It’s been a while but the car is coming along. Got the grill and everything in, the hideaways converted to electric. They need final wiring and adjustments but they work. And then this last week she got exhaust, windshield and a top!!!
Sorry for the SUPER long post….
Ok, so here’s a bit of an update over the past few days. I took a 4-day weekend this past holiday and purposely didn’t plan anything because I wanted to get the interior put in before my parents arrive this upcoming weekend.
Started by pulling out the vert top hydraulic assembly so that it could be taken to the shop. Then installed the radio speakers and started the car up and let her run for a good 10-15 minutes with the heat on high so I could make sure no leaks on the heater and that the radio worked. This is when problems started…
I noticed that the ALT light would come on and go off and come on and go off every couple seconds…. The interior light (I had the door open) was flashing dim and bright dim and bright. But the radio worked and no leaks on the heater (so that’s good). I went ahead and put the dash and everything back on and started the car back up and checked lights, etc. I noticed that the illumination lights for the clock weren’t working and then also noticed the clock itself wasn’t working. So dash came back off so that I could test it. If I ground the clock illumination lights, they light up. But testing the clock connector (two wires), I get nothing. Spent probably an hour tracing it and looking through multiple wiring diagrams. I cannot figure out why it wouldn’t have power and apparently no ground. It appears to go straight into the 14401 wiring harness and to the main dash ground and the power to it comes from the same cable as the cigar lighter (which has power).
Gave up on that and decided to try test fitting the carpet. I had got it out of the box hours earlier and let it sit in the sun to release the folds, etc. brought it in and laid in the car and it’s WAY too long lengthwise. I pushed it as far up as I could against the steering column, looked at the manuals and saw that it appears you need to cut a semi-circle out of the top so that it rests around the column, so I folded it over just to check and it’s still WAY too long. The “heel inserts” are still basically UNDER the seats. There’s also about 6″ of extra over the rear of the transmission hump.
So on Tuesday I called ACC and asked them, I got some really moody woman who didn’t understand I had a Ford even though I told her multiple times, she kept asking if it was a “GM”. She basically wouldn’t help me at all because I couldn’t give her an order number (I gave her the part number on the box). I had purchased the carpet set from MAC’s about 2 years ago. As with most of you, I assume, I bought things as they were on sale and as I could afford them. 2 years ago I got a huge bonus and MAC’s just happened to be having a 35% off sale. At the time, I also didn’t think my car would be stuck in “painting jail” forever. So I bought a ton of stuff, needless to say, that’s really biting me in the ass right now.
So I called up MAC’s and the rep basically said “sorry we can’t do anything since you bought it so long ago”. I called ACC back and got a different person and he was more helpful basically saying “that doesn’t sound right can you send us pictures”. So I sent pics yesterday and am waiting reply.
After that I put the weatherstripping on the top, that worked out well and then tried to put the handles on the top. These were in a box ever since I bought the car and I never opened it. Well I guess I should have because there’s not enough parts in the box to make two full handles.
After that I decided to put weather stripping on the rest of the car… So I got out the box and started cleaning it up… I’m not sure what this peice is called but as I was cleaning it, it just shattered in my hands:
I also noticed that the stripping that goes around the side and bottom of the door was missing all it’s pins and that the body shop bondoed over all weatherstrip pin holes in the door. I put on what I could and it looks good.
I had also noticed that the brake proportioning valve was still leaking but this time from the big nut on the bottom. So on Tuesday I called up Chockostang and asked the guy if the one I returned he had rebuilt or just sent me a new one (because this is now the THIRD time I’ve sent it back to him). He said he couldn’t remember.. I told him what was wrong this time and he said “There’s just a bass washer under there, crank it hard and it will seal”. So I cranked it hard and in the process it slipped and I busted off the plastic part that the wiring harness connects too… So back to finding a new one of those.
And then from my other post, I took the vert hydraulics to a local shop and he said they were fine. Installed them back in the car and they still won’t move the top.. I think what I will do next there is get an external battery charger thing and hook it directly to the pump and see if maybe it’s just not getting enough power.
In other good news, my hideaway grill set will be arriving from Germany today!!
Well here’s yet another torino update. I’ve been pushing hard to get it done. Spending WAY too much money right now on this project. I should really just slow down and wait to get it done in the next year, instead of pushing so hard. But whatever. It’s exciting that she starts up with the turn of a key!
Got the hood latch installed, see a video here: https://youtu.be/Nc8aZSDVbiM
I’ve also been spending a LOT of time looking at other people’s threads for ideas/information on how to put stuff together. And while doing that I noticed these two parts are missing from what I have:
I emailed the original owner who took most of the car apart and asked him if maybe he might still have them laying around. If not, it’s just another thing I’ll have to buy, get body work done and then painted and HOPE that it will match. 🙁
After two VERY LONG and tiring days the engine is in. Started out yesterday with replacing the rear drums with wilwood disks. There was WAY too much play back and forth so the rear end came in and out about 5 times trying to get it right. It was a long frustrating day but happy with the end result. Still need to bleed the brakes and test them.
Then today we dropped the engine in. I was REALLY skeptical that it would just drop right in with those huge headers on. But NO PROBLEM. Slid right in like a glove. Perfect fit.
Spent the rest of the day dressing it, hoses, finishing the fuel line stuff, shift brackets, etc. Will go shopping tomorrow for some more stuff and maybe in the next couple days it’ll fire up.
Last week, the last 4.5 years of my life ended.. And a new beginning is starting.
Over the past year or so, I have been swinging between “Let’s get married” and “Let’s break up” with Calvin. He’s an amazing person and I love him very much. We have been through so much over the past 4.5 years and he’s been there with me since the early days of learning I was HIV+. Without him and his support and love, I’m not sure where I would be right now.
We’ve had an amazing 4.5 years together… But times changes, plans change and it’s all out of our control at this point.
When we first started dating, the idea was that he would finish Med School then get into Toronto, Vancouver or somewhere close to a big city. I would get a job there and we would move to be together. Med school ended and one day, he called me upset. He said “I got into Saskatoon”. This was the worst case scenario. I had never heard of Saskatoon, so I visited it in early spring. It was cute, small, but cute. I enjoyed the city and the time we spent there together. But I wasn’t really sure I could live there. I visited many more times since then, winter, fall, spring, summer. It really wasn’t horrible, until winter came, the sun would rise about 9:30am and set by 3:30. Even at noon, your shadow was taller then you.
We agreed that we would continue the long distance until the end of residency. I would continue to visit as much as I could and he would come here when he could. It wasn’t a horrible situation, but I saw us changing. He seemed distant when we weren’t together, often disappearing for hours on end. I was grumpy when we were together. But we had good times still.
Then back in December, we were at dinner and he said. “I think I want to stay in Saskatoon”. After discussing it more, the explanation was that it would be hard for him to get into a bigger city, would require another year of training. He knew the doctors in Saskatoon and he just thought it would be easier to stay there.
We continued to hang out when we could, me visiting him, etc. But it started to really bother me. I’m already 34. I don’t know if I want to wait another 3 years for him to find out if he’s staying in Saskatoon. At the same time, I don’t want to be 34 and single. I don’t have the energy in me to go through the dating game again. I’m just not in a place right now where I want to be dealing with that. By this age, I wanted to be living with my partner. Happy, married, enjoying life together. Not single again.
So last week we were on a trip together in Vancouver island, BC. He gave me a book called “5 things every relationship needs” and that just set off the discussion, we laid in bed, in the dark and talked it out. We both agreed that we didn’t want to wait 3 years, only to find out he was going to stay in Saskatoon. Or even worse, Moose Jaw.
We ended it.
The next day was very awk to start out with. I don’t think we said a word to each other for the first couple hours of us being awake. We agreed to go for a short hike, but we got to this pull off, stood there by the lake and talked some more. Tears flowed from us both, hugs were exchanged and it was agreed that we would head back home.
We drove to the next hotel that day and spent the night. It was nice, we talked, we cried, we watched some videos. We played with Astra. This is what I want, exactly. To hang out, enjoy each other, walk on the beach every day, play with the dog. But here it is, 4.5 years is over.
I drove him back to Vancouver the next day and left to head home. Randomly breaking out in tears the whole drive.
What am I doing… Is this the right decision.