Drives like a dream.
Remember, the last time I built a car, the new motor was in it for THREE DAYS before I tore it up.
Greek Tragedy of Epic Fail. Short version, do not attempt to pull your car by the tow hook if the crush tubes aren’t installed to support the bumper frame. I already knew that. But now it’s been reinforced a bit.
Destroyed the brand new bumper frame, brand new radiator frame, and brand new right wheel liner. Scuffed up the brand new bumper cover and broke some clips that hold in the grille. Broke a couple of tabs off the grill trim strip and the grill base, and tweaked a little corner of the new bonnet. Pretty much destroyed the bumper mount bracket on the right engine rail.
Anyway, after going home, drinking a beer, and curling up in a fetal position to sleep it off, I got up the next day and pretty much fixed it. Or at least got it drivable again.
It looks meaner that way, anyway. I have the grilles back on it now, and from 30 feet away, you don’t notice anything. Only flesh wounds, replacement parts are already purchased, I’ll get the paint and body fixed in January and it’ll be good as new.
Just a speed bump in the build. And builds character, or something.
Fixed the fubar passenger seat slider, and also wired my driver’s seat heater. Not possible to control it with the OEM button, the circuit is very different, but it IS wired into the proper switched and fused seat heater circuit. I’ll find the OEM GP mirror control pod and add the new heater button to that. I think it’s at the bottom of my parts mountain.
More replacement parts will arrive tomorrow. Also bought some vinyl upholstery fabric to prototype the tonneau cover. Still waiting on the last of the paint to arrive, to repaint my roll cage. Will work on that stuff over the holidays, when I’m not traveling. And might drive some more, if the monsoon here ever ends.