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    Default Here we go again... '81 Scorpion, Take #2


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    Long time no post.
    So yeah, got sick of the endless clusterfuck that was the blue POS, so I bought another one.

    Astron II 2.6, 5spd, 260k, typically 80's grey interior blah blah etc etc.

    Excuse the potato-phone pics.
    Pre-sheep:




    Post-sheep, pre-repair:


    Post-repair:


    With spots. You know, it actually looks kinda cool, in a grassroots rally car kinda way. Or, y'know, that's just the inner bogan showing through.:


    Much better body and interior than the blue one, needs a bit of work in the mechanical dept. though.

    Pros:
    -Runs, pretty well considering. Idles neatly at just under 1k, revs cleanly right through to 5500rpm, has the occasional miss at idle but that's to be expected with old plugs and the original 1981 vintage dizzy cap.
    -Drives well, again, considering. Nice and solid on the road, with no untoward behaviour.
    -Good body
    -Tidy interior
    -New shocks
    -New brakes
    -Pacemaker headers/spankers 2" stainless exhaust

    Cons:
    -260k
    -At least one fucked tappet, either that or a slowly dying bearing. Gonna fuck off the hydraulic roller rockers and cam for a known good flat tappet setup out of an early Astron I motor when I do the timing chain, so I guess we'll find out then.
    -Slap-happy timing chain
    -Carby needs a good, thorough clean and a kit, uses a fucktonne of fuel. Should be netting around 12-13L/100km, it's getting more like 20. May even ditch it for a Fagna carb, they're supposed to be better.
    -Shit paint, worse since a recent altercation with a wayward crossbred lamb.
    -Gayer-than-aids banzai bonnet
    -Rattle clips are missing from the driver's rear caliper
    -Rattle from the front end
    -Needs a wheel alignment
    -Shiiiittttttt headlights. Nothing unusual there though. which brings us to the next point,
    -Commodore-spec little nudge bar and spotlights, I like being able to see, new globes won't improve things worth a damn and it's what I had lying around. Still need wiring though, need to dig up a relay, toggle switch and some wire from somewhere.

    So yeah, mostly little shit, with a little luck once I've got the parts together it should be apples inside a week.

    Once the issues are sorted and it's re-registered, it needs:
    -Springs from the blue car
    -New tyres F+R
    -Centrelines on the rear
    -Whatever else I decide I want to do to it

    Might rebuild the stocker with G54BT pistons, an M7 head and a basic EFI turbo setup pushing 10, maybe 12psi, or turf the lot and chuck in an MPI Staz motor like I was going to do with the blue one, haven't decided yet. Hell, I could even just end up going with a stock NA EFI setup, that'd be oodles powerful enough for my mediocre (at best, and that's being generous...) steering.
    For now, standard refresh, 34ADM, fix up the exhaust leak and drive.

    TL;DR? I bought another Scorp, it's not as fucked as the old one so I'll be carrying on the project with this one instead.

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    Some better pictures of this piece of shit. 'Scuse the mess, I'm wiring shit. Yes, it's a tad... brown.




    Filthy slut of an engine



    S-G windscreen sticker, just 'coz


    "Aww mah ghawdd, beast stereo ay cuz"


    Toggle switch will eventually control the spots. They'll come on with the high beams as per normal, the switch is so I have the option of just high beams. Handy for in town etc.
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    Definitely has potential, needs much work haha, cool car though

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    Cheers man.
    Due for rego in April, can get started on low/wheels/EFI after that. Gonna spend the time between then and now getting the thing up to scratch.

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    Yeah definitely

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    Wanna see some truly horrible rust?



    Cunt's fucked, might have to scrap it.

    But seriously though, this is the cleanest shell I've ever seen. There's a bit more, but that little patch there's the worst of it.
    Nothing a bit of filler won't semi-permanently fix 8)

    Also, this thing is due for rego in the 1st. Pinkslip on the 4th, then I'll throw the blue POS's springs in it. Will be re-registered with gravel-friendly low and 14x7s rear by mid April.

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    Gonna be cool with low, rego's due on the 1st though so that'll have to wait til the pinkslip's done. I have doubts that my rego guy would appreciate me rocking up with choppies in the front.

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