Making a Dash for It

Old, but not that old, starter.
Old, but not that old, starter.

Seems like it was only about a year ago, perhaps longer, that I had to replace the starter. The one I put in didn’t last long, as I mentioned in my last post. When I got the old–but not that old starter out, it had developed some nasty rust and at least one thing had broken off and was rattling around inside.

Clearly, this one was toast.

I got a replacement from O’Reilly’s this time–a brand I had not heard of and a little more expensive than the Napa part I replaced. Installation, as before, is not difficult, though I did pick up a ratcheting box-end wrench to make that top bolt less of a chore. (And I was glad I did!) The new starter fires the car up with a “scchhhvooooom” that I hadn’t heard before, but is otherwise excellent.

A new (-ish) dash and assorted parts.
A new (-ish) dash and assorted parts.

Sunday meant a trip out to see a man about a dashboard. The dash he has was carefully uninstalled and in decent shape. It also came with a steering column, a better-than-mine steering wheel and a center console that I will end up trashing. The price was right, so we tossed it in the back of the truck and carted it home. Looks like most of the pieces are in place to get the dash out of the car and spruced up.

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