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I drove the 107 today for the first time in over 20 years. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
It was loud... even though the entire exhaust system is brandy spanking new.
It rattled in spite of having all new exhaust hangers.
It took the road like crap... even though the shocks are new as well as many of the suspension parts.
The brakes barely stopped the car in defiance of the fact that all the pads and rotors and soft brake lines are new and all 4 calipers were rebuilt.
The transmission doesn't find gear properly, I have to play with the shift handle to find gear and once it's in gear it won't shift on it's own unless you let off on the gas first.
The throttle stuck and I almost couldn't stop the car (yes the entire linkage train was cleaned and re-plated. The linkage balls are all new).
The directionals don't work and windows won't budge.
Other than that it was a great ride while it lasted.

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I just thought of a possible reason the car ride is so crappy... 25 year old tires that sat flat for 20 years. The tires probably all have flat spots that make you feel like you're driving over tiny speed bumps all the time.

I'll reserve judgement on the ride until I replace the tires.

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Considering that it sat for 20 years, it's no wonder you discovered some issues.
If you have the patience, time, energy, skill, and money, you'll be able to work out the wrinkles in no time.

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Define new. New 20 years ago, or "I just installed all this stuff before I inserted the key."?

IN two decades the car will have been subjected to massive amounts of entropy. Nothing that was in spec in 1998 is going to be anywhere close today. From what I have seen, being abandoned for that long is equal to 50k miles and being put away wet after each drive.
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Define new. New 20 years ago, or "I just installed all this stuff before I inserted the key."?

IN two decades the car will have been subjected to massive amounts of entropy. Nothing that was in spec in 1998 is going to be anywhere close today. From what I have seen, being abandoned for that long is equal to 50k miles and being put away wet after each drive.
I'm the original owner having purchased the car in 1983. All the "new" parts I referenced (and they are only a partial list) are brand spanking new... including the key, lock and ignition switch.

I began my restoration project 18 months ago (actually March or April of 2017) and have spent many thousands of dollars on new parts since. When I finally got to drive it yesterday for the first time since the mid 90's I was surprised by the feel of the car. Just before parking it in my garage 20+ years ago, my 107 was a treasure on 4 wheels, what I drove yesterday for the first time in 20+ years felt more like a pile of junk. You can imagine my disappointment. In hindsight my expectations were unrealistic but I will not let it dissuade me from continuing the restoration project. My 107, God willing, will be a treasure on wheels again as long as I don't run out of time (or money) first.
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When I drove my '84 from Syracuse to Key West in 2008, before doing any work on it, it left me practically a cripple it rode so bad. Stay with it.
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I will not let it dissuade me from continuing the restoration project. My 107, God willing, will be a treasure on wheels again as long as I don't run out of time (or money) first.
This is the part that matters - hang tough . . . get some new tires and drive it some more. It's been hibernating a long time.
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Considering that it sat for 20 years, it's no wonder you discovered some issues.
If you have the patience, time, energy, skill, and money, you'll be able to work out the wrinkles in no time.
Key word--money.......
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When you boil it all down, that's the key word for a lot of things!
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OK, shopping list of items that want attention. Along with a goodly shopping list of things attended to.

The pipes are not tuned the same as the originals were. When I did update to my SL, the exhaust note was far throatier with a big cat growl than the soft purr it had before. Well, it also had a nasty leak a the manifold, cross over pipe, and rotted out rear. I thought it would be less muscular than it turned out. It could be that pipe sets produce a different note depending upon who made it.

Blinkers are related to the hazard switch. That could have a bunch of oxidation. Push the button a thousand times and maybe friction will make better contact patch. Possible same issue with the window switches. Both of these can be torn down and given contact cleaner. But, the things go sproing, so should be taken apart in a sealed baggie. Also might benefit from some more attention to contact on the pins with emery cloth to provide a really clean metal on metal electron path.

Brakes, throttle and shifting are most likely related to vacuum issues. Really old rubber would leak terribly. The brake hardlines could have had corrosion from water sitting in them with old fluid. I know not how to resolve that if it has happened. I had to make fresh lines for my SDL that had not had lines flushed right in 15 years and were plagued with pin holes, so much reduced pressure.

Shifter should have bushings. These get old and fall apart. It makes finding gear a bit sloppy and hard to find. Replacing these will produce a much crisper location. Messed up vacuum can mess with shift spots and kick down. Or, the kick down relay 801 545 53 05 could have issue. It is both kick down and fuel pump. Not that it would overcome the pedal pushing fuel into the engine.

I wish you much success in getting this back into spec.
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