managed to solve the misfire by pulling the lead to cylinder #1 and cleaning the end. Strange
at least it turned out to be a relatively simple fix (which I really should have sorted out sooner), but bearing in mind I'll be getting all new leads when going to wasted spark/individual coils when the Link is installed there's not much point changing them now. Though I may have to think of some sort of contingency plan if it reappears...
So with the silver squid happy for now I spent a bit of time this weekend in between household chores doing a bit of last-minute prep for Nizfest, which is next Saturday. I've somehow had my arm twisted into displaying both my DR30s in the show and shine - the coupe pretty much just needs a wash and it'll be ready to go, but squid has been in storage for the last few months (due to the aforementioned misfire amongst other reasons) so I gotta do a few things to get it back up to scratch.
Since I swapped the Watanabes over to the coupe, squid has been sitting on standard rims and won't get a WOF as the tyres are completely shot (cracks in sidewalls and all sorts of crazy carry on). Besides, who wants to see it on the original boring-arse R30 wheels anyway? So I went and dug my deep-dish Ewing IIIs out of storage yesterday, gonna run a pair of 225/50s on the back (cheers to my mate sheepers) and a pair of 205/55s up front (which have been lying around unused since I pulled them off the RX-7) which is the exact same tyre combo as the coupe.
Today - washed and waxed it for the first time in ages to get rid of a whole heap of dust and detritus from sitting in storage. I don't think it made much difference to the finish, oddly enough.
Then decided to fit that new rear seat I acquired some months ago. Finding one on Yahoo was a pure stroke of luck in itself - the red stripey pattern is the rarest of the trim options, and the alternative was to spend upwards of $700 getting the existing one re-upholstered, and with no guarantee that the replacement fabric would match!
Large shipping package, and sweet dish in the background.
Contents: DR30 Skyline rear seat. Not sure what's so fragile about a wire frame wrapped in a bit of foam and cloth? Lewl.
Like an inquisitive pet, squid wants to know what's in the box.
This is yuck! Comparison of old and busted rear seat back vs. the new hotness.
I have plans to scavenge the fabric from the old rear seat back (or base, depending which one has enough coverage) to repair the driver's seat. This probably won't happen before Nizfest though, so hopefully no one asks any pointed questions about it
Also during the week my new old stock retro Pioneer audio cradle finally arrived, special delivery, courtesy of Ewan @ hayatonka. Ironically enough, it was cheaper AND faster to send via seamail, instead of in the latest container. Go figure!
This is a genuine aftermarket part manufactured especially for the R30 Skyline, back when the Lonesome Carboy range of component audio gear was really popular and people were adding tape decks, equalizers and the whole shebang to their cars - Pioneer definitely doesn't make stuff like this anymore, and you gotta love how understated their packaging was in the 1980s. Nowadays it's all flash graphics and marketing jargon.
Hopefully I'll have some time one upcoming evening or weekend to dummy-fit the cradle and the cassette deck I have lying around. Question is, do I fit an extra amp or an equalizer in that second space? Choose wisely, young would-be Jedi.
And on that bombshell, the epic parts collection mission for squid which has taken somewhere in the order of two and a half years and gobbled up over ten thousand dollars has finally concluded.