Laughing Coyote

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  1. 1936 Airflow in Tucson

    Don't know anything about the cars, but here's one up for sale in Tucson.
  2. 1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

    Victory! The vacuum hose that came off inside the booster was the issue. I feel much safer double checking all the brakes, hardware and lines. I now have brakes. Had the car out today and it ran sooooo much better, smoother, and had better acceleration. I now have 20 lbs of vacuum. I actually was able to drive it up and down the side street. It was a great feeling. You just hit the gas pedal down and it just takes off. The feel of old horsepower. Now I have to get the power steering belt hooked up and get that working and make sure there aren't any leaks. Then the front end alignment and the body work begins. Got to get moving on it again.
  3. 1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

    I have been pulling tires and drums and re checking everything again to make sure that there isn't anything weird going on with the brakes. I'm sure the vacuum line inside the booster was the problem. I thought it was strange that I could never get the vacuum over 10 on the gauge when the car was running. You can see in the print where the line is at inside. It hooks up the the air cleaner "T" fitting on the back plate. I have full travel to the floor now, but I still have to re bleed the lines and go from there. I hope it's fixed.
  4. My exhaust manifolds had cracks in them after cleaning them up. I borrowed my friends Weber charcoal grill and made a fire just like for grilling. I ground out the cracks so I could get good penetration and then placed them on the grate and let them heat up. I made sure the cracks were facing to were I could repair them. After they cooked for a little bit I used my arc welder with a rod for cast iron and welded them up. After I was done I just let them lay there until the grill cooled off. I you don't heat them first they will crack and you have to let them cool down like a cycle on an engine or they will crack. I know there are other methods, but this worked for me. Just clean up the welds after your repair and good to go.
  5. 1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

    After looking over the repair manual I had a voice tell me to pull the vent and tube assy off the back of the booster. I did that and the vacuum line from inside the booster came undone that hooks up to it. I had to take the booster apart to reinstall the hose. It was acting like a big vacuum leak. I bet it will run better too. I still have a hard pedal, but I will have to run it again to see what kind of results I get with the booster repaired. Yes Lew, the lines all have been bled. Thanks for the input. Aren't old cars fun?
  6. 1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

    Wow, it's been awhile since I posted any information on the Merc project. My business has been crazy busy for the last 2 months. As it stands right now I have the generator rebuilt, and installed. The voltage regulator is installed. I was able to run the car and get it to move under it's own power. I still have to tweak the carb settings a bit more, but as of right now it runs pretty nice. I do have one issue that is giving me a hard time. I have all new brake shoes, hardware, brake cylinders, master cylinder, and the booster has been rebuilt also. The lines have been cleaned and free of debris.The problem is that I have very little pedal travel and the brakes don't stop the car, it just slows it. I have moved the car under power back and forth for about 20 feet then apply the brakes. They are just hard to push. I checked the brake shoes with the drum off and they move outward and return. They are not set to tight, they turn freely. I don't know what else it can be. Has anyone ever had an issue like this???
  7. Saturn SC at Hershey

    Here would be a nice one that falls along the same lines. And its for sale too. And one for Grog.
  8. What did you buy at Hershey?

    I'm sure there were a lot of us folks that weren't able to attend Hershey and get to look at all the vendors offerings and beautiful cars on display. I thought maybe the people that have attended may be able to show us what you bought. One off parts, hard to find or that off the wall item you just had to have. Interested to see what comes up.
  9. Something different

    Here is something you don't see very often. Be a cool addition to an older car.
  10. Our first project, 1913 Metz 22

    Looks good. Keep rolling.
  11. 1929 Buick Chassis in Tucson

    Been seeing this chassis on the local CL for a long time. So throwing it out there.
  12. Tire dressing? (Do or Don'ts)

    Thanks for all the comments so far. I'm not a big fan of the real shinny stuff either that looks like your fingers after eating deep fried chicken. I like the rich black color (the shade darker than a raw tire color) with a hint of sheen. A mat to semi look.
  13. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Looking good so far.
  14. Tire dressing? (Do or Don'ts)

    I don't know if this topic was ever discussed, but I was wanting to know if any of you use a tire dressing on your tires to give them that nice sheen and black rich color. If so what do you use and if there are any drawbacks of using a tire dressing. Thanks
  15. Cloisonne' Repair?

    Greg. You can try this company. Not sure on cost, but maybe they can help you out.