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About mercman86

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  1. I've had that happen before to me. The flange nuts loosened up slightly allowing air to leak around the base of the carburetor. Thats where I would start. See if you can get it to act up while its not moving and go from there. Good luck!
  2. Valvoline VR-1 Racing oil. Like others have stated, the 15-40 is too thick for some applications. The oil we use at work has tons of zddp added into it but its 25w-40 marine oil. Way too thick for my little 200 in the ranchero. 10w-30 VR-1 is what I use with no worries at all.
  3. Those are automotive, marker lamps from a boat are always red and green.
  4. The only things I remember the gas stations giving away were cassettes or 8tracks of "todays hits" when you filled up on a certain week when the promotion was going on. I grew up in the post freindly service station days......
  5. Heres my wife Marie with the Ranchero at Hahn's Peak just outside of Steamboat Springs, Co. This was during our Falcon Club of America's national meet that was held in steamboat springs last July.
  6. X2 Had the same problem that you described and it was my cables that were corroded internally. Started up fine, drove 100 miles. When I went to leave, nothing, just like what you have. Jiggled the cables and luckily I got home, but due to my grounding problem caused by corrosion my headlights were a little dimmer than usual. Changed all my battery cables and starter solenoid for safety and all has been fine!
  7. Can you post any pictures? The part numbers on the radios were usually printed on a paper tag that almost always is gone. They were made by Motorola and later on Philco.
  8. Theres a drive in that I still go to even to this day. My parents used to bring me there all the time. Its in my old neighborhood in chicago. Superdawg. On the northwest side at the intersection of Milwaukee and Devon. Its been there since the late '40s and is still owned by the same couple that opened it. My parents first met there. Superdawg drive-in
  9. My grandparents had an '88 Olds 98 with the 3.8 or 3800 engine in it. Was traded in with over 200k on it for a 98 olds 88 with the 3800. The car currently has 80k on it and I just tuned it up and had to replace an injector. Other than that its been troublefree.
  10. Are there any casting numbers stamped on the back? Looks like its pre '55 or '56 since the 55'-56's had dished steering wheels as part of their "Lifeguard" safety design. To me, it looks like it could be from a 53 or 1954. The casting number should start off like this "B3" is '53 "B4" 1954. The first character designates the decade. B is the 1950's. Hope this helps out!
  11. C4 indicates 1964. The rest of the numbers will identify the model vehicle that it belongs on. If I had to guess, it looks like it could be from a F-Series truck or large truck.
  12. I love my '85 Mustang! There is a huge restoration industry devoted to those cars. I have a stack of catalogues that have so many nos parts and reproduction parts you could almost build a brand new one. I wish I still had my '84 olds ciera. It was in great shape when I got it with 60,000 miles on it. It was well made and got well over 30mpgs. The problem if I wanted to "restore" it is that If i was missing any trim pieces or needed body panels, where besides ebay or junk yards would I find those items? I grew up in the 80's and 90's and if I was going to buy and restore a car of that vintage it would probably be for more sentimental reasons and for fun rather than an investment like somthing from the 50s or 60s. Maybe in the future Ill find a ciera like the one I had and make it like new. I would probably take more pleasure in that restoration than any other!
  13. 66-67 Mustangs and Falcons were prone to that. In fact, they were recalled and the factory's fix was to take a torch and cut a hole in the shock tower to access the fittings. My Ranchero has the "repair" done to it. Yours must have missed out!
  14. 1980's, both from hubcaps. The first one looks like the ones used from 1980 to about 1985 RWD 88's and 98's.
  15. Welcome to the forum! Those are great cars, that 3800 V6 is the best engine GM ever produced in my opinion! You'll have lots of trouble free miles. We currently have 98 Olds 88 in our fleet righ now that replaced an 1988 98 that my folks retired at about 230,000 miles. Before that they had a 1970 98 and a 1985 Cutlass Ciera. My first car was a 1984 Olds Ciera sedan with the bullet proof 2.5 four. I loved that thing. Its too bad Olds is not around anymore. Thats the only GM product I would ever own. Welcome again!