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    Race-Car

    Help Me Please With My Old Hag

    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    Help Me Please With My Old Hag
    Not 'til it warms up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    Help Me Please With My Old Hag
    Put it on craigslist and say "ran when parked" and "needs some minor body work"
    It'll be gone before you know it!

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    remove washer

    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    Cut off the old washer and weld a new one in it's place? Or since most of the wear is on the back side, do I try to run a tiny bead and then clean it up so the shaft will fit?

    Harold
    Just weld a new one on. You have the skills. Or weld a piece of flat stock over it and have keith shoot a hole in it for you!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseyopel View Post
    Just weld a new one on. You have the skills. Or weld a piece of flat stock over it and have Keith shoot a hole in it for you!!!
    Skills? Maybe. I think I'm going to try to put a little weld on the inside of the washer hole. Easier said than done trying to get under the dash with a welding helmet or some kind of eye protection on and then trying to get into position to attempt it. I figure 30 minutes prep time for less than 30 seconds of welding. The pivot rod doesn't rotate I just need to eliminate the excess slop. The weld doesn't have to be pretty just functional.

    I'll have to remove the seat and almost new carpet. The seat needs to come out anyway as one of the mounting points is broken. Pretty common when there are clutch problems. My first GT was the same way but I believe it had more to do with the PO. Her nickname in the community was "Widetrack". Nuff said.

    Now to find time to get back to it.

    Harold
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    Blowing in the wind

    """How many roads must a man walk down
    Before you call him a man?
    Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
    Before she sleeps in the sand?
    Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
    Before they're forever banned?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
    The answer is blowin' in the wind

    How many years can a mountain exist
    Before it's washed to the sea?
    Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
    Before they're allowed to be free?
    Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
    Pretending he just doesn't see?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
    The answer is blowin' in the wind

    How many times must a man look up
    Before he can see the sky?
    Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
    Before he can hear people cry?
    Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
    That too many people have died?

    The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
    The answer is blowin' in the wind""
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    Curious
    Have you flipped the old hag yet?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    Curious
    Have you flipped the old hag yet?
    Still slowly working on her. Most everything worked, I'm just trying to make it work better and/or make her a little neater. Hope everything still works when I get done.

    Harold

    P.S. Hope to post a few things soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    Curious
    Have you flipped the old hag yet?
    Yea... Flipped it on the roof!
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    I've been busy on everything BUT the Old Hag. With the recent luck I've had with vehicles I should probably sell the Old Hag just so she'd have a change at a normal life, but then again it appears I'm a glutton for punishment.

    I replaced her window mechanism. The old one worked okay but I noticed some slack in the cable and there were some other repairs that could be improved on. I replaced all and the window rolls noticeably smoother but the window stops just short of going into the channel at the very top. I'm hoping I can get Keith to see if he can figure out what I'm missing.

    Harold

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    Electrical

    I initially was going to add some relays up near the battery for the headlights in hopes of making them brighter. Instead I'm just replacing that part of the harness. I got in a hurry the other morning and cut a few that shouldn't have been cut thus creating more work for me.

    I'm remembering now how much I don't like rewiring headlights, but it is a necessary evil.

    Headlight wiring really NEEDS to be replaced from the split near the brake master cylinder forward!!!

    After cleaning the front turn signal connections, they brightened up and started working properly.

    The double flash modifications has apparently been done to this car has the turn indicator likes have never double that I've noticed and the indicators flash for the opposite direction. Hopefully there is enough slack behind the indicator lights that I can just remove the light cluster and swap the lights.

    Some kind of weird issue with the door key reminder buzzer. I installed the switch in the door jam and the buzzer works even when the key is out. For the present, I'll just unplug the buzzer.

    Harold
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    It runs!

    After moving and rerouting several wires in the interest of neatness, I had wondered if it would even start after my rework. Well it didn't initially but it wanted to. After checking a relay I had relocated for the electric fuel pump she easily started up and sounded good. I could only run her briefly has I hadn't replaced the coolant I had drained. I removed the radiator so I could reroute and replace the retaining clip for the battery cable.

    Harold

    P.S. I've done away with the vacuum canister since taking this picture after finding out that the vacuum advance is NOT used by the Compufire DIS.
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    Hidden key holders

    While this may be a good idea, I'd recommend NOT hiding an original key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post

    Some kind of weird issue with the door key reminder buzzer. I installed the switch in the door jam and the buzzer works even when the key is out.

    Harold
    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    With the recent luck I've had with vehicles I should probably sell the Old Hag just so she'd have a change at a normal life,

    I replaced her window mechanism, but the window stops just short of going into the channel at the very top.

    Harold


    You've got the door buzzer suck in the window track. That's why the window won't go up and the buzzer won't turn off!




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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    I've been busy on everything BUT the Old Hag. With the recent luck I've had with vehicles I should probably sell the Old Hag just so she'd have a change at a normal life, but then again it appears I'm a glutton for punishment.

    I replaced her window mechanism. The old one worked okay but I noticed some slack in the cable and there were some other repairs that could be improved on. I replaced all and the window rolls noticeably smoother but the window stops just short of going into the channel at the very top. I'm hoping I can get Keith to see if he can figure out what I'm missing.

    Harold
    You are aware, aren't you, that the Opel uses a very simple slack adjustment for the cable, right?

    I've seen people looking for replacement parts, only to find that the adjuster had slipped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by First opel 1981 View Post
    You are aware, aren't you, that the Opel uses a very simple slack adjustment for the cable, right?

    I've seen people looking for replacement parts, only to find that the adjuster had slipped.
    I am. The other unit had been 'worked' on and the cable had already been replaced. The bolts for the cable clamps where stripped and had been replaced with larger bolts and nuts. Excuse enough to dip into my 30+ year collection of spare parts.

    Harold

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    Completing Headlight wiring

    Finally got around to finishing up the last headlight socket today. I used a flexible sleeve, kind of like Chinese finger cuffs to protect the wiring where it passes through the rotator. I think it will work well but it was a little like pushing a chain to try to get it through the hole.

    I had a pair of old Cole Hersee headlight sockets. I like them because I can use 12 ga. wires with no issues. I solder them to the flag type terminals. I have no clue whether they are still available. If not I'd welcome a substitute if anyone knows of one.

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    Interesting. I've never seen sockets like that. They look like a good design.



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    Horn Question

    Added the horn wiring and electrical choke wire and noticed that the brown ground wire is hot when connected to the horns. On investigating further there is continuity between the two terminals when nothing is hooked up. Are my horns bad? Both test the same.

    Harold

    UPDATE: I tested some new horns at work and there is continuity between the terminals. Conclusion I was paranoid for no reason this time.
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    I don't know.
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