This morning I pulled the second top cylinder off and drained it. At that point I could not resist putting the top down manually. I got this far before it hit the garage door. Which is just as well since I needed to vacuum 30 years worth of crap out the nooks and crannies of the top.
Well that looks good. This will be fun if I can ever get it on the road.
I still need to track down a pump. Meanwhile I will flush out the system. I poured paint thinner in a jar and worked the top cylinders to flush them out.
I then took the jar and propped it up with the ends of the top hoses in it. I then used my hand pump to suck the thinner through the lines.
Lots of ugly came out. The good news is the lines are not leaking. The bad news is I don’t have a lot of confidence in them. But this is all I can do until I find a pump.
I decided to revisit the tail light buckets again. This spring looks promising…
I should have taken more pictures but I got on a roll. Basically I pulled the contact buttons out of the rubber bung and put 3-4 coils of spring under them. The bottom of the springs rest nicely on the contact holder and push the contact up tightly against the bulb. I put everything back together and tested. Works great. Enough for today.