New Parts and Some Inspiration

Ready to move ahead on getting the engine auxiliary pieces installed. Picked up a fuel pressure regulator, a cool in-line pressure gauge. Then, sent away for a distributor, coil and wires, just to make sure the ignition is system is solid and stays that way.

New ignition and fuel parts
New ignition and fuel parts

Everything arrived pretty fast, but the distributor, sold by Amazon arrived looking like a previous return. The box had been opened and poorly repacked. Lots of loose parts in the box and the distributer cap had been damaged. Reluctantly, I sent it back. If I want to fix broken parts, I’ve already got plenty to do.

Rather than try mail order again, I stopped by Goodies, a local speed shop. They ordered me essentially the same part for the same price, minus the shipping. By Friday, I should have all the parts I need to get the engine back together.

In the meantime, the new carb was disassembled, the floats adjusted (they were just a tad out of spec) and reassembled. I’ve got a cold, so health permitting, I’ll get a jump start putting the wires together and the carb back on while waiting for the new distributer.

Inspiration to get out to the car has lately come from old episodes of Overhaulin’ on Netflix, especially this rework of a 65 Thunderbird into a roadster.

65 Thunderbird Roadster by Chip Foose
65 Thunderbird Roadster by Chip Foose

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