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  1. Sorry for the delay. Attached is photo of unit.
  2. I have a 1990 TC and apparently the top pull-down motor has failed. I do have a rebuilt assembly unit replacement. However, I have neither the tools nor the skills to make the change myself. I am in Gunnison, Co and will need to get a local mechanic to assist me. I am writing to ask if anyone can please supply me with a detailed description(hopefully with photos) of the steps needed to make the exchange that I can take to a mechanic. I know there have been articles in the newsletters, but the info is somewhat scattered. I would be willing to compensate someone for their time and supplies at a reasonable cost. I love driving my TC here in the mountains with the top down and hope someone can assist me. Many thanks.
  3. Is this referring to the motor that secures the two pins at the rear of the convertible top? If so, where can I find specific instructions to do the same to my TC? What is the socket and ratchet for? Is it easier to replace the motor with a new one? Thanks for the help. Mark
  4. I'm just curious, but is any particular windshield weatherstripping required? If not, what about the weatherstripping surrounding the other windows? Thanks. Mark
  5. My door lever arrived today and fits perfectly. Restores a finished, classy look to the interior. Thanks
  6. Thanks for the advice. Sounds like a doable project.
  7. Hi Hemi, Thanks for the help. I waited to respond until mechanic checked and reported that fuses are ok and switching wiring connectors did not get pull down motor to work. He says he is not comfortable doing any other electrical investigation. He commented that the service manual I provided did not give much info about the relay switches. After asking around, I have another lead for a mechanic who might be able to help. Could you please tell me where do get more specific information about the relays, motor and any other helpful info. Thanks very much, Mark Greenberg
  8. I put the top up last Friday so I could wash the car. The back posts were locked in place when I pressed the motor switch. I secured the front j-hooks. This morning, nothing happens when I push the top switch to release the back posts. There is no sound from the area around the switch. I would appreciate hearing ideas of what the mechanic should be sure to check. Thanks, Mark
  9. Thanks Hemi and Reaper1 for the responses. Yes, the car hesitates when I step on the accelerator pedal. However, I have not noticed any black smoke. Once driving, no problems are encountered. Will take to my local mechanic and see what he finds. Many thanks. Mark
  10. My car is a 1990 V6 with about 19,000 miles. Sometimes, after starting, there is initial "choking" with very poor engine response when I start to drive. If I stop and rev the engine a bit, the problem goes away. If I attempt to drive right off, the engine may die, but quickly restarts, usually with no further difficulty. Never any problems once car running normally. Does this sound like a problem with the fuel line or pump? If so, is that a difficult fix? Thanks for the help. Mark
  11. Hi All, Well it's finally time to replace the trunk struts. What kind and brand is most successful? Thanks, Mark
  12. Just recently, I have noticed that it is more difficult to keep the heavy trunk open. What needs to be fixed and where do I get the needed parts? Thanks for the help. Mark
  13. Will I need to get a particular fuel pump or should local service stations have a usable pump?
  14. Thank you for your suggestions. It is a V6. I leave the car in Colorado over the winter, adding fuel stabilizer to a full tank of gas and then running the engine for some time. No blinking lights were encountered using the on/off technique. I'll add injector cleaner later today. Will check back later. Mark
  15. I own a 1990 TC with about 17,500 miles. Until today, I have had no major problems or concerns. This morning I drove to town and made 2-3 stops without incident. The last stop was for about 25 minutes. As I turned the key, the engine was "sputtering" and seemed about to die. I pulled to the side and revved the engine while in neutral. Upon arriving home, I turned off the engine and had the same experience when trying to restart. Any suggestions on what might be the problem? I reside in a small town with limited service available, so guidance would be helpful. Thanks very much. Mark
  16. Has the location and date for the 2014 National Meet been determined? I'm very much hoping to attend and meet other members. Thanks. Mark
  17. Well, I managed to get the headlamp off without any damage. I ten removed the FIAMM air horn. However, there is no automotive supply store in Gunnison, Co. that has a replacement. Does anyone know where I can order a replacement FIAMM or similar horn that will fit? I don't have the technical skills to replace compressor as mentioned above. However, if that is best solution, I will find someone to assist. Thanks for the help. Mark
  18. Thanks for the idea. I'm having trouble removing the headlamp assembly which gets caught on frame as I pull it out. Any suggestions on how to remove it safely? Thanks. Mark
  19. The horn in my 1990 TC is virtually dead. Would someone kindly provide detailed steps on how to replace a horn. Also, is there a specific brand or model horn that must be used? Thanks for the help.
  20. Thanks for the advice. The car is only driven 400-500 miles per summer. However, I want to be sure to do proper maintenance to prolong it's integrity and function. It's too enjoyable to ignore good care. Thanks again. Mark
  21. I own a 1990 TC with the V6 automatic. The car has about 15,000 miles. I keep the car in Colorado and it only is driven 3-4 months during the summer. It is stored all winter in a heated garage. Stabilizer is added to gas tank for storage. Here are my questions; 1. Should oil be changed every year? What type should be used? 2. How often should tires be rotated? 3. Are there specific tune-up issues that need to be addressed because of age of vehicle and low mile usage? 4. Is there a special filter for the a/c unit and where is it located? 5. Any other concerns that need attention? Thanks for the help. I enjoy reading the forum and always am pleased to see the assistance provided when needed. Great car and great club. Mark
  22. Hi Bill, I live in Gunnison during the summer. Mine is a 90 red TC with ginger interior. If you hold another meet next summer, please let me know dates so I can plan to attend. There is another TC in Gunnison so we could caravan!! I'd love the opportunity to get to know other owners. Thanks. Mark Greenberg
  23. I have a 1990 TC and the trunk is very heavy and must be opened manually. Reading the above, I get the sense that there should be lift assistance. If so. how do I go about repairing and what parts do I specifically need? Thanks for the help. Mark
  24. Thanks for taking time to respond. I had never heard about using dryer sheets in that manner, but it sounds like a great idea. That probably will be helpful enough so hard top doesn't need to be replaced. While here in Gunnison, I drive my TC daily, just not up mountain roads where the ruts can be pretty deep. Always get some nice comments from strangers, many because of the beautiful exotic red color. Again, thanks to you and other club members who have provided invaluable info all the years I have been a member. Mark
  25. Hi Everyone, I'm getting ready to leave my 90TC in Colorado for the winter. It will be kept in a heated garage, unable to be driven once the snow starts to accumulate--last year Gunnison had over 10 feet of snow. What are the things I need to do? Battery tender or disconnect? Add stabilizer to gas? Hard top or soft top? Any and all ideas would be greatly appreciated. BTW: The Gunnison car club hosts an annual car show held yearly fourth week of August. We had over 300 cars this year. It is a wonderful vacation spot and I would love to have more TCs join me next year. Check out the club website and feel free to contact me. Many thanks. Mark
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