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Peeling the Onion



I've had a few spare moments to get the car cleaned up a little bit by going panel by panel with a rubbing compound and a claybar and deep cleaned the interior. I'm still pleased as punch to own this car, but it's sort of like peeling an onion - the more time I spend in/around/under the car, the longer the list gets. Full disclosure: I'm brand new at maintaining these cars, I've been learning what I can on these forums and in the Haynes manual but I'm totally open to guidance and commentary.


I inventoried the spare parts I received with the car.

New in box:

  • Slave Cylinder
  • Distributor Cap
  • Distributor Rotor
  • Condenser
  • Turn Signal relay
  • Muffler hangers (2)
  • Trans seal
  • Fuel filler neck
  • Door Brake
  • Flexible silver trim for the door cards (?)

I have the original/spare:

  • Distributor
  • Carburetor
  • 8-10 rectangular side reflectors both red and amber
  • License plate lights
  • Knee trim (under steering column)
  • Taillight assembly
  • Sides of rear bumper
  • Upper and lower rear trim
  • Set of exterior door handles with keys
  • Glasspack style exhaust resonator


In addition to all of this I received a case of Oil, Transmission Jack, Floor Jack, and Engine Hoist. Porsche Bob (the previous owner) was generous enough to give me all of this stuff on a return trip, and we have an open line of communication if he is able to dig up any more parts. His garage is like a German car museum, I didn't want to trouble him to dig any further than he already had. I did have to pay back fees to get the car registered which was a bummer, but not unexpected.


I've probably put 25 miles on the car and have been hearing all kinds of noise from under the car, nothing ominous sounding, but enough squeaking/rattling and occasional grinding to give me warning. Turn signals stopped working, wipers do not currently work, and the stereo turns on but I have no sound. I plan to take the car to a shop for a safety inspection and compression/leakdown test to get a better idea of what could be going on. I'm not seeing any smoke on accel or decel, but the car is definitely running rich and blowing black sooty particles all over my garage and driveway when it is warming up, and the underside of the bumper is getting pretty black even in the short amount of time I've been driving it. I changed all the fuses and gave it an oil change with plans to do brake fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid, coolant flush etc.


The car has a Weber 32/36 on it, which needs a tune at the very least. The hose situation on the top of the motor is a little intimidating, I'm trying to get an understanding of how much can be simplified there.




I'm finding some strange things that need addressing as well. The car has what looks like an E21 radiator installed, but the hose setup leaves some to be desired. The lower hose contacts the body, and it appears that a preventative fix was created out of the side of a steel can. The metal piece midway up the hose (Thermostat?) is contacting the front of the motor and grinding away the bolt there.




Crawling around under the car was encouraging, it is extremely dry rust-wise. The driveshaft is newer, Guibo looks like it's in decent shape, and the motor mounts look fresh. There is a 32/36 shaped ding on the underside of the hood, I'm going to guess the mounts were changed shortly after that occurred. Passenger side control arm and bushings appear new, all the rest is pretty dried and looking tired. The exhaust is a Magnaflow Can with no resonator, I'll need to replace everything from the header back since it was welded together, it is loud and a bit raspy for my taste.







The Interior will be a job unto itself. I removed the sheepskin covers and the towels that were used as seat padding and found this. The seats are in very poor shape, the carpet is totally done, and I can see the ground through the pedal box. Is there a cover on the box that I'm missing?



Overall I'm staying optimistic about this car. I've got a pretty strong sentimental attachment to it and look forward to slowly bringing her back up to driveable condition. I've put together a list of things I'd like to replace immediately just to get it to a baseline, again I'm open to critique:

  • Distributor Cap
  • Plug Wires
  • Plugs
  • Belt
  • Starter
  • Thermostat
  • Coolant Hoses
  • Fuel Lines
  • Fuel Pump
  • Stainless Brake lines
  • Brake Pads
  • All suspension bushings


I've been eyeballing the steering and suspension refresh kits from Blunt, and will need to get new tires. Basically anything consumable I'd like to replace. Down the road I will look into different ignition setups and dive deeper into extracting performance, for now I just want to be safe. I was able to take my wife on a date in the car last night, I'd forgotten how much attention these cars get. Too fun.




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You have a lot going on with hoses and extra smog pieces in that engine bay.  It looks like the exit hose off fuel pump wraps all the way around your carb and goes into the fuel return system.  Most people just run a line from the exit on the fuel pump directly to Weber and have the fuel filter in line before the fuel pump.  Then you can remove the fuel return components and plug the metal fuel return line, near the front by the bottom of the radiator.


Your pedal box is missing the rubber exterior cover, but that is not a bad thing because they hold moisture and can promote rust.  Just cover the hole with some metal backed duct tape.


You should really consider removing all the remaining smog stuff, it will clean up that engine bay and give you a slight boost in performance.


Have fun,






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Find and clean all your grounds along with cleaning all your fuses and fuse contacts. This will alleviate most electrical issues in short order. The ones remaining will require further chasing. But at least you'll know it's not a grounding issue. Additionally, you should see a nice surge across the system.


Dunno if your list is in order of importance or the current condition of the items in your list, but I would put these at the top:

- All fuel lines

- Brakes

Most everything else won't get you killed if it fails.


Agree on removing smog if applicable to your area and inspection requirements.

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Thanks for the replies- safety is paramount and I plan to address brakes first. The list is not in order, rather just notes I jotted down as I worked from top to bottom on the car. 


In in terms of fuel lines, the clear plastic lines look to be in good shape, I'll replace the remainder as I clean up the motor and desmog. Is it recommended to replace the entire fuel line?

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A quick valve adjustment should help alleviate some noise under the hood

replace all of the rubber fuel lines and fuel filter. Blow out the metal lines.


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