Hopped in the RX-7 this morning to go out for a drive and pick up some stuff from Summit. After it started up, I noticed the volt gauge (something missing on new cars, like all the other useful gauges...) was reading lower than it usually does, like as low as “it isn’t running” is.
Bending a new fuel line for the Chevelle in 3/8" (factory is 5/16 because 307). It runs over the frame so it’ll be done in two pieces (a single piece requires removing the body, so no). I managed to cut and snake out the over-the-frame part and duplicate it in new steel, as seen above.
It’s been a while, Oppo. What’s up with the new clickbait-ad-style layout? I don’t like it. Only slightly-related to that, I’ve got a bit of a backlog of stuff I’ve been meaning to share, so here’s the first of it.
Finished attempting to correct the paint on the RX7's roof. Turned out pretty well.
How’s it going, Oppo?
Decided to finally get my parallel port ZIP100 drive working on the Windows 95 machine. Naturally, I had diskettes with the drivers for 98 on them, but not 95. After some internetting, I was able to locate the appropriate ones and get everything set up (needless to say, this file is now also on a diskette with the W98…
Part 1 was a resounding “TL;DR” so here’s a single before and a couple after pictures of today’s progress:
Started with the first of much serious paint correction on the RX7 today, pleased with the results so far. Didn’t have a lot of time, so I only got the one corner done. Here’s some before pictures:
The paint on the RX7 has, to say the least, seen better days. By frontal area, it’s a good 25% or more rock-chip. Being a southern car, the sun has baked the paint on the roof and rear... area-around-the-hatch? into poor shape.
An incredibly well-timed rest stop along the highway allowed me to capture a picture of this satisfying moment today. 1/9 of the way to a million, I guess.
In early February, I discovered that my dear friend, the rusty-but-trusty Crown Vic, had died in its sleep after coming back from the Detroit Auto Show. That is, the fuel pump was dead.
Still cranking away at the RX7's gas tank (I’ll do a summary post in the end) but today a special package for the Chevelle showed up.
I noticed this when taking the trash out to the curb this evening...
Gave the outside a quick hose-off and wipedown, then rinsed out the inside with water and simple green to try and de-gas it some. Sloshing around a gallon or so of water in this is a good workout.
As I get solidly into a “put it back together” wave on the Chevelle, it’s time for another before-and-after post. Here’s the before:
Fresh out of storage, the RX-7 is back. Took it on a short drive between there and home, runs as well as the day I put it away which is good. First priority is to pull out the gas tank and address the apparent internal rust, which made itself known to me last year by clogging fuel filters and carb inlets...
You know the drill, I have old parts, I clean, prime, and eventually paint them.
With another several weeks of work travel wrapping up, the 4Runner got a much-needed cleaning yesterday.