I figured I would tell you guys about a few things I recently did to my 1986 Turismo. This car was last driven regularly back in 2007 when the original A525 MTX failed and I bought a reliable daily driver. The Turismo has over 160,000 miles and is in pretty bad shape and I want to eventually have it completely restored. The project will take many years because I don't have a lot of time or money. I recently decided that I need start repairing this car slowly instead of carrying it around and having it just be a burden. So here are a few repairs I did this week:
1) Replaced the voltage regulator. This car has gone through a few alternators in the few thousand miles I have driven it since it was given to me around 2002. The voltage regulator frequently hits 18 volts and causes the belt to scream in agony. I never really put much thought into it until a few weeks ago when I discovered that this issue could be a bad voltage regulator, so I bought one on rockauto.com and the problem was solved. That was a relief because it was such an easy repair.
2) Replaced the right side half shaft. When the transaxle failed back in 2007, it completely locked up while I was driving on the freeway. The left side half shaft snapped. I found a suitable transaxle at a junkyard (I'm not sure what model, but I think he said it was from a Daytona) and replaced it. After driving it around, I realized that the right half shaft was intact, but warped. I put the problem off until recently because I have a daily driver. The replacement was very easy.
3) Replaced the rear shock absorbers. The back of the car was sitting a little crooked, but not anymore.
4) Caliper bushings and bolts. One bolt was missing (not sure how that happened) and the bushing for it was destroyed, so I got replacements at O'Reilly's.
5) Driver door handle. These pesky handles break a lot. Just have to keep the components inside the door clean and lubricated and keep the links adjusted.
Still left to be done:
The engine runs, but there is a crack in the block along a cooling line right by the starter. It leaks when the engine is running. I will eventually decide if I want this one rebuilt, or maybe buy a long block. There is a rust hole in the exhaust pipe at that 90 deg turn just before the muffler.
The transaxle that is in right now sounds like it has a worn bearing or something. It makes a "*** *** ***" noise. I will need to decide if I want to rebuild it or not. I still have the original A525, but it might not be rebuildable. I'll have to find out.
Emissions stuff (thanks a lot CA). I need to replace pretty much all of the vacuum lines. They are old and brittle. I will also need to replace the air pump because it is seized up.
Cooling system. Radiator fan motor screams when it is on. Need a new one. Radiator is full of rust, probably need a new one and hoses and thermostat housing and water pump.
Suspension and steering. All the bushings on the subframe are destroyed, ball joint boots are torn and ball joints are stiff. Oh, and the subframe cracked many years ago right where it bolts to the vehicle frame and was welded back together. Camber and alignment are way off front and back.
Brakes. All of the brake components (front and back) work, but are rusty. I may upgrade to 5 bolt, but I want to keep those awesome rally style stock wheels.
Electrical. Some fusible links on the main wire harness fried a ling time ago and were replace by normal wire. It's been working fine since then, but needs to be replaced by fusible links. Other than that, most of the electrical system is pretty good.
I want to get all these functional items repaired before I dig into the body and interior. Which are both in pretty bad shape as well.
I've got a big project ahead of me with this car, but I knew that when I started. I'll just focus one thing at a time, and eventually the car will be like new.
Thanks for reading.