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  1. How much for hardtop shipped to 70087?
  2. I am interested in the window wipes and turbo charger. How much for each?
  3. Hemi, would this be the same procedure to do a 89 TC with automatic trans? Would the brake pedal lever need to be changed?
  4. I have taken my 89 TC to six shops in my area (New Orleans) and these are the prices I was quoted. High-end show quality match the original leather- $1300.00 per seat. High-end show quality Rave vinyl (easy care) $900.00 per seat. Good quality matching leather at $900.00 per seat, Rave vinyl $700.00 per seat. All other quotes were inferior quality for about $500.00 per seat. Hope this helps, Rick
  5. I may be interested in some parts. Does he have the beltline ends caps, elec. antenna, rubber weather stripping for top of driver and passenger windows (some call them window wipes?) and the rubber bumpers/trim for the driver side rear quarter panel? Thanks, Rick
  6. Thank you again, Mr. Hemi Dude! TC does not warm up very fast, but when it did that fan came right on. Spent a ton of money under the hood, car goes to paint Friday. Interior to be redone in a few months. I really need the help and info I get from this site and the newsletter. No one around here will work on this car because they don't know how. Luckily, I found an antique and classic mobile car mechanic that is very dependable and reasonable prices. We both are learning about this car as we go along and the help here is invaluable. Sorry about some of the dumb questions I have to ask. BTW, me and my TC will be participating in the 2014 "Cruisin The Coast" in Biloxi Ms. from October 6 to October 12. I have not seen anyone mention this event on this site. This is the 18th annual Cruise, and last year around 8,000 cars registered for the event and about 13,000 cars showed up to cruise. My 1989 TC 8 valve, Red and Ginger will be in the big parade on Monday, October 6.
  7. One more for the tech guys. Just did a ton of work under hood of 1989 TC 8 valve. Radiator fan motor runs fine with AC on, but only now and then on some days if not on, most days it won't run unless AC is on. Mechanic checked one relay and said it is working, but I read on this forum that there are two relays for Rad fan? Mechanic thinks engine control module needs to be checked? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rick
  8. With Hemi's recommendation we went with the Victor Reinz head gasket. Perfect fit and everything is working fine. Thank you Hemi.
  9. Gentleman, you have asked for an update on my rough idle or engine miss problem. Replaced map sensor and throttle position sensor, no change. Installed new fuel injectors, plugs, plug wires, coil, distributor rotor and cap, no change. Used block tester, fluid turned yellow indicating blown head gasket. Installed new head gasket and remanufactured cylinder head. While doing this also replaced oxygen sensor. Car idles and runs very smooth now, I can even hear the turbo kick in now as before all this work I could not hear it kick in. I hope this helps some of the readers of this forum. Thanks to Hemi, Digger, Bill and Butch for all the help. Without the information I get from them this car would be gone!
  10. Can someone tell me a stock number or something for a valve cover gasket for the 89' 8 valve early build TC? We have tried the one listed for the TC Maserati, the 1988 Dodge Daytona 2.2 turbo, and the 1988 Chrysler LeBaron 2.2 turbo, but none of them fit properly. Where can I get the proper gasket? Thanks, Rick
  11. Bill, I don't understand what you mean when you said to seal the studs when replacing the head gasket. Could you explain that procedure and what would we seal them with? Will give full report when engine is back together. Thanks, Rick
  12. Ok guys, my head gasket was blown at the #l cylinder just like y'all said. I can' t find a head gasket set for the 1989 tc 8 valve. Will the head gasket set for the '88 LeBaron work with this car? If not, what will? Thanks, Rick
  13. Thanks again for all the help. We did the block test again this morning, and the blue fluid turned yellow. My mechanic thinks clogged radiator caused head gasket failure. We will be replacing the radiator and installing a new head and gasket. Someone mentioned the Mopar head gasket set would be best. Where can I get these or what is a suitable replacement?
  14. Is there a clear sign that a radiator is backed up or not flowing properly? Also Digger mentioned the inter cooler could be leaking. Where is that located on the engine? We are still trying to solve the mystery of the missing coolant. I also noticed that when the motor is running, there are bubbles in the coolant overflow tank and I can smell gas or exhaust or something in there. My mechanic still thinks the radiator is not flowing properly, but I don't want to spend the extra money to replace a radiator or water pump and find out the head gasket is blown or head is cracked. All the signs are there, the slight miss or rough idle that smooths out when driving. Car runs fine, drives fine, in the morning the coolant is gone with no signs of a leak. I don't mind putting a new head and gasket on, just trying to avoid all the extra costs with the trial and error things. Also, it has a new thermostat, new radiator cap and the fan cycles on and off properly. Thank you for any help, we seem to be dumbfounded by this automobile.
  15. Which thermostat should be used for the '89 8 valve engine, the 180 or the 195?
  16. Mechanic was here today, we did the block test kit and showed no signs of exhaust gasses in system. He doesn't think the head gasket is blown because the engine runs really well and shows no obvious signs of blown gasket or warped head though he said it is an outside possibility. He thinks the radiator is clogged up or has a blockage as the coolant boils over the top of the radiator and goes out in steam through overflow tube and that is why we don't see any white smoke. Another possibility is that the water pump went bad even though we put a new one in about 6 months ago and only has 2000 miles on it. Our next step is to remove radiator, take to shop for a clean and boil and see what happens. If all else fails, he will install a new head or have mine rebuilt. Thanks again for all the help, any and all help is welcome. Will keep everyone posted as things go along.
  17. Will have it checked for exhaust gas today. I am not mechanically inclined, and don't know much about these things. How long is the typical labor time to replace head or head gasket? I need to know so that I get an honest answer from my mechanic. I really like this car, but have spent a lot of money on it trying to get it right. At some point I am going to run out of money and patience with it. Thanks again for the help. Without this forum and help from the club, I would not have been able to maintain this car. I am sure that I will have many more questions about repairs on the vehicle.
  18. Thanks, digger. I think you hit the problem. Heater core leaked a while back, bypassed the heater core, I live in New Orleans and it does not get very cold here. I really don't need the heater. I have done the test you mentioned, and I do get a squirt and pressure with engine running for only a minute or two. Does this indicate blown head gasket or warped head?
  19. Oil is clean and normal on dipstick.
  20. I need some help from the club members. My 89 8v TC is losing large amounts of coolant. System was pressure tested, no leaks. Compression test showed all cylinders at 127 lbs. No water in oil or trans. fluid. No white smoke. No water under car or visible anywhere in engine compartment. Spark plugs are all clean. Car runs great but is losing coolant somewhere. Mechanic pulled something off the turbo and said it had a lot of tan colored oil on it. Is there anything in the turbo that could leak or vaporize water? Any suggestions about why this is happening would be greatly appreciated. Nobody around here knows how to work on this car. Thanks for any help you can give me. Ralmon
  21. Digger, thanks once again for your help. One thing we did notice when working on the car. When checking and setting the timing, with the cooling or temp sensor disconnected, the car smoothed right out and did not sputter or miss at all. When plugged back in, sputter came right back. Could this have something to do with it?
  22. Thanks for the response Butch91. Car is in shop now getting new fuel injectors installed. I do have the exact same problem as you do. My mechanic has tried just about everything and hopes the new fuel injectors solves the problem. If not, we do not know where to go from there. My main reason for trying to get this fixed is that I will be in the classic car parade at Cruising the Coast in Biloxi, MS in October. There is a lot of stop-go and sitting at idle along the parade route, and I want to make a good showing as this is the first year the TC's are permitted to participate. We don't want to be sputtering like an old lawn mower during the parade. If we can get it fixed, I'll let you know how we did it. We have received very good information from Digger, and hope to solve this problem soon. Ralmon
  23. Thank you Digger for the info. Could a bad turbo cause an engine miss, and how do I know if the turbo is not working properly?
  24. For the tech guys: '89 TC 8 valve 2.2 turbo has a sputter or miss when idling. All parts new, coil, plugs, wire, dist. cap and rotor. Throttle body was disassembled and completely cleaned. Runs fine when cruising down the road. Mechanic says throttle body had a lot of funky looking oil in it. He thinks I may need new fuel injectors or new seals in the turbo. Compression test shows all 4 cylinders at 127 lbs. pressure. No codes on computer. Any ideas what is causing this? The car did sit in an airplane hanger for about 10 years. Previous owner only put 1500 miles on it in that ten year span. I bought the car a year ago and am trying to get everything right. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rick
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