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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...

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: anti freeze/ black spots, 1950 chevy fleetline, head gaskets
1950 chevy fleetline, head gaskets, exhaust smoke: Hi Dick: First the black spots are water mixed with rich exhaust smoke. Having a little water coming from the exhaust is OK. I have to assume that you replaced the gaskets when you had the heads resurfaced. If not, this should have been done as well. Also,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: BRAKE LIGHTS, turn signals, blinkers
turn signals, blinkers, blinker: Either the wiring is wrong, or the kit doesn t provide for a car which uses the same bulb for brake lights as is used for turn signals in the rear. You may need a more sophisticated kit, or else you can add additional light fixtures to the rear of the car,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: boiling water out of the radiator at high speeds, head gaskets, mustang gt
head gaskets, mustang gt, particals: Hi Michael: Chances are your problem is not with the radiator. If you are getting push back in the overflow tank and hose, this mean you ve got a leak in the head gaskets. Since this is an 85, the question is how bad is the overflow ? A few ounce or a lot?...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Carb Adjustment for 1955 T-Bird, electric fuel pump, gas jets
electric fuel pump, gas jets, fuel pump: if accelerator pump is not working right, you will never be able to adjust that out. to adjust, hook a vacuum guage to an unmetered port and slowly adjust each screw ( going back and forth between the two) until you obtain the highest vacuum possible with...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Carb problem, air fuel mixture, adjustment screws
air fuel mixture, adjustment screws, vacuum leak: Hi Ed: Identifying the correct problem might be a little tricky. First check to make sure your butterfly valve isn t stuck. Also check to make sure your automatic choke isn t stuck as well. If these things checks out, then check your vacuum. Usually...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: carb leak, barrel carburetor, gasket material
barrel carburetor, gasket material, engine gaskets: Good morning Bob: The temperature of ignition of gasoline is above 700 degrees F so fire is out unless there is a lot of gasoline spilling on the hot manifold then making enough fumes to travel to the distributor and then ignited by the spark at the points....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: How to check for Spark/Fuel?, metal conductor, spark plug wire
metal conductor, spark plug wire, troubleshooting setup: To check for spark remove the coil wire from the distributor cap. Hold it about 1/4 inch from solid grounded metal. Crank the engine and the spark should be a bright blue. To check for fuel remove the air filter. Using a flashlight look down into the throat...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: collapsed radiator hose, radiator hoses, radiator caps
radiator hoses, radiator caps, radiator hose: Radiator caps are pressure/vacuum caps. When the engine heats and the coolant expands it will allow pressure to build to the specified level and then vent holding the pressure steady. When the engine cools the coolant shrinks and causes a vacuum that is supposed...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: F-600 Ford holly 1967, gasoline smell, ford club
gasoline smell, ford club, holly: I am a Model A guy, and I don t know anything about your truck except it sounds like it is running way too rich. This will fowl the plugs if you run it very long in this state. See if the choke is stuct closed. That was a common problem back then. Join...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1961 Chevy c10 truck, bolt flange, bolts
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1961 Chevy c10 truck, bolt flange, bolts, starters

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1974 VW Beetle accelerator cable
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1974 VW Beetle accelerator cable

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1976 VW Super beetle, top dead center
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1976 VW Super beetle, top dead center

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1990 chevy silverado 350 throttle body, coolant system, lubrication system
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1990 chevy silverado 350 throttle body, coolant system, lubrication system, chevy van

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 camaro rs ss, starter solenoid, solenoid
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 camaro rs ss, starter solenoid, solenoid

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 vw beetle problem, rear wheels, slope
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 vw beetle problem, rear wheels, slope, vw

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuse box, amp fuse, fuse holder
amp fuse, fuse holder, fuse box: There should be a fuse holder in the wire that runs from the flasher unit to the ignition switch. It takes a 7.5 amp fuse.Locate the flasher under the dash and follow the wire that goes to the ignition switch. The other wire should run to the steering column...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Gas gauge, fishing corks, gas gauge
fishing corks, gas gauge, fuel gauge: Hi Enrico: Fuel Gauges are notorious for false readings. With the new sending unit, you are getting the wrong level of resisted current being sent to the coil that controls the fuel gauge. This could means you have a weak fuel coil. However, don t try...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Grease, wheel bearing grease, machine repairman
wheel bearing grease, machine repairman, axle grease: They stress one grease because of commercial kick backs. It is all about money. You know that metal doesn t know the difference. Use your common sense and use what youi know. You probably know more about grease than the kid who wrote the install manual...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: HORN AND WINDSHIELD WASHERS NOT WORKING IN 1979 CORVETTE, good luck jack, fuse panel
good luck jack, fuse panel, pink wire: I am a Model A guy, not a vette guy. Join a vette car club and ask them. They will know and be happy to help you. You might try to put voltage to the gray wire and see what happens. Use an OHM meter to make sure it is not grounded before you touch a hot...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: holly 4160 4 barrel carburetor on a 72 chevelle, barrel carburetor, vacuum advance
barrel carburetor, vacuum advance, turbo transmission: Ok. Check you vacuum advance (or electric) for proper operation to advance timing instead of adjusting manually. Is the accelerator plunger (diaphram-HOLLEY) working correctly and check ball free? Does having the choke of half way solve the bog? ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: hydramatic transmission fluid, automatic transmission fluid, dexron ii
automatic transmission fluid, dexron ii, 59 chev: Hi Ian: I will need a bit more information. It sounds like she is pulling strong (e.g. gears not slipping). So, when you say 1-4, are you shifting between these gears? Or are you saying the tranny doesn t automatically shift from 1st to 4th gear? You say...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Loss of power/backfiring, bmw 2002, timing chain
bmw 2002, timing chain, gears: Just on the limited info, my fire guess would be jumped time. Your timing chain possible is too worn and has slipped on the gears. This is a fairly big repair and you need a hands on mechanic to check. A ray of good news is the rumbling could be a new...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: oil leak, mg car club, good luck jack
mg car club, good luck jack, mg guy: I am not an MG guy, but here is what you can do. clean off the old oil and then look for where it is coming from. ou may have to rev the engine to make it leak. It should leak when it is running and continue when you shut it down. I can t think of a way...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Power brake booster, power brake booster, brake booster
power brake booster, brake booster, access panel: Hi Tammy: The booster is accessible from the firewall under the hood. You are aware of what s involved in changing this right? You will have to bleed the lines once you are done. Have you determined that the booster is bad? And are you also replacing the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: park lug wiring, ford 289, coil wire
ford 289, coil wire, distributor cap: Ok, you have kind of answered a question. The problem is that we do not know if the distributor has been out of the engine and put back in as it was when it left the factory. Take off the distributor cap and take out number one spark plug. Remove the small...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: parts, ford country, 1aauto
ford country, 1aauto, ford car: Hi Joey: Sorry for the delay. There are lots of after-market part places where you can order parts to repair many problems. Of course original parts are very hard to find. Auto show and swap meets are the best sources for original parts and having the old...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: power steering, steering wheel, mustang
steering wheel, mustang, turning the wheel: Hi Ian: Do you hear the screeching noise when you turn the wheel slightly or just when you turn the wheel very hard? In either case, it means the power steering belt is too loose and slipping. When turning the wheel to its maximum, this is usually considered...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Rear oil seal on '31 Model A, drip pans, oil seal
drip pans, oil seal, drippings: If it is the original seal, you drop the pan and put in the oil soaked rope seal and cut it to fit. I ll check my book and send you an update if I find any thing else. Get the mechanice handbook and it will tell you how to fix almost everything on the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Rear Seal 1949 Pontiac, steering linkage, rear seal
steering linkage, rear seal, pump cylinder: Removing the oil pan is a major pain in the you know where. The recommended procedure is to remove the water pump, cylinder head, and drop the steering linkage. Then loosen the front motor mount and jack the engine up and place a 2 1/2 inch block under the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Replacement or repair vinyl roof, vinyl repair kit, lincoln mark
vinyl repair kit, lincoln mark, convertible tops: Hi Collin: Although you can patch the tear with a vinyl repair kit, but it won t be perfect. If you are trying to bring the car back to original condition, you may want to consider a restoration shop that repairs convertible tops. They usually handle vinyl...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rear main seal leak/replacement, olds cutlass supreme, olds cutlass
olds cutlass supreme, olds cutlass, power steering fluid: Hi Dave: No matter how you look at it, if the rear seal is shot, you will find it easier to drop the transmission, but the engine can stay in tact. First and foremost, be sure it is really a bad rear seal before doing anything. Make sure you clean the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rear main seal leak/replacement, olds cutlass supreme, olds cutlass
olds cutlass supreme, olds cutlass, cutlass supreme: If the engine has a two piece rope seal then it can be changed by removing the oil pan. If the car has a one piece seal then the recommended procedure is to remove the transmission. Send me the eight and tenth digit of the VIN and I will check it out as that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: How to remove old gas from tank?, auto store, carburetor
auto store, carburetor, stabil: If it was me I would make a trip to the auto store and get some Stabil. It is an additive for gas to prevent it from getting stale. Then pour in 5 gallons or so of fresh fuel and bounce the car to mix it all up. Then run the engine a bit to get the fuel up...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Steering column removal, u bolts, 1991 camaro rs
u bolts, 1991 camaro rs, auto crash: they are actaully pretty simple. You can split out shaft at knuckler on the way to steering box and column either has U-bolts or a four bolt sleeve colloar holding it inside the car. Once you replace one, you will never feel comfortable sitting behind one...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Stude rear end, rear brakes, lock nut
rear brakes, lock nut, question thanks: Hopeful there are two holes on that flange that have nothing in them but are threaded. If so once you get the bolts off take two of the bolts and thread into those holes. They will bottom out against the hub and when tightened evenly will act as a puller to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: TDC and firing order, firing order, occurrance
firing order, occurrance, timing chain: Not sure I understand your delima. TDC is correct with your timing marks on crank and cam aligned (where they sat when your put timing chain on). No way you replaced rings and bearing and left old timing chain on. If for some reason you did not put new...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Transmission Troubles, chevy 305, salvage yard
chevy 305, salvage yard, 1977 chevy nova: Hi Bill: Any time someone tells you that wire is not important , don t listen to them. The Chevy 305 and 350 with the TH 350 and later the Turbo 400 trannies, are the best transmission GM has ever built. The sensor wire (that you didn t connect), is the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Get a title that was registered in S.C., department of motor vehicles, quarter panels
department of motor vehicles, quarter panels, bill of sale: Each state has provisions for cases like yours I would call the department of motor vehicles for your state and inquire. On the returning phone calls I would be inclined to have a lawyer write a scary letter to the person. It might help. But I would not put...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: transmission decoder, mustang ii, c4
mustang ii, c4, rf: The best that I can do with a part number instead of information of the transmission tag is that it was built in 1974 and was original for a Mustang II which would make it a C-6. The AA at the end indicates that it is a revision of an earlier transmission....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Model A pickup, hagerty, car club
hagerty, car club, detergent: Be sure to have fun with your new truck. The A engine really does not care what oil you put into it, as long as you change it every 500 miles. There is a lot of talk on what to use, but the bottom line is, 30 wt is fine. If it is an old neglected engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 Model A lighting system, good luck jack, lighting system
good luck jack, lighting system, ted baker: Get yourself a volt meter, or a small light bulb with a clip on one wire and a needle on the other wire. When you touch the clamp to ground and stick the pin in a wire (through the insulation), the light will light if you have 6 volts there. Start at the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1938 Pontiac, float bowl, leak check
float bowl, leak check, air leak: I am a Model A guy, but I will try to help. Sounds likt the float bowl may be the prob. Low fuel level in it maybe. It could be an intake manifold air leak. Check that. Also check the attachment of the carb to the manifold. It may be warped and leaking...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 chevy masterdeluxe, spindals, knee action
spindals, knee action, spring length: I m having a little trouble understanding what you are doing. If the original engine and all front body parts are on the car, the springs should be in the middle of their range when the car is sitting on the wheels. If the springs do not compress when...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 Pontiac, belleville spring, shift linkage
belleville spring, shift linkage, brands of cars: The column shift was a new invention in 1939, and they had teething problems on all brands of cars, especially as the various parts in the linkage wore. The procedure in adjusting it is fairly involved, but if you are going to do it, you should first...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1946 buick, gm cars, brands of cars
gm cars, brands of cars, mid 50s: I m guessing you want to know which terminal of the battery is grounded - right? All GM cars are negative ground (the negative terminal of the battery is grounded to the chassis and engine). Many if not most of the other brands of cars were positive ground...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1948 Dodge Fargo 218 six, chrysler corporation vehicles, mackenzie bc
chrysler corporation vehicles, mackenzie bc, equivalent tools: These are very simple engines, and parts will be easy to find from any of the parts dealers that specialize in older Chrysler Corporation vehicles. Andy Birnbaum in Massachusetts is a place to start, and of course doing a search on Google for mopar parts...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1949 214 green diamond international, good luck jack, exhaust stroke
good luck jack, exhaust stroke, compression stroke: I am a Model A guy, but I will try to help you. The #1 cylinder is the front one. Determine which way the dist. turns, then try to find out which contact in the dist. is #1. There must be a pin that falls into a notch, or something that will tell you that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1952 chevrolet pick up truck, good luck jack, light switch
good luck jack, light switch, dashboard: I don t know anything about you truck. I am a Model A guy, but I will try. I have a friend who might know and I will check with him. Most of those knovs just pull off, but yours may be different. I will give you a second answer after I hear from him. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 Corvette trunk lock, good luck jack, vette clubs
good luck jack, vette clubs, 1954 corvette: I m not a vette guy, I know about the old Model A s. Find yourself a vette car club and join it. They will have all the answers. If you can find an old service manual, that should show it. If nothing else, find a vette site on the net and ask them. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 chrysler new yorker, wpc club, chrysler new yorker
wpc club, chrysler new yorker, good luck jack: Your best bet is to contact a chrysler car club. The big one I know about is the Walter P. Chrysler club. I couldn t find it with a quick search of the net, but I m sure it is there. Look for it. Also, try ebay. The WPC club published a book on where...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 Chev. Powerglide Transmission, automobile literature, transmission doctor
automobile literature, transmission doctor, ebay: I m very sorry to be so slow in responding - I did not see your question until just this moment - something is going wrong on the AllExperts site and they are not sending out the questions to me again (this has happened many times before!) Now, to get to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy powerglide transmission, chevy powerglide transmission, air vent
chevy powerglide transmission, air vent, filler tube: There is an air vent on the back, top of the Powerglide case that must be plugged by crud. You may have to lower the transmission to get at it, or possibly you can remove the floorboards over the transmission to see it - I don t recall off hand on a 55 whether...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 mercury monterey, crankcase ventilation, fuel air mixture
crankcase ventilation, fuel air mixture, hydrocarbon emissions: That is the breather pipe. Cars built before 1961 or so used this system to let the fumes out of the crankcase. Starting in 1962, cars had to have a closed crankcase ventilation system, and cars built earlier were modified by closing off the breather pipe....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1960 AMC Rambler Carburetor, carter carburetors, carter carburetor
carter carburetors, carter carburetor, all the web: I apologize for being slow to answer - the allexperts system is having some kind of a problem - I got no questions for a few days, now there are a bunch of them stacked up in my in-box! The 1960 Rambler used the Holley R-1598-2A on a few cars, although...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 Impala, dr ht, vcca
dr ht, vcca, power engines: 1962 Impalas were built in very large quantities (over 700,000 of them)- and most of them were 4 door sedans and hardtops. As for the engine, the standard engine was the 283 with 170HP. The 300HP 327 was optional at extra cost, but I have no records of how...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 Rambler Classic 660, cars of the 60s, size drums
cars of the 60s, size drums, napa store: I do not advise changing the brakes to those from a different model - the design was optimized for your car, with the right size drums and wheel cylinders to stop it safely. The larger cars have bigger brakes, including drums and linings, and will be too...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 corvair, good luck jack, car club
good luck jack, car club, starters: I am a model A guy, and I don t know where it is either. In 64, the starters where still pretty big. Find yourself a chevy or corvair car club and join it. They will be able to help you. A buddy of mine has a corvair and you can ask him. His name is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Ford Falcon, ford falcon futura, 1965 ford falcon futura
ford falcon futura, 1965 ford falcon futura, 1965 ford falcon: I am a Model A guy, but I will offer a few comments. I am not familiar with you car, but I would try to get the floor shifter in and not let the potential carpet problem stop you. You can always cover it somehow. Don t let the tail wag the dog. The column...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 mustang convertible+, fuse box, dash lights
fuse box, dash lights, wire harness: Hi Cliff: Look under the steering column. There should be a harness of wires with a box of fuses (about 8 to 12) for the electrical system. Keep in mind, many old mustangs may have been re-wired, so it could have been moved over the years. If so, most likely...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Plymouth Fury III automatic trans slipping, plymouth fury iii, automatic transmission repair
plymouth fury iii, automatic transmission repair, transmission repair shop: These transmissions usually last much further than that without problems, but perform the normal maintenance on it to see if that improves the situation. Specifically, do the band and linkage adjustments, and change the fluid and clean the inlet screen. Refill...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Thunderbird Ignition, crank pulley, movable arm
crank pulley, movable arm, distributor cap: I ll assume the 22 volts is a typo and you meant to say 12 volts. OK, the ballast is OK, and the wiring is OK, the problem is probably inside the distributor. Turn OFF the key before doing the following: 1. It could be that your points are not closed...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Thunderbird Ignition, ballast resistor, starter solenoid
ballast resistor, starter solenoid, battery terminal: OK, now I understand. What you heard was probably not the voltage regulator - more likely it was the power window relay, which would be normal when the original wire was in contact. Do you hear just one initial click as you make contact, or does it continue...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Cadillac Brougham, cadillac brougham, low oil pressure
cadillac brougham, low oil pressure, engine radiator: Hi Rob: Sounds like you have done all the right things. Check the oil pressure. If you have good oil pressure at idle (around 2,000 to 3,000) then there isn t any leaks in the engine or blow gaskets that could cause this. Are you noticing any anti-freeze...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 plymouth satillite steering column, good luck jack, chrysler car
good luck jack, chrysler car, chrysler museum: I am Model A guy. Not sure what you are talking about. Try to get a service manual for you car, find a plymouth or chrysler car club and join it and let them help you. If you are trying to put an automatic shifter on a std. column, you may need additional...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 Olds Delta 88 455 2bbl, crank pulley, correct hole
crank pulley, correct hole, delta 88: I m very sorry to be so slow in responding - I did not see your question until just this moment - something is going wrong on the AllExperts site and they are not sending out the questions to me again (this has happened many times before!) To get to your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 GMC Pickup Resistance Wire Smoking Hot, resistor type, chevy gmc
resistor type, chevy gmc, gmc trucks: Ok, lets go a step at a time. 1. Turn on the key and see if the wire gets hot. If it does remove the yellow wire from the R terminal of the solenoid. With the wire removed check the resistor wire again. If it is cool now you have a defect in the starter...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1973 Ford Pickup, gas gauge, ford pickup
gas gauge, ford pickup, hi chris: Hi Chris: Check all your fuses. However, it could be broken. If they both stop working at the same time, a fuse could be the problem. However, if at different times, they could be broken. These are usually are the first two things to go on an older car...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1979 Chrysler Cordoba, 1979 chrysler cordoba, chrysler cordoba
1979 chrysler cordoba, chrysler cordoba, bump in the road: Hi Bethany: If the steering wheel is shaking (and not the tires), the you have a worn steering rod. The steering rods connect the steering column to each will. These rod rest on ball joint so they pivot when the wheel turns. The the joint are worn, then vibration...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1979 Corvette, spark plug wires, spark plug
spark plug wires, spark plug, corvette: If the engine is stock and has the stock headers then the factory equipped spark plug wires with the wire holders will prevent the wires from burning. If the headers are aftermarket then contact the header manufacturers and ask what they recommend. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1980 triumph spitfire, mechanic work, fiat spider
mechanic work, fiat spider, triumph spitfire: Hi Sally: I once had a 1980 Fiat Spider myself. Nice little cars the Triumphs are. I think you have two feasible options... 1. If you are really in love with the car you had now, I would seek another engine from a salvage/junk yard. Keep in mind, you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1989 camaro rs convertible, 1989 camaro rs, camaro convertible
1989 camaro rs, camaro convertible, car condition: A car is considered an antique when it reach 25 years old. The Classic designation is used on specific makes and models as defined by one or more of several automobile organizations. As to how much it is worth depends on a lot of things starting with what...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 235 motor, horsepower engine, blue flame
horsepower engine, blue flame, corvette: The name Blue Flame 6 honors the innovative engine that powered the original Corvette. When GM introduced the Corvette in 1953, it was powered by a six-cylinder, 235 cubic inch, 155 horsepower engine known as the Blue Flame 6, . The car was revolutionary...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 2bbl rochester (7042105), needle valve, shop manuals
needle valve, shop manuals, sems: I can t help you much, because I don t have the truck shop manuals or the rebuilder kit instructions for your carb -that is where the info is. The primary jet is the smaller jet, in every carb I have rebuilt. The float drop isn t extremely important,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 Turbo won't go into drive, shift linkage, chevrolet 350
shift linkage, chevrolet 350, torque converter: No, the torque converter has to be working or it wouldn t drive in reverse either. The problem has to be internal to the transmission, unless the shift linkage isn t actually going to the drive position. If you can get your hand directly on the shift linkage...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 53 bel air, good luck jack, chevy car
good luck jack, chevy car, fuel pump: I don t know anything about your bel air. I am a Model A guy, but here is what I think. It has to be the carb. If you can t get it rebuilt, or rebuild it yourself, at least clean is good and make sure the automatic choke is working. Clean the plugs and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 Chevy pick up, rear main leak, neoprene seal, good luck jack
neoprene seal, good luck jack, 54 chevy: I am a Model A guy, but here is what I think about your prob. Lay under the car and have someone rev the engine. You may find the leak is coming from a split in the oil pan and it only leaks at high rpm. I had this condition on a brand new car once. Find...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 Pontiac Chieftain, pontiac chieftain, pilot light
pontiac chieftain, pilot light, light bulbs: Ok, you ready to follow this? If the car has directionals there are two separate wires that run back from the directional switch to the stop light bulbs. The right one is a black wire. The left is a red wire. You should find these two colors coming down the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 studebaker 3 speed overdrive trans, speed overdrive, grounding wire
speed overdrive, grounding wire, car speed: I m sorry to be so slow in responding - your question did not come through to me until just now, due to a problem with the web site. A problem like this is hard to track down, but if the transmission and overdrive is OK mechanically (meaning it properly...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 Studebaker steering box, studebaker driver, sdc publications
studebaker driver, sdc publications, gt hawk: If you are a member of the Studebaker Driver s Club (and if you aren t, you should be!), you will see many ads in the publications from folks offering parts for those cars. SASCO is probably the best known and has a very good stock of parts for the cars....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 T Bird check valve on Power steering, lower ball joints, rod bushings
lower ball joints, rod bushings, side tires: You can do a simple test yourself to sort out whether this is a mechanical problem in the suspension or alignment, or (which is more likely, considering the starting up problem you noticed), a problem in the control system for the power steering system. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Chevy Impala Voltage Regulator, 66 impala, chevy impala
66 impala, chevy impala, cylindrical device: Yes, well, I don t know what the guy was referring to when he said you have the old style generator. Anyway, yes, for your year, the regulator is a separate device (a few years later they woke up and included them in the alternator - a much better design...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 corvette starting problems when hot, fan belt, dead battery
fan belt, dead battery, safety switch: Hi Al: I may need a little more information, but check the following items and get back to me. 1. Check the fan belt for looseness. If the generator is not charging your battery, this could be the reason for needing a boost when she is hot. 2. The gear...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 camaro will not turn over, 67 camaro, soleniod
67 camaro, soleniod, voltmeter: It sounds like the battery is not being charged by the alternator/generator. If you have a voltmeter check the voltage at the battery with the engine running. If you do not have a voltmeter you will need to find someone that does and check the voltage. With...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 70 mustang tranny removal, filler tube, flex plate
filler tube, flex plate, motor mounts: The engine has to be tilted back far enough that the transmission front housing will clear the firewall. You ll have to remove the exhaust pipe and the transmission filler tube, and lower the rear of the engine - support it on a jack and be very careful to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 73 corvette acceleration, manual brakes, pcv valve
manual brakes, pcv valve, orig miles: Hi Mark: The hesitation could be caused by a number of problems, so let start with the most obvious first. 1. Base on your description and the low fuel level when it happened, leads me to think you got trash in the fuel tank that is getting into the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 76 camaro, shift linkage, floor shift
shift linkage, floor shift, park position: I can t really diagnose this without knowing a lot more, for instance what happens when you try to put it in park? Does it go into neutral or reverse? Can you move the shift lever into the park position, or does something seem to be blocking it? Do you have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 mg midget under dash wiring loom, wiring loom, mg midget
wiring loom, mg midget, mg club: You asked the wrong guy. I am a Model A guy, not MG. Find yourself an MG club and join it if you have to, but they will have all the answers. If you can find a service manual, that may help, or call or e mail an MG dealer and ask them. You just have to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 vette, spark plug wires, spark plug wire
spark plug wires, spark plug wire, wire insulation: Hi Heather: Interesting problem you have. If the headers are chromed and are there for looks as well as performance improvements, your only option may be to wrap your plug wire with heat resistance insulation. There are several products on the market. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Air Conditioning, pontiac bonneville, r134a
pontiac bonneville, r134a, r12: Hi Robert: Most cars only require one or two pounds of refrigerant to be added. However, I assume you have converted your A/C system over to R134a and you are not using the old R12. You should never put R134a in a R12 system without converting it first. That...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Airbags, pontiac gto, feasible option
pontiac gto, feasible option, lap belt: Hi Joe: Sorry, but airbags in a 1969 GTO is not a feasible option. The technology to retro-fit a car that old most likely don t even exist. Airbags wasn t even introduced until 1980 and they was optional only on high-end cars back then. There is a retro-fit...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Answer to an earlier question need more info..., radiator shop, radiator hose
radiator shop, radiator hose, plymouth scamp: I don t recall this question - I think it must have gone to someone else. The thermostat is not too likely a culprit here - because if it were stuck shut, you would have overheating very quickly even on a short drive. More likely, the lower radiator hose...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Brake lights 1966 Corvette, brake switch, switch installation
brake switch, switch installation, light switch: The stop light switch sends a single wire voltage up to the directional switch. With the switch in the straight ahead position it contacts both stop light/directional wires sending voltage to each stop light. When the switch is moved to either left or right...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Brake problem, fluid leaks, process of elimination
fluid leaks, process of elimination, master cylinder: The first step is to check the master cylinder for fluid. If it is empty it indicates a leak some where and bleeding will probably do nothing except waste fluid. Now, fill the cylinder and pump the brakes a few times. If the pedal starts to get firm and holds...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: beetle starter, battery cables, prime suspect
battery cables, prime suspect, solenoid: In cases like this when the car acts up I turn on the lights. Then try the starter again. If it only clicks and the lights do not dim, then the solenoid is the prime suspect. If the lights dim the starter may be drawing too much current or the battery cables...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Chevrolet C10 Brake Lights, chevrolet c10, fuse panel
chevrolet c10, fuse panel, light harness: Hi Noah: Often the tail/brake lights are grounded on the metal connector that the bulb goes into. If you are not getting a good metal ground on the socket, the bulb won t come on. Check that first. If all is OK, then double check the contact points on the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: %^ Chevy ride height, 56 chevy nomad, bias ply tires
56 chevy nomad, bias ply tires, ebay: I don t have that information, but I can tell you where to get it - it is in your factory shop manual. If you don t have one, you need to get it, because it will pay for itself many times over if you are going to be maintaining this car. Remember, though,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Where to take my car in temecula???, pontiac tempest, temecula area
pontiac tempest, temecula area, hesitation: I don t know all the shops in Temecula since I do my own work; I don t have much occasion to check them out. But one shop I can recommend for this sort of problem without hesitation is called TVS (used to be Temecula Valley Smog) - they are on front street,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Dash Board Repair, ford falcon coupe, 1966 ford falcon
ford falcon coupe, 1966 ford falcon, ford car: I am a Model A guy, and not familiar with your car. Back then, all the I/P s went in by rolling them into place. They would pivot around the lower reinforcement. It attaches to each side cowl. If you want to lower the whole pnl, the unscrew it at the base...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Engine Cuts Out, pontiac bonneville, fuel gauge
pontiac bonneville, fuel gauge, fuel pump: Hi Ward: Your fuel pump sound suspect. However, you may need to try a few more things to pinpoint the problems. If you idled for 30 minutes, that could mean the fuel pump is working enough to support idling. Start her up from could and try driving her immediately...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: front end alignment specs for a 1950 mercury, front end alignment specs, bias ply tires
front end alignment specs, bias ply tires, front end alignment: Caster: Zero Camber: +3/8 degrees Toe in: 1/8 inch Kingpin inclination: 5 degrees Note: These specs are for the original bias ply tires. If you are going to be installing radial tires, use a toe-in of zero (or follow the recommendation of your alignment...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: engine timming marks, cam gear, place car
cam gear, place car, cranks: Every timing gear, the one on the cam and the one on the crank, for Chevrolet that I have ever seen has a timing mark. The mark on the cam gear for your car is a dot as is the one on the crank gear. I would get the timing case off again and start from ground...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1949 214 green diamond international, firing order, distributer
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1949 214 green diamond international, firing order, distributer

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 Corvette trunk lock
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 Corvette trunk lock

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy powerglide transmission, classic chevy, valve kit
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy powerglide transmission, classic chevy, valve kit, eckler

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 corvair, bell housing
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 corvair, bell housing

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Ford Falcon, ford c4, ford guy
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Ford Falcon, ford c4, ford guy, speed tunnel

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Thunderbird Ignition, voltage meter, coil wire
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Thunderbird Ignition, voltage meter, coil wire, auto store

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Cadillac Brougham, oil pressure gauge, lifters
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Cadillac Brougham, oil pressure gauge, lifters, pressure sensor

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 GMC Pickup Resistance Wire Smoking Hot, ground wire
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 GMC Pickup Resistance Wire Smoking Hot, ground wire

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 Turbo won't go into drive, auto transmissions, chevrolet auto
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 Turbo won't go into drive, auto transmissions, chevrolet auto, modulator valve

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 Chevy pick up, rear main leak, pan gasket, shallow hole
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 Chevy pick up, rear main leak, pan gasket, shallow hole, steel pin

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 studebaker 3 speed overdrive trans, overdrive system, overdrive
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 studebaker 3 speed overdrive trans, overdrive system, overdrive, late night

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Lincoln Mark V starving for fuel, low voltage wiring, intermittent connection
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Lincoln Mark V starving for fuel, low voltage wiring, intermittent connection, fuel starvation

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Removing a harmonic balancer, chevrolet, holes
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Removing a harmonic balancer, chevrolet, holes

Classic/Antique Car Repair: St300 transmission, modulator valve, vacuum line
Classic/Antique Car Repair: St300 transmission, modulator valve, vacuum line, auto parts store

Classic/Antique Car Repair: testing generator, electrical device, mechanical device
Classic/Antique Car Repair: testing generator, electrical device, mechanical device, 12 volt

Classic/Antique Car Repair: firing order, firing order, v8s
firing order, v8s, crankshaft: The firing order is 1 8 4 3 6 5 7 2, in fact that is the firing order for just about all non-Ford V8s of the modern era (and Ford uses the same actual firing order too, but they number the cylinders differently - typical Ford!). It s a matter of manufacturing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel gauge 69 camaro, 69 camaro, fuel gauge
69 camaro, fuel gauge, dash unit: You should NEVER put power on the wire that goes back to the sender. That wire is grounded via the sender, and putting 12 volts on it will burn out the sender very quickly, and may even cause an explosion in the tank. The wire that needs power on it is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuse box on 1955 ford fairlane, ford fairlane club, 1955 ford fairlane
ford fairlane club, 1955 ford fairlane, fuse holder: The idea of a centralized location for fuses was not yet thought of by Ford in 1955. You ll have to examine each wire that brings power to each of your electrical devices - there will be a cartridge type fuse holder in the wire - somewhere! There is a circuit...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Generator Problems, massey ferguson, old john deere
massey ferguson, old john deere, volt generator: I apologize for being slow to answer - the allexperts system is having some kind of a problem - I got no questions for a few days, now there are a bunch of them stacked up in my in-box! I need to know the type of connections on the regulator - are they...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: IH carb/governor, farmall tractor, fuel line
farmall tractor, fuel line, fuel systems: That should not keep the engine from starting. Last year in the middle of a show field my Ford 8-N died and I had to be towed back to the show line. It was sediment in the elbow where the fuel line screws into the tank. Check the ignition and fuel systems....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: incorrect mileage on dupicate title, cadillac sedan deville, repair garage
cadillac sedan deville, repair garage, executor: There are several ways that I would approach this problem. First I would visit the title department with both titles in hand. If that does not work I would contact an attorney to take a notarized deposition that you attest to the mileage. In most cases that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: keys, lock smith, backrest
lock smith, backrest, rear glass: I am very surprised the locksmith couldn t make a key for the lock. If you take your glovebox lock out of the car and bring it to a more skilled locksmith and ask him to make a key for it, that key will also work your trunk lock (they are keyed alike on your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: kit car build, pbs tv, mg td
pbs tv, mg td, block ford: Unfortunately the copies of that year show have been lost. That car was a Cobra with a big block Ford sitting on a Jag suspension set up. The tape for sale on Amazon is 20 easy do it your self jobs. Good luck with the kit. What part of the country are you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Lincoln Mark V starving for fuel, lincoln mark, few more miles
lincoln mark, few more miles, ac compressor: Hi Sal: Thanks for the follow-up. I am now suspicious of your fuel pump. If you have the fuel pump connected to the camshaft, when the engine turns over, fuel should pour out of the hose (when disconnected). You mentioned, no fuel at all is coming from...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: leaded gas, valve seat recession, leaded gas
valve seat recession, leaded gas, degree heat: The lead substitute is a waste of money. Your car definitely doesn t need it. If you were in the habit of driving across the desert for hours without stopping, in 110 degree heat with the AC going full blast, and pulling a heavy trailer at 80 MPH, you might...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: location of 235 timing mnarks?, degree increments, harmonic balancer
degree increments, harmonic balancer, timing light: The ball bearing is pressed into the front facing surface of the flywheel - (Not the harmonic balancer). It is viewed through an opening in the flywheel housing, from the passenger side. If you use a timing light, it will show in the window as it passes...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Metal repair, lead metal, neex
lead metal, neex, industrial hygiene: One of the things I learned the hard way in school was to read carefully all the material I was given. If you had done that, you would have seen in my info on this site that I am here to answer questions about mechanical problems, and that I am not now...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Need help with 235 timing (continued), octane gas, compression test
octane gas, compression test, timing chain: 40 PSI is very low, I doubt the engine would be able to pull the car with that low a compression reading. As to whether or not it would be possible to start it up and run it at fast idle, I m not sure, but possibly you would be able to hear some feeble sign...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Need help with 235 tuning, new distributor cap, point gap
new distributor cap, point gap, octane gasoline: OK, then just ignore everything I typed about checking the coil, ignition wiring and points. But I think you are overlooking the fact that the engine is a 4 stroke - in other words, the fact that the timing mark is visible does NOT mean it is ready to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: i need help, voltage wire, test light
voltage wire, test light, ford car: I m not sure what you mean by repealing the coil - but if you changed it, you should probably put the original coil back on, unless you are certain you have right one. Coils very seldom fail, unless they are leaking oil. I assume you took a spark plug...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Packard Engine Mystery, hydraulic lifters, connecting rods
hydraulic lifters, connecting rods, previous question: The long rods definitely identify this as a 288, no other 49 engine has rods that long. The last year for the 282 is 1947, so you don t have one of those unless someone has swapped the engine - and it wouldn t fit without some modifications to the engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: PLUG SEQUENCEON 1940 BUICK40SERIES, firing order, spark plug
firing order, spark plug, buick: Hi Jim: I will have to search around, because this is one of the most difficult question to answer. However, GM put the firing order on the top of the engine of many of there cars. Not sure if yours was one of them, but see if it is and if it is still visible....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Plymouth Duster Starter Relay Bypass, plymouth duster, field wires
plymouth duster, field wires, starter relay: Before making changes in the wiring I would check the connector where the wiring harness goes through the fire wall on the left (drivers) side. There have been a lot of problems with this connector over the years. Water runs down in that area and causes the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Power Brake Booster - Test?, power brake booster, vacuum hose
power brake booster, vacuum hose, brake booster: The little bit of brake fluid that got into the front of the booster isn t likely to have caused any damage. There is a way to test the booster, though. Find a place to test drive the car where you have a lot of room in case the brakes don t work too well....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Powerglide leak at Kickdown linkage, rubber washer, transmission leak
rubber washer, transmission leak, transmission linkage: Hi Joe: Depending on the nature of this leak, there should be a rubber washer screw holding the linkage in place. That seals the transmission linkage. If this is the case, either tighten or replace that screw with one like it. If this is not the case, I would...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: parking light and now dimmer switch, fuse box, headlight harness
fuse box, headlight harness, negative terminal: I think you have two separate problems. First, the dimmer switch: any switch that gets hot is failing (or has loose or dirty contacts on it), so replace that switch and make sure all the wire ends are clean and in good shape. On the blinker indicator etc,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: power Brake Booster 68 Mustang, vacuum gauge, power brake booster
vacuum gauge, power brake booster, vacuum source: Yes, you should be able to operate the booster off the car, or on it, by attaching a vacuum source to the vacuum connection. However, it takes quite a bit of volume and a good strong pull to get a good vacuum, so depending on what you are using to produce...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: power brake port, oil filler cap, small block chevy
oil filler cap, small block chevy, 283 chevy: The draft tube was used to vent the crankcase before PCV valves were mandated by the EPA. It is open to the outside air, so you cannot connect it to the power brake port- that would give you a massive intake vacuum leak - in fact the engine probably wouldn...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Radiator Cap for 1936 Cadillac, blown head gaskets, radiator hoses
blown head gaskets, radiator hoses, combustion gases: I am Model a guy. I don t know anything about your car. I think the rad is probably plugged. Most Model a rad s are partially plugged and we fight them all the time. It is very hard to flow a rad to determine if it is open. Some people fill the rad,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Rear axle seal leaking, rear axle assemblies, bearing retainers
rear axle assemblies, bearing retainers, rear axle seal: Ok, here is the way to tell the difference. The 7 1/4 is used on 69 and 70 six cylinder cars and has 9 bolts holding the rear cover on. It also had a filler plug in the cover. The 8 1/4 inch unit had 10 bolts on the rear cover and did not have a filler plug...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Removal of gas tank for 1965 ford thunderbird, 1965 ford thunderbird, vent hose
1965 ford thunderbird, vent hose, ford thunderbird: I apologize for being slow to answer - the allexperts system is having some kind of a problem - I got no questions for a few days, now there are a bunch of them stacked up in my in-box! I am not familiar with this job on this particular car, but in general,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Removing a harmonic balancer, phillips screwdriver, bolt heads
phillips screwdriver, bolt heads, center hole: If it is what I am thinking of from your description, it is the crank adaptor that is threaded into the front of the crankshaft. We used to use a medium sized chisel and pick a spot on one of the ramps so that when tapping with a hammer it will turn in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Replace Transmission seal, hammer puller, drive shaft
hammer puller, drive shaft, seal area: The rear seal can be replaced by removing the driveshaft. Disconnect the rear universal joint from the rear end flange. Then slide the drive shaft towards the rear of the car and it will pull off the spline on the back of the transmission. They make a special...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: St300 transmission, vacuum modulator, transmission case
vacuum modulator, transmission case, diaphram: There is supposed to be a gasket between the modulator and the transmission case and if it missing or damaged can cause a leak. If the modulator has a leak in the diaphram it could leak but would also cause delayed up shift and transmission fluid being sucked...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: set timeing on 390-1969 amc, emissions standards, carburetion
emissions standards, carburetion, auto design: TDC is correct. In 1968 new emissions standards were put into effect. The only way the makers could get the cars to meet the standards was to retard the timing and lean out the carburetion. In the trade we called it the lean and ;ate period of auto design....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: shifting indicator letters and numbers, buick car club, 1967 buick skylark
buick car club, 1967 buick skylark, automatic transmition: Sure there is. Find a buick car club and join it if you have to, but ask them who their sources are. I m sure there is someone making just what you need. You just have to find out who. Try ebay, and search the net for buick, gm, vintage parts, etc. I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: starting problem, steering colum, starter solenoid
steering colum, starter solenoid, spirl: Yes, the ignition switch may need to be adjusted, or may be worn out. Also, the starter solenoid could be intermittent, but since repeated turning of the key makes it start, that pretty well points to the ignition switch as the cause. I m sorry to be so...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Thinking of buying a 68 VW Van, vw vans, hippie van
vw vans, hippie van, old hippie: The old VW vans seem to run forever, IF they are given the necessary maintenance, and they do look cute - that s the plus. The negatives are................ 1. The most important negative is, they are really not very safe vehicles. In a front end...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: taillights, 6 volt halogen bulbs, visibility thanks
6 volt halogen bulbs, visibility thanks, aluminum paint: The best you can do is to spray fresh aluminum paint inside the light housing so it reflects more light, and make sure your wires are in good shape. This is a problem that all of us with 6 volt cars have to deal with. I put halogen bulbs in my 47, it helps...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: testing generator, old fashion way, generator light
old fashion way, generator light, voltage meter: Hi Ronnie: It is clear to me that your car has been rewired to draw current directly from the battery. This was an old trick years ago to temporarily get around a bad generator. If you have more than two wires coming from the battery, then I m right. Your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: trans removel, speedometer cable, bell housing
speedometer cable, bell housing, floorboards: The first step is to remove the floorboards and the gearshift. Then disconnect and drop the driveshaft tube and all the stuff attached to it so that the transmission can move back about 2 feet without hitting anything. You might find it easier to take the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vehicle wobble, bad cv joints, ball joints
bad cv joints, ball joints, detective work: Hi Fred: This is be any number of reasons. Let me give you the list and you will have to do a little detective work to pinpoint the exact cause. Let start with the easiest to the hardest to fit. 1. Wheel out out balance? 2. Uneven tire wear cause by...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vw beetle 1986, good luck jack, fuse box
good luck jack, fuse box, wire colors: All I can tell you is to try to get your hands on a service manual for that model. It will have the wiring diagram and show the wire colors. If you have an ohm meter, you might try to determine which wires do the flash feature, then go from there. I think...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Wheel Alignment, wheel alignment, alignment specs
wheel alignment, alignment specs, camber: Caster is 1 degree negative +/- 1/2 degree Camber is zero, +/- 1/4 degree Toe-in is zero to 1/16 Ackerman angle setting: When the inner wheel is turned to 20 degrees, the outer wheel should be at 17.5 degrees. I didn t understand your itp7r - if I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Willys restoration, willys body, willys club
willys body, willys club, auto mechanic: I am a Model A guy, so I can t help you much on your willys. What you want to build is what I call a cluge job . You will like it, but no one else will want it when you are finished with it. It will cost a ton to get it to where you want it. The old willys...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: wheel size, fender tag, rear fenders
fender tag, rear fenders, hub caps: 13 inch wheels are correct. They are 13 inch rim diameter, and 4.5 inch wide at the bead seats. The original tires were 700-13 bias ply. You could perhaps find a set of 14 inch wheels for it, they were used on the cars with AC, but you d have to be very...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: winshield wiper motor 1969 camaro, winshield wiper motor, good luck jack
winshield wiper motor, good luck jack, 1969 camaro: I ll try. With the motor in your hand, apply 12 volts to it and see if it runs OK. That takes the harness out of the picture. I assume the motors you have are 12 volt motors. If not, 12 volts would burn them up. Try to run something else off of the 12...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1928 Model A Ford, good luck jack, point gap
good luck jack, point gap, model a ford: I think the book says .017 in., but we all set them to a tight .020 in. Get a test light and set them using that. I mean set the timing using the light. Get the Les Andrews book, Model A Mechanics handbook . It is a great book and it will tell you how...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930s Transmissions, mid thirties, hydramatic transmission
mid thirties, hydramatic transmission, gear speed: By the thirties the industry had pretty much settled on the three speed manual transmission with the shifter on the floor. The H pattern was used with reverse in the upper left leg of the H, first lower left, neutral on the cross bar, second in the upper right,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 chevrolet 216 engine(rear seal anmd front seal), soft hammer, hand crank
soft hammer, hand crank, main bearing cap: If the engine is stock the bolt that holds the front pulley in place is the part that you would put the hand crank in to start the engine. I use a dull chisel and hammer to turn this bolt out. Then the pulley should tap off using a soft hammer. The rear...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 chevy steering box, good luck jack, chevy car
good luck jack, chevy car, problem search: Danny, find a chevy car club and join it if you have to, but they would have all the answers on your car. I am a Model A guy and I don t think our source would rebuild it, but maybe. Call these guys and see if they know of a place. Snyder s 888 262 5712...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 engine in a 29 Model A, motor mounts, v8 engine
motor mounts, v8 engine, roadster: It should fit under the hood but some welding and fabrication for motor mounts and such will need to be done. We did it all the time when I was a teenager. I had a roadster with a similar set up, although I ran with no hood because of cooling concerns. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 Ford Tudor window regulators, hemmings motor news, ford tudor
hemmings motor news, ford tudor, dennis carpenter: Grab a copy of Hemmings Motor News. It is the old car hobbies classified bible. There are a number of sellers listed in there of new reproduction Ford parts. I just rebuilt the windows of my 41 Ford coupe with parts from Dennis Carpenter.www.hemmings.com ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 Plymouth truck, vapor lock, car jack
vapor lock, car jack, fuel line: Make sure you plugs are clean. Look for hot spots in the fuel line. A line may be running close to something hot, like the exhaust system. Is the carb getting hot for some reason???? Look at it. Do you have a gasket between the carb and intake manifold???...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1947 flat head ford firering order, radiator hoses, firering
radiator hoses, firering, sears: Seeing as you do not know the year or size of the engine, this is a difficult one. But we can solve it. There should be some numbers on the cylinder heads cast into the heads. Get these for me if you will. Also the top radiator hoses give us a clue. Do they...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1947 flat head ford firering order v8, ford flat head, steve ford
ford flat head, steve ford, firering: Ford flat head engines used 1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2 as a firing order. Number one cylinder is the first one on the passengers (right) side and the cylinders on that bank are numbered 1-2-3-4 and the drivers side is 5-6-7-8. Good luck. Brad I have a 1941 Ford coupe...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1948 chevy sedan, good luck jack, inline fuse
good luck jack, inline fuse, model chevy: I work on Model A s, not late model chevy s. I m not sure they had a fuse block back then. Look for an inline fuse in the engine compartment. Follow the wires around and look for it under the hood and instrument pnl. Get a volt meeter and fix a needle...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Chevy 216 bent push rods and broken rockers, chevy engine, inition
chevy engine, inition, fleetline: Gregg, I would have the cylinder head off this beast in a heart beat. I would want to check contact between the valves and the pistons. I would also remove the valve springs and check for bent and sticking valves. A Chevy engine uses timing gears not a chain...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1953 Kaiser Manhatten, pistons, kaiser
pistons, kaiser, slots: Did you not get an instruction package with the rings when you bought them? The compression rings (solid) go on the top two grooves and the oil rings (open) go on the bottom two grooves. But there could be an order to the compression rings and a top and a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 Chevy Belair, 1971 dodge demon, chevy belair
1971 dodge demon, chevy belair, advance mechanism: I m not sure I understand what you are asking. If all he needs to do is replace the points, there is no need to take anything apart or remove the distributor - the points come out by undo-ing the screw that holds them in, and the nut that holds the metal...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 chevy p/u Starter Problems, torque starter, stroker engine
torque starter, stroker engine, starter problems: Hi Ronnie: Your problem is definitely a starter overheating. And headers could be help cause this, but you are on the right track to solving this problem. There is no guarantee, the high torque starter will solve it, but there is a good chance it will. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 buick cam o matic wipers, buick car club, buick dealer
buick car club, buick dealer, o matic: I have no idea how to adjust them. If you have the manual, it should be clear enough so you can figure it out. Go to a buick dealer, with the manual and ask them to explain it. It should be fun seeing what they do. It s a Buick, so they should at least...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1960 Jaguar XK150 DHC, british car repair, jaguar xk150
british car repair, jaguar xk150, muffler system: I hate these stories. There are a few bad garages out there that operate like this and cast a shadow over the good guys. As a result, the car owner needs to take precautions. Every thing in writing. That includes signed authorization by the car owner for the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 Chevrolet Impala Supersport Turn Signal, impala supersport, chevrolet impala
impala supersport, chevrolet impala, good luck jack: I am a Model A guy and I don t have info on your car. I m sure there is a plastic part broken in your mechanism. That s what usually happens. Get a service manual and it will show you the picture of what should be there. Also, find a chevy car club and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 Thunderbird wheel align specs, wheel alignment tools, wheel alignments
wheel alignment tools, wheel alignments, alignment specs: Hi Scott: It s always good to have the wheel alignment specs. However, in most older cars, these are no longer available (unless you can find a 1964 Thunderbird repair manual). However, there are wheel alignment tools available to measure Toe, Camber, and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965, Lincoln Continental, voltage regulator circuit, reverse polarity
voltage regulator circuit, reverse polarity, continental car: Hi Ed: If the guy working on your car connected the battery backwards, the battery is most likely damaged. Also, there could be possible damage to the Started Relay and Voltage Regulator Circuit. First, test the new battery to see if there is a full charge....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Ford Thunderbird gas gauge, 1966 ford thunderbird, gas gauge
1966 ford thunderbird, gas gauge, ford thunderbird: I believe the in-tank sender has failed. The only way to investigate this is to drain and drop the tank, and take the sender out and have it tested electrically. It is possible that the float has stuck, or else the internal rheostat has failed in some way....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang Fuel Gauge, fuel guage, fuel gauge
fuel guage, fuel gauge, dash unit: If you can get at the wire to the sending unit, remove it and ground it. Then turn on the key. If the gauge moves to the full mark with the wire grounded then the problem is either a defect in the sender of a bad ground to the fuel tank. If the gauge does...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang radiator, ready rad, e bay
ready rad, e bay, input lines: I have a question for you and then we can get down to business. Is there an aluminum spacer between the fan and the pulley for the belts drive? If there is you can have a machine shop or some one with a lathe cut a half inch off it. The automatic radiator...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1969 Bonneville trunk letters removed, pontiac bonneville, sealing material
pontiac bonneville, sealing material, hole locations: Ernie, the trick that has always worked for me was to check the back side of the panel that had the letters or chrome removed. In this case the trunk lid. I will very surprised if you don t see the pattern for the holes where the sealing material, plastic...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 Buick Skylark Custom (Convertible), 1970 buick skylark, buick sportwagon
1970 buick skylark, buick sportwagon, buick skylark: Although there are some like parts on the Buick Skylark from 1968 to 1972, the 1970 - 1972 was virtually identical except for engine size and option packages. Some parts sources... http://www.billionsandtrillionsinc.com/index.asp http://www.nextag.com/1970-buick-skylark-part/search-html...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1971 RR Corniche Coupe - strong gas smell, pierburg fuel pump, fuel leaks
pierburg fuel pump, fuel leaks, car timing: Hi Sean: Since you had a RR/Bentley mechanic look at it, I am sure he had explored many of the obvious possible causes, such as fuel lines leaks and leaks around the carbs. Assuming none of those are the problem, it could be your fuel return unit or your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 dodge dart, cylinder head bolts, dodge dart
cylinder head bolts, dodge dart, torque specification: I don t have that info, but a lot of preople out there do have it. Try to find a service manual, or talk to a dealer. They will have it. Join a chrysler or dodge car club and let them smother you with info. Go the this site and see if you can get your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1986 Jaguar XJ6 Fuel Transfer Switch, jaguar xj6 fuel, 1986 jaguar xj6
jaguar xj6 fuel, 1986 jaguar xj6, good luck jack: I m sorry, but I am a Model A guy and don t know a thing about the ag. I don t know what a transfer switch does. Maybe from one sode of the tank to the other. If it does something like that, keep a high level of fuel and it should not matter. Find a Jag...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 3 spd manual with o.d., transmission functions, sprag
transmission functions, sprag, solenoid: In the over drive unit there is a free wheeling device. It is a sprag or one way clutch device very similar to the over running clutch on a starter drive. Sorry to say that the overdrive will probably have to come out and be overhauled servicing or replacing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 300xz 1988, interference engines, interference engine
interference engines, interference engine, rod engines: Hi Dustin: Sorry to hear about your timing belt. Well, the answer to your question is based on Belt or Chain . If you have a timing belt, then you have a Interference Engine . However, if you have a Timing Chain , it is Non-Interference An interference...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 turbo transmission, gear shift linkage, auto models
gear shift linkage, auto models, safety methods: Hi Kathy: The make and model of the automobile would be helpful, as many auto models used different safety methods for controlling the gear shift. However, if your transmission won t go into any gear, this usually means the gear shift linkage is stuck or...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 chevy alternator swap, amish country in ohio, delco alternator
amish country in ohio, delco alternator, chevy car: I was on a Model A tour of the amish country in Ohio. I tried to answer your question from the motel, but the system would not let me. Anyway, I am a Model A guy and don t know much about your car. The generator light would light when the gen. was discharging....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 6 volt vs 12 volt, electric fuel pump, autobobile
electric fuel pump, autobobile, 12 volt: There was a company around a dozen or so years ago that manufactured a battery system like you describe. I had one in a 41 Caddie that I bought and it worked fairly well. However when it came time to sell the car that system turned off a few buyers. So, I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Ford Ranchero - fuel pump blowing fuses, 1964 ford ranchero, electric fuel pump
1964 ford ranchero, electric fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator: Hi Jim: Unfortunately, the transportation safety board didn t require automotive manufacturers to perform and track recalls and defects until the mid 70 s. Record keeping didn t really kicked in in 1982. So most likely there wouldn t be any bulletins on your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 t'bird convertable, manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold
manifold gaskets, exhaust manifold, engine compartment: The last one of these that I did I pulled the cylinder heads off the engine, did the manifolds on the bench and then re-installed the units. It is quicker than trying to get the engine jacked up off the mounts to get clearance to remove the manifold bolts....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 t'bird convertible, manual lever, shift lever
manual lever, shift lever, hydraulic system: There is a one way clutch inside the transmission that engages low gear when the shift lever is in drive. This one way clutch is over ridden by the hydraulic system when the shift lever is in low, explaining why you have low gear when the manual lever is moved...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 thunderbird wont start, battery cables, thinderbird
battery cables, thinderbird, starter relay: Hi Tony: Not sure if I understand what a spring noise is. If the starter system (e.g. starter, relay, battery, ignition switch, etc.) is bad, you should get a clicking sound. Anything else may be another problem. Are you getting a clicking noise, a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang engine troubles, mustang engine, vacuum line
mustang engine, vacuum line, quarter tank: It sounds like it could one of several problems. One, the carburetor could have some dirt in the idle passages and need to be cleaned, that is taken apart and cleaner not cleaner in a can. The second cause could be a vacuum line leaking or disconnected. After...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang rubber-banding, rotten egg smell, spark plug wires
rotten egg smell, spark plug wires, pertronix electronic ignition: Hi Terry: If you are running rich or lean, you should be able to tell. Rich= small gas / rotten egg smell, black exhaust smoke, popping or backfiring. If you are running rich, then your plugs could be fouled at this point. 1. Check the spark plug wires...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: /66 p/u, good luck jack, firing order
good luck jack, firing order, good shape: I am Model A guy but I will give you my thoughts. Hold the plug wire just off the plug and make sure you get a healthy spark. When you choke it and crank it, be sure you smell gas in the carb. I know you said you had spark and fuel, just make sure you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 4v 289 Mustang, armature, bushings
armature, bushings, corrosion: Two things come to mind here. First there could be wear on the inside of the starter. The bushings wear and allow the starter armature to bind, especially when the engine is hot. The other thing is to check all the connections to and from the battery. Corrosion...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 73 Dodge Charger, lebaron bonney, bill hirsch
lebaron bonney, bill hirsch, radiator shops: It used to be that radiator shops would boil out your gas tank for you. But I do not know of any now that will do that. There is a process that you or your local garage can do. Several places sell a sloshing compound that you pour into the tank once it is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '75 Nova, air fuel mixture, spark plug wires
air fuel mixture, spark plug wires, air leaks: Check the air filter on the carb to make sure it is new and clean. Also you can check to make sure there is no air leaks around the the intake manifold or any of the hose leading to the carb. Also, if you haven t change the plugs in awhile, they may be...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 76 VW Beetle Vacuum Schematic, hemmings motor news, decel
hemmings motor news, decel, vacuum advance: I would check with www.books4cars.com. If they do not have what you are looking for latch on to a copy of Hemmings Motor News, www.hemmings.com, the classified bible of the old car hobby. I am sure that you will find a vendor in there that has what you are...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: !966 Mustang engine stalling, good luck jack, mustang 289
good luck jack, mustang 289, mustang engine: I m a Model A guy, and our cars never stall!!!!! What a joke! It must be heat related. I would look for vapor lock. Make it do it again and pour some water over the carb and fuel lines. If it restarts after that, you have found the prob. Sometimes the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: air cleaner, 1968 plymouth valiant, 225 slant six
1968 plymouth valiant, 225 slant six, slant six: That line that runs to the valve cover from the air filter is part of the emissions system. When the engine is running under light load it feeds filtered air from the air filter to the crankcase. When the engine is under heavy load the blow by the piston rings...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: charging failure, good luck jack, origionally
good luck jack, origionally, foreign car: I am Model A guy and I don t know a thing about your foreign car. Your system may be charging, but the v/reg is not releasing and draining the battery. Charge the batt. Start the car and turn the lights on. Rev the engine and see if they brighten. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: charging system, voltage reg, charging system
voltage reg, charging system, siad: Does the system quit charging completely or just the amps fall off a bit? Check the system by putting a voltmeter across the battery. Run the engine at about 1500 RPM and check the voltage. It should be 7.4 volts. If it is the system is charging. Check and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: chevy350 van / automatic transmission, transmission job, hi tim
transmission job, hi tim, first 5 minutes: Hi Tim: Depending on the mileage, you could have worn bands. Since the transmission hasn t been serviced in several year, before you go through an expensive transmission rebuild, change the fluid and filter and add Lucas Transmission Fix (24 oz.) for about...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: electrical ground issue, ford mustang, cruise night
ford mustang, cruise night, electrical ground: It sound like a gadget on the back of the instrument cluster called the constant voltage regulator may have malfunctioned or the ground to that unit has been lost. However if the ground has been lost your dash lights would probably not work either. Do they...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: engine vibration, powerglide transmission, engine vibration
powerglide transmission, engine vibration, hand crank: Now comes the Sherlock Holmes 007 work. Is it a vibration or the engine missing? You can check that by having some one hold the speed up and hold your hand near the end of the tail pipe and see if you can feel a flutter in the exhaust stream. Let me know...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Fuel Sender Unit O Ring, lincoln mark iv, good luck jack
lincoln mark iv, good luck jack, ford car: If you know the size, try one of the big hardware stores. They have a big selection. Try an auto parts store too. If all else fails, try a Ford dealer. You do run the risk that the o ring you get may not stand up to gasoline. It will swell if not the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 Thunderbird wheel align specs, caster
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 Thunderbird wheel align specs, caster

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 6 volt vs 12 volt, volt system, volt ac
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 6 volt vs 12 volt, volt system, volt ac, 49 ford

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 thunderbird wont start, ford mercury, park position
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 thunderbird wont start, ford mercury, park position, shift lever

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang rubber-banding, upper radiator hose, mustang 6 cylinder
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang rubber-banding, upper radiator hose, mustang 6 cylinder, sudden acceleration

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '75 Nova, wd 40, rpm
Classic/Antique Car Repair: '75 Nova, wd 40, rpm

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 76 VW Beetle Vacuum Schematic, vw dealer, showroom floor
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 76 VW Beetle Vacuum Schematic, vw dealer, showroom floor, ebay

Classic/Antique Car Repair: heater controls, plastic distributor, well center
Classic/Antique Car Repair: heater controls, plastic distributor, well center, box assembly

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rough idle, needing attention, timing light
Classic/Antique Car Repair: rough idle, needing attention, timing light, timing chain

Classic/Antique Car Repair: where to find, good luck jack, particle board
good luck jack, particle board, rear speakers: I don t know what car you are talking about, but if it is just a shelf panel, you could use cardboard, or a plastic material such at plasticore.. It it plastic cardboard. It comes in 4x8 ft. sheets. Double it if you need to. They use this stuff to make...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: first generation camaro tilt turn signal switch, turn signal switch, tilt column
turn signal switch, tilt column, generation camaro: I know nothing about you switch. Model A s had nothing like that!!!! At Chrysler, we used the GM tilt columns, and they had the GM switch on them. I bet GM used the same switch on both tilt and non-tilt. Why wouldn t they?? Try ebay, they might have it....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel problem on 72 vette, edelbrock performer intake, good luck jack
edelbrock performer intake, good luck jack, long periods: Sounds like the engine is starving for gas. Check the fuel pump and make sure the fuel line from the tank is not blocked. The pump may be good and sucking a buble in the gas line. Blow backwards through the line to the tank and see what happens. It should...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Gas in my oil..., vw section, piston rings
vw section, piston rings, oxygen sensor: Hi Scott: Don t know much about VW s, but I will take a stab at it. Assuming your plugs are not fouled, but have gas on them would lead me to believe you have a choke/auto choke problem that kicking in and flowing out the car. Also, such a problem could...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Gear-problems, excalibur phaeton, military tanks
excalibur phaeton, military tanks, luxury automobiles: Yes. Normally cooling will reset it unless the problem is caused by something else. Make sure you drain the tranny down to a below full level so you can properly check it and top it off once it is hot. If you can t get it out of low gear, then you make have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Head light switch, headlight switch, small spring
headlight switch, small spring, instrument cluster: On the back side of the headlight switch, opposite the wires, there should be a small spring loaded button. Remove the headlight knob, reach under the dash and press the spring loaded button and then slide the knob in all the way. Then release the button and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: headlights blink, small block chevy, halogen bulbs
small block chevy, halogen bulbs, headlight circuit: Have you upgraded the headlight like changing them to halogen bulbs? Check the lenses and see what they say. The halogen bulbs draw more current that the origonal 1956 bulbs. As a result there is a circuit breaker in the headlight switch that will trip. The...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: heater controls, 66 mustangs, air ports
66 mustangs, air ports, air vent: Hi Brandi: I believe your three vertical levels are (from left to right) 1. Air Vent / Blower 2. Heat Control 3. Defrost 4. The Horizontal level is a mystery. Unless it opens and closes the Vents However, I could be wrong. The best way to test these...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: hot blooded Ford 240, well lit place, eldon missouri
well lit place, eldon missouri, napa store: OK, Mack, I got your follow up information. Thanks. I assume since you didn t mention cranking speed that your problem is not electrical - based on that then: I see the problem now, your carburetor is not set up right - I think the float level is set too...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Mercedes 380SL, mercedes 380sl, mercedes s420
mercedes 380sl, mercedes s420, enormous expense: Hi Will: I own a S420 Mercedes myself. And I got it at a steal because of the enormous expense these cars are in terms of repair. Factor in, that 85,000 miles is nothing for these cars. The engine, transmission and related major items are usually good for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Model A Breaks, good luck jack, hydraulic brakes
good luck jack, hydraulic brakes, rear brakes: I have never seen this kind of wear. Sounds extreme. Bottom line, if they are stopping well, replace the lining on that shoe and keep going. Now if you want to make things perfect !!!!. Put new roller tracks in. They wear very fast, and if you changed...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Noisy 67 Caddy, good luck jack, loose fan
good luck jack, loose fan, brgs: Well, based on my experience with the Model A, I have only one thought about your modern car. I would look hard at the alternator. Somehow, get some oil on the brgs. It could be the water pump brg. try to get some oil there. Loosen the belt so the alternator...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Oil Pressure Relief Valve, pressure relief valve, valve question
pressure relief valve, valve question, cap screw: Good, it moves. I know it is a pain but put the cap back on, start the engine, then shut it down and tap and see if the plunger had moved. If it does it should move a bit further each time. I don t remember if the passage is blind or has a plug inside the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Overdrive followup, rattling sound, coil wire
rattling sound, coil wire, electrical contact: Sound to me as if it is time to pull the solenoid out of the car. It sound like the end of the solenoid that engages with the ring gear on the planetary might have worn away or broken off. If that is ok then it is time to pull the unit and open it up. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Overdrive malfunction, good luck jack, trans shop
good luck jack, trans shop, old timer: I am a Model A guy, but I can give you my thoughts on this. The engine problem is probably not connected with the OD situation. Sounds like a fuel problem with the engine. Plugged line or filter, or junk in the fuel. Maybe vapor lock also. If you did...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: overheating T Bird, dollar pistol, good luck jack
dollar pistol, good luck jack, radiator hose: You may have combustion products getting into the water jacket. With the cap off, rev the engine and see if you get any bubbles. If you do, then you have a head gasket prob. or worse. You are making steam in the engine quickly. Either the water is not...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Packard overdrive, digital voltmeter, inline fuse
digital voltmeter, inline fuse, fuse block: Put a switch in that jumper line under the dash. You don t want the solenoid to energize until you get to about 35 miles per hour and want it to drop out at about 20 miles per hour. We used to do this on our old Mercs to get 6 speeds forward. Good luck. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rear main seal, good luck jack, block chevrolet
good luck jack, block chevrolet, chevy car: That s not a Modle A, I don t know what it will cost, or how to do it. If you do it yourself, the parts are almost no cost. It s all labor. Find a good shop and have them do it. Also, find a chevy car club and join it. They will have all the answers and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rear wheel lugs, wheel lugs, propane torch
wheel lugs, propane torch, rear wheels: They should be right handed but look at the end of the stud. If they are left handed there should be an L stamped on it. If there is a left handed thread it should be only on the left side of the car. It might take a little heat to loosen them. A hand held...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Do i have a reverse ground 34?, flathead v8, neg terminal
flathead v8, neg terminal, 34 ford: That would be a fist step. If the problem comes back then pull the tank and use a sloshing compound that can be found in Hemmings Motor News, the old car hobby bible of classified ads, www.hemmings.com. This will seal the inside of the tank and preven rust...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rough idle, crankshaft pulley, crank pulley
crankshaft pulley, crank pulley, stock ford: From what you say it sound like the timing chain has jumped a tooth. The easiest check for a sloppy (loose) timing chain is to remove the distributor cap. Then with a wrench on the bolt on the crankshaft pulley turn the engine in one direction. With chaulk...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Serial number on frame, ford fairlane gt, good luck jack
ford fairlane gt, good luck jack, original factory: The FBI knows where all the numbers are placed. There will be a number on the trans that identifies your car. Look under the weatherstrip on the top of the yoke panel under the front part of the hood. We, Chrysler, used to stamp them there. If the police...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Shadow II, pierburg fuel pump, napa store
pierburg fuel pump, napa store, chassis number: Hi Marko: Its good to talk to another RR owner. First of all, you can t find original parts for these cars anymore. You can get some good after market parts. Most likely won t last as long as the originals, but they are pretty good. Go to a NAPA store...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Spark plug order on distributer, spark plug wires, compression pressure
spark plug wires, compression pressure, firing order: The firing order is 1-5-3-6-2-4. The trick will be to find which hole is number one. Do do that remove number one spark plug. Hold your thumb over the hole, not in it while some one bumps the engine a little at a time with the starter. Watch for the timing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Stewart-Warner speedo info 28 Mod a, beaver chapter, mafca
beaver chapter, mafca, stewart warner: Yes, but I have to find them. That main shaft is what freezes up. I ll look for it. jack I found it and are you lucky. It s 14 pages long, and I am not going to retype it. How do you want me to get it to you? I can try to scan the sheets and send...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: spark plug wire diagram, firing order?, plymouth sport fury, stock carb
plymouth sport fury, stock carb, carter afb: OK standing by the right front fender (passengers side) looking in the clips that hold the cap onto the distributor should be at 11 and 5 o clock. Going around counter clockwise (opposite the direction of the hands of the clock) the wires are 8=4=3=6=5=7=2=1....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: stalling on a 1955 fairlane, ford fairlane, station tank
ford fairlane, station tank, pot holes: Hi Greg: Yes, there is an outside chance it could be vapor lock, but when you said you only drove it up the street to get gas, that pretty much ruled out vapor lock, because the car didn t get hot enough, right? vapor lock is caused by engine overheating,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: starting, fuel pressure regulator, fuel injection system
fuel pressure regulator, fuel injection system, safety switches: I am Model A (old car) guy, not a modern mechanic. When I was with Chrysler, we did our first fuel injection system, but if you are really getting fuel and have sark, the computer must be keeping the engine from starting. Does the pump continue to run?...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: transmission, speedometer cable, chevy car
speedometer cable, chevy car, turbo transmission: Sorry, but I don t know anything about your car. I am a Model A guy. Anyway, it is not a serious problem. A trans shop should be able to fix it quite easily. The speedo cable has nothing to do with it. It may be low on fluid, but if it is, there must...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Vehicle overheating, dominator manifold, street dominator
dominator manifold, street dominator, holly carb: I am not a corvette guy, so I don t know much about your car. I do know that most older cars have plugged radiators, and that is probably your problem. You can t just flow a rad. and say it is clear. I say rod them out and make sure. Your car was engineered...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: valve guide lubrication, grease cups, valve cage
grease cups, valve cage, valve stems: The clearance numbers that you quote sounds about right. But steel on steel might be a problem. cast iron is porus and will hold lubrication. It is just a thought but the lubricant that we use on disc brake slides appears weather resistant and heat resistant....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: wiring, hemmings motor news, heater coil
hemmings motor news, heater coil, courtesy lights: The best that I can do for you is to point you to the following web site. It is a wiring diagram for your car complete with color codes of the wires and where they connect to. http://www.themustangshop.com/resources.cfm. If the wiring is so messed up there...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: witeimpala, brake light switch, fuse block
brake light switch, fuse block, fuse box: If your bulb is good. Not new, but good. Make sure. Find the brake light switch and see if you have voltage there when the pedal is pushed. The switch must be close to the master cylinder, in the output line. If you have power ther, then do the same thing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1926 Buick 4DR Sedan, spark plug wires, gm cars
spark plug wires, gm cars, distributor cap: Six cylinder GM cars use 1-5-3-6-2-4 and you will need to find number one by bumping the engine over and feeling for compression on number one cylinder. As you bump the engine over watch the direction of the rotor. That is the direction that you will insert...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1928 model with 1931 engine flush radiator, there have been many attempts, water jacket
there have been many attempts, water jacket, impeller: It s best if the rad if off the car and upside down, but that is a lot of work. On the car, remove both hoses and try to run water up from the rad outlet and out the top (inlet). To degrease it, put cascade dish washer det. in it and run it for a day or...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1949 chevy solenoid repair/replace/cross reference, electricity flow, screw driver
electricity flow, screw driver, styline: Stoney, I hate to be the bearer of sad tidings but from what you said I don t think that the problem is the solenoid. The main thing that goes wrong with the solenoid is that the contact surface get burn marks and then stop letting electricity flow. If the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 Pontiac, hemmings motor news, radiator leak
hemmings motor news, radiator leak, radiator shop: The blow by and the fact that hot start is a problem tell me that the rings are probably well past prime. If you do engine work please have the radiator boiled out and flow checked by a competent radiator shop. parts are available. latch on to a copy of Hemmings...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 Chevy Belair, 1956 chevy belair, shift indicator
1956 chevy belair, shift indicator, tazz: Not real sure your problem. Are you talking about the clip on the rider cable itself? We just slipped the cable until Park lined up. The shift trans all the way to l Low. Then if it wasn t correct, we split the difference and it worked okay. Clear...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 chevy headlight switch, screw driver, small spring
screw driver, small spring, battery cable: Well short of selling the car or getting some one else to stick their paw up under the dash, your it. Now look at the new switch. On the side opposite the wire connection there is a small spring loaded button. Now reach up under the dash after you have dissconnected...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1957 chevy electrical, resistor, jumper
resistor, jumper, 1957 chevy: yes, well sort of, you are missing the wire to the coil that runs to the ceramic resistor on the firewall. The resistor steps down the voltage to the coil form 12v to 9v once the engine starts to extend the ife of the points and coil. You can check this...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1961 Ford Econoline truck/170 6 cyl., street rod magazines, 1961 ford econoline
street rod magazines, 1961 ford econoline, ford econoline: My answer is based on experience. Changing the ring and pinion to a lower the gear ration will make the truck a slug. I was a trouble shooter for Ford in that era and we had a problem with that model truck as underpowered. The factory changed the axle ration...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1961 Ford Econoline truck/170 6 cyl., 1961 ford econoline, sparkplug gap
1961 ford econoline, sparkplug gap, ford econoline: The spark plugs are Champion F14-Y set at .034 . The points are set at .025 and the timing is 4 degrees before top dead center for a standard transmission and 10 degrees on an automatic. Idle speed for the standard is 500 RPM and 485 in drive on the automatic....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 Ford 292, needle nose pliers, coolant system
needle nose pliers, coolant system, flat head screw: Hi John: Freeze plugs are normally something you change at overhaul time when the block is stripped, it has been through the acid bath, and the core is clean. So, if you don t have the tools and equipment to do this, consider a mechanic shop. However,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Corvair 180 hp turbo , hesitation, compatition, check fuel
compatition, check fuel, float bowl: I have a wall full of trophies won when driving a like car in SCCA compatition. Now your problem sounds like it is in the carburetor. I would have that puppy off and all apart on the bench. make sure that the epoxy did not leak into the chamber and causing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 cadilac title search history, cadillac eldorado, character vin
cadillac eldorado, character vin, automobile history: Hi Laura: Nice Car. However, the automotive industry did not start tracking automobile history until 1981-82 model years. Anything prior to that you have to rely on documentation that comes with the vehicle. I tell a lot of sellers of older cars that a well...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Ford 200 not running, power steering fluids, sad shape
power steering fluids, sad shape, brake drums: Hi John: Sounds like you have a real project on your hands. Well, I get this question a lot, and what I tell everyone is, When you are bring a car back to life, the very first thing to do before you even attempt to start it up, is change ALL the fluids....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Ford Mustang, power steering, mustang
power steering, mustang, seal replacement: Brad, Are you asking about the seal on the power steering pump? Or the front seal on the oil pan? Some seals must be pressed out with a press or sometimes can be removed with an object slightly smaller than the seal by useing a hammer. Regardless, you will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Mustang, thermostat, running hot 289
thermostat, running hot 289, temperature: Hey Terry, If your car it trying to run hot, I would replace the thermostat located in the top front of the intake manifold. The old 289 motors do not have sending units persay. Your temp gauge should be in the middle to upper middle after the car has warmed...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 RANCHERO, suspension, raising the car
suspension, raising the car: Hey Izel, The best and cheapest way to do this is to add a pair of air shocks to your rear suspension. Also you can add metal extensions to your rear leafsprings called shackels. Or you can add both as I did on a 66 Falcon Ranchero. It looked great! Your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 rambler, good luck jack, electronic module
good luck jack, electronic module, fuel pump: I am not familiar with you system. I know Model A s. BUT, if the fuel pump is an electric one, which I doubt, it should have enough pressure to push through that filter. If it is a cam driven pump, then I don t understand why it is between the pump and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 289 ford mustang engine question, 289 ford, point gap
289 ford, point gap, mustang engine: I would start pulling the plugs and checking them, maybe one or more are fouled out. also you may want to check the distributor for small cracks or moisture. Also check the coil and make sure the wires are in their proper places. Check the battery for any...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Chevy Impala Sedan, glass fuses, chevy impala
glass fuses, chevy impala, 1966 chevy impala: First of all, the inputs are individual: some straight 12V, some keyed, some ignition, some starter only, etc. You cannot group rhe supplies together. Lucky you didn t have a fire. You must route each individually. Don t know how much the box was, but...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 ford mustang cooling system, over heating 289
over heating 289: the needle should be close to the bottom or no more than half way up the gauge. Replace the thermostat in the intake manifold first, if the problem persists you may need radiator repair or replacement. As for the water wooshing noise, Id say your heater core...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 lincoln continental convertible top was working fine now stuck open. need hydraulic fluid? where?, blown fuse, lincoln continental
blown fuse, lincoln continental, ford car: I can t help you with your 66. If you can find a ford car club near you or on the net, they will know. Your ford dealer may have someone who knows this car. The top mechanisms back then were all alike. An electric pump, a sump, and cylinders to push the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang radiator, new englander, shallow channel
new englander, shallow channel, jegs: It kinda sounds like the radiators that you have been buying are more universal one sized fits all than the custom radiators for this car. I have always had the origional radiators recored rather than find a replacement just for this reason. Or you could check...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Pontiac Catalina, 1967 pontiac catalina, pontiac catalina
1967 pontiac catalina, pontiac catalina, starter solenoid: Hi Sean: There is a pretty good chance you have a bad starter. As the starter bushings goes bad, it doesn t work when hot. Once they are worn to a point where they do not touch the rotor at all, you get nothing. Either have your current starter rebuilt or...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 Mercury Cougar, Gasoline mixing into oil, 1968 mercury cougar, mercury cougar
1968 mercury cougar, mercury cougar, diaphram: If the engine is not hitting on all cylinders because of plugs, wires, or low compression fuel can wash down into the crankcase. The other common cause is a ruptured diaphram in the fuel pump. Any fuel in the oil will dilute the oil and cause internal engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1969 Ford Fairlane, ford 500, transmission linkage
ford 500, transmission linkage, column shift: Hey Jaymes, I have an answer for you. There are several shops in your area that perform this type of work. Auto Repair by Nama Automotive Solutions serving Murrieta since 2004. They are a full Car Repair shop that can help you with Transmissions, Air...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: my 1972 bug cuts out, unpleasant weather, sears
unpleasant weather, sears, spark plugs: I would make sure that the spark plugs are properly gapped. A large gap will cause the required voltage to fire them to go up and then find a short to ground across the coil tower or distrubutor cap. Then check those items for signs of carbon tracks or voltage...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1976 CJ-5 man, no extra equipment, electric fuel pump, tank lines
electric fuel pump, tank lines, distributor ignition: Well I hate to tell you this but you missed the first step that any old time tune up man is a shop did as his first step, a compression test on the engine. If there is a difference in compression between cylinders of more than 25% the engine will never run...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1979 corvette brake rotors, corvette brake, brake rotor
corvette brake, brake rotor, drill press: Have you bought just the rotor for your car? Some of these the rotor is only available as a hub and rotor. If you can buy just the rotor you can hand drill the rivet but a drill press is preferable. Some makers wanted to make sure that the rotor would stay...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1987 Nissan 300ZX NA, spark plug wires, nissan 300zx
spark plug wires, nissan 300zx, engine seals: How are you checking for fire without it running? Just off the starter? Try this...run a wire straight from the pos side of the battery straight to the pos side of the coil and then see if it will stay running long than a second. BUT, BE AWARE YOU CANNOT...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1994 chevy g20 conversion van, chevy g20, head screws
chevy g20, head screws, philips head: It is apparent that the left button has lost it s contact or that one of the small wires just under the soft trim of the steering wheel has broken. But, is the steering wheel the Chevrolet wheel or a fancy after market unit added by the convereter? There should...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '50 216 Rocker Assembly, feeler gage, rocker assembly
feeler gage, rocker assembly, intake valves: It is straight forward. Watch and lay the parts out in order as you take it apart and then reverse the order. The only thing that will need a little finess is the adjustment. You will need a feeler gage or several. The tappet clearance, that is the distance...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 Rambler stalls when accelerating, fuel tank, back roads
fuel tank, back roads, station wagon: Sounds like the accellerator pump (small item inside carb) is out. They tend to dry out when car sits for a while. If you are mechanical, you could probably change this yourself. If not, it is part of a standard carb rebuild. Your biggest problem is going...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '59 Ford Failane 500 Galaxie, ford fairlane 500, hemmings motor news
ford fairlane 500, hemmings motor news, power brakes: Back in the day most Fords came from the factory without power brakes and steering. We mechanics in the dealerships installed these items as dealer installed options. Check Hemmings Motor news, the old car classified bible, to see if there is a dealer selling...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 59 ford brakes, ford galaxie, power brakes
ford galaxie, power brakes, wheel cylinders: WELL that s interesting. When you remove yourself a little from the situation, logic dictates that, if shoes are properly adjusted, something new is not working. Get someone to help you and remove a drum. With someone watching for movement, gently depress...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Impala, fuel gauge, support straps
fuel gauge, support straps, gas tank: Kyle: I spent mst f my 50 years in teaching in a high school auto shop. Pardon an old man s long winded answer but I don twant to see anyone hurt. The first thing that you need to do is to get the car jacked p high enough to work on safely. The bumper jack...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Ford Mustang gauge spikes, ford mustang, correct voltage
ford mustang, correct voltage, voltage meter: This is strange. It sounds like your regulator is kicking in to compensate for a low generation of power by the generator. Check your generator belt. Make sure it s tight and not loose or slipping. There is power to these gauges and the voltage regulator is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang fuel problem, carb, 302
carb, 302, 68 mustang fuel problems: My 66 coupe used to do this all the time (in Louisiana)but it never caused any problems with the car starting...I believe that the pressure may have fouled your choke in the carburetor, or possible the fuel pump somehow. I assume the car has the factory crank...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 chevelle 396 ss, regulater, dead battery
regulater, dead battery, heat shield: If your idiot light is own, bright or not, your have not resolved your charging issue. Did your reg require polarizing . If so it may be wrong for your application. Does your starter overheat from use or is just the heat shield from the exhaust missing?...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 MUSTANG FUEL GAUGE, magnetic coils, variable resistor
magnetic coils, variable resistor, needle move: It sound like the problem, based on the smack the dash method of diagnosis, is in the dash. Key on voltage is sent to a voltage regulator on the back of the dash that keeps the gauge voltage at a constant 6 volts. This prevents gauge fluctuation when the battery...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 84 chevt p/u master cylinder, chevt, diget
chevt, diget, jb1: There should be a decal on the inside of the glove box door that is a Service parts ID sticker. The number that they are asking for should be listed there. The next best is the 17 didget VIN. My local NAPA has been able to get parts for me using that. The...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 85 Pontiac Sunbird, pontiac sunbird, gal fuel
pontiac sunbird, gal fuel, fuel tank: Your fuel pump may be frozen. Are you getting any fuel in the carbs? If not, change the fuel pump. Also, change the fuel filter and yes, dump and clean the fuel tank. You should have a drain plug somewhere on the tank. If not, you will have to drop it. I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: block casting numbers, gm car, casting numbers
gm car, casting numbers, valve cover: This engine was origionaly in a 1977 Vette or a B body GM car. If in the Vette it was rated at 165 horses with a 4 barrel carb. In the B body it was rated at 170 horses with a 4 barrel c arb. It is a 350 block and the casting number could indicate a build...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Carter Carburetor rebuild for '58 Rambler, gumout, guage
gumout, guage, rambler: Use Gumout brand carb cleaner LIBERALLY, either spray or liquid, but use lots of it inside and out. I prefer spray. There will be parts you never find the place for, don t worry about it. But make sure to change all springs, seats, check balls and seats....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Charging issue, starter solenoid, jumper wire
starter solenoid, jumper wire, starter switch: I am a little unclear with your verbage, but I get the drift. I believe this your requires your reg to be polarized. Was this done correctly when the new one was put in? Are you sure the wire your traced does not route to the hot (run side) of the starter...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: cable for the wipers on a 1956 chevy, wiper shaft, spring tension
wiper shaft, spring tension, spring loading: Ok, lets give it a whirl. With the wiper motor installed start the engine and turn on the wipers. Now shut off the wipers and let them park in the correct position. Shut off the engine. Now the pulleys on the wiper transmission are spring loaded. The spring...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: charging system, voltage reg, charging system
voltage reg, charging system, siad: Does the system quit charging completely or just the amps fall off a bit? Check the system by putting a voltmeter across the battery. Run the engine at about 1500 RPM and check the voltage. It should be 7.4 volts. If it is the system is charging. Check and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: cleaning gas tank, suicide doors, lincoln continental
suicide doors, lincoln continental, dry storage: Hi Chris: You have a very nice automobile. Since it has been sitting for years, I would take special care in bringing it back to life. when you plan to let an automobile sit for more than six months, it should be put up in dry storage. I m guesting this one...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: color code for 71 lime green chevy truck, lime green, color chips
lime green, color chips, paint code: There should be a trim tag located on the firewall. On the right hand side of the second line is where you will find the paint code numbers. If there is only one two digit number that means the second color was added as an after market. To get color chips...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: differential question, hemmings motor news, dana spicer
hemmings motor news, dana spicer, differential question: The first place would be doing the Junk Yard crawl. When I was younger several buddies and I would spend Saturday s not on the golf course but exploring up country junk yards. The most convenient would be to latch on to a copy of Hemmings Motor news, the old...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: ENGINE ISSUES, good luck jack, vacuum leak
good luck jack, vacuum leak, vacuum lines: The first thing you do is find a mustang or ford car club and join it. They should know about the problem and be able to help you. What else could it be???? It could be a wire that is thrown rearward and hits something that shorts it out for a moment. Just...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Ford Toploader 4 speed, clutch problems, linkage problems
clutch problems, linkage problems, shifting top loader problems: Hey Geoff, Its no problem, my first thought on this is your clutch linkage is slightly out of adjustment. The old top loader 4 speeds are tipically a very good transmission. If that doesn t fix the problem I would pill the top cover on the shifter and make...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Corvair 180 hp turbo , hesitation, corvair association, stale gas
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Corvair 180 hp turbo , hesitation, corvair association, stale gas, gene kennedy

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 lincoln continental convertible top was working fine now stuck open. need hydraulic fluid? where?, lincoln service, e mail
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 lincoln continental convertible top was working fine now stuck open. need hydraulic fluid? where?, lincoln service, e mail, convertible top

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Ford Mustang gauge spikes, voltage regulator
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Ford Mustang gauge spikes, voltage regulator

Classic/Antique Car Repair: tuneup spects, gap, dist
Classic/Antique Car Repair: tuneup spects, gap, dist

Classic/Antique Car Repair: firing order sequence, auto repair manuals, spark plug wire
auto repair manuals, spark plug wire, firing order: I would check several sources for manuals. there are always Motor s Auto Repair Manuals listed for sale on EBay. Ant Motors up to 1950 will give you the information that you are looking for. Other sources are www.books4cars.com, www.hemmings.com. As far as...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel pumps, brass mesh, fuel pumps
brass mesh, fuel pumps, blowed: If it has a mechanical pump on the block there should not be a pump in the tank. There is a nylon or brass mesh sock type filter on the fuel pick up in the tanks, right on the bottom. What your problem sounds like is that there is trash floating around in...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuse box contd., fuse box, dodge truck
fuse box, dodge truck, electrical supply: Yeah, you would have to remove copper buss and I m not sure it would be worth it. You may want to go to an electrical supply (not automotive) and get a simple 12 connecter fused block. Or just get a newer fuse box out of say a 95 or newer Dodge truck...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Harmonic Balancer, 1963 buick riviera, buick riviera
1963 buick riviera, buick riviera, screw driver: Just from experience, I would say it is the higher number, but I would call Buick and get the exact spec. You will need to chock the engine. I always blocked the tooth on the flywheel with a large screw driver. I also strongly suggest locktite on...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Leaking Pinion Seal, pinion bearings, pinion nut
pinion bearings, pinion nut, packard car: Hi jay, welcome back. There are several things that I would look for. First would be a ring worn around the flange that is letting the seal leak. Number two, check the pinion and see if you can move it side to side. The pinion bearing adjustment is via a collapsable...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: model a ford brakes, rear brake lever, rear brakes
rear brake lever, rear brakes, star wheels: Ah the A brakes !!!! Try to follow the procedure in the service bulletins or in Jim Andrews book. It a red book on fixing everything on the A. Great book, we all have it. Get it rom MARC or some other A parts supplier. Don t get the green on, get the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: mustang running hot and heater does not work, fan shroud, fan clutch
fan shroud, fan clutch, water wetter: It sounds like two problems. The heater could be a plugged core. The fix is to replace the core. If the engine only gets hot when idling, I would first check the fan and make sure that it is installed correctly so that it draws air in from the front and blows...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Overdrive tranny, speed overdrive, lethbridge alberta
speed overdrive, lethbridge alberta, highway speeds: Yes the case will bolt up with no problem but you still have to dissassemble both transmission as the tail (output) shafts are different. Putting the three speed in without the overdrive may not be an option as the rear end ration is different on the overdrive...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: oil in radiator, blown head gasket, cracked block
blown head gasket, cracked block, water chamber: If it is a real small amount, you may have no problem at all. If it persists, you have an oil leak into water chamber which is actually fairly hard to do. At the head, there is one strip where this can happen. I would lean more to bad gasket than cracked block....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Packard engine interchange, good luck jack, packard car
good luck jack, packard car, packards: I have no idea. I know model A s, not packards. Find yourself a packard car club and ask them. If the bell hsg s look the same, that other engine might fit. Why not just find the right engine that goes with the car??? It s out there, but you have to find...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: R 10 ovrdrive, throttle linkage, possability
throttle linkage, possability, rear wheels: If the planetary gear set seized up because of lack of lubrication, you are faced with removing and rebuilding the unit. And this is a possability. First make sure that the OD cable and control is working and shifting the OD unit. This will require getting...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: repairing / replacing vinyl roof on Lincoln Town Car, lincoln town car, vinyl repair kits
lincoln town car, vinyl repair kits, lincoln dealership: Hi Erby: There are good vinyl repair kits that will work to stop the splitting, but if the vinyl is dry and brittle, replace it. If not, spray on vinyl restoration liquid to add moisture back into the vinyl, but don t rub it, just dab it with a cloth. See...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Sending unit, gasket leaks, 67 chevelle
gasket leaks, 67 chevelle, gas fumes: The job is a lot of work, but it s not really brain surgery. MAKE SURE you have emptied All the gas you can before dropping the tank. Liquid is heavy and hard to control. Also, it is VERY important that you reseal the gasket when you put it back togather....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Starting a 54 Bel Air that has been sitting, water check, gas tank
water check, gas tank, fuel line: As you have already determined, that was bad advice. You now have a bad mixture in your carb, including water. Check for copper filter in fuel line inlet to carb (large fitting fuel line goes in) Probably going to have to open carb and clean (may be ok...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: signal light problem, good luck jack, chevy car
good luck jack, chevy car, proper voltage: Wow, I have no idea what is going on. The main thing is that it worked OK in the past. That means your wiring is not crossed up. No electronice are involved since they did not use that back then. It must be a feed-back problem. We used to be able to turn...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: smoke from exhaust manifold bolt, chev 350, bolt head
chev 350, bolt head, blowing smoke: If it is truly a leak out the bolt hole, then your gasket has blown through to the hole. No real big deal unless it starts cutting and it would be pretty loud at that point. I have stopped this with a copper washer on the exhaust bolt. BUT, understand...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: No start 1969 chevrolet 350 engine, chevrolet 350, cam lobe
chevrolet 350, cam lobe, new spark: OK, did you pre oil the lifters before adjusting them? If not it is possable that you have the valves too tight. When I do this operation I usualy set the valves so that I take the play out of the push rods and then BACK the adjustment off a turn. Then start...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Trnsmission, chev pickup, throttle linkage
chev pickup, throttle linkage, throttle position: It is adjusted in the full throttle position so that when the accelerator is on the floor the throttle plates are fully open and the transmission rod when pulled through the downshift detent will slip into the hole that connects it to the throttle linkage....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Turbo 400, chevelle ss 396, 1970 chevelle ss 396
chevelle ss 396, 1970 chevelle ss 396, 1970 chevelle ss: Hi Billy: The seals in a TH-400 work best when heat is applied to them. The expectation of GM was these vehicles would be driven and the heat from the transmission would keep the seal swollen and leakless. Having them set for that length of time weaken the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: tining, chevy 327, vacuum advance
chevy 327, vacuum advance, hp engine: This is right about the change over in the carburetor from the idle circuit to the high speed circuit and is noticable under a no load condition. I think that if it were me I would start by looking at the float level in the carburetor. It could also be weak...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: trouble starting hot/warm engine, 67 beaumont, heat shield
67 beaumont, heat shield, voltmeter: It is time to start checking with a voltmeter and find out where the voltage stops when the system is warm. In that era we had a lot of problems with grounds and the starters them selves. There was a factory installed heat shield over the starter that may...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: tuneup spects, good luck jack, point gap
good luck jack, point gap, plug gap: I know that stuff for the Model A, but I can t help you on your Packard. Find a Packard car club and ask them. You should be able to find one on the net. If you are around Detroit Mich next week, ask the man who owns one. There will be a lot there for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Volvo 240 brake problem, volvo 240 dl, power bleeder
volvo 240 dl, power bleeder, rear shoes: Sorry, was not aware it was 4 wheel disc. Worked on a late 80 s that had rear shoes. When you bleed the brakes, does the fluid come out clean and clear or foamy with air bubbles on all wheels? Also, do all of your pistons retract evenly when you pry...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vapor locks, electric fuel pump, vapor locks
electric fuel pump, vapor locks, vacuum gauge: Just off the info you gave, I would not think the problem is fuel related. Haye you checked for spark with a meter once it dies? What voltage does your coils put out?8000, 10000, 15000 volts? Does the coil input maintain voltage to whole time? What does...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: voltage regulator installation, ford galaxy 500, 1964 ford galaxy 500
ford galaxy 500, 1964 ford galaxy 500, proper gauge: Hi Johnathon: My first question would be is it overheating and are the wires melted or damaged ? If you are getting fusing of the wires, there is a good chance you have a bad ground. Even if this is not the case, check and re-ground the ground-wire tightly....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1923 studebaker, digital camera photo, baking soda
digital camera photo, baking soda, interstate battery: With your permission lets treat each question as a bit of a learning process. Now, is there a battery in the car now? If there is count the number of fill caps on the battery. 3 caps = 6 volts and 6 caps = 12 volts. If there is a generator on the car there...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Ford Model A leaking Oil from rear of engine, metal shavings, califon nj
metal shavings, califon nj, good luck jack: I don t like those big shavings in the pan. They should not be there. Sludge is OK, but not shavings. The pistons are aluminum, the block is iron, and the brgs are babbit. The oil leak back there is not a big deal. All A s leak back there. We always...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Ford Model A tuneup, spark lever, moveable point
spark lever, moveable point, ford model: If you have a Model a, the first thing you have to do is get the Model A mechanics handbook, by Les andrews. It is a wonderful book and we all have a copy. cost is about $35 from MARC or any of the parts suppliers. Get the red one, not the green one. I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Model A Town Sedan gas tank cleaning, ferrous material, tank cleaning
ferrous material, tank cleaning, gas tank: Be careful of in line filters. On some, there is not enough pressure to force the fuel through them. Just drain the tank and try to flush it out with gas or kerocene. Get a stand-up filter that fits into the gas valve and will let gas pass even though there...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 Plymouth p8 turn signals, light bulbs, sensitive devices
light bulbs, sensitive devices, signal system: Most flashers are heat sensitive devices. That is the more current that passes through them the hotter they get and the more frequently they flash. So, if you have the system wired to small tail light bulbs they will flash slowly. They need to be wired through...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1947 International KB-2, test light, dead battery
test light, dead battery, voltmeter: Ok, a spark ignition engine needs electricity to run the ignition system. You will need to start at the battery and trace electricity with a voltmeter or a test light through the system. Probably you will need a new or at least a battery with a full charge....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1949 f1 horn location and mounting, ford v8, ford clubs
ford v8, ford clubs, model a ford: I know all about the Model A ford horn, but not yours. If you are trying to restore it and want the exact brkt, then you have to keep looking. Horn brkts are simple and just hold the horn in place. Make your own brkt if that is all you need. Or----find...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 willy's jeepster, aftermarket radio, current cut
aftermarket radio, current cut, radio work: What are you running for a charging system? A generator and a regulator? Remember that 6 volt generator charging systems do not produce current at idle.Instead if the current cut out relay has closed when you started the engine and then return to idle the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1951 Pontiac Radiator question, hemmings motor news, pontiac chieftain
hemmings motor news, pontiac chieftain, radiator shops: I have been been fortunate in that our local radiator guy is a fellow street rodder and he will recore just about anything. Than said latch onto a copy of Hemmings Motor News, the old car classified bible. www.hemmings.com. There are at least a dozen ads in...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1952 Cadillac 626-6 Volt Polarity, dc generator, gas tank
dc generator, gas tank, system history: Now this is only my opinion so do not rate me as a moron for my answer. If it was my car I would do everything I could to get the alternator working. An alternator will provide a more reliable voltage stream at lower engine speed than the heavier larger DC...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special, cadillac fleetwood, wd 40
cadillac fleetwood, wd 40, stop signs: High C E: Normally she should idle down when in drive. I think you may have a stuck automatic choke that s not kicking down after warm up. It may just need spraying with some WD-40 or better yet, some sillicone spray or it could be a bad air/fuel sensor that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 V8 automatic 352 CID, 1958 ford fairlane, ford fairlane 500
1958 ford fairlane, ford fairlane 500, clutch fan: A clutch fan is a device that goes in between the fan itself and the water pump pulley. It is a device that controls the speed of the fan. The 58 Ford has a relatively low engine idle speed meaning that the water pump is not turning very fast at idle. There...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500, ford galaxie 500, classic car owners
ford galaxie 500, classic car owners, hp v8: Hi Martha: Can you give me more information? For example... 1. How many miles on it? 2. Which version of the Galaxie is it? 4 Door Town Sedan 4 Door Town Victoria 4 Door Town Victoria 3. What size Engine? 260/164hp Falcon/fairlane...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 Ford drops out of gear, xl 500, detent
xl 500, detent, shift lever: This was a common problem with that era Fords. Ford fixed the problem with an insert for the owners manual advising the driver not to rely on park but to be sure to set the parking brake. There is a detent in the upper steering column for the shifter and when...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 Pontiac LeMans Transmission issues, 1964 pontiac lemans, dexron ii
1964 pontiac lemans, dexron ii, older cars: Hi David: I m sure there is some wear in the gears and that could cause hard shifting until warm. It take (especial old cars) a long time for the transmission fluid to move from the pan to the gears. If your filter is dirty, it could be taking longer than...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 corvette, blown head gasket, good luck jack
blown head gasket, good luck jack, combustion products: Be careful assuming that the new parts are good. I got bit on time assuming a condenser was good and it drove me crazy. The pump, cap and radiator are probably OK. Lets hope it is just a blown head gasket. Check that compression. Good luck jack One...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 cadillac, headlight switch, switch assembly
headlight switch, switch assembly, switch panel: If the fuse is on the headlight switch, it is better to remove the switch from the dash to get at it. there should be a small allen head set screw below the switch on the lower edge of the headlight switch panel. Remove the screw and lift upwards on the switch...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 mustang, solenoid problems, starter problems
solenoid problems, starter problems: Hey JR, Start by cranking the car while tapping on the solenoid bulging from the starter, sometimes they get bound up and stick. also, you may need to check the solenoid that the main cable (red power cable)goes to on the battery, its mounted next to your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Firebird No Spark at Coil, msd coil, test light
msd coil, test light, voltage regulator: If the points do not close when the cam is on the low point there will be no spark. You could have caught the wire to the points between the cap and the distributor body when you were having trouble getting the cap on. Pull the cap and check everything and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 mustang gt, good luck jack, mustang gt
good luck jack, mustang gt, ford car: Jeff, I don t know anything about your car and the probable prices. He sure helps that you have a mechanic in the family. He would know more about this than me. The prices have gone up on the muscle car parts in the past few years. If you can find a ford...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 Thunderbird, gear teeth, universal socket
gear teeth, universal socket, occassion: The problem is probably the starter drive. It might be grinding on the edge of the flywheel gear teeth and I would get it changed as soon as possible. The top bolt on the starter, and I assume that is the one that you are talking about, can be reached using...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 thunderbird, flywheel, occassion
flywheel, occassion, gears: Hi Chris: The grinding noise is most likely the gear on the starter rubbing against the flywheel, which one or both could be worn. Of it could be just mis-aligned. Check to make sure the gears are engaging properly and that the flywheel gears are not worn...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1969 ford ranchero, 1969 ford ranchero, vacuum leak
1969 ford ranchero, vacuum leak, vacuum line: The first thing that I would do is to take a compression test. It is possible that the head gasket has blown between those two cylinders. The next thing to check is for a vacuum leak in the intake manifold between those two runners where it bolts to the head....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 Buick Wildcat GEN light, 1970 buick wildcat, generator light
1970 buick wildcat, generator light, battery charges: Hi Craig: Your generator light should only come on for two reasons... 1. When the ignition switch is placed in the ON position 2. When the generator is not charging the battery Now, if we examine these two issues, we should be able to narrow it down...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, rolls royce silver shadow, royce silver shadow
rolls royce silver shadow, royce silver shadow, velocity joints: Hi Anthony: Well, this sounds a bit strange. I would want to know a little about the sound first... 1. If it is a clicking sound that occurs as the wheel turns(especially when moving slow), it could be as simple as the hub cap emblem is loose. 2. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1974 Beetle .... no spark, ron wolff, pushbutton switch
ron wolff, pushbutton switch, solenoid: Well lets see if we can sort this puppy out and make it growl. Now, take your test light and connect it to the - side of the coil to ground. Take off the distributor cap. Turn on the key. The light should be on when the points are open and off when the points...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 chevy camaro hot air, 1977 chevy camaro, chevy camaro
1977 chevy camaro, chevy camaro, rubber seals: I would check the rubber seals at the base of the steering column and the wiring grommets on the fire wall. Then I would check the action of the heater/AC controls to make sure that the temperature and air flow controls are doing what they should be doing....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 RR Silver Shadow II, cd models, replacement dash
cd models, replacement dash, ones that work: Hi Carl: You can get most bulbs at your local Auto Zone, but don t ask for RR parts, just have them match your old bulb. If Auto Zone doesn t have them, Napa will. I have a Sony AM/FM Cassette replacement in mine. If you stick with a Cassette, they will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1978 Sedan de Ville, generator light, cadallic
generator light, cadallic, speed check: Hi Ann: When your Generator light comes on it means the Generator is not sending enough electricity to the battery to recharge it. Most likely you just have a loose generator belt. Check to make sure the belt to the generator is good and tight. If not, have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1984 pontiac parisienne w/ water in the fuel, 1984 pontiac parisienne, pontiac parisienne
1984 pontiac parisienne, pontiac parisienne, water in the fuel: Hi Stephanie: You most likely have water in the fuel line, but you may still have water in the fuel tank as well. If this was just a small amount of water, a full tank of gas will dissolve/dilute any small amount of water remaining, so two gas wasn t enough...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1986 chrysler new yorker tubo 4 cyl, chrysler new yorker, oxygen sensor
chrysler new yorker, oxygen sensor, catalytic converter: It sounds very much like a plugged catalytic converter. A simple test is to remove the oxygen sensor. Then start the engine and see if it runs any better. If it does, removing the sensor has created a path for the exhaust to escape. Let me know the results....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1987 chevy celebrity 2.5, chevy celebrity, fuel injectors
chevy celebrity, fuel injectors, throttle body: Hi Michael: Yes. Or bad wires. Also, are the plug new? Make sue they are not fouled. And if it appears she want to want catch, but doesn t, it could be your timing. If she has jump timing, you could have a loose, slipping are broken timing belt. And finally,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 29 model a truck, combustion gasses, good luck jack
combustion gasses, good luck jack, coolant level: It could be the head gasket letting combustion gasses into the water jacket. That would cause what you experienced. If you read my big thing on the cooling system, that says it all. I think most of our radiators are plugged and we won t admit it. I m going...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 Bel Air?, lines tank, battery cable
lines tank, battery cable, plug wires: Hi Christi: Possibly. The backfiring is caused by unburned gas in the exhaust. So, either you have plugs that are not firing Or the timing could be off and the plugs are not firing at the right time. There is a very high chance your timing is off. Check and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 chev 265, table spoons, float bowl
table spoons, float bowl, cylinder walls: Ok, I have a procedure for starting an old car: 1. Remove the spark plugs and ad a couple of table spoons of oil into each cylinder. Then turn the engine over a few times to lubricate the cylinder walls. 2. Drain and refill the crankcase with fresh oil....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 impala tranny fluid leak, 283 engine, fluid leak
283 engine, fluid leak, transmission leak: Hi Ben: With no mechanic experience, I think you answered you own question. however, before spending any money, let s make sure you ve got a real problem. A transmission leak can mean a couple of things. 1. The seals are dry due to lack of driving. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Dodge Dart oil leak/shutdown, dodge dart, 225 slant 6
dodge dart, 225 slant 6, pan gasket: Hi Bonnie: Lots of details are good, especially with a problem like yours. Your symptoms are a bit unusual, but the first thing I would look at is the motor mounts. Sounds like one may have broken loose. If this is true, you would feel more shaking as you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Impala SS Steering, 64 impala ss, adjustment nut
64 impala ss, adjustment nut, cylinder rod: There is an adjustment nut on the end of the control valve. With the car on a lift or jacked up on safety stands, disconnect the power cylinder rod. Start the engine and adjust the nut until the rod moves one way or the other. Then turn the nut until the road...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 lincoln cont., overflow tube, clutch fan
overflow tube, clutch fan, water steam: Hi Brian: After reading what you have done, I begin to think you have covered everything that could be causing this. However, let me add one more possible cause of this problem... Did you flush the engine and radiator? You could have some blockage in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 CADILLAC, fuse box, great shape
fuse box, great shape, steering column: Hi Guy: Not sure what happen. Are you saying all the fuse currently in the box are good? If so, double-check the battery and make sure it just didn t go dead on you. There is a fuse that control the ignition, so check to make sure it isn t on a separate wire...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 Buick 350 Not running smooth above idle., distributor shaft, altenator
distributor shaft, altenator, magnetic switch: Ok, that tells me that the vacuum advance is working and that the breaker plate in the distributor is not worn and loose and wobbling. Do you have a welding torch set up or a propane torch? If so remove the air cleaner and add propane or acetylene slowly into...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 88 power steering on caddy, power steering fluid, engine firewall
power steering fluid, engine firewall, noise problem: Hi Sandy: You could be dripping power steering fluid on the engine or manifold, which is causing the smoking. The squealing noise is most like your power steering belt is loose. This need to be tighten and/or replaced. That should take care of the noise problem....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: alternator of 63 mercury monterey, mercury monterey, best bet
mercury monterey, best bet, old cars: Hi Wes: Many aftermarket parts have combined key feature that old cars made separate. This is OK, as long as the instructions explains how to disconnect the original voltage regulator. However, if you are trying to keep the car parts original, you may have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Breaks, tie rod ends, good luck jack
tie rod ends, good luck jack, sector shaft: It sounds like a shimmy problem. I just wrote to a guy about this. Here is what I told him. OK, here is what you do. Make sure the strg gear is adjusted at all three points. End play of the sector shaft, two tooth gear pushed all the way into the worm...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: A/C Compressor, impala ss, auto temp
impala ss, auto temp, engine temp: If the system is calling for heat or warm the fan will not come on until the engine temp is up to about 135 degrees F. It will come on all the time when moved to defrost or defog and then over ride on the way down. So, I will wait until next time. Bra...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Car books, chance garage, coffee stain
chance garage, coffee stain, lap of america: Actualy it is the coffee stain that is worth the money as the books can be found on E Bay and in yard sales. How are you, and I have thought of you often. We were routing for you when you were up against Ken Jennings. www.geezer34nh@yahoo.com. Please write...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Carbureter Idle Jet Adjustment, turn the screw, jet adjustment
turn the screw, jet adjustment, accelerator pedal: Your vintage truck is part of the reason that the industry went headlong feet first into the fuel injection poor in the early 80 s. We had so much trouble getting engines to run right as they were leaned out soooooo much trying to get the emissions down. Now...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Cylinder firing order for 1929 Model A Ford, model a ford, clock position
model a ford, clock position, firing order: I don t have my manual with me at the moment, but the #1 cyl is the front one and the distributor contact for it is at the 2 o clock position when viewed from above toward the front of car. If you stand on the left side of car and look at the dist., it is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: a car without a VIN number, chevy bel air, good luck jack
chevy bel air, good luck jack, vin number: Under the hood, look under the weatherstrip near the cowl, or any other place they have a piece of rubber mounted on sheet metal. We used to hide a vin number under the rubber part. Stamped in the metal and then painted. Also, look on the transmission for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Electrical ground, chev blazer, volt ohm meter
chev blazer, volt ohm meter, fuse box: The test light does not work on a vehicle with a computer as a test for drain. The computer stays alive al the time and is a drain of less than an amp on the battery all the time. The procedure is to use a digital volt ohm meter that also measure amps. Most...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, drive shaft, rubber mounts
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, drive shaft, rubber mounts, rear wheels

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 Buick 350 Not running smooth above idle., inlet manifold, gasket
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 Buick 350 Not running smooth above idle., inlet manifold, gasket

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Powerglide no drive or reverse, transmission case, control lever
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Powerglide no drive or reverse, transmission case, control lever, valve body

Classic/Antique Car Repair: fuel tank cleaning for a hot rod hobbyist, excess fuel, tank cleaning
excess fuel, tank cleaning, input area: Hi Kirk: It really depends on the fuel tank. Some tanks have a plug that can be removed to drain the excess fuel while the tank remains on the car. Other tanks don t, and must be drain from the gas input area after removing the tank from the car, which is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Generator Idiot Light, chevy el camino, voltage readings
chevy el camino, voltage readings, battery terminals: There a a diode in the alternator that controls this light and the charge rate for the alternator. It is called the diode trio and most of the time when the idiot light stays on but the alternator is charging it is the diode trio that is defective. Also make...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: hard starting when hot, carburetor repairs, chrysler windsor
carburetor repairs, chrysler windsor, needle valve: I have a hunch that the problem is in the carburetor. Take off the air cleaner and run the engine until it is hot. Then shut it off and look down into the carburetor bore using a flash light. If there is fuel dripping out of the jets you have a defect in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: ignition system, spark plug wires, line resistor
spark plug wires, line resistor, starter solenoid: You appear to have an open in the ignition wire coming from the ignition switch to the coil. There are two ignition turn on circuits. One runs from the S terminal on the starter solenoid to the coil and provides electricity to the coil when the key is in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Low beams won't work - high beams will, filament bulbs, double filament
filament bulbs, double filament, mercury marquis: The headlights in question, the outer two, are double filament bulbs and there is a good chance that just the bulbs are blown. And yes they can blow within a very short time of each other as they have burned the same length of time. If the bulb does not correct...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: miss fire, graham paige, miss fire
graham paige, miss fire, generator system: I would check the charging voltage with the lights on and the engine at road speed. If the voltage is low, below 6 volts, the generator system is suspect. This will limit the voltage available to the coil to fire the engine under load. If the voltage is ok...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: a model, good luck jack, generating power
good luck jack, generating power, alternator: Your cut out is sticking. It is probably running backwards too. It is acting like a motor instead of generating power. Get a new cut out, or try to fix the one you have. Then, get yourself an alternator. Most of our club members have changed to the alternator....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: mustang tranmission, dexron ii, classical cars
dexron ii, classical cars, transmission filter: Hi Jerry: Sounds like the transmission is overdue for a fluid change. If the fluid haven t been change in 15 years, change it and the filter as well. Most likely the problem may be a clogged transmission filter that required the transmission to warm up before...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Operation of headlamps 1963 T-Bird, 1963 ford thunderbird, beam headlights
1963 ford thunderbird, beam headlights, ford thunderbird: Each of the two outer headlamps have two filaments. The inner bulbs only have one. When the low beam headlights are on the two outer bulbs then run the low beam filament. When you switch to high beam the outer switch to high beam and the two inner bulbs light...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: overheating 66 pontiac, radiator hoses, engine coolant
radiator hoses, engine coolant, flat head screw: You should make sure anti-freeze and water flows through it freely and you flush should be a high-pressure flush to check for small leaks around the head gaskets, radiator and the hoses. The radiator itself could be the problem. Make sure air can get to it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Packard 120 vibration damper, vibration damper, center bolt
vibration damper, center bolt, visual test: The only test that I know of a visual test once the damper is off the car. Make sure that the rubber has not dried out and is coming apart. Make sure that the rivet holding it together are tight and not loose. And make sure that it fits the crankshaft snugly...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Powerglide no drive or reverse, 4 quarts, shaft seal
4 quarts, shaft seal, aluminum case: I am afraid that it sounds like the torque converter slipped when installing the transmission. This might have caused the drive fingers on the converter hub to jam the front pump. I think that you would be wise to pull the transmission. Before doing this drop...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Powerglide Transmission, 55 chev, oil level
55 chev, oil level, problem thanks: The fill procedure for this transmission is to put in three quarts and then start the engine. Then add fluid until it is full on the stick/ Now if it leaks when putting in the first three quarts a visual check should locate the leak. If it leaks and you have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rear brake drum 1954 dodge coronet, rear drums, brake job
rear drums, brake job, brake drum: Short of using a torch to cut the drums off the car a wheel puller is the way to go. I have had to on occasions used a torch to warm up the part of the hub that goes right around the axle to break the grip of the tapered shaft. Apply the heat while the puller...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rear callipers, good luck jack, corvette car
good luck jack, corvette car, rear brakes: I m sorry, but I know little about calipers on a vette. Try to find a service manual for your car, or a corvette car club. They would have all the answers and you might get your question answered on the net. Anytime you have brake fluid leaking, that is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: rings or valves, manifold vacuum, piston rings
manifold vacuum, piston rings, 55 chevy: At this point without a compression test my guess is that it is mostly Valve guides and or seals. That is indicated by the smoke under deceleration when intake manifold vacuum is the highest. Some times an examination of the spark plugs will give a clue. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: System not charging, napa store, light harness
napa store, light harness, positive cable: OK, lets go step by step. With the engine idling remove the green lead (small wire) from the alternator. Connect a voltmeter to the output side of the alternator. Now using a jumper wire ground the alternator terminal that had the green wire. The voltage should...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: starter trouble, playing russian roulette, chevy pickup
playing russian roulette, chevy pickup, 700r4: Hi Daniel: It sound very much like you have worn bushings in the starter. I m guessing the starter is pretty old? If so the bushings are worn on one side, and when you get pass the bad spot, she kicks over. The clicking sound means you still have some contact...just...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: steering wheel change, steering wheels, steering wheel
steering wheels, steering wheel, steering column: The last one that I did like this I bought an adapter from one of the companies that sells after market steering wheels. The adapter did fit the steering column but I had to do a little machine work to the steering wheel to fit the adapter. Google steering...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: VOLTAGE CONVERSION, volt bulbs, voltage conversion
volt bulbs, voltage conversion, light bulbs: Jason what that means is that you will have to install a new alternator in place of the generator. Then rewire the car to accept the alternator and then remove the regulator for the generator. With that done then the ignition system will need a resistor so...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vacuum laek, vacuum leak, head gaskets
vacuum leak, head gaskets, head bolts: Jimmy, I can t e mail you without your address. Mine is jackbahmlll@yahoo.com Those are L s at the end of my name. Check the torque of you head bolts and make sure they are still tight. A small vacuum leak in the intake area will cause you to loose idle...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: front wheel wobble, tie rod ends, good luck jack
tie rod ends, good luck jack, steering stabilizer: OK, here is what you do. Make sure the strg gear is adjusted at all three points. End play of the sector shaft, two tooth gear pushed all the way into the worm gear, and the excentric sp??? adjustment. This is the one that is hard to get to, but it alligns...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1930 Ford Model A Roadster, head gasket problem, combustion gasses
head gasket problem, combustion gasses, model a roadster: Since this only happens when the engine is loaded and pulling hard, I think this probably is a head gasket problem or a crack in the head. A compression check will only find leaks that are present when the engine is not running. The test you need to do...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 Model A Ford starting problems, spark plug gap, blown fuse
spark plug gap, blown fuse, movable arm: With the key on, take the cap off and see if the movable arm of the points is hot when it is in the open position. It should be hot when not touching anything. If it is hot, then you must get a spark as they close because the fixed part of the points is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 Dodge---convert from 6 to 12 volt, altinator, voltage reducer
altinator, voltage reducer, wiring scheme: You need to decide what alt first and then go on its wiring scheme (internal reg, ext, intergrated, etc) As for as assy, get a voltage reducer (JC Whitney) and run 6-8 volts to these. I always used 8 volts for improved performance on heater and fan. Gauges...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1949 Chevy truck steering, chevy truck, steering box
chevy truck, steering box, tie rods: Definitely. On the steering box itself there is a slotted stem with a lock down nut. Loosen the nut and slowly screw the tensioner in while someone lightly moves the wheel back and forth. This all of course presumes all is well in the front end. Idler...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1951 Chevy Heater Core Bypass, antifreeze leak, chevy car
antifreeze leak, chevy car, cubic inch engine: Remove both hoses from heater core. Then remove one hose completely and then attach the end of the other where you removed the first. This makes a complete loop of water bypassing the core. Be aware this reduces your cooling capacity and should not drive like...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1954 Chevy 210 w 235Ci and powerglide, noel noel, volume check
noel noel, volume check, pressure and volume: noel you are probably on the right track thinking fuel pump. However I would start with a fuel filter change. If the carburetor is original there is a porous brass filter in the inlet of the carburetor. Check for an external filter. If the filters are OK then...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 Chevy Bel Air, chevy bel air, octane booster
chevy bel air, octane booster, 1955 chevy bel air: Unleaded gas is inevitable. Just keep an ear to the engine. If it starts to knock, you may need to add an octane booster. I personnally have never needed to. How do you know the line is clogged and not other more likely possibilities such as you sucked...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 failane ignition, high tension wire, jumper wire
high tension wire, jumper wire, car stock: Thomas, Looking for spark at the points will not likely tell you much. I would use a timing light to check for spark while cranking with everything put together normally, or pull a plug and with the wire connected touch the threads to ground while cranking...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 Packard Clipper Constillation, radial tires, shock absorbers
radial tires, shock absorbers, self leveling suspension: The automatic levelling system is well described in the shop manual for the car, which is available from automotive literature dealers - I use Ed Faxon at www.faxonautolit.com, but there are many others. I have an identical car to yours, and I can tell...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 ply, radiator repair shop, plymouth belvedere
radiator repair shop, plymouth belvedere, heater cores: I have found heater cores for the popular older cars on eBay, but if you don t see any there, you can take the old core in to your local radiator repair shop and have them repair it or re-core it for probably less money than buying a new one. Recored heater...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 buick special headlight switch, screw driver, flat tip
screw driver, flat tip, headlight switch: Rick, I am not familiar with this particular model, but many cars of this vintage had a release clip within the knob, which is disengaged by using a sharp tool up the shaft into the back of the knob. This is usually the hardest part. Once the knob is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1958 plymouth rear leakly mail seal, wire hook, assembly lube
wire hook, assembly lube, coil wire: Tim, if my memory hasn t failed me, this is a rope type main seal. You can buy a kit to remove the old rope seal and install a new one. It has a screw-in puller rod and a Chinese handcuff type of installation tool. It s called a Sneaky Pete , and is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1961 Ford Country Sedan, chrome bezel, ford country
chrome bezel, ford country, key fit: When the car was new, the door and ignition keys were one number, and the tailgate (trunk on a sedan) and glove box lock keys were a different number (if it has a lock on the glove box - not every trim level did). To make it clear; the ignition/door key was...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1961 Pontiac Ventura Steering Box, worm screw, 1961 pontiac ventura
worm screw, 1961 pontiac ventura, alignment shop: No, definitely not! There is a serious problem in your steering box. Don t drive the car that way, have it towed to an alignment shop to have it diagnosed. If you have to drive it, go very slowly, on deserted streets, and be prepared to stop quickly...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 Impala headlight switch removal, chevy club, set screw
chevy club, set screw, spring clip: I m sorry, but I am a Model A guy and don t know much about your car. If there is no set screw, then look for a spring clip that has to be released to get the knob off. I don t think it will just unscrew. Sorry. Find a chevy club on the net and ask them....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 Mercedes 190c, gas fumes, pistons
gas fumes, pistons, mercedes: HI Justin: Sounds like you need a ring job. You have gas seeping into the oil and that can only happen through the rings around the pistons. Also the white from the exhaust means the anti-freeze is also getting pass the rings as well. You definitely need...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 t- bird steering, dirty overalls, chain outfits
dirty overalls, chain outfits, alignment shop: Yes, the toe has to be set to zero to prevent wandering with radial tires. My advice is to take the car to a front end alignment shop that likes to work on old cars and have them diagnose and fix whatever they find wrong. If you happen to be in the San...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang brake light problem, turn signal switch, brake light switch
turn signal switch, brake light switch, tail lamps: I can certainly agree that putting a known correct and properly working turn signal switch on the car is a good idea. At the very least, it will eliminate some of the possibilities that could be lurking in this problem. The wiring for the rear turn signals...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Mustang Shelby Gt350, detergent action, mustang shelby
detergent action, mustang shelby, delo 400: For the engine, I prefer Chevron RPM-Delo 400 15W40 Diesel rated oil, unless the engine has just been rebuilt and not yet broken in. If that is the case, use a racing oil from Valvoline or Castrol with ZDDP additive to assist in breaking in the new camshaft...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 T-Bird gas tank, exact reproduction, joyce joyce
exact reproduction, joyce joyce, gas tank: Joyce, you will have to ask the people reproducing the tank why that is. It could be that they say the exact reproduction is the same outside dimensions, but there could be a different way of venting the tank or the internal baffles that changes the capacity....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1968 Cadillac Door Panels, interior door panel, dvap
interior door panel, dvap, correct materials: I can suggest 3 vendors to contact - all are known to do good work. If they don t have the patterns in stock, they may want your old ones to copy. The vendors are: www.justdashes.com www.smsautofabrics.com www.originalauto.com That last one, Original...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1969 Lincoln Mark III, lincoln mark iii, motor mounts
lincoln mark iii, motor mounts, first thoughts: Hi Dan: My first thoughts are the Motor Mounts . Were new motor mounts installed? And were they installed correctly. Also, the universal can also cause this problem, if it is out of balance. If the universal was not removed from the transmission during the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 Cuda 340, vacuum hoses, holley 750
vacuum hoses, holley 750, vacuum leak: As I say in bold type in my intro on this site, I know NOTHING about modified cars, so I really don t have any business trying to help here, but since this is a new problem for you, I can guess that you have developed a serious vacuum leak. To prove this,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 Olds 98, skilled mechanic, leak down test
skilled mechanic, leak down test, unrelated issues: The carburetor and the timing are totally separate and unrelated issues - so I m having a bit of trouble understanding your question - can you give me a little more information - especially what the symptoms are and what the troubleshooting history and condition...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1984 cadillac alternator, cadillac eldorado, amp alternator
cadillac eldorado, amp alternator, batterry: Your question is way out of my area of knowledge here, I m an antique and classics guy. However, I happen to have an 81 Imperial with a 100 AMP alternator as standard equipment, though (it came with a very high performance stereo system also, for that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 235 engine timing marks, hydraulic lifter, cam gear
hydraulic lifter, cam gear, keyway: OK I understand. The timing gears must be aftermarket gears - but I still can t understand why they would have omitted the timing dots on the gears. Did you look at the back side of the cam gear? Maybe the machine shop pressed the cam gear on backwards....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 401 buick rear main seal replacement, neoprene seal, main bearing cap
neoprene seal, main bearing cap, seal replacement: I don t know of any easy way to do this. To get a really good job, you need to remove the engine and turn it over in an engine stand, remove the pan and crankshaft so you can see what you are doing. Then clean everything to spotless brand new condition, and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 48 PACKARD AND 46 HUDSON, mocksville nc, bill hirsch
mocksville nc, bill hirsch, google search: I believe you are the first questioner I have ever had that is older than me! (And this is after about 4000 of these Q&As since I joined the pre-cursor to this service way back when the internet was still in diapers). But, you ve only got me beat by 2 years....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 Packard Windshield Gasket, windshield glass, packards
windshield glass, packards, great cars: I looked up the numbers in the Steele Rubber catalog. The windshield gasket for the 55-57 Chevy with brightwork trim around the windshield is their number 60-266-50 For the 55-56 Packards it is 30-270-50 (and costs almost 5X the price)! As for the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 plymouth 350 big block with a leaky rear main seal, main bearings, mopar engines
main bearings, mopar engines, mail: Hi, Tim; The first thing to do is make sure where the leak really is. Mopar engines are famous for leaking down the back of the block from either a poor sealing valley cover or a leaking oil sender - in either case, it looks like the oil is coming from...