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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 
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Ben and I will be working on the FASTiva at my place from about 10am until 2pm.

We'll just be taking the suspension apart to try to fix a clunk in the front, and try to at least make a plan for what our next step is in the rear. Really, it's just an opportunity for us to keep some forward momentum so that we don't get stagnant.

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 
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Never thought I'd be happy to say this but... Sorry I can't be there I'll be moving.

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 
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I'll be heading down to watch.


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 
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I'll be tackling a mini cooper's suspension that day. Good luck guys!


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 
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Oh sure. Pick a fancy Mini over the FASTiva.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 
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We should probably look at making the lower radiator hose clear the swaybar too.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 
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Good idea.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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Are you guys still working on the car today?


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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Yup. I'm about to head out to the garage right now. Ben should be here soon.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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Wish I could have made it by. Three kids needing to be in three places with two adults is fun. Really. It is. Yep. Fun.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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You need to get one of those three off their butt and learning to drive so that they can get their license and start playing bus driver, Ron!

Thanks to Phil for coming out and lending a hand. It was kinda nice today. Not too hot, a little breezy. We didn't get a lot done, but we didn't have lofty goals and aspirations for the day, so it was good.

We pulled the rear shocks and added the part of the bump stop that we'd previously cut out. Hopefully, that will get the bump stops engaging earlier and relieve some of the numbness in the steering on turn-in, and also maybe keep the rear tires out of the rear fenders until we get around to rolling the fender lips. Also added a couple more washers under the top shock nuts to ensure good bushing engagement.

We also took the brake drums off to clean, inspect and repack the rear wheel bearings. All is good there. Took care of a slight looseness in the wheel bearings. (not too tight now, but not quite as loose as before) Fiddled with the rear brakes. Verified that everything seems to be in good working order and actually working. The handbrake cable is still going to need some work, seems to be stretched to the point of not engaging well even when adjusted fully tight. We didn't even bother replacing the rear brake shoes because the ones on the car looked fine and were full thickness.

We talked about converting to a smaller diameter coilover spring in the rear for more tire clearance, but the tire rub there seems to be very minimal. Not going to worry about it for now. Eventually, we will because we'll probably want more spring rate back there. But, as it is, more clearance on the inside of the tire still won't allow us to run wider than a 185 tire because we're already rubbing fenders (while almost touching the spring perch) with 185's.

So, aside from fixing the handbrake cable (low priority, it works enough to at least hold the car stopped now) and rolling the rear fenders, we're in good shape at the back of the car.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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The mysterious feels like a dying fuel pump has returned. I made it home, but I'm back to not trusting the car again.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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I bet it's just more crud in the fuel tank. We need to look into a solution for that. New fuel tanks aren't too pricey. Maybe Andy can get us a deal?

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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I just got a fuel tank for the truck from Rock auto. The huge tank, straps to hold it up, pump, and sending unit was less than $200 shipped. May be worth checking out.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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Ebay $96.45 shipped.

We already have a new fuel pump, so that, cleaning the sock (again) and a new fuel filter should take care of it.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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Loren wrote:
Ebay $96.45 shipped.


Negative Ghost Rider, that tank is for the old carb'd festivas.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Fuel-Tank-Gas-Silver-10-Gallons-Ford-Aspire-97-96-95-94-Festiva-93-92-91-90-/230804913524?fits=Year%3A1990%7CModel%3AFestiva&hash=item35bd0b7d74&vxp=mtr

110 shipped.

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I find it odd that it's doing it already with a full tank of gas. If it was just the crud it would have been doing it the entire time we've had the car.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 
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Could be sediment that made it past the sock and accumulated in the fuel filter.

But, if the tank is as bad as you said, it's going to be a persistent problem. Might as well get past it.

Possible scenario: The car was parked for a while on more than one occasion, allowing rust to form above the fuel line. If the TOP of the tank is rusty... we've been doing a lot of hard cornering in the car, sloshing fuel up there and potentially knocking big chunks of rust loose. That stuff will then settle to the bottom and clog the sock.

Read some of the LeMons team stories. "Ran when parked" cars that are dragged out of a field and put on the race track universally suffer this exact problem. The only reliable solution is to replace the entire fuel system.

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