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Classic/Antique Car Repair: dead cylinders 1966 ford 289, Low compression diagnosis
Low compression diagnosis: Hello Roger, Several thoughts come to mind regarding your car. You didn t mention if you read the spark plugs for color, deposits or oil fouling. Matching plug condition to the dead cylinders is a first step toward diagnosing the problem. Second, consider...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Fender Repair 1966 Impala SS, fender repair, impala ss
fender repair, impala ss, rust free: Hello Bob, I m assuming for my answer that you ll be removing your paint down to bare metal for your repaint. A skilled bodyman ought to be able to take care of that dent with a minimum of filler and/or distortion. I would go with the replacement fender...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: generator light, jumper wire, generator light
jumper wire, generator light, guy answer: On any alternator the field terminal should draw no more current than a tail light bulb. So, if it drew enough to melt your jumper wire it tells me that there is a short inside the alternator, either the rotor or a shorted brush holder. Now when we rebuild...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Identify old axle, chevy van, wheel cylinder
chevy van, wheel cylinder, casting numbers: Just from the photo s it looks like early 60 s Chev Nova or early Chevy van. Are there any casting numbers on the housing? If there are any numbers, marks or symbols snap a picture and send them along. Brad I was thumbing through some manuals the other night...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Identify old axle, question pool
question pool: Hello Lou, I couldn t find your question in the Question Pool. Could it be located elsewhere? I monitor the pool regularly and don t recall seeing the question recently? It would be very helpful if you could send me some pictures, particularly of any...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: MGB starter not turning, starter solenoid, test light
starter solenoid, test light, question thanks: Connect a voltmeter or a test light to the terminal on the starter solenoid that runs from the ignition switch. Turn the key and the test light should light or the voltmeter show battery voltage. If there is no light or voltage the problem is the ignition...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: no spark, good luck jack, ford model
good luck jack, ford model, vehical: The power goes from the passenger side of the coil up to the ignition switch, then down to the distributor and finds it way to the movable point arm without ever being grounded. Make sure of this. To jump start it, use a 12 volt battery with jumper cables...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: transmission, chrysler transmission fluid
chrysler transmission fluid: Hello Bill, Good question as there have been many changes in transmissions over the years which affect transmission fluid. Back when the car was new, Dextron was the recommended fluid and is still OK today. However, you can replace it with it s modern equivalent,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: unlock steering, 1970 dodge challenger, dodge challenger
1970 dodge challenger, dodge challenger, pawl: There is only one thing I can think of, and it is hard to explain. With the key in the lock, put a load on it to turn it to the on position, then, at the same time try to turn the steering wheel one way and then the other. Sometimes, when the key is turned...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1926 starter for a nash floor petal, blown head gasket, pressure foot
blown head gasket, pressure foot, splash pan: I can think of two major possibilities here. The first is that there a direct short circuit in the starter. The second is that the engine is bound up. If I had this car in my shop I would diagnose it this way. I wound remove the spark plugs and attempt to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 model a, jumper cables, ground cable
jumper cables, ground cable, 12v battery: Hook a 12v battery to your battery and see if it will spin the engine over. There is a big voltage drop in today s 12 v. jumpers, so you can t jump 6v to 6v. Put the car in 3rd gear and push it backwards to make sure the starter pinion is not jammed in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 Model A Ford generator, good luck jack, model a ford
good luck jack, model a ford, ammeter: Al, be sure to order the mechanics handbook for model A s. The red book. About $35. We all have it and use it a lot. Also, go to blurb dot com and search for my name. I just wrote a book on the A called get a horse . You can read the whole book on line under...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 Fluid Drive, chrysler club, melton
chrysler club, melton, 1941: Hello Melton, I m sorry, I ve never had the manual you seek. Could it be someone else in this forum? Failing that, check with your local chapter of the Walter P Chrysler club. Someone there is sure to have the manual and could likely help you with any...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: my 1948 Dodge Deluxe fluid drive won't start, fly wheel, button switch
fly wheel, button switch, start button: Hello Cesar, You ve got a complex question here with very little information to guide me. So, let s start at the beginning with the grinding noise. Is the engine turning over when the noise is made or is it not. (the starter is making a grinding sound...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1948 willys pickup truck, rear axle ratio, cubic inch engine
rear axle ratio, cubic inch engine, axle ratio: It is not the transmission that will give you what you want, it is the differential rear axle ratio. There was however an overdrive unit that was offered for these trucks when new but the small 226 cubic inch engine is a but sluggish to wind the this truck...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 47 Nash Coil, 1947 Nash coil repair
1947 Nash coil repair: Hello Bob, I ve had the same dilemma on my Packard. Here s what I did: The flange seems to be the best component to attack. I took a Dremel with the cut-off wheel attachment and cut the flange off right where it meets the cable. If you re careful, you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 71 rolls corniche nuetral safty, starter wire, safty
starter wire, safty, consul: the starting circuit is a bit more involved then that. If you would like I can copy the relevant diagrams and send them to you, having those in hand would make diagnosing far easier. I would require $25 for the copies. phone consul time is free. regards JM...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Cooling, laser thermometer, temperature gage
laser thermometer, temperature gage, radiator cap: My first step would be to remove the thermostat and make sure that it was not installed backwards. I would then put it into a pan of water on the kitchen stove with a thermometer in the pan. The thermostat should be marked with the opening temperature. Make...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Fuel Gauge Sending Wire, gage wire, copper tube
gage wire, copper tube, fuel gauge: If the rest of the wire is solid a piece of wire can be soldered on to it. I would use a piece of 14 gage wire. I make connectors out of 3/16th inch copper tube. Cut a piece of tube about 3/4 inch long. Strip the wire back about 1/4 inch back and fit the wire...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: headlight/mirror combo., j c whitney, plymouth product
j c whitney, plymouth product, rear view mirror: This was an accessory item that came out after the second world war. If I am right it has a clamp or clip that attached to the door. I am not sure but I believe that Chrysler Corp marketed them as well as the predicessor of J. C. Whitney and others. Check...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Manual for headlight aimer, headlight alignment, headlight aimer
headlight alignment, headlight aimer, alignment tool: It was a common tool back in the late 1950 s to about the mid 1990 s when the body shaped headlights were introduced. Most every shop, at least the ones doing state mandated safety inspections, had and used. I think that I might have one of the manuals for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: mgb water pump belt breaking, jaguar, Rolls-Royce
jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley: Good Morning Peter, I think you may have accidentally selected the wrong category for your question...so at the bottom of my response, I have a couple suggestions that might help you. For starters, I have volunteered to answer questions that relate...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Pontiac V8, Pontiac V-8 lineage
Pontiac V-8 lineage: Jorge, Hope you made a big bet on this as you re right! Stock engine for a 1949 Pontiac was either a straight six or 8. If there is a V8 in a 1949 Pontiac, it was transplanted there from a later car. Pontiac s V-8 came out about 1955, was unique to the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1967 mustang, kitchen magnet, wiggly worms
kitchen magnet, wiggly worms, rust problems: Boy, this subject can be a whole bucket of wiggly worms. First the Mustang has become a very collectable car drawing some big bucks. The range of price as far as I am concerned would be from $5,000 to well over $25,000. This series Mustangs had some major...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 31 Packad starter, good luck jack, bolt
good luck jack, bolt, bolts: I don t know anything about your Packard, but a Model A starter is held in with three large bolts. I doubt that yours is held in with only one bolt. Look around closely and I think you will find more. Sorry I can t help you. Get a Model A and have some...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: low brake fluid, floor situation, brake job
floor situation, brake job, brake fluid: Hi John: I think you may have communicated with another expert, as I don t recall the process you describe or solution you describe. Please send or reply to my original response, so can see what the original problem was. In any case, NEVER PUT DOT 3 BRAKE...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vehicle will turn off, Engine run-on
Engine run-on: Hello Bob, You didn t state HOW the car fails to shut off: 1) Does it simply keep running smoothly on when you turn of the ignition? 2) Does it Diesel or keep chugging roughly after shutoff but eventually stops? If it s the latter, excess carbon...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: wiring schematic for fuel gauge, 1969 ford ranchero, fuel gauge
1969 ford ranchero, fuel gauge, shop manuals: Hello Lisa, Wiring diagrams and repair procedures are usually found in shop manuals which can be found either online or on ebay. You might question the expense for just this one problem but if you re keeping the car, a shop manual will prove valuable time...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1970 Pontiac Firebird
Well there are only three things that an engine needs to run well, compression, fuel, and spark. I would probably start with the ignition system checking the points and the point gap. I would check the breaker plate for wear. If this is worn then the car...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Engine Cuts Out
The several times that I have had engines act like this it has been something floating around in the fuel tank that gets sucked into the fuel line opening. When the engine stalls and the car sits the vacuum in the fuel line breaks, the garbage floats away...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Engine Cuts Out
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Engine Cuts Out

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Old Jaguar Hood Ornament
Hi Kyle, That s sounds interesting....but I don t think Jaguar built cars that far back in time....or if they did, I don t know if they shipped any to the U.S. Send the pictures...and I ll see if any of the restorers we know...can tell what it is. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: SPEEDOMETER REPAIR
Sorry I m so late getting back to you. I m in South Carolina and don t have the info with me. Not used very often. The 13 pages are too big to e mail as an image, but I can fax them to you when I get back to Mi. (Mid Nov.) I need your fax number. The...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1956 Olds oil pump
You are on the right track but my first suspect would be the pressure relief valve itself. I would check to make sure that it was not stuck in the bore. Like rusted from sitting on a shelf. I live in southwest Florida and we have a major problem with rust...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1964 dart, 1964 Dodge Dart
1964 Dodge Dart: Hello Gerald, Excellent choice in a car!! I ve had both 1966 (very similar to yours) and a 1967. I m currently looking for 3rd! 3 engines were available for this car in 1964: 170 S6, 225 S6 and 273 V8. Any could have been originally installed but...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Classic Car hard starting when engine is warm
Your problem is pretty unusual. However, once the starter bushings kicks in, they turn the starter and flywheel at normal speed. However, their is a little known problem that you are describing that occurs when a battery to starter cable(hot/red cable)...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Classic Car hard starting when engine is warm
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Classic Car hard starting when engine is warm

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Maintaining older cars
I believe the same as you do. My car is a 1982 Benz diesel and my pick up truck is a 1992 Ford. Now this is my own personal opinion, but I do not believe in additives and now do do not use them. I used to use a product that had Teflon a couple of dozen years...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Noise from rear end
As strange as it may sound, you will hear more noises when the car is on stands than you will driving down the road. That said I would make sure that all the fluids are up to snuff and then wait till you get the car on the ground and listen for noises. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: starting issues
OK, so the car does not crank, am I right? Npw this is way far out but it happened to me once on a car that I was working on and I saw another mechanic do it. On your six cylinder engine the water pump has at least two different length bolts. Several long...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Starting issues
hi Jeff: Make sure the cable isn t touching any other metal component. That will short it out and create sparks that will make it melt. Also, if the cable is getting that hot naturally, it is bad or the wrong gauge cable for the battery and starter....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1941 lincoln vacuum line
You can indeed tap anywhere in the manifold that has vacuum for this line. And as it has an aftermarket manifold you do not have to worry about some wise guy at a show pointing with glee and exclaming for the world to hear that he has found a boo boo in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1953 chevy lifters
Now you are taxing the old gray matter that is located between my ears. I am not sure that this conversion is possible. The lifters need full oil pressure from the main oil galley. There are drilled holes from the galley to each lifter bore in the hydraulic...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Electrical
Oh boy! Electrical problems after some one has Mickey Moused the system can be a real night mare. This is one that I would start by isolating circuits one by one until I found the one causing the problem. That means that I would start by disconnecting the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Interchangable parts
I can t help you with this question. What year is your car? I don t know what a commode A is. The 28 and 29 had most things common, and the same for the 30 31. If you intend to restore it, I suggest you join MARC, or MAFCA, and a local club if there...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Repair Shop
The best you can do is find a Model A club and join them. They would have all the answers. There is a MARC club at: Palm Beach A s Valerie Langer 17737 122nd drive, N. Jupiter, Fl. 33478 561 746 6641 That s not too far and I m sure they can get you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1973 Chevy Impala won't start, 1973 chevy impala, starter solenoid
1973 chevy impala, starter solenoid, chevy impala: Hello Preachreese: First, check wiring from the battery to the starter motor. If OK, check the starter by temporarily connecting the primary (small terminal) on the starter solenoid (the round canister on top of the starter)to the large terminal. If the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1987 ford ltd crown vic, crown vic, ford ltd
crown vic, ford ltd, car fire: Hello Amanda: If you are smelling gas, you most likely have one or more leaky fuel injectors. This would cause it to run terrible, as not enough fuel is getting into the cylinders. Leaky fuel injector can cause a car fire, so have them check right away...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1988 F150 trunk, turn signals, hazard lights
turn signals, hazard lights, directionals: There are two separate flashers in this truck, one for the directional and one for the 4 way flashers. If the 4 ways work and the directionals do not it indicates that the directional flasher is not working or that the directional fuse is blown. Remove the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Car model, 63 impala, nascar circuit
63 impala, nascar circuit, galaxy 500: The basic differences is the roof line. Also known as the Fastback. In 1963 the Galaxy 500 was introduced with the box-style roof and a 407 ci engine. Chevy was beating Ford on the NASCAR circuit with the 63 Impala, so mid year Ford introduced the 63...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: charging problem, MOPAR voltage regulator
MOPAR voltage regulator: Hello Kevin, Sorry for the delayed reply--I ve been out of town. Your problem sure sounds like a voltage regulator and could lie in the manufacturer of the part rather than electronic vs. points. There s a lot of substandard electrical parts sold by the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: clutch plate frozen, clutch plate, clutch fork
clutch plate, clutch fork, throwout bearing: First check to make sure that outboard end of the clutch fork is not hitting the bell housing. If that is not the case then, well I hate to say it but if the job was in my shop and the clutch would not depress with foot pressure I would have the transmission...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: cooling system, antifreeze coolant, radiator cap
antifreeze coolant, radiator cap, head gasket: Good Morning: Sadly my reference library does not have much in the way of Italian cars. And I never worked on them very much. So I cannot pinpoint the exact trouble with the heater having hot in the inlet and cold on the outlet. However that said here is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Electrical, glass body, 1958 corvette
glass body, 1958 corvette, speed switch: Nice Car! Well, most of the time when you mount an electrical component to the body of the car it is grounded through the metal body back to the battery. However the Corvette is a fiber glass body so each and every component must have a ground wire attached...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: headlights, center pin, steering wheel
center pin, steering wheel, light switch: Be sure to get les andrews book on how to fix the A. Great book that we all have and use. About $35 from Marc or any supplier. Take off the bail at the base of the column and pull off the light switch. It is probably loose or bent or jammed in there. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: heater shut off valve., pontiac chieftain, good luck jack
pontiac chieftain, good luck jack, gm car: If you can find out what kind of valve it is, you may be able to find a generic one. If it is vacuum operated as many were, or a simple lever operated one. I am not familiar with you car. I know Model A s. Try to find a Pontiac, or gm car club and ask them....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: IAT Ignition System, charging systems, numbering system
charging systems, numbering system, three letters: The ignition and charging systems in that era Chrysler built cars was manufactured by Auto-Lite. The parts numbering system that Auto-Lite used started with three letters a hyphen or a space and then a number. So, the number stamped on the data plate on a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: repairs & mechanics, chrysler club, good luck jack
chrysler club, good luck jack, car mechanic: Wow, that s a tough question for a model A guy in the mid west. Go to the chrysler club site and try to make contact with someone there for advice. It s called the Walter p chrysler club. I ll look for the link. Just google Walter p chrysler and the site...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: RR Silver Shadow Brakes, accessory power, silver shadow
accessory power, silver shadow, empty lot: Hi Steve: If the fluid levels are normal, I would perform one more test. Take the car to an empty lot and while driving, turn the ignition off then hit the brakes to see if you have any at all. If the pedal goes to the floor, you need to have the accumulator...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Where to sell my car, hemmings motor news, whole life
hemmings motor news, whole life, appraisers: The first thing that I would advise is to get an appraisal done on the car. There are appraisers listed in a publication called Hemmings motor News/ You can access that publication on line at Hemmings.com. Hemmings is also the largest and best known old car...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1939 Ford Coupe standard bench seat, lebaron bonney, bench seat
lebaron bonney, bench seat, ford coupe: I have checked all of my suppliers of new and remanufactured parts and no one has that front seat. I did find one used listed for sale at fordbarn.com from a member in North Carolina and he was asking $350.00 but would not ship. The standard and the deluxe...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 T-Bird First Start -up after sitting a few days ., stock distributor, stock coil
stock distributor, stock coil, electronic distributor: To better understand this problem let me ask a question or two. First what kind of electronic ignition did you install? is it one of the aftermarket units that installs inside the stock distributor and uses the stock coil? If so the brand and part number if...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1979 1/2 commemorative model ranchero, white paint, paint job
white paint, paint job, ranchero: I lived through that period of history as an automotive writer for several major newspapers and auto tech magazines. As such was privy to a lot of the inside workings of the automotive companies. Now that said, lets get to the 79 1/2 Ranchero. As you know...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Battery drain - generator shorting, model a ford, terminal post
model a ford, terminal post, battery problem: I think the gen is ok. My first guess is a battery problem. When they get three yrs old, things can happen inside. Make sure you have a good batt. Charge it and let it sit for a few days, assuming you can do without your A for that long. My guess is that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Key switch on a 69 camaro, 69 camaro, camaro
Classic/Antique Car Repair: Key switch on a 69 camaro, 69 camaro, camaro

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Key switch on a 69 camaro, 69 camaro, key switch
69 camaro, key switch, steering column: Archie, I think you ve got the leads on the back of the switch reversed. Try switching them and I think your problem will be solved. I realize that this involves partial disassembly of the steering column but will be necessary to check this out. Thanks,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: I have a part i dont know what it is, vacuum gauge, gm part number
vacuum gauge, gm part number, pontiac performance: I have several other thoughts about this piece. There was a Pontiac in the late 50 s that had a radio speaker mounted under the center of the dash in a pod very much like this. It had a chrome mesh grille on it. There was also a GM car that had a vacuum gauge...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 ford murray 3 window, moveable point, youtube video
moveable point, youtube video, test light: I have a youtube video on troubleshooting. Search for it under jackbahm. You just have to trace down the prob. Check the fuse. With key off, you should have power on both sides of the coil. I assume you have a test light. If not, make one. Just a bulb and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1948 dodge, dodge car, battery cables
dodge car, battery cables, fuel system: Sounds very much like the starter drive has failed. This can be replaced without replacing the entire starter. However the starter must be removed in order to replace the drive unit. But first check the battery making sure that it is fully charged and all...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1961 impala, chevrolet club, classic chevrolet
chevrolet club, classic chevrolet, speed powerglide: Hello Chad, You indeed seem to be missing parts. Best way to fix is to get a 1961 Chevrolet Shop manual which has pictures and/or diagrams of the linkages. Then, check with a local transmission shop that has experience with this transmission for assistance...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1988 Buick Riviera, classic car auctions, national auto dealers
classic car auctions, national auto dealers, buick riviera: The first place that I look when asked to give a value statement on cars of this vintage is the NADA (National Auto Dealers Assn)value guide. I did check on your car (http://www.nadaguides.com/Classic-Cars/1988/Buick/Riviera-T-Type/2-Door-Coupe/Values) and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68Tbird self vinyl roof replacement, Vinyl Top removal
Vinyl Top removal: Hello Solomon, Go with the pros. While you can do this yourself given enough practice, you d be far better off to remove the rest of the top to prevent any rust from eating through the roof sheet metal. (Expensive repair!) It s also advisable to remove...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Adhesive for Vinyl Seat, 67 ford, soft trim
67 ford, soft trim, ford ranger: My old stand by for soft trim is 3 M brand Trim Adhesive . I use the spray can. Then I cut the piece that I am going to glue on to fit. Then trace the outline of the piece of material onto a paper bag and cut it out. Lay the paper bag on the place where the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Brakes, jensen healeys, interior wood trim
jensen healeys, interior wood trim, austin healeys: I think you may have accidentally selected the wrong category...so at the bottom of my response, I have a couple suggestions that might help you. For starters, I have volunteered to answer questions that relate to “Automotive Wooden Interior Trim” - specifically...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: dist., model a ford, liquid wrench
model a ford, liquid wrench, bahm: Loosen the lock nut on the side of the head behind the exhaust manifold, then loosen the screw. This screw locks in the dist. It should lift out then. If it is stuck, then pry it up with a screwdriver. They do break sometimes when they are really stuck....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: model A stater, hand crank, moving car
hand crank, moving car, cold start: Richard, just put the car in third and push hard backwards. The pinion is just jammed in the ring gear. Push hard. To prevent this in the future, don t let up on the starter once you push on it until the engine starts. If you hesitate and hit it a second...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1928 Ford model a fordor, Ford Model A FORDOR
Ford Model A FORDOR: Hello Dom, Sorry for the delayed reply. I hope I m not too late for your essay. There s a lot of information on line about these cars but a brief summary is this: 1) Closed cars became the in thing during the 1920 s so Model A Fordors were among the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1929 Ford backfires, lacks power, head gasket, point gap
head gasket, point gap, gasket: I don t think the head gasket is the problem. Check the timing, point gap and the points. Also make sure the plugs are not black and fuzzy. Fouled. There is the putside chance that it is a bad condenser, but I doubt it. jack Let me know what you find....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1974 Pontiac GrandVille bumper fillers, Pontiac Bumper fillers
Pontiac Bumper fillers: Hello Peter, I m sorry but I would have gone to the same sources as you. Given the difficulty of getting new ones, have you tried the various Pontiac parts sources in Hemmings Motor News? Your only other alternative may be to find a NOS (New Old Stock)...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: carb fuel line conector, napa auto parts, old school 2
napa auto parts, old school 2, rochester carb: I have an assortment of those inlets. Please drop me a direct e mail and I will give you my phone number, or get my phone number from Tony and we will get together. Understand why I do not give my phone number here, But my e mail is sears.brad@gmail.co...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Crankshaft pulley replacement, crankshaft pulley, crank pulley
crankshaft pulley, crank pulley, slk 230: This car is a bit newer that I usually answer technical questions about. I retired from the trade, tech school auto instructor, the year that this car was built. Now that said Mercedes parts are expensive so the price of the crank pulley would be more that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1929 Ford backfires, lacks power, fuel filter, fuel system
Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1929 Ford backfires, lacks power, fuel filter, fuel system, mechanic

Classic/Antique Car Repair: High speed miss 1951 Plymouth, older cars, transmission problems
older cars, transmission problems, tail pipe: First do you have a fuel filter on the car? If so there could be some restriction in the filter like dirt build up. I would pull the plugs and get a look at them. With driving so few miles the plugs could be fowled a bit. A defect in the ignition coil could...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: lack of fuel drawing into cylinder, vacuum leaks, engine vacuum
vacuum leaks, engine vacuum, vw t2: There are three things that get fuel to flow into cylinders. The first is the engines ability to create a vacuum as the engine is spun over and the intake manifold system being free of vacuum leaks. The second is the ability of the carburetor to store fuel...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Tuning Pontiac 400 engine, magnum claims, tuning pontiac
magnum claims, tuning pontiac, hdy: I checked the factory specs on this cam. Magnum claims that this is the most high performance cam that you can use with a stock torque converter. It also says that this cam in a small block will give a rough idle. This tells me that there is a lot of valve...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1929 A coupe/rumble seat, no screws, rubber strip
no screws, rubber strip, rumble seat: I don t know how to do that, but I ll ask around and get back to you. Jack This is what I got back from a friend: Jack, Remove the trim from the inside and see if it siliconed in or if it has a rubber channel. If it has a rubber channel, you should be...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 model A fuse between coil and generator gets hot and blows, little fuse, copper coil
little fuse, copper coil, model a coupe: Sounds like you have a damaged or stuck cutout. The cutout is what is on top of the gen. My advice is to lose the gen and the cutout. And put on an alternator. Much better in the long run. We all run alternators. Your batt went dead because your cutout...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1958 223 cid, vacuum leak, peanut butter jar
vacuum leak, peanut butter jar, power brakes: If the engine will only run with the choke out there is either a humungus vacuum leak or a carburetor/fuel flow problem. First check the fuel pressure. It should be about 4PSI when tested with the engine cranking. Then connect a piece of rubber fuel hose to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1962 Thunderbird generator, voltage regulator, low speed
voltage regulator, low speed, bolts: To answer your questions, the rebuild could be bad. Now as to the cut out points, if the engine is idling at the specified RPM, the points should be open at idle and snap shut as soon as the engine RPM increases. A generator will not put out current at low...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Auto electric short circuit, daihatsu mira, plastic casing
daihatsu mira, plastic casing, compressor clutch: I don t think that I have even seen one of those much less worked on one. However that said I think that I would start checked amperage loads on the system. Do you have a digital multi meter and if so what brand and model? It is possible that the A/C compressor...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: ballast resistor overheating on dodge ramçharger, ballast resistor, voltage readings
ballast resistor, voltage readings, dodge ram: OK,now we are getting a base to work from. We know that the problem is ignition. I would start by connecting my voltmeter to the + side of the coil and reading the voltage there when cranking and the engine refusing to start. If there is 9 volts or better...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: blinkers, ford country squire, woody station wagon
ford country squire, woody station wagon, blinkers: With the key on and the directional switch in the straight ahead position there should be power to both sides of the flasher if it is a two wire flasher and to two terminals if it is a three wire flasher. So, if you only have a voltage reading on one side...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: How would you choose a mechanic for a classic car?, How to select a mechanic
How to select a mechanic: Hello Dave, Beautiful car!! I m a big club man as well as a referral person. You seem to have found a mechanic but if you hadn t I d recommend talking to the members of your local Packard club. With your mechanic, I d ask for 3 references, Packard preferably,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Restoring a 1934 Chevy Master, window gaskets, gasket material
window gaskets, gasket material, master question: Most glass that I have installed go in from the outside. I usually wrap twine in the groove that seals to the body. Put the ends of the twine at the bottom. Then place the bottom of the glass with the grove in place in the body opening and pulling the twine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1952 Mercury Monterey, mercury monterey, dip stick
mercury monterey, dip stick, oil level: Ah ha, you are caught in the game of hide the dip stick. Well this is easy. Pull the front right carpet up almost to the transmission hump. The dip stick for the tranny will be under a cover in the floor board. That is also the fill point. Warm the engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 Thunderbird transmission, jaguar, Rolls-Royce
jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley: Hello Dan, I think you may have accidentally selected the wrong category...so at the bottom of my response, I have a couple suggestions that might help you. For starters, I have volunteered to answer questions that relate to “Automotive Wooden Interior...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '79 Silver Shadow parking brake will not release, wheel brakes, silicone spray
wheel brakes, silicone spray, parking brakes: Hi Steve: These cars are known for the parking brake sticking. This is primarily due to lack of use. The parking brake is all mechanical. Get a can of silicone spray and oil it very good. Then try to release it. It should eventually come free. Also,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: over heating problem Triumph 1300, jaguar, Rolls-Royce
jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley: Hello Barry, I think you may have accidentally selected the wrong category...so at the bottom of my response, I have a couple suggestions that might help you. For starters, I have volunteered to answer questions that relate to “Automotive Wooden Interior...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Hotwiring a 1934 automobile, hillman minx, jumper cable
hillman minx, jumper cable, alligator clips: Good morning: At least it is morning here. Well, I am intrigued by this question but I have a question or two before answering. The main question is what age group is your story aimed at, a pre-teen audience, a teen audience, or younger? Does your character...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Model A Ford fuel line, ford fuel line, good luck jack
ford fuel line, good luck jack, model a ford: Robert, sorry about the delay in answering you, but I was on a Model A tour to Port Huron, Mich. Just got back. When you replaced the line, I hope you used a new ferrule. This is critical. Also, make sure the ferrule is not too far from the end of the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: power drum brakes, grease seal, chevy impala
grease seal, chevy impala, 67 chevy: Pull the front drums off and make sure that a wheel cylinder is not leaking or that a grease seal is not dripping grease on the shoes. You need to look at both front wheels as fluid can cause a brake to grab or slip. Next check to make sure that you have the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1940 Ford noise in clutch or trans, input shaft, throwout bearing
input shaft, throwout bearing, crankshaft: It sounds very much like the pilot bearing or bushing is screaming at you. This is the bearing in the end of the crankshaft that the front of the input shaft of transmission is inserted in. When the engine is running and the clutch is pushed in with the car...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1966 Eldorado, worst case scenario, dollar range
worst case scenario, dollar range, heater core: A worst case scenario could be as high as the 5 thousand dollar range if the heater care is bad, the compressor is bad and there are leaks throughout the system. The heater hoses disconnected tells me that there was probably;y a leak in the heater core but...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1976 Lincoln headlight doors, vacuum hoses, headlight doors
vacuum hoses, headlight doors, vacuum hose: That gadget, the black round disk is a one way check valve and can be tested easily. It allows vacuum to flow in one direction only. Now if you are going to diagnose this system I would advise the purchase of a MytyVac tool. It is a hand held vacuum pump....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Front brakes, hydraulic brake system, rear brakes
hydraulic brake system, rear brakes, drum brakes: Bleeding and adjustment on a hydraulic brake system will not cause a car to pull to one side or the other, period. The hydraulic system is a self balancing system as pressure applied to a liquid in a closed container will be distributed undiminished throughout....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Emergency brake adjustment, cotter pins, castle nuts
cotter pins, castle nuts, crash course: I wrote a short paper just for you. It s called, I got the A, now what do I do with it? I ll dig it out and attach it to this answer. Also, go to blurb.com and search for jackbahm and you will find some books there that I havew written on the A. No need...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Operating Temperature, Over heating causes
Over heating causes: Beautiful car, Mike. Sorry you re having problems. Your car does seem to be running on the high side, temp. wise. As you re aware, there s a myriad of reasons for overtemp. I ll just run through a few you may not have thought of but oftentimes there certain...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Vehicle Identification, 1950 Ford VIN numbers
1950 Ford VIN numbers: Mark, The small metal plate is called your VIN plate. The tag breaks out like this: B= 239 V8, 2BBL, 0=1950 model year, DL= Dallas assembly plant, 120816=VIN number. I m not so sure about the second number sequence but believe it contains additional manufacturing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1955 plymouth charging system, 1955 plymouth belvedere, mechanic friend
1955 plymouth belvedere, mechanic friend, volt battery: It is possible that the 8 volt battery hurt the voltage regulator or I would guess that the regulator failed and that is why the jump start was needed. Now if you have tested the generator by jumping the field and it charges that points to the voltage regulator...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: classic car cigar lighter, jaguar, Rolls-Royce
jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley: Hello John, We don t know any specifically....BUT, if you do a Google search for: speedometer restoration or automotive insturment panel restoration you will find quite a few people who restore those sorts of things....AND maybe...just maybe you ll find...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Master cylinder, wheel cylinders, master cylinder
wheel cylinders, master cylinder, brake fluid: Brake fluid is an alcohol base and as a result it will do two things. It will absorb moisture out of the air and become gummy and it will evaporate. Also after sitting for a while the rubbers on the wheel cylinders and the master cylinder will loose their...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Model A Starts Then Dies, good luck jack, mineral spirits
good luck jack, mineral spirits, mechanical expertise: Doug, ok, let s forget about the spark for now. I assume you do not have another carb to try. If you were in a club, you could borrow one. I assume it is a zenith carb. If so, remove the gas line from the carb. Shut off the gas valve first. Check how much...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: sticky wheel, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce
Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley: Hello Ernie and Debbie, Thanks for contacting us...but I think you may have accidentally selected the wrong category...I do appreciate you asking me a question, however that is NOT in my area expertise. BUT my first thought would be to contact Mc Guires...they...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: valve adjustments
If in fact you have a 327 CID engine the valve lifters are hydraulic and non adjustable. Having said that there is an initial setting that requires that you take out all of the valve springs and valves. Keep them in order. Then you remove the plungers from...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1937 Ford
back in the day heaters were an option. The heaters were for the most part a dealer installed option. The wipers are vacuum operated and there should be a control valve in the vacuum line. Some of the Ford models had the control knob above the windshield...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1, loss of power on acceleration with a load
A true miss on acceleration, one that you can feel each cylinder not fire, is caused by either a spark plug or two not firing or a valve not closing tight. In the spark plug theory the problem could be a cracked or defective plug, a bad wire, a cracked distributor...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1969 Lincoln Mark III
Sorry, but I don t know anything about your car. I know Model A s. I assume there is a u joint you took out. If you can t see the support from underneath, maybe it is a hanging bracket. It may just be stuck. Don t let it fall on you. Try to find a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1979 Ranchero model(s)
The Ford Ranchero was first introduced in 1957 and ran through 1979. Ir was first built on the full sized Ford station wagon frame and was the same as a wagon to the back of the front doors. In 1961 the Ranchero was built on the Falcon frame and then grew...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 xr7 cougar over heating, 1968 Cougar Cooling and Head Gasket
1968 Cougar Cooling and Head Gasket: Hello James, Thanks for the kind words. They re appreciated! Reading through your response, a couple of thoughts come to mind: 1) Transmission rebuild was a good idea. No need for my tests now, but just in case. See below. 2) You might need a new...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: stops running
I m sorry, but I know model A s , and not jeeps after I retired from chrysler. I left there at the end of 1991. They do have diagnostic codes that should tell you what the problem is. Get it to someone who has the tool to read the codes. There are all kinds...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: touring motor
I m in hospital getting pacemaker. Will answer later. Jack I m not sure what they call a touring motor. Ask the builder. My guess is:brg inserts, lighter fly wheel, v8 clutch, and probably something different with the main brg seal, and valve seats. Whatever...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1958 Chevy 235 engine
I am not sure that I have ever seen in print a specification for this. But the number that I have used over the years would be the same for the rod bearings for this engine, or .001 to .0015 . The rockers on the 235 engine is pressure fed and excessive clearance...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1986 Ford Bronco Starting
First I apologize for the time delay getting back to you but the flue bug took a bite out of me and at my age I do not bounce back too quickly. Now a couple of questions and then we can get down to brass tacks. When the car won t start does the starter crank...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Fuel Filter/ maybe fuel pump leak, 1954 Mercury V8 fuel pump
1954 Mercury V8 fuel pump: Hello Larry, I wasn t able to tell from your description whether you have a single action (electric wipers) or a dual action (vacuum wipers) pump so I m assuming that you have the later with a glass sediment bowl. The first place I d look is to check...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: MGB Roadster 1965 starting probs
It almost sounds like heat soak percolation. That is when the float levels are set a bit on the high side and when you shut down the warm engine the fuel boils and overflows into the intake manifold flooding the engine and hence the no start. However if this...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: problem with car, jaguar, Rolls-Royce
jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley: Hello Hugo, I think you may have accidentally selected the wrong category...so at the bottom of my response, I have a couple suggestions that might help you. For starters, I have volunteered to answer questions that relate to “Automotive Wooden Interior...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: vintage heaters
The heaters in these cars used the plug on the cylinder head for the inlet line for the heater and a special fitting was inserted into lower hose for the outlet for the heater. Mac s Antique Auto lists this item in their catalog. The part number is 91A-15160....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1913 Buick, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce
Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley: Hello Jacob, Congratulations on the beautiful restoration of such a fine car !! However, I think you may have accidentally selected the wrong category. For starters, I have volunteered to answer questions that relate to “Automotive Wooden Interior Trim”...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1924 cadillac
As I am based in south west Florida this is a bit out of my reach. That said I would contact several of the old car clubs in the area and specifically any Cadillac club. Try the following web site www.cadillaclasalleclub.org/‎. I am sure that there are...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1931 speedometer problem
What usually happens is that the main bearing in the head of the speedo tightens up and is very hard to turn, and it breaks the cable. It is rather hard to fix this problem. Let s hope you don t have that problem. Jack up one wheel, Put it on a jack stand,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1937 chevrolet overheating
What does the temperature run at when driving down the road? Does the radiator boil when it over heats? What is the ignition timing set at? Retarded timing could cause it to run hot. Have you checked the coolant temperature with an eternal thermometer ? I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1972 corvette brakes, C3 Corvette brakes
C3 Corvette brakes: Hello Angelo, This is tough question as there are a number of options depending how bad your calipers are. For example: A) If your leak is just due to deteriorated internals, they can be rebuilt for around $150 or so. (calipers only, I ll explain more...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1977 Thunderbird
Hello John, I always start with the simplest thing when diagnosing engines. It sounds like you ve got sticky valve lifters. Valve lifters on your car are hydraulic devices that translate the motion from the camshaft to a pushrod and thence to the valves...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 48 desoto coupe deluxe, MOPAR tappered spline axile removal
MOPAR tappered spline axile removal: Hi Larry, Contact your local MOPAR club and talk to a member familiar with these axles. Built from the 30 s until 1963, there were millions of MOPAR cars and trucks equipped. However, the challenge with removal is not so much the puller, but the tendency...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Last Chance Garage!
Thanks for the kind words about LCG. Sadly to say there are no master copies of the shows as the show going off the air had more to do with internal politics at PBS than anything else. I do not have copies of the show as they were withheld from me when I separated...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: clicking noise
This question does not have an easy one answer fits all answer. There are several thousand rotating, moving, rubbing on each other parts in the engine that could be causing the noise. This pone is going to take some 007 detective work to find. When looking...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Help needed with 1965 truck project
First of all the last 6 numbers are the sequential serial number. Most makes start off each model year with 100001 so your truck is the 14224th truck built that model year. Factory air in 1965 was not a common item on auto s and trucks produced in the US so...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Packard electrical, Positive ground systems
Positive ground systems: Hello Gene, Someone has converted your car to negative ground, probably to attach some negative ground accessory so you need to check to see if that accessory is still there and needed. The car should be converted back to negative ground as it will run...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: transmission
Sorry for the delay, but I needed to do a little research on the aftermarket transmissions available. Sadly to say there is no available fix to add a syncromesh gear to your transmission. Also there is no transmission that I have been able to find with a syncro...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1940 Chrysler vapor lock?
OK, now we can go to work. The problem is either the fuel pump, the lines including the flex fuel line at the fuel pump, or the fuel tank including the gas cap. The easiest fix is the cap. The cap should have a vent in it. If it is the wrong cap or the vent...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1950 Ford F-1 6 volt
Well let s what we have here. First if the voltage at the battery when the engine is not running reads 6.4 to 6.5 volts it indicates a fully charged battery. The 7.4 volt reading that you are getting is a fully charged battery plus a bit of surface charge....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury with 318/V8 and auto matic transmission, Checking Auto. Transmission fluid
Checking Auto. Transmission fluid: Hello Sue, Transmission in Park, Engine idling and fluid warm (just drive the car a bit before checking) to ensure an accurate level. (And parking brake on, of course, for safety.) Good additional tests to do when checking fluid is to observe color...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1980 Rolls Royce Ignition
Hi Bill: I think you have the wrong coil. I believe coil NAPA Coil IC277SB 12V does NOT require an external resistor and you car has a external Ballast Resistor. See my original post below... Try using Coil ECH IC88 (but make sure it states: REQUIRES...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II
And yes, the Ballast Resistor kit is expensive. About $600. 1. Amplifier - $335 2. Ballast Resistor - $225 3. Terminals - $5 I get my parts from Albers Rolls Royce/Bentley - 317-873-2360 These are very specific parts and they cost the same no matter...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Buying my First Model A
Are you in for some fun. $18,000 will buy you a great car. Main advice is, don t buy the first one you see. There are a lot out there. Go to blurb.com and search for jackbahm and look at my two books there on the A. You can preview the whole book, so...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Engine oil for a Model A, engine oil
engine oil: That is the $64 dollar question. People argue about this all the time. It goes on and on. My opinion is that the A does not care what you put in it as long as you change it every 500 miles. I use shell rotella, my engine seems to like it. Don t worry...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: Model A Ford jack
The best I can suggest is Snyders. Call them and see if they will fix it. There number is 330 549-5313. Shipping may hit you hard, but they are the experts and should be able to help you. You might take it apart and try to fix it yourself. You can t hurt...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 216 ci bell housing removal, heavy hammer, liquid wrench
heavy hammer, liquid wrench, bell housing: Craig; Hi I would spray it up real good with some liquid wrench and let it sit for 24 hour. than use a piece of 2x4 and a heavy hammer and try to tap it free with the wood on the bellhousing, and if you can also sneak a thin screwdriver between it and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 235 chev, rebuilt shortblock, volume sales
rebuilt shortblock, volume sales, station wagon: I thought I answered this yesterday, guess computer didn t send it properly. yes and yes I would switch to 12v because every repair, jump, and anyone you help is going to have 12v. Parts are actaully cheaper once you get converted As for as rebuild...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 235 engine repair manual, auto literature, fleetmaster
auto literature, fleetmaster, flow filter: Your car has a later engine, so you will need a factory shop manual for a 1951 with automatic transmission to get the right info on it. If you contact one of the auto literature dealers, they can probably sell you one. I use Ed Faxon at www.faxonautolit.com,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 235 timing advance/octane/gas mileage, optimum fuel economy, spectre performance
optimum fuel economy, spectre performance, air intake system: If you are getting 19 miles per gallon on that truck, I would saw that you are about max d out. I don t think that advancing the timing more and running a higher (more expensive) octane fuel will be cost effective. The optimum fuel economy and power will be...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 239 v-8 1954 Ford F 100, ford f 100, piston rod
ford f 100, piston rod, timing gears: Fords are different than just about all other brands in the way cylinders are numbered. From front to rear on the passenger side, they are 1 2 3 4 and from the front to the rear on the driver s side, they are 5 6 7 8. The firing order is 15486372. From...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '25 Chev mechanical gas gauge cap, hemmings motor news, needle in the haystack
hemmings motor news, needle in the haystack, fuel tank cap: As always when asked a question where can I find... the answer is always the same. Start reading Hemmings Motor News, the worlds largest classified ad book for the old car hobby. Then if you are close to Hershey Pa. there is the biggest swap meet in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 265 cu inch chevy block, jc whitney catalog, j c whitney
jc whitney catalog, j c whitney, chevy blocks: I LOOKED IN THE JC WHITNEY CATALOG AND IT LOOKS AS IF THAT GOT THEM ALSO JUST TYPE IN CHEVE ENGINE PARTS OR CHEVY CUSTOM PARTS AND YOU WILL SEE A LOT OF PLACES THAT DO SELL WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR NEED MORE HELP JUST ASK ME OK OH YEA I ALSO DID SEE A...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 283 chevy, 283 chevy, high altitude
283 chevy, high altitude, pcv: JD HI - if it is all working well , I would not worry about it, as I think it is due to the altitude , I have had a few people tell me about carb. conditions in hi alt. I would just re check all of the vacume lines and the pcv if it has one. if you have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 283 fuel pump/fuel pump pushrod probs., minor blemishes, pump fuel
minor blemishes, pump fuel, pushrod: Bobby ; Hi ; I know that some times that rod can be a real pain , but some thies the rod can be worn out and it will cause the pump to not work , and at other times the cam loabe itself can be worn and you would have to replace the cam , so the best way...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 283 V-8 ignition system, point gap, coil wire
point gap, coil wire, visible signs: ok as far as i remember you do not have that many wires , so do you have and grounding out, or how about those points did you gap them / dwell at 28/32 as a new set can be just as bad as a no good set as i had 3 sets of faulty points before i got a car...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 283ci head gasket, head gaskets, head gasket
head gaskets, head gasket, 1959 corvette: 59 eh...nice, I got a 61 with base 283 but i have ordered vortec 305 heads,alum intake and custom quadjet from SMI. I M just going to bag up all my original stuff, although it is numbers correct right now I M not out to try and impress NCRS Most head gaskets...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 3 SPEED TO A T-5 TRANSMISSION, manual tranny, ford mustang
manual tranny, ford mustang, mr ray: I m sorry, I just don t know. I think you need to ask someone who does modifications of this sort - I don t do any modifications at all, and I don t know anything about them. Try a search of the newsgroups for Mustang and you ll find a group of folks who...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 3 on the tree, pontiac laurentian, rd gear
pontiac laurentian, rd gear, highway trips: Barry; As far as the gears you can use the gear that you need, and if 3rd is to sluggish in town than use 2 nd. and you only have a six cyld. so 3rd gear should be used when you are on a main drag or if 2nd gear starts to wind out than shift. Oil is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: About a 302 Engine, ford 302 engine, ford bronco
ford 302 engine, ford bronco, auto section: Melvin; Hea ,a ford 302 - yes its the same block. but might have differnt carbarator, heads, etc. but a 302 is a 302. as far as a pic. you can go to the library and you should find a bunch in the auto section. also = (ford 302 engine diagram . com) ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 30s Packard to buy, beverly rae kimes, classic car club
beverly rae kimes, classic car club, classic car club of america: Both cars are full Classics, as specifed by the Classic Car Club of America. The standard 8 is a fine car, and a Dual Cowl Convertible sedan is the most desirable of body styles. I recommend you find a copy of one of the many Packard books which describe...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 327 motor, chrome molly, w 202
chrome molly, w 202, merry christmas: sorry i did answer it as i can see my reply in the above box.again try the fuley pistons with good chromemolley rings and be shure to re hone your cylds. do not just put them in as you will burn smoke for a long time also foul plugs daily. if you wish more...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 327 rebuild, stock appearance, aluminum intake
stock appearance, aluminum intake, summit racing: Jeff; Hi- well you have a small 327. so if I were you I would go .030 if you are going to bore it / or keep it stock- than you can look in the catalog from (summit racing) and there are a lot of engine rebuild kits in it. or you and just get new pistons...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 AUTO TRANS, drive shaft, 4speed
drive shaft, 4speed, bell housing: Charles; Hi-Well you will have a bit of work to do that. You will have to get-a bell housing, a flywheel,pressure plate,throw out bearing,fork,tranny,shifter (hurst) drive shaft yoke change, than the fun part- You will have to get a set of peddles for the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 Chevy engine pops/backfires when revving..., 350 chevy engine, camaro z28
350 chevy engine, camaro z28, chain sprockets: JOE Well I hope the chain and gears are all lined up- it might be plug wires 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2- your dist. might not be in or off by a tooth. I bet it is that. its poping out the carb. so the cam chain or the dist. is in wrong. check it. pop # 1 and it should...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 Chevy street rod hard start/rough idle, 350 chevy engine, chevy street rod
350 chevy engine, chevy street rod, vacuum leaks: HEA Chet; does it have a choke ? and do you have a regular stock fuel pump ? I would first look at a choke prob.and I would install a elect. fuel pump with that set up any ways. do you have a cam in it,or is it a stock cam? it would be real nice...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 chevy. setting rocker arms/hydrolic, rocker arms, lifters
rocker arms, lifters, one at a time: Dennis ; Hi- ok well if hyd. all you have to do is take each one at a time and loosen it till it clacks a lot than turn it in SLOWLY till it stops than go 1/2 turn to 3/4 turn more no more than that. and you must do each one slow as it might change the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 Engine ok, maybe?, radiator flush, nuts and bolts
radiator flush, nuts and bolts, intake hole: SCOTT- 200,000 wow well it is a good first re-builder if you wish to go that way, or remove all plugs, shoot some wd-40 in each hole, also in the intake hole, put liquid wrench on all nuts and bolts and on the ex. system bolts. if the distributor. was not...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 HEADS, head gaskets, good shape
head gaskets, good shape, lifters: cmsigmon; Hi , yes they will fit , use new 350 head gaskets , as far as h.p. +-5=10 % it will run a bit better , but first off I would check the springs ,and rockers to be sure they are all in good shape. Check the lifters and push rods. If you take...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 SBC, auto repair manual, motors auto repair manual
auto repair manual, motors auto repair manual, tag numbers: Jeremy, I have the books back in my office that will decode this, the problem is that I am 2,000 miles from my office. However if you have or know someone that has a Motors Auto Repair manual that covers say up to 1976, it will contain a list of the tag numbers...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 350 with TH350 Torque converter, 1955 chevy belair, 67 camaro
1955 chevy belair, 67 camaro, tire diameter: CHAD; OK first off if you are not going to race the car- I would keep away from a toqure conv. / stall speed , as far as the stalling at low idle the toqure conv. will do nothing to help that. you should try to get the idle fixed first , if the engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 351 windsor deamons( sorry I know your a chevy guy), 351 windsor, chevy guy
351 windsor, chevy guy, quik fix: Brandon Hea, you should check the valve springs as there could be a broken one ? and also if you have the engine running and valve covers off 1 at a time at a idle feel each push rod and see if it feels right as if you have a colapsed lifter you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 352 stalls at oper temp, 1963 ford galaxie, fuel starvation
1963 ford galaxie, fuel starvation, coil wire: Hi Ted, I suspect your electrical testing has been very thorough. I m going to take your thought process in another direction. What s the chance your fuel is boiling? Regardless of how hot the engine may be running (water temp) I m concerned that the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 356 porsche, southeast michigan chapter, porsche club of america
southeast michigan chapter, porsche club of america, time mechanic: Hi Charlie, It really pains me to hear stuff like this...and I m sure I don t even know 1/10th of the story! I m on the other side of the country so I don t know anyone to suggest for you, but... The Porsche Club of America has chapters all over the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 36 desoto gas sending unit, hemmings motor news, desoto custom
hemmings motor news, desoto custom, gas gauge: What a great car! My congratulations - I envy you. The problem seems to definitely be in the sending unit - it has to come out and be evaluated for sure. To burn up a 14 gauge wire takes a LOT of current - so I d check very carefully everything that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 36 Ford Phaeton V 8 Overheating, ford phaeton, ford v8
ford phaeton, ford v8, flathead v8: Scot; I m sorry, I did not see your second question until just now. I don t get the ratings postings automatically, - I check them once a week or so because the mistake you made is common enough that I need to! The right way to get back to me is to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '36 Plymouth P2 - Turn Signals, volt bulbs, j c whitney
volt bulbs, j c whitney, volt switch: J. C. Whitney still sells the switches. See Item number GM138972 for a 6 volt switch. This is only the switch- you will have to add small light fixtures that you can mount to your bumper braces, and wire them up, but directions will be included with the switch....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 37 Olds Stalling, flathead engine, fuel pump
flathead engine, fuel pump, volts: Sounds like the fuel pump is getting weak. Unlike what most people think a fuel pump is not an all or nothing proposition. It can start out strong and fade as you go down the road. Given just the info you have shared, that would be my thoughts. Also, disconnect...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 37 Packard 6, hemmings motor news, weight oil
hemmings motor news, weight oil, lever type: Originally, those shocks used a fluid which was very similar to hydraulic jack oil, which is OK to use if the shocks are in good condition and do not leak. But most of them tend to seep the thin oil out quickly. People who live in the southern states, like...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 38 Caddy drivetrain swap?, volt electrical system, cadillac limo
volt electrical system, cadillac limo, volt vehicles: You re asking the wrong person, as I am very biased - I only work on and own original cars, and feel it would be a shame to convert this car to modern running gear. However, many people have done this, and it is apparently successful. Since your car s...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 38 chev brakes, pressure relief valve, wheel cylinders
pressure relief valve, wheel cylinders, return spring: The only thing that operates the switch is pressure, so if there is no electrical problem, pressure is building up in the lines without stepping on the brake pedal. This is usually because the pedal linkage is not adjusted right. Check to see that there...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 38 Olds Brake Problem, vent holes, wheel cylinders
vent holes, wheel cylinders, master cylinder: Believe you have line pluggage or corroded cylinders. The fact that it worked breifly was all of the cylinders getting pressed out. You problem is return of the fluid and that is blockage. Have you purged the lines all the way to thru the wheel cylinders individually?...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 38 Packard Starting problem, age of the dinosaurs, volt batteries
age of the dinosaurs, volt batteries, volt battery: Way back in the age of the dinosaurs when we used to build our own tow trucks, we rigged two six volt batteries in series (a 12 volt battery) mounted in a box. Then mounted a plain old Ford style solenoid on the side of the box with a long remote cord to operate...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 38 packard starting problem, torque wrench, battery condition
torque wrench, battery condition, volt system: Well Earl,he first thing that I would to be sure that the engine is not fitted super tight or that something is not binding. Get a socket on the front pulley nut and turn the engine over with a torque wrench. Is should not take much more than 40 foot pounds...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '39 Dodge Fuel Delivery Problem, electric fuel pump, coat hanger wire
electric fuel pump, coat hanger wire, gas tank: Yes, your pickup tube is probably plugged solid with congealed gasoline and rust. You can try one more thing, and that is to get some very powerful solvent (I use GUNK brand carburetor spray cleaner) and fill the outlet line with that and let it soak overnight....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 396 Starter problems, chevy starter motor, mini starters
chevy starter motor, mini starters, pep boys: Bill; I had the same thing with my 396 ss 1969 all starter probs. well I got a hi-per starter for it and it worked till I got rid of it. I dont know of the mod. # or any thing but I remember it was a spl. hi. per. 454 chevy starter motor.So all I can...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 4 door vintage cars, station wagons, older cars
station wagons, older cars, hardtops: Speaking just about body styles, I d say the most desireable by far are the convertibles, followed by 2 DR hardtops, then Station Wagons, then 4 DR sedans and hardtops, and finally 2 door sedans and coupes. However, if you are interested in utility, the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 4-SPEED TRANNY, cris cross, chevy dealer
cris cross, chevy dealer, speed shift: terry i thought i did this for you- so i guess you did not get it ok here we go- ready- now you sea that you pop out of gear do you get it in gear and than it pops out or does it just pop out at all times ? well if it is popping out it is 1) the shifter...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 40-50's trans, gm transmission, chevy pickup
gm transmission, chevy pickup, transmission identification: Clay, I tried to punch in them numbers you gave me to no avail, are there any more? one guy on here who is still on vacation, after reading his profile it looks to me like he might be better suited to answer this Q you say your not sure what year this...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 40 Packard turn signals, filament bulbs, j c whitney
filament bulbs, j c whitney, dual filament: Add-on turn signals were a common accessory for cars in the later 40s through the 60s or so, but once they became standard on all cars and trucks, the market went the way of the buggy whip! J.C.Whitney used to carry them, perhaps they still do. (see below)...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 400 PONTIAC MOTOR, pontiac motor, solid cam
pontiac motor, solid cam, valve cover: i take it that it is a hyd. cam not a solid cam, so you should be able toa lil, but you must be carefull as if you get them to tight you will burn the up. first remove one valve cover at a time if you do not have splash clips now with the motor warm start...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 400 pontiac, pontiac motor, valve size
pontiac motor, valve size, horse power: You say you already know of cam, carb and I presume you meant ingition, but you never once considered dropping compression and going with a blower. I think you could geet there faster and cheaper, Don t think there is enough in your motor to go the other way....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 403 timing, spark plug wire, 79 trans am
spark plug wire, 79 trans am, spark plug: rotate your engine until your timing mark is dead on. Be aware this happen twice (once in compression and once onf exhaust) Then put the rotor pointing to number one spark plug wire and your good. If it backfires like hell, you are 180 off, just turn in over...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 413 Chrysler Engine Troubleshooting, electric fuel pump, cam lobes
electric fuel pump, cam lobes, pvc valve: I m trying to juggle too many balls here - I missed something else too! I see your engine is supposed to be an industrial engine. I have no idea what that is - and it might indeed be a 413, I suppose - who knows what Chrysler was doing in those years. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 427 rear main seal, j c whitney, auto parts shop
j c whitney, auto parts shop, silicone sealer: George; HI is the engine out of the car ? or in the car ? if in the car you can get a rear seal kit, I would ask at auto parts shop or (j c Whitney.com ) they should have it , and trw or any brand name is good with some silicone sealer on the pan with...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 46 buick, buick, dick
buick, dick, cars: That s what I m here for. I m not a Buick expert, but I am pretty familiar with cars of that era, and have a few myself. I ll help if I can. One thing though, if he is going to modify it from original, I won t be able to help, because I have never gotten...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 48 Chevy ignition, correct voltage, coil wire
correct voltage, coil wire, volt meter: Yes, a simple volt meter I have mentioned in previous answers (about $9) is a great tool for working on a car. Be sure and get one with an Ohm meter also. Test the output voltage with the volt meter on 12V, they very seldom have a lower setting. You should...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 48 Ford coupe, cam shaft, wd 40
cam shaft, wd 40, car mechanics: Well, do you want the good news or the bad news first? The bad news is I have no clue what required torque it needs, the good news is I can help you with your engine. First. let s address the grinding noise. If your starter is truly turning, engine is...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 48 Packard won't start, neg terminal, volt battery
neg terminal, volt battery, battery store: Ok but you don t say the reading on your coil this time. Make sure you have a good ground. You need to put an electric meter on the coil and have the points break . This can be done by turning over the engine or physically opening them with say a screwdriver....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 49 Buick, duty batteries, battery cables
duty batteries, battery cables, local battery: This is a very common problem with those cars, in fact I also have a straight eight (Packard) still running on 6 volts, and I had to diagnose and cure the same problem on my car. The causes for this range from easy to fix to very expensive to fix, but fortunately...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 49 Cadillac Hydramatic gearbox, hydramatic, valve pressure
hydramatic, valve pressure, motoring public: This transmission was never known for it s smoothness in fact when it first was let loose on the motoring public with the big V-8 it was known as 4 jerks and you are away . However at this point I would suggest a fluid change and a band and linkage adjustment....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '49 Ford gas gauge, hemmings motor news, gas gauge
hemmings motor news, gas gauge, 49 ford: These gauges are easy to find, and there are those that will rebuild them. It sounds like the dash unit could be the problem. My standard answer to any question that starts with where can I find.. or I am trying to find... is to get hooked up with Hemmings...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 49 overdrive - solenoid, palm springs california, steep roads
palm springs california, steep roads, high mountains: I also live in a mountainous area with steep hills and and narrow roads (near mount San Jacinto, just west of Palm Springs, California). The mountain is 11,000 feet high and the road down the hill is 11 miles long, with very sharp curves. I would not be able...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '49 Packard - 288CID - two engine questions, combustion product, valve lifter
combustion product, valve lifter, stroke engines: I agree, these are remarkable engines, even the 288s. The reason is that the flywheel and crankshaft are incredibly heavy, and once they get spinning, they tend to smooth out any inequalities in the individual cylinders. The 288s are actually extra nice...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 49 Packard, upper radiator hose, coolant filter
upper radiator hose, coolant filter, mojave desert: There is no cheap and easy way, there is only the right way to tackle this problem. Step 1 is to remove the core plugs from the side of the block and clean out the water jackets - there will POUNDS of mud and crud in there. If that doesn t cure the problem,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '49 Packard Gear Shift Problem, shift levers, shift linkage
shift levers, shift linkage, clutch pedal: If the two shift levers want to move as a unit it indicates to me that the pin that runs through the shift rod, the pin that is supposed to mess with a slot in the shift forks and move only one shift fork, is wedged between the two shift forks out of alignment...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '49 Packard Shift Problem, shaft assembly, u bolt
shaft assembly, u bolt, shift problem: Well I am glad that we are making progress. However, I think that the job is going to get a little complicated from here on out. If I were doing the job I would remove the horn button and then the big nut on the top of the steering column. Then remove the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 49 Packard, mechanical background, side glass
mechanical background, side glass, noblesville indiana: Good questions all! I m glad you found a reasonable glass shop - the price sounds right. The electric clicker pump has two problems: One, it is noisy, and really irritating on a quiet car like a Packard, and more important is #2 - it is not very durable...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 49 packard - cracked block, head gasket leak, overdrive system
head gasket leak, overdrive system, electrical control system: No problem, I can talk about Packards all day long! The R-11 is a very robust unit, and since it freewheels OK, and you didn t mention any problem with backing up, the unit is mechanically OK. The only problem you are having is there is no electrical control...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 49 packard overdrive, typical problem areas, old cars
typical problem areas, old cars, packards: Welcome to the world of truly high quality old cars! Even though the Deluxe 8 was not the top of the line for Packard, it was still a superb automobile, and you ll find that once you sort out all the ills it might have developed over the years of other people...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 4BBL Holley Carb. adjusting, chev motor, holley carb
chev motor, holley carb, smell gas: Albert; Hi well good for you- as far as the valves if they are hydraulic you will remove the valve cover one at a time, than with a socket wrench you will loosen the nut till it clacks than turn it back in 3/4 of a turn no more than one full turn- note...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 5 litre V8 problem, holden monaro, distributer cap
holden monaro, distributer cap, point gap: Barry; I would re check all the plug wires and on the cap. check the point gap. dwell at 28-32 * what did you gap plugs at. also check all vacume lines and the carb check to see that the sec. open up when you gun it. how is the fuel filter at what rps...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 5 SPEED TRANNY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE, google search, modifying cars
google search, modifying cars, ford mustang: I m sorry, Ray, but as I say in my introduction on this site, I know nothing about modifying cars - I ve never done it and in fact I m in the hobby to preserve them the way they were originally built. I feel the engineers who designed the cars in the first...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 50-51 Studebaker, model studebaker, condenser system
model studebaker, condenser system, electronic ignition systems: Yes, it can be done, but it will require a lot of looking around to find the right parts, and some technical knowledge to make it work. Your car has a 6 volt positive ground electrical system - the only electronic ignition systems I am aware of are 12 volt,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 51 Baby Lincoln oil change, hd oil, delo 400
hd oil, delo 400, warm climate: The choice of oil grade depends on where you live (climate). The choice of oil quality, in my opinion, is to always buy the premium grade. If you live in a warm climate (seldom under 32 degrees), with an old car in good shape, I prefer to use SAE30W. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '51 chevy body work, body man, shims
body man, shims, friend of a friend: Tricia; HI well I think that it has shims on the brackets. also the hood should move a lil if the bolts are loose. the same with the latch. you can use washers for shims to lift the hood or to lift the fenders. or you can use front end spacers if you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 51' ford f-1, engine rebuilder, northridge ca
engine rebuilder, northridge ca, professional engine: I doubt very much that you will find a new engine for your 55 year old truck - you will probably have to be satisified with a rebuilt engine, either the one you presently have, or another one that has been rebuilt for you. There are many shops that will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 51 Lincoln Sport Sedan, electric fuel pump, flat head v8
electric fuel pump, flat head v8, fuel gauge: JOE ; I would start at the tank and check all lines and look for leaks or cracks, etc. than follow the line to the pump and check all the same. and than check the float in the carb and the excyl. pump in the carb ,etc. if need be. you should get better...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 51 Lincoln Sport Sedan transmission fluid, bronze fittings, older cars
bronze fittings, older cars, auto stores: wow I cant believe that thay have none down there , but any of the larger auto parts shops should have what you need or the type that you can use. but do not mix it with any fluid that it is not stated on the can as it can do you harm , I think that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 51 Lincoln Sport Sedan, vacuum line, vacuum advance
vacuum line, vacuum advance, rare car: For setting the timing at idle, the vacuum advance unit should not make any difference, because the vacuum line that goes to it should not have any vacuum present at idle. That is ported vacuum which is only present when the throttle is opened to accelerate....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 51 packard 288 engine removal, flexible bellows, fly wheel
flexible bellows, fly wheel, controller switch: You do not need to do anything with the driveshaft if you are only pulling the engine. You also don t need to drain the transmission or converter to pull the engine. You just unbolt the converter from the flywheel and push it back into the bell housing (and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 51 Studebaker pickup, oil filter cartridge, studebaker driver
oil filter cartridge, studebaker driver, studebaker pickup: I don t know of any radiator that will work other than the right one. Since you say the radiator can t be fixed, I assume you mean that the top or bottom tanks are ruined - because if the tanks are OK, any radiator can be recored and made good as new - just...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 53 Chrysler Windor Newport - flathead 6, body bolts, wd 40
body bolts, wd 40, windor: GARY ; HI , well its going to be some work , you will have to get a few cans of wd-40 and spray up all of the body bolts , and you are right they they are just that , bolts holding down the body , you cant miss them , I do not know how many on that car...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 53 Dodge Pick up, surface rust, satin finish
surface rust, satin finish, thin coat: I would not paint the spring leaves until the spring is all back together. A thin coat of satin finish over the assembled spring will make it look new, and not interfere with the operation of the spring. It sounds like you re doing a nice job - keep it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 53 f100 Ford Truck Postive ground, volt coil, f100 ford
volt coil, f100 ford, ford truck: Leonard; Hi well if it is a pos.+ ground. the - neg.and to a r.p.m. gauge too/ should go to the dist.P.S. if you are not sure have a friend start the truck and than you can hold the wire with a pair of insulated pliers to the (-) on the coil and if it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 53 ford pickup, oil pressure gauge, spark plug wires
oil pressure gauge, spark plug wires, ford pickup: After sitting that long, it would be a big mistake to crank the engine over - since the grit in the bottom of the oil pan would be pumped all through the engine oil system, leading to rapid failure of the bearings. You should drop the oil pan and clean...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 Bel air Radio, google search, hobby publications
google search, hobby publications, oem radio: The people who advertise vintage auto radio repair usually have some units on the shelf that are allready repaired and for sale. If you subscribe to the hobby publications, I m sure you ve seen their ads. I just did a Google search on vintage Auto...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 chevy timing, piston cup, kanter auto parts
piston cup, kanter auto parts, 54 chevy: You re right, it has hydraulic lifters, or at least it did when it was new. Loosening the adjustment can t hurt anything unless you get a lot of valve clatter that you didn t have before, the hydraulic lifters can take a lot of fiddling without any harm being...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '54 Dodge Hemi won't turn over., dodge hemi, volt battery
dodge hemi, volt battery, question post: It is possible that the engine has seized, but before you call the undertaker, tell me this: When you first tried to start it, did it appear to begin to turn, even a tiny bit? If so, you may have a hydraulic lock situation, which can be very dangerous...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 PACKARD, ultramatic, ebay
ultramatic, ebay, drive1: There were 4 differnent transmissions available for these cars. If it has an automatic transmission, it is either an Ultramatic or a Twin-Ultramatic . You can tell by counting the detents you feel when moving the shift lever. The Twin Ultramatic has...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 54 pontiac, harmonic balance, correct path
harmonic balance, correct path, milage: You welcome...glad to be of service. One question though: who is dick? thanks Taz...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '55 Bel Air Powerglide Slipping badly, throttle linkage, winter storage
throttle linkage, winter storage, torque wrench: I doubt very much that a fluid and filter change is going to help. You can adjust the low band to see if that helps, but if not, I suspect something has happened inside the transmission, either a particle of crud has found it s way into the valve body, or...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 Clipper, oil bath air, torsion bars
oil bath air, torsion bars, paint code: 440881 sounds like a part number to me, and if it is cast into the part (not stamped onto a machined flat surface), that is what it is. That is very close to the part number that should be on your intake manifold, which is 440891. The VIN should match...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 chevy torque specs, chevy torque specs, valve lifters
chevy torque specs, valve lifters, wt oil: Bob I think that you might have hydrolic valve lifters in that motor all you have to do is remove the valve covers and turn one rocker back(loosen) one at a time and when you do this it should start to stutter or stall, this in normal, etc, than you will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '55 chevy truck rear end questions, 55 chevy truck, liquid wrench
55 chevy truck, liquid wrench, jc whitney: DAN; I know how you feel I had a 5.13 in my s/s and all I could do was 55. you can just pull your gears out and replace them with some 3.90s than you can cruse.You can remove your unit.and just replace the ring and pinion and bearings if needed , also...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55' Ford F100 battery, f100 engine, ford f100
f100 engine, ford f100, authentic appearance: There is nothing to worry about with respect to electrical specifications - any 6 volt automotive type battery will work just fine in your truck. However, there were special batteries made for Ford, the only difference being in the locations of the positive...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 Ford Pick-up, mobile auto repair, auto repair business
mobile auto repair, auto repair business, starter solenoid: I m sorry, I m about as far from you as I could be without wading into the Pacific Ocean (I m in the San Diego area). There are a number of other potential reasons why the truck won t crank; you need to make contact with a mechanic who is willing to check...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '55 Packard Clipper, local car clubs, neat freak
local car clubs, neat freak, distinct styles: You are very far from here ! Check out the local car clubs and shows and swap meets. Ask people there who is the best in the area. AND REMEMBER, mechanics have distinct styles. If you are a neat freak, don t get Bubba with the filthy t-shift at Taco Bell...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 Packard cliper custom?, hemmings motor news, competent mechanic
hemmings motor news, competent mechanic, leather upholstery: Hi, Jerry; You found the right guy, 55 Packards are my specialty. Your car is a Clipper Custom 4 door sedan, with grey cloth and white imitation leather upholstery. The paint should be white jade over sardonix . The top color is almost white, the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 55 plymouth bell housing stuck, plymouth savoy, rusty bell
plymouth savoy, rusty bell, bell housing: There are no hidden bolts that I recall. There should be two dowels, and they do stick really tight. Don t get rough with a hammer, the bell housing will crack easily. Try warming up the area around the dowel with a torch, then let it cool, it might release...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 Bel Air Alignment, chevy bel air, camber
chevy bel air, camber, mavis: Dan; Hi I would not take my car to any place that does not have the front end info. for the car. I do not have a book for that here but I can try to find it for you , get back if you have trouble. If you take it to a place that does front end work like...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 Buick sitting since 1990 rebuild, dick benjamin, buick riviera
dick benjamin, buick riviera, psi test: JON; Hi - If I were you and if you say that it is that clean , I would do a PSI test on the rad. and see if there are any leaks,etc. and flush it out good. as far as the gas tank - I would clean it out good and if there is /no or little rust than I would...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 Chevy Belair, 56 chevy belair, flapper
56 chevy belair, flapper, silicone: James Hi; well first off is it the felt that is worn that is causing it.if yes, try some spray silicone on the felt. if not you will have to remove the door panel and try to adj. the window as needed. you have to remove the window and door handles , there...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 Clipper Ultramatic, torque convertor, clutch pack
torque convertor, clutch pack, ultramatic: The push button shifter makes diagnosing the problem a bit tougher, because there is no way to know that the shift motor is stopping in the exact right position for each push button. When you say you tried to push H , but it doesn t do anything. Can...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: "56" Ford convertible, white post restorations, old car club
white post restorations, old car club, neck of the woods: I m about as far from the east coast as I can get and not get my feet wet (San Diego area), so I would be foolish to try to guess where you should take your car - the only shop I know of at all in your neck of the woods is White Post Restorations, in White...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 gmc v8 upgrade (not chevy), j c whitney, chevy motors
j c whitney, chevy motors, chevy trucks: i do not know about that change over kit but if you say that there is apx. a 3 in diff. i would look out as you will have all kinds of trouble, thare has to be some kit out there that will be a snap to convert, have you tried the co. j.c.whitney as thay carry...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 Packard Clipper, max merritt, power steering pump
max merritt, power steering pump, packard automobile: Well, yes I do, but it s too late now! The usual mistake made by folks when starting out on an old car project is to take too much apart, then lose interest when you see the enormous amount of work involved in getting everything fixed up and back together....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 packard, dick benjamin, large cars
dick benjamin, large cars, mid 50s: An easy one for a change! Your car is a 56 Executive 4 door sedan, with push button shifter, automatic leveling, a 352 Cu In V8 engine with 4 Bbl carburetor and 275 HP, painted white over aqua, with gray cloth and black cloth interior. That same VIN should...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 T-BIRD WARM START PROBLEM, main bearings, main bearing
main bearings, main bearing, battery c: It could be the starter, but before you start spending money on the problem, there are a few other possible causes to check out (in no particular order): 1. The carburetor could be leaking gas down into the intake manifold after it is parked when hot -...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 T Bird, radiator cap, head gasket
radiator cap, head gasket, car overheats: The only reason a car overheats in traffic but is okay on the highway is the additional air flow, both on the radiator and the engine itself. For all intense and purposes the water flow increase although the engine is running faster in nominal. With this...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 56 t bird, radiator core, radiator shop
radiator core, radiator shop, fan blade: There are a very large number of possible causes of overheating. Since the car seems to be OK when moving rapidly, my first guess would be that there is a problem with the fan moving enough air past the radiator core at low speeds. Reasons for this could...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '57 CHEVY 350 ENGINE, chevy 350 engine, vacuum leak
chevy 350 engine, vacuum leak, egnition: My first thought would be a crack in the distributor cap, but that would primarly backfire but not stall. Check for a vacuum leak and I imagine you ll find your problem. As for as Temecula, I don t even know what country that is in, much less know a mechanic...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 57 Chevy Bel Air Transmission Leak, 57 chevy bel air, automatic transmitions
57 chevy bel air, automatic transmitions, chevy bel air: Robert: First of all, you have to know that the 2 speed powerglide is a very complicated transmition system, because it was one of the 1st. automatic transmitions. The leaking problem is very common in this type of transmition, so as you did, it s very...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 57 Chevy heater, heater hoses, don hi
heater hoses, don hi, couple weeks: Don; Hi- if you can look under the dash you should be able to see the cable and you should see it going right to the valve. it might have poped off or broke. I can not find the book for that year at this time, if I do and you still have trouble get back...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 57 chevy Bel-Air, 57 chevy bel air, chevy bel air
57 chevy bel air, chevy bel air, cam lobe: I ll have to guess which engine your car has, but the first thing that comes to mind is a problem with the push rod or cam lobe (depending on which engine you have) that operates the fuel pump. Did you notice a springy feeling pushing on the lever as...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 57 Ford Retractable problem, 57 ford, deck lid
57 ford, deck lid, owner friend: Don, it sounds like the open deck lid relay isn t activating after being triggered...or...the relay isn t being triggered. Here s the way to chech problems 1 or 2: 1. Since you ve been able to close the decklid by shorting across the close deck lid relay,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 57 ford tbird 312 engine., holley carburetor, float bowls
holley carburetor, float bowls, exhaust residue: I am sorry for the delay in this reply. The Holley Carburetor that you have uses different float bowls and space or metering plate on the front barrels than on the rear. make sure that you have not mixed them up. Make certain that the float levels are right...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 57 Tbird Body Panels, aluminum body panels, high performance cars
aluminum body panels, high performance cars, thunderbird cars: You re right, this a little out of my line. I do know that Ford made a few very special high performance cars in the 60s that had every trick in the book used to save weight, including aluminum bumpers and body panels, for instance the Thunderbolt - a very...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 57chevy wiper cable, tight places, 57chevy
tight places, 57chevy, cables: Paul, Hi well the only thing is to be sure that the both arms are down in the sitting position , than when you have everything in place they should return back to the same place when you turn them off. DO NOT force any thing just use small size tools so...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 Buick wipers, electric vacuum pumps, electric vacuum pump
electric vacuum pumps, electric vacuum pump, j c whitney: You and I agree, the vacuum wipers have features that can t be gotten by using the usual bolt-on substitute electric wipers of the era. I have gone to the electric type on my 56 Packard because I removed the vacuum pump (it causes problems with air ingestion...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 Chev Impala excessive smoking and oil consumption, crank case vent, valve stem seals
crank case vent, valve stem seals, oil consumption: I did have one further thought, and that was that if he had originally installed chrome rings, and the cylinders were honed for that installation, then changing over to cast iron rings (which I do agree with) would require a different honing procedure. I...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 Pont. Hydramatic leak, ford street rod, little snake
ford street rod, little snake, pvc pipe: Darrell Are you leaving a trail for all to follow?...lol oh IC ok Q was on thicker fluid...eh it works ok for a while but sometimes the thicker the fluid the harder the pump has to work to push it. Thats a tough call, never hurts to try a little...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 retractable top problem, own pace, juncture
own pace, juncture, first test: Hi Ronda... I got your e-mail but it said you d get back to me with progress comments, so I didn t think it needed a reply. You said: Hi Dave, Just thought I would let you know that I will get my buddies together on the 4th. I will let you know what...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 58 retractable won't retract, windshield frame, anythink
windshield frame, anythink, trunk lid: Followup 7-1, a minute later this afternoon. Now that you know the roof is fully releasing we may have to apologize to your wrench friend...a teeny bit. But first: There is nothing that should prevent the roof from continuing backwards toward the trunk....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 59 Cadillac, battery cables, copper core
battery cables, copper core, copper wires: All cars do this to some extent, because the copper wires in the starter and in the battery cables have increased resistance at higher temperatures. You hardly notice this effect on most cars, but you must have a further problem. If your engine has been...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 59 Ford Retractable Roof, 292 y block, minor rust
292 y block, minor rust, allexperts: Hello Again Warren, Let me suggest this...since this effort may last awhile, and we ll likely be exchanging photos and other attachments, from here on please feel free to use my e-mail address: daves356@yahoo.com. I m interested in your comment that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 59 Ford Retractable, sweat equity, hello dave
sweat equity, hello dave, floor pans: Hi Randy, Sounds like you found a diamond in the rough. Given your description, I d probably take a run at it if I were you. The $3,500 seems a bit high as a starting point and I d hope you could get the seller down some. Probably the most critical...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 59 Impala Master Cylinder Removal, power brakes, sealing material
power brakes, sealing material, clevis pin: Well, you ve stumped me! I ve done many of these cars, and I don t recall such a problem. There has to be something blocking it from moving, and you ll just have to wiggle it and determine where the blockage is located, then find and move it. There isn...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 6 VOLT POSITIVE GROUND, 1955 plymouth belvedere, motor horn
1955 plymouth belvedere, motor horn, battery cables: The only thing that needs to be changed for safety is the voltage regulator. Take a look at it to see if it is marked as to polarity. If there is no marking, I d replace it to be safe, because if someone switched the battery cables without changing the regulator,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 6 volt to 12 volt conversion, 51 chev, j c whitney
51 chev, j c whitney, volt systems: ok i never did that before but it shoult not be to hard just a lot of work, did you try the co. j.c.whitney as they sell everything. as you will have to start from scratch- fan lights,altanator wireing system coil ? so i would look into jc whitney for a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 60 ford starliner, windber pennsylvania, restoration supply company
windber pennsylvania, restoration supply company, restoration specialties: Hello, Paul from down under; You can buy most of the normal clips - there are two vendors I know of: Restoration Specialties and Supply, INC at P.O. Box 328, Windber, Pennsylvania 15963 - they have a catalog for $3.50 Restoration Supply Company,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '60 Pontiac Wipers, fuse clip, fuse clips
fuse clip, fuse clips, fuse box: I wrote a long response to this, and the system lost it somehow - OK, second try - I ll be brief this time! You can test it by applying 12 volts to the RUN wire at the motor, but since they seldom fail, try this first: At the fuse box, find the wiper...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 60 Rambler Problems., 4 stroke engines, pulley bolt
4 stroke engines, pulley bolt, crank pulley: Yes, there is a multi step process to sort this all out. Most likely, when you took the distributor out of the car, you didn t mark the location of the rotor, right? Or else somehow, the engine got turned while the distributor was out? Not to worry, you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '61 Chevy C10 truck, hydraulic brake system w/ clutch, chevy c10, hydraulic brake system
chevy c10, hydraulic brake system, wheel cylinder: Mike; Look for any leaks, than if all is god keep the master cyld. full at all times first bleed the l/r brakes than check the fluid fill if needeed than do the r/r brake than fill the mast. cyld. than do the r/f than fill mast. cyld than l/f than fill...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 61 Rambler Classic, spark plug wires, rambler classic
spark plug wires, rambler classic, distributor cap: I d like to take a look at it myself, but unless you happen to be in the Temecula CA area, that s out of the question! An engine with compression, fuel and spark , with everything timed right WILL run - so something is not quite right here. There are a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 Bel Air, classic car owner, chevy dealer
classic car owner, chevy dealer, auto parts store: The numbers on the engine will tell you what it is, you got the wrong autoparts store. Call your local Chevy dealer and asked the service manager. If he won t help you, send me the numbers. To change from a one barrel to a two, you have to change the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 cadillac sedan deville vacuum system, automatic temperature control, vacuum hoses
automatic temperature control, vacuum hoses, vacuum leaks: The car is 43 years old, so very likely all the rubber parts are brittle and porous. This includes all the vacuum hoses, and also all the fuel hoses, which are probaby more important, especially now that modern gasoline contains oxygenates. So yes, buy a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 cadillac sedan deville radio, vacuum tube radio, cadillac sedan deville
vacuum tube radio, cadillac sedan deville, faint noise: Dave, It s possible that the speaker wire may have come disconnected or the speaker could be defective. This radio may be a vacuum tube radio or a hybred with tubes and transistors. Please contact me by direct Email for more details about this radio. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 chevy c10 235 inline, chevy c10, harmonic balancer
chevy c10, harmonic balancer, mickey: Mickey ; HI- I would say that there should be some type of a mark or at least a line or dot. and is there no plate ot any arm on the block. if you are doing the valves cold and by the timieng mark can you pop the no# 1 cyld to get it on to the no #...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: back again! 62 falcon voltage regulator, hair mechanics, pep boys
hair mechanics, pep boys, v belt: They gave you an alternator, which is not a replacement for a generator. Take the alternator back and if the counter man won t give you back your old generator, keep screaming until you get to a supervisor. Tell him you brought in a generator, not an alternator,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 galaxie, gas tank, nail file
gas tank, nail file, sandpaper: 4 years is long enough that the gas has probably gone bad, and you should drain the gas tank and refill it with fresh gas - otherwise it may start and run but the gummy gas may cause a valve to stick and cause an expensive problem. Once you ve done that,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 newport rear hub, broken studs, lug bolts
broken studs, lug bolts, rear hub: Many cars used left hand threads on the left side of the car - for a very good reason, that stopped the old problem of wheels working themselves loose. In your case, you ll need to remove at least two of the broken parts so that you can get new lug bolts...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '62 Rambler Classic, vacuum gauge, ohv engine
vacuum gauge, ohv engine, gas tank: Just off the top off my head, it sounds like you are sucking oil up into the intake. Does it have a pcv or that era s equivilent? Also, have you cleaned the gas tank? This is standard operating procedure for one that has set. You could have sludge that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 62 T-Bird ignition removel, door locks, tag numbers
door locks, tag numbers, hot wire: There are no places to find the key numbers except inside the lock, on the tumbler cartridge, and it takes a key to get that out! Originally, the car was delivered with a tag attached to the key ring on which was recorded the key numbers. If that has been...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 Ford Econoline truck, ford econoline, ford econoline truck
ford econoline, ford econoline truck, pipe location: If they are the same block, (and I think they are) the exhaust manifold should interchange as far as fitting the engine. I don t know if the other vehicle would have the same exhaust pipe location as your 170 does, though. I don t have books on trucks,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 Ford Galaxie dash lights, 63 ford galaxie, napa store
63 ford galaxie, napa store, fuse block: The rheostat on the dash light dimmer may have burned out but there is also a decent possiblity that it is just dirty. So before you buy a new headlight switch (which is readily available at any NAPA store), try this: Turn on the parking lights (do this...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 Galaxie brakes, dual piston, fred flintstone
dual piston, fred flintstone, custom fab: Ben, Well at least you did some research:) Sorry on this one, all I know is its all what I call CUSTOM FAB, it seems to be my life story anymore as these cars get older and I also try and update them... like brakes. (it was ok when all the cars were on...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 Galaxie wheels, ford wheels, fender wells
ford wheels, fender wells, bias ply tires: I would have a tough time throwing away a good set of tires for this reason - and radials definitely improve the high speed ride and handling of any car, even if they don t look authentic and make it ride too low to the ground (I ll bet you have to be careful...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '63 Jaguar XKE (6 cylinder), coil wire, blue spark
coil wire, blue spark, carbon brush: Hi Charlie, The E-type Jag is a Kettering ignition so all you need to do is remove the coil wire from the center of the dist. cap and remove the cap. Turn the engine over until the contact points are Closed . Turn the ign. switch on and hold the coil wire...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 mercury comet neutral switch, mercury comet, neutral safety switch
mercury comet, neutral safety switch, shift linkage: Unfortunately, you didn t tell me which engine or transmission your car has, so I can t give you any specific instructions, as they were all different. I also need to know if your car is a convertible or not, and if it has column shift or floor console shift....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 Pontiac Bonneville, pontiac bonneville, santa cruz county
pontiac bonneville, santa cruz county, headliner: With complete headliner relacements running about $85 I would not see repairing the old one. I would imagine that would cost $300-$450. Since I am east of Houston Texas and have not been to California, I would not have a clue where you would need to go...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '63 plymouth valiant, slant six club, old mopars
slant six club, old mopars, plymouth valiant: I m sorry, I m about as far away from both places as I could be (on the San Diego county line in the high desert). I do have a local shop that I use - he just finished my 67 Chrysler and did a prize winning show job on it, but he is expensive and slow....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 plymouth, vacuum gauge, windshield wipers
vacuum gauge, windshield wipers, gas consumption: Sounds like valves to me. Put a vacuum gauge on your engine and see if it holds steady or swings like windshield wipers. The latter is a dead give away of bad valves. Exhaust blockage is very detectable. Once the exhaust system is pressured up in front...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 rambler american transmission woes, mechanic friend, noticeable loss
mechanic friend, noticeable loss, sound car: If what is happening is that the engine revs up but the car doesn t accelerate, then the transmission is slipping and definitely needs to go to a transmission shop to checked out by a pro. These are not that rare, a transmission shop will be able to get...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 63 valiant problems, muffler shop, gas consumption
muffler shop, gas consumption, cherry bomb: Without putting it on an engine analyzer and doing some tests, I m only guessing, but I d sure take it to a muffler shop and have them check that whole system for a restriction, because the old guy is very likely right. In any case, that s a $50 problem,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '64 - '69 Ford Mustang, collector car restoration, car rust
collector car restoration, car rust, earth hands: Two things you should do, in my opinion: First, get a copy of Matt Joseph s book on Car Restoration - Amazon.com has it for around $20 - here s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Collector-Car-Restoration-Bible-Professional/dp/0873499255 After you ve spent...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 biscayne starting problems, 64 impala, selonoid
64 impala, selonoid, good car: Steven; Hea- If you turn the key and nothing happens it is prob. the selonoid. if the battery is good, and if you try to jump start it with a good car battery with your battery and you still get a click, than it is the starter or the selonoid. ok .......

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 CHEVY PICK UP, main lead, chevy
main lead, chevy, mistake: That is a possibility, but you don t say if it turns over, the lights work, or any other electric not related to the ignition. It is also possible the main lead from the battery is disconnected or now draining the battery. As for as hot wiring, properly...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 chevy c10 loss of power, 1964 chevy c10, fuel starvation
1964 chevy c10, fuel starvation, gas filter: You need to sort out whether it is fuel starvation or an ignition problem first. Also, it is possible that there is a restriction in the exhaust system - any of these things will cause a loss of power, but the symptoms are different. If it is fuel starvation,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Falcon Tranny Noise, falcon futura, torque loads
falcon futura, torque loads, transmission area: Well, I learn something new here every day! This is not something I have heard before. I really suspect it is something other than the transmission, but I suppose it is possible that one of the bands are slipping at high torque loads. However, if the transmission...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Galaxie Fuel issue, needle nose pliers, mechanical fuel pumps
needle nose pliers, mechanical fuel pumps, milk jug: Yes, running the fuel pump from a close bucket of fuel is a good idea whether it is working or not, just be aware of all the possible fire hazards. Also blow into the gas tank backwards from the fuel line and see if it is plugged (remember to remove your...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '64 Impala dies when the key is released., ballast resistor, old chevy
ballast resistor, old chevy, selonoid: Tom ; Hi , well as far as the resistor , I never seen one on a 64 chevy. but I would have said its the switch , but you put one in, I would than go to the selonoid , and check all of the starting wires ,. there is a break someplace. p.s. does the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Impala ss/ starting problems, 64 impala ss, firing order
64 impala ss, firing order, hea: Kevin; Hea- first off- did you remove the dist. at all ? if yes than there is the trouble. if not I would re-check all wires on the plugs and on the cap. you got it right 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2- one is on the front driver side-do you have the coil wires on right,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Impala starting problems, 1964 impala ss, 64 impala
1964 impala ss, 64 impala, ok condition: First, I have to apologize for being slow to respond - we had a family problem that kept me off the computer for a few days. It sounds to me like you have two problems. One is the starter fit to the engine - perhaps that is fixed now if it sounds OK...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 impala 409, hubcaps, emblems
hubcaps, emblems, rims: as far as I know it was mostly extras like chrome and some stickers or s/s emblems etc, hubcaps or rims , not too much diff. I would rather have it with the 327 as it is a better motor in my book . as a 409 is fine but a 327 is heaven.you can do...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 impala alternator, 64 impala, altanator
64 impala, altanator, 283 engine: Aubery; HI the first thing to do is get a volt meter and see what the altanator is putting out. if not 13+ or more volts than there it is, also test the battery.If all ok than check all of the splices the only way to do a wire harness patch job is to solder...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 impala radio, rear speaker, fader
rear speaker, fader, impala: Mark, You may be able to locate someone that still has new-old parts. You may also be able to replace the fader portion only with a newer similar type of control. Please give me the complete model number off the radio and I will look up the info and give...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Nova rearend gears, rearends, rearend
rearends, rearend, ring and pinion: Duane; HI ; I would stick with the right years as far as the gears go, I never ran across this question , I would take the old gears and match them up with a 10 bolt set and if they are the same than they will work, but check them real good and use...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 Pontiac Laurentian 6 Cyl, pontiac laurentian, heater core
pontiac laurentian, heater core, shroud: ok, there are 2 hoses on the water system going toward the passenger compartment. They supply the heater with hot water for rider comfort. It was long established that to bypass a leaking heater, you simply disconnect the 2 hoses and put a pipe between them....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 thunderbird, holley carburetor, carburetor problems
holley carburetor, carburetor problems, personal biases: It sound like you have a carburetor that is dumping more fuel into the intake manifold system than it is supposed to. While the common folklore out there is that a Holley Carburetor will cure all ills I have found the opposite to be true. Well my personal...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 64 vette wiper, wiper arms, wiper switch
wiper arms, wiper switch, best bet: I can only guess, without being there, but my first guess would be something is preventing the motor from turning, and the clicking you hear is a circuit breaker, turning off the power intermittently to prevent a fire or overheating the motor. Take all the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 289 mustang overheating, sandalwood lane, coolant filter
sandalwood lane, coolant filter, vertical tubes: If you have not done it within the last few years, it is probably way past due for a complete cleaning of the block. The process is to remove the core plugs from the sides of the block and mechanically dig out the 42 year accumulation of crud and mud from...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Caddy Fleetwood Brougham Rochester 4GC Rough Idle, fleetwood brougham, vacuum ports
fleetwood brougham, vacuum ports, cadillac service: The 4GC kits are notorious for this and other problems. You are exactly right, there should be no path for air to enter the intake stream that does not take it through the air cleaner. I ve fought exactly the same problem with the 4GCs on Packards. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Caddy Rough Idle, crane fireball ignition, manifold gaskets
crane fireball ignition, manifold gaskets, vacuum leak: It s really tough to hear about when people spend gobs of money and time on a problem, and don t get to a solution. The first thing I would do is a simple test: Take the air cleaner off, start the engine and let it warm up. Now, take a sheet of cardboard,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '65 cheverolet corvair, starter motor, corvair
starter motor, corvair, cheverolet: Mike; HI I would go to the library and look in the tech books as they should show you step by step. but first you must disconect the battery POS+ term than you remove the bolts holding the starter in and the wires that are on it, remember where they go...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 comet, drag car, street racer
drag car, street racer, car street: Sure you can but we need more info.. year of motor , your budget, you automotive experience. Why do you want to go carbs and not use the Fuel injection. Answer these questions and I will be able to give you more info and ideas. Also, what is your ultimate...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 ford mustang, air chisel, air hammer
air chisel, air hammer, ford mustang: Do you happen to have an air hammer? Small over the counter tool sometimes called an air chisel. A cheap one is about $12, but you will need an air compressor. Use the air hammer to vibrate the shaft while putting stress to pull it apart. Be careful not...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 IMPERIAL, daimler chrysler, brake caliper
daimler chrysler, brake caliper, disk brakes: Now that s one I can t answer, without looking at the car. Both disk and drum front brakes were available on Furys from 1966 on, so it might have disks, or it might not. Sport Fury Convertibles are lumped in with all the other 69 Furys, so I can t tell if...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Imperial 413 engine stalling/choking for gas, new castle pa, rich mixture
new castle pa, rich mixture, black crown: I need to be sure I know what your symptoms are. Stalling is clear enough, I assume you mean that when you slow as if to stop for traffic, you have to restart the engine to get going again. Choking for gas is not a term that means the same thing to everybody,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 imperial ignition switch, panel switches, imperial club
panel switches, imperial club, club mailing: This question just came up on the Imperial club mailing list also - are you the same person? Here is the answer given there: Refer to pages 8-58 and 8-59 in the 1965 FSM, part number 81-070-5150. It provides step by step instructions for removing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Mustang specs, mustang specs, marti report
mustang specs, marti report, seat cushions: There is no way to find out what the dealer installed on the car, because they kept no records of that other than what was listed on the invoice when the original buyer took delivery. As for how the car was built, this will be shown on the build sheet....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 mustang gauges, oil pressure gauge, quarter tank
oil pressure gauge, quarter tank, fuel gauge: Ok, Great; I guess we tracked it down to the right cause. That rapid pulsing sometimes is a symptom of momentary contact of one of the sender wires with ground - so if the symptom returns, inspect both the fuel and temp sender wires for contact with bare...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 mustang ignition swith, ford truck, tiny bit
ford truck, tiny bit, bezel: I beleive it simply unscrews from the front. There was probably a special tool to grab it and unscrew it, but I have been able to get mine off (I have a 65 Ford truck, probably the same setup) by just holding it with my fingers and reaching behind the dash...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 mustang radio, fuse panel, radio wires
fuse panel, radio wires, wire colors: I do not have a wiring diagram for your car; however, I can tell you how to check what you have. The blue/red wire is probably the power to the dial light in the radio, so you can find any other blue/red wire under the dash and connect them, after you verify...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 mustang transmission problem, dogears, transmission problem
dogears, transmission problem, neutral position: Sounds like your dog ears are wallering and starting to misalign. Lay under the car and have someone move the shifter and watch the dogears for slop. I give this answedr probably three times a day. It is the most common problem on shifters. Just because it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 mustang wiring, radio shack store, fuse clips
radio shack store, fuse clips, fuse block: The last question is an easy one, yes, the parking lights are supposed to go out when you turn the headlights on. Later cars, starting in 1968, began leaving the parking lights on with the headlights, as a safety requirement from the NHTSA, but not in 65....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 Pontiac Turbo 400 Tranny, turbo 400, dipstick
turbo 400, dipstick, quarts: It appears that the front pump is not filling the converter. The proper procedure for a dry transmission/converter is to put 7 quarts in, then let the engine run at fast idle for 1 1/2 minutes in Park (to fill the converter), then reduce engine speed to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 plymouth fury power windows, white lithium grease, plymouth fury
white lithium grease, plymouth fury, auto parts stores: This is a very common problem with cars that have been left sitting for a while. Since you see the dome light dim when you try the button, you know that the motor is drawing current- that means that the switch and the motor are both good, and that the window...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 65 TBird, crossover pipe, exhaust gases
crossover pipe, exhaust gases, exhaust note: It makes the exhaust note a little quieter, and makes the car sound more like the luxury car it was designed to be. If you elminate it, your car will sound a bit rougher, and louder. The crossover pipe takes advantage of the alternating pulses of exhaust...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '65 Valiant-outer axle bearing FOLLOWUP, lock tite, cold chisel
lock tite, cold chisel, slide hammer: I don t know when you posted your question, but I just got it this instant - since it s already dark here on the west coast, I m sure you ve given up on me. Sorry. This site is sometimes BOG slow! Yes, you can try to crack the race with a chisel, but...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '65 Valiant-outer axle bearing&seal replacement, metal shavings, cotter pin
metal shavings, cotter pin, grease seal: First, I m sorry to be so slow in responding - the site must have been down or else had some problem, as I haven t been receiving questions for about a week - now I get a bunch all at once! I guess you have the axle out already? If you do, you don t need...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 barracuda, ballast resistor, wire connections
ballast resistor, wire connections, cuda: To track down the problem, temporarily connect an extra wire from the + terminal of the battery to the + terminal of the coil. If the car will run OK then, you know the problem is in the wire from the I terminal on the ignition switch to the + terminal...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 CHEVY BEL AIR, chevy bel air, hemmings motor news
chevy bel air, hemmings motor news, old chevy: Carl, the best answer that I have for this and everyone that asks where can I get parts, is to get a copy of Hemmings Motor News. It is the bible of classified ads for the old car hobby. www.hemmings.com. There are dozens of companies that sell old Chevy parts...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 chevy nova, shift linkage, chevy nova
shift linkage, chevy nova, 1966 chevy nova: Most column shift cars get this problem as they wear- the problem is very likely in the linkage at the base of the steering column. If you have a shop manual for the car, study the instructions for adjusting this linkage, and then take it apart. Look for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Ford Fairlane Relay Location, ford fairlane, inner fender
ford fairlane, inner fender, horn button: I agree, either the relay has failed, or there is a very poor connection at the relay. In either case, you have to find the relay to trouble-shoot! The relay will be a black, metal can, rectangular in cross section, about 2 inches by 1 inch, and about 1...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 ford galaxy 500, ford galaxy 500, iola wisconsin
ford galaxy 500, iola wisconsin, major library: There is no way any honest person can answer that question without doing a careful inspection of the car. The car could be worth anywhere from $500 to $5000, depending on how original it is, how much mileage is on it, and if there is any rust anywhere. ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '66 ford mustang transmission leaking need help!, pan gasket, ford mustang
pan gasket, ford mustang, bolt holes: I know you don t want to hear this, but I think the last person who worked on the transmission messed it up pretty severely. These are very reliable transmissions, and should go more than 100,000 miles without having to be touched again after a proper rebuild....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 ford mustang, mustang club, mustang forums
mustang club, mustang forums, ford mustang: There is a great deal on info about your Mustang. The early mustang is probably the cheapest and easiest cat to restore. Usually there is a number on the block etched into the area just above the fuel pump. Also if the manifold is original, there would...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '66 Galaxie rolling/rough idle, chuff chuff, fuel mixture
chuff chuff, fuel mixture, magic cure: Intermittent problems like this are very difficult to track down. You can keep throwing money at the problem in hopes of fixing the right thing, or you can get it into the hands of someone who has an engine analyzer, and who will spend the time to keep on...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 IMPALA GAUGE CLUSTER, 66 impala, gauge cluster
66 impala, gauge cluster, new radio: Tony ; Hi - I never did one of those but if like the others , you will have to bend-twist-turn-push-pull- and be carefull it will come out. just take your time and look everything over to see what it is hitting and think of what you can do to get around...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Impala brake system upgrade for Cheap, full size chevy, 66 impala
full size chevy, 66 impala, chevy models: HI,Torrance I do not know if you can put them in the rear,you can but it might be a lot of work, as far as the front you should be able to use most any full size chevy disc brake set up,you will have to change all of the parts,and new bearings and seals...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Impala drum brakes, drum brakes, wheel cylinder
drum brakes, wheel cylinder, brake hardware: Figures, somthing so simple turns into a life long battle, I know the feeling all too well. I wish I had an easy answer for a stuck bolt, most of the time I always say to tighten it first then back it off but if all else fails heat it and beat it, that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Impala trans swap, clutch pedal, speed column
clutch pedal, speed column, powerglide transmission: Hi John; I would put in a 4 speed on the floor as you will have to do a bit of work if you wish to put in a 3 speed colum shifter as you will have to find a old car with all of the parts to replace and with a 4 speed or 3 speed floor shift you will...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 impala, spark plug wires, firing order
spark plug wires, firing order, cylinder engine: I need to know which wires you are talking about, and also which engine the car has. If you are asking about the firing order of the spark plug wires, and if your car is the 8 cylinder engine, the firing order is 1 8 4 3 6 5 7 2, and the cylinders are numbered...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang Conv. Tail Light Problem, filament bulb, dual filament
filament bulb, dual filament, wire probe: OK, thanks for the follow up. I want to emphasize that the fact that the tail light contact has power has nothing to do with the stop/turn contact - they are completely independent, merely sharing the glass envelope of the bulb (it should be an 1157, or it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang Fastback w/ 289, camshaft bearings, well lit place
camshaft bearings, well lit place, block fords: If the seller admits that the oil pressure is low, you have to assume that not only the main and rod bearings will need to be replaced, but also the camshaft bearings, and that the crankshaft will need to be ground and polished to a standard undersize. If...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang Fuel Pump, dash lights, fuel supply
dash lights, fuel supply, fuel pump: Follow the manual, using common sense instead of their word for word, Look the entire job over, step by step, before starting. Use boxed end wrenches instead of open end. NEVER use pliers on a flat surfaced object - bolthead, tubing ferel, etc. If you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang Oil Change, variable viscosity, engine coolant temperature
variable viscosity, engine coolant temperature, classic mustangs: Well, my goodness - something went wrong here. This question dates from before I left on vacation on 9/22 - and should not have been allowed by the system, or it should have been directed to another volunteer. Since I find it in my in-box, I guess you are...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '66 Mustang stalling/chugging, rust deposits, rusty tank
rust deposits, rusty tank, contaminated fuel: My guess is that there is a lot of crud coming through with the gas, and your carburetor is probably contaminated with the stuff. I avoid trying to dope out what happens when a vehicle has non- stock parts on it, but if it were mine, I d take the top off...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang Trans. leak, tiny drip, torque converter
tiny drip, torque converter, raceing: walt;hea I guess im a old guy I know my way around 50s and 60 s and 70s , but young enough to still have fun.I wonder how old that guy is 1960 cars or 1860 cars or horse and wagons lol. I think you should find another guy to do your tranny work, with all...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang Water leakage, air plenum, squirt water
air plenum, squirt water, rust hole: There are three possibilities: One is that the rubber seal around the windshield is dried out and shrunk, in which case the water is coming in under the dashboard and running down the wiring to where you see it. If that is the problem, you can find it by...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Mustang, fuse box, stang
fuse box, stang, schematics: Don t always trust what is written. Try and notice if anything else is affected by the fuse, such as gas guage. Also, follow the wire either from fuse box forward or from light cluster back and see if over the life of the car someone has tapped into the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang, steel line, needle valve
steel line, needle valve, dangerous condition: The gas smell is a serious problem, because you would not be able to smell it unless there was liquid gas under the hood. There could be a dangerous condition, and you probably should have a professional look at it for you. If you want to do some troubleshooting...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang, needle valve, katelyn
needle valve, katelyn, running one: Katelyn, it sounds like, based on your sense of smell, like it could be a flooding carburetor. That happens when the little needle valve in the carburetor won t shut off the flow of fuel from the fuel pump, and too much fuel gets into the engine. You are going...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang, running one, katelyn
running one, katelyn, air filter: If this just began suddenly with no real cause, begin by checking filters, gas and air. When was your last tune up? Have you ran carb/injector cleaner thru the tank? Could you have got some water in the gas from a station or gas can? The gas smell could...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang steering, discount auto parts, steering box
discount auto parts, steering box, rebuilder: This is not something to play with yourself. Send it to a qualified rebuilder and you will be much safer. $200 sounds like about the right price. Have you checked the local discount auto parts places? Some of them are quite cheap for things like this,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang VIN number location, number location, highway patrol office
number location, highway patrol office, mustangs: Open the driver s door and look on the rear facing surface of the open door. There should be a plate permanently affixed to the door with the VIN on it. If it is not there, you will have to take the car to your local highway patrol office (or whatever they...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang window, auto glass shop, glass run
auto glass shop, glass run, window channels: The window dropping down when you shut the door is an indication that the window lift mechanism is worn out. You might be able to tighten up the slop in the parts by taking the door apart and removing the window regulator. This is a major job and possibly...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 mustang, volt line, fuse box
volt line, fuse box, metal probe: Jack, If you don t already have a repair book for your car (Chiltons) you may want to purchase one. This book will show you all the wiring for this car. The best way to troubleshoot the power problem is to use a 12 volt test lamp with a sharp metal probe...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 nova ignition switch?, screw ring, faxon
screw ring, faxon, missing something: No, I don t recall that there is anything to prevent it from coming all the way off. Perhaps there is a messed up thread on the switch, or something else is in the way. If you have the replacement switch, you can look at it to see if you can see any reason...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 nova ignition switch, bringer of bad news, internal mechanism
bringer of bad news, internal mechanism, lock cylinder: Sorry to be so slow in responding - the site must have been down or else had some problem, as I haven t been receiving questions for about a week - now I get a bunch all at once! Anyway, I m sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but you must have the right...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 nova, driveline service, balance weights
driveline service, balance weights, front end alignment: There are so many possiblities, all I can do is list them - you can run down the list to see which seem most likely. Your tires may be balanced, but they may not be round. Jack up each wheel and give it a spin, to see if it wobbles, either up and down or...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Vehicle leaks a bit of tranny fluid, ford mustang convertible, ford mustang
ford mustang convertible, ford mustang, question thanks: Todd; Hi well as far as the two I would go with the ford. and as far as the tranny if it is only the seal, it cant cost that much or just check it and add it when needed, as you can even try the stuff they they sell that might help to stop the leak as it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 66 Vette Problem Starting when hot, corvette coupe, carberator
corvette coupe, carberator, older cars: It is quite normal to have to pump the gas pedal once or to hold it 1/4 way down when starting a warm engine. Pumping more than that could flood the engine with gasoline making it almost impossible to start. We have become so accustomed to not touching the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 4dr dodge dart, halifax nova scotia, dodge dart
halifax nova scotia, dodge dart, rust problem: I am about as far from Nova Scotia as you can get without swimming (I m near San Diego), so I can t help with local sources. Most of the junkyards out here in the west will have crushed that old a car by now, but there are some outfits in the Phoenix area...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Camaro conver, 67 camaro convertible, hurst shifter
67 camaro convertible, hurst shifter, head gasket: I can answer part of your question. Yes, the Camaro was available with a 350 engine in 1967. The engine code for that is MS with manual shift. The engine code is stamped into the block on the front, just below the passenger s side head gasket. The 3 speed...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '67 Chevy 3 speed, mr gasket, speed tranny
mr gasket, speed tranny, chevy truck: The dogears that go on the transmission are not as harden a metal as the originals and usually get wallered out at the slot that fits on the shifter rod coming out of the tranny. Check and see if when you move the leakage the dogear doesn t move a little before...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 cadillac engine, thrust plate, oil grooves
thrust plate, oil grooves, cam timing: The timing chain and the mechanism mounted in the timing case or front covers is lubricated by throw off from the front main and the number one cam bearing. The thrust plate that goes on behind the cam timing sprocket should have oil grooves milled into one...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 cadillac steering column, gm training center, auto literature
gm training center, auto literature, ebay: There are many auto literature dealers who stock the shop manuals. I use Ed Faxon of Riverside CA - he always has what I need. Contact him at:(800)458-2734 The manuals also run on eBay all the time - that will be cheaper, by far. The special tool...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Dodge Dart GT Conv. Core Support Color, fender tag, dodge dart
fender tag, dodge dart, dart gt: I m quite certain that the core support is painted a semi-gloss black. Use Rust-O-Leum Satin Black - it will look exactly like it did when new. The fender tag on my 67 Imperial is also missing, but in this case I know how it happened - I mislaid it when...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 deville tranny leak, cadillac coupe deville, torque convertor
cadillac coupe deville, torque convertor, 1967 cadillac coupe deville: I am going way out on a limb on this one. But I have been told by folks over the last 3/4s of a century that I am dumb, so here goes. You say that the leak is coming out of the center of the shaft that comes out of the transmission. Could that shaft be the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Ford F100 gears lock up, hurst shifters, ford f100
hurst shifters, ford f100, shift levers: The problem is a common one with vehicles with the column mounted shifters. The shift forks at the bottom of the column wear as well as the shift tube. Many folks who ran into this problem converted to one of the floor shifters available at auto parts stores...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 ford lifters, engine lifters, rocker shaft
engine lifters, rocker shaft, cam bearings: Had to go back into my notes from the 60 s to find the answer to this one. The left bank of lifters is lubricated by the rear cam shaft bearing, splitting at the back of the engine to a main galley then to each side of the engine. The rocker arms and top of...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 grand prix, jet engine, gasses
jet engine, gasses, exhaust system: Although many claim yes dyno testing has proved just the opposite. The smog pump puts oxygen into the exhaust system to burn left over gasses and actually according to engineering creates a little jet engine in the system that relieves back pressure. If it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 imperial vacuum lines, factory service manuals, vacuum lines
factory service manuals, vacuum lines, atc system: You must have a very late 67 - as the ATC system was only released for production in the last month or so of production. The ATC system was not covered in the 1967 shop manual, nor was the stereo radio, another late accessory. It is a coincidence that...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Mustang back-up light switch install, shift levers, 1967 mustang
shift levers, 1967 mustang, backup lights: You don t tell me which type of shifter you have, but I can tell you that there should be a switch mounted either at the base of the steering column, right where the shift levers come out of the column (if you have column shift) or right under the shift lever...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Mustang Power Steering, crank pulley, mustang gta
crank pulley, mustang gta, mustang power: These systems were not the outrageously high boost systems such as used on many modern cars, and even those on Chrysler products of that era, Ford used less boost. In addition, your car was designed to have bias ply tires, and I m betting you have radials...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Mustang reverse lights, throttle linkage, center shaft
throttle linkage, center shaft, mustang parts: This is your back-up light switch. It has probably failed, and will have to be replaced - I doubt it can be repaired, and it should be pretty cheap to buy a new one. NAPA probably stocks them. If not, go to one of the Mustang parts dealers and pay 3X the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Mustang reverse lights not working, mustang coupe, orange stripe
mustang coupe, orange stripe, shift mechanism: The reverse lights are operated by a switch that is actuated by the shift mechanism, either on the steering column, on the console shifter if that is what your car has, or on the transmission itself. I can t verify the color of the wire at the switch end...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 mustang, fuel injection system, wrecking yard
fuel injection system, wrecking yard, manual shift: Not really my area of interest, but I can give you a few pointers. You would be miles ahead (not to mention many, many dollars) to find a running car that has the features you are looking for. Maybe something from a wrecking yard that has the body trashed....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 Rambler starting problem, timing gears, test light
timing gears, test light, distributor cap: The points ground the distributor to coil primary - wire whenever the points are closed, which is about 2/3 of the time, so you probably haven t found the problem yet. If you have a meter or a test light, connect it from that terminal to ground and have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '67 roadster clutch, front brake caliper, radiator fan
front brake caliper, radiator fan, drive shaft: Hi James, A clutch that engages high is a clutch that releases well and as long as there is a little free play when the pedal is released and it don t slip, it s usually not a problem. A light flywheel is ok as long as it is not too light. You didn t say...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 TBird Parking brake won't release, manual states, release mechanism
manual states, release mechanism, vacuum hose: This is a vacuum operated brake release. You may have a vacuum hose disconnected (do you hear a hissing sound when you shift to a gear when the engine is running?) It is supposed to release in any gear, but not in Park or neutral, but if you move from Park...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 67 vette backfires with pipes, holley 4160, zz4 crate motor
holley 4160, zz4 crate motor, plug gap: Brian, follow up on 5/18 Any luck on fixing? let me know how its going Mike I would say drop one jet size and see where your at plugs sound good so your not running rich its just not scavenging all that it needs to What kind of headers?...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 300THM TRANSMISSION, vacuum modulator, auto body shop
vacuum modulator, auto body shop, 2bl: The vacuum modulator controls the quality and timing of the shift, but it wouldn t cause your symptom. If your driveshaft is present and hooked up, the problem must be internal to the transmission, probably the pump, front clutch, or roller clutch, but it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 buick skylark custom - sluggish, buick skylark, fuel starvation
buick skylark, fuel starvation, smooth acceleration: Well, with all the non standard stuff on the car it is hard to guess, but from the symptom you describe, it could be fuel starvation. I d start by changing the fuel filter and testing the fuel pump to see if it is putting out the right pressure (3 to 5 1/2...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 Camaro Steering Wheel, 68 camaro, steering wheel
68 camaro, steering wheel, camaro: Brad- o-yes you need a wheel puller, there are a few tricks but I better not tell you just rent a wheel puller as you can do damage if you strip the threads,or cut wires. and the line in the shaft should be put on the same way. and it should be put on tigh...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '68 Chevy Impala water pump, chevy impala, heater hoses
chevy impala, heater hoses, box wrench: Corey Hea- well no big deal, first drain the rad. than remove the fan-belts , if you have a shroud you should remove it,too.The bolts and pump should all clear the rad. now the 4 bolts on the fan must come off so with a box wrench or socket, hold the fan...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 chevelle, car idles, fuel filter
car idles, fuel filter, holley: Dan Hi when you did the trimming did you remove the vacuumed line to the dist. if it had one. it might just need a carb. adj, and when was the last-plugs-points-rotor-condenser-cap-wires. and is the choke hanging up on you. I would adj. the carb turn in the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 chevy C-10 (automatic shifter), chevy c, shift cable
chevy c, shift cable, square bracket: the square bracket should be attached by 2 bolts on your tranny pan so in other words your shift cable should drop down towards the trans linkage there should be a bracket attached to to trans to hold cable in place then the cable will attach to metal piece...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 corvette ignition trouble, 68 corvette, pluged
68 corvette, pluged, white cloth: Tim Hi- have you replaced the condenser, and I wonder if the capasator is going bad. is the timming right at apx. 8 or 10 and how is the carb adj. also haw is the choke is it closing up on you,and check for any open or un pluged vacume lines- do you have...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 firebird 400 will not start, 68 firebird, wd 40
68 firebird, wd 40, older cars: You aren t in quite as much trouble as you think. Yes, there will probably be some oil leak out, but it won t be an enormous amount, because there is no pressure behind it, in fact if your PCV system is working right, there is actually a slight vacuum inside...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 ford fairlane gas peddle trouble, ford fairlane, firwall
ford fairlane, firwall, teenaged boys: I can t diagnose this problem without examining the car. However, this is so dangerous that you HAVE to have it flatbedded to a mechanic so they can track it down. I think the problem is probably related to broken motor mounts, but that is merely a guess...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 gto, fuel pressure gauge, wd 40
fuel pressure gauge, wd 40, octane booster: Doug; Hea- well if it been sitting for 2 yrs. I would throw in 2 cans of dry gas and add some hi-test to it than add a can of octane booster. now get some carb cleaner- spray it inside and outside-real good & choke too, than spray the linkage with wd-40 .did...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 gto key won't turn, needle nose pliers, door key
needle nose pliers, door key, electrical connections: I suspect you have the wrong key for the ignition lock. If you have tried the key that opens the doors, and that won t turn the ignition lock, then someone has fiddled with the locks, and you are going to need a locksmith to sort it out. You can remove...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 gto, edelbrock performer manifold, vacuum hoses
edelbrock performer manifold, vacuum hoses, vacuum ports: It sounds like you have a massive vacuum leak. You should disconnect and plug the connections to the brake booster, the AC control, the charcoal cannister, and headlight doors, and anything else that is vacuum operated on the car. Just find all the connections...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 Mustang Brakes, power brake booster, mustang gt
power brake booster, mustang gt, push rod: It could possibly be the rod adjustment, but since you can get them to release when you lift the pedal, I think more likely your pedal return spring is too weak, or there is too much slop in the parts. The right adjustment is when the pedal has to move about...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 68 ply valiant 273 motor, vacuum leaks, vacuum leak
vacuum leaks, vacuum leak, retarded timing: Yep, it tells me that the car was originally equipped with a solenoid switching device the routed vacuum to and away from the distributor at certain engine temperatures and speed. The system was supposed to make the engine burn cleaner but for the most part...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Coolant, 69 camaro, plain water
69 camaro, plain water, hard water: I don t think you need a 50/50 mixture. The antifreeze companies tell you that because they want to sell more product, but a 30% mixture is plenty, unless you live at the north pole in winter! You should run the same mixture year round, because you need...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Crank Case Ventilation, 69 camaro, crank case
69 camaro, crank case, piston rings: Oil coming through the crankcase vent system is a sure sign that there is oil vapor in the crankcase - this can only be due to worn rings. How many miles on this engine? If this symptom exists, your next step should be to have a compression test done on...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Electrical, 69 camaro, battery cable
69 camaro, battery cable, warning light: Sorry, I ve forgotten the details about your car. Is your car still original as to the alternator etc.? If it is, and your GEN warning light is coming on, the problem is most likely either bad regulator or a bad alternator, assuming the GEN warning light...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Electrical Cont., light dims, 69 camaro
light dims, 69 camaro, battery cables: OK, we re making progress here. Since you hear the click, and the dome light dims, we know the starter is pulling juice - that proves your ignition switch and all your wiring is good, and that your solenoid is working right too. Now we have to figure out...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Electrical, starter solenoid, 69 camaro
starter solenoid, 69 camaro, battery cables: Hi, James - you must be one of my best customers ! There are probably 1001 possible causes for this. Let s start with the most basic. Try your starter while you watch the dome light (Leave the door open so it stays on). If it goes out while you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Fuel pump question, 69 camaro, piston rings
69 camaro, piston rings, fuel pump: The way to track down poor compression in a cylinder is to perform a leakdown test. If you hire someone to do it, it will be expensive but you can do it yourself. Make an adaptor from an old spark plug (gut the innards out of it) so you can pump air into...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro hood question, hood latch, 69 camaro
hood latch, 69 camaro, car type: Better track this one down - it could be really dangerous! My guess is that your hood latch has come out of adjustment. Just study the way the latch holds the hood down - I don t remember the details on your car, but I m sure a good look and common sense...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Ignition Switch Removal, 69 camaro, screw holes
69 camaro, screw holes, mounting bolt: I m pretty sure the switch is bolted to the side of the steering column, about the same height as the brake pedal. If your problem is in the mechanism that operates the switch, up near the steering wheel, that s a different story, but if you are just trying...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Lock Cylinder Question, 69 camaro, security locks
69 camaro, security locks, lock cylinder: Sorry, James, I m not going to be able to help you with this one - I ve never had to get into those early security locks. I think you re going to have to get someone who knows these better - try your local locksmith to see if he can help you. You...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Starter Switch, 69 camaro, starter switch
69 camaro, starter switch, steering wheel: Yes, that is what I said - adjust the switch rod by loosening the two screws that hold the switch to the steering column and just move the switch up toward the steering wheel 1/8 of an inch or so, then try it to see if everything works right, and the starter...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro Starter, starter solenoid, chevy starter
starter solenoid, chevy starter, chevy dually: Yeah, I was used to it, and carried a spare with me, because my truck had a 454 with headers, and it was always cooking the solenoids. I used to haul cars for fun and profit, and that was my trailer towing truck (1 Ton Chevy Dually Crew Cab towing a 40...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro wipers, windshield wiper motor, 69 camaro
windshield wiper motor, 69 camaro, switch problem: This could be the fault of the motor, but more likely the problem is in your control switch or the wiring from the switch to the motor. When you turn the wipers off, there is a contact in the switch that feeds 12 volts to a special circuit in the wiper...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Camaro, 69 camaro, leaf spring
69 camaro, leaf spring, retiring in florida: Hi Dave; If I were you I think I would go for the crate 250 as it is only a 6 cyld. and you are not going to put a v-8 in it or build a v-8 into a hot rod so a motor built in a crate is a good move go for it.ok roger ps; keep it all ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Chevy Impala Barke Problem, valave, drum brakes
valave, drum brakes, impala custom: Tony; hi well I do not think you can open the valve , can you blow some air into it some how. and you might have to replace or blow all the lines, brake cyld. etc. if you cant get it clean, try (jc Whitney.com) they might have the part. or try a serch for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Chevy, cherry bomb mufflers, street avenger carb
cherry bomb mufflers, street avenger carb, electric fuel pump: RONNIR; Hi- well as far as the heads I would go with a set or cloned fuley 202 valves with some springs. new rods and a cam and as far as the carb you should go with a alum. hi. rise. intake and a holley 750 dbbl. pumper with mech. and as far as a heat shield...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Corvette Overheating, radiator system, stock exhaust
radiator system, stock exhaust, corvettes: Exhaust could be one factor. With all the modifications you have made to the engine, have you upgraded the radiator system to the new C.I.D. rating of the engine? Did the car have factory air? If not, the radiator was rated so and did not have a condensing...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 camaro 4 speed clutch problem, clutch fork, bar linkage
clutch fork, bar linkage, clutch pedal: There is an adjustment on the rod that connects to the clutch fork, the arm that sticks out of the bell housing. But I have a sneaky feeling that what we call the Z bar linkage has popped a weld. The Z bar is the linkage shaft that runs from the chassis of...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 camaro wipers, 69 camaro, bearer of bad news
69 camaro, bearer of bad news, wire colors: I m sorry that I do not have a wiring diagram for your car. If you are going to be keeping this car, you should get a factory service Shop manual for the car, it will have all this information. You can find these at large city librarys, or you can buy...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 chev pickup 1/2 ton two wheel drive, turning the key, gas tank
turning the key, gas tank, chev: You know, I have actually repaired this problem in the past, but right now the answer escapes me. It is a grounded system and the wire passed thru the gauge. But I seem to recall something I didn t expect when I worked on this. I will have to check some...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 chevy bel air 327, chevy bel air, 69 chevy
chevy bel air, 69 chevy, degree increments: The modern gasoline is so different than the stuff these cars were designed to run on that the original specs are pretty useless now. To set your timing, first adjust the point dwell to 30 degrees, and then start out with the timing at 5 degrees BTC. If you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '69 Dodge Dart Engine, dodge dart, lull
dodge dart, lull, tune up: how many miles are on it? take it easy as when you own a classic like that it does need some work from time to time tune up -major tune up or it is possible she is getting a little bit tired ? it could be a lot of things but i would say give her a treat with...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '69 Dodge Dart Engine, dodge dart, fuel consumption
dodge dart, fuel consumption, older cars: This is a guess, but I beleive your choke is sticking in the on position. To confirm this, in the cool of the morning before you start the car, remove the air cleaner from the top of the carburetor (probably one wing nut in the center of the lid, plus...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Impala, wd 40, dash lights
wd 40, dash lights, plug hole: MIKE; HI have you tried to jump it with a second car, the battery could be low or bad. also try to put a 1 oz. of gas down into the carb. and spray some starting fluid into the carb also. and see what happens. it should tyrn over with that in it. , if...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 Mach 1 Mustang, turn signal flasher, turn signal switch
turn signal flasher, turn signal switch, fuse panel: Oh boy, here we go again straightening out a mess created by an after market installer. And back in the day they were bad. They liked to steal connections to run their stuff rather than make their own connections. The good news is that everything from the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69' Mustang, convertible mustang, station wagons
convertible mustang, station wagons, tail pipes: If I understand you correctly, you are saying that this clattering only occurs if you are in drive and putting a load on the engine. If this is right, the only difference between doing this when you are in park and when you are in drive is that the engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 69 mustang transmission, franchise operation, independent garage
franchise operation, independent garage, jack rabbit: Sorry, my response was based on my own experience with raising 6 kids, 4 of them boys with lead feet! I doubt very much you will find a New transmission for a 38 year old car - people who advertise that they have a new transmission are being a little...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 6v to 8v radio safety, lincoln capri, volt generator
lincoln capri, volt generator, heavy gauge: David, Appling 8 volts to a 6 volt radio shouldn t make difference. In most cases a 6 volt generator will put out 8 to volts on the average. What you may want to do is to jump start the vehicle and after the motor is running simply take the car for a long...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 70 Camaro headlight problem, 70 camaro, radiator support
70 camaro, radiator support, question thanks: Ron, I would suggest that you check the amperage draw of the headlights. Some of the newer high powered bulbs can draw more than the circuit breaker in the headlight switch will carry without opening up of tripping when warmed up. I had this same problem with...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 70 Chevelle, muffler shop, clunk
muffler shop, clunk, motor mounts: There are two things that can cause this noise. One is looseness in the drive line, and that is usually bad U joints, but it can also be a problem in the rear end or in the spring, engine, transmssion or shock mountings. The other major cause is an...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 70 nova ignition switch, turn signal switch, upper column
turn signal switch, upper column, nasty job: If your have to take the lock assembly apart, this is a very nasty job, you may want to take it to a lock smith to get this done, because you have to remove the turn signal switch first. If you need directions to do this, ask again. If you only need to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 70 olds vin, w30 w31, bbl carb
w30 w31, bbl carb, ram air hood: Kevin; Hi- Well back when I was hot rodden I remember the 442 olds hurst. they were Hi.Per. codes back then. olds used them for a long time.w-25 was the option for the ram air hood, w-30 and w-31 was w/out a ram hood than in 1970 the 442 w30-w31 also the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 70 philco radio hook up, flat ribbon, philco radio
flat ribbon, philco radio, aerospace defense: Garrett, The chassis is the common ground for the radio. The black wire with the filter may have a red stripe on it if you look close up, this is the main power feed. The flat cable is the speaker output wires. One wire may be the common ground or the common...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 71 Buick G.S. evaluation, buick gran sport, skylark series
buick gran sport, skylark series, drum brakes: This was a trim option on the Skylark series, but they are fairly rare. The model number is 43437, and the total production is 8268. The MSRP was $3666. The standard Skylark hardtop was $3421, so there was about $245 extra cost for the fancy trim and...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 71 chevelle fender replacement, 71 chevelle, shims
71 chevelle, shims, fenders: Be aware there is an inner and outer or fender and liner. For the most part it is pretty straight forward. There is a row of screws where the hood closes and one at bottom at door and two or three on spider brackets up front down low. Be aware of shims...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 71 Pontiac LaMans Starter, pontiac lamans, cold motor
pontiac lamans, cold motor, battery connections: Dan I wonder if your starter could be bad- some times when the fields are bad the cold motor will start but when its hot and you shut it down it will not start till the starter is cool.also check all battery connections and grounds,also starter wires o...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 72 chevelle, edlebrock carb, mild cam
edlebrock carb, mild cam, timeing: Mike; HI well as far as the timeing I have no idea as what cam is in it. I would try it at 6 or 8 above tdc+ and check all plug wires 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2- if just 1 is crossed it can pop also if the dist. is in wrong it can do the same thing. I would check...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 72 chevy c10 p/u - hard to keep running at first, 72 chevy c10, k n air filter
72 chevy c10, k n air filter, vacume: CRAIG ; Hi ; I wonder if you might have left off a small vacume line that goes into the air filter , that would cause it to stall . Listen for a sucking sound , when looking for it, your filter might not have had one but that is the only thing I can think...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 72 Dart timing, dodge dart, compression stroke
dodge dart, compression stroke, cam gear: YES. I don t believe it was 180 out, I believe you needed to rotate the engine one more round until the compression stroke.I don t do larger gear, smaller gear . The crank gear can not be wrong, but the cam gear can be 180 out. First make SURE the manual...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 72 el camino VIN#, sequential number, question thanks
sequential number, question thanks, spring clip: Ok, here goes. 1= Chevrolet D= Sales Code 80= Body Style ElCamino H= Engine code 2= Model year L= Assembly plant Van Nuys Calif. The rest is the run or unit number called the Plant Sequential Number. The key to this can be found in a Chevrolet Factory...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 72 Ghia Backfire, rich fuel mixture, bentley car
rich fuel mixture, bentley car, mechanical distributor: THIS IS THE FIRST ANSWER I GAVE YOU: Deccelaration backfire is caused by either too much fuel or floating (STICKING) valves not closing fast enough. You may do a quick valve check since on your engine it is very simple. Make sure to rotate EACH cylinder...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 72 mustang, test light, wiper switch
test light, wiper switch, engine compartment: Did this car not have washers installed in it before? If so the wire should be right there in the engine compartment for the washer. On the after market system that you are using one wire, if it has two wires, one goes to ground and the other back to the switch....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 72 Nova Coil Springs, upper control arm, 72 nova
upper control arm, 72 nova, castle nut: NO NO do not cut any thing off the springs it will make them trash. I would get a set of nova 396 h.d. springs. I wonder if the springs that you have will even fit the nova. do you have the spring compressor that fits up threw where the shock would go....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 72 Olds Cutlass, 72 olds cutlass, olds cutlass
72 olds cutlass, olds cutlass, hei distributor: Cheri, Sounds like ignition Now my question to you is...Since it is a 72 it came with points distributor, does it still have it or was that swapped for an HEI distributor? The points version is small round cap with middle plug going to coil sitting nearby....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '72 pontiac catalina, pontiac catalina, oil light
pontiac catalina, oil light, first car: The car dying explains the oil light and the steering locking. It sounds like the accelerator pump in the carb has gone out. It is a very inexpensive part and your mechanic should have caught it right away. You can remove it and visually inspect it...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 73 Camaro that stalls, 73 camaro, diagnostic tips
73 camaro, diagnostic tips, oil level: JAY ; Hea - well if the gauge was used , it could be faulty , if you wanted to you can put a second mech.gauge on it , just run it to any oil outlet that you wish to place it at. or run a T fitting to it. I would check your plugs @ .035 / points @...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 73 Corvette - Horn & Blower Motor Questions, corvette stingray, mounting bolt
corvette stingray, mounting bolt, motor questions: Yes, you have correctly identified the horn relay. Since it clicks, it is probably OK. Much more likely, given that your car is a Corvette, is that the horns are not grounded. To prove this, take a piece of electrical wire, 14 gauge or more, and momentarily...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 73 chevy van, j c whitney, chevy van
j c whitney, chevy van, wrecking yard: On vans, I am a little questionable on what years interchange around that model. You best bet is to have it put on a wrecking yard scanner in a large metro area. They can locate several, and give you a choice of which one to go with. This fender can also be...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 73 MGB Clutch, clutch fluid, clutch system
clutch fluid, clutch system, clutch plate: Roger: The fluid clutch is self adjusting meaning that there is no external adjustment. If it is not engaging then it could be a couple of things. First, as you correctly presume, it could be air in the clutch fluid system. This can be bled out. There...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 73 Mustang battery drain, dick dick, auto literature
dick dick, auto literature, starter relay: You are going to need to get a wiring diagram for your car - if you already have a factory shop manual, that will be included. If you do not have one, get one from one of the auto literature dealers. I recommend Ed Faxon of www.faxonautolit.com, but there...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '73 Mustang fuel issue, explosive ordnance disposal, stock motor
explosive ordnance disposal, stock motor, issue question: Headers at best, unless you really drop some big bucks, always seem to need a little modifying. See if you can heat the pipes and get the clearance. Changing th motor mount is another option. I have had to put front motor pins on once raising it about 4 ...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 73 Nova Tranny Problem (th350), psi pressure, 73 nova
psi pressure, 73 nova, convertor: Jeremy; Well I think that one reason is that the convertor must be full and the tranny should be full , or you will not get any psi/ pressure, and it will not work w/o pressure in the system. so try it with the fluid full ok . And you should check to...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '74 Corvette Leaf Spring, old camaros, rear leaf spring
old camaros, rear leaf spring, 74 corvette: OKSTEVE First as far as the spring goes you must be real carefull as it can go flying and it could rip yourbface off so use as many safty precautions as possible. be safe not sorry, and as far as the lift schocks that is a good idea. just be carefull when...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 74 Cutlass Supreme, cutlass supreme, fuse block
cutlass supreme, fuse block, radio antenna: There is nothing wrong with the battery, the problem is that something in the car is draining the battery. Some electrical item is staying on when you park the car. Usually this is something that has power all the time, even with the key off. Typically,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 74 MG BGT breakdown, oil pressure gauge, mg bgt
oil pressure gauge, mg bgt, direct email: Hi Richard, Oil pump failure on an MG is rare and that is not important at this time because if you had an oil pump failure, it only takes seconds to cause engine damage. When you have a loss of oil pressure and noise, it is a sure sign you have internal...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 74 nova problems, head gasket, combustion chamber
head gasket, combustion chamber, block passage: It s hard to do a diagnosis without doing a compression test and checking the valve timing, but I believe you have a bad head gasket or a crack in a head or block passage, because it appears that water is getting into the combustion chamber. This can be very...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '74 Torino sound system upgrade, fr series, channel amp
fr series, channel amp, gran torino: Hello Al, For starters you could install a 200-250 watt Legacy 4 channel amp in the Car s trunk and wire the amp up to several Ultimate FR series three way speakers. You may want to stop by any good car stereo shop to see what they have to offer. TOM,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 74 wankel/sachs 295 in a snowmonile (stock), shell rotella oil, shell rotella t
shell rotella oil, shell rotella t, napa store: Please understand I know nothing about Wankels, nothing about snowcats and nothing about Shell Rotella oil, so that makes me supremely qualified to answer your question! Right..... Anyway, I would definitely not use two stroke oil, regardless of what...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 76 chevy nova, chevy nova, gas filter
chevy nova, gas filter, distributor cap: TOM- Hea- well if it was fine prior to the plugs and wires than it must be them, did you gap all of the plugs..035 and did you check to see if the points and cond. were good, cap ? etc. I would re check the points and cap and the carb. might need...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 76 cutlass, gas filter, obdii
gas filter, obdii, fuel filter: LEE Well that is hard to tell you it would have to be looked at, can you have a OBDII put on it to see what is wrong, i wonder if your fuel filter is plugged up.or the carb is hanging up, get a can of spray carburetor cleaner, remove air filter and spray...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 76' midget 1500 - No Spark, spark plug wires, moss motors
spark plug wires, moss motors, neat cars: Josh: The 1500 midgets used an electronic type ignition module if I am correct in my thinking. This was attached to the outside of the distributor, and often went bad and were the source of ignition problems. I believe MOSS motors (or other suppliers...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 77 Corvette Steering, 77 corvette, ok check
77 corvette, ok check, vettes: RICK ; HI - it sounds like you did everything the right way so far - but have you checked the front brakes ? if it is pulling to the right I would pull the front wheels and see if the brakes / calipers are sticking , as it will do what you have going...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 77 Corvette starting issues, 77 corvette, starter solenoid
77 corvette, starter solenoid, 1977 corvette: sounds like a starter issue... Next time this happens carry a long handled hammer or a tire iron with you. IF it does it again... have some one tap firmly but not hard jo the starter.. If your car starts the the starter or the solenoid is bad. I would go...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 77 corvette, inch pound torque wrench, 77 corvette
inch pound torque wrench, 77 corvette, pinion nut: Ok Scott, lets give it a try, the pinion nut does not have a specific torque. It is a self locking nut and is tightened until the spacer, a crush spacer, between the front and rear pinion bearing crushes enough to give a specific preload on the bearing when...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 77 lincoln, carburetor problems, rubber hose
carburetor problems, rubber hose, fuel pump: OK, I understand. I guess the next step is to disconnect the gas line at the fuel pump end and also at the tank end, then try to blow through the line. If it is blocked, you ll know you have to replace it. If it isn t blocked, you ll have to attach a substitute...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 78 351 ford modified, timing gears, 351 ford
timing gears, 351 ford, timeing: hi as far as the timeing gears just the gears alone should really do nothing that you can do with the gears that you have as all you would be doing is advance or retard the timing more or less and i would not even do just that as I do not think it would...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 78 Ford Am/FM radio, ford radio, tube radios
ford radio, tube radios, stock radio: Tyler, Tube radios for automobiles were last made for most american vehicles about 1959-1960, however a few held on until about 1965. The problem with your radio may be a defect in the audio output section. have you tried the AM reception to see if it still...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 78 jaguar xj12L, chevy conversion, custom restoration
chevy conversion, custom restoration, 12s: That would totally depend on the quality of the restoration and on finding a buyer. Most of the XJ-12s in this area have had that conversion and I have seen a large difference in price asked for them. If you are thinking of doing it as an investment, you may...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 bug, conv, muffler
conv, muffler, brakes: Leah well is there a lot of miles on it, is the tranny good, is the oil clean, does it drive good, do the brakes work ok , if driving straight at 40- 50 and if you let the wheel go will it stay straight , does it pull and does it pull when you step on...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 Corvette Brakes, corvette brakes, disk brakes
corvette brakes, disk brakes, disc brakes: I guess I was a little confusing, used a little brake shoe terminology by habit. This is more of a check than an adjustment. Make sure you have bled the brakes in sequence (farthest from master cylinder, then next closest, etc). Then with the brake pedal depressed,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 Corvette Steering wheel, phillips head screws, colume
phillips head screws, colume, steering wheel: Been a while since I worked on one of these. Check the underside of the steering wheel. It is common to attach the horn pad with a couple of Phillips head screws from the underside. Then the nut that holds the wheel on will be right there. Take off the nut...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 Cutlass, egr valve, fuel economy
egr valve, fuel economy, cutlass: What you are experiencing is the reason that we have gone completely to fuel injection. Given the governments restrictions on emissions and fuel economy it just was not possible to make engines run under all condition with a carburetor. In the trades many...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '79 MG midget, roadster factory, moss motors
roadster factory, moss motors, circular disc: Hi David, A disk with slits in it is the trigger for the ignition and if it is damaged, the engine can not run. The 79 Midget 1500 is a Triumph Spitfire engine and there are parts available for it from many sources. There were several aftermarket ignition...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 MGB, british car clubs, mg car club
british car clubs, mg car club, moss motors: Hi Danny, I am in Nashville TN but I can tell you how to locate an MG tech in your area. There are British car clubs in almost every major city in the US and I would believe there may be more than one in the LA area. If you look in the Yellow pages for a...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 midget clutch problem, mg midgets, clutch disk
mg midgets, clutch disk, clutch system: Hi Bob, The 1500 (Triumph Spitfire)engine used in the late MG Midgets always had clutch travel problems even when it was in the Spitfire. As for why just changing out the engine would make it on the edge. Did you use any of the components from the new engine,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 79 triumph spitfire, fuel pressure gauge, bright sun light
fuel pressure gauge, bright sun light, plug gap: Hi Marc, Replacing a gas tank because that might be the problem is a bad method of finding the problem. The best method is to test when it quits. All spark ignited piston engines operate the same. They require 3 things to run. Compression, fire and fuel....

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 81-83 Imperial, quality control technician, chrysler club
quality control technician, chrysler club, ross roy: Hello, George; I am always glad to answer questions about these, cars, as you know, but unfortunately I have never owned or worked on a Frank Sinatra edition. All I know about those special cars was learned from other members of the Imperial Mailing List...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 81 camaro, clutch fan, aftermarket distributor
clutch fan, aftermarket distributor, oem distributor: I would go with a MALLORY ,and a H.D.coil too. but any brand name should be good , as long as it is not made in japan,etc.. and as far as that missing tooth you are looking for trouble with it in there.. I think that the rad. is not big enough for it,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 81 Grand Prix, vacuum leak, chevy 350
vacuum leak, chevy 350, head gasket: A few thoughts on the limited info given: low idle retarded engine timing choke closed clogged fuel filter clogged air filter bad plugs bad wires servo not releasing torque converter too tight blown head gasket overall low compression bad valves...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 81 monte carlo,,dash light replace, gauge cluster, dash light
gauge cluster, dash light, dash lights: I can not remember if an 81 has a printed dash circuit board or not. If it does the lights simply quarter twist in from the back and are wireless. If it has the standard type they are still very simple IF you can get you hand in the back to change them...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 82 Chev Trk -doorlatch, coat hanger, wrecking yard
coat hanger, wrecking yard, electronic repair: First of all, enter the truck from the other side. Does that door work with a key? If not, that modekl truck is VERY easy to enter with a coat hanger. If you don t know how to do this, I can email you instructions privately. If you have a back sliding window,...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 82 Corvette Oil Pressure Guage, oil pressure guage, gauge wire
oil pressure guage, gauge wire, wireing diagram: Hope I can help, first if you have a differnt gauge in the dash I do not think it will work with a sensor that is not for the gauge , so that could be one thing, I never like eletc. oil psi. gauges, cant you get a good gauge with a oil line this way you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 84 bronco 2...2.8 with carb 4x4, wheel drive vehicles, auto hubs
wheel drive vehicles, auto hubs, flapper valve: 4X4s get poorer mileage than similar 2 wheel drive vehicles, because of the added weight, wind resistance (it s higher, remember) and friction of the extra gearcase, differential, and heavy duty suspension. Also, typically, the axles are geared for better...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 84 Cadillac fleetwood power antenna, cadillac lasalle club, cadillac fleetwood
cadillac lasalle club, cadillac fleetwood, power antenna: This car is just a little too new for me to be familiar with - if you cannot figure out how to remove the access plate, you d best contact someone in the Cadillac-LaSalle club for help. You ll find them a bunch of very nice people, who really know these cars...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 85 Camaro, chevy camaro, selonoid
chevy camaro, selonoid, d thing: Sarah; HI well as fas as the grinding sound when starting it is the starter or the teeth grinding, because it is straining to start the teeth on the selonoid are making noise. I hope the plug wires are all on right 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2- and on the cap...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 85GMC C2500 6.4, 4sp, 1T. Axle LB, head gaskets, warpage
head gaskets, warpage, c2500: If you are going to do a complete restore the problem should be corrected in the rebuild. Pay close attention to the warpage of the deck and cylinder head. If you are doing a restore then I would certainly have the injector pump calibrated. The 6.2 liter engine...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: '86 Camaro, shade tree mechanic, spark advance
shade tree mechanic, spark advance, muffler: Definitely. If the spark advance is not being serviced by the computer, it would be the most likely cause. If you set the timing dead on when your rebuilt it try setting it advanced about 8 degree and see if it make a big improvement. If so, your computer...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 86 camaro motor conversion, chevy c20, fuel management
chevy c20, fuel management, camero: Jason, if you are using the computer and electronic controls make sure that the computer matches the engine. If you are using the distributor and fuel management (carburetor/fuel injection) from the truck use the trucks electronics. If both engines are 350...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 86 jaguar xj6 4.2 s 6, coolant temperature sensor, throttle position sensor
coolant temperature sensor, throttle position sensor, air flow meter: Wow, in the age of electronics there could be so many things acting up. Here is the list that could cause the problem: Fuel pressure and flow Intake air metering system (air flow meter) EGR Valve Coolant temperature sensor Computer Fuel filter Throttle...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 86 Pontiac Parisienne, dalton addition, rectangle piece
dalton addition, rectangle piece, chevy caprice: Addition...Replace coil while you are at it Thanks Mike Its nice to have a detailed Q instead of I have a car and it wont run..lol Anyway Did it act like it ran out of gas before it died? Like Sputtering?..if so then its your Ignition Module Located...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 86 trans am headlight actuator, headlight assembly, electrical components
headlight assembly, electrical components, trans am: I really haven t worked on these much, but I understand they are just a reverse position activation. In other words, it does not know if it is open or closed, just reverses previous action. Try reversing (manually, with hand) its position, like you did when...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 87' chevy pickup, airplane glue, chevy pickup
airplane glue, chevy pickup, fuel tanks: There is a product called Seal-all made by Ecletic Products (web site seal-all.com) that looks just about like a old tube of airplane glue. I buy mine at Target or the auto parts store. It will actually seal a dripping gas leak without clearing the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 87 jag xj-6, air gap, diesel battery
air gap, diesel battery, reluctor: Hi Blake, When you say no fire , if you mean no ignition, You need to do some tests at the time of the failure. First confirm power to the coil with the key in the ignition position. Then check to see it has power with the key in the start position. Put...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 87 xj6 v6 none start, solenoid starter, starter solenoid
solenoid starter, starter solenoid, shock treatment: Hi Dan, Each of those are possible but when you have no crank (I take it you mean the starter does not operate) Check the relay on the firewall under the hood. It should be the larger one. Put your finger on it when someone goes to the start position, you...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 88 Buick Regal 2.8L v6 auto, buick regal, hi mike
buick regal, hi mike, comming: HI Mike The only way that I know is with a meter and even than I think it would only show if it had a open or closed circut, if there is no spark comming from the center or large dist wire than you know for sure it is not good. you can ask the...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 89 Vette heater is not working., fierwall, heater core
fierwall, heater core, bypass valve: HEA STEVE; FIRST DID YOU CHECK THE TWO HOSES THAT GO INTO THE HEATER ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE FIERWALL UNDER THE HOOD THE TWO HOSES THAT GO INTO THE HEATER CORE,IF THEY ARE BOTH HOT TO THE TOUCH THAN THE HEATER CORE IS GETTING HOT AND THERE MUST...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 90 firebird cooling fan, engine management computer, electric cooling fan
engine management computer, electric cooling fan, engine temperature: The electric cooling fan is controlled by the engine management computer. It gets information from the coolant sensors and turns the fan on when the engine temperature reaches between 212 and 220 degrees F. And then shuts the fan off when the temperature drops...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 93 Cadillac STS, front wheel bearing, head bolts
front wheel bearing, head bolts, cadillac sts: To be honest, I don t know much about Cadillacs (personal thing from my Dad s era) but most standard GM products you spread the disc pads with a screwdriver just to give a little space. Then you remove the two (possibly Allen head) bolts that hold the caliper...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 94 chevy caprice ls, distributer cap, chevy caprice
distributer cap, chevy caprice, firing order: there is only one firing order for an engine. It is what connects the distributor to the plugs. The order you place the wires in the distributor IS the firing order. Example: if your firing order is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 your TDC is at 12 o clock on the distributor...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: 95 Blazer 4.3 Vortec, chevy blazer, foot valve
chevy blazer, foot valve, process of elimination: I answered this but I think the computer dropped it. The foot valve in your carb sounds like it is leaking and draining empty. Check for gas in thew bowl by depressing trhe throttle say first thing in the morning without cranking it. Actually look for...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: !950 Cadillac Radio, dennis thompson, direct email
dennis thompson, direct email, yoke: Dennis, The shaft for the control may be corroded/rusted to the collar that holds it. It may also be possible that the tuning yoke assembly needs to be lubricated. Please contact me by direct Email for repair info about your caddie radio. TOM, T&D ELECTRONICS...

Classic/Antique Car Repair: !958 Ford dash lights, fuse holder, dash lights
fuse holder, dash lights, circuit breakers: I will be waiting to hear what you found. The dash lights should be connected to the rheostat that is closest to the dash board. It gets fed when the headlight switch is in either the parking light mode or the headlight mode. The switch knob can be turned...