A quick update.
I have been having a blast running around Columbus in my new Dime
Getting all sorts of "thumbs up"
. It seems everybody enjoys seeing the old cars out on the road.
One of the first things that needed immediate attention was the fuel smell. The fuel hose that goes from the fuel tank, which is right behind the back seat, and the filler neck is made up of a few sections of rubber hose and steel pipe. The rubber parts have shrunk and cracked and spill fuel and vent into the car trunk area. I got the straight 2.250 tubing at NAPA. I had to go out on the internet to find a replacement fill adapter (thanks AZhitman
). Now I have a safe fuel tank and vent system.
The adapter had shrunk a little-bit so I boiled it in water and stuffed a tennis ball in it to stretch it prior to screwing it in place. Worked like a champ.
Another thing was my rear left brake was dragging. I figured this out after jacking it up and checking everything out. The slave cylinder needed a good cleaning and I ended up cleaning and lubing the adjuster as well. Now everything moves nice an smooth.
I ended up moving around to all four corners, checking them all out. Everything else was good except for the right side rear drum adjustment was off. I ended up removing and lubing that up. It turns out I have disc brakes on front. For some reason I thought they came with drums on a four corners. Go figure
Did another look around and found a few more bushings totally worn out. Every bushing is going to need replaced.
Next on the list of things to do was fix the speedo. It ended up needing a drive cable. It just so happens that I have a left over drive cable from my 1970 240Z. Almost the same length. About a foot longer but had the same ends on it. It fit without any problems.
It works! I test drove this afternoon. I think it is a little off, maybe indicates a little fast. My guess is the 5 speed is a swap from the looks of things around it and I may have to figure out the final drive gear ratio.
While I was under the car I reviewed the rusty floor panels. It incredible how the rest of the car is so solid and the floors are toast at the bottom.
The same thing was with my 240Z. They seem to rust from the inside out at the low points. They are pretty flat so I'm not too worried about having to replace them. Easy fix.
I'm starting to do a lot of reading on the 510. Starting to devise a plan. I have a long way to go.