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About 64Bonneville

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    Own a 1964 Pontiac Bonneville 2 Door Hardtop
  1. My 64 Bonneville has a "Littel" fuse/relay mounted on the drivers fenderwell that has apparently burnt out. The battery, starter cellenoid, ignition, a red wire from the, dash and a capacitor (also mounted on the fenderwell) all connect to a post terminal on one end of the relay/fuse. There is a two post clip that is on the other end that connects with wiring from the dash. My Battery, connections, cables, starter/cellenoid, and ignition/wireing are all OK; but the car does nothing when I turn the key to start. Nothing electrical comes on. I checked and there is no short problem either. UIt just mysteriously happened a couple days ago. I have been troubleshooting it since. I dont have a shop manual, though I really want and need one. I've called all the auto part stores and no one has a relay, or even knows what I'm talking about. The relay looked to be "original". It mounts with two threaded holes on a raised part of the fenderwell. I took it apart, and the small copper wound fuse fell out. It looked as though it had gotten hot. There seemed to be insulation that burnt off it. The metal cap on the plastic housing is stamped with "Littelfuse Inc". Does anyone know where I can find another, or a replacement relay/fuse that is compatable?:confused: Thanks, David
  2. I just took apart the old filter. Wow! It sure was caked with burnt black RTV! How could someone be so foolish!? The exhaust is more like 1+ inches away from the tube. I also made a temp heat protective wrap on the tube in that area, until I get the header wrap. I also made an improvised rubber grummet for the dipstick cap. If my stick is correct, which I believe it is; and if it is correctly seating, then, according to how it reads on the stick at proper temp, I have the correct amount of fluid in it at 9 1/2 qts. The fluid just reaches the top of the 1/3" long small cylinder-like icon, just below the "Full Hot Oil" words. Do you know anything about possible wear or sticking of the metal check ball? Thanks, Dave
  3. Thanks "Sevep" I do have a check ball in the bottom of the tube and the tube is not restricted. The steel ball is approx 8mm in diameter. it is hed in place by two metal prongs attatched to the inside of the tube. I was wondering if the check ball might be worn to where fluid gets past it to easily? Anyway, it's not really "burping" out the tube anymore. The exhaust is still too close to the tube in my opinion. Its really only 1 1/2 inches awau from the elbow. I am going to buy some 2"titanium/lava header wrap and wrap the header past where the tube is close; and also where the exhaust runs up along side the drivetrain and over the crossmember very close to the rear passenger seat floorboard. One other thing is that the dipstick is missing the rubber stopper under the metal tube cap. The rubber grummet that is fixed along the dipstick about 6 inches down from the cap is there though. If you have any more suggestions let me know. Thanks, Dave
  4. :)"Cobravii", "helfin", "Rusty O'Toole", "NTX5467", and "coldwar": I'm Finally getting back to you guys about my 64 Bonneville transmission problem. My gasket and filter that I ordered online from Merlinn came friday, the 31st. Saturday, I drove it about 25 miles to my inlaws where a friend and I worked on it. He's owned some older pontiacs and is a reasonably good mechanic. Well, as soon as he got in the car with me to drive the last 10 miles to my inlaws, he suggested that the real problem may likely be one that he had found out years ago on his 69 Pontiac. As I drove with him, the transmission was "burping" fluid out of the dipstick tube onto the exhaust quite frequently; and the transmission was laboring into gears. He said that his exhaust was too close to his transmission pan, and that caused the fluid to overheat, expand and "burp" out the dipstick tube! We arrived safely at my inlaws, pulled under the shelter and popped the hood to take a look. To my suprise and hopefull relief, we saw that the bend of the dipstick tube was merely 3/4 an inch from the exhaust, just below the manifold! Needless to say that the fluid remaining in the pan was extremely hot. We took off the pan, and cleaned it to put on the new gasket and filter. We noticed that the bottom of the pan was free of metal, but that it had a thin coating of deteriorated material from the clutch plate from where it had been exposed to the super hot fluid. We also noted that for the filter to be submerged into the fluid; that the fluid would have to be at least 1 and 1/2 inches above the gasket, making it about 2 inches above the tube elbow and correctly at the top of the 1/3 inch long emblem between the "ADD" and "FULL" words on the dipstick. I found the refill capacity (from the CD that I bought online) for the transmission pan and torque converter drained, to be 9 and 1/2 quarts. After we got the gasket and filter and pan back on; next was how to "temporarily fix" the overheating problem caused by the exhaust. We were pulled under a shelter, in the dirt, and up on my car ramps. It was getting late, we were too far from town to go buy any exhaust parts, and my father-in-law didn't have a mig welder. My friend suggested that I cut the exhaust just past the weld below the "Y" of the manifold 1/2 through; and then comletely through just in front of wher it runs above the crossmember along side of the transmission tail mount, so to be able to pull it adequately away from the dipstick tube. This I did with a hacksaw.(We didnt have a sawzall:(! After that was done, it was well dark, but I was fairly convinced that when I was able to come back the following Saturday, with an exhaust patch and coupling, that I would have it back running and the "Problem Solved"! So, this past Saturday, my wife and I drove to her folks home, and I patched up the exhaust; finished filling the fluid with some "TransMedic", then backed old Bonnie off the ramps for a spin down the road to get her up to temp. She drove like the boat that she is and shifted smoothly. There was no "burping" of fluid; and my temporary exhaust repair worked fine. Yesterday I drove her to church and then to work at the airport with my wife. Still shifting fine and no fluid "burping" or leaking! As for the dipstick, I still need to find or make a rubber grumet for the end cap. I also learned that after running the car to get it and the transmission up to temp; you should let it run at idle for 3-4 minutes in neutral or park, before checking the transmission fluid level. When I checked it about a minute or two after running down the road and back Saturday night, the fluid was halfway up the stick!:confused: I checked two more times and shone a light down in the tube. Only after about 4 minutes did the fluid sink back down to an accurate reading on the stick. I wonder if this is normal, or if the check ball in the end of my tube is sticking? Well, thanks all for your interrest and help. I'll post a photo of "Bonnie Blue" if I can, she's still in the "gray", though! Primer I mean!
  5. Thanks, "Helfen","Rusty_OToole" and NTX5467. Your experience and advise is appreciated. I have found a new filter and gasket set on E-Bay, and it should be here in a couple days. I also found and purchased both a dealership shop diagnostic manual and a service manual on CD for the 1960-1964 Pontiac Jetaway Controlled Coupling Hydra-Matic Transmission. I would like to know where I could purchase a new or better dip stick that would be appropriate for this transmission as well. The metal/rubber baffle is just as questionably seviceable as is the uncertain length and markings on my current dip stick. I will check the vent lines, fluid levels, and operation, "per above" advise when I replace the filter and gasket, then I will get back to you. Thanks again all, Dave
  6. I'm having problems with my 64 Bonneville's Super Hydra-matic 315 Dual Coupling Jetaway Transmission. It is "burping" about a half cup of fluid out of the dip stick tube each time put it in park and turn off the motor.:eek: I have put in new fluid, and checked it in neutral after driving in all gears, to ensure the fluid is at the proper level. Does anyone know exactly how much fluid this transmission holds, and/or have any ideas what could be wrong?:confused: