Had some free time this afternoon to finally get a detailed mocking of the center console panel done. Need to remember to move the cutout for the switch panel up an 1/8 of an inch when I eventually get around to cutting everything up.
Been thinking of going down the AC route for some time. Bought the HobieDave bracket and have it sitting on the shelf.
As far as systems go - I'm looking towards the RestoMod AIr Bantam II Ultra Compact system ; https://www.restomodair.com/shopproducts/bantam-ii-ultra-compact-custom-air-conditioning-system/
As luck would have it, you can buy/rent a mock-up box to test fit. Just sent in my payment and once it arrives I'll have 30 days to see if it'll work. More to follow.
Finally got a chance to get back to things now that I think I'm going to commit to the Vintage in May. Cleared out all of the things I had in the trunk and laid it all out on my dining room table to get a good sense of what still needs to be done.
Also took a good half hour or so to start grinding out the cracks in the dash. Still not sure of the method of filling them yet but the expanding foam/epoxy route may be the way to go since the dash is getting a new leather cover when its all said and done. https://www.mgexp.com/article/dash-repair-experiment.html
This morning I took some time to update my project tracker. Seems like a lot, but it is also a fair number of smaller projects - breaking it all out helps me think of flow.
Started the car up for the first time in what seems like forever today. Was gonna get everything ready to go get the new wheels mounted tomorrow. Car runs surprisingly good, some slight hesitation here and there but seemed to die off after everything warmed up.
Theres a small coolant leak that I have yet to figure out the source.
Big issue though is a leaking fuel pump. Both inlet and outlets seem dry but there is a noticeable leak coming from the bottom side of the casing.
Looks loke ill I’ll get myself a new pump for Christmas.
I had lofty aspirations of nearly two weeks of effort that could be made on the car while I was hope between exercises. Then hurricane season finally got word that it was in fact, hurricane season.
See you in a few weeks, I hope.
Not much of an update. Ship schedule is still nuts (I’ll be out to sea for 6 of the next 8 weeks), but we did finally get the new house set up.
Got the garage cleared out to the point where I could get the car out of the storage unit.
Its nice to have her home.
Home for about a week before another month long underway.
Still workjng on the heater core update (need to figure out why my defrost flaps are hard to open/close). So I bought a 5/8 brace barbed splice and bypassed the heater core so I could finally get around to starting the car up to test the gauges.
After some quick programming of the tach (and verifying measurements against my 123app) everything was looking good. Oil pressure was high to start but decreased over time as the engine got warm. Every time I pressed the throttle pressure went up and down accordingly. Water temp rose nicely as well. Still need to program the gas gauge but that can wait.
Somehow i lost my blinkers, so more troubleshooting is needed, but it was good to hear the engine fire up again.
Since I’ll be out to sea for more or less the next 10 weeks, I took the opportunity this weekend to knock out a bunch of projects on the interior:
cleaned up the wiring under the dash
ran the new sensors sensors for the gauges
more or less got the gauge wiring done
wired up the power and windows to the new switch panel
cleaned up under the back bench
cleaned up and required a bit of the aux fuse panel
trimmed the trunk boards so they fit flush
fit the new rear light lenses to replace the cracked ones
took out the passenger seat and replaced all of the bolts to the frame and bolts to the car
finished up the heater box rebuild (see previous post)
reconnected the amp and verified wires in place
when I get back I still need to do a bunch:
source a constant hot for part of the gauges
repair and recover the dash
run wires for AFR
figure our why I no longer have switched power from the aux fuse box
rewire the left turn signal- worked briefly but no longer shows on the speedo gauge
rebuild the heater valve and refit the heater box
refit the speaker pods and install speakers
install rear speakers in shelf
source and install third brake light
finish center console
fire our wiring for brake warning idiot light
at some point I’ll recover and refit the interior panels, get some seat covers for the recaros, and install the new rear seats
Wrapped up a full heater box rebuild to include making new bowden cables.
Core was pressure tested and came back great. Replaced all the seals, installed a new plastic fan, fixed all the broken plastic, added a new valve bracket, re-riveted all the holes.
Got to the end and had the square bit of the valve break off when I went to attach the new valve arm.
Son. Of. A. B...
Finally sketched out the work plan to get the car done. Seats and door cards are on hold as they're not necessary to get the car moving again. With the console, gauges, and dash torn out, there is plenty to keep me busy. Gray is complete. Everything else is color coded by like/linked things.
AUX FUSE BLOCK
Finally got around to pulling out the cluster and replacing everything with a set of SpeedHut gauges. Plan is to also install a AFR pod to the left of the cluster in the cubby spot on the dash and run a set of wires down to the analog clock/switch panel for lighting control.
Still need to work on wiring up everything, but that’ll involve buying a molex connector which I don’t have.
Good news is all of this only took one blood sacrifice.
Took some more measurements and mocked everything up in cardboard this time.
The switch panel came in so it gave me an opportunity to verify everything is going to fit. A couple of leds on the panel didn’t want to cooperate so the company is going to send me a replacement.
If I get time this weekend I will probably try my first attempt at making the face plate out of the fiberboard I got.
Still need to buy the head unit I want, plus wire everything up.
Decided to make some new side panels as the original ones had fallen apart completely. All in all not a bad project- I even got to play with nearly all my tools: jigsaw, orbital sander, drill press, rotozip, router.
Picking up the car today - touch up work from the Restoration is complete, new strut mounts are in, steering box has new seals, doors have been worked to take the IE aluminum panels. More importantly the custom exhaust is installed.
Beginning to sketch out some ideas for the center console project.
I want a double DIN radio. At least I think I do. I’ve also got the E36 clock/cubby and have finally sourced an illuminated switch panel I can use with toggle switches.
Fitment will be tight, but I think it’ll work.
Finally got around to installing Cal’s trunk opener and light kit.
First things first - Cal, you have made a hell of a kit. From the packaging to the instructions, this thing is top quality.
Installing is incredibly straight forward. Definitely take the time to clean your old latch system. I spent a few days soaking it in degreaser, carb cleaner, and then wire brushing it. A bit of lithium grease at the back end should keep it in great working order.
Ininstalled a switch on the the positive side of the light so I can turn it off when I don’t need it, though I’ve verified that the plunger interrupts the circuit nicely.
Plan is to tap the light into my aux fuse panel in the back seat and when I finally get around to redoing my center control I’ll put in a switch to pop the trunk.
Figured I’d update this post since I haven’t picked up the car yet. Turns out there were some weather delays that kept a few of the final bits from arriving on time. That combined with a wiring issue and Christmas vacation led to delivery being pushed to mid January.
Either way, it gave me a chance to finally order the 123 Distributor with Bluetooth which I just dropped off to the shop yesterday. Should be put in today before the snow arrives and pick up should be early next week.
Did get a chance to check out a sweet 3.0 that was in he shop. Definitely a bonus.
Pending any major delays for weather - today is delivery day!
I can't even begin to describe how excited I am - plan is to get a good, long test drive in with the shop owner, take it home overnight, and bring it to a command training day tomorrow. Next week I'll start working on my interior projects.
Out of town this weekend for a football game but the shop had a display set up for the autoshow- Kyle asked if he could take my car and since I wouldn’t be using it I had no objections.
Car is just about complete - all that remains is to put on the new rear bumper and resolve an odd ground with one of my turn signals
After finally coming home from an impromptu 3 month underway, I actually have a chance to upload photos that have been on my phone. While grateful for my wife snagging some progress shots, I had all of the early progress stuck on my phone with me while out at sea. Enjoy.
Since I'm still out to sea with no return in sight - there has been no pressure to get the car done. I guess this is a good thing as the shop has time to ensure everything is done to perfection. Car is back from the upholstery shop and I'm digging the new black headliner. Can't wait to be home and see everything in person.
I was really hoping the car would make its debut at the PCA Air and Auto Classic 8 show today in Virginia Beach. Some last minute rain delayed finishing work and my restoration guy (who was taking the car on my behalf) decided to opt out. I can't fault him for that.
Since I'd paid for the registration, my wife went to the show and enjoyed the sites. She was kind enough to send these to me - looks like quite a few 2002s made it out, which is always a good sign.