In the Garage: Henry’s First Drive

When I bought Henry, I drove him to the school (Crown School of Trades and Technology) and parked him for a while. I did a little research and got a few parts to get him (at least a little) roadworthy.

As I said in the last post about Henry, he’d lived a very hard life, and it was time to undo some of that abuse and neglect. 

Here’s a dumb clip Jeff and I shot. We’re losers.

List of things done:

  • Carb rebuild
  • Clean interior
  • New Cooper Cobra tires, 255/70 R 15
  • New spark plugs and wires, distributor cap, and rotor
  • Cleaned fuel tank (yuck!)
  • New valve cover gaskets
  • New air filter
  • Oil change
  • Grease suspension & steering

 

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While it’s far from the worst interior I’ve ever come across, it needed a good cleaning top to bottom, front to back.

 

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Amanda did a RIDICULOUSLY good job cleaning up the chrome pieces with nothing but steel wool and a little water. Check back soon for a Tech Tip Tuesday on that!

 

The engine was barely running; I think this could be a contributing factor…I’m not sure the fuel filter was EVER changed!

 

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I’m pretty sure the product is supposed to go in the tank, but the previous owner went the extra mile and threw the whole shebang in.

 

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This was the fuel pickup and sending unit in the tank. Normally I would replace it, but I’m planning on doing a gas tank relocation under the bed, so I just slapped it back together; so Roadkill!

 

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I know he’s a little out of focus, but Jeff was super excited about the new door hinges!

 

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First test drive! And first breakdown.

 

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Then the chase car overheated

 

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Jeff and I limped his Firebird back to the shop and grabbed the shop truck to pull cranky old Henry back to the shop.

 

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Next time! Find out what went wrong and how we fixed it.

Happy wrenching! 

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