atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
atomic_fungus
atomic_fungus

#6219: So, what's next?

The theme of this weekend seems to be, "Forget your plans, Fungus! AHH HA HA HA HA!"

My plan had been to sleep until noon. Mrs. Fungus' work phone rings at 11:30. *sigh*

Our plan had been to work on the garage together. But Mrs. Fungus had to go to work, because the air conditioning has died, and no one there is technically adept enough to figure out which system quit. Is it the one that keeps all the machinery cool (emergency) or the one that keeps the people cool (meh)?

I'm worried about what comes next when I go out to the garage to work on cleaning it.

Anyway, I was looking at the Mustang a bit more. Found a couple more fiddlybits that need attention. Like the power wire for the carb's electric choke--it runs over, and rests on, the accelerator linkage, so whenever you step on the gas that wire gets rubbed by a metal rod. Perfect. That's got to be fixed before we take it for another drive; the insulation is intact now but it won't be if we keep going on like that.

It looks like the car has one grounding strap. Not enough. That would explain the weirdness last night when it wouldn't crank until after I took the key out and put it back in. I'll have to add one or two more.

Looking at some other things--the parking brake doesn't seem to work. That will need fixing. Right next to the release handle for that is what seems to be a knob for either a floor vent or a manual choke. I'll have to look into that. The carb in the thing has an electric choke (see above) but I don't know when manual chokes went out of style.

No air conditioning--not surprising--and the blower motor for the heater is disconnected. So I've got all that to look forward to.

In fact I expect to go through the entire electrical system anyway.

The more I look at this car, the more I see that it was not a completed restoration; it was someone taking an old car and starting a restoration, fixing it up to make it look nice, and vastly improving the mechanicals, and then having to stop. The guy we bought it from was not the guy who did the majority of the work; that guy had like five cars going at once and his wife put her foot down.

The seller last night had made a few improvements to it, but not very much, and no longer had time for it. (Younger guy, thirties maybe, with a wife and a kid.) He's put perhaps 2,000 miles on it since buying it.

Reportedly--I think I said this before--the carb was basically tossed onto the engine at sale time, without adjustment, and he's been living with that for 2k miles. Needless to say I'll be watching "how to" videos about tuning carbs! It says "Summit" on it, but it's recognizably a Holley, and there's Holley documentation in the paperwork. I don't expect this to be a big deal, especially considering that Holley carbs (like Edelbrock's) are almost infinitely customizable. You can practically go to a corner drugstore for jets for the damned things.

And when was the last time the engine was timed? I have all the tools needed to time an engine, and I never forgot how to do it--I mucked with the timing of my '75 Impala enough times, trying to get just the right advance for the engine--but carb comes before timing, and that I really don't know how to do.

Yet. It's not rocket science.

It's got a Hurst shifter in it, the kind with the little deal you pull on to get it out of park, but I want to replace that nonsense with an original (or reproduction) shifter. It's too stiff and you can't really tell what gear you're in.

Were power brakes available? Could I retrofit them (assuming it doesn't have them, which I still don't know, but am now leaning towards "not")?

Okay, now I'm just procrastinating. Well, it is awful hot out there today.
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