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  • WAY2COOL
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    Fantastic family story.

    I bet to see your dad enjoying this will be a life affirming moment

    Thanks for sharing

    KIM
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    Mark
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    I bet to see your dad enjoying this will be a life affirming moment

    The biggest hurdle was convincing him to let me get started on it. He’s always been afraid someone would tear the car apart and never put it back together. Part of “the deal” was to only mess with what needs attention. No complete teardown, no 10 year project. Getting this car back on the road has to happen soon, dad’s cancer has limited our time to enjoy it.

    John Jones
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    I bet to see your dad enjoying this will be a life affirming moment

    The biggest hurdle was convincing him to let me get started on it. He’s always been afraid someone would tear the car apart and never put it back together. Part of “the deal” was to only mess with what needs attention. No complete teardown, no 10 year project. Getting this car back on the road has to happen soon, dad’s cancer has limited our time to enjoy it.

    You have a very good, motivating reason to kick ass on this project… 😎 😎 😎

    Now let’s get to it!!!

    The harder I work, the better I feel, sorta 😎

    Mark
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    Cars keep following me home, I swear. This time it’s a 1982 Rabbit Convertible. It looks way better in photos than it does in person, that much I can promise!!  But it does have surprisingly little rust.  Somewhat recent paint, interior has received some work, and the top has been replaced.  It was sitting in the front yard of a property about a mile from where I work. The seller said it needed a fuel pump. I sealed the deal, signed my name to the title while still in the yard, and started the car up and drove it onto my trailer. That evening, I drove it around the yard and up/down the driveway a few times. It’s safe to say it did NOT need a fuel pump.

    I now have the task of learning all there is to know about the K-Jetronic fuel injection system. It stumbles, surges, and has an erratic idle. I found a mouse nest in the airbox and an air filter from the 1990s. As soon as I get all the vacuum hoses replaced and ignition system components freshened up, I’ll start the fine tuning on the duty cycle. It looks like someone has been messing with the air/fuel mixture, so getting that back into order will help a bunch.

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    cookiemonster131
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    dig it!

    tlambert
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    Nice ride. It does look good!

    Tim

    John Jones
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    Why did you bother buying this rabbit?  Flipper project?  Thats a chick car… 😎

    The harder I work, the better I feel, sorta 😎

    Franz
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    They call them “bitch baskets” 😁

    Good looking survivor car. CIS injection is easy to work with. You probably need to rebuild the metering unit. They sell a rubber diaphragm on ebay.

    Mark
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    Why did you bother buying this rabbit? Flipper project? Thats a chick car… 😎

    John, I am pretty certain you get this! The best part about growing older is you stop caring about what other people think.

    Mark
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    They call them “bitch baskets” 😁 Good looking survivor car. CIS injection is easy to work with. You probably need to rebuild the metering unit. They sell a rubber diaphragm on ebay.

    Franz, it seems easy enough – fix vacuum leaks, make sure everything has power to it, adjust mixture according to duty cycle meter, set idle.

    I’ve discovered the frequency valve is non-op, and the lambda test port is dead. Tonight’s mission is to check for power at the lambda relay and then check for power at the ECM.

    Rebuilding the fuel distributor is probably a good idea too!!  Thanks for that suggestion.

    Franz
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    The best part about growing older is you stop caring about what other people think.

    Haha, so true. Quote of the month!

    John Jones
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    Why did you bother buying this rabbit? Flipper project? Thats a chick car… 😎

    John, I am pretty certain you get this! The best part about growing older is you stop caring about what other people think.

    So, what you meant to say, was ‘Yes”..  😎 😎   But instead you came off a whole different way.. 😎  😎 😎

    If I need some cash, I work… My time is too precious to waste working on anything I don’t really care about.  😎 😎 😎

    But yeah, Quote of the year for sure!!!!!  😎 I care less and less… 😎 😎 😎 Hopefully I won’t stop caring altogether!!!!  😎 😎 😎

     

     

    The harder I work, the better I feel, sorta 😎

    John Jones
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    I see minnesota plates.. You should’ve come up and saw us in Crandon!!!  😎 😎 😎

    Now get the chick car done and get back on the old man’s ride…. 😎 😎 😎 😎

    The harder I work, the better I feel, sorta 😎

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