I decided to rip out the entire interior of the Formula today. I have been contemplating a color change from gray to beechwood and I finally decided to gut it and start looking for beechwood stuff. It all needed to come out anyway (even if I were to keep it gray)......everything was dirty, ripped, cracked and/or faded. The front lip of the dash was actually glued to the bottom of the windshield (under the seal!). Whoever installed the windshield did a bad job. It literally tore the vinyl off the dash and left a 1" x 18" chunk stck to the glass!
I also discovered that the rear window had been removed at some point in the past and not really installed properly. They used the wrong sealant and I can almost remove the glass by pushing on it! Crazy stuff.
I knew this would be a long term project car, but I had no idea so many things would need attention.
**EDIT because I own page 117!**
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took top alternator bolt out. took nut off of bottom bolt. tried to push bottom bolt out....hmmmm..... tried to pry on bottom bolt.... tried to turn bottom bolt from back side... hmmm... got longer ratchet..... got cheater pipe for handle....checked to see what it would take to remove bracket... hmmm.... removed bottom bracket bolt... cuss cuss cuss... pried alternator out as far as it would go, get flashlight.... hmmmm.. gather every 15mm wrench I have start trying to find one that will work.... finally after 5 wrenches find one that will work.. one notch of a 12 pt wrench at a time, it only takes 20 minutes to remove this one..... FINALLY... take it to garage, put alternater in vise, remove pulley and get torch...... heat housing while holding impact gun on bolt till it turns and comes out.... now go to napa and reinstall tomorrow
Hmm...so very minor and unimportant. But I replaced the rear bulbs for my fastback. Then I saw TLG and their LEDs and am thinking of getting them.
While replacing and wiping down my taillights(yes I'm obsessive compulsive when it comes to a clean car) I noticed my car didn't have the recall weather strip. So I picked up one from a forum member today.
My mechanical skills are minute, but I plan on stretching myself very soon.
Off topic but can you take a picture of the underside of you car on the lift. I'd be interested in seeing hoe the lift lines up with the lifting points. How do you like that particular type of lift? How's the stability?
Going to buy a fan switch to replace the one that died the other day. This will be a $10 autozone switch that is just so I can drive the car until the one I ordered from Rodney shows up. Will also be ordering parts to replace the exhaust manifold gaskets in the next week or two. What fun.
Could they have found a tighter more clustered spot to put the fan switch? Just finished changing it out and was surprised it worked as long as it did since the PO put Teflon tape on the threads when they installed the fan switch last time.