Old bae and new bae staring each other down. White girl and brown girl share shoes both think they wear them better.

Part 5 from sometime last year:

Since last we spoke, little has happened. I traded the ‘Lude for a MB 300E that I recently sold, sold a van I had, bought an E30 with tax money, and finally decided to work on the persistent disappointment that lurks outside my front door.

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Over the last 10 days I have been collecting parts to get this sour Kraut back to running condition. This time with zero excuses.

I had trouble with spark before I got it running last time so I bought a distributor hall effect sensor (pick up coil), the starter was dead so I got one of those, the signal wire to the starter burned off so I bought wire, butt connectors and a pack of female blade quick disconnects, and to top it off a battery because that was dead also. Like I said, no excuses.

Pulled the dizzy to rebuild it and the first think I encountered was a slotted screw that was stubborn. Rather than spend all my time in that, I decided to put the starter in.

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2 bolts and a nut, starter out. I fix the length of wire that is horribly corroded and burnt for the signal wire with aforementioned electrical hardware and reinstall starter.

Happy with my handiwork, I turn the key. Nothing. Dammit.

Oh yea, the battery...

Installed battery, got dingding key noises, turn key. Nothing. Dammit.

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Those high amperage cables from the battery were rather corroded. Back under the car, clean lugs until shiny like new penny, install, even more proud of a job done proper.

Insert key, depress clutch, turn key.

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Nothing.

DAMMIT.

Whip out trusty Klein DMM. Set for continuity beep. Check every fuse in the car. Good. Dammit.

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By then it was dark. I was going to work on it today but it’s amazing the influence an infant has on your time schedule.

More soon?....