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  1. It is, it's in St Petersburg FL. It's been a real learning experience for me, as my daughter and I have done most of the recent work on it ourselves (mechanics in training!).
  2. Well, I am ready to give it up, as much as I have loved her! Mine's a 1989 yellow/ginger that I bought about 10 years ago from a used car dealer without a hard top. My master mechanic, hubby, died 4 years ago and I have learned to work on her myself; I have the service manual from Rock Auto, NOT a Chilton's! I have replaced the starter, the alternator,and the fuel pump. The electrics are all going to shit (sorry!) The engine is complete but the head gasket blew for the second time in three years and the timing belt went with it this time. I bought a hard top at the junk yard but one of the
  3. Well, you guys know much more about car repairs than I do, but here's my experience with overheating. About 3 years ago, my car overheated and died. My mechanic tore it apart and had the heads machined, and put it all back together for about $1600. It's been great until about a week ago, when it started running warm again and I had to keep adding water/antifreeze every time I drove. The oil has been fine. It was also blowing some white smoke on startup. The overheating scares me because I don't want to ruin the engine again. I bought Blue Devil Pour 'N Go Head Gasket repair and tried it out ye
  4. Thanks Digger, mechanic analysis says the fuses are okay and the control switch itself is fairly uncorroded and intact. The guess at this point is a frayed wire somewhere along the harness, probably in the flex tubing between the door and the dash (which explains why it's been flaky in the past) and I will probably have to wiggle one wire at a time and hopefully find the break. If I can't locate it, I guess it's time to fix the AC and do a little Positive/Negative wire magic to put the windows up for now. Not looking forward to forking out the money for the AC, but with rainy season and ext
  5. Oh duh, nevermind, when in doubt, pull! I am going to run it by my mechanic on the way home today to see what he thinks. ~ Sue
  6. Thanks Bob, I tried another contact spray that didn't help, but I still need to get the mirror knob off. I won't really know until tomorrow when I get to take things apart, but I am all for fixing the problem with as little effort as possible. Is it possible it's a fuse? I will let you all know how I make out. Thanks! Sue
  7. Well, my 4-button control for windows finally quit working altogether, after being a little flaky for the last couple of years. How do I get the side mirror control button off, and what can I expect to find when I remove the window control? Is it repairable by replacing or cleaning contacts? I'd be interested in hearing some stories of experience with this. Sue Bell
  8. Piece of cake! My daughter and I did it at the junkyard in no time flat. Three bolts on each side, as the "pale male" stated. We put a little WD-40 on the bolts, and they come off with a socket. We didn't even have to tear into anything to get at them.
  9. Thanks Cowancom, will do! I have ordered the part via your NAPA link and I can have my mechanic do it for me. A few years ago the whole cluster of wires behind the switch burned up and fused together, and he replaced that for me. It's nice to know what's causing the problem, and it makes sense now. I appreciate the info!
  10. I bought my '89 TC from a used car dealer 7 or 8 years ago. I didn't have any idea what a Chrysler TC by Maserati was. It had no hard top and leaked like crazy, but I bought it anyway. I've learned a lot about my car since and have grown to enjoy it greatly. The soft top has become dry rotted and torn. I know I will never be able to restore it fully, but I am having fun fixing it up. The engine runs great, but has a vacuum leak that will be a pain to find, I am sure. I drive this car 8 miles one way to work and back 5 days a week since I bought it, and it's been reliable and cost effectiv
  11. Thanks Digger, and Bob, for advice. My mechanic says I should keep it for now. Wish I could do the work myself . He said the timing belt had jumped a tooth, and now it runs quite smoothly. However, it totally loses power after about 10 minutes of driving, may or may not start right up. After cooling for a couple of minutes, always starts back up. This happened before, and the fuel pump replacement took care of it. It almost feels like some sensor or something electrical is getting hot and shutting it down (not being a mechanic, it's my best guess). I watch the tach completely flip to zero and
  12. I have a 1989 TC by Maserati, please forgive me for not knowing all the technical terms, but I can tell you about it and perhaps someone can tell me how much I should ask for it. It is yellow with tan interior. The woodgrain dash and door covers are good. The carpet and leather seats & console cover are quite worn. I bought the car about 6 years ago used; it had 100,006 miles on it then, odometer does not work. There was no hard top, and the soft top is quite dry, and now holey in spots, so the floor gets wet each time it rains. I have driven it to work DAILY since I got it, with few exc
  13. I see a hardtop on eBay for $999. Is that about the going rate for a hard top? Sue
  14. Will a 1989 LeBaron convertible top fit my Maserati TC? ~ Sue Bell
  15. Okay guys, I have owned my 1989 TC for several years now, and the speedomoter and odometer have never worked. The key is to never drive faster then the car in front of you and check your GPS if you need the mileage. Fortunately, all the more important gauges work. I could see that my car was running very hot long before the head blew lol. All better now tho.......
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