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  1. Nile

    Ding, ding, ding

    Thanks guys. The car affected is my red TC which has the hardtop on. I agree that running the engine probably produced enough heat to correct the condition, but will check the door switches.
  2. Last week I took one of my TC's for a drive (90 16v, red/black/black) and parked it back in the barn - all was well. Yesterday I went into the barn and noticed the cars all had quite a bit of condensation. Today when I checked, the seat belt/door ajar chime was dinging away. The car doors and trunk were closed. So I got the keys and it cranked & fired normally. I latched the seat belt yet the dinging persisted. So I went to get a wrench to disconnect a battery cable and when I returned, you guessed it, no dinging. Rather than attribute this to Italian electrical serendipity and ignore it, I thought I'd ask the assembled brain trust, "any ideas?" I'm leaning toward the condensation causing an electrical gremlin, but that seems too easy.
  3. I don't think an alternator issue would affect whether or not the compressor is working. It could be as simple as not having enough freon in the system. Make sure you have the freon pressure checked before adding any and if the pressure is too low, make sure you use the correct freon (eg: has your car been converted to 134a or is it still R12). It's also possible there may be some electrical connection somewhere that needs to be cleaned - not that our TC's ever experience this.
  4. Nile

    How many 16V's are still operational?

    I have 5 16v TC's, 4 of which run, 1 of them rather well.
  5. I bought it. Very nice car, honestly described.
  6. Nile

    Carlisle Shootout Success

    Looks like the Carlisle website is incorrect and I came in second in the Shootout. There was a very well driven Neon on racing slicks who was .1 second faster than me. In the past slicks had either been disallowed or penalized 2 seconds. That didn't happen in 2017. I'm a little embarassed about this. Looks like the slicks will not be allowed in 2018. At any rate I'm highly motivated for 2018 (and doin my rain dance).
  7. Now that April is here I thought I'd take the tops off of the cars and enjoy some fresh air motoring. The top came off the yellow TC just fine, but I can't get the top off the Royal Cabernet one - see picture. Anyone have any ideas?
  8. Nile

    Need Tool Kit

    Yes - $125 plus shipping. If you're interested please send me a pm and I'll forward some pictures.
  9. Nile

    TC restoration

    I've got a tool kit - $125 plus shipping and a service manual - $65 plus shipping. If you're interested send me a private message and I'd be glad to send pictures.
  10. Nile

    In search of a valve cover gasket

    Joel Jasinski is the man. I bought one from him and it was a straightforward installation helped along by his excellent instructions. Nice product - perfect fit, and included the spark plug o ring gaskets as well. Best of all - no leaks! There should be info on this site on how to contact him. If not, send me a PM and I'll give you his phone number.
  11. Nile

    soft top installation

    Here's something that worked very well for me. The replacement top fits right and does not leak (unlike my hardtop). Keep in mind I replaced a badly worn tan canvas top with an excellent black Hartz cloth top - so that change may have had something to do with the improvement, but here's what I did. 1). Install the top, but do not tighten the 6 bolts which hold the top in place. 2). Secure the top to the windshield header as tightly as possible with as precise side to side alignment as possible. 3). Tighten the 6 bolts, then close the tonneau and check to make sure that the rear latch pull down blades are centered perfectly within the holes in the tonneau. 4). If necessary (and it probably will be necessary), slightly loosen the 6 bolts and adjust so the pull down blades are exactly centered. Repeat until you get it right.
  12. Nile

    1990 TC seeking advise to appraise value

    Sports Car Market recently added the TC to their list of collector cars with a median value of $4,900 for an automatic, with the 5 speed being 25% higher. This is based on actual sales at auction. These cars are usually in excellent cosmetic condition, but potential mechanical problems could substantially lower those numbers. As far as mileage is concerned, TC odometers are so notorious for failure most buyers would be skeptical unless you can document the miles as true. But if the miles are true, you run into Hemi's concern about mechanical issues due to lack of use.
  13. Nile

    Carlisle Shootout Success

    After the event I used some Leatherique and the leather seems fine. It's probably psychological, but since I do go faster with the top down, the top comes down regardless of conditions. One of my prep strategies is to get the car as ready as it can possibly be before the event and then only deal with things that can make me faster during the event.
  14. Nile

    Carlisle Shootout Success

    Thanks so much! Not only is my suspension stock, it's original. I do have 1 degree negative camber and the RE71R's on 16x7 wheels are simply incredible. I'm thinking of going to urethane mounts & sway bar bushings. I had looked into getting new struts/shocks but couldn't find anything performance oriented - sounds like you may have found the hot set up. Could you share part numbers, etc as I'm definitely interested in upgrading.
  15. At the Carlisle Chrysler Show they hold a "Real Street Shootout" - 20 cars, all in one class, anything allowed except racing tires. For the last 3 years a very well prepared & driven Charger has won. The field included a lot of "hard core" autocrossers in old & new, front & rear drivers. Looks like I made the right tire & wheel selection (RE71R Bridgestone Potenzas on 16x7 American Racing wheels). I've also got to credit the weatherman. Since it started to rain midway thru our first runs, they were not counted. So, the rain is pouring down, the wipers are on full, the top is stowed under tonneau where it belongs, the gas pedal is mashed to floor, the engine is screaming toward redline in 2nd gear and I'm thinking, "Life is good!" My best qualifying run was a 76.6, the next fastest time was in the 80's. The old & new rear drivers couldn't put their power down. I've not only got more power (Thanks to Rick D) than the fwd contingent, I can get it to the pavement. It was one of, if not the most satisfying win I've ever had. My TC is now the picture car on the 2018 Carlisle Chrysler Shootout web page, too. Here is a link to some pictures from the Carlisle Flickr album - I'm on pages 9 & 11. - Nile