The saga continues, like a Halloween horror movie sequel or a Star Wars excuse for merchandising spin-off/splinter story. I’ve been relying on this car for my daily get-a-body-where-it-needs-to-go duties which seem to never be less than 100 miles and I am impressed by how good it is. Starts right up, flies down the freeway and stops pretty good. Given how much I had to do to bring it this far, a little thing like the clutch master acting up is no more than an irritation.
Like it supposedly is with people, what’s on the inside matters most. Here we have a rusty grungy exterior and a virginal interior. Baby drank some bad DOT3. When I opened it up the assembly was sticking in some old black gooey fluid that brake cleaner took care of.
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Sprint as photographed by Ben on the Melee. Amazing how good a quality camera makes it look!
Where have I been you ask? It’s been 5 days since my last post and all, well, truth be told I had a kidney stone last week and I wasn’t much good for anything except watching movies I’d seen dozens of times and sleeping 15 hours a day. On Saturday I started feeling better and ventured out in the TI for an inaugural run into Berkeley to run some errands and lets just say it was interesting.
The list of – shall we say – inadequacies was long but I am feeling better so I’ll put it out here: tired tires wobbly, roofing tar on floor slippery in heat, dynamo light erratic but not as erratic as the idle, induction noise intense, carbs out of sync causing no end of smells, noises and visible black smoke, brake pedal getting soft, bouncy rear end – dead shocks?, and lots more that are nothing more than trivialities compared to the above. Time to get to work!
Starting at the end as usual. The last thing I did before driving off and heading for the grocery store this evening – stealing air cleaners off the GTV and mounting them on the TI. Very nice if I do say so.
I guess I was closer than I thought. The list seemed daunting: set alignment, hook up blow by canister to breather, dip stick breather, intake manifold port and plumb it out the back, investigate a flickering dynamo light, hard mount the seats which required removal of no longer useable VW/Audi seat belt tension spools, double checking a few bolts for tightness and installing the hood. Here’s how it went.
I think it might look better in this picture than it is. Hood fits pretty good. I need to fashion a prop for it since I don’t think the stock prop will fit. If I paint it I think it will stay this color.
Saturday morning I decided it was time to get back on the TI after a week of being tired after work and just going home and reading instead of going to the shop. The steering box had been in for a week but I hadn’t hooked everything up and put the dash back together, so my path was clear before me. The car had been on jack stands for 3 weeks and I was eager to get it back on four wheels so I started under the car. I hooked up the tie rod ends, made some small adjustments to the alignment, bolted the wheel on and took it off the jack stands.
Dash is at last firmly mounted and bolted together. Steering wheel now has a woodruff key. Headlight stalk has an end on it so it can be turned without difficulty. Column cowl is on straight and, best of all, the ignition key is mounted to a bracket that is screwed to the dash. I need to get some cheap stereo to fill that hole. Anyone have anything they want to donate?
Every two months or so I have to go afield for parts and as a result a box arrives from someone such as Centerline. Some parts are not available new or repro and for that I call Larry at APE and usually he turns up what I need and it is reasonably priced. On the fender below is a combination of newly acquired stuff for the TI. The big hose is defroster vent, the smaller is drain hose for the compartment that houses the windshield wiper motor. The rubber parts are the transmission inner and outer boots. In the middle are a pair of firewall grommet holders, a Bosch ignition with keys, a steering column rubber seal holder, a drivers side steering link hard stop, brake master cylinder line and a gear shift knob.
Before much of this finds its way on to the TI I need to remove the steering box since it is making clunking noises I can’t get rid of through normal adjustment and it can’t live with. This is a scary job for me since I’ve never done it before and steering boxes have always been mysterious objects best left alone.
Not much is as exciting as a group of new parts, ready to install.
Lots of fun was had the last few days and below is the result. This is after a quick spin around our cul-de-sac. Still need to check valve clearances etc but it sounds good. Water pump quieted down too.
Saturdays tasks on the TI were all small and in most cases challenging. The first thing I did is plug the battery in again and check everything again, just for grins. The picture below tells a good story. I decided I could call it a day after I installed the radiator and radiator hoses, mounted the front grill and removed the front license plate and baby turbo mirrors.
High beams are nice and bright as are the markers. Note the Baby Tornado mirrors in this picture. Okay on a GTV6 or something but lame on a 64 TI.
It’s 8:40 am on Saturday, I have an HOA meeting in 20 minutes but I think I can squeeze an update in here. Thursday I installed and wired the under dash switches and decided the wiring job was done from a point to point perspective. Yeah, reverse lights, under-hood light, horn relay and a few other odds and ends needed sorting but the wires were identified and ready for hook up so I am not concerned about any unknowns from them. At this point I rounded up some jumper cables and a battery and got to it trouble-shooting.
Fuse box is mounted as Satta intended. I’m using a late internally regulated alternator so no control box or regulator required. The horn relay is now where the regulator would go. If only I could get it to work… Fuses seen here are correct except the blue one and possibly the red one at the number three starting from the right position. The 10 fuse box has 2 8 amp circuits that are combined into one fused circuit on this 8 fuse box, so I decided it should be a 16 amp.
Last Saturday I spent 8 hours at the shop working on the wiring harness of the TI. Yesterday I spent 2 more. This afternoon I will probably spend another 2 and this coming Saturday another 5 or so. That’s a lot of time. More than some people I know, with more cars, tools, and free time than me spend in a season on their cars. I could have probably made do with about 4 hours of wiring but I wanted it to be somewhat right, as in colors matching the diagrams, connectors insulated and of the original type and splices accomplished with soldering or butt connectors and heat shrink. It went something like this:
This is a TI diagram for my car that I colored in with pens etc. Jim Neill (papajam for you BB’ers) sent me PDF’s of this diagram in black and white and a Super diagram in color. It would have been great if I had thought to ask before I did the first 8 hour stint, but I didn’t. The first 8 hours I used a diagram in the back of an ‘all 4 cylinder models’ type manual that had a font size of about 2 and was in Italian to boot. I needed both diagrams because I am converting to Super dash and switches, not because it’s cool, I just don’t have a TI dash. Anyone have a 64 TI dash to donate or sell?
Not much to say really, just trying to make a decent dash for no money out of three. You saw the gauges get cleaned up, you saw my mall security guard deputy understudy in the front yard of the apartment complex next to the dumpster attempt at wrinkle finish. Now you see me with a staple gun avoiding my fingers, stretching vinyl naugahyde (sp????) over a foam covered plastic tray. Doesn’t get much better than this!
In my infomercial style, you get the product before the circuitous path. Here it is, the dash me and my friends will ignore as we cruise for Bugatti’s in barns.
Sunday sunday. I ate two poached eggs on sourdough toast, sipped my coffee over the news of the day and made my way down to the shop before 10 am. I had a full day planned and getting right to it seemed the best approach.
Prologue: Saturday was slightly trying along the lines of receiving a call from Mrs. Giuliettas thus: “the Sprint wont start.” She was at the grocery getting snacks for friends who were coming over with their kids to take pictures in her children’s clothing line (ajang ajang handmade) and of course the Sprint waited for her to be driving to cause problems. I picked her up, dropped her off at home and drove down to the store in Brian’s Volvo to jump start the Sprint. The Sprint was illegally parked on private property so I had a small sense of urgency but for all my pensiveness and jump starting efforts the Sprint just wouldn’t turn over fast enough to start. I thought: “catastrophic battery failure” and went to the local chain auto parts store and bought an appropriate battery. Still no start, just a slow RRR RRR RRR. I go back to the Volvo, having decided I needed a break (beer) and THE VOLVO WONT START. I have one of those ‘run off to Mexico’ moments but decide I should walk the two blocks to Duff’s place and get some help. We bump start the Sprint in front of Longs without much fuss then I decide we should check the Volvo for spark etc while I have capable help. At the last possible moment after trying everything, when we give up and I say ‘one more for princess Di’ and it starts, sweet. We drop the Sprint off on a hill by my house and I put the Volvo where I can leave it for a while. I think the Volvo was flooded as it requires the polar opposite starting approach to the Sprint. So Sunday morning I am thinking: I drive the Sprint EVERY DAY so I better fix that starting problem. Off I go.
Excusing above cathartic diatribe, here is the TI after wiring the water temp sender, solenoid, and coil. That’s big. I spent $30 at a local chain auto parts store and bought + and – battery leads along with a $10 basic ignition switch. I wired it all up, installed a battery and RRR, RRR, RRR it turned over!