Assuming the weather cooperates this weekend, I'll get it down off the tow rig and see about that speedometer hole.
The general timeline of events went like this:
- 0 minutes of driving. "This is not good."
- 10 minutes of driving "This is VERY not good. I'm just going to make for Pittsburgh."
- 15 minutes of driving, 1 fluid top-up "I'm going to make for Pittsburgh via I-81 and I-76 so I'm pointed vaguely towards my house and shop and tools.
- 30 minutes of driving, "This is actually dangerously bad"
- 60 minutes of driving, 2 fluid top-ups, "I am going to die if I do not stop."
- 90 minutes of driving, probably about 60 miles, "Eff this I'm stopping"
It wasn't too cold. Or even particularly uncomfortable. Getting in/out was a disaster because my leg needs to occupy the same space as a door bar and the steering wheel. Sawzalling out the door bar absolutely would have happened if I'd kept going. The ATF consumption was alarmingly fast, but manageable. The effective lack of power steering would have been manageable on any roads but snow-covered.
No, the real problem was the absolutely astonishing amount of stuff in the car. In order to get my luggage in (survival rations, basic tools and enough clean underwear for 4 days) I literally had to get another team to take some tires. It blocks all rearward visibility, blocks almost all SIDEWAYS visibility, and seems to just about triple the weight of the car. In a vehicle that's as slow as this one is with all that weight, rear and right are the directions you spend the most time looking.
I have half a mind to go through it and document all the shit ya'll think is essential for a town pump racecar. It seems like every single good-ish takeoff part it ever had are in there somewhere.
Because for this car, the necessary supplies in my mind look like:
1) 1 oil fill
2) 1 ATF fill
3) 1 set brake pads
4) 1 set rotors
5) 1 set shocks. MAYBE.
6) 1 set axles
7) Hand tool set
8) Electrical tool set + bodge parts
9) race tires (versus road tires)
A set of tires will fit between the rear backstays. I know this because there are like SIX OF THEM there.
The fluids and the rest will fit UNDERNEATH the backstays and in the spare tire well.
I literally can't even comprehend what the hell else is in there. At minimum I saw a transmission and what looked like an intake manifold, and those were MINOR DETAILS in the hellclutter.
An argument can be made for a transmission. Hell, an argument can be made for an entire engine.
Why in the name of god would you need a spare intake manifold!?
Driver, Pit Monkey, Rod Buster and Engine Fire Starter