Other than a lot of time getting my blast cabinet sorted and ready (and starting to strip and renovate the air cleaner)...
... I've now managed to capitalise on the breaks in the weather on Saturday to get started on the initial strip/assessment.
First, I did a bit of digging in the engine bay and confirmed my suspicion that the engine isn't very standard! There's a 4BBl Holley Carb on there (original was a 2BBl), an Edelbrock Performer Intake Manifold (not sure which one) and what look suspiciously like short tube exhaust headers!:
(can anyone provide a bit more on what specifically this Carb and Intake might be?
On less bright news, I found that the screenwash bottle had been converted into a coolant overflow tank and what was in there was pretty foul:
While I want to install an overflow tank (good idea mechanically) I also want my screen-wash back and it looks like i'll need to re-plumb the whole system as it seems to have 'gone'! I'll need to investigate further, but that's a job for another day...
Then, I started looking into the wiring, in particular the lighting, as I want to assess whether I can do the UK conversion easily. Current plan is convert the headlights to UK halogens, which I will need to install a separate power feed tot he lights, switched by a relay setup (otherwise the switch will burn out). sidelights/Front indicators will use the existing sidelights under the bumper with a dual filament LED bulb (very simple - no hacking required). At the rear, although I could use the reversing lights as indicators I would rather keep them, so am looking at some degree of LED conversion. That'll enable me to keep the all red tail lights, but still have one of them flash amber as required - more to follow on that...
At the same time, I wanted to strip out as much of the crap added by the Previous Owner (PO from now on), starting with the tach!
I was getting flash-backs to my Supra - it's PO had a similar approach to wiring!
After a lot of digging and testing of bulbs I am now pretty sure that it's just knackered bulbs, although the whole loom is very shonky and will be high on the list to replace. The engine bay in particular will need a lot more digging in the future - complicated by me having to learn as I go.
At the same time I confirmed the reason why I couldn't find the front sidelights... looks like when the PO turned this poor car into a drag-slag, he really didn't care about keeping street-legal - hence the sidelights were just left in when it was re-sprayed:
When I get them out and had a look inside, I quickly just decided to replace, not refurb:
The reversing lights weren't much better, and had also suffered from the spray gun, so they'll just be replaced too - the lenses were knackered anyway, plus the looms hard-wired into the assemblies were hard and brittle, so there really wasn't any point repairing.
Then I got to the tail lights, which came out after I loosened the bumper a bit (exposing a nice bit of tail light panel rust - but I knew about that!):
These I will refurb, but I'll need new seals and lenses first - more items on the list, but the housings will clean up OK I'm sure.
As I was good for time (this thing is SO easy to work on!!) I got stuck into a few other things (less photos - sorry!). First I removed the rear spoiler (not a fan) and the hood pins (same)!
Then I set about removing and cleaning out the fuel tank and the trunk (half of Texas in there - foul!). Before I removed it I had a look in with my endoscope:
Very empty! Looks like I was lucky to get it onto the drive before it would have conked out. Again it didn't take long to get it out (discovering that the fuel pump is also an aftermarket Holley (I believe)) to reveal the trunk in all its muddy glory:
I then got stuck in with a jet-wash (being careful with direction and tucking the loom well out the way) and discovered all sorts of crud - especially between the rear quarter and the trunk drop-off:
Including the original Dealer's fender(?) emblem!! Don't plan to re-install it, but will probably clean it up and mount it - nice bit of original history! The trunk seems in OK shape - there's rust holes in the panel in front of the trunk and the NS wheel-well base, but so far it doesn't look too bad. Time will tell...
That about wrapped it up for Sat, but I did finish with a feeling that progress was being made - always easy when you're stripping, as opposed to re-installing stuff!!
I need to replace more than I thought, but so far there's been no surprises.