When I “finished” my car I got an email from a Heinkel friend in England that basically said “Congratulations, now you’ll probably spend as much time adjusting and debugging as you did restoring!”. He’s been right so far.
One issue that has literally been in my face is the speedometer. It just doesn’t work. When I was rebuilding I removed the speedo from the casing and carefully lubricated it, then tested it. When I’m driving though, it looks like this:
|GPS Speedo: 30; Heinkel Speedo: -0-|
I’ve been using a free iPhone app as a speedo, and at this point I’m pretty good at estimating my speed within a few miles per hour with or without it. While the GPS speedo is useful for keeping the passenger occupied (and their mind off of my sometimes terrible shifting), wouldn’t it be nice to have a real speedometer and odometer?
|Speedo testing with Drill|
|Cruising at 20 MPH with my Ryobi Drill|
That’s a project for another day…