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Posted by SacredCow in Automobile Enthusiasts Group
Mon Nov 03rd 2008, 10:16 AM
Well, I'm closing in on having owned this car for a year... Unfortunately, she's not as far along as I'd like, but progress HAS been made.

The convertible top... That was an ordeal. Took a while for the upholstery shop to get all of the parts, and when they took the old material off, there was a fair amount of rust and bending of the frame. They were able to fix everything though, and the end result looks fantastic. The top, padding, and headlining material is all new.

Engine... I've really not done much other than regular oil changes and valve adjustments. I'm playing it safe and having the valves adjusted with every oil change (they suggest every 5000 miles, but I'm really not driving the car that much). There are 132K-ish original miles on the car, and some have said that the engine may be approaching the end of it's life. But the previous owner had a complete top-end engine overhaul performed- all new heads and seals installed, so I think it will be good for a while. It continues to purr like a kitten! Oh, and it does remain fuel-injected- no conversion to carbs, and I plan to keep it that way.

Tranny... I'm planning to have the transmission overhauled in the next month or 2. There is some popping out of 3rd (that they claim is due to a worn bushing, but to get to the bushing, the tranny has to be removed so at that point- might as well overhaul it). I've set aside the funds for that.

Interior... All I've really done is cleaned it up and put some temporary covers and padding into the front seats so she can be driven comfortably. I've pulled back the carpet and vinyl, and it looks as if I may be able to bypass any floor-pan work. The rust is minimal. I plan to clean and treat the rust spots and make a couple of small patches and re-inforcements. I've purchased some dampening materials (second skin) and will one day tear out everything and replace. I'm not going to go completely stock, as the black vinyl is just not practical in Louisiana heat. I will be installing a tweed interior, in a mixture of charcoal and black.

That's the high points- lots of other odds and ends to work on, too.
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