Interior work

July 14, 2007

Got myself a Becker Mexico from eBay. Of course it didn’t fit since the finnies had the earlier, smaller, non-cassette units originally, but I really wanted a cassette player in the unit since it’s so easy to add a line input to them. An hour or so grinding and filing on the dash, and see, it now fits perfectly! Looks much better than the previous setup (actually got some complaints about that butt-ugly radio). The hideous knob-panel is still there but it isn’t really that noticeable where it sits, mounted so low.
If you’re curious as to what all those extra gizmos are, they are (from left)

  • Windshield washer actuator (original foot pump had decayed to dust)
  • Pre-glow knob, pull and it glows! (automatic glowing is sooo cheap!)
  • Knob for fan mounted at rear window, to cool back seat passengers
  • Lamp for that fan.. very exciting
  • Engine vacuum shut-off valve
  • Yes I will remake that panel some other day in matching style to the rest of the interior but that’ll do for now.
    Interior shot 2

    Barely visible in the photo is the new carpets which I got for some $20. They are by no means a perfect fit but they’re blue, they were cheap and they really freshened up the interior quite a bit.


    Premiere trip

    June 7, 2007

    So Franz finally got some fresh air and sun.
    Last thursday the time had come to test drive Franz a bit to see how things are working out.
    Below is the video of Franzes first run, ever!

    Immediately noticed that loud clicking sound coming from underneath (that’s why I look so worried), I checked it out on friday and it turned to be a loose bolt on the cardan shaft mounting at the flex plate. That’s wrenched tight now and everything seems to be running fine.

    Test drove once more again and Franz merrily speeds up to 50km/h and the tranny is shifting smooth as silk (went up to third). Maybe that quick and dirty vacuum job really does work?? 🙂 Didn’t want to run faster due to limited space at the site, the cardan shaft is still only temporarily welded together and the brakes definitively needs some working.

    Also noticed a small dripping oil leak from a line going to the oil pressure gauge, think I fixed it now.

    Current status is that Franz is once again standing on four steel legs, took the cardan shaft off to get it to a professional machine shop for welding and balancing. Been doing some interior work now. Hooked up a radio (although no speakers yet), lubricated all the wires from dash to the heater (levers hardly moved before) and began polishing up the chromework. Some fun-to-do smaller jobs, I really need them now as relaxation from the pulling engines / wrenching cardans-type of jobs.

    Here’s a picture of the interior, if you’ve ever been in a fintail you’ll notice this is not particulary different. Not a show car but nothing is cracked or broken, could be polished a bit to a nice shine. New carpets and more, could make a difference!
    Interior shot

    Seeing the light

    May 20, 2007

    It suddenly feels I’m getting somewhere with this car.
    Hood cleaned and mounted. Got a nice Automatic-badge from the previously mentioned W108 parts car that found itself at home at the front. The other badge is for the Swedish temperance movement of motorists (Motorförarnas helnykterhetsförbund). No I don’t support them 😀 but the badge is cool. He who has most badges in front of the car when the car dies, wins!


    Video of engine running.
    First trial starts were made last tuesday, but due to weak batteries and air in the fuel system it didn’t start up despite 20 minutes of cranking. Wednesday it was time for a new try, this time after airing the system and getting in the Chevy van as starting aid. Runs beautifully! Starts up nicely with about 25 seconds of glowing and 3-4 seconds of cranking.

    What’s missing?

    May 20, 2007

    Automatic transmissions is the shit.
    No more than two pedals are required, lol, so I threw out the clutch and it’s associated hydraulic cylinders, pipes and reservoirs.

    Picture says: no more pedals than a car needs!
    Two pedals

    This was definitively a PITA-type of job. The bolt holding down the pedal assebly is almost impossible to reach. But I did say almost, and I did remove the excessive clutch pedal. 🙂

    Done: hood cleaning

    May 20, 2007

    I didn’t mention this before but as the car sat in it’s previous location it experienced a slight mishap. There was a water leak for a week, with water running down from the concrete ceiling, dripping limestone all over my car (note: of all cars in that garage only Franz was affected..). Hadn’t given this much thought until it was time to put the hood on. Oh the humanity, this took me an entire day to clean up with rags and excessive spraying of limestone removing chemicals.
    This is what it looked like..
    Limestone covered hood

    Not only was the hood affected, the passenger door and much of the front was covered in this mess to. It’s all gone now though. 🙂

    Old sins

    May 20, 2007

    When I had installed the neutral safety switch the ingition lock didn’t engage the starter in Park. I thought this was due to a faulty neutral safety switch so I pulled it completely apart like advised this instruction. Very good instructions but I found out the switch was working properly… :/ Could call this wasted two hours but now it definitively will work for a long time, it’s all degreased and lubed up!
    I located the fault to my home made transmission lever being too short, so I did lengthen it about 3cm’s, now the safety switch works as it should. Pictured below is the lever.
    Tranny lever

    Added bonus, modified connector to reverse lights. Original W111-style connector at left and new connectors at right matching the 722-tranny.
    Reverse light cable

    Done: Battery tray relocation

    May 20, 2007

    This involved some welding. Had two different trays, none which would fit inside the narrow space between chassis and intake manifold, so I made my own. It fits very nicely, all done by scrap iron found on the property. The battery is a brand new 80Ah el cheapo battery.

    Here’s the space before
    Battery tray 1

    Freshly painted
    Battery tray 2

    Please note this is the sport edition of battery trays, as you can see no excess weight exists in this tray with all the holes in it.

    Installed in car
    Battery tray 3

    With battery in place
    Battery tray 4

    Bonus: clearance test video with hood installed