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    Quote Originally Posted by LongRanger View Post
    Hhhh --- = too bad . . .



    . . . 'cause 'at's what I call a 'no guilt' finish




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    You'll need to trust me on this, Rick. That "no guilt" finish looks a whole lot better in pixels than it does in person.
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    Racking up some miles this past week.

    First a short drive on Saturday to our local PCA monthly meeting and coffee clatch. Not the oldest in attendence, definitely the rattiest looking, but was popular with the masses even so.

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    Then today, a real milestone, with the car's first real road trip in 20 years. About a 120 miles round trip to visit Scott Longballa and chat about paint work. Some definite possibilities there.

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    Overall, the car did quite well considering it still needs to be corner balanced and aligned after all the suspension disassembly and reassembly. Still need to work on the oil leak at the nose, and I think the clutch needs some adjustment too.

    Testing my 370mm Abarth wheel on it, haven't decided if I want that or if I want to recover the stock leather 400mm. Decisions, decisions...

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    Do yourself a favor and pack that original 400mm away and don't bother recovering. Buy a 380mm stock wheel either a 914.347.806.10, 914.347.805.10 or 914.347.803.10 and send it to Don at Dallas Custom Steering wheels for a recover with added padding. You can use a hockey puck or butterfly horn pad and it will look stock, also gauges will be more visible. I will post a picture of my setup when I get to the office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfitton View Post
    Do yourself a favor and pack that original 400mm away and don't bother recovering. Buy a 380mm stock wheel either a 914.347.806.10, 914.347.805.10 or 914.347.803.10 and send it to Don at Dallas Custom Steering wheels for a recover with added padding. You can use a hockey puck or butterfly horn pad and it will look stock, also gauges will be more visible. I will post a picture of my setup when I get to the office.
    That's certainly an option as well, Mike. Not going to rule it out, although I don't mind the 400mm size at all. But no hurry on this at all, my goal in testing this was more to decide if I wanted to keep the 370mm Abarth for the future. And I think I'll probably sell it instead, as while it was a good option on the '84, it's not what I'm looking for here. Shouldn't be hard to sell, since the 370mm are NLA.
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    Just a quick update to document the car, as I pulled the passenger kneepad the other day. Stamped production number is 1020446.
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    PCA drive today. A bit over 150 miles, good Oregon backroads. Oldest, smallest, least powerful, smallest tires. Rattiest looking, too. And still great fun...

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    Let's see, what have I been up to since last post.

    Corner balance and alignment was done provisionally, as we found the right strut housing/spindle is bent and can't get camber dialed in correctly. A replacement housing has been located and will be here in a week or so.

    Fresh air vent system has been gone through, including the blower fan motor. It all works properly now, even the little blue light when the fan is switched on.

    Still picking away at the oil leaks, and I am making progress. Getting close to being drip free.

    Got tired of dealing with lights that don't work because the sockets are so badly worn that bulbs almost fall out when the car hits a bump in the road. Not ready to restore the original light housings right now, so as a (possibly) short term fix I bought a full set of plastic housings from Sierra Madre. They actually fit better than I expected, and now all the lights work all the time, including the small euro parking lights for my euro front lenses. I may not keep these long term, but for now they are a big improvement.
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    Since last post:

    • More oil leaks dealt with. I don't know if I can make a mag-case 2.4 be as leak-free as the 3.2 in my '84 was, but I'm getting closer.

    • Picked up a nice used LWB standard (not S) bumper. Was local enough that I could drive to get it, so no shipping past a couple gallons of gas for the Audi. Much nicer fit than the rather crude fiberglass S the car came with. See picture below.

    • My wife and I took a short drive to visit Scott Longballa earlier this week. Primary reason was to look at the soon-to-be-sold '72 S to see what Glasurit silver looks like in person. And to be awed by the '72 S, of course. Also did a little horse-trading with Scott and got some decent driver-quality interior parts to replace some of mine which were either very ratty or missing completely. The interior is much improved with the addition of these parts.

    • Plan to replace the bent strut housing over the next couple of days.

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    - Arne

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