metalmoto

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  1. Hi Everyone, Me and the Falcon are still here... I haven't done much to the car, except took out what was left of the battery tray. Half of it is completely gone, and there some holes in the metal below it. I cleaned up all the rust, and painted it, to keep it from getting any worse. My father gave me a new battery tray, but I want to reinforce the metal below it, before I mount the new one. I decided, before I do anything more. I wanted the car titled in my name. My older brother said he had the title, but it took him forever to find it... Then came much disappointment. My mother signed the back of title, long before she died. Years ago, a signed title was all you needed to get the car put in your name. I live in Pennsylvania. Seems the laws have changed since then. And I had a hell of a time, trying to get the car in my name. It either had to be notarized, or my mother had to come with me, to get it transferred. Mom's been gone for over 10 years now. And everyone I spoke to, (many people) said I would need a "court order" to get the car put in my name. I have her death certificate, but since I'm not the notifier on it. She has passed away too! To make a long story short. It took me a "year" to finally get the car titled in my name. Let's just say, I found someone, who knew someone. And avoided having to petition the court, to get it transferred. Ironically, it just so happened on my birthday! So someone above, Thanks Mom, must of sent me a Great gift, for my birthday! Just started getting back to the Falcon, as life gets in the way. And I've been spending every weekend trying to keep my Jeep running. As I need 4WD to get to work in the winter here. My route to work is all 2 lane winding rural roads. And your not going anywhere in the snow, without a Jeep or a 4WD vehicle. I recently noticed, the Falcon has a 4 lb radiator cap on it. At first I thought maybe it was 14 lbs, and the "1" was worn off the aftermarket Stant cap. But no, the cap is rated a 4 lbs. It should be a 13 psi cap, as I found from researching it. Does anyone know why my father would put 4 lb radiator cap on it? I asked him, but he is going on 85 years old now. And he dosen't remember much. about what he did to the car, 35 years ago. I will start a new thread on this. As I need to learn more about cooling system pressures, and how they effect cooling. Thank You all, for your positive thoughts and suggestions about this car. Unfortunately, I doubt I will get it running and driving, before my dad dies, to take him for a ride in it. He barely able to walk by himself now. Both him and his girlfriend are now living near the NJ shore, enjoying the last of their lives in a beautiful place. But he still calls me, every few weeks or so, and asks me about the Falcon... "Did you get it running yet" he asks... Sorry Dad, It's going to take me some time... He old, and forgets the car was sitting for 35 years. I can't just put gas in it, and drive it! I still need to pull the oil pan and drain the trans fluid. Not to even mention the gas tank and fuel lines. Not going to even attempt to start it, until I'm sure the engine is good. Don't want to ruin a good engine, being in a hurry to see if she will run. So far the engine looks good, good compression, but must make sure oil is getting to the top. It's completly orginal. Except my father says he rebuilt the engine, and it only had about 1,000 miles on it since he did the work. Somehow, I can't imagine my father rebuilt the engine himself, but who I'm I to say he's lying. I was just a teenager at the time... I'm just glad to have the car, that brings back so many great memories of when life was simple and great! I'll be 55 soon, so the last time the car ran I was 20. Wow, the time flies! Dave
  2. The Heat tube is already broken off at the manifold. I'm going to try a pull the broken piece out with screw. If that won't work. I guess I'll have drill it out very carefully?
  3. Hi Vinnie, Yes, I would be glad to share with you, all that I have about the Mizar. I have 10 photos and 2 videos of it. However the videos show a better look at the instruments gauges. The videos are probably to large to send through the message service. But I can mail you a CD of them, if you wish? I will try sending the pictures here, and via a private message. One pic is of the vehicle, after it crashed. My second car was a 1976 Pinto. Dave
  4. I am slowly working on getting my 65 Ford Falcon running again. Still a lot of work to go. And I want to do this right, don't want to ruin anything in the process. All the power steering fluid leaks out from the actuator/valve under the car, without it even running yet. (This is something I will have to rebuild or replace later). Right now, I just want to get the engine running again. It has been sitting for 35 years. (I've drained the oil and coolant, and have new oil, filter etc, ready for when I'm ready to try starting it. OK, my question is: Can I run the engine, with no power steering fluid in the pump, without damaging it? Perhaps I can remove the belt, so it wont run power steering pump wont be running without fluid? I still have a lot to do, before I get to that point. Carburetor is seized, and I have no spark. Once I figure that out, I will fill it with new oil and filter, probably just use plain water for the coolant, at first. I guess I can use gas from a small container, as the old gas has turned to varnish. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, Dave
  5. I think this is appropriate to remember him.
  6. Hi Thanks. Luckily, the trunk of the car was full of NOS ignition parts, still in the package, purchased in the mid 1980's. Prices marked on them, are about the same as you listed! I even have a timing light and dwell meter here somewhere... But even if I get spark, I still have to get the carb un- jammed first. It seems to be seized up. Never rebuilt a carb before, but found YouTube videos, showing how to do it, on the same carburetor. As I mentioned on another reply, My dad installed a "kill switch" to keep someone from stealing it. So I have to figure out how he wired it, and put it back the way it's was originally. Taking my time, don't want to run it, until I'm sure the oil pump is working etc. My father is 81 years old now, and his memory of what he has done to it is mostly gone. When I got the car, it had a coolant overflow tank installed. This must not be original? Another thing that has me baffled. The radiator cap is rated at 4 pounds? Shouldn't this be at 14-15 pounds of pressure? All my dad said, was that it ran "hot" after he rebuilt the engine, about 1,000 miles on the rebuilt engine, before it was garaged for 33 years. Perhaps he replaced the radiator cap, at a much lower pressure, to keep it from overheating? Or for some other reason? The radiator overflow tank was broken off from it mounting point, and just laying inside the engine compartment. And I could see that the original overflow hose was still there. Just dumped the coolant, onto the ground. Any thoughts on this? Sure, I have a lot of work yet, before she will run. Just don't want to blow any gaskets or seals, and ruin the engine... I fix repair my own modern cars, but "points" and ignition stuff is all new to me. But I know the basics of how it works. I couldn't do muck work on it this winter, I just installed a heater in my garage, so I'm anxious to get to it. I only have weekends to tinker with it. And 2 modern cars to keep up with too. Plus another car my brother gave me. Always like to have a spare car, just in case... I have a long drive to work every day, and must get there on time! Thanks for your help, any ideas, suggestions are greatly appreciated. D
  7. Thank You. Yes, I planned on pulling the carb, and soaking it in some Kroil or something. It was running well, when it was parked. And I don't want to get all the settings messed up. But if it comes down to rebuilding it, I found some YouTube videos that will help. Somewhere someone mentioned the condenser could be bad. I imagine it would have to be shorted, to cause a no spark. As my understanding is, the condenser (capacitor) just keeps the points from arcing, and burning up fast. So it would still run, if the condenser was open. One other thing. My dad installed a "kill" switch, under the dashboard. To keep someone from starting, and stealing the car. (I tried both switch positions, and neither caused it to get spark). I installed a similar switch on a old van I once had. But I had it hooked up to disconnect one lead to the coil. Looking at my dad's wiring, it looks like he is grounding out the coil, so it wont start. This seems odd, but would serve the same purpose. I plan to disconnect his "kill" switch, and wire it as it was originally anyway. He told me the switch was under the seat, but I found it under the dashboard. He's 81 now, and his memory of what he's done to it, is mostly lost. I have purchased a factory repair manual on computer disc. I'm sure this will help a lot. And the trunk was full of spare parts. Several new points kits, and lot's more! Thanks Dad! It's going to take me some time, to get it running and driving again. Just hope my dad is still around, so I can take him for a ride in it... Unfortunately, he is not doing well, and I'm afraid that he won't be alive, when I do get it running. He has been holding on to the car for many years. Knowing that I wanted it. And until recently, I didn't have a garage to store or work on it. I have my own house with a garage now! But he was very happy, when I came with a flatbed, to take it home, a few months ago. I was 13 years old when my dad bought the car. He got it for $500 because it wasn't running right. He said, he discovered the spark plug wires were mixed up, going to the wrong plugs... It ran fine after that, and he and my mother drove it, all the time for about 5 years. It was parked in the garage, when my parents divorced. He said it reminded him too much about mom, because she loved driving the car so much. My mother passed away several years ago. In fact, the car is still titled in her name... So it's more sentimental to me than anything else. I know it's not worth a lot of money... It just brings back such great memories for me. Of a much better and happier time, when I was young. I plan on getting it titled as an antique car. And just taking it our for short drives on occasion with my wife and stepchildren. Take them out for ice cream or pizza on Sunday, etc. I have to admit, when I got the car home, and parked safely in my garage. I sat in the drivers seat, and cried. Remembering my mother, driving me to Radio Shack, in this car, every week... As I was into electronics, and needed more parts for some project, I was building... Needed a few transistors or other parts. Sorry, I got lost in my memories. Thanks so much for your help! D
  8. Thank You. You are correct! Now that I remember, the switch was in such a hard to reach place. And even if he knew where it was. It would have been impossible for him to reach it, given the circumstances. But "pilot error"? Perhaps if he had known the fuel tank was almost empty, and was aware of the placement of the switch... What a dam shame... Great singer, beautiful voice. RIP John.
  9. I read that somewhere, about the wing strut attachment point failing. And the car was too heavy, I believe... It was advertised so as it could attach to almost any small car, of the time. Just why he chose a Ford Pinto, we will never know. I imagine the same thing could be attached to many compact cars of today! But nobody wants to risk the lawsuits, when one crashes. I just think the guy had a dream, a great idea/invention. But pushed the limits of his aircraft, and didn't fix the original problem, as stated above. Anyone remember John Denver? His homemade experimental plane sputtered, and it killed him. The price they payed, when doing what they enjoyed. Think about race car drivers and such. It a risk, but they enjoy it. I used to ride motorcycles. Hit a deer once, almost killed me. But i kept on riding them for years, sure their dangerous. Until nerve damage to my hands and arms, restricted me. Oh, they found the second Mizar, that was made. It didn't have any modifications done to it yet, but it had the exact same paint scheme. I have a video from the Ford dealer, showing how it supposedly was easily attached to the car, at the airport. I doubt it was ever aired, just a way to get people to invest in this invention.
  10. Hi, and Thanks for your advice. I already done this, and indeed the valves were sticking a little. But some oil squirted in the valve cover, seemed to have freed up the valves, as the compression is great now. My father rebuilt the engine, about 1,000 miles before it was put into storage, many years ago. He is 82 years old now, and doesn't remember all the work he had done on it. The trunk was full of NOS spare parts. You wouldn't believe the price of parts back then! Also some used parts, that I can use for cores. It has no brakes, so its difficult to move, in and out of my garage right now. I used a winch to pull it into my small garage. Also waiting for springtime, before I try to start it. The engine seems to turn over good and fast. Surprisingly all the electrical stuff is working, even the original AM radio! I am not a novice with car repairs, but this is the oldest car I've ever worked on... I remember my father driving the car to work everyday, and the long drives to the Pocono Mountains every weekend, when I was a young teenager, in the late 70's and early 80's. The car was garaged, when my parents divorced about 1984. My mother loved driving the car. And my father didn't want to drive it anymore, because it reminded him of my late mother. So it's very sentimental to me, and brings back great memories of my mother. I'd like to get it running and drive-able at least. Not sure I can ever afford to restore it completely. Sorry for going on and on... But I'm sure you can understand. It means a lot to me, and brings back great memories for me. Found a cigarette butt in the ashtray, that my mother left in there. Almost brought me to tears finding it. I digress, and Thanks for your reply. D .
  11. Hi, I understand, and gave a lot of thought to that. Actually the heater was removed from a piece of printing equipment, that was being tossed out. It's comprised of a squirrel cage blower, attached to a heating element. It is far away from all flammable fluids and combustibles. The car has already been drained of gas. And I don't intend to try starting it, in my enclosed garage. The heater is there, only to keep me warm, while I take it apart, for repairs. Thank you for your concern. And you are right to point this out. D
  12. Need help and suggestions getting my 1965 Ford Falcon Futura running again. As I mentioned in my previous topic, the car has been sitting, garaged for 33 years. Finally got a heater in my garage, and I'm ready to start working on her! So far, the Carburetor is seized, and there is no spark to begin with... The gas tank was drained, awful smelling gas. So I have to use an alternate container, with fresh gas, when I get to that point. Carb will have to be cleaned and rebuilt. Not sure if I will attempt this myself or not. Budget is thin right now. First, since I have no spark. This would be the first thing to figure out. I will check/test the ignition coil first. And let you know what I find. After that, I will need advice, as to the points and condenser. As all my experience, is with repairing newer cars. BTW, the engine looks good. Good compression etc. It was running when garaged, so I'm going at this one thing at a time. Dave
  13. Hi, I owned a 1976 Pinto for a few years, and was always fascinated about the story of the "Mizar" as it was called. And the man behind the idea/invention, that unfortunately ended his life. I have loads of pictures, and videos of this car, in flight, and much more information, if you or anyone else in interested? Sure it was a bad idea, especially using a Pinto, that was also known to catch fire in a rear end collision. But the idea was great! As an inventor myself, I can only imagine how much effort and time went into it! I've many failures myself, and sometimes I give up. But perseverance pays sometimes, and perhaps this would have been a great invention. If he would of payed attention to the weak parts, and not flown it again, until they were fixed. If you are interested in knowing more about this, let me know.