Now that I have successfully completed the Sprint engine rebuild I think I will try again to plan a project. I will lay out here the specification, schedule and budget to reach my desired outcome for the TI tidy-up. At the end you will find my nice to have’s and dream to have’s.
What do I want from the TI? The same thing functionally as the Berlina provided, a safe, fun, reliable daily driver. This time though, I want it to be presentable and plan on taking it on some weekend rallys and tours. Of course I want all this as inexpensively as possible and as soon as possible.
What are the specifications I’m working toward?
- 2 liter engine
- Single downdraft carb
- Decent late transmission
- All electrical working
- Safe brake system
- Original 15″ wheels
- Period radio for Commute listening
- Shoulder seat belts
I already found a good used 2 liter engine and ‘most likely’ rebuilt transmission (I’m willing to take a chance). I have a 105 single down draft manifold already but still need a carb, I’m thinking a Weber DGV or another DCD, this time probably a 36/36. Before I put the 2 liter in I plan on doing the head gasket, oil passage o-rings and front and rear main seals. I have a nearly new clutch I am going to use but I plan on rebuilding the hydraulic cylinders (did I mention the car is already converted
to hydraulic clutch?) and replacing the flexible hydraulic line. Before I install the freshened up drivetrain I will replace the brake flexible lines, inspect all hard lines and hook up the booster. I will also do all the electrical system checks and rewiring.
How long will all this take? I am thinking about 30 hours. How much will it all cost? I am thinking $1200. $1200 you ask? It goes like this:
- Engine and trans with cores traded in: $600.
- Engine fresh-up parts: $150.
- Hydraulic system parts: $50.
- Carb: $100.
- Wheels: $100.
- Battery: $50.
- Seat Belts: $50.
- Radio: $100.
- Maybe I should add $200 for ‘stuff’
So, my nice-to-have’s:
- New Carpet
- Redone seats in red as seen above
- TI or Super dash in miles.
- Correct TI bumpers
- Correct red/gray TI door panels.
There you have it, the plan. Wish me luck. Stay tuned for the next somewhat above averagely exciting episode.