I got the Chamonix '04 back from paint the other day and have been working on little things to make it a little more fun to drive. The weather here is briefly in the 60s during the day and very nice. Still too cold for convertible weather, but perfect for a 2002!
I pulled the E30 steering wheel and replaced it with a beautiful 360mm Nardi wheel. It makes the car much easier to get into, makes it much more go-kart-like and I'm not having any real issue with the smaller wheel and lack of power steering. Unfortunately, a previous owner that installed the E30 wheel also swapped out the turn signal mechanism with the E30 so the turn signal return worked, so the 2002 Nardi hub I bought fits but leaves the horn and turn signal return inoperable. I ordered a cheap E30 Momo-clone hub to see if that resolves the issue and if it does, I'll decide then whether to buy an actual Nardi hub. $20 for a knock-off hub to test the theory is fine. $120 for the Nardi hub to test the theory...not so much. I know the 2002 hub doesn't work, so either an E30 hub will work, or I'm going ot have to really screw around to put it all back to 2002 turn signal parts with the Nardi 2002 hub and wheel. Fortunately, the Polaris steering wheel setup is still completely assembled and completely stock so I have that as a template if I need it.
I also spent waaay too much time under the car taking the slop out of the shifter and checking for leaks. This car has a 5 speed and a modified "mid-year" fork shifter link, so I had to do some research to find the right parts. It was a major PITA to replace the delrin bushings with the drive shaft in place, but it eventually all went together. Hint: have somebody help from above to get that last bushing in place. New Delrin bushings, new nylon shift-ball guides, new pin, tightened down the whole mechanism to the gear box and replaced the springs, clips and foam. Feels totally different now and a missed gear seems practcally impossible.
Sadly, there are a few leaks. The steering box may as well be made of mesh. Same with the rear differential. And there is a seal issue with main rear bearings. The return line to the gas tank is capped off at the front sub-frame, but it seems to be dripping a tiny amount of fuel when the tank is full. That's not good! And the car has the usual no clamps in the vent-line trunk smell that sucks into the cabin when you roll the window down, so I need to seal all the connections in the trunk and check the sending unit gasket like I did on the Polaris 2002 before I dismantled it. That is now all on my get-to-it-eventually list. I'll clean up the underside and see how bad it all is first. I would also define the engine compartment as something between "older restoration" and "working". It needs a serious cleaning and a little updating.
Next: I really don't like the "early" wide headrest marshmallow seats in this car, so I found a set of blue E21 recaros and am installing them. That should make a huge difference in both looks and comfort.
The suspension is all fairly tight, but most of the bushing and suspension rubber looks very dry. I'll deal with all of that at some point, too.
Although I'm making some changes to this car, it is still the mule/puzzle-box-cover for the polaris car. A giant, wicked-fun-to-drive puzzle box cover!