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If you think you need the help of a hobbyist, you should join the local AACA Region. The Kyana Region certainly has some good people who can help you learn how to work on your Edsel.  

 

Kyana Region

President - Fred Trusty

2012 Bear Camp Rd

Louisville, KY 40272

 

I think this is best suggestion you have had to aid with the diagnosing of your cars problem problem. Looks like a cool car

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Except the Kyana region seems to be closed.

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I can't add anything to the excellent advice you're getting here.

 

Except, 

Try one step at a time

Test the results of that step, before moving on. 

As far as the 'Engine Restore' , several applications will be required. One bottle at a time. 

I also recommend Lucas engine treatment 

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Except the Kyana region seems to be closed.

 

Did not know that but there has to be some kind of club in your area that can help point you in the right direction. There has to be a Model A region, and I am sure somebody in that group will be able to put you in contact with the right people/person. As pointed out in a prior post keyboard diagnosis can be very tricky. While you have gotten a lot of helpful advice here, but when dealing with a 55 year old car that we might have overlooked or taken for granted that was working properly and it is not, so a very simple thing could be causing your problem. A set of actual eyes and ears will aid you a lot.

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That sounds great. We have a fridge full of Diet Coke, Diet Mountain Dew, Diet Sunkist Orange and Diet A&W Root Beer. My wife will make a big crock pot full of beef or chicken stew or her excellent shrimp and mushroom alfredo and whatever you don't eat here you can take home with you. I'm not a drinker but if you want beer just tell me what kind, or if you don't like diet sodas let me know what you want. I really appreciate the offer. I'll send you a PM with my address and phone number. I'm only half a mile from the exit 17 offramp of I-71 so I'm not way out in the middle of nowhere. Thank you for your very generous offer....

Real sugar non diet Mountain Dew in glass bottles would be good enough,I had one a couple weeks ago and I thought it was the late 70s again.

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Real sugar non diet Mountain Dew in glass bottles would be good enough,I had one a couple weeks ago and I thought it was the late 70s again.

 

That's pretty good if all it takes is a Mountain Dew in a glass bottle to make you feel like it was the 70's again, for myself it take a little more then a mountain dew

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Real sugar non diet Mountain Dew in glass bottles would be good enough,I had one a couple weeks ago and I thought it was the late 70s again.

 

I'll get you a couple of 6 packs of the stuff. How about the crock pot of food? Do any of those 3 choices sound good or would you rather have a turkey sandwich and some yogurt (which is what we usually have for lunch)? How about a homemade cake to take home with you? My wife can bake you a chocolate one with chocolate frosting, or a banana cake, or lemon, or maybe a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting? When you know what Sunday you'll be coming let me know and the Dew and other food will be ready....

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Since you are only a hour from the Cincy area I could stop by some sunday in a couple weeks,all I ask in return is to feed me and have some cold ones if  you drink beer and if not soft drinks are fine.

Jeff you are to be truly commended ! People like you are in short supply and high demand. Our hobby and this site are very fortunate to have you on board. Regards, Wayne

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I hate to bring this up, but I'm a little distressed that the engine is so particularly immaculate and freshly painted on the outside while being in genuinely crappy condition on the inside. Do you feel that it's condition was misrepresented to you? I'm curious as to how many miles you felt it had on it. (Mindful, of course, that odometers shouldn't be relied on with a vehicle of this vintage). It's a beautiful car, but $16,000 is a premium price for a six cylinder Edsel, I think. Of course it's always "Buyer Beware", but in some cases there can be recourse. I hate to pry about this sensitive issue, but tell us what ever you feel comfortable about sharing regarding this particular dealer. He's in St Louis, correct? If it's the one that I'm thinking of, he advertises a lot of vintage cars on a regular basis. It might be helpful to others to know how reputable this dealer is.

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I hate to bring this up, but I'm a little distressed that the engine is so particularly immaculate and freshly painted on the outside while being in genuinely crappy condition on the inside. Do you feel that it's condition was misrepresented to you? I'm curious as to how many miles you felt it had on it. (Mindful, of course, that odometers shouldn't be relied on with a vehicle of this vintage). It's a beautiful car, but $16,000 is a premium price for a six cylinder Edsel, I think. Of course it's always "Buyer Beware", but in some cases there can be recourse. I hate to pry about this sensitive issue, but tell us what ever you feel comfortable about sharing regarding this particular dealer. He's in St Louis, correct? If it's the one that I'm thinking of, he advertises a lot of vintage cars on a regular basis. It might be helpful to others to know how reputable this dealer is.

 

Some of the people on this site may be paranoid about lawsuits so I won't mention the name but they are located in a large former furniture store in O'Fallon, IL which is 15 miles east of St. Louis. It was consigned to them by the 88 year old owner with whom I spoke last week. He told me that when he trailered it in there from his home 100+ miles away in Missouri that they asked him what was the least he would take for it and he said $10k and that that was the amount that they were going to give him. He also said that he had it for sale in his local Craigslist for a while for $11k and it didn't sell so that's why he took it to them. When I called this place and told them I was interested I asked the guy to see if they would take $14k for it. He called back a few minutes later and said that he had spoken to the man and his wife and they said no. I then asked him if they would take $15k so he said he called them again and said they would go no lower than $15,500 (which is what I paid). When I spoke with the seller he said he received no such phone calls so the salesman obviously lied to me about that. The seller said he had over $20k in the car and that he had given them a big stack of receipts for the $3k paint job, complete new SMS interior for $4k, $5k for rechroming the bumpers and other parts, over $1k for a new windshield and all new side glass, and $1k for a recent set of Coker Classic radials. The salesman told me that I would get the receipts when they sent me the title. Well, the title finally arrived yesterday and there were no receipts with it. When I called them I was told that all the salesmen were "busy" but that my call would be returned shortly, which of course it wasn't. Also, the seller said they wanted him to come in to drop off the title and pick up the check instead of mailing it so he and his wife obviously had to make the 100+ mile drive in there. There's more but you get the idea. 

 

The engine smoking problem is the only serious issue I have with this car. My last old car was a '56 Buick and it had problems with the steering, wipers, heater, gas gauge, tires, suspension, differential, exhaust manifold, horn and more. I have no such problems with any of those things with this Edsel. My goal is to get this engine problem resolved and forget about my experience with this dealership and move forward and enjoy the car for the next several years. The first step in this process will hopefully occur soon when Jeff comes down from Dayton so he can hopefully diagnose and maybe even eliminate the smoking problem by making a few adjustments to the timing or valves or whatever. I'll keep you guys informed and again thanks to all who are concerned and trying to help me through this....

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Obviously you paid $5500 more than the seller would have taken and if the seller is truthful the sales company lied to you, They are entitled to a fair profit but you are entitled to the truth. In my opinion two out of the three in this transactions were losers and if I were you I would contact a lawyer. I think you should pursue civil litigation! Wayne

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Obviously you paid $5500 more than the seller would have taken and if the seller is truthful the sales company lied to you, They are entitled to a fair profit but you are entitled to the truth. In my opinion two out of the three in this transactions were losers and if I were you I would contact a lawyer. I think you should pursue civil litigation! Wayne

 

I think most lawyers would tell me to go jump in the lake. They advertised a car for a certain price and I bought it for $495 less than that amount so what are the grounds for a lawsuit? There was no written promise for them to give me the receipts so it's just my word against theirs. The person who should be considering litigation is the seller but he probably signed a contract that said he would accept a minimum of $10k so that's all they gave him. They put over 100 pics in the ad along with a video of it running and driving which is more than most new or used car dealers do (see ad below). You can see a small amount of smoke in the video when the guy shifts gears but it's obviously a lot worse now for whatever reason. Like I said before, I would like to put this experience behind me by getting the engine repaired or replaced and moving forward to enjoy it for several years....

 

http://gatewayclassiccars.com/saint-louis/1960/edsel/ranger-S6632.html

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They advertise in Hemmings - it certainly wouldn't hurt to file a complaint with them.

 

I'd do this...You could argue that they're just running a business, but they lied to you and didn't follow through on several occasions.  At the very least, this is very poor customer service.  Hemmings has a pretty good reputation, and I would think they'd at least like to know if their advertisers are potentially shady.

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Sad to say that many consignment houses are all about "bright shiny" and for something mechanical they need to farm it out. The current crop of "reality" shows just emphasize flipping with no or little value added.

 

OTOH when I bought the Crossfire, first thing I did was to connect a scan tool and the seller had not a clue what I was doing. Also have been known to spend as much time under a car as on top.

 

So worst case you need a ring & valve job and that is really no big, might not even need to pull the engine (though easier with it out). If the rod bearings look good and oil pressure is OK, no need to pull the crank. Just takes someone who knows these engines. After all you are just building a nice driver and not a race car.

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After listening to the exhaust and hearing the popping under load.

Probably the simplest thing, Did you check the firing order?

 

If that fixes it you can send the cake to Oregon. LOL

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Getting a lawyer involved will assure that there will be one winner at the end, for sure!

 

These old cars are discretionary purchases. You know, bought with extra money or what I like to call "found money". I have been buying and selling them since I was 12 years old and in the seventh grade. I could walk away from all my stuff and still be way ahead on what I have owned and done.

 

Buying based pricing from an 88 year old car guy is something I'd be wary of. I'm only 67 and I know selling an old car, or any discretionary item, is sport. Beware of old men selling something you don't really need. They'll git ya. My wife has a spreadsheet describing each of my cars with the "alive" price and the "dead" price. If you hear of me dying get to her fast because there are going to be six real good deals. Or check out the list and PM me now. I have an idea that when I'm 88 the "live" price might be higher.

 

Bernie

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Not mentioning any names,but an acquaintance of my in Australia bought a 1962 Oldsmobile from this dealer.  When it arrived it would not pass the mandated road worthy inspection.  The frame was rotted through.  You can imagine the hassle of trying to resolve this dilemma from Australia! 

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 talk about using a Burnz-A-Matic to locate vacuum leaks.

 

 This sounds interesting ?

It's called the propane enrichment test, which involves removing the burner off the valve that goes on the tank and installing a hose (a tight leak-proof connection) with the engine running AND CHECKING FOR NO SPARKS, crack open the valve and run the hose around carb base or anywhere a leak could be when the idle increases that's the area of the leak. It could be dangerous though.

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It's called the propane enrichment test, which involves removing the burner off the valve that goes on the tank and installing a hose (a tight leak-proof connection) with the engine running AND CHECKING FOR NO SPARKS, crack open the valve and run the hose around carb base or anywhere a leak could be when the idle increases that's the area of the leak. It could be dangerous though.

No, it's about taking a Burnz-A-Matic, cracking the valve open about a half of a turn and holding the nozzle close to any area which could possibly be allowing air to enter. Here I'm talking about carb bases, intake manifold gasket area, etc. If there is a leak then propane will enter the manifold and the idle will go up. Simple and not dangerous. If you locate a spot where the introduction of propane increases the idle, you've located your vacuum leak. I was hesitant to bring up the legal angle because I know that it can be quite pointless once you've made the purchase. If you'll recall, I asked specifically if you feel that the condition of the car (here I'm talking about the engine, specifically) had been misrepresented. Did the dealer make any claims as to the condition of the engine? Edited by Hudsy Wudsy (see edit history)

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I like Jack M's idea in #92 about checking the firing order. Also, I'm sure Jeff will check all the basics like rotor, distributor cap for missing carbon button, cracks, carbon tracking, etc. How do the plug wires look? Ohmmeter check of each plug wire.

May I recommend that Lebowski spend another $25-30 for a distributor cap and rotor, AND another condenser. NAPA should be able to get those within a day. I've found that condensers can cause all kinds of grief when all other components check out. Perhaps replace one of the above components at a time to determine the point of failure. Any existing component that has not failed can be carried in the trunk for future potential roadside repairs. I'd ask for parts for a 1960 FORD 223 6-cylinder.

With a new collector car, I usually go thru the ignition and establish a baseline for **my** ownership, keep a computer record and a Next Maintenance mileage or date, so I know when to replace or at least look at individual components or services.

Please keep us posted on what you guys find!

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I'll mention something else, here, while I'm thinking about it. Someone, earlier, suggested that you might buy a rebuilt engine from a company like "Jasper ". In many cases the original, numbers-matching engine is very important to the value of a car. Although it seems less so for later model cars. There are probably more '50s and '60s Chevies with 350 engines in them than there are ones with their original stock engines. I don't know how the market would feel about your particular car in either case, but I guess you should ask others what they think about it before pulling your original engine and replacing it. Back to the list of tools and instruments that I suggested earlier- I think that it would be wise and inexpensive for you to but a vacuum hand pump. They are sold by Harbor Freight and other cheapie outlets for under $30. They are promoted as being for, and are useful for bleeding brakes, but in your case, it can be used for checking if the vacuum advance in your distributor is actually working. I'm not talking about a vacuum leak, as vacuum advances rarely fail in that manner. I'm talking about using your hand pump to apply vacuum to the distributor advance (with cap and rotor off) to see if the breaker plate actually moves (advances). This one of the things that could cause the back firing. It's also important that it remain in the advanced position while the vacuum is applied and not return to it's "at rest" position.

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Did this car have vacuum wipers?  If so, could a ruptured vacuum diaphragm cause a vacuum leak?  Did somebody already ask that?

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 Did you check the firing order?

 

If that fixes it you can send the cake to Oregon. LOL

 

It's 1-5-3-6-2-4 and it's correct on the car but if you come out from Oregon my wife will make you a carrot cake with raisins and her excellent cream cheese frosting. If that's not your favorite kind that's OK because I'll eat it for breakfast for the next several days. LOL

 

I did a search on another site (HAMB)  for "Ford 223" and there was an interesting thread on there about this engine. A couple guys said to replace the "valve stem seals" and that it wasn't necessary to pull the head to do it. Should I buy some of these seals (6?) before Jeff comes because NAPA isn't open on Sundays? Are there any other parts I should have on hand when he gets here? I have a good relationship with the guys at the local NAPA store so I should be able to return whatever parts he doesn't need. 

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