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About Budtee

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    Construction Management - Semi Retired
    Winters in South Texas
  1. Rear Brake calipers

    I had a company car, a Reliant SW and it was less than 5 years old. The flex lines were OK until they were not OK and a rear flex line burst and I was barely able to avoid an accident. I have an 89 TC with less than 11,000 miles on the odo. I changed all 6 flex lines last year.
  2. 89 Daytona SMEC

    Excuse my ignorance but what is involved in a "calibration change".
  3. 89 Daytona SMEC

    Hemi, At this point I am thoroughly confused. The car is running OK. I don't think that the turbo lag is too excessive, but I would like to get it to spool up quicker and perhaps get a little more boost. Reaper 1's suggestion about a restrictor in the vacuum line sounded promising so I did not check the yards for a SMEC from a 5 speed Shelby before I left Texas.(Lots of pick-a-part yards there.) I have not located the restrictor yet. I think that I can find it behind the valve cover near the left side of the engine. The "ball and spring" device someone suggested is, I guess, the Grainger device which I have considered. A boost gauge would have to be installed be safe. Ajakeski's suggestions seem a little beyond my abilities. I would be interested in your thoughts on the best way to go.
  4. 89 Daytona SMEC

    Thanks Hemi! Is the change from stock to a SMEC from a 5 speed Shelby worthwhile? I didn't see the "pictured above" .
  5. 89 Daytona SMEC

    Reaper1 - I just got back and looked for the restrictor near the waste gate solenoid. I have the service manual and was able to locate the waste gate solenoid. A scan page showing the solenoid is enclosed. I also enclose a couple of pictures of my waste gate solenoid. Where is the restrictor? The two small vacuum lines go into a loom that goes towards the left side of the engine. Scan_Doc0027.pdf
  6. 89 Daytona SMEC

    Thanks Emmett. Where can I get information on a ball/spring type manual boost controller?
  7. 89 Daytona SMEC

    That sounds like a good place to start. I will try the timing change and the remove the restrictor as soon as I get home. Thanks!
  8. 89 Daytona SMEC

    Thanks Gary. I guess I didn't word my questions properly. I wanted to know whether the 89 Daytona Shelby SMEC upgrade was worthwhile. My car is running fine now. From previous posts I gather that the Daytona Shelby SMEC would give me better performance by increasing the turbo boost. It seems like that is the first and easiest step to improve performance. However, it has less than 11 K miles and I don't want to do anything that might damage it. 1. Is it a "plug-and-play" type installation? 2. Could there be harm resulting from this change? 3. Are there any other SMECs that would give the performance improvement and are they a PNP installation? Any advise would be appreciated.
  9. I have an 89 TC 8v. Is there any downside to using the 89 Daytona SMEC? Is it a simple install that requires no other modifications? I am in South Texas now and there are a lot of pull-a-part yards that I don't have back home. From other posts I got a part no. 5235069. Is that the only one to look for?
  10. blown gasket

    When I replaced the gasket on my 85 Turbo Lebaron, I was advised to use the Felpro gasket, run a tap into the block to clean out the threads and use new head bolts. I did this and ran the car for 8 years without a problem. I unbolted the manifolds and pushed them back but it was difficult and I think Turbo Kane's method is probably better.
  11. Bought my first TC.

    Congrats! You will enjoy it. You will find that this forum is invaluable. You will be able to get help from the members as I have. I have an 89 that I bought 2 years ago and I have gotten help on many occasions. Mine is a low mileage car but it is 27 years old and I have done a lot of work on it and there is more to be done. ENJOY
  12. throttle body cleaning

    Thank you! Reaper1's instructions couldn't have been better. I was able to clean the throttle body easily. The forum came through again! I installed NGK plugs as my local Advance did not have Champions in stock. Easy to change if I see deterioration performance. Cleaning the throttle body and replacing the plugs has made it run better.
  13. Low-ish Boost?? Any idea why?

    What brand of plug did you use?
  14. I have an 89 8v. I started to clean the throttle body and found there are many hoses and mounting studs that hold the air box very firmly in place. What is the best way to get access to the throttle body? Also, I plan to change the spark plugs. It has the original RN 12 YC champions in it now. (10,800 miles) Should I replace them with the same champion plugs or is there a better plug?
  15. Steering Play

    OK - Thanks! I will check the bolts on the steering rack and then put in a new inner tie rod end.