Don't worry, this thing will get more love in the future. Right now I have a ton of other projects ahead of it, but want to get it back on the road in the mean time.
It was a friend of mine's first car, had it in high school, etc. I don't know the last time it was on the road but it was a long time ago. Has a lot of 80s resto goodies and high school hackerage. It is a pretty good solid car though, and I am a big Pontiac guy so I grabbed it off of him. He recently moved out of town and realized that he was never going to get to it, so he gave me a good deal on it.
So we decided to do a quick thrash on it and get it back on the road in time for a car show on June 4th. Short timeline, but I think we can do it. I have a shop, although I specialize in Jeeps, so we can throw it on the lift and get it done quickly we are hoping.
Now the big issues:
The fuel system is crap, has a lot of scale and rust in the lines and tank. That was one of the issues back in the day, and sitting only made it worse. Going to install a new gas tank and fuel lines.
The distributor is stupid. From what another friend has told me, it was all goofed up and didn't run right ever. Going to swap on a stock GM HEI on it.
Tail light harness is haxored, so going to replace that.
I think replacing those things we can get it on the road, and then doing the normal stuff like fluid changes and brakes and all, we should be good to get it on the road.
It needs a lot of other stuff too down the line. The paint is not great and peeling and chipped, has some very minor rust issues, the interior is done up like an old conversion van with crushed velour, and it has a.......um......Chebby motor......
Distant plans are to rewire the whole car, install a big cube Poncho motor with a built TH400, 9" rear with better gears, and make it a badass street strip machine. This is after I finish my CJ8 Scramber, my 98 Trans Am, my 89 Firebird Formula, and other lingering projects.