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Discussion in 'E9 New Member Introductions' started by JayWltrs, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. Peter Coomaraswamy

    Peter Coomaraswamy Well-Known Member Site Donor $

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    Hi Jay,

    I work with Terry allot- I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you brought it by my place to go through it before taking it to There. He would likely appreciate someone who knew what he wanted to have done instead of leaving "everything" up to him.

    Terry and his guys are awesome mechanics and know these things in and out but I think it would still help him quite a bit if his vintage customers had a good idea of what they wanted to have done as it eliminates some of the guesswork.
     
  2. JayWltrs

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    Thanks, Peter. I haven’t been on here long enough and didn’t know you had a shop. If I can fight off work, I’m taking extra time away in June to clear the cobwebs (me & car) and might take you up on it! Hopefully I’ll have cooling system redone and a few other things to narrow the target-rich enviro a bit.


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  3. Peter Coomaraswamy

    Peter Coomaraswamy Well-Known Member Site Donor $

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    Hi Jay, I don't really have a shop, just a place where I work on my cars and try to help others with theirs.

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    Hey Jay, you can make a pit stop on your way to Peter in Dallas!
     
  5. JayWltrs

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    Absolutely, unless I decide it needs to be hauled. I'm not comfortable hauling it 6 hours on I-35 with my Tacoma. I've hauled some silly stuff with that truck around town or short trips, but even with the tow package, it would be unwise at highway speeds.
     
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    what does the car need to be drivable?
     
  7. JayWltrs

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    It runs. Work’s intense right now and I have everything just need free time to put in new/rehabbed cooling bits: pump, thermo housing/cover, fan, belts, hoses, flush drive, refill etc. Essentially doing everything in DQ’s cooling thread w/o his knowledge, skill, & tools on a car with 20 years deferred maintenance.

    Trying to clean, de-rust, paint, etc. everything that will be covered when I reinstall leads down rabbit trails slowing everything down. Example: power steering pump covered in 1/2” of sludge had to be pulled, scrubbed and repainted, and old brake fluid spill corroding some places. Car stuck in garage last month due to home construction project, so I can’t roll out and wash needed areas (& want to minimize AMAP what ends up in public drain).

    Not sure how well it runs for an extended period, but gotta change the gas tank sender ring and reconnect NOS carbon evaporator - can’t drive too far smelling like gas station inside. Once back up need to check compression, replace some original fuel lines and ideally rebuild carbs. Old mechanic in hood confident he can rebuild carbs. He works mostly on period MBs and Ps. 3 blocks from home, so it’s tempting. Plus,I’d like to get to know him better b/c I want something in his lot of forgotten cars. Shhhh. ;).
     
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    ...read "understatement" Peter has been a big help to a lot of local car nuts. I'm just down the road from him and can also provide some support. Terry's guys are well-versed in the e9, so no worries if you go with them.

    just saw your last post. Definitely get the carbs rebuilt and cooling system functioning properly. The oldskool MB mechanic will understand what your carbs need... very similar set ups. If he's close by, then certainly touch on him to get the car reliable. These cars are simple; get your Haynes manual, read it... for each project (brakes, cooling, etc..) read that chapter a couple times to familiarize yourself with what steps. Then dive in... everything is fixable.

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    Thanks, Ed. Beautiful car in your pic. I’m a pure humanities guy without natural or learned mechanical instincts or skills, so I go really slowly and probably read too much before I do anything—e.g., to de-code SFDon’s posts I sometimes have to consult multiple sources to understand what he’s talking about. If I get frustrated, I move on to something else on the list or just clean, scrape or polish something—there’s always something else! I love learning outside my comfort zone & doing something with no ego or pressure to have all the answers.


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    Clean EVERYTHING. I think I keep the folks who make Foamy Engine Brite in business.... Working on a greasy car is no fun. Cleaning every inch of the car gives you the chance to examine each area in detail. Take the wheels off.. clean the brakes, suspension, subframes...everything you can get to. Examine the rubber bushings. If you see fresh oil/grease; ask why is that spot wet? What is leaking? Tranny? Diff? Check the fluid levels...How can I fix that leak? As you are cleaning, you will find some loose nut, bolt, or screw... tighten it now. Go around the entire car and check every fastener... tighten all of them and replace what is missing.

    Cleaning the engine bay typically takes several attempts.. 40-50 year old grime is not going to come off peacefully. Soak, scrape, brush, rinse...repeat...repeat...repeat. A clean engine is joy to work on, plus it will tell you when something is leaking... Go through the engine bay with a set of wrenches and snug every bolt on the engine you can get to. Check every single wire connection.. is it loose at all? Tighten it. Electric tape on any wire? Take it off and repair it properly with a crimp connection and shrink tube. Check every single ground connection... unscrew it, clean the contact areas and smear a dab of "light bulb grease" that they sell at the counter of every car parts store.

    This simple act of meticulously cleaning the car will familiarize yourself with it's innards... making you more comfortable when you begin to tackle projects.

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    I am sure you'll get it done, it is not a difficult task!
     

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