Over the weekend….lots of filling strand fibreglass filler, body filler and sanding.
I’m repairing a giant crack in the rear bumper, fixing a dent that’s been in the quarter panel above the tail light for almost 20 years and some other dents throughout the quarter panels. I’ve cut out the rust on the rocker panels and made patch panels. Shaved the jack cover holes on my skirts and I think at the rate I’m going the entire car will probably get painted before it hits the road again this spring.
After two years with an outdoor driveway nestled under pine trees, I am delighted to have moved back to a home with a garage. Had a tow since it had not been driven in a year, despite firing up fine. It will sit for a little while longer while I work on house projects, then I will decide to restore or sell.
My '95 2.0L blew a head gasket in March. Today I'm looking for a ZX2 header (yeah, some downpipe modification is needed); and in the next few days taking the cylinder head to a shop for a look-over and milling if it's warped.
My replacement production number decal arrived today. The car should be painted next weekend if my time schedule stays on track. It has to be painted, reassembled and back on the road by the second weekend of July to attend a weekend event.
Finished final assembly after paint and took it for its first rip around the block since January. Man it felt good to get behind the wheel. Literally went on a 5 minute drive and broke everyone’s neck that saw it. That was 6 months worth of body and paint work worth it! Big car show and cruise coming up in 2 weeks I need to be ready for.
So 10 years ago or so my younger brother "killersport" told our nephew the t-green would be his when he could drive...after years of stashing the car and being neglected it ended up in rough shape, my nephew who is now 14 didn't even know the car still existed, well he came to visit me this winter and discovered his green contour was still around despite the rough shape he was more excited than I had ever seen him when he pulled the cover up to see it was his car hiding under it. I was told I don't want any other car this is like destiny he says.I want this one and I'll do whatever it takes to get it back on the road so this spring he had officially got the title.
Both front fender got replaced on it this weekend and he chose the aas front bumper over oem. We have a long road ahead of us still but seeing him and his younger brother dive into the project makes my day and has resparked the motivation that I have needed to get back wrenching on the svt's.
Drove the CSVT today to a cruise-in but didn't stay very long. Lots of shiny cars there, but the Contour may have been the rarest. When I got home, I replaced the relatively new rear blinker light (stamped with China) with one from my parts stash that I've probably had for 30 years. Turn signal is working properly again.
And I scratched my head a lot. Last week, I had to jump start the car so I could get to the shop and get a new battery. Ever since, the car will occasionally rev to 3000 rpm when I put the clutch in. It comes back to idle in about 15-20 seconds. It didn't do it on the way to the cruise-in, but it did it at almost every stop light on the way home. What's with that?
4 hours to do my alternator. That was ridiculous. I managed to do it with only having to remove the tie rod. I suppose since I have headers, I may have had a little extra room to work with. The bottom bolt and the bracket were easy enough to do. But trying multiple combinations of extensions and swivels trying to get the top bolt was the most time consuming and aggravating part.
Once I got it out, the new alternator literally fell into place and installed itself. Even reinstalling and tightening the bolts was much easier. Complete night and day difference in the difficulty.
Fired it up and finally no more flickering lights, and tested at 14.4 volts. All the work was worth the effort. Also seemed to run a little smoother.
Now I am waiting on my retainer clips for my IMRC rod to arrive on Monday. I discovered the rod laying on top of the transmission and would be the reason the car just doesn’t have the extra pull.