An idea from another thread was to post those lessions we’ve learned the hard way.
Problem:How about loosing all the brake fluid and no brakes because the fluid resevoir was knocked loose.
Solution: zip tie the reservoir.
Problem: Sudden loss of power, usually after going over a bump.
Solution: Zip tie the fuel pump relay into place. Ditto its neighboring relays which are for oxygen sensor heat-up(not really important) and I think the other is a main relay for electronic controls (?).
Problem: Rear end out of alignment, again, cause all the trailing arm nuts/bolts are loose.
Solution: Retain your alignment specs by painting the nuts/bolts.Put a black line on the yellow paint to “tick mark” youralignment. I don’t have a solution for the loostening of the bolts.It just happens.
More to come. Keep this thread in a Problem/Solution format and try to stay on topic? I’ll let Scott Gress chime-in with more stories that are sure to entertain and enlighten.Can’t wait to read the problem/solution summary at the end.
Oops here is another…
Problem: Under car tightening of components.
Solution: Use yellow paint to mark the tight nut bolts so you can tell at a glance if anything has worked its way loose.
Problem: Sand blasting of windshield.
Solution: Yearly replacement of NASCAR-type tear-off film.
Problem: Hood is in the way for servicing
Solution: Grind off the outer swege that holds the hood pivot bushings in place.Drive the bushings out with a round punch (screwdriver). Replace the bushings with clevis pins from the hardware store. Now the hood comes off in 10 seconds.
Problem: Soft brake pedal and/or you feel the need to replace the brake booster. Or, worse yet, sudden loss of brakes with a massive pull to one side.
Solution: Please, please replace all of your 20+ year old brake lines when you build the car. They are not up to the pressures that we use when racing and the will blow out. The old rubber expands when you stomp on the brakes and the extra “compliance” is a problem.The rubber will often split or just flat-out come out of the steel fittings.