Did some thinking about the wheel rub part last night. I think i can grind away the portion that is rubbing and not have to change the spacers. I will take the wheel off and take some pictures and take a good look. I really like the look of the car now, as it has more of a muscle car look to it now.
Warning: Long post...
I am going to revisit the plans for the car and what my goal is.
First off, the main goal is a retro-mod approach to the car. I want it to look somewhat vintage but handle and perform more like a modern car. I do plan to drive the wheels off the car, so, it must be reliable. Original specs for the car is a 0-60 time of 14 secs. My goal is around 8.5 secs. The original mpg was around 22mpg combined. My goal is 25 combined and 30 mpg on the freeway.
Ok. What remains to be done, or my plan:
1. Rear end must be changed out for a 3.27 (it's a 4.1 now)
2. Emergency brake has to be changed from the underdash to a center tunnel pull handle. (Summitt has a couple that should do the trick.) http://www.summitracing.com/int/part...000f/overview/
3. Lower the vehicle. I am leaning toward airbags at the moment. Airlift has a kit that looks promising. http://www.summitracing.com/int/part...7110/overview/
4. May have to move to power steering. The larger tires make it challenging to steer at low speed.
5. Fix/upgrade sub frame mounts.
1. Head rests. This is a safety item, and a must for daily driving with the heavy traffic around here in San Jose. I will either modify the originals, use later model MB seats, such as 280, or aftermarket vintage seats.
2. Three point seat belts.
3. Modern AC. It has the original AC unit in the car, but its not up to modern specs. I am looking at Custom Aftermarket A/C Systems & Replacement Parts for Hot Rod, Classic, & Vintage Cars/Trucks - Underdash A/C Systems - 200 Series
4. Gauges have to work, currently do not. I am fabricating a console for aftermarket gauges for now, but do want the originals to work.
5. Redo dash to wood veneer. Already have the veneer picked out, just need to do the work.
6. Restore original steering wheel.
7. Clean up tunnel modification that was done to clear the 6-speed trans.
8. Carpet the interior.
9. All weather trim needs to be replaced.
10. Central locking.
11. Git rid of the POS radio. Either Custom Audio or Retrosound. Whatever fits looks wise.
1. Swap the C230 throttle body out for a different one. (Or fix the high idle. Could be the IAC is not working correctly.)
2. Dynotune the engine. Factory rating is 147 hp. I am hoping for at least that. It's possible to go as high as 170hp as there is a header, cold air intake and aftermarket ECU.
3. Clean up wiring.
4. Detail the engine bay.
5. May move the battery to the trunk.
6. May have the radiator recored to larger.
7. Install a larger electric fan. If this fixes the idling cooling issues, then it's done. It gets to 210 when idling.
1. Staighten and re-chrome orignal bumpers. Front and rear need to be done.
2. Fix all the little dents and re-do the repair to front fender.
3. Repaint. More than likely the original color.
4. Front windshield needs to be resealed.
5. Door lock/tumblers need work.
I am sure I am leaving something out, and with a 48 year old car, I am sure there is going to be more popping up.