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Stupid Garage Tricks #3: Cleaning Carburetors with Lemon Juice

1/9/2013 9:40 AM | Comments (0)


How to install an anftermarket stereo in a 2002 Ford Explorer

1/9/2013 9:34 AM | Comments (0)


How to create a wiring harness for an aftermarket car stereo

1/1/2013 6:37 PM | Comments (0)


Replacing the Fuel Pump: 2002 Ford F-150

12/29/2012 9:34 PM | Comments (0)


Replacing the fuel filter in a 2002 Ford F-150

12/22/2012 12:46 PM | Comments (0)


1969 Austin Healey Sprite MKIV Project: Restoring the Fuel System

12/3/2012 2:50 PM | Comments (0)


How to test a fuel sender

In this video we walk you through the process of testing a fuel sender. In the example above we are testing the fuel sender for our 1969 Austin Healey Sprite which should read at ~14 ohms full and ~258 ohms empty.
12/1/2012 6:52 AM | Comments (0)


Update on our progress: '69 Austin Healey Sprite

Wow! We had a week in the shop where we managed to get a lot done! I believe this may be the most successful week we've had in a long time. The dash is out and has been stripped. We've pulled the heater, windscreen wipers, cooling system, carburettors, and air cleaners off the car. With these off it's been full restoration mode: sand blasting, soda blasting, dissassembly, research and restoration. And my favorite part? Boxes of new goodies arriving almost daily!

As soon as I can find a good anodizer the windscreen assembly will be ready for reassembly, the fuel sender has been tested (and passed!) and the final coat of paint is drying on the gas tank, so the fuel system is ready to store away. as soon as I get in my next shhipment from Moss we'll have the proper decals for the air filters. Those will then be complete.

I also found a couple blokes with Sprite/Midget parts stashes! So it looks like I'll be able to knock a bunch off the list of missing bits.

All in all an excellent week! Now, the trick will be maintaining this pace through the Christmas season (thanks to Christmas shopping via Amazon I may be able to hide out in the shop indefinitely!). As motivation I have up on the wall out here the most recent ultrasound pictures of our daughter due in March. I know all too well what happens to productivity when babies arrive on the scene, so we're shooting to finish up this Sprite before she arrives.
12/1/2012 6:01 AM | Comments (0)


Reference Materials

There are few things that beat a good judging guide when it comes to reference materials for your restoration. These are the guides that the judges use and study. It doesn't matter if you're going to be in a concours or not.

When I ordered the Concours guide for our Austin Healey 3000 BT7 it was also possible to get a guide for the Sprite. Since there was no additional cost (that I can remember) it was well worth bundling it in with the information request.

What is great about these documents is that they are the most concise references for when things changed on cars, and when we're dealing with British cars it's a common occurrence. I printed out the reference (it came on CD Rom) and the judging sheet. At the back I added a photocopy of the build sheet that we ordered for the vehicle. With the car's vital statistics and all the concours data combined I then had it spiral bound as my point in which I can validate parts and information about the vehicle as I go through the systems as well as somewhere for me to take relevant notes.

Aside from being a great little notebook, it helps you identify things on your vehicle that just aren't right. Some are obvious, as this car came to us with an alternator, but they were fitted with a generator at the factory. Some are less so, this car appears to have an earlier radiator and to have had the temperature sensor bulb moved from the head to the radiator.

All in all, these are well worth printing, buying or acquiring for any vehicle you're going to restore. I keep these, the parts catalog and the shop manual all within easy reach when working on the car.
11/27/2012 5:13 PM | Comments (0)


Stupid Garage Tricks #2: Heated creeper

Now you can stay warm in the winter!
11/27/2012 11:16 AM | Comments (0)


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