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    Thread: The Colour of Money......Part 2

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      07-21-2011 03:39 AM #36
      The "lower it" sticker lives on stuck to my tool box at work



      Taking a set of steelies to the powdercoaters tommorow, and going to look at a '79 300SD on Saturday as a possible drivetrain donor for a turbo diesel swap....

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      07-22-2011 03:04 PM #37
      I see you're using the spare tire well the same as I always did. Engine fluids and tire shine
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      07-26-2011 04:14 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Dreamstate View Post
      I see you're using the spare tire well the same as I always did. Engine fluids and tire shine
      Haha, I'm going to actually put a spare in it, the spare from the parts car. Steelies are currently at Brightside coatings be re-finished. Until then, the spare tire well is quite the perfect storage space. Wish I could keep it lol. And I passed 2000 miles since I took delivery on my home tonight Randy, only problem so far was the airline blowout a few weeks ago, besides that, its been perfect.

      I decided to mess around with the Becker a bit today. To me, as cool as it is, its just not worth the $$$ to get it operational again (I've been told they dont sound too great either). So, without modifying anything that could not easily be reversed, I wired it so it will illuminate when given a 12v power source. The only thing inside that is lit up at night is the gauge cluster, feels pretty empty without somethign on the center console lit up, so this should do the job nicely. Had to go pick up a new bulb for it at the local electronics supply store, had the rest at home...











      In other news, I'm currently talking with a guy about purchasing a '79 300SD drivetrain from him. Still undecided on whether I want to swap for a turbodiesel yet, but in exchange for doing some maintenence work for him on his DD '79 300SD, he will give me a great deal on the drivetrain. Probably going to get it just to have the option in the future. Looking at another one that appears to have a mint interior. Though I can't swap the door panels, the seats should bolt in with no modifications and look the exact same as the '76 seats...

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      07-26-2011 09:45 AM #39
      I would really recommend the turbo diesel. A friend has the non turbo and from what I have read this car suffers from the same problem. It's brutally slow. I can clip along at 80 plus in mine no problem.

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      07-26-2011 01:36 PM #40
      I thought about that air line blow out. Thinking back at when the car would sit in the hot sun with a full tank, it could get to about 180psi just by sun warming the trunk. That, and warming the air line up probably caused the rupture.
      Perhaps getting a 170psi pop valve would be worth it. You could stick it out the bottom of the trunk and it could double as an automatic water drain.

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      07-26-2011 07:52 PM #41
      Sounds like a good idea, I'll probably set something up like that when I re-do the air management system.

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      07-28-2011 12:47 PM #42
      If you're still looking into getting the stereo working, try giving it a good DeOxit

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    8. 07-29-2011 11:59 AM #43
      wow im impressed with the new owner..90% of the time a car goes downhill when going to a new owner

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      07-30-2011 05:11 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by insert clever name View Post
      wow im impressed with the new owner..90% of the time a car goes downhill when going to a new owner
      Thanks man! I'm trying...

      In other news, I bought a '79 300D just for the seats that are in it. Passenger/rears are mint, drivers seat has a couple small tears/could use a new seat pad, but they are in pretty damn good shape for the age. Lots of other useable bits too. Bought the whole car for $500, allready have the tires sold for $200, then whatever I can get out of the car for parts/scrap (body not worth saving). Should come out ahead, which is always good. I've been fighting with it in the guys driveway for a couple days though, it does not want to start. The glowplug relay quit working sometime after he stored it last year. I got the glowplug system working again, but no matter how much juice I put on the battery, I cant get it to crank fast enough to start. Going again Sunday to put it up on stands and clean all the starter terminals, and hopefully I can get it running so I dont have to tow it, as a tow would eat into any profit I make on it...


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      08-01-2011 07:42 PM #45
      Picked up my new set of steelies from Brightside coatings on Saturday. Pretty happy with the result and will be returning when I need more stuff coated, however, I effed up and didnt look at the wheels close enough when I bought them. See if you can spot the difference. Good news is they will still work on the car, I'll just have slightly different wheels front/back






      Also cleaned up the whitewalls on the new tires to get them ready for install sometime this week. I scrubbed them with Spray-9 and a stiff brush, what I have always used to clean whitewalls with great results, but I got nowhere with that. Decided to try wet sanding, and it worked great!


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      08-02-2011 01:15 AM #46
      is it that two of them have a slightly raised area around the hole where the lugs go in? sorry i dont know the technical term for that haha
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      08-06-2011 10:17 PM #47
      You got it

      I'd been thinking about installing a hardwood floor in the trunk since I got the car. My neighbours wife's father caught wind of the idea, and dontated me a couple boxes of hardwood flooring! My neighbour and I were bored today, so we decided to start the install. Made a template out of some old vinyl flooring, took a trip to Home Depot, transferred in onto plywood, cut, install, trim. A few hours work so far, and its coming together nicely. Would have preferred the boards be a little narrower, but when its free, I cant complain. Next on the list, air management....










      Laid some wood in just to see how it looked...

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      08-07-2011 08:28 PM #48
      Got the bulk of the hardwood floor done today. Just have to do the back piece now and figure out what to do for trim. Wooden quarter-round looks great, but cant do any curves with it....











      Also got the new tires mounted on the powdercoated steels this weekend...



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      08-08-2011 09:36 AM #49
      not sold on the hard wood boot. You should direct stick cream (non backed) auto carpet to the wheel arches and tail gate. stretch it out over all the curves.. and then contact it down

      QUOTE=Zman86;72938445]Got the bulk of the hardwood floor done today. Just have to do the back piece now and figure out what to do for trim. Wooden quarter-round looks great, but cant do any curves with it....














      Also got the new tires mounted on the powdercoated steels this weekend...



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      08-14-2011 05:39 PM #50
      On my way to a stag-n-doe last night, I took a road I do not use often and hit a bump. A couple hours after arriving at the stag, i went out to the car to get a piece of gum and found a large trail of oil coming from underneath. Bye bye oil pan. It didnt rip a hole, but it was steadily dripping, so I filled it back up and drove it home. I had planned to take the car to Vagkraft in the morning, so I swapped pans off the parts car. Got it done at 4am and all was well, until the next moring, not even 15km from home, I caught a ridge in the road left by trucks compressing the pavement. Bye bye pan #2. This one was not as bad though, and I still made it to the show and home again....

      Have one pan left...





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    16. 08-17-2011 08:14 PM #51
      haha nice...are you just driving super low or does the setup not go high?