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    VIN 4519: 14-year "garage find"

    I brought 4519 home today; it's a very nice condition non-runner, was "running when parked" ~14 years ago.

    Oct. '81 build
    Grey interior
    Grooved hood
    25,362 (I believe) original miles
    Three(?) owners
    Always garaged, and appears well cared-for.


    I began the purchasing process in October; the PO is a really nice older guy and we have become friends. I hope to return for a visit someday and take him for a ride. I intend to put this car on the road and sell 4728.

    Here is an Andrew-style list of the good, bad, and ugly...

    The Good:

    The stainless: close to #1 condition
    The interior: close to #1 condition
    "Always garaged"
    Binnacle and dash are in perfect condition
    Miles appear to be original at 25,362
    Original trip reset is still intact
    Fascias are very straight
    Haven't yet found a rodent nest
    Solid frame
    Engine turns freely by hand
    OEM fuse box has no melted positions
    OEM Craig radio
    Sunshade louvre is in perfect condition
    It appears the roofbox is secure
    Small stash of parts



    The Bad:

    It's dirty/dusty
    Engine cover stay is broken
    Leaking steering rack
    A few areas of surface rust on the frame
    Passenger side tow loop broken-off
    Sagging headliners
    Needs tires
    Needs a few lugnuts replaced
    Antenna doesn't work
    Hood release is wonky
    Original coolant bottle
    Door lights and one taillight doesn't work
    Steering column canopy needs a threaded insert replaced
    Needs a lift piston set
    Steering wheel and hazard switch are upside down


    The Ugly:

    Needs a fuel system rebuild, and smells like bad gas
    Brake & clutch hydraulics need rebuilding


    ICYMI...In my other thread I mentioned Jimmy sent me his working K-Jet parts, so that should put me miles ahead since it appears the running issue is fuel-related. Thanks again Jimmy!
    Last edited by Rich_NYS; 11-25-2019 at 10:11 PM.
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    My VIN:    Formerly 10372, currently 4728 & 4519

    "Day 1 pics:"

    (The "line" on the binnacle is something on my lens.)


    Last edited by Rich_NYS; 11-25-2019 at 10:26 PM.
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    Under Ron's watchful eye. Glory be to Ron! Michael's Avatar
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    My VIN:    None of your business you creepy psycho vin counter...get a life

    If it was running when parked then it's just ran out of gas. Put some gas in it and enjoy!
    Last edited by Michael; 11-25-2019 at 10:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    If it was running when parked then it's just ran out of gas. Pit some gas in it and enjoy!
    LOL...right on, brother!
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    No problem Rich glad to help. I'll get the other 2 fuel lines out to you this weekend hopefully

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    Congratulation on your purchase

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    First wash

    Today I was fortunate to have nice weather: sunny and high 40's. I really wanted to wash the car, but since it's a non-runner and my driveway is a small hill, it's not a good situation.

    I came up with an idea that worked: I rolled the car out of my garage to wash it, and used a "come long" winch to pull it back uphill and into my garage when I was done.

    The first wash is really satisfying. I can't do much with my arm in a sling, but getting the car clean felt very productive. My 11-year old daughter helped me wash it, and took charge of winching the car back into the garage. She had mentioned wanting to participate in the restoration, so she was pretty jazzed to have an important job on day one.

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    I'll try both; the potentiometers, and the wiring. If I'm able to get into the speaker wiring with some help from my daughter, I'll try swapping things around to trouble isolate.
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    I cleaning the tank; it wasn't too bad, and my daughter helped me with the parts I couldn't reach left-handed.

    I pumped out the fuel and removed the baffle assembly:

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    Wiped with rags without using cleaner:

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    2-3 rounds of acetone with rags:

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    The vent tube moves around, but doesn't come out, I'm wondering if I need to do something about that. It's also a little cruddy on the end, I'll clean it if I can reach it.
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    Made some progress today:

    -Installed a Tahoe pump (thanks Chris.)
    -Diagnosed no power to the pump (failed RPM relay.)
    -Tested the fuel system.

    Four injectors are bad, but the fuel distributor appears to be ok. I swapped the two good injectors with the four bad ones, jumped the RPM relay, and tested the spray pattern on all lines....seems to be ok.

    After working on a carbed car for the past few years, I got spoiled. Removing the injectors was a PITA.

    Jimmy (2706) sent me his Kjet parts; I'm going to start replacing parts, then hope to attempt a "first fire" this week. At this time, I'm pretty hopeful the non-running issue is due to the two things I found today.
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