Love the colour mate!
Also congrats on your wedding proposal, lovely car for such a day..
Cheers mate! The colour suits the occasion, or at least my better half thinks so!
Bit of an update, I haven't worked on the car til yesterday for several months, in fact I hadn't really got the car out of storage once. I have now moved where it is stored to a place near my in-laws and can go and tinker a bit more easily now, though i've had to paint the garage and do a few bits for security.
First priority when the car was up in the air was to sort the brakes - not sure if i posted on here but a while ago after being sat the brakes had started to bind, this became an issue and i got stranded on the side of the road once as the passengers side caliper had got so hot it was boiling the hub grease... sorted that fairly easily, new pistons and seals and a slight hone of the cylinders and that side was all good.
Since then I took the car out once and within a few minutes the brakes were binding on the drivers side...
I booked some time on the ramp and sorted them out, piston was VERY stubborn and only with compressed air AND a screwdriver on each side did it fancy budging. Here are some pictures of it, as you can see it was rather corroded, hence the seizing.
Gave the cylinders a good sorting with some fine steel wool, and to my eyes there wasn't any serious pitting so fairly happy they should last some time. I think the underlying cause is that the car wasn't being used, I have done less than 500 miles since owning it I think.
While up on the ramp I did a couple of other things, had a brief look to check for rust, there wasn't anything hugely bad though the subframe, suspension arms, springs etc are a bit worse for wear. I may tidy these up at some point but don't feel like I need to rush to do so, and as a whole I think it's pretty good for nearly 50 years old. Some welding has been done by the sills, though it looks like just a patch was done either side. Seemed fairly strong to me, though we ended up mounting the 2-poster's jacking points on the front sills and on the rear trailing arms. Here are some more pics that I grabbed while she was in the air!
After I drove back to the garage its now being stored at, I decided to have a quick look at the fuel lines, all this news about more ethanol in petrol has made me pull my finger out and buy some R9 hose for the car. I didn't spot any flexi lines from the tank to the hardline, but now looking at the pics i took there is a tiny one I think, so will sort that when next with the car.
From hard line to the pump the hose looked like this, so glad i changed it. for info this pipe is 8mm I.D. on a toledo - think it was the same on my dolly 1300.
I did try and replace the pipe from the pump to carbs, but shortly realised that:
A) most of the pipe was already plastic! which probably won't degrade due to ethanol
B) the hose starts at 8mm I.D. at the pump then shrinks down to 5.6mm at the carbs - so need to formulate a joiner/adapter for this. I have bought one on ebay which looks like it's designed for an old VW so guessing they have the same issue.
So left it be.
Also while up in the air, I did have a bit of a play with comparing the starter motor that was on the car (inertia type m35G) that i believe is sh*gged and clunks like mad on the starter ring gear and sometimes gets stuck, and a NOS Lucas M35J Pre-engaged type (same as a dolly 1500 I have confirmed, thanks Matt!). I believe it may well go on with the spacer used for the inertia type, but need to do some more investigating. It would be nice to have a reliable starter motor, and the M35Js are nice and easy to replace brushes on etc, as well as the fact they tidy up the engine bay because they don't require a separate starter relay. Still not really sure how to fit it, wondering if the ring gear itself is different, so would appreciate some advice if anyone has done it before to a Toledo!
Another thing I had a brief look at was the steering column as the steering is quite vague when driving along. When the car is stopped and i turn the wheel the joint (pictured) turns with almost no play at all so suspect it is all fine. I am wondering if some polyurethane bushes on the rack may help. I think most of the play is exaggerated by the huge steering wheel too, but it'd be nice to sort out to the best I can. maybe it's the lack of anti-roll bars, may fit some of those and some dolly springs (a bit lower and firmer I think?) at some point, though i'll try one thing at a time and see if it helps.
So all in all, very slow progress has been made, but the car is now somewhat safe and driveable again after the brakes had seized up and should hopefully stay that way with less occasional use. We now have sheltered parking spaces at work, so I may take the car in for a week just to see what it's like to daily drive. Hope you are all doing OK?