Engine, transmission, clutch, body, top......
all check out in excellent condition but the interior is completely shot. And a pre-sale
check up by Bob's Foreign Car Service
showed that the suspension won't make it through inspection. My winter project will be to
completely redo the dash top, dash crash pads, dash face, carpets, interior trim, seat
foam and seat covers. But first.... the suspension.
November 6, 1997: I dropped the car off at Bob's Foreign Car Service to have him do the
necessary suspension work. I'll pick it up on the 13th.
November 13, 1997: Old Yellow is back in the garage, safe and sound before tomorrow's
sleet and snow.... if you believe weathermen. The wallet's a bit lighter due to time spent
trouble shooting electrical problems as well as needing trailing arm bushings. The primary
electrical problem going in was a rebuild of the alternator, but... horns didn't toot,
blinkers didn't blink, some lights didn't lights etc., etc., etc. On the suspension/brake
side, I've now got: rebuilt front calipers and new brake hoses, upper & lower
suspension kit, tie rod ends, steering rack boots, 7/8" front sway bar, front and
rear competition springs, ball joints, trailing arm bushings, front Konis & a rear
Spax kit. It drives as if it's on rails and rides a whole lot better too. The next
adventures will be State Inspection (which it will pass) and Emissions (which it will
November 18, 1997: Much to the chagrin of the Motor Vehicle Inspector, we passed with
flying colors. Having the suspension & electrical work done before inspection was the
right decision as he checked everything...... blinkers, side marker lights, back up lights, high and low
beams, shocks, exhaust and jacked up the front end and checked the wheels for free play. I
have my Victoria British interior list made up and just need to call and order everything.
November 19,1997: Registered and legal! Also placed the interior order with Victoria
British. Should have everything after Thanksgiving.
November 26, 1997: The real work begins.
November 27, 1997: Turkey Day - A four day weekend to spend on the dash.
November 28,1997: Burp..... excuuuuusee me.... too much turkey, I guess. A few more
hours of work got the rest of the dash apart.
November 30, 1997: Spent yesterday and today working on refurbishing the dash.