Restoring Rear Side Vent Shutters

The fastback has unique louvers on the side, with functioning fresh air vents. They came in one of the boxes when I bought the project. While I am on lockdown, I have been going through the boxes, looking for small projects. This one is pretty straight forward and needs to be done before its finished, so might as well do it now.

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Mounting a Sanden AC Compressor with the 5.0 Serpentine Belt

The last piece I need in order to put the belt on is the AC Compressor. I ordered a vintage air setup and plan on making some modifications to get it installed in a way that keeps it a little more concealed. Even then, I still need to get the compressor on the engine, and it doesn’t just bolt on with the original 5.0 serpentine belt setup. But there is a fix for that.

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Street or Track 3 Link Rear End

After putting the SoT front end on the 65, I convinced myself I couldn’t go cheap and put the original rear back in. Looking for a smoother ride with a bonus of adjustable height, I matched the rear with the front and went to a SoT 9″ rear with 3.50 gears and 12″ disc brakes. Fortunately, parts arrived today, just one day before we go into Covid-19 lockdown.

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Getting Eric’s 65 on the Road

With the shop done, I thought I would get Eric’s 65 road worthy. It usually starts, but it can run rough. Sometimes it doesn’t start though. I also have no idea how the brakes look, or how well it stops since it hasn’t driven further than onto the trailer. I can say that the tires look old and starting to rot. With all that, it gets to be the first project on the lift.

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5.0 Serpentine System with a 3G 130 Amp Alternator

The next big piece off the pile in the garage is the alternator and bracket. It had the original 2G alternator on it when I got it, and I took it off as an assembly. The assembly included the bracket, the alternator and the tensioner. All of it looked sufficiently 30 years old, and original.

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