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1969 2800 E3 - Bringing "The White Car" back to life!

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I had to deal with a near catastrophe yesterday when my refrigerator stopped working and my beer got warm, AND my frozen corn dogs thawed. But, cool heads prevailed (pun intended) and I swapped the frig and all my mancave survival food and managed to get a little done on the car too..
 

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Cooling system done except for the reservoir, fuel system done except for the fuel tank repairs, clutch hydraulics done, rear brakes replaced with good used calipers and the front calipers are going on this weekend and hopefully the ignition system. Getting close. Getting it running again will be at the same time it's drivable. :cool:
 

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Will you be able to get the air cleaner assembly on with that fuel hose routing? Looks great.
That's how it was and that's how my coupe is routed. The hose from the firewall will sit lower.
 

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It's alive! Again. At this point all I know is the wiring is correct after having it all apart. Started and ran for a couple seconds. I don't have any coolant in the engine yet so I'll tackle it next week. Taking a few days off...
 

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Well, I gambled and lost. I swapped the head from an engine that was suppose to be good, but after getting it running again it didn't sound/feel right. I did a compression check and the numbers are worse than before. :( I knew it was a possibility so I'm not that surprised. Good 'ol trusty @Mike Goble has a B35 long block that he tried to get me to put in before swapping the head so it looks like that's the plan now. Considering that 75% of my time up to this point has been cleaning parts as I put them back together, the swap should go fairly fast.

On hold for a little while though, have a kitchen remodel to do now. :rolleyes:
 

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Now in the garage. The hood prop/torsion bar is not working so the hood won't stay open. I've never had to deal with one before so I'll have to do some searching on a fix. Decided to take the hood off because one of the bolts holding the hinge was stripped and I had to grind it off, plus I'll be working in the engine compartment anyway.

Battery from 1980's.
Looks like a great one to work on.
Let me know what you find on good props.
I have a couple parts.
Tom
 

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Man o man this is fun! I’m enjoying seeing super hero’s’ perform this here as I might need to some day as well. Keep up the great work.
 

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Pulled the transmission and drive line out of the car last night. It has a Getrag trans with a six bolt guibo. I was expecting a ZF. Think is was changed at some point? The clutch disc and assembly are from 1981 and look very good. I don't think it got much use between when it was put in and the last time it was registered in 1994.
 
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Well, I'm still working during this crazy pandemic, although slightly fewer hours. This allowed me to get some work done on my man cave and the E3. Replaced the old rotten carriage doors with a roll up and added a man door so I can lock the roll ups from the inside. Putting on the siding now and will paint soon.

Got the long block from Mike installed last night with the help of my son. Went in really easy and now I can start assembling everything, for the third time.:rolleyes:
 

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I fired it last night for about two seconds to make sure I hooked everything up correctly. It's a good one! I only have down pipes on it and it fired so quickly that it made me jump. I'll have the fuel pump mounted tonight and will post photos.
 

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I have the wiring diagram for a 1975 3.0 Si. I assume that is very different, yes? I can send you a scan if you think it would help.
 

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I just found the scans Chris posted. That should work. I haven't moved my manuals to the shop yet so worst case is I'll get them when I get home..
 
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