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#21 CaptainSlow

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 11:35 PM

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And finally, the moment of truth, after a little of the old gas, playing car tetris trying to jump start it, and spending 20 minutes figuring out how to prime the fuel pump, she started right up.

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And ran with no (fuel related) issues. Obligatory filling up picture.
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Took her to dinner.
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Feels so good to finally have her back on the road. This project fixed a bunch of issues but allowed me to discover more as well.
This might not seem like much to most people but this fuel tank refurb is about as deep as I've gotten into repairs in a looooong time, and I feel proud I was able to pull it off. Took 4 weeks, but it's done. On to the next.

So if you made it this far, here, have a cookie (::)

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:22 PM

Side note - Now that the Conquest and the Camaro are both running I finally was able to clean out the garage lol.

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 08:41 AM

Didn't that hose say "NOT for fuel injection use"?
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Posted 28 November 2017 - 09:11 AM

Nice work!  Im restoring my fuel tank right now as well.  I have been debating going the POR 15 route.  How hard was it to do?  Seemed like the main hurdle was getting the tank to dry out.
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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:16 PM

View PostWoody, on 28 November 2017 - 08:41 AM, said:

Didn't that hose say "NOT for fuel injection use"?

Yes, but I'm pretty sure they're just not meant for high pressure. Unless O'Reilly's is full of crap (which is entirely possible).

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Nice work!  Im restoring my fuel tank right now as well.  I have been debating going the POR 15 route.  How hard was it to do?  Seemed like the main hurdle was getting the tank to dry out.

Thanks! It's not too bad, but the worst parts are getting the tank as clean as possible and dry. If you have a heat gun getting it dry is easy. These tanks do have a lot of baffles so it can be hard to get everything completely coated but overall wasn't too bad.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:34 PM

Not too much happened this weekend but still worthy of a post.

Something in the battery terminal was getting poor connection and causing the car to lose power when I tried to engage the starter. Re-did all the connections to the terminal and as far as I can tell that did the trick, because it hasn't happened since. As usual, pic spam -

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The battery still sucks so I need to replace it but keeping it on a battery tender during the week helps a ton obviously. I hope I can get a Braille Battery soon and relocate it to the trunk, but this'll do for now. Thankfully the PO made a good mounting system.

Also finally got it to a small meet in the area Saturday night. Most everybody had no idea what it was (heard FC RX7 more than once), but anyone that knew it loved it.
Planned on taking it to a huge meet in Houston on Sunday but it ended up raining pretty bad and the wipers don't work lol. Next time.

May or may not get around to tearing apart the wiper motor this weekend. I just started my new job so spare time is down to a minimum at the moment and I currently have racecar parts waiting to be installed on the Golf.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 12:58 AM

That + terminal is incorrect if car is stock.  You should have a fuse link on the single white wire.  Also not sure why the red wire with the black connector is at the terminal.
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Posted 06 December 2017 - 09:51 AM

Yeah dude where is the main fusible link?

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:55 AM

It definitely looks like you should do a bit of wiring cleanup and improvement over what the old owner did. Some of that is a bit "hackish".

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:09 PM

The car never had a fusible link on that wire so I suppose I need to add one. The red wire on the negative terminal is just an extension from a different harness, also not my doing. I need to tear all of it apart and clean it up but this is just for the time being.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 09:40 PM

The red wire I was referring to was on the positive side.
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Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:08 AM

A good way to neaten it up is to just use a distribution block down on the framerail or something and just run one lead up to each terminal. I'm also pretty sure you can use a circuit breaker instead of the fusible but not positive what rating. I think I used a 200Amp resettable breaker for my batt relocation but the fusible link is still there too.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 07:04 PM

View PostBuGG, on 06 December 2017 - 09:40 PM, said:

The red wire I was referring to was on the positive side.

Oh my bad, I misread your reply. Still not sure what that one goes too either. I should consider learning more about my car lol.

View PostFuze, on 07 December 2017 - 09:08 AM, said:

A good way to neaten it up is to just use a distribution block down on the framerail or something and just run one lead up to each terminal. I'm also pretty sure you can use a circuit breaker instead of the fusible but not positive what rating. I think I used a 200Amp resettable breaker for my batt relocation but the fusible link is still there too.

Good point, I'll have to consider a distribution block when I eventually re-locate the battery for sure.
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