August 6th, 2012 04:13 AM
August 6th, 2012 05:18 PM
I drove it further! I actually went to a friends house (about 1.5 miles away) and back.
Video of the first re-start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVO2X...ature=youtu.be
August 6th, 2012 07:04 PM
good to get them moving!!
Originally Posted by Beagle
August 6th, 2012 07:36 PM
No burnout yet, but it's coming!
The very first drive since 1986: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVPYW...1&feature=plcp
I also drove it to the gas station and back. Next stop, the shop for some mufflers!
August 7th, 2012 10:11 PM
Fan issue solved
This took way longer than it should have, but I finally got the right combination of bolts, washers, and spacer to make the fan and pulley work correctly. Belts and upper radiator hose followed it in.
Finally got the trunk open, too
And boy was it full! Two tires, a wheel and tire, and a wheel, plus some cool old metal boxes of light bulbs, the original plates, and a pile of 727 TF internals! I think the repair the Javelin got abandoned for was the transmission got rebuilt! Woohoo!
26 years off the road...
Yes, these are the original 1973 Oregon plates. Don’t be fooled by the “98” registration, it’s actually an 86 registration upside-down. This car spent 26 years off the road!
August 7th, 2012 10:12 PM
Dropped the tank
Part of the rebuild process was to get the Javelin off of the fuel can and onto it’s own fuel system. As the earlier updates showed, I had replaced the fuel pump and all hoses already. The last step was to drop the tank and assess. It still had gas in it! There was a little sediment, so I drained it (into a pan for recycling), added some fresh gas and swirled it, drained, repeat, etc. It was nice and clean inside and solid (ie - the baffles haven’t rusted off), so back in it went!
It took a lot of unloading and cleaning, but here’s the bare trunk floor. There is some surface scale, but no rust holes! I will wire-wheel this, prime it, and paint it with AMC splatter paint in the near future.
Brakes are done!!!
With the correct spacers for the booster in hand I completed the brake rebuild/upgrade with a rebuilt booster and new master cylinder. I had to install one conversion fitting and bend the original lines a bit to get it all in, but it’s done. Bled out nicely with new DOT4.
Last edited by Javelin; August 7th, 2012 at 10:13 PM.
August 7th, 2012 10:14 PM
August 7th, 2012 10:16 PM
August 7th, 2012 10:18 PM
Well if you watched the first drive video, you know the brakes were dragging. The rears would lock up as soon as I let off the gas. I took this to mean that I messed up the install, but the drum popped right off. A little digging showed that my power booster uses an adjustable threaded rod for the master cylinder. So I adjusted that inward a lot, and voila! No more brake drag! I then went on a real test drive. A couple of miles through the back of the neighborhood to a friend’s house, stopped and showed off the car, then came back. Nice!
Save the paint?
Here’s what 5 quick minutes of hand-rubbing with a mild polish got me… I do believe that with my Porter-Cable and a lot of elbow grease I can get this “orange” at least back to glossy!
Started scrubbing the interior
After getting some gas in the car (trip 2!) I decided it was high time I took some elbow grease to the inside. I cleaned the mold up, vacuumed, and generally wiped things down. It ain’t anywhere near done, but at least now you can sit in the car without a biohazard suit on…
And into the shop with you!
Trip three was to the local repair shop staffed by some good friends. They are going to do the 727’s filter and fluid (you can drain the torque convertor in these) and the rear end grease. These are two jobs I loathe, and I always spill, so I farm them out! From here it’s off to the exhaust shop!
Last edited by Javelin; August 7th, 2012 at 10:19 PM.
August 7th, 2012 10:20 PM
And that brings us up to date! I did buy the cruise pass I was asking about earlier, which is on the 25th, so I still have quite the amount of work to get it ready to drive. Loving every minute of it!
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