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Old 08-23-15, 09:46 PM
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Project Naomi VII : Coming Home

For anyone looking for the other project threads:
Project Naomi I : New Project on an Old Favourite
Project Naomi II : Giant Rotisserie Pictures Update
Project Naomi III : End of Summer 2010 Update
Project Naomi IV : Almost Off The Rotisserie
Project Naomi V : Finally PAINT!
Project Naomi VI : IT LIVES!
Project Naomi VII : Coming Home

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It's been five long years since this project began, but the day has finally come to take it home!

Yesterday I arrived at ClassicAuto in the early afternoon and found her sitting outside, all washed, waxed and ready to go. As requested he had put about a hundred kilometers of shakedown driving on it to make sure that it was ready for the trip home.

There had been a couple of small issues - one of the new ball joints had fallen out of its hole on the control arm for example - but it was now in great shape and ready to go.










And true to his word, it survived the whole 600+km drive home with no major issues. A rattle here, a loose grommet there, it really did drive better than I ever remember it driving.




As with any project there are a few tweaks left to do, and the car will probably never be 100% "done" (if it was, I'd have to buy another one just to have a project!). But I'm incredibly impressed with all the work that Joe and the guys at Classic did, and it's a good example of "good things come to those who wait"

Oh, I almost forgot - to answer Aaron's question in the last thread, no there was no champagne but we did celebrate with a different carbonated beverage :

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The official list of remaining tweaks is:

- Shifter bushings : something went wrong when I installed the new ones and the shifter is loose now and rattles

- The steering column grommet isn't in place at the firewall, it's slid down the column. I tried to slide it into place at the gas station but it's stuck, so I've got to fix that

- The E-fan temp sensor needs adjusting and I want to add a relay that switches on ignition power so I don't run my battery dead with the e-fan running for ages when parked after long drives

- There's a rattling noise in the rear around 90kph. Probably either the jack, spare tire, or the speakers rattling against the metal they're attached to. I have to track this down

- The clock doesn't light up (amazingly though everything else lighting-related works brilliantly!

- I have a stereo surround in a box somewhere that needs to be installed. Right now the stereo is a 1din stereo in a 2.5din hole just sort of sitting there

- Coolant Sensor has some kind of problem. In right-hand turns or at speeds above 125kph the light comes on and the alarm starts beeping. Reduce speed or come out of the turn and it stops.

- The horn only works when the ignition is off. I have no idea why. When the car is running, nothing, but when the car is off it works fine?

- The driver's side power mirror will go any direction but up, the passenger's side one won't go any direction at all. I've got a spare mirror to pull a motor from, or it might be a harness issue.

- The passenger's side window needs a bit of silicon lube in the channel to help it close properly without assistance. I've got a can of it, just haven't had time to do that

- The locks are EXTREMELY STIFF. I'll have to take the door panels off and lube up the linkages.

- The carb secondaries don't seem to be opening all the way. It might be carpet binding, but I think it's actually the wire making the mechanical connection that has stretched or loosened.


Everything else looks perfect. So really, all pretty small things!
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Congratulations on the "new arrival"..( that is THE CAR..no Babies..lol!).
Be sure to Burp it every once in a while...
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Old 08-25-15, 06:34 PM
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Nice. Now go forth and enjoy.
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It might have taken a while, but she's brand new now! Great job Classic Auto has done.
Get out there and enjoy it.
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Thanks guys! I love the fact that the first thing I did with it was drive 600+km. Cars like these are made to be driven and enjoyed Hey, maybe I'll make it out to MoM this year!
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Pizza tour??
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Congratulations, looks fantastic.

you should make it to the montreal fall meet.
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Originally Posted by RX7(613) View Post
Congratulations, looks fantastic.

you should make it to the montreal fall meet.
For sure! Montreal's practically next door to Ottawa, makes for a nice afternoon trip. Do we know when/where that meet is happening yet?
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Hey neighbors from emerald ��. Congrats on the ride. Its been a couple days i seen it park. Hopefully we'll go for a ride when marco will finish with my fd
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Looking great! Wonderful to see a project on the road after all this time, effort and expense.

So when the ball joint popped out, did your butt bite the seat?
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Looking great! Wonderful to see a project on the road after all this time, effort and expense.

So when the ball joint popped out, did your butt bite the seat?
Let's just say a change of shorts was needed! I think it's a fairly common problem with the FBs though because it's not the first FB I've come across that had a ball joint tack welded into place. It really makes me wonder what they were thinking when they decided to just have it press-fit instead of making some kind of retention clip.

Congrats on the new shop/house by the way. I hope things are settling in well.
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Let's just say a change of shorts was needed! I think it's a fairly common problem with the FBs though because it's not the first FB I've come across that had a ball joint tack welded into place. It really makes me wonder what they were thinking when they decided to just have it press-fit instead of making some kind of retention clip.
Congrats on the new shop/house by the way. I hope things are settling in well.
A very common issue when press-fit ball joints have been replaced several times. The control arms stretch out. Aftermarket replacement joints are generally made a little big to compensate. Replacement joints should always be welded in place.
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