|Heading to the mountains for some cross-country skiing|
The major one is some rust repair on the drivers' side of the car, mostly on the door and rear quarter panel. I will also be repainting the grill and front and rear bumpers.
|In the middle of the driver's door!|
|By the driver's door|
|Front bumper takes a beating in everyday driving!|
|Off to a good start.|
I've had the water temperature gauge on the shelf for a long time and recently picked up the necessary bits for getting it in the car. I'm using an inexpensive plastic single gauge pod which will be mounted on the left side of the dashboard and complement the triple pod mounted in the center. The gauge is an older VDO model so I picked up the appropriate sender from a local supplier and a water sender hose adapter from Glowshift. I still have to wire up the fog lights so I'll run wires for them at the same time. I'll add a couple of extra wires as I may add air horns at a later date.
|All the bits... gauge, sender, adapter, clamps and housing.|
The sender will be mounted in the hose that runs from the intake manifold to the heater. It's the closest spot to the cylinder head I can figure without drilling new holes or eliminating the stock sender as I plan to retain the stock gauge. The spot I'm mounting the new gauge pod is a little tight so I had to modify it so that it would sit flat. I managed to retain the pod's stock mounting points which makes installing it a lot easier.
|Modified gauge pod.|
You may be wondering why I have to rebuild the lower radiator hose. There's a couple of factors: first the engine isn't stock and secondly I had to further modify the outlet at the water pump to clear the turbo and the A/C compressor. My custom lower hose is made from three different sections with joiners in-between and standard hose clamps holding the whole thing together. Shortly after I rebuilt the engine the joints let go and I had to scramble to find replacements and it looks really ugly. I know there in no off the shelf bit that works so I'm hoping to fabricate a new hose with only two sections. I've picked up joiners from Silicone Intake Systems along with some heat shrink clamps from Gates to put everything together. The heat shrink clamps will replace the typical screw type at the intermediate joints and make for a much cleaner install.
|Components for the custom lower rad hose.|
|Replacement transmission mount|
|Strut mounts starting to split and showing signs of rust.|
|New Moog strut mounts ready for installation.|