Sunday, July 28, 2013

TR-6 Restoration (#11) & Scirocco Update (A Twofer Post)

Email from Cuz: "Went by the shops to check on status.  Frankly disappointed...  Paint shop has had a rash of other work which was evidently more lucrative than [the] TR.  So here I am a victim of supply and demand.  How Ironic."  (Cuz's politics lean libertarian, mine lean liberal; we sometimes tweak each other and ourselves in these exchanges.)

Further news: the Shelby Mustang GT 350 I blogged about last October has been put up for sale.  But the GT 350 Hertz clone is nearing completion.  (I've been saving a single, long, post on the Hertz until it's finished.)  The Shelby is just too valuable a car to hare around in.  Plus Mr. & Mrs. Cuz want to build a cabin.  This could be a Life Lesson for those of us purists pining after that Vintage Classic Which Pushes Our Buttons.  The Shelby appreciated to the point that it was "too valuable to use."  Thus the Hertz clone, which will be a faster, funner, easier, car to drive and to live with than the classic.

For that matter, having driven the roads of North Georgia, East Tennessee, and Western North Carolina, Pilote's opinion is that the TR will be even funner than the Hertz clone.  It's smaller.  And as the saying goes, "It's more fun to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast car slow."  Those following the TR's progress will have to wait a bit longer for the next set of pix.

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As for the Scirocco.  Hotshoe's expedition to the V.W. Guru in Detroit was a success.  Almost all the parts needed to resurrect the fuel system were in stock or are on the way.  This was not to be expected in dealing with a 32-year-old car (Volkswagen dealers don't want to hear about it).  They include lines, hoses, pump relay, and flex lines for the brakes.  Now for the grunt work of cleaning out the tank...

Out with the old (top), in with the new (bottom).  At left, the old fuel pump enclosure and bracket (beyond help) and
the new fuel pump and (new/used) enclosure/bracket.  At right, the old accumulator and lines, and the new one.
Hotshoe had hoped to save money by buying aftermarket parts from the Guru, but none were available.  These
are o.e.m. Bosch pieces.

1 comment:

Chris said...

That picture brings back memories. And I've had the same issues with dealerships for my cars also. One parts man said "Your car is on microfiche and I don't know how to use that stuff."

I found a dealership in Texas that's very helpful.

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