Scorpion #621 resurrection

Discussion in 'X1/20 Forum' started by think jedi, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    I'm pleased to report that the PO, having done so much half-assing things on the car, did NOT mangle the turn signal harness in order to fit the Honda turn signals on the car. The original plugs are intact, so the turn signals should be fairly simple to install. That, however, will happen a little later. Today, I installed the optional hood blanket. I honestly don't know where or when I picked this up. I was on a parts-buying binge shortly after purchasing the car in 2016, and I honestly don't remember getting this. But here it is, so...

    Since my car didn't have the optional hood blanket in the first place, I had to mock up the blanket and then mark the holes. Blue tape helps keep that drill bit from walking.

    frunk-hood-blanket2.jpg

    I then drilled holes, knocked down the burrs, and then painted them so they won't rust later. I went to Autozone and picked up a bunch of clips...the ones this came with (I only had 5 out of the 14 or so needed) were smaller than standard hood blanket clips, so that's what I got. Took trips to 2 Autozones to get enough to do the whole hood. Here it is installed:

    frunk-hood-blanket.jpg

    Overall, I'm very pleased with how it tidied up the frunk. I am not happy about the PO cutting the carpet by the battery box. Still wondering WTF the guy was thinking???:rolleyes: MotoTrooper said he may be able to help me out there, so crossing my fingers. :D

    tJ
     
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  2. BEEK

    BEEK True Classic

    Location:
    Clermont Fl
    looks great, wish i had the pad for #80 but the one I am currently doing wont be able to use the pad....
     
  3. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    Stripped the old rusty hood prop down to bare metal, removed all of the rust, and repainted it.

    tJ

    hoodprop.jpg
     
  4. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    Question for you all...I'm trying to figure out what kind of nut was supposed to be used for putting the disks back on the shock towers over the frunk carpet. The studs coming from the struts are too short to grab onto with a standard flanged nut. Any ideas how these were supposed to be battened down?

    tJ

    shocktower1.jpg shocktower2.jpg
     
  5. Mark

    Mark FIATFREAK

    It’s a shouldered nut. I think it takes a14mm wrench. This is the best photo I could find:

    BD62F976-E3DE-41C4-BA99-D38F6DBD815E.jpeg


     
  6. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    Thanks, that helps! I think I'm going to go with something like this:
    https://www.mcmaster.com/thumb-screw-nuts

    It seems to be overkill to have a nut that needs to be tightened with a socket wrench to hold a piece of plastic. Maybe I'm wrong but...

    tJ
     
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  7. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper True Classic

    Agreed, good idea on the thumb-screw type. I have only one of those old special nuts myself and wonder occasionally about which way to go with them.
     
  8. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    Can anyone tell me off hand what the size and thread pitch of the shock tower bolt is? Looks like McMaster-Carr has the the thumb screws in M3-M8 sizes.

    No progress this weekend as I left Friday for Sevenstock with my other (98% finished) project. Drove it 700 miles round trip with no drama. It did beat the hell out of me though. But it was worth it.

    tJ
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019
  9. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    Last night, I figured out the sizes of the shock tower bolts...they're 1/4"-20 (course thread)...imperial measurements...go figure! I found these anodized allen head connecting nuts at Home Depot last night:

    shocktower5.jpg

    The shank is too long, but I happened to have a set of anodized drill stops:

    shocktower6.jpg

    So I tried them on for size:

    shocktower4.jpg

    shocktower3.jpg

    To be honest, I think these look better than the rusty collared nuts that originally came with the car. I have a couple of extra allen connecting nuts, so I'm going to have a go at cutting down the shanks with a dremel and see if I can eliminate the drill stops. If I can, it'll be perfect. If not, it still looks pretty damn good.

    tJ
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019
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  10. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    A few little things that happened:

    • motoTrooper came over today and hooked me up with an undamaged frunk center carpet. After cleaning, I'll put that in. He also took a couple of parts that he will try to refurbish for me.
    • while he was here, I enlisted him to squeeze off the pop rivets holding the rubber shielding strip on the engine deck lid. I had removed it to remove the overspray from it and clean it up. I tried putting it on with the biggest pop rivets I could find, only to find I couldn't get the leverage with my puny forearms to break the rivets off. But he was able to do it. :)
    • rivet.jpg
    • Last night, I chucked up the connecting nuts in my drill press and used it as a poor man's lathe, cutting off the shanks using a hacksaw blade while they spun in the drill chuck. I had to leave them a little long because after cutting one too short, I found I didn't have any usable thread to spin it onto the shock bolt. The shortened connecting nuts allowed me to use a neoprene washer as a shim. Looks really nice, and now I can use my drill stops as...well, drill stops. :)
    shocktower7.jpg

    tJ
     
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  11. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper True Classic

    Had fun hanging with you and seeing your progress. Very inspiring to see one as far along as yours is and as nicely done!
     
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  12. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    Likewise! Thanks for the kind words. I can't wait to see your project when you get it out of storage.

    tJ
     
  13. Dean Scharer

    Dean Scharer Daily Driver

    Great job guys. Please keep us posted on your progress
     
  14. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper True Classic

    Hey tJ, saw a thread about the shifter bushing replacement on the "other" Lancia site. There's probably a trove of threads here too...

    P.S.
    Good news: I figured out the puzzle of the lock cylinders and they are now restored to functionality.
    Bad news: I didn't make a video of it. I think I'll make a video of doing mine as it'll be much easier second time around...
     
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  15. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    Awesome about the locks! Maybe meet up again this weekend? I'll check other forum for bushing replacement help. Please make a vid when you do yours...there are people out there with junk locks that would love to see this. Including me.

    tJ
     
  16. think jedi

    think jedi Daily Driver

    Location:
    Seaside, CA
    Yesterday, motoTrooper came over and delivered my fixed lock cylinders and a shock tower carpet. I am beyond grateful for his willingness to figure out how to fix those seized cylinders and refit them with new springs. I'll be putting those back in the door handles shortly.

    Not a lot got done otherwise as I'm still awaiting my carpet from MH. I did manage to strip all of the paint from the grill chrome trim surround and clean up the grill and reinstall the lot.

    grill.jpg

    I started to install the Montecarlo turn signals, but found that I can't get the nuts on the bolts on turn signal housing from behind the bumper...no clearance. I will probably have to remove the bumper to install them, which I find annoying, but ... I'll live. Nothing can be simple with this car.

    tJ
     
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  17. NM850

    NM850 True Classic

    Location:
    Albuquerque NM
    The simple ones offer no satisfaction.
     
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