Update! We took advantage of the 50 degree weather here today and actually looked to see what the hell we got ourselves into.
First, we had to drain the gas tank. The 26 gallon tank was full of 5 year old gas. Jeff filled all of our race cans, and this stuff will gradually be burned up in the daily drivers, as it didn't seem that bad, then we put in 5 gallons of fresh gas
While this was happening, I was cleaning out the carbs. This thing has 2" SU carbs, and a very odd intake tract, which as an indicator of how this car was treated, involved both PVC pipe and dyer hose. The float bowls weren't bad, everything seemed to cleanup OK with ample doses of carb cleaner.
Jim worked to clean all of the grounds and clear out the trunk, this thing has a built in kill switch in the trunk!
Chrissy worked on doing some general de-scuzzification, this thing is full of so many neat touches, it's amazing.
Now that we had the carbs ready and the wiring better, we tried to turn it over, no luck, so of course we just hit the starter with a hammer until it worked! We poured some gas in the float bowls, and cranked for a bit. It seemed to turn over well, had good compression bumps, but wasn't starting. We pulled a plug and had spark, so we sprayed some carb cleaner in the intake, and it sputtered to life!
It would run only briefly, as the float bowls don't hold much, and the fuel pumps weren't working, even after hitting them with a hammer. Once we got the pump out (just a dual ended SU pump, so just two of the pump on my MG stuck together), and cleaned up the points and moved the linkage, and we got both sides working, so tomorrow we will get the pump in and it should then run on it's own.
And for those of you who think this is too nice, here's the floor on the driver's side
As always, there is more on our team Facebook page, including a video of it running!!
More to come tomorrow!
Three Pedal Mafia, 2010 - Wartburg, IOE, Trifecta of Crap , 2011 - SPAM-Alot Civic Wagovan 4WD. A&D w/Spank @ Buttonwillow, IOE. 2012 - The Boat, IOE, Dustbuster Wagovan 4WD
2013 - Rolls Royce, Boat, Wagovan, TR7: IOE, C class 1&2