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StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


It was 1980 something and my Dad was a a car auction with a pal and looking for a car for my sisters. There it was, a 1964 Ford Galaxie, running, clean, 4 doors and looks like it was going for a fair price. Until Clyde leans over and says "oh yeah I've got one like that, I'll give it to you for a quarter of what that sells for". So dad comes home with a 2 door convertible, beat up but running, and the girls were on their own.

Mom was kind of excited to have the convertible in the end, so he started to work. Pulled the body off the frame, send the engine to another friend to be rebuilt, and started finding parts. Sometime in the 90's I was getting old enough to help. We put the motor and transmission in. Scraped so much grease out of the frame, sandblasted the frame and body, and I learned what Bondo smelled like. One day I came home and told mom we had a great day working on my car. "My car?" she asked. She knew it was over.



We moved, I became a teenager, dad worked out of town a lot, and nothing happened on the Ford. Money was tight, time was scarce. I went to college, graduated, got a job out of state, bought a house with a single car garage, lived there for a decade. Dad told me he never really even liked the car, he just liked working on it with me.

Last month I bought a new home with a two car garage, visited home, loaded up, and we hauled it down. I finally have a space to work on it, the money to buy parts, and hopefully the skills to do it righ

Project Milestones!
[*]Get the motor running - Within 2 Months
[*]Drivable - Within 4 Months
[*]Painted - 2019 Goal
[*]Upholstered 2020 Goal.

Since the last two are just $$$, I'm hoping those can be sooner, but hope is not a strategy. I gotta save up. Getting to paint honestly means a lot of little things are done, functional checks, convertible top mechanism is working, other stuff. Getting to upholstery also means the exterior trim is done and I'm hoping it's a 'drive to shop with interior in tatters and get back mint'.

Overall the work has been true to original to date and that's how it's staying. I'd like to have it as an all original cruiser.

Current Status!
Car looks like a hoarders nest. "all the parts are there". There are bags and jars of bolts with notes in them as to what they go to, and zero organization otherwise. I have 6 hubcaps, and 6 headlight trim rings, and clearly only need 4.
Motor - 390ci, rebuilt, never fired. Same with transmission. Oil pan has a dent in it, first order is to pull it and straighten it out.
Wiring "All there, never messed with", actually, some cut wires located throughout. Mostly everything unhooked.
Tires "They've been stored inside, no problem!". Same tires in the picture from 1994.
Brakes, fresh pads, brake line disconnected at master, probably for the best for now.
Steering, apparently the power steering pump has a leak, I need to investigate.
Exhaust, brand new exhaust pipes, actually the only work done so far in the 21st century. The exact right mufflers are hard to find, at least they were for me, they are long and 6" round with an integral tailpiece. I ordered some new and they're 8 weeks out.
Cooling, the radiator has been cleaned
Fuel/Air - 4 Barrel carburetor is rebuilt, the fuel tank steamed and coated. No fuel hose but the hard lines should be fine... more investigation required.
Finishes... bumpers need to be rechromed, trim has to be cleaned and checked. Interior is a wreck. It was sitting in the Nevada Desert for years, fun fact, the original owner was Carson City Nevada!
Body - not bad. The hood is still painted with trim on, and I have a replacement trunk lid as the current one is flattened. We suspect from parade service. There's a small dent still in the drivers side fender by the door.

Photos! I took some right after unloading and a few after I gave it a wipe down with a wet towel.





Look at the freaking size of this door! And it opens to like a 80 degree angle.



I also still have that drat Cornbinder, so I'll periodically be working on that in here too. These two projects couldn't be much further apart. The International was purchased for practice and utility, and I long ago decided that it's not a collectible so it's the base of a lot of experimentation. I freely cut holes in the dash, added to the flatbed as I needed, and I'm in the middle of replacing the carburetor with outdated GM EFI. Meanwhile I'm paying way too much to get the right mufflers so that the Galaxie has the right sound and look.

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Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


I love it. I'm not huge on convertibles as a rule, but the '64 Galaxie is my favorite Ford, I think. That's an ambitious schedule (for my speed, anyway); I hope your momentum stays with you. But this isn't your first rodeo, so I bet you'll be driving it in no time.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Thanks! The reason for the drivable goal is mostly so I can get it parked on one side of the garage and give my wife a covered parking spot.

I put together a plan for running earlier this week:
Oil pan fix
Set heater box and run all coolant and heater lines
Ignition wiring
Fuel plumbing
Vacuum lines
Connect Throttle linkage
Install mufflers

If I can get one of those per week itís looking good. Iím most concerned with the oil pan and the ignition wiring. The pan looks like work to get out and the wiring is always harder than I expect.

Seat Safety Switch
May 27, 2008

MY RELIGION IS THE SMALL BLOCK V8 AND COMMANDMENTS ONE THROUGH TEN ARE NEVER LIFT.



Pillbug

God I love a Galaxie. What a majestic beast of a car this will be.

Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


StormDrain posted:

Thanks! The reason for the drivable goal is mostly so I can get it parked on one side of the garage and give my wife a covered parking spot.

I put together a plan for running earlier this week:
Oil pan fix
Set heater box and run all coolant and heater lines
Ignition wiring
Fuel plumbing
Vacuum lines
Connect Throttle linkage
Install mufflers

If I can get one of those per week itís looking good. Iím most concerned with the oil pan and the ignition wiring. The pan looks like work to get out and the wiring is always harder than I expect.

Yeah I don't know about that particular engine in that particular car, but it was way easier for me to just pull the motor in my Impala to do the oil pan than it was trying to jack it up just enough to get clearance over the crossmember. Especially if you don't have any plumbing or linkages or exhaust, there's not much keeping you from just pulling it.

Boaz MacPhereson
Jul 11, 2006

Day 12045 Ht10hands 180lbs
No Name
No lumps No Bumps Full life Clean
Two good eyes No Busted Limbs
Piss OK Genitals intact
Multiple scars Heals fast
O NEGATIVE HI OCTANE
UNIVERSAL DONOR
Lone Road Warrior Rundown
on the Powder Lakes V8
No guzzoline No supplies
ISOLATE PSYCHOTIC
Keep muzzled...




That's a pretty ambitious timeline, but I'm pulling for ya. Looks like your first step should be a good hard cleaning to see what you're really working with.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


You guys are probably right that my schedule is optimistic, if I apply a pessimism filter to that Iím still expecting to be able to get it in and out of the garage on its own power by December.

Hereís a blind pic of the pan, I think Iím already boned trying to get this out, weíll see.




Also my first order of parts came in, oil pan gasket, fuel cap, and new keys and cylinder for the ignition since this one is missing or lost and New was $8. The gas cap doesnít fit. First loss in the books. I think the gas tank isnít in quite right since the cap was hitting the cover plate.

And I got a magnet with a 70-75 International pickup on it!

Edit; I have to point out two things in that picture too, first, itís very clean underneath, a layer of dust sure but no grease, which is quite a change for me. Second, look at that massive X in the frame! Added structure to lower the center of gravity and provide some stiffness to the topless.

StormDrain fucked around with this message at 23:35 on Jul 27, 2018

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Light night tonight, went camping this weekend. Cleaned up and organized a little, I think I need some clear storage tubs to sort things out and gain some space.



The parts fairy left behind a few foam seals for the heater box so I put those in, I think they were left out due to no access. A little spray adhesive and long reach needle nose pliers got it done.



I planned out the install, I need to get a new hose to one of the defrosters, and the fan control didnít work at all. It kept getting stuck. I consulted the Bible for help.



I popped off a couple of nuts and got it loose, cleaned and lubed up. Iíll pick up a new bulb too before I drop it back in. Seems to work now. Found all the wiring and cable connections so I think the next part will go fine.

Dagen H
Mar 19, 2009

Hogertrafikomlaggningen


StormDrain posted:

Found all the wiring and cable connections so I think the next part will go fine.

You fool

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Yeah I felt it as soon as I hit post. I need a battery so I can test these connections and probably to get the ignition cylinder set properly so I can test these things.

I should also mention the sand. Since the entire car was sandblasted there is sand everywhere. The dash curves back down and had a little stiffening flange, covered in sand. I need a 90 degree shopvac attachment to get at it. The sand is probably why the fan switch was getting stuck. There was sand in the ashtray. Iíll eventually pull the AM radio, excited to find where the sand is in it. I tried to put a new ignition key cylinder in, but I was met with resistance... sand.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Cleaned and organized parts into some clear bins, vacuumed out the interior, removed a defroster hose that was in tatters (the other is soft and new), and ordered a new one. Also ordered bulbs, oil filter, and battery cables.

Iíve got a few days of wrapping up projects inside the house now so this shipping delay is good. I have shelving to put up in the pantry, an office/laundry room to paint, carpet to trim, and a lot of furniture to move back. See you guys this weekend.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Goal hit tonight of getting the heater air box installed. The defroster outlets measured 2.5Ē so like a drat fool I ordered 2.5Ē hoses. I really needed like 2 5/8 or 2 3/4 but that wasnít really available anyway. Itís wire reinforced so I clipped the wire on the inside in two places and stretched it over. Worked fine, I put good aluminum duct tape at the upper vent connection and just the pin on the bottom.

I put a new bulb into the heater control housing, I even tested the connector first. Then slid it in and connected the housing to the dash, which resulted in some cursing as one nut is very tight clearance and sand kept falling on me. I took a break just to vacuum out as much as I could get to, thereís still some above the wiper motor. I also should have worn safety glasses but Iím an idiot, and I was so contorted to get under it I thought Iíd be done before I went blind.

Thereís a boot for the fresh air connection with a steel ring much like a shifter boot, and I couldnít quite get it to line up as it came from the parts pile, turns out the ring was upside down and I had to flip and punch new holes through the rubber. Itís maddening when a replacement part is wrong but close, makes me triple check and finagle it for an extra few minutes. Below is old, new, and new rubber.



Hooked up a hidden cable and the electrical, then hoisted and supported while I connected onto the firewall. Easy job with a lot of going back and forth.


Also installed a new key cylinder but it looks like the ignition switch needs to be taken apart and lubed up, its real sticky.


I measured the battery tray to find a new battery as I thought I had seen something others didnít, alas itís too narrow for a group 48f. Iíll grab the recommended 27F if I can find one. Not highest on the priority and I might push it out to next month if I can. Tomorrow Iím going to wrangle that oil pan, and after that I think Iíll tackle the cooling hoses.

Iíd like to give a five star rating to the battery powered led shop lights with a magnetic back too, awesome for working under the dash and hood.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Knocking down the list a little more today, slid the oil pan out, hammered out the crater and reinstalled.

Someone at some point in the recent history dented the oil pan by using it as a jack point. It could have been me as a child, but I donít remember, either way I paid for it today. Fortunately Ford had an easy way to replace without pulling the motor or dropping something large since I donít have an engine hoist. Ironically I had to jack up the motor using the oil pan as a lift point, using a block of wood at the front edge.



It also listed the loosening of the stabilizer bar (sway bar), but it wasnít in the way so I didnít see the point.


Oh thatís why.

There was also something like 20 bolts for the oil pan but they were torqued properly and the electric ratchet made that a breeze. I had to get some gasket remover and a gasket scraper to remove the new but old and crispy gasket. Put on a fresh oil filter since I had it, even though the old one was dry.

Items left before I can fire it:
Fuel plumbing and fuel
Fill with oil and pre oil
PCV hoses
Gas pedal linkage
Coolant hoses to heater and coolant
Spark plug wires and ignition wires
Mufflers
Battery and wiring to starter
Clean ignition switch
Vacuum hoses

Some of these things are needlessly difficult, I donít know where the hoses for coolant or vacuum run since I canít find it in the manual and I never saw it together. Itís not like theyíre complicated but that slows it down. Iíll probably get a few small more done tomorrow, oil, pre oil, throttle linkage, maybe battery wiring.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Light and easy, hooked up the heater hoses, mounted the starter relay, filled with oil, pre oiled it by manually running the oil pump, and I think I have it timed right. Close anyway. Maybe 180 out. Probably right.

Iím pretty sure about the pcv system now but didnít have the right size hose to get that done. Iíll tackle the ignition wiring sometime soon too, but I have to trace those wires out first. They used to use little boots but the new coil uses eyes, so Iíll swap those. I still have no clue where the vacuum advance hooks to, and I have a crazy looking vacuum tree thing that connects someplace. I also need to grab some bolts for the throttle linkage.

It was nice to turn the motor by hand, felt smooth and solid.

I also charged the battery on the International, did some continuity checks of my IAC but couldnít get it to set the IAC closed when jumpered. Since I had the multimeter out I was checking the ground I was using and it had some resistance, 20-40 ohms, so I jumpered it straight to the battery and it worked! Got the truck started and backed into the driveway where it died. Itís good to have it moved and I always like working in the driveway over the street. I had to show my neighbors it wasnít a permanent fixture. Not that anyone was complaining, got a compliment from one yesterday. And the guy across the street was putting a 383 into a low rider for a customer so he gets it.

Sgt Fox
Dec 21, 2004

It's the buzzer I love the most. Makes me feel alive. Makes the V8's dead.


Looking good, its coming together. Any thoughts about taking the dash out and using an air compressor to get that sand out once and for all before you have too much back together?

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Sgt Fox posted:

Looking good, its coming together. Any thoughts about taking the dash out and using an air compressor to get that sand out once and for all before you have too much back together?

I may do that yeah, probably the best time was just now before the heater core was installed, to me it was a finishing type job and Iím focused on mechanicals. Iíll be taking out the instruments and radio at that point so Iíll start the detailing in earnest.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


I just now located the vacuum port for the distributor advance on the carb, but itís a threaded hole. Originally it was a hard line, and I havenít come across one in the piles, plus the new one has a short rubber line. The threaded hole is the size of a 3/16 brake line fitting and thatís a common source for a barb. Me, being clever, whipped up a combination with a fitting and a short section of brake line left over since Iím also a hoarder. What I found out was the fitting bottoms out before seating the line, leaving the line loose, so that was a waste of 15 minutes and 2Ē of brake line.

Instead enjoy a photo of my helper Cheesecake.

Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


StormDrain posted:

I just now located the vacuum port for the distributor advance on the carb, but itís a threaded hole. Originally it was a hard line, and I havenít come across one in the piles, plus the new one has a short rubber line. The threaded hole is the size of a 3/16 brake line fitting and thatís a common source for a barb. Me, being clever, whipped up a combination with a fitting and a short section of brake line left over since Iím also a hoarder. What I found out was the fitting bottoms out before seating the line, leaving the line loose, so that was a waste of 15 minutes and 2Ē of brake line.

Instead enjoy a photo of my helper Cheesecake.



Is it pipe thread or inverted flare in the carb?

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

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Raluek posted:

Is it pipe thread or inverted flare in the carb?

It looks like itís 1/8Ē pipe fitting actually, hereís what most people use if they go with a rubber hose: http://www.carburetor-parts.com/Bra...ipe_p_2680.html

Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


StormDrain posted:

It looks like itís 1/8Ē pipe fitting actually, hereís what most people use if they go with a rubber hose: http://www.carburetor-parts.com/Bra...ipe_p_2680.html

Then yeah, the brake line bodge won't work unless the (straight) flare nut is happy enough to seal into tapered threads, and you weld the brake line to it. Easier to see if you can scare up the right fitting at an auto parts or hardware store, probably.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Raluek posted:

Then yeah, the brake line bodge won't work unless the (straight) flare nut is happy enough to seal into tapered threads, and you weld the brake line to it. Easier to see if you can scare up the right fitting at an auto parts or hardware store, probably.

Oh yeah and even mail order at $10 is fine. Some itís blind it felt like a good fit but Iím not going to mess around with it, I did think I had what I needed to do it for free though! I would even have bent that cunifer line to resemble original.

Liquid Communism
Mar 9, 2004


Out here, everything hurts.




Fun Shoe

Dashboard clock! I love these old beasts, that should be awesome for you once it gets back to glorious.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


$2.49, ace hardware, perfect fit.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


StormDrain posted:

Items left before I can fire it:
Fuel plumbing and fuel
Fill with oil and pre oil
PCV hoses
Gas pedal linkage
Coolant hoses to heater and coolant
Spark plug wires and ignition wires
Mufflers
Battery and wiring to starter
Clean ignition switch
Vacuum hoses

Thereís a NAPA a few blocks from home, I bought the hose for the pcv valve and installed that, a ring terminal for the generator connection to the regulator, hooked up the throttle linkage mostly (no spring or pedal) connected the oil pressure wire and temp sender and the power to the coil. Figured today was wiring day and went a couple steps further.

I would have bought a battery and cables to the starter and ground but they didnít have the sizes I wanted. They did have a battery but it seemed foolish without the cables so I let it go for today. And it might have tempted me to do something dumb like crank it.

I did find out that Iím missing a dashpot for the carburetor, which seems like an odd piece to be short. There isnít any mounting for it but there is empty threaded holes. I also found a plumbing fitting on the choke to investigate. The wiring to the temp sensor and oil pressure sensor are in awful shape too, Iím going to cut and splice them next. Napa also didnít have or the guy couldnít find the 3/16 vacuum line so thatís still off. Iím generally pretty happy to get an afternoon of work without spending more than $10 though.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


Small potatoes still but I prefer to call this 'constant progress', hooked up the positive battery cable to the relay and the next section from the switch to starter. I'm really not sure where the ground is intended to connect, but I see a good point on the block that doesn't have a bolt so... that's the plan. I texted a co-worker who has a fastback of the same year for reference pics but no reply yet.

I also managed to pull a busted choke heat tube out of the hole using some pliers, PB Blaster and hope.

The hole on the right was basically invisible to me until I read up on it. Filtered air comes down through the hole on the left, through a warm passage then up out the right side and through an insulated metal tube to warm up the choke and close it. Sounds terrible - I hope it works. New choke tube kit on order. I realize now I perhaps need two of them. I certainly didn't find any and the fact that one part was busted doesn't bode well.


Next up I've come to the conclusion that either California built cars had more PCV tubing than the manual states or the intake manifold is not original to the car. There is another outlet here near the base of the carb and a tapped hole on the other side that seem to match images for later year cars with another PCV run. Debating closing them off, since I do have the functioning PCV system per the rest of the states.



Finally I need help identifying this guy:



I thought a tree like this would be some kind of heat or power actuated vacuum distribution thing, like I had on the truck. But I only have one source of vacuum and that's for the distributor advance. I didn't see any sort of reference to that being modulated or anything. This little guy is made by Trico and my guess so far is that it's some kind of washer fluid pump but i don't really know how it would pump. There's a place for a wire that's clipped off as close as possible Upper left in the first picture. I also would guess a washer fluid pump would only have three connections, one in and two out. Really one in and one out is how the universal one works. I don't see anything like it in any catalog of parts or any image searches.

autism ZX spectrum
Feb 7, 2007

by Lowtax


Fun Shoe

This thing's in really good shape! Doesn't look like there's any rust at all

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

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autism ZX spectrum posted:

This thing's in really good shape! Doesn't look like there's any rust at all

Keep in mind weíre looking at a car that was completely stripped, body off frame, sandblasted dents pulled bondoed and sanded and shot with a cheapskates amount of primer. Since it lived in the desert though there wasnít much moisture. Also being a convertible it was given every chance to rot, the floorboards have been patched as they were gone.

wallaka
Jun 8, 2010

Least it wasn't a fucking red shell


Your Galaxie should have an electric washer pump, part number C1AZ-17664-C. 6-cylinder cars sometimes have a foot-powered pump, but I'm not sure when they phased that out. Does your car have power door locks? It looks similar to some vacuum door lock solenoids I've seen.

I have a 1965 FSM for Fairlane, Comet, and Falcon and don't see anything that looks similar.

Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


Maybe it's related to any vacuum-operated HVAC controls? I'd expect it to be under the dash in that case, though...

wallaka
Jun 8, 2010

Least it wasn't a fucking red shell


Raluek posted:

Maybe it's related to any vacuum-operated HVAC controls? I'd expect it to be under the dash in that case, though...

There will be a cluster of 4 vacuum hoses marked with different color lines heading through the firewall for this purpose.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

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Nah all the HVAC controls were cable operated. I removed it 20 years ago and put it in this month, I didnít see any vacuum connections.

wallaka
Jun 8, 2010

Least it wasn't a fucking red shell


StormDrain posted:

Nah all the HVAC controls were cable operated. I removed it 20 years ago and put it in this month, I didnít see any vacuum connections.

Ah, cool. I'm more familiar with the Thunderbird/Mercury systems, and they're most definitely vacuum operated.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

Thirteen Letter


I replaced some small time wires that looked rough. I knew if I didnít do it now it was problems later. I do wish these push on connectors were easier to source, I ordered ten and it turns out these are #10 studs and not #8 like I bought. So I went with the more reasonable nuts and star washers with stud connectors. I did the ignition, coil power and temp sensor. Hereís a typical example of one, it broke completely about a minute after this photo.



Of course the stud on the temp sensor is ridged and not threaded, so I think Iíll keep looking for the right connector.

I also installed the choke tube from the universal kit. Not a bad job either, tricky part was forming the tube with no reference. A tutorial online suggested chucking the stud in a drill and using sandpaper to get a deeper taper, so I did, and it drove in fine. I need something to trim out the ends of the insulating wrap, bell bottoms arenít in style.



I also thought this was interesting, thanks repro guys for indicating that this is for cylinder 6, Iíd hate to mix that up.

Raluek
Nov 3, 2006

WUT.


StormDrain posted:

I also installed the choke tube from the universal kit. Not a bad job either, tricky part was forming the tube with no reference. A tutorial online suggested chucking the stud in a drill and using sandpaper to get a deeper taper, so I did, and it drove in fine. I need something to trim out the ends of the insulating wrap, bell bottoms arenít in style.



Heatshrink seems like the obvious solution, but I've also seen the ends tucked into itself with a zip tie holding it together.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

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I have a couple small time but obnoxious problems. First of all, the temp sensor wasn't a threaded electrical stud connection so I ordered a replacement so I can hook it up. Not a show stopper but it's a pain to get to since it's under the air cleaner. Second, I ordered a new ignition switch since the old one was gummed up and cleaning it did nothing. Third, I can't get the fuel filler centered in the filler door, which is kind of required to use the original gas cap since it's huuuuge. And to add to that pain, I can't even get the gas cap on, nor can I get a replacement gas cap on, the tabs on them don't clear and I can't spin them on. I also searched through the parts bins but didn't find the dashpot for the carburetor, so I ordered a new one with a bracket.

Today I dropped the fuel tank and mounted it again trying to get the filler centered and ended up in the same place, except now I also have a piece of wood stuck in there that I was using as a shim. It's loose, but the geometry of the area doesn't allow it back out without a lot of bending of steel.

I did manage to plug the intake manifold outlet or inlet or whatever, so expect to see that fail later on when I find out it's pressurized and not vacuum.

I also found a hose that connects the oil breather cap to the air intake. A connection by the way I have seen on almost no other cars out there, and isn't mentioned in the manual, but I can find the oil caps for sale. I think it's a California specific item.

I had to find some kind of achievement today, so I went ahead and installed the shifter and console. The shifter mounts to some sheet metal inside, and is wrapped with the console and a trim plate. I couldn't get the knob off the shifter (apparently nobody else could either), and it's holding that trim plate hostage, so it all has to go in. I also popped under and put the linkage on temporarily, some washers that act as bushings are needed, but it all works for now. It's missing the kick-down linkage too, so I may spend some time looking for that rod tonight. In a way it feels like a detour to get that console in but on the other hand it's very large and putting things where they go makes a difference. Hell I even ordered carpet samples so I might go way off target here.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

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I charged up my battery in the truck for a few days on the trickle charger so I decided to start it up, just to get the fluids pumped around and straighten the wheels. To my surprise it started easy and idled along, without the typical surging and ran fine as long as I left it, 2-3 minutes probably.

Problem is it was smoking a lot from what appeared to be only the passenger side tailpipe. Thereís no crossover so that helps with diagnostics I feel. Would that be indicative of a fouled spark plug causing a poor burn? It was a grey smoke and smelled of fuel. Maybe I should check all my spark cable routing too. The only way I could reset my IAC was to jumper ground right back to the battery, so I am planning on cleaning and adding ground connections since thatís a typical issue with these rust buckets.

Dagen H
Mar 19, 2009

Hogertrafikomlaggningen


I don't remember anything about your truck, other than it appearing in your avatar. You're running GM TBI on a 345, is that correct? How's it working? There are a poo poo-ton of FSJ guys running TBI on their AMC 360s.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

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Dagen H posted:

I don't remember anything about your truck, other than it appearing in your avatar. You're running GM TBI on a 345, is that correct? How's it working? There are a poo poo-ton of FSJ guys running TBI on their AMC 360s.

Yeah thatís it. Iíve been having a tough time getting it commissioned, I feel like I have a few little issues that are compounding.

Iím also too optimistic. If itís smoking I probably have a leaky valve seal or piston ring. I might do a compression test some evening.

StormDrain
May 22, 2003

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Today I spent way too long organizing nuts and bolts, which was out of control before we moved and didnít get better when I speed packed it.



I also visited sidetrack city and cleaned the dashboard, and put on some weather seal parts that go behind the headlights.



I ordered a new ignition switch, which went in easy.



And the new temp sensor with a threaded stud, and a dashpot for the carb that was MIA. I talked to my dad and he said if itís not there it never was, since the guy that rebuilt it went through it. However there is a small wear mark on the linkage where the original hit. The new one isnít exact but itís functional.



I also solved a mystery in a bent steel tube and rubber hose that didnít seem to line up anywhere. It provides a vacuum connection at the back of the transmission, and solves my mystery vacuum inlet on the manifold.

Ok whatís left:
Battery
Ground connection
Throttle spring and mount
Mufflers
Gas cap
Coolant

I have some plans for the throttle spring mount and ground connection, Iíll buy a battery whenever. Mufflers are still a few weeks out I think. No solution yet for the gas cap.

Is there a reasonable way to buy 5 gallons of coolant? Itís drat expensive at the box stores.

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cakesmith handyman
Jul 22, 2007

Pip-Pip old chap! Last one in is a rotten egg what what.



StormDrain posted:

Is there a reasonable way to buy 5 gallons of coolant? It’s drat expensive at the box stores.

Costco?

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