Funding a classic with MTurk earnings

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  1. Pontiac

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    Recently, I bought a car that's been in the family since new - 1966. It was barely driven, and has just 30,000 miles on it. Granted, the original six cylinder was removed in the early 70s and replaced with a 302. I took ownership of it about 2 weeks ago, and I plan on using MTurk earnings to slowly get it ready, and possibly to share some insight with others.

    Here is a picture of it when it used to frequent shows:
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    And here is the most recent picture I have of it at the moment:
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    As you can see, it hasn't been given the attention in deserves for over 5 years. With the Turk earnings, I plan to do a front disc brake conversion, replace the spark plugs and wires, buy new tires, and get a set of Cragars to give it that 70's street machine look. Provided Flora makes an exception and allows this thread to stay open (given it isn't an item of sorts) I will continue to update on it every so often. I plan to have it ready to go by the end of the summer. An estimated $2.5k is needed.
     
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    It's perfectly fine! It'll stay up as long as you want. This thread is about mturk goals and that's your goal!

    Can't wait to see the update! It's a beautiful car. It's a great project that you will have fun watching it come alive.

    Keep us updated! :)
     
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    First update: getting a fuel siphoning system tomorrow to drain the tank. Anyone who's done it before knows how fun it is.
    $40
     
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    My PE for today is $12 because I'm juggling tech school with my full time job. I'm got to put that towards the plugs and wires. After that I will probably save up for tires, and lastly for front disc conversion. This may be my last update for awhile because I have a few real life things to tend to first. I'll have more pictures of the actual, cleaned off car after I get it out.
     
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    I'm going to hopefully have the opportunity today to set aside some time and get it running. I'll record it if I can. With all said so far - I'm about $100 into it of the $2000 total. Oil change, plugs and wires, and the siphon pump. I realize this is turning more into a DIY project than it is an actual goal so my apologies.
     
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    She's alive! She spit a bit of gas and a little fire at me in the process. Family never told me they had it build like a race car. I'll record it next time when I get the chance. Up next: saving up for a disc conversion.
     
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    It looks like I've run into a setback- I have to find a specific part for the front brakes in order to do the disc brake conversion. I've been trying to find it everywhere I can think of, to no avail. If I can't find one used, this will be about a $500 part.
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    Found a set for just $60. Facebook parts swap groups are a life saver. $210/$2500
     
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    The car wouldn't stay running today. Think a float in the carb is stuck. It's also taking forever to turn over and I haven't put the new plugs on but I should. I might need to add a new fuel pump and filter to the parts list which is another $200 or so. No major problems, just the typical symptoms of a car sitting for a decade.
     
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    Done some unexpected work on the carb, and trying to work out a few ghosts lying in the rear end and driveshaft. This is the first time in about a month I've had the chance to touch the car, otherwise it's still running good.
    ETA: You can see how long this car has been sitting just by looking at the fingerprint marks I left on the air cleaner.
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    I found some good parts at a junkyard today, among them is an 8 inch rear end, brand new differential, and disc brakes to go on the rear, so now I'm getting 4 wheel disc brakes for the cost of 2. Need to scrounge up another $300 for a new dual bowl master cylinder and a brake booster, and I'm 99% of the way done with this project.
    ETA: And most likely some new brake lines.
     
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    Noblis has to have some longer videos coming, the old ones were great.

    edit - I'm in the wrong thread but I'm leaving this. Hey Pontiac.
     
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    No harm there. Doesn't make me feel as sad as I am when I talk to myself ;)
     
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    Got any new pictures? The ones in here don't seem to be working.
     
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    I do, gotta find them first. Don't know why they aren't working for me, I might as well just load them all up at some point.

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    The picture below was the night I brought it back to life - literally the whole family there was to see. (kinda a family heirloom so its a big deal for them)

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    And lastly, I have a video. Its rather quiet so if you want to hear anything be sure to use earphones.
    [video]http://sendvid.com/67wt0zoy[/video]
     
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    I won't have any fresh pictures for a while unless something happens, I don't plan on having it out until this coming up spring.
     
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    That engine, it's a beautiful sound. Thanks.
     
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    It's a nice blue color. Can't wait to see it all clean and polished up! Hope it has no dents on it.
     
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    The starter died. Took it apart to figure out what was wrong with it, and the internals are rusted shut. I'm going to get a mini starter to avoid heat soak in the future, so another $200 or so expense.
     
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    I ordered my disc brake kit. One of the few things I haven't done on a car is swap to a completely different braking system.. so this should be a good learning experience.
    Sorry for nearly a month of no updates, but as the typical Tennessee winter weather approaches, this isn't something I can commit as much time to. It may be sitting for the entire winter, akin to it's most recent 10 year life, but rest assured it will be on the road by March or April.
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    Another update: the carb that has been on the 5.0 since it was bought finally gave out. I considered rebuilding it which would only cost $20, but putting new gaskets on one isn't the same as having a brand new machined piece that has more recent tech and the ability to accept ethanol-blended gas that is so heavily present today. I bought a brand new one for $120, it's the exact same model, but with the newer tech that I mentioned above. This will not only get the car breathing better like it did back in the day, but also will give me a solid 20 highway MPG (as tested by various hot rod magazines) as well as not junk up if I get mid range gas with 10% ethanol in it.
     
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    Here's why it's great to have people who owe you a favor. Brand new never used set of chromed valve covers. I'm planning on going to a parts swap this weekend in an attempt to find a used set of wheels and tires (because I'm cheap.) Only 4 or so more months until it will be a daily driver.
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    Dang it. I couldn't even watch the video. About 2 seconds after clicking on it, my computer started yelling at me about encountering a virus. Looking forward to more pictures. Love old muscle cars!

    We are in the process of restoring my late Papa's 85' F150 with the fuel injected 302. Not a car but a sentimental restore nonetheless. So I feel ya on the rabbit trails this process creates. :)
     
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    It is finally out. I think I've put on quite a bit of muscle wrestling this thing around. No power steering or brakes.
    The yard is a mess in these pictures but luckily it isn't my yard. ;)

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    Got any new pictures?
     
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    It will be back home tomorrow. Until then, all I could offer you is what the Turk dollars have covered in repairs :)
     
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    It is back home for good now. Turns out people in this town prefer classic Fords over the Pontiacs. I kept getting people trying to talk to me while getting gas.. while it was storming outside. It's great to know the wipers worked, albeit barely. The fuel gauge cable snapped on the way home, but I'm not concerned. I'll just have to remember to get gas every day I drive it.
     
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    Here it is as it sits now. I took the wheel covers off because I prefer the "plain" look. I'll probably be like any other Mustang guy and buy Centerlines or Outlaws in the future.
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