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73 Grande will undergo three phase build process. Phase 1 is to make roadworthy. Phase 2 is interior/exterior restoration. Phase 3 is ++ performance.
Keep searching these Build Threads and you’ll see real craftsmen at work. I, like you, am amazed at what some of these guys can do with a two car garage. I hope some day to be counted as one of them. For now, I’m more of a hack who gets lucky!
 
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.... I, like you, am amazed at what some of these guys can do with a two car garage. I hope some day to be counted as one of them. For now, I’m more of a hack who gets lucky!
Yes that is so true, but I guess that's part of the magic of that craftsmanship we speak about. Hey man, there is nothing wrong with a little luck in life at our age!
 
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Update (or non update): I’m week 4 of staying with my granddaughter while her sister and mom (my daughter) are at Children’s Hospital LA. The good news, I picked them at 10pm last night, so my visit is over and I’ll be returning to my 73 on the 29th to commence the project. Losing 4 weeks wasn’t in the plan, but once you have kids, you’re stuck with the results 🤦‍♂️ 😁. I’ll tell you this, I’ve got one very detailed Excel Spreadsheet plan to attack the project with.
 
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Well, I replaced the wrong in tank fuel pump and serviced the fuel injectors because at first start up last month, two leaked at the top. I’ve got to cleanup the fuel pump wiring in the trunk, and I need to relocate the O2 passenger side sensor, because it’s too tight of a fit to the body. That’s the tasks for tomorrow.
 
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Today was a good day. I went to start the car for the second time, and found I had the in-tank pump wired backwards. And that’s the second time I’ve done that. You’ve got a 50/50 chance on these pumps, they don’t come with an electrical diagram. Of the two pumps I installed, I had to wire them 4 times. I’m getting pretty good at it 🤪.

So, once that was fixed, it started right up, and I find a significant fuel leak at the top of the #8 cyl injector. Bummer. That’s a lot of stuff to remove to get at it. Turns out, one of the o-rings in the set was defective. I guess I should have looked them over more carefully. Here’s the pic showing the defect:
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If you expand it, you can see the scallop on one side. Fuel leaked really bad. Thankfully, one of the old o-rings was in great condition. It didn’t leak.

I got the trans sorted with the correct fluid level, and put the tires back on it, on the ground. I had to do the final brake bleed, I had a good helper:
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Final step, I started it up, drove it out of the garage and onto the street. The alignment was so bad, the right front was squeaking. I stopped it there, jacked it up and did an in-street alignment before returning to the garage. It’s hard to watch, but she is alive and moving.
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Please no comments on the squeaking; I couldn’t figure out how to delete the sound. While it might not look like much, it’s bitchen to me. Now, I’ve got to diagnosis some electrical issues I have under the dash. That’s for tomorrow. Steve
 
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Thanks. I do have a question, hoping this is a typical problem with these vehicles. I’ve got some issue, the under dash wiring. If I reach under the dash, to the right of the steering shaft, and grab those wires that run along from that point to the center, I can cause the power to be interrupted to the ignition switch, just by moving, slightly, the harness. Is there one connector or plug I should focus on that is the likely cause? All help is appreciated.

I posted this on Electrical forum.
 
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Ok, more progress to report. I got both door hinge sets rebuilt. The passenger side, I used my engine hoist to hold the door and having that bolt pin to hold the top hinge plate from falling into the kick panel, that was easier than I thought. Now, adjusting the door took longer than the hinge job. But, it looks 100% better than it did and closes tight now.

On to the drivers side, but my car is too close to my tool box to get my engine hoist to the door. So, I decided to see if I could keep the door closed, because the door fit was pretty close to being aligned well, and I had the hinge kits. So, I closed the door, used tie-down straps to hold the hinge side to the A pillar, and rebuilt one hinge at a time. It worked, but I still spent lots of time to align the door.

I took both fenders off to do the hinges, since they were not aligned very well. The passenger side fender took time to get right, but I was able to get it looking good at the door line, but I suspect, that fender is bent at the front and maybe buckled at the 9 o’clock position of the wheel opening. There is a crack in the wheel well at that exact spot, and it sticks out there too. I may have to replace that fender because I’m not sure how I would fix it.

The passenger fender took longer to get right, mostly because I’ve found a slight pushed in section right at the place where the headlight bucket ties into the core support (those 4 bolts). The fender didn’t reach the core support, and when I removed the fender again, I could see it was slightly pushed in at that place. I used my body tools and was able to get the fit better, but not perfect. At least, the fender and headlight bucket look right now.

Both doors close well, both fenders on and fit ok, hood aligned, and things look good for a few days of work.

Now, onto the electrical stuff under the dash, new headlight switch, turn signal switch, install the new alternator. I still need a wheel horn pad. Getting closer everyday to a real car 😁.
 
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It feels weird caring that the doors, fenders and hood look good on a junk yard, black spray can paint job. But, I got tired of the doors not closing and the hood binding, so I did it. I think it’s the cheapest thing I’ve done, 4 hinge rebuild kits.

It’s awesome to run into a problem and have 5 folks who want to help you solve it. Reminds me of working unsolvable problems in the 1980’s, before computers and the internet. Being part of this forum makes my retirement more joyful. 😀 Steve
 
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