small update on this little project, i put on a different set of wheels and tires for free that i picked up from a friend, giving it something to roll and drive on for the time being. if i can get this thing on the road reasonably i would like to run on the original hubcaps since i have all of them. so i'll keep the original wheels so if i choose to i can sandblast and paint them, and eventually put new tires on them if i choose.
also picked up a new timing belt, tensioner, and a few other odds and ends to see if i can get it running under its own power. hopefully with a little bit of elbow grease i can enjoy it over the summer.
Last edited by 1FastB5; 04-07-2012 at 07:54 PM.
today i installed a new timing belt, tensioner and a few other small odds and ends.
so now its back in time, new glow plugs, clean glow plug wires, freshly lubricated injection pump, cleaned injectors and more. i was happy to find that while timing the engine it turns really smoothly and at least the top end of the engine, still looked really clean and in pretty good shape for this cars age.
tired to fire it up, and she wants to go, but the weak battery won't. both alek and i ran out of time this afternoon, so its on the charger over night, we're going to bleed the injectors again and it SHOULD fire up, we can hear a lot of life ready to come back out of that engine. that familiar diesel knock was trying real hard to get out.
so hopefully with a little bit of effort tomorrow, she just might roll out of the shop under her own power
so provided that it is running in reasonable order, i'll address some of the other details that will need attention before being road worthy:
-replace or rebuild the alternator
-a/c delete -- the compressor is totally ceased and with A/C parts almost impossible to find, i doubt i'll get it in working order
-brakes on all corners. new discs, pads, lines, and drums. master cylinder looks new so it should be fine.
-suspension -- i MIGHT do air ride on this car if i can find something that will work for the front struts. thats the big thing i'd like to do to this car...i want nothing more than it to be low, and slow. with its patina status, i think it would turn a lot of heads with it being so rare on a nice set of wheels. otherwise standard suspension may be modified for it to sit lower. new shocks are readily available...springs less so.
other problems i foresee:
-wheel bearings? will see how these are on the first few drives. i can buy complete hubs cheap, so its an easy fix...
-tie rods and other front end components need to be checked or replaced
-clutch -- after sitting for years it may be dried out, and i'm anticipating replacement.