So as promised for the millionth time the car actually left the shop late Friday and made its way home for the finishing touches. Wasn't without drama mind you. Muffler which was to be at the shop at 10 am didn't show up until 12:30. Many hours of pipe bending later muffler was in but since I wanted twin exhaust tips and the muffler did come as ordered with two outlets we left the tips off for now as it will now need to go the body shop to cut the rear valance wider to allow the tips to clear. I know some of you are cringing at the thought of cutting a rust free valance but will look great when done.
Ken took her for a test run and left me standing there for a very long time awaiting a video of the car driving past but much to my surprise only Ken returned as she had blown a fuel line in the engine bay (one of the 38 year old ones) and he had to get a ride back to the shop thanks to a kind soul who saw him sitting at the side of the road (He had forgotten his cell phone of course). Quick run to the car with a new line and a road side repair later she was back to the garage where all the old lines were changed for fear they were on their way out.
Car is very quick as I discovered driving home (15 minute drive) but there is an issue when the engine is under boost (black smoke out of tail pipe and hesitation). Ken is feeling it is a sensor which will need to be changed. White speedo face is out with the true speed by 15 KM's or so which means the cluster comes back out again. Engine noisier than it will be as it is not exhausting out behind the car due to the lack of tips and there seems to be an exhaust leak near the downpipe.
Hoping she goes to body guy tomorrow for valance cut and then to Ken's for exhaust final work, speedo adjustment and engine boost investigation. I have had to cancel the Alpine head unit and amp install for tomorrow as this will only be in the way of the cluster coming back out.
Spent many hours over the weekend fitting the Newton Commercial carpet - oh my aching back! Fit very well as it has most of the relief cuts for things but found i had to trim about around the seat rails. Installed the seats finally (a PITA with new carpets) and used the 3D printed seat glides which worked well-no more rockin' in the Rocco. Had to remove the front grill to get to the hood latch as it was binding and the release would not open the hood-all lubed up now and works great.
Besides feeling like an old man after many hours bent over and in and out of the car a million times it was a very fullfilling weekend. Some pics below. Personally love the white gauge faces and with the original S seat upholstery and black dash think it looks awesome and a drastic improvement over the interior i inherited with the car (woodgrain and blue velour seats).
I had to add the wiper louvre things as I had these on my original car back in the mid 80's
Even got the door decals applied which Grant so gaciously sent me from Australia. They seem a tad bigger than the originals as they touch one another to fit on the jamb where they were to be but do complete the restoration.
Grant, one question. You sent me two VIN decals and two fuel decals. Were these on the passenger side as well or where they just spares?
In tucking in all the wiring down the side rails (new power wires for amps and speakers) I found this wire which doesn't seem to go anywhere. I have tucked it under the rear seat for now but wonder if anyone knows what is was meant for?
Once the exhaust is finished I promise a few videos of the Rocco showing what she can do now!