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Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 Chevy Belair, car parts dealers, chevy belair
car parts dealers, chevy belair, wheel cylinders: Yes, that is a good repair, so long as the bores of the wheel cylinders are not badly eroded or scored. Wheel cylinders should be available from the old car parts dealers - have you tried Kanter Brothers in New Jersey? - I m pretty sure they will have them...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Belair seatbelts, eye bolts, seat belts
eye bolts, seat belts, aircraft cable: Not that I know of. The last seat belts that I installed in the rear of an old car, I used after market belts and substitutd grade 8 eye bolts for the kit supplied bolts. I installed the eye under the car and attached aircraft cable to the eyes and around...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 dodge dart 270, dodge dart 270, 225 slant 6
dodge dart 270, 225 slant 6, auto stores: Something is real squirrely here. Just adding new gas should not make the car smoke and adding lead addative should make on difference. It sounds like a complete change of fluids like gas and engine oil would be a place to start. Then take a compression test...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Mustang headlight puzzle, halogen headlights, engine wiring harness
halogen headlights, engine wiring harness, halogen headlight bulbs: This is typical of the sort of problems we get into when we change things from the original design. The engineers who set up the electrical system in your car did not provide for Halogen headlights. Thank goodness your circuit breaker is working well, it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '73 cuda, double filament, filament bulb
double filament, filament bulb, light probe: Joshua, You need a multimeter or an automotive test light probe. These are not expensive. I would opt for the multimeter, you can do so much more with it. There is likely a contact switch by the brake pedal. I m not sure if this model passes a 12VDC...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '87 Buick steering column not centered, buick grand national, 1987 buick grand national
buick grand national, 1987 buick grand national, accident check: Hi Jeff: Sounds like the car has been in an accident. Check for damage under the hood just below the Master Cylinder. That is where the steering column leads to your rack. Also, check your front fender paint against the hood and door paint (do this in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: antique car horn repair, antique car horn, white post restorations
antique car horn, white post restorations, competent technician: These are pretty simple devices - I d think any competent technician could figure out how to fix it - but I don t know of anyone specifically, and I m retired! I suggest you call White Post Restorations in White Post Virginia and ask them for help. Their...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Brake Noise, rear brakes, ford mustang
rear brakes, ford mustang, brake noise: Metal touching metal when you step on the brake pedal is a very serious symptom. Do not drive the car any further that way. If you can tell which end of the car the noise is coming from, pull the drums at that end of the car and inspect the brake mechanism....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Chev fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, manifold vacuum
fuel pressure regulator, manifold vacuum, chev silverado: The pressure will drop with the engine idling and go up when the engine is not running or you stomp on the go pedal. the fuel pressure regulator reads intake manifold vacuum to help lean out the mixture when the engine is under no load and then richen the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Crankcase capacity of 235 Chev. inline 6, spark plug gap, crankcase oil
spark plug gap, crankcase oil, brake horsepower: Hi Ed: She is a beauty... Oil Capacity 5 qts. Some other useful information about the 235 engine... 1950 Chevrolet 235 Engine Specifications Bore 3 9/16 Stroke 3 15/16 Displacement 235.5 ci Compression 6.75 : 1 Max Brake Horsepower 105 @ 3600...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Custom Bel Air, but not any more..., metal fabrication tools, lincoln mark viii
metal fabrication tools, lincoln mark viii, chevy bel air: Hi Tim: Here is what I would do. I would start reading the hot rod and street rod magazines. They are written by the guys and gals that have done or paid to have done the kind of transplants that you are talking about. As far as engine mounts and stuff being...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: car repair/ going dead, buik regal, vacuum lines
buik regal, vacuum lines, vacuum leak: Tim, It could be any of the following: - Carburation - Engine timing - vacuum leak; including emissions controls I would start with a good tuneup. Check all the vacuum lines looking for cracked/broken/disconnected ones. Check engine compression while...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: carb sweating and frosting, intergral, intake manifold
intergral, intake manifold, frosting: Sam, Check the preheat tube to the carb(flexible aluminum/paper 2 1/4 ), and the exhaust heat tubes (2, one on each side) intergral to the intake manifold. There should also be an engine breather to the air cleaner(1 rubber). All of these help keep the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: carbuerator, cadillac fleetwood, jury rig
cadillac fleetwood, jury rig, 1947 cadillac: The 1947 Cadillac came with an automatic choke. There was no manual choke available, so there is no provision on the carburetor to hook one up. You might be able to jury-rig a connection to some part of the linkage, but I d advise just getting the automatic...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: classic/antique turnsignals, lighting flashes, electrical expert
lighting flashes, electrical expert, lincoln continental: I have really no hope of being able to diagnose this without working on the car myself. I d start by disconnecting the bulkhead multi-pin connector in the firewall and cleaning and burnishing every contact (and there are about 30 or more of them), and tightening...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Dodge Dart 270, dodge dart 270, rear bench seat
dodge dart 270, rear bench seat, mold and mildew: Hello Peter, thanks for asking - I m doing OK for an old geezer, I guess. If you re wondering where I was for 3 months, I m being treated for the old man s disease (prostate cancer), and the treatment really sapped my energy, so I signed off of this service...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: engine, 1972 chevy c10, vacuum advance
1972 chevy c10, vacuum advance, performance cam: David, Assuming the engine is in good shape and timed correctly, it is likely carburetion. Several things to check: - The idle speed screw of idle jets are misadjusted. - The choke is not opening after warmup. - The main jets are clogged or mismatched...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: FORDOMATIC TRANSMISSION, neutral safety switch, shift pattern
neutral safety switch, shift pattern, steering column: Your car did not come with an automatic transmission - 1951 was the first year for the Fordomatic. I can t really be any help here, because I don t know what was done when the automatic was put in. The problem may be internal to the transmission, or it may...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 Ford Electrical Problem, headlight switch, condenser
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 Ford Electrical Problem, headlight switch, condenser, headlights

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 packard 833, wheel camber, pivot pin
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 packard 833, wheel camber, pivot pin, inclination

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1984 Chevy 305 Small Block, brake warning light, radiator cap
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1984 Chevy 305 Small Block, brake warning light, radiator cap, master cylinder

Classic/Antique Car Repair: antique car horn repair, klaxon horn, ebay
Classic/Antique Car Repair: antique car horn repair, klaxon horn, ebay, guts

Classic/Antique Car Repair: idle 2000 gt mustang 4.6
Classic/Antique Car Repair: idle 2000 gt mustang 4.6

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vin number, metal plate
Classic/Antique Car Repair: vin number, metal plate

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel gauge on 1967 plymouth gtx, 1967 plymouth gtx, chysler imperial
1967 plymouth gtx, chysler imperial, jumper wires: On the fuel tank when I have this problem with an older car I usually drop the tanks. Remove the sender and connect it to the circuit with jumper wires. Then with the key on move the sender arm and watch the gage. If it responds correctly then check the fit...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: GEN dashboard warning light is on, cadillac coupe deville, 1969 cadillac coupe deville
cadillac coupe deville, 1969 cadillac coupe deville, battery cables: Hi Frederic: Replace the battery. Make sure it is of the correct amps. I believe your car call for around 80 amps cold cranking power. That should provide enough power for all those electrical features on that baby. When a battery bubbles, it mean all...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Generator Polarizing, jumper wire, cj3
jumper wire, cj3, b battery: With a jumper wire flash the B battery and A armiture terminals on the voltage regulator. This should do the trick if it needs polarizing. I would install the generator and start the engine observing the charge indicator or a volt meter across the battery....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Generator problems!, google search, farming areas
google search, farming areas, zero traffic: From the symptoms you describe, I am fairly certain that your generator is only just barely working. Most likely, it needs to be rebuilt, but you could probably get by if you only clean the commutator section of the armature, and replace the brushes, which...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Generator and regulator, model a ford, charging system
model a ford, charging system, batt: Before you take much apart, make sure the cut out is functioning properly. Take off the cut out and see if you get a voltage. If you spinn it, it should charge. I don t have the wiring of the inside of the gen., it should be pretty straight forward. It...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Hood on a 1930 Model A, screw holes, brass brazing
screw holes, brass brazing, ford model: The only hinges I know of are the two 1/4 in. rods. We replace those two rods with 1/4 in. (brass) brazing rods. They won t rust. Maybe you are talking about the two pivots at the front and rear of the hood. If the screw holes don t line up on the new...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Ignition Cylinder Replacement in 68 Camaro, 68 camaro, 1968 camaro
68 camaro, 1968 camaro, cylinder replacement: Those lock cylinders are pretty well engineered to prevent getting them apart any other way than what I described using the key. I wouldn t advise trying it - you are very likely to ruin the lock. You can still take one of the old door locks off the car...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: idle 2000 gt mustang 4.6, throttle valves, computer operation
throttle valves, computer operation, air valve: You are going to have to get into the computer operation and the sensors on this one. When you throw a load on the engine like the A/C the computer sensor read the load. It then askes the computer to increase throttle opeing by opening an air valve to increase...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: ignition coil resistor, ballast resistor, cleaning solution
ballast resistor, cleaning solution, possiblity: First, I want to explain the delay in my answer: The All-Experts site has a problem that they seem unable to fix - it causes as much as 3 days to elapse before they send out the questions. I just got this this minute! The ballast resistor always runs...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: ignition switch disassembly, lock cylinder, key switch
lock cylinder, key switch, electrical contact: You cannot get it apart if you don t have the key. If you have the key, you can stick a pin in the hole in the face next to the keyslot and turn the inner part of the switch past the normal stop with the pin depressing a catch inside the lock, then the lock...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: locked braks 1935 Oldsmobile, emergency cable, rear wheels
emergency cable, rear wheels, 1935 oldsmobile: If you have room to back the car up some times this will free up the cables. Short of that the only way that I have been able to free up these cables is soaking with penetrating oil over a period of time. I have had some that I have had to cut the cables off...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Maximum weight, maximum weight, e mail
maximum weight, e mail, aa: I m sorry but I don t. I have afriend who just restored one and I can ask him when I get back up in Mich. He has no e mail. I bet you could put 2000# in it with no trouble. I doubt that it was rated that high, but it s a tough old truck. If I can find...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Model A Ford Headlight Switch, good luck jack, model a roadster
good luck jack, model a roadster, model a ford: I can t answer you, but when I did it it was obvious. They had notches that put things in the correct position. I think the wiring diagram helped too. With the diag. you should be able to figure it out. (Famous last words). Page 367 of the hand book shows...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Model A windshield repair, glue sides, gasket material
glue sides, gasket material, windshield repair: I have not done that before, but I will try to find out for you. jack Is a roadster , fordor, or town sedan??? The lower piece just slides in and you trim it to fit the corners. The sides slide in too. Cut the corners on an angle to look good. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: mold removal, liquid detergent, mold removal
liquid detergent, mold removal, vinyl seats: Hi Ken: The first thing to do is dry the car our. Summer-time heat is the best way to do this. Otherwise use fans and warm dry air. Once the mold is dry (and dead), you can brush off much of the spores with a hand broom. Then make a solution of 50 water...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Oil Change, routine oil changes, variable viscosity
routine oil changes, variable viscosity, napa store: First, I want to explain the delay in my answer: The All-Experts site has a problem that they seem unable to fix - it causes as much as 3 days to elapse before they send me the questions. I just got this this minute! You have a problem that all of us...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Power Window ploblems, gauge wire, front doors
gauge wire, front doors, 12 volt: Hi Dave: If the windows will go up OK, but won t come down, the problem may be elsewhere. Windows operate on a gear and rail system. So if the gears was broken, you would have problem in either direction. I think you may be getting bad contact. if you can...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: pre 1914 brass/bronze hub caps, hub caps, motor carriage
hub caps, motor carriage, brass bronze: I think those are valuable, but you will have to find the buyer. I will check with some friends and see what they say and get back to you. Hang on to them. jack Here is what one friend says. Not much help so far. jack If these are American car...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rebuild engine for 38 chevy pickup, vintage chevrolet club, auto repair manuals
vintage chevrolet club, auto repair manuals, google search: There was only the one engine used for all vehicles from Chevrolet that year - in fact for many years. The best source of information on this engine would be the original factory manuals for it, but a pretty good source of info is any of the Motor s auto...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: "Shade Tree Mechanic", shade tree mechanic, sunbeam alpine
shade tree mechanic, sunbeam alpine, good luck jack: That s a tough question. I assure you that there is a guy who will do just as you want, but finding him will be hard. I would google the sunbeam and look for a car club near you. If you can find them, then ask them for some help. Try the Hemmings site...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Silver shadow parts., silver shadow, aftermarket parts
silver shadow, aftermarket parts, brake pads: Hi Jorge: I get most of my parts (Oil/Air Filters) for this website: http://www.jaggraveyard.com/ If you need special parts like Starters, Plugs, Fuel Pump, etc. You can get these from specialty shops that carry Rolls Royce aftermarket parts. Let me...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: System not charging:Part 3, volt ohm meter, mounting bolt
volt ohm meter, mounting bolt, light harness: First of all check the grounds between the body and the engine. Then make sure that the voltage regulator is grounded to the fire wall. I have been known to run a ground wire from the regulator mounting bolt to the alternator case on these cars. Now a question...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: starting problem, buick roadmaster, starter solenoid
buick roadmaster, starter solenoid, jumper wire: I m probably going to irritate you by being picky here, but chalk it up to my engineering training - I want to be very sure I understand what you are telling me: 1. When you say the I terminal goes to Ignition, do you mean it goes to the (+) terminal...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Turbo 400, turbo 400, prob
turbo 400, prob, gears: Ross, I don t know what a turbo 400 is, but the easy answer is low on trans fluid. Automatic trans are very simple to those who work on them. It should be easy to fix. Sounds like it is trying to shift. Make sure the fluid is up and if that is not the prob,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: temperature range, degree thermostat, temp guage
degree thermostat, temp guage, radiator hose: A new, tight engine will always run hot until it is well broken in. 230 is scary high, though, so I d check that the cooling system is in good shape. You should be running a 195 degree thermostat, and you shouldn t see much above 200 or maybe 210 unless...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: training -young talent into craftsmen, classic car restoration, vo tech
classic car restoration, vo tech, lincoln highway: Doug, I wish that I had this question two weeks ago as we passed through Lincoln and I would have stopped to say hello. As far as a Vo Tech goes, check with your state office of education and see what the requirements are. There are many private schools all...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: tranny swap, 700r, 700r4
700r, 700r4, transmision: This is a much newer vehicle than I am used to working on, so take this advice with that in mind. The only automatic I would put behind a 454 is a Turbo-Hydro 400 - those were what was used when the engine first came out, and it can take the torque of a big...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vin number, good luck jack, chevrolet fleetmaster
good luck jack, chevrolet fleetmaster, motor numbers: They did not use vin numbers back then, but they did put motor numbers on and body numbers. Look on the side of the engine and transmission. Look under the hood for some faint numbers punched into the sheet metal. If there is a cowl seal at the base of...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 12v electrical problem, alternator test, voltage regulater
alternator test, voltage regulater, battery cable: You ve changed a lot of things and spent a lot of money, so we know the battery is good, and the generator and voltage regulator are working well. That s good, but the most important thing is to find out what is DRAINING the battery. The way to do this...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Model A Ford - Valve Guides, model a ford, vgt
model a ford, vgt, valve guide: You use a valve guide driver to drive them down into the block - when it won t go any further, break the bottom end off and then drive the remainder the rest of the way down until it falls out. You need a special driver to do this. One source is the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1933 Pontiac engine., kleenex tissue, spark plug wire
kleenex tissue, spark plug wire, pontiac engine: The usual cause of failure to start after this area of the engine was worked on is mixed up plug wires. The other possiblity is that a wire was knocked loose, so check that first before you go to the trouble of sorting out the plug wires. Check the two screw...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1936 ford philco radio, hemmings motor news, philco radio
hemmings motor news, philco radio, old radios: I have a modern radio in the glove box of my 41 Ford. There are companies that specialize in retroofitting old radios. My stock answer for “where can I find….” Is to latch on to a copy of Hemmings Motor News, the old car hobbies classified bible. There are...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 ford deluxe steering wheel removal, horn button, iyt
horn button, iyt, hollow tube: At the base of the steering box under the hood you will find the headlight switch. Iyt is held on to the steering box with a snap bail spring. Remove the switch and ther should be a nut on a hollow tube that runs down through the column, and then thehrm button...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1949 Ford F1--motor oil--, 1949 ford f1, hemmings motor news
1949 ford f1, hemmings motor news, skinned knuckles: In my opinion, the controversy about reduction in zinc additives is way overblown - it is a repeat of all the noise that was made about eliminating the lead from gasoline. That turned out to be a non-problem, except for special cases involving very hard use...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 chevy truck, truck fires, vacuum leak
truck fires, vacuum leak, iron wonder: Just to confirm (your report was a bit too brief and I want to be sure I understand) 1. at no point did covering part of the air inlet on top of the carburetor, did the engine speed up, right? OK then we can forget about a vacuum leak. 2. you doublechecked...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Studebaker Champion, electric fuel pump, studebaker champion
electric fuel pump, studebaker champion, copper conductors: The 10W30 is thin enough that it hasn t been contributing to your starting problem, although I would still change it to straight 20W next time you change oil. I d run SAE30W in summer, the 20W in winter if your temp drops below 32 degrees. I just broke...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 Pontiac engine code number, pontiac oakland club, pontiac engine
pontiac oakland club, pontiac engine, door hinge: The engine number is stamped (not cast) on a machined surface of the block, on the forward face of the block on the passenger side, just below the parting line between the head casting and the block. It should start with either A, C, F, K, L, P, T, or W...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1958 Triumph TR3, rear brake drums, caliper pistons
rear brake drums, caliper pistons, ozone damage: Hi, Rich! When I did this to my old Rolls-Royces, they called it recommissioning , and it was complicated due to the complexity of the car. A Triumph, though, is quite a bit simpler. You will have to check the brake system for water and perished...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 Impala Data Plate, car color, code numbers
car color, code numbers, body style: For paint codes, http://www.xframechevy.com/pictures/1408.htm For body style, http://www.decodethis.com/PatternDetail.aspx?id=44 http://www.yearone.com/updatedsinglepages/Id_info/Impala/fullszvinplts.html http://www.yearone.com/yodnn/tech/VehicleInfoDecoding/GMBodyTagDecoding/tabid/344/Default.aspx...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 impala turns but does not start, fuel air mixture, spark plug wire
fuel air mixture, spark plug wire, doora: Hi, Rigo. You need two things for it to start: spark and fuel/air mixture. If you re getting spark, then it s not getting gas. Disconnect a fuel line where it enters the carburetor. Place the line in a coffee can, and turn the car over to see if the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 chevelle water leaks, chevelle, weatherstrip
chevelle, weatherstrip, windshield: Hey, Mike! This is SUCH a broad question that I ll give you a general answer, but I ll warn you off the bat that you re in for some work, first taking care of the obvious stuff, then when it s still leaking after that (and it will!), tracking down the remaining...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Plymouth belevedere Horn, plymouth belevedere, horn button
plymouth belevedere, horn button, relay switch: The control wire from the relay goes up though the steering column and the horn switch in the column then ground the control wire when the horn button is pushed. You need to make sure that it is a good circuit to ground from the steering column. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 mustang lifters, crank pulley, hydraulic lifters
crank pulley, hydraulic lifters, battery cables: You didn t say which engine your car has, so I don t know for sure what might be wrong, but unless you have a modified engine or an R code engine, your engine has hydraulic lifters - there is very little likelyhood that they are set wrong in such a way that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Rolls Royce Brakes, rolls royce silver shadow, royce silver shadow
rolls royce silver shadow, royce silver shadow, bentley dealer: Hi Pete: The Rolls Royce brake system is one of the most complicated and sophisticated ever built. It is totally Hydraulic and has dual brakes on the front and back wheels. Overkill, but that is the way it was designed. The brakes are controlled by dual nitrogen-charged...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 351 Cleveland 4V. Oil in radiator., mercury cougar, head gasket
mercury cougar, head gasket, oil consumption: There are several ways to uncover the problem. One is use a carbon monoxide detector on the radiator. most radiator shops have such a device. It will usually pick up a head gasket leak. If I were doing the job I would use a dye in the engine oil that will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1976 Rolls Royce Brakes, north hollywood ca, sirius ave
north hollywood ca, sirius ave, vineland ave: Hi Dale: I am located in North Carolina. There are several RR / Bently shops in Anaheim. I would check with at least the first 4 listed below to compare pricing and service quality. Not everyone knows these cars, so it would be a good idea to describe the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, spark plug cable, engine cranks
spark plug cable, engine cranks, timing gears: This is really too new a car for me to know much about, but I can give you a few ideas, and I suggest you also post your question to someone who is more familiar with recent cars. While a 1979 must seem to you like an old car, to me it is modern! If it were...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1981 corvet 350 choke light, good luck jack, florda
good luck jack, florda, car club: I am Model A guy, but I will tell you what I think. In 81, the choke was automatic so I don t know what a choke light is or what it is supposed to tell you. If the engine like the new carb, and the choke is not on after warm up, don t worry about it. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1984 GMC Sierra 2500, gmc sierra, power steering fluid
gmc sierra, power steering fluid, 007 james bond: The chirping noise is probably an exhaust manifold leak under power. A little kerosine down the carburetor intake when the engine is running will cause smoke and should pin point the problem. The second one will take some 007 James Bond work. I have no idea...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1986 buick somerset, rust stains, ozone damage
rust stains, ozone damage, cloth piece: Hi, Debbie! This cloth piece is called the headliner and is actually double-knit synthetic material with a foam backing. This foam goes bad after a few years from heat and ozone damage, and turns all crumbly and nasty. The plastic sheet is a vapor...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 Patrician suspension, 30 amp fuse, crank arms
30 amp fuse, crank arms, gear case: There is no reset switch. Unless the system is switched off (the toggle switch at the left end of the dash, hard to see it because it is black, very small, and on the bottom edge of the dash almost to the A pillar) or damaged, the car should level itself...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 59 lark 6 to chevy s/b 350 conversion kits, hotrod magazines, chevy 350
hotrod magazines, chevy 350, trans ams: Ricky, you picked the wrong guy to ask. I strongly advise you to forget this idea - unless you are an experienced automotive engineer with a test track and a crew of experienced test drivers to evaluate your new design after you do all the modifications required...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 ford galaxie only one click when trying to start, starter solenoid, screw driver
starter solenoid, screw driver, solenoid: Hi Mike: It could be a number of things, including the starter solenoid. If you want to put the same type of parts on your car, then when the starter was changed the solenoid should have been changed as well. Also, I recommend new aftermarket starter that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 impala not starting, electric fuel pump, 66 impala
electric fuel pump, 66 impala, starter solenoid: OK, I know Model A s, but your problem should be easy to solve. First, establish that you do have a good battery. Get a low cost batt. checker and make sure each cell is good. A battery should last only 5 or 6 yrs, so if yours is much older than that, get...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 mustang upper ball joint, auto repair manual, upper control arm
auto repair manual, upper control arm, upper ball joints: Get a manual for this car. The upper control arm needs to be supported before the big nut on the ball joint is removed to prevent the spring from coming out and slapping you in the face. A Motor s Auto repair manual will give the proceedure and they are available...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Thunderbird, thermostat switch, bear dick
thermostat switch, bear dick, minor leaks: Sorry for the slow reply. An old problem with the all-experts site has come back, and my questions are not coming through to me. I happened to check in on another matter and saw your follow-up question sitting in the que. To your questions: The air cleaner...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 cougar overheating, radiator hose, impeller blades
radiator hose, impeller blades, water pumps: THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SPRING INSIDE THE LOWER HOSE. THE LOWER HOSE IS THE INTAKE SIDE OF THE WATER PUMP. with THE ENGINE RUNNING THERE WILL BE A VACUUM PRESENT THERE THAT WILL COLLAPSE THE HOSE. YOU CAN PROBABLY GET A SPRING AT A HARDWARE STORE THAT WILL...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 70Mach1 electrical, automobile literature, side marker
automobile literature, side marker, wiring error: I m not sure in reading your question if you are saying the parking lights are working in the front or not. (The problem is I don t know what definition you are using for marker lights ). As a recovering truck driver, I think of marker lights as parking...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: !978 Corvette wont start, corvette pace car, spark plug wires
corvette pace car, spark plug wires, 78 corvette: Ok, an engine needs three things to run, fuel, compression, and spark. Since you smell fuel and you have given it a shot of either with no results, we can rule out the lack of fuel, but perhaps there is too much fuel like a flooding carburetor. I would check...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Chevy 454 dieseling problem, chevy 454, stop screw
chevy 454, stop screw, dieseling: I assume that you are talking about after run when you shut the engine down. The main cause is a throttle opening too much on shut down. I believe that there was an idle solenoid on that engine when new that when you shut the engine off closed the throttle....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: carburetor "johnson model", johnson model, jingle jangle
johnson model, jingle jangle, updraft: Hi, Richard, I ve found a couple of pages of an old Johnson carb manual. Here s the direct link to my photobucket album showing each page: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v693/jingle_jangle/MY%20CARS/?action=view¤t=1927-caburetor-052-600.jpg...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: conv top, good luck jack, fuse box
good luck jack, fuse box, dash switch: The leak may have damaged the motor. If you tried to run it with no fluid, the motor may be fried. Hope not. Try to put a hot wire to the motor, but only for an instant to see if it will run. If it does not run, or make some kind of noise, you will have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Dashboard lights on 1965 Mustang, dashboard lights, incandescent bulbs
dashboard lights, incandescent bulbs, resistance wire: I doubt there is anything wrong with your bulbs, if they are lighting at all. Most likely, the problem is an oxide build-up on your the dash light rheostat in your headlight switch - this is so common on these cars as to be almost universal. The way...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Dwell, point gap, feeler gauge
point gap, feeler gauge, moveable point: Dwell means the proportion of time that the points are closed for each cylinder s cycle. For your engine, the spec is 31 degrees, plus or minus 4 degrees. The dwell is set one of two ways. The precise way to set it is to us a dwell angle meter, but...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: No engine compression, table spoons, piston rings
table spoons, piston rings, zero compression: That sweet old Pontiac 8 was about the smoothes running engine on the road in it s day. That became a problem because when one cylinder dropped it was almost not noticeable unless listening close to the exhaust. Well here is how I would go on from here. I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Rolls Royce Brakes, rubber hoses, flexible pipes
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Rolls Royce Brakes, rubber hoses, flexible pipes, pressure oil

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 351 Cleveland 4V. Oil in radiator., natural byproduct, combustion gas
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 351 Cleveland 4V. Oil in radiator., natural byproduct, combustion gas, crank case

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1984 GMC Sierra 2500, exhaust manifold
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1984 GMC Sierra 2500, exhaust manifold

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 impala not starting, batt, jumper
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 impala not starting, batt, jumper

Classic/Antique Car Repair: !978 Corvette wont start, spark plug wires, new spark
Classic/Antique Car Repair: !978 Corvette wont start, spark plug wires, new spark, distributor cap

Classic/Antique Car Repair: flathead over heating, 1953 ford customline, steet stock
1953 ford customline, steet stock, head gaskets: My thought is NAY. For a steet stock engine if the radiator is clean and the head gaskets are not leaking overheating should not be a problem. The hole would probably work for an engine that you wanted to run at high speeds or heavy loads but you could get...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: ford 302, good luck jack, ford 302
good luck jack, ford 302, teflon tape: I m sorry, but I don t know anything about that engine. If you can drop the pan, you should be aboe to get at ti. They must have done something wrong and should fix it for you. I would not pull the engine. Sorry I can t help, but I know Model A s, not...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel pump reinstallation, jaguar xj12l, fuel pump relay
jaguar xj12l, fuel pump relay, wire car: If the pump was working why did you replace it? In this case I would get my trusty test light or voltmeter and make sure that the relay was feeding voltage to the pump. Also make sure that you did not interupt theground to the pump. If so I would install the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: no gauge power, napa store, fuel gauge
napa store, fuel gauge, fuel sending unit: OK, I think that is a wise move. If the sending wire is pulsating, you have a good gauge regulator, as you say, so the next step is to try a sender that you know is good. You can test it out of the tank first, but just hooking it up and grounding the mounting...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: gauges, dodge dart swinger, white lithium grease
dodge dart swinger, white lithium grease, speedometer cable: Hey, Bill... This can all be traced to one thing--the speedometer cable. It s needing lubrication, or it s picked up a kink, which is unlikely. To lubricate it, you need to disconnect it at either end, pull out the center cable, clean it in solvent,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Hillman/Sunbeam Zenith Carburetter, hillman minx, sunbeam cars
hillman minx, sunbeam cars, happy holidays: Hi, Anthony! This is a fairly easy request. I ve got one for a type 34VN; this is the same carb except for bore diameter and minor linkage differences. Here s the link: www.enfostuff.com/carbs/carburetor-zenith-34VN.pdf Happy holidays! --Pau...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Holley Carb 3814, mike urich, holley carb
mike urich, holley carb, napa store: There are too many possibilities here for me to try to think of all of them. My experience with rebuilt carburetors is VERY poor- I always rebuild them myself. I have found that the kits are very good in telling you exactly how to set them up, including...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: hydraulic brakes, oversize pistons, soft jaws
oversize pistons, soft jaws, aluminum stock: Hi, Eric! You don t mention what type of car, so Ill keep my answer general. This may not be possible to do without damaging the parts. The alloy pistons will have corroded and the cylinders are probably rusted from water in the fluid; brake fluid does...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Can not get lock cylinder with key 1966 F-100, screw driver, lock cylinder
screw driver, lock cylinder, f250 4x4: This is really odd. I have two almost identical trucks (a 66 F250 and a 65 F250 4X4) - I have changed the ignition switches in both trucks over the years, always buying new switches from NAPA -and had no trouble at all. Didn t your new switch come with...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: I'm not getting fire.., radio shack stores, electrical test equipment
radio shack stores, electrical test equipment, autolite spark plugs: Problems like this will get a different answer from every person you ask, and lead you down the wrong path more often than not. Don t do anything more until I give up on you, which I seldom do. What I d like to do is take baby steps, but I need to know...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: oil pan, plymouth fury iii, pan gasket
plymouth fury iii, pan gasket, kite string: This is a pretty simple job - just follow your nose and have a good light. You will have to take off the dust shield that covers the flywheel front (or flex plate cover if you have an automatic transmission,) but that is just 4 small cap screws. You...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: oil pan remove 1970 dodge dart, dodge dart, oil pan
dodge dart, oil pan, cylinder engine: There is no easy way to remove the oil pan on a six cylinder engine. We almost always lifted the engine out of the chassis to do this job. As the engine is a slat engine and sits unbalanced in the chassis it is a project to jack it high enough for the pan...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Question on electrical wiring - '64 F100 PU, asbestos insulation, flexible plastic
asbestos insulation, flexible plastic, tailights: I think you might have created a problem. each wire needs to be repaired with tape covering the bare spots before putting it into a loom of any kind. The bare sports on the wires can still come in contact with another wire with a bare spot and cause a short...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Sealed Beam Headlamp Conversion kit, sealed beam headlights, j c whitney
sealed beam headlights, j c whitney, lighting pattern: I typed out a very long answer to this, but the all-experts site seems to have lost it, so here goes again, as long as my fingers hold out. I hate when that happens! The big improvement in headlights that came with sealed beams was primarily because they...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: starting an old car, dodge colt, drive pulley
dodge colt, drive pulley, disconnected line: We just came through the San Francisco area two weeks ago in our motor home. Enjoyed our visit and your great seafood. Well we should not have to worry about damage from freezing so that eliminates a whole bunch of steps along the way. I would remove the spark...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Test fire a chevy 350., 78 corvette, 68 camaro
78 corvette, 68 camaro, corvette engine: Then engine will run with just the 12 volts connected to the distributor 12 volt wire. The only reason to add a switch would be so you can turn it off, but you can always just disconnect the 12 volts from the distributor, that will stop the engine immediately....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Tips on buying older cars?, 1967 chevy impala, parents and grandparents
1967 chevy impala, parents and grandparents, older cars: Hi Lawrence: Congratulation and welcome to the world of classical and antique cars! Your friends don t know what they are missing! When you step back in time with a classical car, you can feel and relate to your parents and grandparents (something many just...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Tips on buying older cars?, dual master cylinder, chevrolet engines
dual master cylinder, chevrolet engines, older cars: Any older car can be very reliable if it is well maintained. The 67 Impala is an excellent choice - it is new enough to have seat belts, excellent lights and a dual master cylinder, so it will be much safer than older cars, although there is no getting around...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: transaxle, volkswagon beetle, measurement tool
volkswagon beetle, measurement tool, hypoid gear: Jakie, It can only be accessed from under the car, but the car must be level if jacked up for an accurate check. There is a 17mm hex plug on the drivers side of the transmission case. Take off the plug, use your finger as a measurement tool, the fluid...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: VINTAGE CAR THERMOSTAT, car thermostat, google search
car thermostat, google search, dodge bros: What you are describing is not a Thermostat but simply a thermometer. This was not an original factory item, but it was a very common accessory, found on all brands of cars in that era because cars didn t come from the factory with dash engine temp gauges...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: valve adjustments, valve lifters, pontiac engine
valve lifters, pontiac engine, chevy engine: The valve lifters are the things that run on the cam and the push rods set in the cup on the top of the lifter. If they are defective and need to be replaced the intake manifold and the valley pan need to come off as well as the valve covers and rocker arms....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: winter storage 1967 chevelle, battery cables, rear tires
battery cables, rear tires, winter storage: There will be as many answers to this question as people you ask - everyone has a different idea. The best thing for the car is to drive it for at least 5 miles every two weeks - if you do that, all you need to do is to be sure the gas tank is full each...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 Buick, sport roadster, seat 132
sport roadster, seat 132, style chart: 1931 Buick Style Chart by SuperCar Specialty Description................................................Model....Style...Cyl 2 Dr. Sedan, 5 Pass., 114 W.B. ............................50 ......501 .....8 4 Dr. Sedan, 5 Pass., 114 W.B. ............................57...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1940 Buick Ignition Coil, path of least resistance, external resistor
path of least resistance, external resistor, dick benjamin: If I answer all three do I win the trifecta? Well lets try. First of all you will not need to get into the armored cable to check to see if the coil is being switched on. The simple test is to make sure the ignition points are open. We used to use a match...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1940 Buick ignition, armored cable, short trip
armored cable, short trip, tomorrow afternoon: George - I see your comment about making a follow up. If I get it within the next 24 hours, I ll try to answer it, but we are leaving on a short trip tomorrow afternoon (All-Experts system time, which is GMT). If the site won t accept your follow up, post...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Chevy PU, wd 40, detective work
wd 40, detective work, stock condition: I m sorry you ve replaced so many parts, it is hard to track down problems when things have been changed. When multiple things have been changed, it gets almost impossible to guess at the causes. I m assuming in the following that these problems were there...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Ford truck 239 motor firing order, 1950 ford f1, condenser capacity
1950 ford f1, condenser capacity, plug gap: Spark Plug Make: Champion H10 Spark Plug Gap, Inch: .030 Firing Order: 15486372 (from front to rear: Right 1-2-3-4; left 5-6-7-8 Ignition Timing: Groove on Pulley Engine Idle Speed, RPM: Manual shift trans. 475; automatic shift trans.: 440 Compression...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1951 235 chevy inline 6 distributor, external resistor, fuel pump relay
external resistor, fuel pump relay, gm cars: I am not a big fan of these 12 volt conversions. You can do it and keep the 12 volt system. Latch onto a 12 volt universal coil that is made to run with an external resistor. These were used on Ford, Mopar, and GM cars in the late 50 s and 60 s. Then ad a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1953 F100, heavy duty battery, golf cart battery
heavy duty battery, golf cart battery, battery cables: 8 volt batteries are a band-aid approach to hiding a problem. No car came with an 8 volt battery new - someone came up with this bright idea to solve starting problems, or bad cable problems, or bad grounding problems- but it is not the right solution. The...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy p/u, intake leaks, chrysler engine
intake leaks, chrysler engine, intake leak: not sure the purpose of the Chrysler engine in the Chevy, but intake leak in most cases will make the engine shake and die, not speed up the idle. Sounds like you have a high idle solenoid out of adjustment. The intake leak will not effect oil pressure...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1960 rambler, oil pan, oil pump
oil pan, oil pump, rambler: Hi Scott: This is a tricky one, since Rambler move the oil dipstick on several models. If your is a 196 straight six, I think from the factory the oil dipstick is at the main gallery just about 3-4 back from the front of the engine. The main gallery is a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 impala ss, amp circuit breaker, 1963 impala ss
amp circuit breaker, 1963 impala ss, low beams: First, I have to apologize and explain why it took me so long to answer - I JUST got this!!. The system has some problem and is not sending questions to me when they receive them. Your problem is that something is causing the circuit breaker to cycle off...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 Mecrury Monterey, mercury monterey, metal washer
mercury monterey, metal washer, style seat: I think that the large rubber puck that you have found is the body to frame mount.I think a little more investigation under the car will find 4 bolts that run up through the floor to the seat tracks. Removed these bolts and the seat should lift out. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 Mercury Monterey Custom, mercury monterey, center shaft
mercury monterey, center shaft, steering wheel: The best way is to get a steering wheel puller. There are two threaded holes on either side of the center shaft. These holes are for a steering wheel puller. You can either buy one at a parts store like NAPA or rent one from a tool rental place. Some parts...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Ford Fairlane Sports Coupe, 1965 ford fairlane, small spring
1965 ford fairlane, small spring, sports coupe: Ok, reach up under the dash and feel around on the headlight switch on the opposite side from the wires for a small spring loaded button. Press the button and pull the headlight knob and shaft out of the switch. Then you will unscrew the bezel and the switch...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Impala Horn, screw driver, quarter moon
screw driver, quarter moon, loose contact: Correct me if I m wrong, but you should have a quarter moon rim inside the steering wheel with a round hub in the middle to activate the horn. If this is the case, I m guessing there is a contact problem there. To activate the horn, a metal plate on the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Impala radio, auto literature, radio wiring
auto literature, radio wiring, radio out: I am not sure I understand your question completely, but if you are saying there are 3 wires there, total, the way to determine which is which requires that you know the color code, which is in your shop manual. If you are going to be keeping this car, and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang ignition - lost key, mail order stores, mustang fastback
mail order stores, mustang fastback, classic mustang: If you are good with an electric drill you drill the cylinder out of the switch mechanism. The trick is to drill out the lock barrel without damaging the switch if you can. Start with a small bit, 1/8th inch or so, drill about an inch deep and go to a bigger...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang problems, foot on the gas, jerks
foot on the gas, jerks, linkage: Sounds like your automatic choke is giving you grief. You should first try cleaning it very thoroughly with spray carb cleaner inside and out of carb (read can directions). Then if you still have hi-idle issues, there is a cam attached to the choke linkage...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Thunderbird Fuel System, hard resistance, center bolt
hard resistance, center bolt, rubber hoses: The gas tank, the carbuetor and the fuel pump, along with all rubber hoses in the fuel system will have to be replaced or rebuilt, but that is the easy part. After sitting that long, there will likely be some mechanical problems in the engine - the engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Thunderbird Steering Box, power assist system, steering gearbox
power assist system, steering gearbox, steering linkage: Simply attaching a steering box that is already installed in the car is very simple - there are only two things that need to be attached in order to drive it a short distance (like up on a trailer)- the pittman arm that connects to the steering linkage, and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Camaro, rosewood steering wheel horn contact., hemmings motor news, pop rivets
hemmings motor news, pop rivets, 1967 camaro: Good Morning: I assume that this is the three spoke simulated wood steering wheel that you have. As such it has just a horn button in the center of the wheel. Well I have been through my library and cannot find a picture of it clear enough to show the assembly...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Mercury Couger not charging, mercury couger, positive cable
mercury couger, positive cable, volt meter: First things first. How do you say it is not charging? By a volt meter at the battery cable or just battery not charging? Have you removed the positive cable with the car running and seen if it dies or not? Did you put a meter on the output of the alternator?...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 newport short circut, wire insulation, short circut
wire insulation, short circut, imperial club: I should have told you that you can get a look at the wiring diagram for your car on the Imperial club web site. If you are not familiar with our group, you re in for a treat. To see a wiring diagram for your car, go to page 118, 120 and 121 of the factory...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Volvo 122s motor mounts, volvo 122s, milk crates
volvo 122s, milk crates, oil pan: There are two on the front sides of the engine and either one or two on the rear of the transmission. To change the mounts you need to jack the car up and set it on safety stands. Never get under a car with just the jack holding it up and do not use milk crates...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 custom 500 Brake, rear brakes, ford custom
rear brakes, ford custom, rear wheels: I think you might be a bit confused. The parking brake is a completely mechanical system. When you apply the parking brake, it pulls a long cable that goes back to the rear wheels- it has nothing to do with the hydraulic system - so the fluid in the master...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 FORD MUSTANG DOOR ADJUSTMENT, door hinge, ford mustang
door hinge, ford mustang, necessary thanks: Hi Terry: If the door is hitting the fender, I am curious as to what may have caused this. Usually in an accident, the front fender may get pushed back into the door. If there is no known damage to the fender, but the door is just slightly rubbing the fender...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 impala drum brakes, brake hoses, rust hole
brake hoses, rust hole, drum brakes: If you haven t already done this, check the fluid reservoir to see if you have fluid in there. If the fluid is full and you have no pedal, the master cylinder has failed. If the fluid is low, fill it (both halves) and then pump the brake pedal about 20...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 lincoln mark 3, vacuum leaks, vacuum lines
vacuum leaks, vacuum lines, auto literature: That s pretty typical for these cars - my 69 is the same way! Yes, there is a diagram in the factory shop manual. The problem is that when you get them all hooked up, the car is going to run terrible from all the vacuum leaks - you will have to replace...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1974 vwbeetle engine, buggy engine, vw beetle
buggy engine, vw beetle, dune buggy: The number you have doesn t appear to be a VW number at all. Are you sure the engine is a VW engine? In model year 1974 the crankcase number started with AK-0-239-365. If this was a replacement VW crankcase, it would not have any number on the replacement....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 me/bz 450sl, air screw, adjustment screws
air screw, adjustment screws, gas mixture: The choke linkage can stick on older cars. So, a can of WD-40 sprayed on the linkage and cleaned will usually fix that. However, if the choke sensor is bad, it would need replacing. Trying cleaning first. In terms of fuel mixture, that is usually a carb adjustment....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 GMC 4x4 th350 tranny, gmc 4x4, reverse gears
gmc 4x4, reverse gears, torque converter: It has been my experience that the torque converter has very little effect on the shift points of a transmission or whether it will or will not shift. It sound like the warming up of the transmission might be effecting a transmission valve body valve, the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1988 BMW 3251, heater core, thermostat
heater core, thermostat, hoses: I answered this yesterday but I believe the computer dropped it before it was sent. Sounds like your heater core is either disconnected or valved off. Check the hoses going to and from the firewall. They should be full and hot with engine warm and running...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 235 Chevy rocker arms, rocker shafts, rocker arms
rocker shafts, rocker arms, valve clearances: I can t see anything wrong in what you did. The specs are .006 hot for intake and .013 for exhaust, but setting them a bit wider than that certainly should not have hurt anything. All I can suggest is that you double check that you have them in the right...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 40 Packard 120 rear axle ratio problem, rear axle ratio, decent gas mileage
rear axle ratio, decent gas mileage, california freeways: You are correctly informed, the Ultramatic equipped cars usually had 3.54 rear axle ratio differentials. The other ratios were available on special order, but having driven a 55 with 3.07 gears, I don t advise it! It was very slow off the line, and very...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 41 Packard Differential seal check, confession time, one lap america
confession time, one lap america, torque wrench: The magic words, THE NUT CAME OFF! Now, does the nut look like a castlated nut but without the slots? If so that type of nut needs to be staked to the pinion shaft with a punch as a locking mechanism. Or is there a lock washer under the nut? I usually use...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 51' dodge flathead six, compression pressure, peak pressure
compression pressure, peak pressure, throttle valve: The reason you don t find this number in any manual is that it depends on too many unknown factors. You ll get a different reading depending on your altitude, the cranking speed, whether or not you have the carburetor throttle valve blocked open etc. The...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 T-Bird door adjustments, hemmings motor news, replacement pins
hemmings motor news, replacement pins, hood pins: Open the door several inches. Grad the door at the back edge and lift. If the hood pins are loose you will be able to lift the back of the door. If they are loose either replace the hinge pins or hinges and see where the door fall then. Check the T Bird suppliers...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 59' Cadillac driveshaft removal, balancing tires, vibration problems
balancing tires, vibration problems, transmission shops: Hi John: Your problem could be several things. First of all, what problems were you experiencing that led up to you removing the driveshaft and replacing the bearings and U-joints? I m assuming there was no vibration before you removed it. If this was the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 61 ford f100 generator, easter egg hunt, ford f100
easter egg hunt, ford f100, winter traffic: Yes, you should be able to have the engine keep going at fast idle with one battery cable disconnected. If it won t do that, your generator is not putting out enough current to run the engine. Run the engine at fast idle for this test, failing it at slow...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 mustang/, speed transmissions, cubic inch engines
speed transmissions, cubic inch engines, automatic transmissions: The engine ID is on the plate that you see when you open the driver s door and look at the back surface of the door. The engine code will be C, A or K if it is a 289. If it is a 390, it will be Y, H, Z or S. The different letters tell you more about the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: My 68 Barracuda's dying engine, beautiful beast, fan blades
beautiful beast, fan blades, dipstick: I ll try, but I need some more information. When you attempt to restart after it dies, tell me exactly what happens. Does the starter engage and begin to turn the engine (watch the fan blades) and then seem to be unable to keep the engine turning? If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 Chevelle, 68 chevelle, competent mechanic
68 chevelle, competent mechanic, adjustment screw: Adjusting the timing would have almost no effect on the idle speed - I think what was done was your idle speed was adjusted. That is a simple adjustment screw on the carburetor, so take it back to where you had it serviced before and tell them that it is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 78 newport heater, automatic temperature control, air plenum
automatic temperature control, air plenum, manifold vacuum: There is a resistor in the circuit, but it only affects the lower speeds. If it won t run on any speed, there is something else wrong. If your car has automatic temperature control, the master switch is probably bad - it is a vacuum operated switch on the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 86 camaro 2.8 oil leak, valve cover gasket, silicon sealant
valve cover gasket, silicon sealant, oil leak: This is actually as simple as it looks. Manuals tend to get anything and everything out of the way that you might have a problem with. I tend to remove no more than I have to. It does not hurt to remove the rocker cover bolts and try to get it out and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Adjusting Brakes on a 1938 Ford DeLuxe, anchor pin, bolt head
anchor pin, bolt head, torque wrench: For the normal adjustment, it is pretty simple. Just release the hand brake all the way, then tighten the adjusting wedge at each wheel until the brake just drags, then back it off until the wheel just turns free. There is a much more involved procedure...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Brake Drum on 1964 Ford pickup, disc brake conversion, wheel bearings
disc brake conversion, wheel bearings, brake drums: Is the truck a 100 series one half ton? three quarter ton and bigger use a heavy duty axle that requires taking out the axle shafts and taking the drums off by removing the wheel bearings. Most of the time the one half ton drums come off relatively easy. I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Brakes, hemmings motor news, star wheel
hemmings motor news, star wheel, brake shoes: Jack up and support the car on safety stands. Locate the adjusting slot on the bottom back side of the brake backing plate. That is the round part that the brake shoes are mounted on. Using a tool called a brake spoon reach in and tighten the star wheel adjusted...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: brake lights, brake light switch, brake master cylinder
brake light switch, brake master cylinder, plumbing fitting: Since your turn signals work, and they use the same wires and bulb filaments as the brake lights, we know it is not a problem with grounds, or wiring, or bulbs. There are a bunch of other things to check. First is the fuse - does your interior dome light...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: No brake lights, turn signal switch, fuse clip
turn signal switch, fuse clip, light fuse: I don t have a wiring diagram for your car, but it would be pretty unusual for the brake light fuse to be shared with the backup lights - more typically, the brake light fuse is shared with the interior lights or the dash lights, in order to alert the driver...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: brakes, brake hoses, chevrolet impala
brake hoses, chevrolet impala, foot pressure: If the front wheels are getting so hot that they smoke, the linings must be dragging on the drums. This might be because the brakes are adjusted too tight (did you adjust them?) or because the master cylinder is applying the brakes even when you are not pressing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: brakes, brake hoses, 1950 fleetline
brake hoses, 1950 fleetline, bad shape: The fact that the master cylinder was empty tells you that the fluid is leaking out somewhere - you will have to identify and fix that problem before driving the car. Having to pump the pedal to get firm brakes is normal when there is a leak in the system...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: business idea, population areas, business idea
population areas, business idea, good business: Most large population areas already have shops that do this, but one thing that is hard to find is anyone with a portable rig that will come out to a remote shop and do the blasting on site. The problems are noise, flying dust, and cleanup after the work....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Carb. vacuum, manifold vacuum, vacuum hose
manifold vacuum, vacuum hose, carter afb: Hopefully you still have the 2 barrel on the car. The easy way to check is to run the engine and check for vacuum at the port. If there is vacuum with the engine idling then the lower port or Manifold V port is the one to use. If the vacuum is not seen at...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Carburetor Problems in 72 Land Crusier, fuel injection system, vent hose
fuel injection system, vent hose, carburetor problems: My first thought is bad gas. Your may try adding an additive to clear up that tank. The smell is probably a bad cap or vent hose problem. Shops that do inspections in Texas have a fume sniffer and can locate the leak. Conversion would be very difficult...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: My car, plymouth duster, slant six
plymouth duster, slant six, barnes and noble: Jason, here is what I am going to recommend. Take a trip to a Barnes and Noble or another good book store. Spend some time in the Auto section and check out the books on auto restoration and body work. The questions that you have asked are too involved for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: car ting ting, cadillac deville coupe, best gas mileage
cadillac deville coupe, best gas mileage, ting ting: Look at a Challenger, Charger, or Chevelle with a straight 6, standard trans in it. Avoid all engines that have the word slant in their name. I am not an insurance agent. All cars are easy to work on. Parts prices are a crap shoot at best on...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: chrysler electircal problem, ballast resistor, chrysler new yorker
ballast resistor, chrysler new yorker, southwest desert: If it were the ballast resistor, the engine would start OK, but die as soon as you released the key to let it go back to the RUN position, because the ballast resistor is bypassed during cranking - so forget about that one. The voltage regulator only...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Door Hinges, liquid wrench, wd40
liquid wrench, wd40, penetrant: You might need to try liquid wrench . WD 40 is very limited on its capabilities. It is great for what it does, but it is neither a penetrant or a coating lubricant. Use Liquid Wrench liberally possibly twice a day for 2-3 days, working them each time....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Drum Removal 1936 Chrsyler Airstream, rear drums, imperial club
rear drums, imperial club, chrsyler: If you ve loosened the big nut in the center, that is all you need to do. If you ve read the other things I ve written about this - either on this site or on the Imperial club web site, you already know this is a really tough job, and only the best puller...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: door glass, auto glass shop, 68 camaro
auto glass shop, 68 camaro, wide gap: If you have the glass adjusted so that the top edge is parallel to the roof line when the glass is all the way up, I think you were given the wrong glass. Take it to an auto-glass shop and see if they can give you any help - perhaps they will exchange the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: engine problems, air fuel mixture, machanic
air fuel mixture, machanic, fuel flow: Hi Scott: Although this could be a lot of things, you have to start investigating somewhere, and the most likely cause could be a Idle adjustment. If it idles down after warm up, then check for a stuck float in the carb. 2nd, check the air/fuel mixture. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Fuel pump and oil filter, electric fuel pump, pressure pulses
electric fuel pump, pressure pulses, line cars: The air dome is on the fuel output side of the pump (it is there to cushion the pressure pulses, which reduces fuel pump noise). Your model did not come from the factory with an oil filter, although some had them added over the years. Packard did offer...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Chevy PU, long hope, gas tank
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Chevy PU, long hope, gas tank, rubber hose

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Impala Horn, preasure, starter motor
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Impala Horn, preasure, starter motor, steering wheel

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 T-Bird door adjustments, old cars, tbird
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 T-Bird door adjustments, old cars, tbird, bushings

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 86 camaro 2.8 oil leak, oil leakage, intake manifold
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 86 camaro 2.8 oil leak, oil leakage, intake manifold, gasket

Classic/Antique Car Repair: chrysler electircal problem, votage, foot on the gas
Classic/Antique Car Repair: chrysler electircal problem, votage, foot on the gas, new yorker

Classic/Antique Car Repair: mustang gas tank problems, cars mustangs, gas tank
Classic/Antique Car Repair: mustang gas tank problems, cars mustangs, gas tank, old cars

Classic/Antique Car Repair: T86 w/R10 OD, overdive, gear oil
Classic/Antique Car Repair: T86 w/R10 OD, overdive, gear oil, t86

Classic/Antique Car Repair: figure my truck out, chevy c, power train
chevy c, power train, auto transmission: Well sir, first of all you misspelled my name, it is Brad not dude. Secondly you need to give me more information than you have. There could be 4 or five different engines that were installed by the factory when new as well as half a dozen power train combinations...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel guage 1971 dodge charger, google search, alligator clips
google search, alligator clips, fuel gauge: The chances are about 10 to 1 that it is a failed sender inside the tank, but before you go to all the trouble of getting it out of there, try this. From under the car, identify the wire that comes out of the rear body harness and goes up to the top of...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel pump driver, pontiac catalina, napa store
pontiac catalina, napa store, pontiac dealer: First, I have to apologize and explain why it took me so long to answer - I JUST got this!!. The system has some problem and is not sending questions to me when they receive them. Anyway, what you need is a fuel pump actuator rod, also called a push rod,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: GM Rear and posi ID, donor car, rear wheels
donor car, rear wheels, posi: First, I have to apologize and explain why it took me so long to answer - I JUST got this!!. The system has some problem and is not sending questions to me when they receive them. The way to tell if it has a posi is to jack it up so that both rear wheels...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Help, chevy impala, cooling fan
chevy impala, cooling fan, long distance: This is the kind of car I love to work on. Unfortunately, it is hard to diagnose long distance. I would persue the power cabling and re-crimp all connections. But logic (all you ve got long distance) wants to say some sort of relay malfunction. Sorry...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Hinge pins, ford parts, hinges
ford parts, hinges, machine tools: Yes, you can drive out the old pins and install new ones, but that won t correct the problem entirely, because the hinges are worn too. You need to have the hinges rebuilt, with new pins, or do it yourself if you have access to machine tools. The hinges...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Hyd. lifter install, ball nut, lifters
ball nut, lifters, lifter: The lifters will fill themselves. They will clack for a few minutes after you start it, but they will fill up automatically after a few minutes. Just pull the right torque on the ball nut (20 ft lbs +/- 5) and let the self adjusters do their job. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: location and difficulty of replacing heater core on a 1970 cadillac deville, radiator repair shop, vacuum hoses
radiator repair shop, vacuum hoses, vacuum storage: You are probably right in guessing that it is the heater core, but you should check around in the area when you are removing the heater core to see if some other item is leaking when the heater is on. It is possible for the heater control water valve or some...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: mustang gas tank problems, gm pickup trucks, all the hoopla
gm pickup trucks, all the hoopla, horrible accidents: Your wife has confused the Mustang with the Pinto, which was famous for that problem. The press made a BIG STINK about that back in the mid-80 s and there were some horrible accidents with Pintos in rear end crashes. I have never heard of such a design problem...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Oil Leak, sheet metal screw, screw head
sheet metal screw, screw head, vice grip: If the engine is stock and has not been altered the rear main seal is a two piece affair. The upper half can be rolled out and a new seal installed using a tool like a Chinese finger. I have threaded a sheet metal screw into the old seal and used a vice grip...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: olds 350 rocket, cubic inch engines, firing order
cubic inch engines, firing order, rocket motor: I would like to know if the distributor is in the front of the engine or the rear. What year is the engine? But basically all the 350 cubic inch engines used on Olds car ran a firing order of 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2. GM ran numbering of 1-3-5-7 on the left (drivers)...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Packard Engines, flathead fords, head gasket
flathead fords, head gasket, spring tool: Well, the plot thickens. Your car is a 1949 model 2392, which is a 4 door sedan in the Standard Eight line of Packards. This is the least expensive of the Packards for that year, but still a very good car! Of course you probably already knew that. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Packard Engines, hydraulic lifters, head gasket
hydraulic lifters, head gasket, heat expansion: You are correct, that model came with the 288 engine, not the 327. However, the heads all fit, regardless of which engine they are put on, because the bolt patterns are the same. The only difference is in compression ratio. Someone may have changed the head...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Passing gear, 66 impala, depressor
66 impala, depressor, linkage: you first need to make sure the passing gear linkage is operating and actually moving the shaft at the transmission. Second, make sure the normal foot throw on the gas pedal operates it. If all on that checks out,(which I doubt), run a string into the passenger...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Question about a Continental F162 4 cylinder, spark plug wire, napa store
spark plug wire, napa store, rod bearings: I believe what you have is failed bearing - it is causing both the variation in oil pressure as the crank turns, and the knocking noise. The only way to fix this is to drop the oil pan and inspect all the main and rod bearings visually - I think you will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Restoring a car through a school, post secondary schools, 1961 buick lesabre
post secondary schools, 1961 buick lesabre, buick lesabre: In my years running auto repair programs in vocational and post secondary schools I never had a successful experience with a restoration project that was not a project of one of the students. In most instances your savings amounts to labor or a portion of...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: How do you remove a heater core?, radiator shops, automobile literature
radiator shops, automobile literature, metal covers: You have to remove the hoses from the heater input and output, then remove the outer sheet metal covers - which are held on with a series of screws around the seam between one half and the other half of the cover. Then the core can be seen, and you can get...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: spark plug wiring order for a 1972 corvette, firing order, distributor cap
firing order, distributor cap, spark plug: Looking down on the distributor, the door to adjust the points should be just to the left of a line drawn through the center of the car. The door should be pointed forward. Number one cylinder should be the first terminal clockwise from the door. Then going...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: steering box, gm search, 69 camaro
gm search, 69 camaro, ford v8: Rebuilding a steering box is a very tricky proposition. I don t know of anyone selling kits for this, probably because of the legal liability if the job goes bad. I strongly advise that he let a pro take care of the steering box. Even a minor error...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: T86 w/od (R10), coarse thread, pipe thread
coarse thread, pipe thread, ring seal: To answer the last question first, the governor is essential to the operation of the overdrive - it is the main thing that tells the control system that the car is going fast enough to allow the overdrive to engage - usually around 28-32 MPH. When you accelerate...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: T86 w/R10 OD, ford ranch, best of both worlds
ford ranch, best of both worlds, gas mileage: You have the best of both worlds with an overdrive - you can pull the handle out (only when the car is stopped and you are in reverse or neutral) and drive the car as if it had a 3 speed manual transmission, or you can push the handle all the way in to allow...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Turn Signals--64 Bonneville, turn signal switch, circuit board material
turn signal switch, circuit board material, hand turn signals: The problem is definitely in the switch, and to be specific, it is a poor contact on the terminal that goes to the left front bulb. If you can get at the switch (I m not sure what is involved on your car), you could try to tighten up the contacts and clean...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: title, google search, dmv maryland
google search, dmv maryland, plymouth coupe: There are so many people offering their services to get a title for you in this situation that I could not list them all. If you do a Google search on Car Titles , you ll get many, many hits. I have not dealt with any of the people that advertise, but...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: torino rocker panels, hemmings motor news, dennis carpenter
hemmings motor news, dennis carpenter, rocker panels: The nice thing about restoring a Ford is that almost an entire new car, including Torino, can be bought on line. There are dozens listed in Hemmings Motor News, the classified bible of the old car hobby. Check them out at www.hemmings.com. Some suppliers are:...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vintage hardware, jaguar e type, stainless hoses
jaguar e type, stainless hoses, butyl rubber: Oddball to me. I am amazed by genuine restorers who keep every nut and screw, but use unleaded gas, filtered oil, and non-butyl rubber tires. I m not stupid enough to think you won t be filled with orders from purests, but when I drive my 2 year old daughter...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vw 1968 door, seam lines, latch assembly
seam lines, latch assembly, good shape: With the phenomally tiny amount of info you gave it is hard to tell. Are all the metal parts in the latch assembly there and in good shape? Is the striker bar worn down? Is the door aligned with the seam lines and is the gap the same on both doors?...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1921 Car Won't Start, air intake system, fuel compression
air intake system, fuel compression, start car: I am not familiar with this car. But engines whether French or not need three things to run. Air/fuel, compression, and spark. It sounds like you will need to remove the plugs and see if there is any sign of fuel getting to the cylinders. If not get back to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1921 Studebaker battery, old cars, ammeter
old cars, ammeter, studebaker: The neat thing about old cars is that as long as you do not try to start the car when installing a battery you won t hurt anything if you put it in backwards. Simply turn on the headlights. If the ammeter on the dash goes to the discharge/minus side the battery...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1936 Dodge D2 Brake replacement, pivot pins, rear shoes
pivot pins, rear shoes, wheel cylinder: The cams that are half way up the backing plate are the adjusting cams. The pivot pins at the bottom of the shoes are to center the shoes on the backing plate. In the day when these cares were regulars in the shop we used to make sure that the arrows on the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 chevy, diesel pusher, crowd pleaser
diesel pusher, crowd pleaser, pontiac engine: The answer to that is up to you and what you are expecting from the car. I have three very different old cars. One is a 1941 Ford coupe that is stock except for the smitty mufflers and duals. It as all cars in that era has no power steering or brakes. It is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1940 Ford Deluxe electrical/starting, engine cranks, cable issues
engine cranks, cable issues, 12volts: The ceramic resistor is to step down 12volts to 9volts (6v to 4.2v)after the engine cranks to extend the life of the points and condenser. It is not mandatory and they went out often, so they were bypassed often. I can tell you how to wire a new one if you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 CADILLAC, timing chain, caddy
timing chain, caddy, gears: Hi Jim: Did your timing chain break or come off? I think your Caddy just jumped timing. When you are cracking her, is there any indication that she is trying to start? If so, check the distributor. My guess is your timing is off or way off. The timing of...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1942 dodge woody wflt6, vibration damper, drive time
vibration damper, drive time, gap: The timing mark is on the vibration damper on the front of the engine. The timing spec depends on whether or not it has fluid drive. If it does, time it to the second line before the 0 , which indicates TDC. If it does not have fluid drive, time it to the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1947 Chevy 216, orig miles, marvel mystery oil
orig miles, marvel mystery oil, 12volts: WOW ! hard to beleive someone set it up with just 60 miles on it, you are a lucky guy. You story is a little hard to follow, but do you have new 6-volt battery, points, condensor, coil, and resisitor? You story lends to believe your tried 12volts and then...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1948 plymouth sedan, paint job, cosmetic work
paint job, cosmetic work, current condition: Hi Darrick: This car in good condition would go for about $7,500 In excellent (near perfect) you could get around $10,000 to $12,000. So, with carpet and a good paint job, you could easily get that. In it current condition, I would ask $5500 for it, which...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Chevy powerglide, rochester carburetor, replacement seals
rochester carburetor, replacement seals, rubber seal: I have used both the rope and the rubber seal. I prefer the rubber seal as long as you follow the instructions that come with it, and us the amount of sealer and place the sealer in the places recommended. As for the filter I believe that the Rochester carburetor...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy p/u, 55 chevy, heater fan
55 chevy, heater fan, heat sink: The old style voltage reducing resistor coils do get very hot. Nothing to worry about unless you forget and lay your leg against it. It probably goes to heater fan, but the is one to the coil too. There are new styles the don t use heat sink as a reduction...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy p/u, amp fuse, 55 chevy
amp fuse, 55 chevy, coils: Hi Ronnie: If these wires are hot, It surely have a problem. My guess is a short where there should be a fuse to break that circuit. Sounds like it may have been re-wired at some point. Find out where the wires are going and what the amps are. Maybe you should...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy p/u, street avenger, cam bearings
street avenger, cam bearings, inspection ports: If this is truly what happened the only true cure is to replace bearings but the thick oil can help. So can additives such as STP. Did this only start after the cam and did it happen immediately or after say 2 weeks? I have an engine that does this...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 ford fairlane country sedan/272 fordomatic, 1955 ford fairlane, shade tree
1955 ford fairlane, shade tree, steering column: The original switch was located at the base of the steering column and was mounted by a couple of screws through slots in the switch. You could loosen the switch and rotate it around the column to adjust it. To get printed material i usually go to www.books4cars.com....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 chevy sedan, windshield wiper arms, paint damage
windshield wiper arms, paint damage, spring tension: If the old gray matter serves me well it just slides down over the spline of the wiper transmission (pivot). You might need to help it a little with a screw driver and plenty of rags to prevent paint damage. Of course you need to remove the spring tension...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 Ford F100 issue, 1956 ford f100, spark plug wires
1956 ford f100, spark plug wires, 56 ford f100: Well it might be a bad fuel pump, a hole in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the fuel pump, or a carburetor full of glop. The points might be bad but it does not sound like that is the problem. If it were me I would have the carburetor off and on the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 olds super holiday 88 front bumper, hemmings motor news, desert southwest
hemmings motor news, desert southwest, ugly as hell: I can t recommend any particular chrome shop - they are all expensive, because the government regulations on them are very costly to meet, and most of them are having the work done off shore to avoid the hassles. If you check in Hemmings Motor News, you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1958 Primer for Pontiac Cheiftain 2Door, rust inhibitor, gm cars
rust inhibitor, gm cars, cheiftain: GM cars in that era were painted in lacquer and run a lacquer based primer. The primer that should be used under any paint is one that is recommended by the maker of the pain to be used. They are then chemically compatible. Again with the rust inhibitor get...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1959 El Camino, chevy el camino, vern
chevy el camino, vern, caddy: Being parked for 25 years is a long time. I assume you recondition her properly before you brought her back into service? This is a tough one without knowing more, but let s see if I can steer you in the right direction. If it sounds like it is coming from...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1959 Plymouth, drum brakes, wheel rotation
drum brakes, wheel rotation, rear brakes: I can see where a young technician (under 60) would be a little miffed by at least the front brake dual wheel cylinder brakes on your MOPAR. But there are adjustments on those brakes. There are two cam adjusters on each front wheel near the wheel cylinders....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1960 Chrysler brakes, power brakes, wheel cylinder
power brakes, wheel cylinder, flex line: You might want to check the other side and make sure that the wheel cylinder is working and that fluid is not leaking on either lining. This means taking off the wheels and drums. for a visual inspection. It could be a defective flex line that is not letting...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 Cadillac sedan/Only starts with starting fluid, gradge, nathan harris
gradge, nathan harris, e mail: Hi Nathan: I had to read your e-mail twice. I wanted to understand if you had reconditioned the Caddy before you put in back in use. Just starting a 62 Caddy after sitting for 2 1/2 years, can be harmful to the engine and other key components of the vehicle....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 cad coil springs, locking differential, coil diameter
locking differential, coil diameter, wheel bearing: Your car takes a 1476078 front spring. That spring is used only in the 1962 - 1964 series 60 and 62 cars with AC. I do not have the dimensions - that info would be in the trade publications that were provided to the alignment shops - maybe if you found one...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 Ford T-Bird Brakes, cylinoid, air bubbles
cylinoid, air bubbles, wheel cylinder: When I bought my first car I did not know where the hood was. I asked and did everything myself. I believe everyone can repair their own car. The power booster seems absolutely scary, but it is actually one of the easiest parts on a car to change. The...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 ford galaxie, 1963 ford galaxie, gas tank
1963 ford galaxie, gas tank, excess gas: Hi Chuck: You should have a Drain Plug on the bottom of the gas tank. You can remove this plug to drain out any excess gas, then you should leave the plug out while flushing the tank out additional fuel. make sure you disconnect the fuel line before you start...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 Impala 283, jumper wire, backup lights
jumper wire, backup lights, high beam: Sounds like the annoying elusive ground monster has go you. It is harder to locate because with voltage you can just see if it is there or not. Finding a bad ground is a little harder. First, run a temporary jumper wire to ground on each of your lighting...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 ford galaxie, power antennas, amp meter
power antennas, amp meter, battery cables: I doubt the solenoid would cause this - it is only a relay which provides 12 volts to the starter motor when you twist the key - it is not connected to anything when the car is turned off. More likely, something in your car is staying on when you turn it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 IMPALA, chevrolet caprice, ford thunderbird
chevrolet caprice, ford thunderbird, donor car: Hi Gary: In 1965, Chevrolet introduced the Impala Caprice. Beginning with the four-door hardtop sedan body, Impala Caprices received unique upholstery, wood grained accents on the dashboard and specialty pulls on the insides of the doors. Other than that,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 thunderbird, valve seals, vacuum valve
valve seals, vacuum valve, david answer: The air lost from he carb sounds like a carb fuel/fixture issue. This would not affect your brakes. I would pinpoint the master cylinder springs at this point. I think you have a bad master cylinder that is not returning the pedal as it should after you take...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Coupe Deville., internal combustion engine, aluminum pistons
internal combustion engine, aluminum pistons, cast piston: Hi Mikko: The article below may answer your question best. I ve only used cast aluminum alloy. Hope this helps... The Cast Piston The cast aluminum alloy piston has perhaps the longer history. It took over for the original steel part during the internal...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Fury Sport ,383, 4 barrel, auto trans., check ebay, exhaust ports
check ebay, exhaust ports, speedo cable: There should be one water temp sensor and it should be right on the front of the engine beside the thermostat housing. The cable sounds like the car had cruise control at one time and the cruise servo has been removed. The best pictures are from a factory...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang & Holley Carb, amp fuse, holley 80457
amp fuse, holley 80457, using a voltmeter: Thanks for a crystal clear explanation of what you are doing. The wire that requires 12 volts to the carburetor is the automatic choke heater. Running the car with the wire disconnected is causing the engine to run on fast idle continuously, because the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 CAMARO, 68 camaro, 1968 camaro
68 camaro, 1968 camaro, pcv valve: sounds like the floats are set too high in your carb and you were lucky the first day. Look down in the carb and see if gas is not leaking inside after you have tried to crank it for a minute. I believe you will see it is. Lower the float setting. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 Camaro paint, chevy camaro, paint scratch
chevy camaro, paint scratch, 1968 camaro: Hi George: Try Paint Scratch, but you may want to find your paint code to get the correct LeMans Blue. They show a LeMans Blue Poly for a Corvette, so if you are unsure, e-mail or call them. They don t list all colors on their website. See website address...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 camaro, rotor coil, 68 camaro
rotor coil, 68 camaro, 1968 camaro: Ok here we go, I m up to speed. Sounds like you jumped time, but let s check simpler things first. Physically check the choke for operation. Is it open or closed when engine is cold and throttle is depressed once? Does it stay closed until motor has...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 mustang, replacement antenna, splash guard
replacement antenna, splash guard, older cars: Hi John: Never paid much attention to antenna mountings. However, most older cars antennas are either mounted with accessibility from under the hood or removing the splash guard from under the fender. If you can t get at it front under the hood, you will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 mustang, classic vehicle, leaf springs
classic vehicle, leaf springs, new leaf: Hi Tony: Although 4 leafs was standard, 5 leafs are better with a smoother ride. Only re-bend the current springs if you are trying to keep the car in original condition. Usually new springs won t hurt the originality of a classic car. These are these are...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1969 pontiac catalina charging system, pontiac catalina, volt meter
pontiac catalina, volt meter, charging system: Nothing magic under my nose, I deal just in facts. If it is not charging, that IS your problem. Regulator is adjusted by either a screw or bending the contact tab depending on brand. If there is no screw you have to bend. Just because an alternator...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 Olds Cutlass Supreme, olds cutlass supreme, 1970 olds cutlass
olds cutlass supreme, 1970 olds cutlass, olds cutlass: Hi Matthew: Set the high idle speed between 1200 and 1500 RPMs. However, Once you have set the base idle, the automatic choke should revive up to around this anyway. So set the base and start her cold and she how she idles during warm up. The curb idle...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 Oldsmobile 2 barrel carburetor, rich mixture, oil consumption
rich mixture, oil consumption, compression check: I am going to make a suggestion before you start messing around with the carburetor. I would suggest that you take a compression check of the engine to make sure that All cylinders are capable of producing power. That is the first step. If the compression...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass vibration, oldsmobile cutlass, 1970 oldsmobile cutlass
oldsmobile cutlass, 1970 oldsmobile cutlass, replacement drums: Raise rear of car stably off ground. Remove rear wheels and PUT LUG NUTS BACK ON. Then crank car and run in drive. You should be able to visually locate vibration. Could be bent rear axle, hub, or yoke. I would not repair anything alse until I located the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1976 chevy camaro, chevy camaro, first hope
chevy camaro, first hope, electrical wire: Hi Tony: Although there are several reason this could happen, my first guess is a failing fuel pump or a short in the fuel pump electrical wire. Does it suddenly kick back in or do you have to pull over to restart her? Also, a clogged fuel filter and trash...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 Ford Maverick, ford maverick, automobile literature
ford maverick, automobile literature, vacuum diagram: The only source of this information that I know of is the factory shop manual. You can buy one from any of the automobile literature dealers, or you can watch eBay for one to come along. If you want to get one quickly, contact Ed Faxon at www.faxonautolit.com...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1981 corvette choke light, oil pressure switch, rochester carburetors
oil pressure switch, rochester carburetors, wont kick: The choke on these Rochester carburetors used an electric heater coil in the choke housing to supply the heat to warm the thermostatic coil to open the choke. The electric coil gets the current from the oil pressure switch. Most of the problems that I have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1995 Ford Bronco 4x4, ford bronco, dallas texas
ford bronco, dallas texas, ford: All things considered, it is not fatal. If your engine is in perfect condition, you probably won t know any difference. BUT, if it is older and tends to make a little noise or smoke when first cranked, you will notice that the oil is too thin and will not...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1996 Cadillac STS, rear shocks, pot hole
rear shocks, pot hole, cadillac sts: Hi Steve: A rattle do not necessarily mean shocks. The best way to tell if you need shock, is to park the car on level ground, then push the rear up and down several times really hard. When you stop see if the car continue to bounce on it own. If not, you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 454 engine fan coming on way too often, chevy 454 engine, southwind rv
chevy 454 engine, southwind rv, lengthy reply: Sunday I type a fairly lengthy reply to this and sent it. the computer tends to loose about one in twelve, sounds like you were lucky 13. Here is a brief summary of my reply. sounds like the sensor for the fan which is different than the guage you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 chevy brakes, front wheel bearings, 55 chevy
front wheel bearings, 55 chevy, wheel cylinders: Boy do I wish that we had two way video on questions like this. So, lets start at the begriming. So the questions. 1. Are the shoes installed so that the long shoe is on the back of each wheel and the short shoe on the front? Did you put the shoes in the drum...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '57 T-Bird Holley Carb, holley carb, rapid acceleration
holley carb, rapid acceleration, rich mixture: Back in the day I was a tun up and carburetor man at a metropolitan Boston Ford dealer.Vaughn Monroe (Racing With The Moon) singer and band leader bought a similar T Bird from the dealer. It had the same problem right from the factory. What I remember doing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 59 plymouth, coarse file, long hope
coarse file, long hope, environmental influence: Ok try this, it has worked for us many times. In a word, champher the very corners of the shoe fiber itself. I will try to explain. This is shaving off just the corner of the brake material. We usually did this with a coarse file and push it crosscut on the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 T bird steering box, suspension members, steering box
suspension members, steering box, rod ends: From what you have written I would agree that the problem is probably in the steering box. If the old gray matter is still in tact I remember that box as being one of the more difficult to remove. I seams that part of the left lower suspension members need...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 t-bird steering, pitman arm, stearing wheel
pitman arm, stearing wheel, box move: If it were my car I would have the box off the frame in a heart beat and check to make sure that the bolt holes in the frame were being torn out or that the bolts were not damaged and could not be tightened or appeared tight due to damaged threads. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Mustang, emergency brakes, wd 40
emergency brakes, wd 40, steering wheel: Hi Dawn: If it hasn t been driven in awhile, I definitely think that the emergency brake may be locked on that wheel. This will happen when the emegency brake is set in the on position for a long time. Try oiling the linkage and set and release the emergency...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Mustang, ford mustang owners, automatic transmission fluid
ford mustang owners, automatic transmission fluid, ford mustang: All of my old iron, including one Ford in this vintage, is running modern off the shelf good name brand power steering fluid. Some time ago we were told by the oil companies that Dexron was taking over for all the older transmission fluids. But the PS on old...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang Coil Voltage Problems, ballast resistor, wiring error
ballast resistor, wiring error, voltage problems: The voltage on the + terminal of the coil should be between 4 and 7 volts with the points closed, and battery voltage (12.3 to 13) with the points open. If the voltage is too high, there is either a wiring error or your ballast resistor has failed. If the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '66 Nova restoration, cyl engine, smart ass
cyl engine, smart ass, extra money: Start by deciding what you are going to do. This is not a smart ass comment. If you start half hearted to rebuild the six, when you really want an 8, you will spend a lot of extra money and then bail to the 8. I personally would keep the 6, both for the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 nova, vacuum leaks, chevy nova
vacuum leaks, chevy nova, 1966 chevy nova: Have you kept it running long enough to see if it is the same once it is warmed up? Does the choke work? Have you choke it externally and seen if it made a difference? You should check fuel filter and pump operation. Also make sure there are know vacuum...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Ford Mustang, ford mustang coupe, 67 ford
ford mustang coupe, 67 ford, ford mustang: I can t answer a question about value without examining the car. The quality of the restoration, which engine it has, and the total mileage on the car all affect the value, and the current market conditions also dictate what the car might bring on the market....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Mustang Power Steering, power steering fluid, mustang power
power steering fluid, mustang power, steering wheel: Never heard of a power steering fluid regulator, but I m sure such an item exists. Don t see how that would cause your problem which seems to be directional. First thing you need to do is see if the slop is real, actually look and see if wheels are...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '68 Impala Fuel Sending Unit, fuel gauge, fuel sending unit
fuel gauge, fuel sending unit, dash unit: Probably it is the sender, but before you go to all the trouble of changing it, get the new one and hook it up to the wire that goes to the old sender, and ground the new unit to the bumper with a second wire, and have someone watch the gauge with the key...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 ford torino heater core, 69 ford torino, torino gt
69 ford torino, torino gt, auto literature: It s bad, but it s not THAT bad! You will have to take the heater assembly apart to get at the core, but you can do it without removing the dash. You may have to remove the glove box to gain access to all the screws. If you don t have the shop manual for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 75 MG Midget, proper storage, dry environment
proper storage, dry environment, mg midget: Hi Cindy: First and foremost, DON T try to start it. NOW, did you properly prepare it for storage before putting it in storage? If not, you may have some problems. Any auto that will be in storage for more than six months, should be prepared for storage...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 82 Corvette fuel pump relay location, oil pressure switch, crossfire injection
oil pressure switch, crossfire injection, fuel pump relay: The fuel pump relay on that car is behind the drivers seat. The fuel pump fuse should be marked as such in the fuse panel. The tan wire is the fuel pump alive wire. The computer only lets the fuel pump run about two seconds when the ignition key is turned...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 82 corvette/fuel pump/cross fire, oil pressure switch, fuel pump relay
oil pressure switch, fuel pump relay, fuel gauge: The fuel pump is in the fuel tank and my best sources indicate that the tank just be dropped to service the pump. Yes, one of the two wires operates the pump. In most cases it will be gray on this car although it could be tan. To test the fuel pump connect...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '94 E-150 Ford, coolant leaks, haynes manual
coolant leaks, haynes manual, heater temperature: you did not mention what temp themostat you put in. Also, the heat could be a vent door (vacuum operated) or the heater temperature selector switch as well as no engine heat, HOWEVER, I believe even at a reduced temp you would feel heat in the cabin. did...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: AC Ace rear brake drums, rear brake drums, ac ace
rear brake drums, ac ace, sledgehammer: Gotta use a wheel puller on that one. We used to use what my dad called a bingo cap. It was about a six inch long heavy piece of round stock perhaps twice the diameter of the axle and drilled and threaded half way through. We took the big nut off and screwed...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Backfire, air fuel mixture, catalytic converters
air fuel mixture, catalytic converters, excess fuel: Hi Dave: This is usually a two part solution. First older cars like our tend to run a bit rich all the time, which mean since your car didn t have catalytic converters to re-burn excess fuel, the exhaust system had to perform this job. Back firing was the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Brake Light, 1956 ford f100, brake light switch
1956 ford f100, brake light switch, moving down the road: Sounds like the switch actuator is set too loose. It should be adjustable. Barring that, you have a short, but unlikely, as the brake light switch would handle it. In a very rare case, it is possible the blinker or flasher rheastat can do this. Simple...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Brake repair on 1967 Ford Mustang, cotter pin, wheel bearings
cotter pin, wheel bearings, wheel bearing: Replace the wheel bearing by removing the dust cap. Remove cotter pin and nut and washer. Pull outer bearing from hub. Replace nut and pull hub out about 2 and let it fall down and rest on nut. There jerk hard on hub and the inner bearing and nut will remain...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: brake problem, drum brakes, disc brakes
drum brakes, disc brakes, hydraulic force: That s fine, the booster looks good. It is possible that the front pads have been destroyed by the heat. I don t think that you have hurt the rotors as they will go out of round and cause a pulsating brake pedal. Now it is time to check with the company that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: buick 350, buick engine, quadrajet carb
buick engine, quadrajet carb, intake manifold: If the engine still has all its original parts, there is a letter code stamped on the left cylinder head. There are many, many possible codes, most with two letters. Find that code and tell me what it is, I can then tell you what year it came from. The...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Cadillac electrical systems, volt batteries, electrical systems
volt batteries, electrical systems, forties: Kent cadillac used positive ground through the twenties, thirties, and forties. By the time caddie went to twelve volt batteries they were negative ground. The only car that went to positive ground in twelve volt was Packard but that was short lived. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Carb problems, air fuel mixture, air leak
air fuel mixture, air leak, distributor cap: Hi Austin: Sounds like you have an air leak in the air intake valve or a bad air/fuel mixture sensor. This is suppose to regulate idle once the choke is off. Not enough air would mean too much fuel, which would make it too rich. The reason it dies after the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: CHANGING REAR END, chevrolet truck, leaf springs
chevrolet truck, leaf springs, rear end: Hi Charlie: Well, first let me answer your questions, then let s talk about the smoother ride you are looking far. Just so happen that in 1954, Chevy redesigned the rear-end. So the 1950 will work with some minor mods. Key mod is the bed height is 2.25 lower....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Classic door hinge bolts, door hinge, machine screw
door hinge, machine screw, wood screw: I think that what you are looking for is called a machine screw. I use a company called Fastenal as they have stores world wide. On line you can find them at www.fastenal.com. I would suggest that stainless be used. Now these bolts usually went through the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: carb.., combustion chambers, compression check
combustion chambers, compression check, awile: There are a lot of reason for plugs fouling beside just attack the carburetor. I would suggest that the first step would be a compression check just to make sure the innards of the engine is sound. Then check the thermostat and make sure that the engine is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: chev 283 back firing, spark plug wires, fuel mixture
spark plug wires, fuel mixture, 283 engine: Hi Janet: Did you adjust the carb first? In order to get rid of the backfiring, the first thing is to adjust the carb so it doesn t run too rich or too lean. Once the carb are adjusted, I would take her out the road to give her a good blowing out. If she...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: corvette rear wheel bearings, rear wheel bearings, wheel drive cars
rear wheel bearings, wheel drive cars, front wheel bearings: It has been a while since I tackled one of these puppies. The rear wheel bearings are tapered opposed roller bearings much like a front wheel bearing. The hardest part if I remember right is getting the spindle out of the bearings. Once you take off the nut...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Dash Bulb replacement, light bulbs, dash light
light bulbs, dash light, dash lights: Hi Joe: Getting under the dash is tight and tricky. I don t know how large you are, but some guys have to remove the steering wheel. Hopefully you can move the seat all the way back, and with a good flash light scoot under there head-first. You may have to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Dodge Dart 1969, dodge dart, cold chisel
dodge dart, cold chisel, brake drums: I assume that you are talking about the clips that hold the end of the hose that is attached to the steel brake lines at the frame end of flex line. These are a spring steel clip that can be removed by tapping it out with a dull cold chisel and a hammer. Don...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Engine Swap..HELP!, chevy c, gas tank
chevy c, gas tank, resale value: You are asking the wrong guy. I like vehicles the way that the factory built em. At least the way they look. The 4.9 liter V 8 in my Pontiac has been modified internally to be a 400 CID but outside it is a 4.9. If you change the engine you have cut out of...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: electrical '61 ford, push button switch, starter solenoid
push button switch, starter solenoid, electrical problems: There is no need to polarize the generator - it will be unaffected by replacing the brushes. The starter solenoid must be wired wrong - double check your wiring from the ignition switch to the solenoid. I think you may have the two small terminals reversed....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Fitting Piston Pins-!939 Chevy 1/2ton, piston pins, auto machine
piston pins, auto machine, tight fit: The piston pins should be fitted for a thumb fit when lightly oiled. If the pistons came from the maker with the pins in them, I would get the pins out, lightly oil them and check the fit then. If they still seamed tight check with an auto machine shop near...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1921 Studebaker battery, sixs, scott manning
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1921 Studebaker battery, sixs, scott manning, studebaker

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1936 Dodge D2 Brake replacement, jerk, brakes
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1936 Dodge D2 Brake replacement, jerk, brakes, chrysler

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 ford fairlane country sedan/272 fordomatic, neutral safety switch, ford
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 ford fairlane country sedan/272 fordomatic, neutral safety switch, ford

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1959 El Camino, bonneville, brakes
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1959 El Camino, bonneville, brakes, drums

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1959 Plymouth, rear wheel, wheel
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1959 Plymouth, rear wheel, wheel, brakes

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 Cadillac sedan/Only starts with starting fluid, cadillac hearse, battery cables
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 Cadillac sedan/Only starts with starting fluid, cadillac hearse, battery cables, frinds

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 camaro, plug caps, quadrajet
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 camaro, plug caps, quadrajet, jets

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1981 corvette choke light, fuse
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1981 corvette choke light, fuse

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Mustang, classic fords, wheel bearings
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Mustang, classic fords, wheel bearings, drum brakes

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 82 corvette/fuel pump/cross fire, fuel pump relay, fuel pump
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 82 corvette/fuel pump/cross fire, fuel pump relay, fuel pump, vette

Classic/Antique Car Repair: AC Ace rear brake drums, brake drum, studs
Classic/Antique Car Repair: AC Ace rear brake drums, brake drum, studs, nuts

Classic/Antique Car Repair: chev 283 back firing, pop pop pop, vacuum leak
Classic/Antique Car Repair: chev 283 back firing, pop pop pop, vacuum leak, catalytic converter

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Help with '72 mercury comet, fuel line, fuel filter
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Help with '72 mercury comet, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Rear main seal, sneaky pete, crankshaft
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Rear main seal, sneaky pete, crankshaft, upper portion

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Stiff steering won't self center, adjustment screw, steering wheel
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Stiff steering won't self center, adjustment screw, steering wheel, steering box

Classic/Antique Car Repair: All fired up! troulbleshooting electrical problem, fuel gauge, power antenna
fuel gauge, power antenna, electrical meter: sounds like a combo of two or three problems The fuel gauge issue is a problem of insufficient ground. This could also some of you other problems. Also sounds like your have a short either in your wiring or the headlight switch itself. Invest in a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: ford engine, oil filler cap, overflow tube
oil filler cap, overflow tube, head gaskets: Hi Ken: I just realized that a head gasket job is pretty expensive, so if that is what you need, let me suggest that unless you are trying to keep the original engine in pristine condition, you may want to try a gasket sealant to seal the old gasket. It s...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Headlight Problem 1967 Caddy Calais, chrome bezel, turn signals
chrome bezel, turn signals, headlight switch: The parking lights on this car are not supposed to come on unless the switch is pulled out one click. They are not supposed to come on with the headlights. If you are saying that they do not come on when the switch is pulled out one click, that is a separate...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Help with '72 mercury comet, mercury comet gt, gt series
mercury comet gt, gt series, dumb idea: Sounds like your accelerator pump in your carb is bad. To locate fuel pump follow line back from carb. Several possibilties on location. Could be bad filter, but really should be worse the higher the speed if that is so. I d bet on accelerator...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: high idle in Park, lesser of two evils, holley carb
lesser of two evils, holley carb, plymouth satellite: Hi, George; Your transmission fluid is not a very likely candidate for the cause of this problem. If the fluid is red in color, and doesn t smell burnt, it is very unlikely to be too thick or sludgey. Transmission fluid is just vegetable oil, and it doesn...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Installing a speedometer cable on 19641/2, speedometer cable, two pieces
speedometer cable, two pieces, mustang: If you are relacing just the inner cable, diconnect under the dash and simply pull cable. Make sure the new one is exactly the same length. If the cable is in two pieces or you are replacing housing too, you need to unscrew the cable collar at the tail...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: ignition system for 1950 Chevy 3800 truck (216 engine), test light, voltmeter
test light, voltmeter, condenser: Just because the points and condenser look new that they are ok. A test light or a voltmeter will check the voltage getting to the coil, and through the coil when the points are open. That is the test light attached to the coil connector that goes to the distributor....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: MUSTANG, cobra rims, cold air intake
cobra rims, cold air intake, flow cats: With engine running at idle, spray carb cleaner all around the outside of the engine. Spray intake edges and behind engine. When engine speed changes, you have found your leak. Using a spray with the tiny directional stray helps. If there is no reation...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: mg td oil leak, engine oil leak, cam shaft
engine oil leak, cam shaft, motor shaft: How about the word camshaft, or rocker box cover. The plug at the end of the cam shaft could be leaking and the oil could be coming down the back of the engine from the valve cover or as the English call it the rocker box cover. The engine and transmission...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: mid 60's 383 MOPAR, spark plug gap, point gap
spark plug gap, point gap, vacuum line: Sorry to miss that part of it. Number one cylinder on any V rear wheel drive is the one that the valve cover is the furthest forward when looking down on the engine. In your case number on is the first cylinder on the left (drivers side) bank. Brad Points...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Noisy Valve Train, dodge super bee, valve train
dodge super bee, valve train, heavy oil: Without hearing the noise myself, I m shooting in the dark here. If you don t know the history of this car, and someone had tried to hide the problem by putting in very heavy oil, the problem is very likely a bad rod bearing. If you know the history and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: power 1976 chrysler ny brougham, vacuum meter, manifold vacuum
vacuum meter, manifold vacuum, catalytic converters: Well as difficult it is for me to realize that catalytic converters are found on old/antique/classic cars. I would suggest that you check the cat to make sure that it is not clogged as that what it sounds like. The factory manuals in the era suggested taking...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: REAR MAIN SEAL ! ! ! HOW TOO ?, ford mustang, rear seal
ford mustang, rear seal, seal replacement: Rear seal replacement has come a long way. You no longer hjave to remove crank. Just remove rear main cap and force to old seal out with the new. If your seal is still orginal you will need one of the corkscrew type puller from auto parts store. Make sure...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Rear main seal, torture method, main bearing cap
torture method, main bearing cap, rear seal: These always seep some, but your case seems to be much worse than you can tolerate. If you are certain it is coming from the rear seal, my advice is to drop the crankshaft slightly so as to make it easier to insert the new seal, using the Chinese finger...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Rust on Rotors, rotor hub, disc brake kit
rotor hub, disc brake kit, rotor surface: I would not worry about the rust on the braking surface as the pads will shine them up bright as a new penny. The hub area that will mount over the bearing hub should be cleaned with steel wool or sand paper before mounting so that they make a good flat contact....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rear main seal, 283 engine, oil pan
283 engine, oil pan, chev: The best way is to pull the engine and check all bearing clearances when removing the crankshaft to replace the seal. It can be done with the engine in the chassis by removing the oil pan and snaking the seal out of it grove and then snaking a new seal in...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Spark, 1940 chevy, plug wires
1940 chevy, plug wires, rotor: I apologize for being slow to respond. I will try to help, but I need to know some more facts: Was the car running OK before you changed all the items you list? Did you remove and re-install the distributor when you worked on it? If so, did you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Spark, coil wire, 1940 chevy
coil wire, 1940 chevy, plug wires: If you short across points with the power on, does it spark? When you say spark to distributor, do you mean out of coil wire at dist cap or under cap on carbon tip? If you have cap off and crank it, does spark shoot across to the wire prongs? Also,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: "Sticky" Throttle .., 1970 dodge challenger, dodge challenger
1970 dodge challenger, dodge challenger, accelerator cable: It sounds like it could be the fast idle cam on the side of the carburetor sticking. It is part of the choke linkage. I would get a can of carburetor and choke cleaner and spray down the linkage on the side of the carburetor. Do not use oil on these linkage...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Stiff steering won't self center, wheel alignment, rear spring
wheel alignment, rear spring, steering box: Well that leads down to one of two possible problems. 1. A problem in the steering box. A control valve problem or a seal that is allowing unbalanced pressure on each side of the piston. 2. A misaligned rear end. Perhaps a problem with one of the rear center...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Stiff steering won't self center, tie rod ends, pitman arm
tie rod ends, pitman arm, ps control: Is the idler arm the rubber loaded type? If so, when the idler arm is installed the steering wheel needs to be straight ahead when the arm attaching nuts are tighten. If the wheels are cut to the right or left you will build a lead to the right or left into...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: steering box, shift mechanism, steering box
shift mechanism, steering box, steering wheel: You have to remove the whole assembly up through the inside of the car. Don t try to take it apart - change the whole thing. You can pull the steering wheel off to make the job a little bit easier. The part numbers are different between 48 and 52, but...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Trim color on a 55 Chevy Belair Sedan, 55 chevy belair, rear quarter panel
55 chevy belair, rear quarter panel, ivory color: Hi William: I m assuming you don t have the color code for this automobile. Therefore, your white/cream color for the 55 Chevy rear quarter panel, could be one of three possible colors. 1. Bombay Ivory - Color Code:2059 (1955) 2. India Ivory - Color Code:...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: t85 transmission, overdrive transmission, torque loads
overdrive transmission, torque loads, 57 tbird: I don t know for sure, but the T85 is a very robust transmission - and the 312 isn t all that much of a monster - as far as torque, so if it fits, I d use it. I m worried about that overdrive, though! Don t ever drive it in second overdrive - use overdrive...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: tuning my carburuter, vacuum gauge, chev 283 engine
vacuum gauge, chev 283 engine, carby: Quadrajets tend to carbon up on the throats real bad. Before you adjust, spray heavily on the inside with carb cleaner. After cleaning, hook a vacuum gauge up to warm engine. Then adjust mixture screws, first one then the other. Go back and forth several times...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: turbo 400, turbo 400, crud
turbo 400, crud, gears: My guess is that the front pump has failed, or else the filter is plugged with crud so that the front pump isn t getting enough oil to it. I think it is going to have to come out and come apart again to track this down, but you can first drop the pan and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Vacuum Valves in-line, controlling headlamp door's / cover's. (Vacuum opreated ), vacuum valves, lincoln town
vacuum valves, lincoln town, vehicl: First by Lincoln parts man, I hope you are not talking about the dealer and use the service manager, not the parts dept for schematics, and NO they don t seem to talk to each other. As for location of valves, I m not sure on this model, but just trace...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: volvo 240 dl brake bleeding, volvo 240 dl, volvo 240
volvo 240 dl, volvo 240, pedel: Don t know what bleeding method you used, but unless the rules on bleeding are followed to the letter, you cannot achieve results. This works: Fill system with fluid. Start at the wheel farthest from the master cylinder (not just those worked on),...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: wiper transmission replacement, wiper shaft, spanner nut
wiper shaft, spanner nut, transmission replacement: The windshield wiper set up on the 55 Chevrolet was certainly not one of GM s finest works. It is a cable driven set up and the two pulleys on the transmissions were spring loaded. It take two people to unload the cables to remove the transmission. With the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1929 CHRYSLER GREASE, skinned knuckles, old tractors
skinned knuckles, old tractors, auto parts stores: You re welcome, Mike. I ve always found it at NAPA stores, but it has been a couple of years since I bought it. I don t know where you live, but out here in California, even the el-cheapo places seemed to have it last time I bought it - places like Auto-Zone,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1929 chrysler, farm machinery, heavy equipment
farm machinery, heavy equipment, g1: I went to their web site and realized I had previously run into this same company. As you probably noticed, they are in Australia, not that it is a problem. I think their 140 GL-1 is probably exactly what your car would have used when it was new - and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1929 chrysler, banjo bolt, circular rings
banjo bolt, circular rings, hydraulic lines: Use SAE 140W grease in both the rear end and the trans. Use GL-4 rated grease - don t let them talk you into GL-5, which is too thin for the old cars, even though it may say SAE 85-130W on it. It also has more modern chemicals in it, which may be damaging...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1935 plymouth p6 acceleration problem, carburetor kits, hemmings motor news
carburetor kits, hemmings motor news, eldon missouri: If your symptom is hesitation when you first attempt to accelerate, the cause is a dried out cup on your accelerator pump (a part inside the carburetor). If this is your only driving problem with the car, you certainly don t need to replace the carburetor,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1937 buick, 15 inch rims, stock rims
15 inch rims, stock rims, radial tires: I ve used radial tires on many old cars. There is no particular reason to worry about compatibility with the suspension, although the ride will be a little harsh at low speeds, and the steering will be MUCH harder, especially in parking. One problem is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 packard, question thanks, quailty
question thanks, quailty, car clubs: If you are looking for that type of redo then definitely not. Find a classic car only shop and GET REFERENCES. Ask to see what some of their jobs have sold for. I don t currently know of any to recommend, but the major car clubs will have several. Be...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 PLYMOUTH BLOCK #, s driver, california driver
s driver, california driver, chp: It looks like the block has been re-numbered. That number looks like a California Driver s license to me - is the car from California? Out here, if the VIN is lost on a car, the CHP will re-number it using the owner s driver s license number. In cars...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1947 international kb2, 5th wheel trailer, trailer brakes
5th wheel trailer, trailer brakes, kb2: I m really not a truck guy, but I ll make a guess: The K2 series is a 3/4 ton truck - you don t say what body it has, but I ll assume it is a pickup - if so, it probably weighs between 5000 and 6000 pounds - 5500 pounds would be a good guess. Around 65%...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1948 chevrolet starting prblem, compression test, starter motor
compression test, starter motor, liquid gas: You ve already ruled out the two usual causes of the problem, but if you give me a bit more information, perhaps I can be of some help. Question 1: When it refuses to start, do you notice that the cranking is slower than normal? If it is cranking at normal...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1949 Cadillac 62 SE, viscousity, 1949 cadillac
viscousity, 1949 cadillac, tail pipe: Start simple. I don t know of anything shippng would have done except physical damage which would be very visible, such as crushed or plugged breather pipe. Have you changed to a thinner oil? Also, is the oil out the tail pipe the same viscousity as...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 ford tudor, ford tudor, caster camber
ford tudor, caster camber, auto zone: Hi Chris: Sorry for the delay. Go to the website below and you can purchase the service manual for your car, which includes the alignment spec. You may also want to check with Auto Zone. They usually have the same manuals. http://www.ecrapusa.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Plymouth, tooth comb, pipe plug
tooth comb, pipe plug, square hole: Ok, we are pushing the limits of the old gray matter here so if I blow it don t call me a moron. The plug on the Plymouth if I remember correctly is a pipe plug that has a recessed 3/8ths square hole that you would use a 3/8ths drive ratchet to remove. The...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1951 Chevy w/216 won't idle and hesitates at shift, windshield wiper motor, hairline crack
windshield wiper motor, hairline crack, propane torch: I think you have a vacuum leak, probably at the base of the carburetor, but possibly at one of the fittings that go into the intake manifold, or at the other end of whatever line that fitting is connected to, like the windshield wiper motor or the fuel pump...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 1st series chevy truck, hemmings motor news, aluminum alloy
hemmings motor news, aluminum alloy, pot metal: This is a common problem with Chevy three on the tree shifters. The shift forks and the housing were made out of pot metal, an aluminum alloy, that was soft and wore quickly. I think that you will find that most of the parts suppliers that advertiser in Hemmings...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy p/u Starter Problems, stroker engine, starter problems
stroker engine, starter problems, heat protection: Personally I always suspect new parts when there was no other problem before. I once went through 5 alternators before finally getting my money back and going to a shop that rebuilt them and had to stand behind their work. That alt lasted as long as I owned...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 Packard Clipper fuel sending unit, tig welder, fuel sending unit
tig welder, fuel sending unit, empty tank: The tank sender and the gauge don t care about polarity, so quit worrying about that. The sender ranges from around 70 ohms for an empty tank to around 8 ohms for a full tank. The 55 and 56 senders will both work. The resistance reading can be anywhere...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 Cadillac transmission not shifting correctly, dirty overalls, cadillac series
dirty overalls, cadillac series, factory stock: That sounds like the trans should be evaluated by someone with more experience than I. I had a 55 Coupe DeVille for years, but that is a different design transmission; rough upshifts were normal for that car, especially the 1-2 upshift. In the trade it was...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 chevy 210 hesitation at highway speeds, highway speeds, fuel pump
highway speeds, fuel pump, fuel filter: Hi Again Pat: This could be a number of things, but since you say the problem only occurs at speed 50 mph or higher, My first guess would be a faulty fuel pump. This could also mean a foul plug or clog fuel filter. You may have to drive her a few times...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 chevy 210 Transmission leak, transmission stop leak, engine seals
transmission stop leak, engine seals, auto zone: Hi Pat: If it sat all winter, that s not good. Ii should be driven occasionally even in winter. The worse thing you can do for an engine or tranny is let it sat for long periods. My guess is that you have a leaky or bad seal. The Tranny, like the engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 Packard oil pump, electric wipers, valve lifters
electric wipers, valve lifters, pi magazine: No need for pictures- I ve rebuilt about 30 of these engines over the years, I can do it in my sleep! The vacuum line can be simply blocked off - be sure to plug the line where it goes through the block so you don t get oil leaking out there. The oil pump...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1957 Bel Air Tail Lights, jam switches, fuse block
jam switches, fuse block, fuse panel: I m sure you know that the fact that a fuse blows means that a wire that is supposed to bring 12 volts to something in the car is touching ground somewhere. Since it seems to involve the wiring that is associated with the headlight switch (dash lights, tail...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 bel Air Hood Springs, refrigerator magnet, kids school
refrigerator magnet, kids school, bel air: Before you go to heavier springs take a refrigerator magnet, you know like the ones that you hold notes and your kids school papers onto the refrigerator door, and run over the hood. If bondo weight is the issue then there will be places that the magnet won...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 CHEVY, blown head gasket, coil wire
blown head gasket, coil wire, brake booster: What can it be? This is a partial list; Plugs Plug wires Coil Coil wire Voltage reducing rheastat Valves Timing chain Timing Distributor Points Condenser Rotor Distributor cap Carburator Fuel filter Fuel pump Blown head gasket Faulty intake...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 impala wont start, starter solenoid, voltage spike
starter solenoid, voltage spike, safety measure: Hi Robert: Sounds like you fried something. Check all of the fuse to see if anything of them blew. The frying sounds may have been a short circuit. Some times when the battery is removed, you have to cut all power as a safety measure. A voltage spike may...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 impala, chevy impala, battery cables
chevy impala, battery cables, thick oil: I m not really sure what you are asking. If you think the starter is not cranking the engine fast enough, and you have a new battery and a new starter, the only other thing that could cause the cranking to be too slow is bad battery cables, or dirty connections...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 mustang 2b, timing chains, firing order
timing chains, firing order, cam gear: The timing mark on the cam gear (big gear) should be at 6 O clock and the mark on the crank gear (small gear) at 12 O clock. The firing order is 15426378. The cylinders are number 1 through 4 on the right bank (passengers) and 5678 on the left bank. The dwell...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang Overheating, mile test drive, upper radiator hose
mile test drive, upper radiator hose, performance radiator: I don t remember the previous question (I ve done almost 4000 of these Q&As since I volunteered on this site), but your symptoms sound like the block needs to be cleaned out. This requires removal of the core plugs (AKA freeze-out plugs), and then a careful...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang Pony replace back up light switch, automatic transmisson, neutral safety switch
automatic transmisson, neutral safety switch, meridian idaho: The back up light switch is part of the neutral safety switch and is bolted to the side of the transmission where the kick down linkage attaches to the transmission. The switch can be adjusted. With the shifter in Park insert a small drill, size 43, through...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Thunderbird Starting problem, oil pumps, gas container
oil pumps, gas container, tank fuel: OK, now I understand part of what you did. You put the container where it would catch any fuel that came through the fuel pump and filter - do I have that right? I had assumed that you used the old car starting trick of connecting a container of gas to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967polara charging system, 1967 dodge polara, ballast resistor
1967 dodge polara, ballast resistor, spade connectors: Sure! The alternator will not charge unless there is battery voltage on the field terminal - that is the smaller of the two wires going to the alternator, and it is probably dark green. It comes from the field terminal of the regulator. The regulator must...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 For f-100 fuel pressure problem, back pressure regulator, street dominator
back pressure regulator, street dominator, holly street: As for venting, there are 2 hoses on your filler tube to your tank. The 2 and a 1/2 . Put a tee in the 1/2 and run it out to a vent location with a filter on it. They also make a fuel back pressure regulator that goes inline and is adjustable. I had...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 ford fairlane, 1968 ford fairlane, lower ball joints
1968 ford fairlane, lower ball joints, mcpherson strut: This requires a special machine, so it s best to have a mechanic do it who has the right equipment. The important thing for you and the mechanic to know is your car s camber, caster and toe settings. Camber The camber angle identifies how far the tire...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 C20 low top end, rear axle ratio, factory option
rear axle ratio, factory option, axle ratio: Your question is a bit too brief. Tell me which engine it has, which transmission, which rear axle ratio, what size tires. Tell me what you are trying to accomplish. More top speed? More power at top speed? Faster acceleration to top speed? I won...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 cadillac hearse, cadillac hearse, commercial chassis
cadillac hearse, commercial chassis, oil seals: The part number your are looking for is 1496176, and yes, it is a different part for the series 75 chassis, as you know. I show the series 75 bearing as 1394720. These numbers are the original Cadillac numbers - I don t recognize the numbers you gave -...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 Delta 88 Oldsmobile Sadan 380 engine, spark plug wires, delta 88 oldsmobile
spark plug wires, delta 88 oldsmobile, firing order: Hi Earl: That s a real problem. I have a possible firing order for you, but yours could be different since it is a 380 and not a 350. But give it a shot. I hope your distributor is marked. Otherwise, this may take a while to figure out. Your engine plugs...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 corvette diferrential, lower tank, brother inlaw
lower tank, brother inlaw, transmission cooler: If you have bad bearings or gears replacement and repair is a good idea. The anti freeze in the coolant could be a problem with the cars radiator. The lower tank on the radiator contains the transmission cooler and that could be leaking. You will need to either...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 corvette radiator, radiator hoses, radiator support
radiator hoses, radiator support, support brackets: First step is to disconnect the battery and then remove the transmission cooler lines. You will need to remove the hood and that will take two people. Then remove the two front hood hinge bolts. Remove the radiator support brackets that are bolted to the fan...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1978 monte carlo, carburetor, linkage
carburetor, linkage, monte carlo: It isn t clear from your question whether you are asking how to adjust it, or what RPM to set it to. To adjust it, you turn the screw that holds the throttle open a small amount when you are not pushing down on the gas pedal. If you watch the mechanism...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1981 corvette choke, oil pressure sending unit, wont kick
oil pressure sending unit, wont kick, 1981 corvette: According to my reference material it is supposed to be a two pole switch. One wire comes from the ignition switch and the other runs to the choke coil. Between the switch and the choke coil a wire from the choke light should join the wire to the choke coil....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1987 F 150, trans model, filter change
trans model, filter change, strange noises: The easiest thing to do is to change the transmission fluid and filter. This has been know to fix this condition. If that does not work it is time to rebuild the transmission with new seals, gaskets, clutches and bands. But try the fluid and filter change...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1992 Cadillac STS, fuel delivery system, fuel pressure regulator
fuel delivery system, fuel pressure regulator, cadillac sts: Hi Manuel: Sounds like you have done all the correct things to fix the problem. You mentioned you tune her up. I am assuming as part of that tune up, you clean the fuel injectors. If not, they are most likely clogged. However, if they was cleaned, and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '36 Chevy, knee action, modern cars
knee action, modern cars, interior fittings: Mostly, the differences are in trim, options and interior fittings. The master had a longer wheelbase than the standard (113 instead of 109 ). Most of the Masters had knee action front suspension, which is totally different, so those parts will be completely...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 41 packard 110, vibration damper, compression stroke
vibration damper, compression stroke, clothes pin: I think you repeated the mistake you made the first time. Once you get the #1 piston on TDC on the compression stroke, DO NOT MOVE the crankshaft to make the rotor point at #1 spark plug wire. Leave the crankshaft right where you have it and look to see...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 48 Ford 2dr Tudor Sedan...oil filter installation, napa store, accurate gauge
napa store, accurate gauge, diameter line: The fittings that go into the block are probably what is called 1/4NPT (NPT stands for National Pipe Thread). The fittings on the cannister are very likely 1/8NPT. These sizes are very misleading: the 1/8 and 1/4 refer to the ID of the tubing and fittings,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 50 plymouth brakes, rear brakes, rear drums
rear brakes, rear drums, wheel cylinders: At this point you have no choice but to address the rear brakes. If you feel they were replaced by previous mechanic, you could try just adjusting them, but if not that may do more harm. Beleive you are over extending the master cylinders ability to recover...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 chevy, engine cranks, stroke engine
engine cranks, stroke engine, secondary ignition: As you are standing alongside passenger side of the car, looking down at the distributor, look lower and toward the back of the engine. Bolted to the back of the engine is the flywheel housing, and in that housing there is a hole for you to look into to see...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '56 chev 235 oil pressure, oil pressure gauge, filter canister
oil pressure gauge, filter canister, thousandths: Once a car has had modifications to it like this, it becomes very hard to troubleshoot, since you really don t know what else has been fiddled with. That engine probably did not have an oil filter on it when it was new, and those hang on oil filters were...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 Tbird Battery orientation, starter solenoid, volt battery
starter solenoid, volt battery, restoration books: 56 was the first year for the 12 volt battery and electrical system in the T Bird. All batteries 6 and 12 volt the positive terminal is larger in diameter than the negative terminal. The positive terminal is connected in that car to the starter solenoid and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 6 mustang fuel gauge, gauge works, fuel gauge
gauge works, fuel gauge, mustang: Sounds lke the new sending unit needs to be calibrated for your car. Much like adjusting the float on a carb. This actually does not have to be in tank to do this, but you must be able to see where float rise stops. Then adjust (usually bend) float until ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Rambler 195.6 Firing Order, rambler classic, correct hole
rambler classic, correct hole, firing order: The firing order is 153624. As to which hole in the cap that #1 goes in to be correct I would suggest that you remove the spark plug from number one cylinder. Then remove the primary wire from the coil. Next [place your thumb over number one spark plug hole...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 thunderbird carb, ford carburetor, diesel mechanic
ford carburetor, diesel mechanic, holly carb: The other problem that you have is fire. Don t run the engine. I would haul the carburetor off and take it back to the shop. It sure sounds like improper float adjustment, sinking float or a bad needle valve. Brad Oh, it is a Ford carburetor and the C4 tells...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '66 Mustang hesitation & stumble, hg vacuum, new distributor cap
hg vacuum, new distributor cap, pertronix electronic ignition: The cause of the off-idle hesitation is the incorrect setting (or failure) of the accelerator pump inside the carburetor, in about 99% of these cases. I know you ve had the carburetor rebuilt repeatedly, but your experience with rebuilt carburetors is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang brake light not working, spring clip, push rod
spring clip, push rod, light switch: Ok, if you have no brake lights on either side then the problem is most likely the stop light switch. The stop light switch is located at the top of the brake pedal on the push rod. Check to be sure that you have voltage going into the switch and voltage coming...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang fuel gauge, fuel guage, long jumpers
fuel guage, long jumpers, jumper wires: Ok, good report. Now we need to ground the fuel tank. I have several long, and I mean long jumper wires in my tool box. Use a little sand paper and get a good ground on a corner of the fuel tank. Then I using one of my long jumpers connect the other end to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang locksets replacement, new keys, old cars
new keys, old cars, locksmith: Hi Maureen: Partially true. If you happen to have the key codes for the car, a locksmith can cut new keys based on the code. It is rare to have this on a car that old, but that is your only option. Replacing the lock set is not very difficult, just time...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 dodge dart, dodge dart, battery cable
dodge dart, battery cable, voltage regulator: Something is draining the battery. Charge the battery fully, then pull one battery cable off, then tap it on the post and note the spark that you see. Now, turn everything off, see if you still see a spark when you tap the cable. If you do, pull half the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '73 camaro posi rear end "stutters", locking differentials, 73 camaro
locking differentials, 73 camaro, clutch system: Check with your local GM dealer and buy the rear end fluid they sell for the Posi. Change the fluid and it should work. Brad This was a well known problem back in the 60 and 70 s. GM spent as lot of time and money publishing tech service bulitens to their...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Accessing the signal switch assembly on a 79 Dodge Van, dodge van, hazard lights
dodge van, hazard lights, signal switch: Yeah brute force is good. You must depress that plate enough to remove the clip. I have made a homemade tool that I put on with the nut that works pretty good. It is just an inverted U that is the exact length. Putting it back on is slightly easier,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Adjusting valves / ford 292, spark plug wire, many moons
spark plug wire, many moons, firing order: On the timing, I only trust the valve positions, but you should be fine your way. Tuning the Holley. You must set the floats to the overflow port, then adjust mixture screws to obtain the max vacuum on an intake port. Adjusting each a little and going...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: brake problem, rear axle ratio, chevy pickup
rear axle ratio, chevy pickup, new trucks: A grabbing brake is caused by some foreign substance on or absorbed into the lining, and/or on the drum, in about 99.99% of the cases I ve run into, so I d double and triple check. You can t get brake fluid or grease out a lining once it is contaminated,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Camshaft, double pumper, performance cam
double pumper, performance cam, speed operation: It depends on what you are going to do with the car. It has been my experience that a stock Vette will provide enough power stock to get you into trouble. I have one old car that is a street rod that has chrome and hot looking stuff on the outside of the engine,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Car Floods, 1959 ford fairlane, power valve
1959 ford fairlane, power valve, carburetor: There is a gadget in the carburetor that is called a power valve. When the diaphragm in the valve gets a hole in it the condition that you describe, flooding can take place. A sinking float will also cause the same problem. Looks like it is time to get the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Convertible top, tripped circuit breaker, starter solenoid
tripped circuit breaker, starter solenoid, convertible top: Maybe you have a tripped circuit breaker. It should be on the hot side of the starter solenoid. Also check the fluid, if low that may have trip the breaker. It isn t wired in with anything else. Try removing the breaker and hooking the wire straight to the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Corvette Brake Line, corvette brake, auto supply stores
corvette brake, auto supply stores, chevy dealer: If you have a good place to work, and can get the car up high enough safely to work under it you can probably replace the lines in sections. Most auto supply stores sell brake line in different length sections and the sell couplers. The line can be replaced...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: a/c blower problems, compressor cycles, question number
compressor cycles, question number, medium speed: Question #2 is probably due to low refrigerant level in the system. The clutch should cycle to control A/C temperature but the low side pressure should not drop to 10 PSI. Question number one deal with the possibilities of a defective blower resistor, bad...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: car pdoor seal, hemmings motor news, elderly father
hemmings motor news, elderly father, gasket: I have never had luck repairing door gaskets although a couple of guys say they have. If is not sealing and letting water into the car, take a trip through Hemmings Motor News and get a new gasket. There are several companies that make good replacements. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: check engine light, oil pressure sender, low oil pressure
oil pressure sender, low oil pressure, 560sl mercedes: Is this a yellow or red light? If it is red it could be that you are showing low oil pressure at low engine speed. If that is the case you will need to get a mechanical gage connected to test the engines oil pressure. If the engine shows good pressure then...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: chevy 1964, radiator flush, battery engine
radiator flush, battery engine, transmission power: Working on old cars requires lots of patient. But once you her your running right, you will look back on the experience and hopefully laugh about it. Just hang in there. Trying to bring an old car back to life after it has sat for that long, is not easy. Most...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: chevy 235, distributer cap, 52 chevy
distributer cap, 52 chevy, side terminal: OK, Great, that s good progress. Yes, the problem is pretty surely in the distributor, now all we have to do is track it down. Since you said that there was voltage on the condenser, I m suspicious of the points setting, and the ground wire on the mounting...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: chevy single barrel 235 carb, piston cup, hesitation problem
piston cup, hesitation problem, brake fluid: The accelerator pump appears not to be working. With the engine off look down into the carburetor throat. Make sure that the choke is open. Use a light so that you car see and pump the gas pedal. There should be a squirt of fuel from the accelerator jet. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Dome Light, ford mustang, dome light
ford mustang, dome light, ford: It would appear that some where in it s past it was owned by some one that wanted to sit with a door open and not run the battery dead. And as such the dome light is wired through the ignition switch. Check the following web site for a wiring diagram for your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: drum brakes, rear drum brakes, parking brake cable
rear drum brakes, parking brake cable, drum brakes: I m not really a truck person, and you don t say which size (1/2 ton or 3/4 ton) truck you have, but since there are not many other volunteers on here that take truck questions, I ll try to help. If it is a half ton, with 5 lug passenger car type wheels,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: front end alignment specs, 1958 chevy biscayne, front end alignment specs
1958 chevy biscayne, front end alignment specs, wheel alignment: The camber on that car should be 0 to +1 with a desired setting of 1/2 Pos. The camber recommendation is -1/2 to +1/2 with a desired of +1/2. The toe in should be 1/16 to 1/8 inch. However as the car is manual steering i would set the caster at 0 as that will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1948 chevrolet starting prblem, carburator, passages
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1948 chevrolet starting prblem, carburator, passages

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 chevy 210 Transmission leak, coolant line, torque converter
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 chevy 210 Transmission leak, coolant line, torque converter, coolant

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 cadillac hearse, bearing timken, chicago rawhide
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 cadillac hearse, bearing timken, chicago rawhide, cylindrical roller

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang locksets replacement, key code, comet
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang locksets replacement, key code, comet, passenger side

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '73 camaro posi rear end "stutters", outer bearings, friction heat
Classic/Antique Car Repair: '73 camaro posi rear end "stutters", outer bearings, friction heat

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Leaking Dipstick Tube 57 Chevy Bel Air, fluid leaks, excess fluid
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Leaking Dipstick Tube 57 Chevy Bel Air, fluid leaks, excess fluid, o ring

Classic/Antique Car Repair: pcv placement, pcv valves, pvc valve
Classic/Antique Car Repair: pcv placement, pcv valves, pvc valve, manifold vacuum

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Steering Wheel Play & wandering, steering gearbox, 1948 pontiac
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Steering Wheel Play & wandering, steering gearbox, 1948 pontiac, gearbox

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel pump, sante fe springs, 1950 chevy fleetline
sante fe springs, 1950 chevy fleetline, fuel pump: 1940 to 1951 use the same fuel pump, and 1952 to 1954 use a different one. I suggest sending your old one in for rebuild. Egge Parts House in Sante Fe Springs CA will rebuild it for you or you can do it yourself with one of their kits (or anyone s kit,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel pump???, inlet filter, push rod
inlet filter, push rod, filter air: The list of could be s is a long one. Trash in the fuel tank plugging the inlet filter, bad ignition coil, bad fuel pump, worn fuel pump push rod, carburetor float level low, weak valve springs floating the valves, kink in tail pipe, and more. Now it is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: gas fumes, plymouth duster, charcoal canister
plymouth duster, charcoal canister, gas tank: The way I find these, and I suggest you think this out before trying it, is to blow a LITTLE air pressure into the gas tank and usually the venting leak will become obvious. It is good to have 2-3 poeple looking while you apply the pressure (1-2 # max). ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: gas tank, 1950 chevy fleetline, tank fitting
1950 chevy fleetline, tank fitting, gas filler: No, gas shouldn t run out of the line unless the back end of the car is much higher than the front. Usually, no gas comes out when you disconnect the fuel pump inlet. To check for blockage in the fuel line from the tank, remove the gas cap from the tank,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Idle speed, vacuum leak, throttle plate
vacuum leak, throttle plate, efi: The major problems that we have seen with idle on these engines is usually dirt in the throttle plate areas. Use carburetor cleaner and clean the area where the throttle plates close. If the engine still idles higher than normal use spray carburetor cleaner...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Ignition switch burning wire?, dodge dart, slant 6
dodge dart, slant 6, heat generated from: Hi Terry: No, you have got some naked wires that are touching some where and when you engage the starter, the heat generated from the starting process is heating up these wires. Find all burned wires (including starter wires to battery) and replace ALL of...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: idle and grinding noise when moving and stopping, wheel bearings, brakes and rotors
wheel bearings, brakes and rotors, wont move: Have you checked the timing? The dropping down below idle is in your choke/idle assembly releasing too soon. Look at the actual linkage and you should be able to adjust this out. Did you have your wheel bearings checked during your brake job? I believe...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Jog my memory, ford ranchero, ford falcon
ford ranchero, ford falcon, cowboy cadillac: Chevrolet made the El Camino, and Ford had two different versions. One was on a Ford Falcon and the other was the Ford Ranchero. Over the years both car companies switch between the full sized chassis and the intermediate chassis. The El Camino lasted well...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Jog my memory, ford ranchero, chevy el camino
ford ranchero, chevy el camino, brands of cars: Ford Ranchero and Chevy El Camino were the two popular brands of these. They started in 1957 (Ford) and 1959 (Chevy), and continued well into the 80s. They were basically made on car chassis, with the front end of a car, but the rear body of a pickup. They...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Leaking Dipstick Tube 57 Chevy Bel Air, 57 chevy bel air, chevy bel air
57 chevy bel air, chevy bel air, transmission repair shop: I m confused by your question: Are you referring to some question that I answered previously? If so, can you give me the date so I can check back in my archives and see what it was all about? I ve done over 3000 Q&A s on this service, and I don t remember...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Oil Pan Leak, oil pressure sending unit, thick oil
oil pressure sending unit, thick oil, ok condition: It all depends on where it is leaking from. If it is coming out around the drain plug, probably the gasket is bad, or else the threaded fitting that the plug screws into is not sealed where it is welded to the pan - which is a defect in the oil pan itself....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: pcv placement, oil filler cap, windshield wiper motor
oil filler cap, windshield wiper motor, power brake booster: There are probably at least 4 ways to do it! The thing to realize is that all the PCV system does is provide a source of vacuum to suction out the fumes from the crankcase. The PCV valve is a one way valve, it allows the fumes to be suctioned out, but won...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: points, lacquer thinner, rotor shaft
lacquer thinner, rotor shaft, flat blade: OK:....you need 3 tools: A flat blade screwdriver, an 0.017 feeler gauge and a tiny wrench - probably a 5/16 open end wrench, but some point sets have a slightly larger (11/32) or even a 3/8 nut holding the wires to the points. It is a good idea to use...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: powerglide trans., problem thanks, gaer
problem thanks, gaer, modulator: Barring the possibility your low band has seized up (you don t mention how long it set up) it could be the passing gear kickdown is not correctly adjusted or hooked up. Make sure that it moves freely and does not droop under its own weight. It is spring...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: replacing ring gear in 1939 1/2 ton chevy, bolts and nuts, rivet heads
bolts and nuts, rivet heads, nuts and bolts: Well, a couple of things. According to my best sources the ring on the 1939 differential should be bolted on. 1936 was the last riveted ring gear. My sources could be wrong, as it would not be the first time. The rivets are not a big problem to replace and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rough idle, vacuum leaks, stock cam
vacuum leaks, stock cam, sherlock holmes: That could very well be and this will turn out to be a 007 Sherlock Holmes check everything mystery, but I would start with a compression test as I have found big engine will hide a low compression cylinder once you get it wound up and it will show up at idle....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Smell Gas, clogged catalytic converter, heart of the fire
clogged catalytic converter, heart of the fire, explosure: Hi Lester: There are most likely a couple of reason the brake cable caught fire. I suspect an overheated catalytic converter or muffler. The brake line tend to run too close to the hot elements. Check to make sure you don t have a clogged catalytic converter,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Speedo cable problem, rear axle ratio, speedometer cable
rear axle ratio, speedometer cable, graphite powder: If you can feel or see the worm gear (the part that turns on the rear output shaft of the transmission) and there is no mating plastic pinion gear with the square hole in it to receive the speedometer cable, you are indeed missing that pinion. Is it possible...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Speedometer, speedometer drive, speedometer cable
speedometer drive, speedometer cable, rear wheels: Ok, this is the way that I check out a speedometer and cables. I jack the rear wheels off the ground and support the rear axle with safety stands. Under the hood locate the speedometer cable that comes from the transmission and connects to the cruise control...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Steering Wheel Play & wandering, tie rod ends, pontiac chieftain
tie rod ends, pontiac chieftain, steering gearbox: You don t have to take anything apart to adjust the steering wheel play. Have someone move the wheel back and forth while you watch the linkage under the car to see where the lost motion is occurring - it isn t always in the steering gearbox. It could...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Studebaker 1950, studebaker champion, john elias
studebaker champion, john elias, vent hole: There is a possibility that the float is sinking. This would allow the fuel under the diaphram that is under pressure to enter the float bowl and flood over. The other is that the needle valve is not seating and allowing fuel into the bowl. Check them both....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: shocks removal, 1950 chevy fleetline, spring travel
1950 chevy fleetline, spring travel, shocks: The front shocks can be removed and installed without any danger no matter how you jack the car. It does not make any difference if the weight is off or on the spring. With the rear I would make sure that there was weight on the springs. If they are not loaded...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: spark plug wiring diagram, spark plug wire, automobile literature
spark plug wire, automobile literature, firing order: This information is in the shop manual for your car. If you don t have one, you should get one if you are going to be maintaining this car. They run on eBay frequently, or you can buy one from any of the automobile literature dealers. Your engine s firing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Timing on a 1951 Chevy PU, distributer, flywheel
distributer, flywheel, chevy: An easy trip to remember about timing is that advance is always the opposite direction as rotation. Pull the cap and bump the engine over. Check the direction of rotation and then advance timing is to rotate the distributor in the opposite direction. For your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Using retard control, climbing a hill, steering wheel
climbing a hill, steering wheel, vintage car: This is to set the spark timing back so that the engine will not kick back when starting. Retard the timing to start the car and when the engine fires slowly advance the timing to get the engine to run smooth. When driving advance the timing to provide a smooth...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Vacuum Wipers on 1956 Cadillac, vacuum hoses, zillah washington
vacuum hoses, zillah washington, plumbing leaks: Vacuum wipers are a royal pain in the posterior - your wiper motor very likely needs to be rebuilt, but before you send it off for that, get a vacuum gauge and check the vacuum at the hose where it connects to the wiper motor. If the vacuum measures at least...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vin location, buick skylark, location 64
buick skylark, location 64, vin plate: That is the only published location for the VIN. Most, if not all, cars have a secret location for the VIN, but that is known only to the officials in each state that are certified to identify cars. In California, that is the Highway Patrol officer at...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Wiring Kit, google search, wiring harnesses
google search, wiring harnesses, harness board: I advise buying a complete harness from one of the harness vendors. One I have used is Y and Z s Yesterdays in San Bernardino CA - their harnesses are excellent in quality, and come with very good diagrams, with all the right colors and terminals already...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Wooden Spoke Wheels, spar varnish, spoke wheels
spar varnish, spoke wheels, spokes: Most wood wheels were varnished at the factory when the car was built. They used a marine grade Spar varnish. The last wood wheeled car that we had go through the shop was a 28 Peerless and the wheels were in good condition but stained. We bleached the spokes...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: wheel alignment specifications, stock tire size, mach 1 mustang
stock tire size, mach 1 mustang, wheel alignment: I have the manufacturers specifications but first let me ask a couple of questions. 1. Are the wheels stock and are you running the stock tire size? 2. Is the car stock or altered? 3. Has the ride height been altered front or back or both? 4. When the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: wiper transmission cables hook-up, transmission cables, motor shaft
transmission cables, motor shaft, auto literature: Hi, Ed. The wiper cable arrangement in those cars is a nightmare to figure out, and to get the cables back on the pulleys if they have come off. The last guys must have just given up on it. I think you can probably figure it out by trial and error,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Buick trans, clutch disk, buick club
clutch disk, buick club, clutch pedal: I m afraid I can t help you. I know Model A s. but not buicks. If you could find a buick club, they could answer your question. with the model A, we have to either pull the engine or the rear end to get the trans out. Are the mounts on the engine or trans?...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Ford Model A, model a ford club, good luck jack
model a ford club, good luck jack, hilton head island: You do have a problem with that car. Don t keep changing plugs because they are black and fuzzy (dirty). Just clean them and they will do just fine. My best advice for you is to find and join a local Model A club. There are two national clubs, MARC, and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Model A Short in horn button to light switch, good luck jack, horn button
good luck jack, horn button, spring pressure: At the base of the column you will find the light switch. Flip off the bale wire and pull the light switch off of the steering gear. All of your wiring for the lights are in that pod. You will see a small keeper at the end of the light switch /horn rod....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1937 Ford, volt bulb, ford 37
volt bulb, ford 37, secondary winding: To test the coil, remove it. It is attached to the top of the distributor cap with several screws and then lifts straight off. But before you remove the coil check for voltage at the lead on the top of the coil with the key on. A test light with a 6 volt bulb...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1937 packard 120, volt system, battery cables
volt system, battery cables, batt: If you are jumping the batt. you want to connect positive to positive. That s parallel and will provide 6 volts to the system, assuming it is a 6 volt system. I don t know how the car was designed; some were positive to ground, like the Model A, but some...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1938 Ford, 1940 ford parts, good luck jack
1940 ford parts, good luck jack, ebay: I had some NOS 1940 ford parts and I sold them on ebay. Big demand there for new/old parts. Since you already have a buyer, check out the site (ebay) and see what other parts like that are selling for. I think you should be able to get $200.00 for the set....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 desoto master cylinder, lock nut, master cylinder
lock nut, master cylinder, gray matter: Boy, you are pushing the old gray matter to the limit. Look at the master cylinder where the shaft goes through the cylinder. Is there a set screw there with a lock nut? If so loosen the nut and remover the set screw. The shaft then should tap out with a plastic...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 Plymouth, tight fit, running boards
tight fit, running boards, trailor: Boy, that is going to be a tight fit with about 6 inches on either side. The tread width on that car is 59 3/4 inches. Add an inch or two on either side for the running boards and you are tight. You might get the car in but you would not get out of the car....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 Pontiac Coupe "screeching", seal leaks, input shaft
seal leaks, input shaft, volt dc: Are you sure that you are not getting plain old fan belt screech? At parade speeds and a 6 volt DC generator system and some horn beeping you are using more power than the generator can produce. This could cause screeching but you would need to be above idle...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 packard
Hi, Mike; It s been a long time, and I really would like to help you - but I m not up to dealing with this Q&A site yet. Would you post one more question to me with your e-mail address - I ll leave myself available on here until I hear back from...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Chevy P/U Hesitating and stalling, electric fuel pump, thorn in my side
electric fuel pump, thorn in my side, external tank: Good, the fuel pump is located where it is supposed to be, below the level of the fuel at the tank. It sounds like there could be something in the tank blocking the pick up and then floats away when the engine is off. To prove it rig a five gallon external...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 Chevy Bel Air transmission slip, dexron iii, chevy bel air
dexron iii, chevy bel air, 54 chevy: The Powerglide transmission does have slippage when climbing hills and such. The torque converter (the fluid coupling) in modern cars has an internal clutch that locks up at speed and eliminates the slipping that was present in the older transmissions, especially...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 Chevy Bel Air Powerglide slippage, chevy bel air, 54 chevy
chevy bel air, 54 chevy, planetary gears: I am a Model A guy and those modern cars are not my expertise, but here is what I think: The slippage is bad and you should do something about it. The trans is quite simple and any trans guy could fix it easily. If you are mechanical, you might try it....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1961 Chevy c10 truck, chevy c10, bell housing
chevy c10, bell housing, schematics: There are two bolts at the bell housing. The third bolt is at the other end of the starter and it is a bracket that is bolted to the front of the starter and then to the engine block. Sometimes that bolt is not replaced if the starter has been changed. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Ford Mustang L-6 200 Auto Matic Trans, jumper wire, ford mustang
jumper wire, ford mustang, auto matic: First of all, run a jumper wire from the battery ( ) to the positive side of the coil and then see if car will crank. BE AWARE THE CAR CANNOT BE SHUT OFF WITH KEY AS LONG AS THIS WIRE IS CONNECTED. If this does it, trace out wire to solenoid for breaks...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Thunderbird Thermostat, degree thermostat, temperature thermostat
degree thermostat, temperature thermostat, radiator cap: My recommendation would be for a 180/190 degree thermostat and a 50/50 mix of anti freeze. The anti freeze along with a pressure radiator cap will raise the boiling point of the mixture to near 300 degrees F. Thus is why hot coolant will boil and erupt when...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Imperial Heater hoses, upper radiator hose, dark violet
upper radiator hose, dark violet, compressor clutch: First, be sure to unplug the wire that goes to the AC clutch so that you don t burn out the compressor by running it with no Freon in it. Those are tough old compressors, but they can t stand being run with no Freon, because the Freon is what circulates the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang Inline 6 with Power Brakes, manual brakes, large nipple
manual brakes, large nipple, vacuum line: I m not a mustang guy, but here is what I know about this. At Chrysler, and I think most cars, we had a tree coming off of the intake manifold. The line to the booster is large, around 3/8in. ID. The other taps coming off the tree are smaller. You need...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 tbird 390 detonation, air fuel mixture, lean air
air fuel mixture, lean air, compression check: The first thing that I would want to see from this car is a compression check numbers for each cylinder. The popping through the carburetor is caused by miss wiring of the plug wires, cracked distributor cap, lean air fuel mixture, or a bad intake valve, weal...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 Chevrolet P/U front drum brakes, stock drums, rear drums
stock drums, rear drums, drum brakes: Cut the rivets and install the new drums. make sure that they fit the hub snugly as this is what centers them. Some drums were riveted and others used a special tool that pressed the lug studs through the hub and drum and then swedged them in place. The rivet...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 ford fairlaine500, ford clubs, ford club
ford clubs, ford club, winsdor: I know Model A s, not the modern iron. Find yourself a Ford club and join it. They will know all about your car and be glad to help you enjoy it. There are Ford clubs all over the place. Just do a search on the net and find one close to you. jac...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 lincoln 462 stopped turning over, center terminal, coil wire
center terminal, coil wire, trunk light: You will need to check for spark and fuel. To check fuel remove the air cleaner and block open the choke. With the key off and looking down into the throat of the carburetor with a flashlight pump the throttle wide open and closed. There should be a stream...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1969 dodge rear axle leak, pipe nipple, dodge super bee
pipe nipple, dodge super bee, iron pipe: As the seal needs to be driven into the axle housing, it MUST be driven in square with a seal installer tool. I usually go to the hardware store and buy a black iron pipe nipple that is the right diameter to just slide into the axle housing. It will then seat...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1969 firebird 350 lifters, lifters, compression test
lifters, compression test, spark plug: Ben, have you done a compression test on the engine? If not do one and then let me know and we will go to the next step. Replacing lifters is a lot of work and if there is nothing wrong with the lifters it is like I said a lot of work and expensive. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1971 chevelle, pan gasket, exhaust pipes
pan gasket, exhaust pipes, main bearing: It can be done in the car but it is a lot of work. Remove the front exhaust pipes, jack the engine up at least 2 inches, remove the oil pan and drop the ream main bearing. the seal can be rolled out and a new one packed in. It will take a good mechanic 6 to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1971 Super Beet;le VW, vw club, air leak
vw club, air leak, fords: I know about Model A fords, not the modern iron. Something like you describe can be caused by an intake air leak. It means nothing under load, but when the throttle blade is cclosed, the air leak becomes large and can make you run lean. The other place...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 monte carlo all numbers match no mods, compression test, coughs
compression test, coughs, carburetor: The first thing that you need to do in the order of diagnosing the problem is to take a compression test before fiddling with the carburetor or timing. If the compression is off on one or more cylinders nothing that you do to the outside of the engine will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1973 oldsmobile cutlass supreme 2 dr, oldsmobile cutlass supreme, oldsmobile cutlass
oldsmobile cutlass supreme, oldsmobile cutlass, engine horsepower: Hi Francisco: My first question is, did you used the exact same model fuel pump or at least an after-market equivalent? If not, the problem may very well be the PSI (Fuel Pressure) the pump needs to produce is too low for your car. Engines Up To 400 Horsepower,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1974 F100 Custom Supercab, vacuum leak, vacuum advance
vacuum leak, vacuum advance, engine compartment: First of all, check for a vacuum leak. Spray carb cleaner all around engine compartment, being careful NOT to get it in the air intake. Seeif the idle changes. If so, you are sucking in air. For a quick fix, idle it up with the idle screw on the leakage....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1974 GENERATOR LIGHT, generator light, chevy nova
generator light, chevy nova, fan belt: Hi Angel: Your problem is caused by a lose fan belt. Tighten up the belt a bit and the problem should disappear. When the car is idling, the belt isn t turning enough to keep the generator charging the battery as it should. Also, if the belt appears to already...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1974 VW Beetle accelerator cable, accelerator cable, accelerator pedal
accelerator cable, accelerator pedal, accelerator: The cable comes out from the front and is inserted through the tube from the front. I don t think that you will be able to pull the old cable out or insert the new cable through the tube with another cable or string attached to it. The front of the cable...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1975 Chevy El Camino gas tank, hemmings motor news, chevy el camino
hemmings motor news, chevy el camino, gas tank: This is a problem that is made worse with what to do with the gas that comes out of it. If you have a good disposal site then remove the tank and slosh it around before draining. I then use a sloshing compound that I purchase from one of the vendors in Hemmings...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1976 VW Super beetle, stacy stacy, bug club
stacy stacy, bug club, fires: Stacy, I just became an expert on this program, and my expertise is in Model A questions, not the bug. But, from what can see of your problem, Check the timing. I assume you have fuel to the injectors, and spark to at least 2 cyl. Timing can cause b/fires....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 corvette, covette, 1977 corvette
covette, 1977 corvette, hard time: Hi Kirk: Absolutely. First and foremost, just to make sure you don t and a loose or corroded wire from the battery to the starter. If this checks out, then your starter is going bad. The dragging is most likely caused by the brushes not making very good...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 Ford LTD II 400 6.6L, california emissions, 1977 ford ltd
california emissions, 1977 ford ltd, vacuum line: Hi Fred: EGR are used on a lot of car every since the mid 60 s. It not just California. It sounds like you have a fuel leak somewhere (maybe in the fuel line I hope). If the fuel in you oil pan is coming from the cylinder heads, you ve got real problems....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1978 f-100 stalling under load/trans smoking, air fuel mixture, torque converter
air fuel mixture, torque converter, excess fuel: Hi Sean: This really looks like a timing problem. If you have set the timing correctly, then it may be a loose timing belt that keeps slipping. If this is the case, you will have to adjust or replace the timing belt/chain. The question is, have the timing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1990 CHEVY CAPRICE 305, 1990 chevy caprice, chevy caprice
1990 chevy caprice, chevy caprice, timing chains: It could be the pick up coil of the ignition coil. But a thought here. Remove the distributor cap and tuck it aside. Have some one crank the engine over while you watch the rotor. Make sure that it turns when the engine is cranked. I have seen timing chains...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1990 chevy silverado 350 throttle body, chevy silverado, distinct problems
chevy silverado, distinct problems, throttle body: Hi Archie: If I understand you correctly, your engine is cutting out while turning or stopping. Does it ever cut out while driving? It sounds a bit unusual to only cut out while turning or stopping. Also, when you say it start back up, do you mean it automatically...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 39 LaSalle Running Hot, vibration damper, timing light
vibration damper, timing light, bill king: The first thing that I would do is to reset the timing. If you have the timing at 5 degrees retarded (-5) the engine will run hot. The correct timing for that car is IG/A mark on the vibration damper set at the pointed when the plug is firing (as when checking...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 4bbl on Caddy (500 8.2 L), partically, custom exhaust
partically, custom exhaust, fuel tank: HI Henry: This one is a tough one. It you are sure your timing is correct. Check the fuel filter or fuel tank. You may have garbage in the tank or filter causing the problem. Also, be sure it is not foul plugs when you gun or a partically stuck automatic...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 60 studebaker champ pu, volt system, paint job
volt system, paint job, engine overhaul: The most common cause is a faulty voltage regulator that overcharges the battery causing it to boil. At this point I would replace the battery and check the charging voltage with a voltmeter and the engine running at about 1500 RPM. Assuming that the system...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 61 Thunderbird Fuel Sender Replacement, sound deadening material, fuel sender
sound deadening material, fuel sender, sound deadener: Now don t shoot me if I am wrong but if I remember right when Budd started building the T bird body for Ford in 61 they did not put the plate in the floor. However if it is there you should be able to feel it through the sound deadening material. Good luck....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 Tbird stalling, vent tube, gas gauge
vent tube, gas gauge, temp gauge: There is a self cleaning fuel filter in the fuel tank. It is a sock type filter on the fuel pick up tube in the tank. It will plug as the car runs and then when the car sits for a small amount of time the dirt will float way from the filter and the car will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 Mopar 318 engine, mopar 318, wd 40
mopar 318, wd 40, otherworlds: Hi Dan: Don t touch it, unless you prepared it for storage three years ago. After sitting for 3 years, the first (and most important) thing to do is drain and replace ALL fluids (Oil, Transmission, Brake, Power Steering, Antifreeze, and yes, fuel). Also,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Mustang, mustang 289, front end alignment
mustang 289, front end alignment, bump in the road: This a serious safety condition. You either have a tie rod end that is about to come apart or a defect in a ball joint. The darting is the front end alignment changing caused by the loose or worn part. The wear is the parts actually rubbing the tire. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 chevy truck, chevy truck, paper towels
chevy truck, paper towels, gas tank: No drain plug. I always removed sending unit panel and used paper towels after syphoning gas out. I have had several of these with no problems and have never heard of a safety issue. Cannot imagine where to move it to safer than the dead center of the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 camaro rs ss, 67 camaro rs, chevy club
67 camaro rs, chevy club, solenoid: I am a Model A guy, but I will tell you what I think. If you don t hear a click, then you are not getting power to the solenoid. even a low battery will give you a click. See if the lights dim as you turn the key. If they do, then you are drawing a little...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 vw beetle problem, wd 40, moving parts
wd 40, moving parts, linkage: Hi Richard: This is usually the case after a car sit for a long time. Sounds like the parking brake linkage is frozen. If that is the case, get under it with a can of WD-40. That should do the trick. Also, check to make sure the linkage hasn t come loose....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 barracuda, rod haven, auto part store
rod haven, auto part store, auto zone: Hi Tim: So that you car will run as designed, You can purchase lead additive from any auto zone or other auto part store. Just put in a tank of unlead fuel and add a can of lead, and you are good to go. As for the steering, it sound like you may need new...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 84 ford 3.8L head bolt tightening procedure, head bolts, head bolt
head bolts, head bolt, ftlb: Sorry for the delay but I was doing some digging to make sure that I had the latest and greatest information. The information is yes loosen all the bolts and then retighten in the correct sequence. The info also tells me that once tightened the recommendation...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 85 olds cutlass, air fuel mixture, olds cutlass
air fuel mixture, olds cutlass, co2 emissions: Yes. That and removing the bulb or fuse will turn the light off. Keep in mind, many states inspection still inspect automobiles older than 1996 with an exhaust sensor in the tail pipe to determine CO2 emissions. Also if a check engine light is on, it won t...