1969 2800 E3 - Bringing The Turd back to life!

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Okay, I've finally gotten around to working on "The Turd" that I bought at Copart last year. I finished the '51 GMC and have pushed The Turd into the garage to start work. Last registered in 1994 but the car looks very complete and original. The plan is to get it roadworthy then I'll decide what to do from there.

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Now in the garage. The hood prop/torsion bar is not working so the hood won't stay open. I've never had to deal with one before so I'll have to do some searching on a fix. Decided to take the hood off because one of the bolts holding the hinge was stripped and I had to grind it off, plus I'll be working in the engine compartment anyway.

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Battery from 1980's.

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I wish my e3 was that clean! I'm actually moving the tundra coupe into the penned in area at work so I can finish up the blue coupe and I may try to do a simultaneous rebuild of my e3 and the tundra, it will be like shooting heroin and cocaine at the same time. Hopefully I won't end up like Lowell George ! I made money on a BMW sale which is a first for me; a guy gave me a full e36 (sans engine) for nothing and I am selling it tomorrow morning for 200.00- it's very exciting, my MBA has finally paid off!
 

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I wish my e3 was that clean! I'm actually moving the tundra coupe into the penned in area at work so I can finish up the blue coupe and I may try to do a simultaneous rebuild of my e3 and the tundra, it will be like shooting heroin and cocaine at the same time. Hopefully I won't end up like Lowell George ! I made money on a BMW sale which is a first for me; a guy gave me a full e36 (sans engine) for nothing and I am selling it tomorrow morning for 200.00- it's very exciting, my MBA has finally paid off!
So Peter, how many engineless e36s do you have to sell to recoup your MBA?
 

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I'll bet most recent MBA grads couldn't say that. Saddled with huge debt they can't afford cars, homes, marriage, children. They live in their old room and scramble to pay their smartphone bills. Sad, sad.
 

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The first thing I did last weekend was change the oil and filter. I used a WIX filter from the auto parts store and the filter housing is stock with the canister and bolt from the bottom. I put the new filter inside the canister and then noticed the new o-ring seemed a little too large, able to move slightly on the surface instead of being tight around the inner wall. Well, I put it on and worked on getting the engine to run. Fired a couple times and ran for a few seconds and then I noticed a puddle of oil on the floor. Yeah baby, that was smart. The old o-ring is amazingly still pliable and good enough for now but I was disappointed that the new one didn't fit. FYI to anyone else using a WIX filter.
 

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I have a couple of top-bolt filters if you want one. I have one without the check valve and 2 with the check valve. I think the old style filters use the housing without the check valve.
 

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I have a couple of top-bolt filters if you want one. I have one without the check valve and 2 with the check valve. I think the old style filters use the housing without the check valve.
Thanks Mike. It's not a big deal to me so I'll just go with what I have.
 

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I'm checking the fuel pump tonight and I noticed that the rebuild kits have been discontinued. Assuming it's bad, do you guys just buy a rebuilt pump or is there another way? I see diaphragms being sold in Germany.
 

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This is the original style, 8mm pipes. Don’t buy one with the large central spring unless you buy a shorter push rod.

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Can’t use the 2002 version with 6mm
Peter, my delicate eyes wince whenever I read the word "turd" applied to the Great White or whatever you may want to call this beauty in the rough. The expression, "You can't polish a Turd" certainly does not apply to this survivor. Just a gentle thought. Steve
 

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Well, it was beginning to get less turdly when I cleaned out the trunk and this is what it looked like.

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Then I went to take the sending unit out of the tank and this is what I found...

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At first I thought it was just really really cruddy inside but then noticed the whole side of the tank is rusted through. Anybody have a fuel tank for a '69?
 

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Dan, your trunk looks amazing. If you are going to clean it and then paint, I would have a paint place mix up some custom grey paint. Although SEM Storm Grey is close is doesn’t have the olive tint that is original.
 

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Dan, your trunk looks amazing. If you are going to clean it and then paint, I would have a paint place mix up some custom grey paint. Although SEM Storm Grey is close is doesn’t have the olive tint that is original.
My friend does interior work and mixes dyes all the time. I could shoot them with dye right? Or would I need to use paint? I have to admit, it's near the bottom of my list right now. :)
 

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Okay, while cleaning the gas tank it reclaimed "turd" status.

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