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Old 02-09-2015, 07:01 AM
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Car was delivered on Saturday evening around 5pm. Bought sight unseen on the word of the seller about its condition and a conversation with Rick - Letterman7 who knew the car best. I had a gentleman's agreement with the seller if the car was not to my liking I would pay him $500 for his time and travel so long as he had represented it accurately. Car arrived after the 3+ hour trip across the state and money changed hands. I'm now the new owner of #114.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:08 AM
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The car still runs and drives however I have a few bugs to work out. No brake lights or turn signals and puking out oil on the driveway. Tomorrow is another day and I will get to sorting thing out then. For now the car is resting in the driveway of the empty house next door for the night.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:17 AM
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Congrats, now you join the minority of having a drivable sterling, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little jealous. Keep posting pics maybe it will give the rest of us slackers some motivation to finish our own cars!
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:53 AM
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Good to see an old friend again....


And on letting it spill oil on someone else's driveway. I would check the lines going from the oil cooler adapter on the back of the block (which were just elbow fittings if memory serves) to the oil cooler itself. My bet is one of those lines may have gotten damaged somehow. And, there is no limit switch on the spoiler actuator. Activating the toggle to raise it you'll have to watch in the mirror until you hear it reach the upper limit - you'll hear the strain as it hits the fiberglass. Even driving down the highway I could tell when it was at the limit. It was/is a little hokey, but worked perfectly to drop temperatures on really hot days.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:13 PM
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Hooray! Great purchase.
I am glad to see it still looks good. And thanks a lot for saving my marriage! I was having intensive fellowship with my wife about this car when it came up. We are saving for a big vacation in June but I was about to make it a smaller one.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy driving it. And if not then I am not that far away.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:05 PM
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Congratulations!
Ive pondered a few times of going Fred's route of having a daily driver, AND the garage queen.
The wife ix-nayed that idea quickly.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:57 PM
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Well I hope you guys all feel the same this summer when the car is up for sale again after #310 is finished!
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:58 PM
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I think you'll have a few interested party's when that comes. In the meantime ime looking forward to seeing more pictures of this car and I can't wait to see what you come up with on your other car too!
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:02 PM
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Guess I better make room somewhere, huh?
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Old 02-10-2015, 05:50 AM
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My Sunday ... first full day of ownership started with giving #114 a bath and coat of polish. I drove the car back up to my shop and along the way discovered just how pungent the smell of mice / rat is inside the car while under motion. YUM!
So after some nasal investigation and a leaf blower I found at least one of the old homes inside the drivers side pod. A box full of debris and a half a bottle of fabreeze later I might have at least some of it knocked down.

I also started to chase down a few other issues. No brake lights and no blinkers. I sorted out the brake lights pretty quickly, was just two bad brake switches. The blinkers will have to wait till another day.

Driving the car the few miles I did I also discovered something I have to change, the seats. Sorry Rick, but I just can't drive the car with my bald head sticking out the t-tops. I have to lay the seat so far back to get my head down that I feel like i am laying down. Not only am I uncomfortable, but it makes seeing out of the car near impossible for me and it makes my neck hurt. I don't remember this being an issue in #310 so I set out to see what I can do. I think #310 pans are a bit deeper and I know the seats are not as thick. So I popped the seat out and test fit a fiberglass shell I have. Actually I tried 3 different seat shells I have and found a winner. Yes they might not be as soft and comfortable as the Triumph seats but I feel much better closer to the floor and have a better driving position. No worries, I will save the seats and include them with the car when you buy it back.

My plan was to build a custom seat shell for Sterling #310 similar to those I saw during a web search so I guess I will be doing it sooner then later. That is exactly what I was hoping #114 would do for me, teach me about these cars and help me make changes before mine is finished.
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