped by and removed the front calipers for me. That will make it easier to get all the calipers cleaned up and painted at the same time.
A wag on another message board has suggested a name for the vehicle, "Alfalfa"
It was a productive weekend, even though today was a fizzle.
I've been gathering up information on how best to restart the car, after its lengthy slumber. I'm pretty sure it has its original fuel pump, fuel lines etc. I pulled the fuel tank 10 years ago, its on its way to the radiator shop for a boil. John was kind enough to send me a copy of his "bench checking a SPICA pump" document. Looks like there is quite a bit of fiddling to do.
Will do. That's just 1/2 inch flex fuel line carrying about 15psi, correct?
I'll pull the plugs this weekend and put a bit of MMO in to make sure the rings don't stick. What is the favored weight of oil? I've got a bunch of 5-20 Redline as well as a bunch of Amsoil 30wt break-in oil. Remember that it hasn't run in 25 years.
Sorry, I meant the brake lines...I'm not familiar with SPICA cars. And Oh Lord don't get everyone started on oil again. I run 20W50, but really, whatever the owner's manual recommends...the underlined vigilink thing is some type of ad malware...don't click on 'em.
You're not going to replace the head gasket?
I'm sorry, I know that it can be a touchy subject.
I'll blow nitrogen through the brake lines before sealing them up. Then gravity bleed before the final standard bleeding procedure. I have SS braided lines from the Centerline kit I purchased way back when.
I'll do a compression test before deciding on changing the head gasket. Given the discussion I've had with the prior owner, I probably have a head gasket change in my future.