Spring Break Work-a-thon: Day 1

I got home for spring break to find my dad reporting that the car blows one of its six fuses every time the key is turned. The fuse is a 16amp fuse that controls the dash instruments, horn, washer pump, wipers, heater blower and a couple other things. Peculiar. I unplugged the intermittent tachometer, thinking it might be the culprit. Nope. I unplugged the blower motor since it draws a lot of power and could do with a nice lubrication. Nope, another fuse gone. Walking over to the other side of the engine bay…


… I saw this.


Seems the washer pump fell off the bottle and hung around with the #3 primary for a week or so. The burnt part of the motor housing follows the contour of the header. Luckily it still works! Hooray.


I wanted to start pulling sound deadening so I pulled the interior out.


Sorry to anybody who’s been for a ride in my car. This seat mount was all cracked and scary. 🙁 Now it’s welded back together.


Just with a mallet and a gasket scraper.

But now we need some fire(?)power.


5 times the power


Spooky Halloween-edition Tar removal



Perfect rectangles 😀


Pretty much done! I just have to go over it with a heatgun and a solvent-soaked piece of steel wool and it will be nice and clean and ready for priming.


Passenger’s side rear footwell, without all the boring pictures from before. Same deal, have to clean it up a little bit but I’m satisfied. Now all I have to do is pull the tar on the front pass. side, clean up any surface rust I find, hit it with primer, and then I should be able to throw the carpet down.


I wasn’t going to let that dry ice go to waste 😉

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