Thanks to everyone who wished me a safe journey for my trip to Vegas last week! As you can see, the Soul Survivor has returned to her home turf, and performed with distinction throughout the weekend. Thanks to our new overdrive transmission, I saw an initial fuel economy improvement of 20% (from 18 MPG to 22 MPG), and I hope to kick that up even further as I dial in the fuel injection. Other than a few hiccups here and there, the trip went without a hitch, and I’m looking forward to our next road trip.
That trip will be in June (to the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup), and is about 2,000 miles round trip. Before departure, I’ll need to follow up on some issues I identified this week. Nothing major, but since my ’74 is forty years old, the list is extensive:
1) Mount a radiator overflow bottle (The ’74 never mounted one)
2) Mount a windshield washer reservoir (Removed to allow clearance for the air cleaner assembly)
3) Change the speedometer cable end (the T-5 speedometer output connection does not match the Ford cable).
4) Route power to the passenger’s power seat (I used the existing seat power for fuel pump and PCM power).
5) Check for DTCs in the PCM (No MIL, but one never knows..).
6) Check sensor input values to the PCM (I’m happy with overall drivability, but the idle is hanging at 1,400 RPM).
7) Check for intake air leaks (I can skip this if it turns out a bad sensor input is driving up the idle).
8) Adjust the passenger’s door (it’s started to bang on the striker when closing. Just getting old).
9) Four wheel brake job (I’m headed to the Colorado High Country, so I need all the braking the car came with).
10) Mount a Cruise Control system (Maybe–I need to scavenge some junkyard parts and design a switch system that works with my three spoke sport steering wheel. I could mount a stalk behind the wheel, or use switches mounted on the center console).
There’s not enough there to justify any further write-ups, but I’ll post anything interesting I see in Steamboat Springs. Also, if my time on the road turns into an automotive adventure, I’ll follow up with a report on that as well. That’s all for today, I’ll see you on the roads of LA!