Winter’s chill has set in for good here in Ohio, and the Tempest is safely tucked away in the garage for the season. I was scrolling through some photos and stumbled across this one from a warm summer day at work earlier this year:
That’s my car flanked by a colleague’s 1969 Buick Skylark and another coworker’s 2010 Dodge Challenger. Sometimes it’s nice to work in the automotive industry, if only for the gearhead camaraderie.
Anyway, now that it’s cold for a while, it’s time to put together the to-do list for the winter. This year’s edition:
- Replace the rubber hose that’s currently serving as fuel line from the tank to the pump with pre-bent steel lines. Funny, I’ve had several cars with rubber hose for fuel lines and never gave it a second thought; now that I’m older (and presumably wiser), it scares me a little.
- Installing the used TH350 three-speed transmission that’s been taking up space in the garage for over a year. The original ST-200 two-speed in the car has a terrible first gear ratio, making hard launches and smoky burnouts an impossibility. Adding one with a normal first gear will do more to make the car fun to drive than anything I’ve done yet. I’ve yet to decide whether I’m going to tear into the used tranny and put in a shift kit or just bolt it in and cross my fingers.
- Disassembling and cleaning the carburetor, again. Never assume that a “new, in box” rebuilt Ebay carb will work out of the box. This will be the third time I’ve had it apart to fix various leaks and other issues. I hope it’s the last.
I should be able to complete those tasks before spring. Of course, I said that about last year’s brake upgrade, and we know how that went.