Happy new year! I closed out 2019 with a flurry of effort to get Derby ready for Vintage! I’ll be registering later today.
With the holiday break upon us I decided to put in some extra hours in the garage. I enlisted help from my brother and we made some major progress.
We picked up the engine and lowered it onto the front subframe. After securing the engine mounts and attracting the transmission and we rolled the assembly over to the front of the car on a moving dolly
ordered some parts from W&N Germany - reinforce springs, polished strut bar and a bunch of misc. shipping was lighting quick. All items received within 4 days.
So I’ve been getting ready for the big day - engine install. To that end - the following projects were completed / or in progress depending on the definition of complete.
- Rebuilt Pedal / installed (a helper makes this easier)
- installed brake booster bracket.
- installed brake light
New hardware on front subframe. Bushings are about two years old - think they need replacement already.
Separately I started to get the pedal box ready for install, but then wasn’t satisfied with the engine bay. So....back at it.
My output flange bolt on my GETRAG 245 was on pretty tight. The 20v cordless dewalt impact gun did nothing but make a bunch of noise. It needed a real air impact gun. So off to a friends house (he had the right tools). I helped him getting his transmission prepped for install. We got the bolt off and new seal and new bolt installed. This inspired me to pull out the Bluntech ultimate 5 speed conversion kit and start installing the kit.
Pretty straight forward. Here are some pics.
This head was ported by metric mechanic. I had a Dr Schrick 292 cam installed and I’m using the Korman intake.
My mechanic is finalizing the whole engine build now.
Here is a teaser picture.
Video of of the first start will be taken.
I worked on my headlight buckets over the weekend. Cleaned, sanded, sprayed with clear. I added a led h4 style bulb and reassembled.
Borrowing parts from my parts car. Unfortunately the best chrome rings holder/surround were from the same side....Sigh. realized that once finished.
It will do for now until I figure out which way the chrome should fit on each side...meaning is the wider bit of chrome on the outside or the inside. Then I’ll source the right parts.
NOS or “new Old Stock” might as well mean be prepared to pay through the _______ (fill in the blank).
It’s a bit of a risk as the manufacturers date is sometimes also not known, condition while “new” is still “old” or worse it’s something someone claims is NOS but actually isn’t. Anyway i guess the point is when buying on eBay (or anywhere online for that matter) where you can’t inspect what you are buying is somewhat risky.
Sure you can buy from a reputable seller a
While I continue to slowly rebuild my heater box - going on several weeks,
I got a few other things done today.
- Raided the parts car (orange car in pics) or a few things
Removed and installed radio antenna
circle clip that keeps the roller on the hood release bar end.
I pulled out my rear door cards from the attic, Cleaned and painted them with sem products to match the cardinal red e21 Recaros and and e24 rear seats that are awaiting installation.
I’ve just completed over a week of business travel. I couldn’t wait to get back home and pull off the car cover of my freshly painted 1600 so that I might start the rebuilding/reassembly. So while the engine is being rebuilt I decided to just work on a few little satisfying items.
-tried to polish and installed rear trim
-installed seals for door handles
-Assembled installed rear tail lights with new URO lenses and new gaskets.
-installed my old 1600 horns
Major milestones achieved. 1. While I’ve only seen it in side a building the paint is fantastic! Derby is grey once more. 2. Head built.
Next big big milestone is the bottom half of the engine!
Stay tuned. More pics to follow once it’s back home.
Another package of goodies arrived today for W&N - pics of said goodies attached.
Decided to have a professional rebuild my head instead of doing it myself because I tend to break things, over tighten and take twice as long as it should. So Friday afternoon I dropped off the metric mechanic head, Korman intake and associated bits to a local engine builder RAC engines in laurel MD. I’ll be dropping off the new cam for him later this week.
So - Slowly coming together.
Yeah...so no cool pictures to share at the moment. Will add some later today of some new parts I’ve acquired.
So so while the car is off being painted, im getting some things ready and this weekends project will be to review my overall plan and start preparing my e24 rear seats.
Here is a preview / overview of the build
I have been accumulating parts in anticipation of getting it back from paint.
For the engine
Today I’m meeting a guy in Tyso
With mixed emotions and must say after 1 yr of trying to get the paint and body work done myself with my friends help, I’m throwing in the towel.
Im sending Derby to some professionals to figure out the paint and bodywork.
I’m still roughly sticking with the original color of Derby Grey (Griogio medio).
here are some pics of derby leaving home 😢😉
Thought I’d post an update.
Luckily my buddy that’s helping me is willing to redo rework when we are not happy with something. So the painting continues.
Paintedbthe calipers red with VHT and VHT high heat primer. Not a fan. Sanding them back down and going with the VHT “Real Orange”
Interior and bottom of the car has been sanded, cleaned and painted with POR15.
It never goes as fast as you think it will but, I have not lost faith.
Greetings all! Not sure who’s actually reading these posts, but I do enjoy posting about my progress.
So summers been a little bit slow as far as working on the 1602 goes.
But progress has restarted and the quest to achieve a semi-decent paint job is on going.
You’ve probably heard of the saying two steps forward one step back. Well in my case the summer it’s been .25 steps forward and four steps back.
But I’m happy because progress is indeed bei