first real spirited drive
OK, so the booster is now new. My friend Dave came over this am and we bled the system again. I've been through three containers of Ate fluid at this point. Thought I'd have extra left over!
We then took the car on a longer shakedown run, with a short spell on the freeway. The pads took a bit to settle in but smoothed out after a little fast driving on twisties.
It really is just down to some cosmetic stuff and the car will be "done". I'm planning on getting some 15" wheels at some point down the road but I'm really at the end of my budget for the time being (just made it over the finish line, too).
Dave is a great photographer and posted a few pics. Once the trim is all installed we're going to make a short video about the car. Should be fun.
I honestly can't believe that I have the car back on the road. It's not even a year since Morgan and I trailered it down from Tacoma and I've managed to completely assemble the thing and work out most of the kinks. It's even more fun to drive than I expected. It's downright gentlemanly as we were saying this am. The sound/heat proofing is just about right and there's not too much vibration other than the rear view mirror.
This is restoration #12 for me but by far the most complete tear-down I've ever done. Before it was really just some welding to replace floors, motor rebuilds, suspension replacement, installing seat covers, cleaning up and restoring bits and pieces, etc. I've never started with a completely bare shell.
For all you folks who are at the beginning of the journey, hang in there. You reach a point where you start to enjoy driving and improving the car. It does happen.
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