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About Collinster742002

  • Birthday 05/04/1995

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    Durham, North Carolina
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    Hiking, fishing, wrenching, driving, music, theater, writing, being friendly!

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  1. So glad Vintage went so well! Aside from the sunburn...

  2. Here's mine, it was nice meeting everybody! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201295112800219.1073741826.1244462356&type=1&l=84657282a1 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201297621742941.1073741827.1244462356&type=1&l=5c19efe345
  3. Runs like a dream! Burns a little bit of oil on start up (if it sits for more than a week) and has slight piston slap, but that's to be expected for an engine approaching 40 years old and 160k miles. It has much, much more power than the original engine and loves to get down the road. The old engine's head came off and the bottom end is intact but worn- the head has several deep cracks in #2's combustion chamber. Considering selling the block, original piston sizes and everything so it's definitely rebuildable.
  4. Well she's been home for a while but not being driven often. We sourced a brand new driver's sun visor and are still on the lookout for a passenger's (all sources point to them being NLA). The car is running GREAT and has gobs of power. We're trying to get some hood insulation for her and a sun shade that will fit the little windshield. We're ready for Vintage next month and I am BEYOND excited. Here's a shot of my girls.
  5. I know what you mean! I got the Behr going again in my car after rebuilding the fan motor, and that doggone faceplate broke at the 2 mounting tabs at the top. You just can't win with automotive plastics!
  6. The car is now going to a shop in Raleigh, called Shade Tree Garage, to be worked on by a guy who knows his 2002's. There were only a few things I didn't have the tools or know-how to do, so it's having the timing and carburetor dialed in and the A/C compressor aligned with the crank pulley (I COULD NOT for the life of me get that right)- and that should be it, it'll be good to go. Hate to have to put it on a tow truck after doing all the work I did, but to drive it with incorrect timing would damage the "new" engine I worked so hard to refurbish and install. We should have it back soon, and it'll become an almost-daily driver for my Dad. His Jeep has been getting 12mpg; my Volvo about 19- we need a car that gets good mileage.
  7. The car has been sitting in the garage due to many things: I chopped my right thumb off Friday afternoon and had to drive to the ER in frozen road conditions. It's also been very cold and nasty weather has been taking place, so I haven't had any time to work on it. However, tomorrow it makes the trip to have the hood aligned properly, hood and trunk foam installed, ignition timing and carburetor dialed in properly, and in the mail I have a flywheel dust cover and ANSA on the way... then it'll be driven 3/5 days of the work week and on weekends. Signing up for The Vintage this weekend... we made it! I've yet to sort passenger side rocker rust through and DS back floor (very poorly repaired), and a small rust hole in the inner DS fender;otherwise the car is solid to my knowledge.
  8. Do you think any of the engines or carburetors are salvageable in that state of corrosion? I've never seen cars that far gone, even the Bavaria I almost got for a first car that sat 15 years under a cloth cover was actually straight. That 02 makes my '76 look like a showroom car. It makes me want to cry! I'm glad you're able to save what you can.
  9. She's a beaut! Thanks for getting her back on the road
  10. Maybe because it's an EARLY 1600-2 and is awesome! Keep up the good work man!
  11. 2, 3, 1 largest to smallest? Isetta's are tiny inside and have the steering wheel in between your legs, surely the others aren't that bad.
  12. Speaking of that, do any of the newer (post-2000) Volvo's have better wipers? I just drove home in the hard snow we're getting and couldn't see a damned thing with the ones on my S70... the wipers on that car are atrocious.
  13. Thanks, Matt! I appreciate it! As for the wheels, they are indeed factory bottle caps that came with this car, the "squaretail" alloys- MAHLE brand 13x5's, not the 13x5.5 turbo wheels. From what I gather the MAHLE ones are harder to come by than the FPS, but both are very rare. As for the piano top pistons, from what I gather they came in engines with E12 heads. I've only taken apart the '74 engine with those and the '76 engine with an E21 head and flat top pistons. I believe "grand piano" tops are the upgrade. Both of these engines had pistons marked 88.97, which is the factory engine bore size for a 2002 engine- so I believe the piano tops are original to that engine. I'm not sure what came in the 121ti head engines, but I think all of them had a slightly different combustion chamber.
  14. Autopsy results are in of the (2) old engines I had, one being the matching #'s just pulled from this car and one being the matching #'s to the Polaris '76. Here's what I found upon cracking open the 74 engine: "Hmm, what made it steam clean #2?" I thought. It did not have a cracked block or any scoring- in fact, the bottom end is perfectly usable as is... I just have no use for it. Upon further investigation, I found that the cylinder head is from a 73 roundie (but still an e12, I think the cutoff was the 72 cars for the 121ti).... So what could be causing severe loss of compression on #2 and steam cleaning of the piston? There must be a crack somewhere.... Yep! The spark plug I put in there was out of the new engine I put in the car- it received all new ignition parts alongside everything else. It was to test pouring gas into the sealed combustion chamber with the valves closed- sure enough, that crack goes so far into the head that the gas came right out the intake, exhaust, water and oil jackets :/ I also took the '76 2002 block I had completely apart. I thought it was a goner for sitting so long, but the bores actually appear to need just a light honing to be usable. Cause of death: improperly torqued head gasket. E21 head is fine but I have no use for it. So in the end, I have: (1) good piano top piston bottom end, with a sludged up, cracked, nasty E12 head that is not repairable. Stored with head off, cylinders all down and full of MMO, covered up well. (1) good rebuild-able '76 block and E21 head... I really have no use for either. I'm happy to report the little 2002 is running very happily and being driven daily finally. My friend saw it and sent me a picture, driven by my mom. He was on the highway afterwards with her doing 90 and having trouble keeping up... And it's racking up miles with the new engine finally. 100+ miles so far. This was after my mom's first trip out... looks like somebody had some fun! It was driven 2 miles with the new engine to get gas and the trip ODO reset afterwards. It's not all sorted, however! Ignition timing and carburetor still need to be dialed in, hood needs to be aligned and foam installed underneath, front end alignment and one thing that's really confusing me: the AC compressor is not in a straight line with the crank pulley. Belt is off for the time being, but when running the car with the belt on it made a nasty squeal. It almost looks to be like the belt has to go like / this. So that's off for now.... I'd love to convert it to a rotary compressor. The old York Piston compressor is a noisy, worn out piece of crap. Cheers and thanks for keeping up with this little car!
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