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SV V6 Restoration

DanR

Diamond Level Sponsor
Andy, I just made a review of your Posts and happened to see a picture of your radiator that made me want to ask you a question.... Where does your "top" hose connect on the right or left side of the radiator?
 

Beamin

Platinum Level Sponsor
Finally got her back on the road. What was supposed to be a 2 year restoration turned into 5 years, and will probably never be truly finished. However, I‘ve got enough trial miles on her to work out most of the kinks, and feel good about handing the keys over to my wife so she can enjoy it as her daily driver. Come winter, I’m sure there will be a list of items that need to be addressed, but for now, its time to enjoy the beautiful MT summers.
 

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Paul A

Alpine Registry Curator
Platinum Level Sponsor
Finally got her back on the road. What was supposed to be a 2 year restoration turned into 5 years, and will probably never be truly finished. However, I‘ve got enough trial miles on her to work out most of the kinks, and feel good about handing the keys over to my wife so she can enjoy it as her daily driver. Come winter, I’m sure there will be a list of items that need to be addressed, but for now, its time to enjoy the beautiful MT summers.
Very nice work. Congratulations!
 

Bill Blue

Platinum Level Sponsor
Really a looker. Congrats. As for having the project completed, it seems we never truly reach that point. There is always something that you suddenly wonder why you did it that way, or if something you just thought of might work better. In the worst cases, you decide maybe it would be best just to do it all over again. I have lost track of the number of "improvements" our car went through. Engines, transmissions, rear axle ratios, brakes (I'm talking cast iron, not pads), fans, tires, wheels, alignments. It just goes on and on. The good news, somewhere after about the 12th redo, I had a pretty damn nice road car. Made it all worth it.

The bad news is that a few years later, I knew that Father Time had changed the kind of car that we needed. Hell, maybe even erased the need for a modded Alpine! So the car in the "oven" is totally different. Auto tranny, low end torque engine mods, rack and pinion (read easier) steering. So yes, your adventure is just beginning.

Bill
 
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Beamin

Platinum Level Sponsor
As suspected, “finished” is a relative term. Was struggling getting it to run really well. Checked/rechecked timing and carb adjustments. Just never would really smooth out. Stalled a lot when cold. Host of other minor annoyances while driving, all related to carberation. Finally figured out that the throttle shafts were worn and I was getting a significant vacuum leak. Decided to bite the bullet and purchase a replacement carb. Nothing fancy, just a nearly identical Autolite 2150. Holy cow, what a difference! A real pleasure to drive now!
 
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