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About edinmass

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  • Birthday 01/01/1965

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    Palm Beach’s Fl. & Springfield Mass.
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    CCCA approved cars. One off automobiles. The rare and obscure marques. Driving and touring.


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    I love old cars and young ladies.

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  1. edinmass

    '35 Auburn 653

    Fluff for the show........they showed another episode where it was sorted and running. I was surprised there was still an open car on a six chassis, most have been swapped out by now. The Auburn 8 is a very nice car for the money.
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    Help with Modern Car Problem

    Terry, unfortunately the fuel line insulation won’t help. The car has an electric fuel pump in the tank, which means the fuel pressure is not the problem, as the tech was possibly thinking vapor lock, which is impossible with that power train management system. I’m sure it’s running between forty and one hundred and twenty five psi depending on the fuel management system, thus, there is NO way it’s a vapor lock problem. They can run a fuel pressure guage and tape it to the windshield to monitor the pressure. I’m quite sure that’s not the issue from what I have been reading here. It’s impossible to get vapor lock with E10 as long as you have more than five psi. Ed
  3. edinmass

    WTB Cord or Auburn

    In the past twelve months, I was at a major collection and they were "selling" a car, that was very nice and 100 points. It seems somewhere along the way it ended up having less doors, less windows, bigger power plant, ect,ect,ect.......you get the drift. Even people with years of experience can get misdirected, fooled, or be victims of fraud. Recently a guy who made two cars out of one real great car and sold both as the read deal, since he was known to have the real thing, it got past the new buyers........... anytime you spend more than 100,000 dollars on a cr, you should pay an expert to look at it for you, even if your an expert. I practice what I preach, its very easy to get burned.
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    Are these both Ford “Model T”s?

    Pre 1915 with those cowls...........
  5. edinmass

    Help with Modern Car Problem

    My shop was mid size (sold out 9 years ago) and had five ASE certified tech's. (Not including myself, plus two Mass state. inspectors, three office people, and a clean up guy. We also ran a thirty car rental fleet and ran a used car lot.) Since they were all paid flat rate, they didn't want the tough problems. We were very busy, and I learned I could get jobs in and out faster if I diagnosed every problem that came in the shop, and I still paid my people the standard flat rate time as if they diagnosed it. It worked wonders, as I could get much more work through the shop, the parts were ordered as soon as possible, and it made almost all cars come in and out the same day. It improved my diagnostic skills and electrical skills because of the shear volume of work I was doing. In a busy shop a flat rate tech that is getting paid between 60-80 hours a week is a very happy guy. My guys never missed a 60 hour week, and 75 to 80 was the norm. We had two Mass inspection bays as well as a motorcycle inspection bay. We were very busy with under car. My skill set along with two other close friends who would come over and help as an on needed basis, allowed me to do the no charge if no fix. We had all the work we could handle. It was also a much diffrent era in repairing cars then VS today. Cars today are better, brake down less, and overall much easier to deal with today. We saw lots of the same thing back then, much more so than today. We could usually beat flat rate by half most of the time. We warranteed all our work, never ran from problems......and believe me when you fix hundreds and hundreds of cars a month, lots of things pop up. (Probably not things you would expect.) We stopped taking on most new customers as we were just running 100 percent all the time. Back in the late 90's for example, my best Tech made 6 figures, working 5 1/2 day a week. It was a great time to be in the business. I wouldn't want to do it today, and I don't think its possible to use the model we ran our business with then in todays world. I remember my shop days with nothing but positive experiences, but todays young people who tend to service cars don't have anywhere near the work ethic that was around back then. After I sold out I did dealership work, after hours on the stuff they couldn't fix, and I offered them the same deal, no charge if I didn't fix it, and I just got tired of it and stopped. Now I spend my days working on the great motering legends of the pre world war two era. No time deadlines, no budget issues, I'm just allowed to fix everything to the best of my ability, and keep ahead on the preventative matainence. PS- As busy as we were, we only would see a problem like the one above every 4 to 6 months. Remember a Tech only gets paid 45 mints +/- for diagnostic time even if he spends three days working on the car. That time is fine it it is a standard run of the mill issue. Crazy computer and electrical problems just don't pay the flat rate guys anything, so they don't want to fix it. Its perfectly understandable. Thats why some of the best shops have a deal with their help that the hard problems are worked on collectively, or by an hourly or salaried employee. The problem of the mini van in this thread is its so extensivly modified, and electrical diagrams may not be available for the modifications, assuming they were installed correctly. Thus, you have a car with a difficult intermittent problem, on a heavily modified platform, on a car thats half Chrysler and half Mercedes, with flat rate tech's, and you wonder why everyone wants to pass the buck? The system works well for routine problems and matainance, get a crazy problem and no one wants to know you. And trust me, the dealer wants nothing to do with this car, nothing at all. Ed Padgett correctly referred to enelabing criteria, drive cycles, and pending and set codes. All things someone with a college education with a background in electricial engineering, computer programing, and a host of other talents are required to properly understand to work through the insane problems one sometimes sees. The fact is, someone who is smart enough to fix the car........is smart enough to not want to be fixing cars in the first place regardless if he has a formal education, or went to the school of hard knocks.
  6. edinmass

    Help with Modern Car Problem

    Well, at least this update helps a little bit. Inconsistant intermitant problems are shallow we say.............a bummer. Not setting the engine light while having an obvious running problem is HIGHLY unusual. You need to start paying attention to the small details..........running poorly on startup is one major clue. Does the A/C have any effect? I recommend leaving it OFF for a few days and see it the car acts up. A/C on makes lot of changes in the computer system and by leaving it off will help to keep things simple. Also, I would try and determine if its a transmission issue. Todays modern cars often have transmission issues that feel like powertrain mamagment issues. I understand its your only way to get out, but letting the tech drive it is going to be your best bet at them having a direction to proceed with a fix. Any feedback you can give the tech will help. Keep a notebook with you and wright down ALL the details when it acts up. Hot/cold, how long running, at stop lights, highway cruise, there is no bit of information too small. I once had to drive a customers car for two weeks to experiance a "terrible vibration and shake" that made the truck "scary" to drive. On my way to return it to him after his family vacation it finally happened...........the vibration was terrible, and I knew instantly what it was............u joints locking up. There was no noise or symptom what so ever, just a locked up shaft that would rattle the hell out of the person driving it. While I don't like guessing or shooting from the hip, with what I am hearing so far, I would have the dealer reflash the PCM on the car. Often there are updates to the drivetrain management system that are no recalls or FDM's. In the back of my mind I'm thinking module or computer. The other thing I would do is force the car into limp in mode and see how it drives, and if the problem occurs while in limp in mode.........it's been a while since I worked on that platform, and it may be an entirly new management system I am not familiar with. Plan on letting the tech have the car a few days, and even several times, don't push him and be understanding this isn't a flat tire, and let him know you appricate everything and that you are willing to be patient. That goes a LONG way into helping yourself and the shop. Good luck, Ed Important! Watch the check engine light to see if it flashes. Its an important clue to what is happening. Whenever it runs poorly keep an eye on that light!
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    The toy box and the big shop, my New shop Build.

    Your entire project looks great. I would make a few minor suggestions to make the building more enjoyable from a user standpoint. I would place a large cement pad in front of the garage door........something like 20x30. I would also run a 4 foot wide pad on either side of the big pad in front of the main door along the entire length of the building. It keeps dirt and debris out, and makes plowing much easier without digging up dirt and mud for the next thirty years. I like a big pad not only to work on cars, but on my trailers. Having air fittings and hose connections out front wouldn't be a bad idea either. I would pitch the pad six or eight inches over the 30 foot length, so it dries itself off quickly. Last two items would be a valance over each walk in door, and one over the main garage door. Its nice to keep the inside of the building dry and leave the door open when you want ventilation for exhaust fumes and fuel small. Just my two cents. Looking forward to seeing the final result. Ed
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    Help with Modern Car Problem

    I can’t imagine that the problem will end up being one of the very difficult issues that one comes across every year or two. I would expect to figure this out and fix it in less than three hours. Don’t over think or worry about the issue. If I were close by I would be happy to fix it for you as a member of this site for no charge. To be honest, if I were going to work on it, I wouldn’t even think about it till I got my hands on it. Most problems are not that difficult. Two weeks ago I had a very difficult platform to repair, and while I wasen’t dreading it, years of experience told me it wasn’t gonna be an easy day, or two or three before I got it fixed. It was running fine in less than two hours, and all was well. It’s going to be harder to find a good tech than it is going to be to fix it. Ed
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    Recommendation for transport

    Its fairly well known the big company haulers are very low on drivers, overbooked, and running 110 percent right now. Seems the new electronic logs caused a lot of the old timers to get off the road........its my understanding they lost 15 percent of their windshield time with the new system, thus a 20 percent pay cut for the same work........its gonna take a while for it all to work through. Down here in Florida they are still hauling snow bird cars north!
  10. edinmass

    American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    My eyes!, My eyes! Nice car by the way.........didn’t you always want a Ford Model T?
  11. Leave it alone. You can only find problems and issues. It’s a cool thing but let’s face it they won’t be 500 people in line for it at its maximum value. I think a hard-core collector who wants something of this type of car would rather be the one to restart it and sort it out. Please post a picture. What’s the motivation for selling it versus keeping it? Sadly probably won’t be a tremendous windfall.
  12. edinmass

    Trade advice,comments

    More like a vegan sandwich VS a 32oz prime rib., the Ford being the meat. Take the meat.
  13. edinmass

    suggestions on repairing a hole in block

    If you want to use my guy..........who I believe is the best in the country, PM me and I will send you his info. He is located in Centeral Massachusetts. He stitched 73 inches of a V-16 Cadillac block for me twenty five years ago ,and still fine. He is a magician!
  14. edinmass

    1983 Ford EXP

    This makes me feel old.......my sister bought a 83 EXP when I was a Junior in high school.
  15. edinmass

    Help with Modern Car Problem

    Love2Wrench- your close...........but remember I said you already had everything you need to answer the problem. Why replace the switch? You can test it and determine if it is functioning. The switch was good. Interestingly the problem in the Toyota was caused by a unskilled service technician years before.........it took several things over time to cause the problem........but don’t let any of this information throw you off the correct track you were on........again scientific method is the answer, as it always is. A lifetime of experience often causes us to go off in the wrong direction. The answer is incredibly simple, so simple almost no one in a modern repair garage will look for it, because experience sends them in the wrong direction. It’s always the fundamentals that kick us in the ass. PS- to be fair, I had to look up the exact definition of the technical term you used and review it again, as I am not an electrical engineer. You have the correct answer. I would express it in a less sophisticated and probably an incorrect way. But remember I was taught by master technicians for automobile repair, not in a lab at an engineering school. I want to leave the example up for a while to let others see it and learn from it. Ohm’s Law is the answer, dielectric was the problem. 👍 You can wrench on my cars anytime! 👍👍👍