Car is back home. The new 3.9 diff ratio has woken it up a fair bit. Now need to order a speedo corrector module.The workshop ended up pulling the motor as pretty much all the welch plugs were corroded, especially the one behind the engine mount which is impossible to access with the motor in the car. I guess a legacy of sitting for 10 years. But at least they are sacrificial.
If I knew they were pulling the motor I would have done some prior research into engine mods, but I do not want to rush that aspect. Get the fundamentals working first then go from there.
The good news is when the manifold and rocker covers came off, it was pretty clean inside. I was worried about sludge.
- the 3.9 truetrack is in
- all exhaust, manifold, rocker cover etc gaskets and various hoses have been done.
- new water pump going on.
- new plugs and leads.
- new gear reduction starter motor going on.
- fuel tank currently being cleaned
- strut top mounts are ready to go in, as are the steering rack boots.
- auto has been serviced, new kickdown cable ready to be installed.
- new master cylinder to ordered.
- ac regassed and found to be working. Lets see if it holds charge.
Sent the VP GTS wheels off to get restored last week, got the call today that the damage is a lot worse than expected. Of course it is!
Pulled out the dash cluster today as the tacho and fuel gauge is sticky. Will most likely send it off as I don't trust myself with a soldering iron.
As I was pulling it out, a nut disappeared down the back of the dash. Judging by its audible travel time it went deep. What a mf.
Ordered a cheap borescope and mag retrieval tool from Amazon. Will go and try to find a replacement nut in the meantime.