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

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Damn, I keep getting reminded that this car is over 50 years old. Got the fuel pump mounted and started checking out the fuse box for power and see a few fried wires. Anyone have a wiring diagram or fuse box diagram?
There is short somewhere in those wires!
 

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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.
And a fun jump to have I’m sure! Clean start! As I get older I have come to like something with a good jump to it. :cool: It can be a reminder that there more exciting things to do than walking and talking with a mask on. I’m dreaming of teaming up on a project with a friend.
 

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According to the wiring diagrams the shorted wires are for the door switch and the luggage compartment switch/light. I'll pull them for now and deal with it when I have the interior apart running wires for the suspension system. On the plus side, it's a base model '69 so the wiring is as simple as it gets.
 

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Okay, it's beer-30 and time for a break. I got the wires pulled apart better and the burnt wires are only between the fuse block and the terminal block on the firewall from the battery. Weird.
 

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I think when the wires are clumped together in the loom, the surrounding wires tend to act as a heatsink for the overheated ones, the exposed ends overheat faster and melt their insulation just a little bit sooner - either way someone caught that just in time!
 

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I think when the wires are clumped together in the loom, the surrounding wires tend to act as a heatsink for the overheated ones, the exposed ends overheat faster and melt their insulation just a little bit sooner - either way someone caught that just in time!
Yes, that was a fire in the making. I got all the wires repaired and pulled the two fuses on the burnt wires and so far they're staying cool. Trying to get the motor running now so I'll tackle the wiring later.
 

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Success!!!

Ran really poorly, popping and misfiring. Seemed like carbs or air/fuel so spent most of my time there. A friend and I finally figured out the problem after spending hours on it. Carbs apart many times, double checking dwell and timing, vacuum leaks, a million adjustments and it ended up being two out of the six brand new Bosch spark plugs were bad. As frustrating as it is, I'm more relieved than anything.

Time to move on to the next task... Center bearing and guibo.
 
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Driveshaft in with M5 guibo and new center bearing! I'm working on the filler plate for the gap made by using the later fuel tank next, then get the tank mounted. I hate to jinks it but it feels like I'm getting close to this thing moving under its own power!
 

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Got the filler plate done and the later fuel tank mounted. Turned out pretty decent. Now on to revisiting the hydraulics.

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The engine is still running poorly and I'm looking at the ignition side of things now and ordered a few parts. In the meantime, I wanted to verify that I'm not very good at body work so I started working on the damage. Yep, it's official, I suck at body work. I would be elated to only have to do it three times but I'm not so lucky. I started with the worst area and made progress but the dented wheel arch and big dent on the body line are not far enough out and need to be pulled more. Here's what I have so far...
 

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Don’t be too hard on your self. Takes a lot of trial and rerror. You’re getting it done!
I've done some body work over the years but not enough to be efficient. I'm patient with it because I know I'm not good at it. My biggest problem is, I buy cars all day every day and my eye is trained to find flaws, so I can't walk up to any car without seeing every ding, paint mismatch, incorrect gap, you name it. I can spot bad body work from 50 feet away. It sucks. LOL
 
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