[V8Vairs] V8 Stuff
Geoffrey A Johnson
geoffj at unm.edu
Fri Nov 18 20:09:23 EST 2005
I have been having fun doing a lot of work on my Torovair. I put in a new
carpet and refinished the dashboard. Most add a Corsa dash to a Monza,
mine is the other way (started life as a Corsa). I think it looks cool
with the Sun tach, and stock
gauges in a corsa dash would not do much good with that engine. So I
added a 68-69 dash panel. It has the other aftermarket gauges below the
radio for oil pressure, oil temp, and water temp.
To install the carpet, I cut and fit a toe panel that was
missing, so the carpet has proper shape. Hoses for heater interfere with
the stock one.
This is what it looks like:
Also added new speakers to the existing speaker boxes to try to keep up
with the engine sound.
I cut out the house insulation spray foam it had and put in brown bread
insulation on part of the engine cover, as time allows, I will add more.
It helped the
interior sound level quite a bit.
Trying to track down a shimmy of indeterminate origin, I
discovered 6 pinholes in the gas tank.
Minor weeps untill I touched them and then turned into major drips, which
turned into torrents. So
rather then screw around, a whole new tank kit is on the way.
Thanks again to everyone who answered my questions on the carburetor. It
is doing well, getting 13mpg right now. Still a bit rich. I am going to
play around with the timing advance etc...
I replaced the fan clutch which had been "locked" by someone in the past.
Need to set the fan spacing correctly as it is a little far form the
radiator. The car does not have cooling problems though.
I also reconnected the stator wire for the switch pitch in the
transmission. The car launches a lot faster with it
I added some pictures of it to my website. Including an in-situ tranny
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