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1954 century sedan. GA to NC

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12 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

Eventually all is in great shape and all you do is drive it. 

 

Getting the confidence in her to stop and start safely well, then the fun gets better every day. ;)

(Ask me how I know...)

 

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That's exactly right.  Confidence.  I've gotten real lucky with some of my cars in the past, used, abused and would never die.  This one now has all new brakes and stopping seems good.   Starting has been an issue, but I think we now have that ironed out. Running, well that she does just fine and people love to hate it when I cruise past them!  Although reverse is getting tricky.... time to do those mounts next....

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14 minutes ago, wndsofchng06 said:

 stopping seems good.    

 For drums this is a good as it gets. :D

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3 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

For drums this is a good as it gets. :D

 

Last weekend I took a licensed mechanic friend of mine who got his ticket working on drum brake vehicles for a ride in the Special and out on the open road he made the comment that she sounded good!

Then as we approached the off ramp he asked how were the brakes? I said hang on and hit them harder than normal but not intending to try and lock them up. 

Without seat belts in the car he slid a bit forward and then said Man they are good for drum brakes! 

Yup, everything is new and adjusted properly so with full knowledge anti-lock disc brake technology is a better design, I still have confidence when driving respectfully.

 

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18 hours ago, dei said:

Yup, everything is new and adjusted properly so with full knowledge anti-lock disc brake technology is a better design, I still have confidence when driving respectfully.

 

I found out these kids today with their Hondas and Subarus are deleting or disabling their anti-lock systems. I thought it was kinda ironic! All about "weight reduction".

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1 hour ago, Beemon said:

I found out these kids today with their Hondas and Subarus are deleting or disabling their anti-lock systems.

 

Well, two steps forward and one step backwards?:unsure: 

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 Started reliably all weekend ...  20+times.  So I'm going to put the shield back on later this week. 

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Went to LKQ junk yard and go some nice speakers,  mounted one under the rear deck...stock location and two small ones in a box under the dash with a radio....  tunes are great!   the radio and equalizer are out of a box of parts Mike had and gave to me, antenna is under the seat.  While thing only cost me $8 for speakers!

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This is temporary of course until I can afford either a hidden stereo system or having the proper one updated that fits the dash.

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Just now, wndsofchng06 said:

This is temporary of course until I can afford either a hidden stereo system or having the proper one updated that fits the dash.

 

Matt, I have a 54-55 radio I picked up as a spare locally for tube parts. I don't know if the dash knobs are different or not between 54 and 55 (they look like yours, round black ball knobs), but the radio seems to be in decent shape for a driver. It will unfortunately need a new speaker. If you're interested, let me know! I can recap it and test it, too, just need to make a 500 mile trip first! :P

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3 minutes ago, Beemon said:

 

Matt, I have a 54-55 radio I picked up as a spare locally for tube parts. I don't know if the dash knobs are different or not between 54 and 55 (they look like yours, round black ball knobs), but the radio seems to be in decent shape for a driver. It will unfortunately need a new speaker. If you're interested, let me know! I can recap it and test it, too, just need to make a 500 mile trip first! :P

Thanks!  I have 4 or 5 of them here.  But want to rebuild, update to handle bluetooth, etc...

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1 minute ago, wndsofchng06 said:

Thanks!  I have 4 or 5 of them here.  But want to rebuild, update to handle bluetooth, etc...

 

Aurora Design has it all.

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??? I was all set to drive her the three hours to Charlotte tomorrow for the auto fair,  now tomorrow will be a bust!   Ugh!   I might try to go early Sunday morning,  but everybody is usually packed and gone by 1pm, so i suspect once many pack for Saturday's rain, they just won't return Sunday.   The fall show is fine, but the spring flea market is bigger and that's my whole reason for going...

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5 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

??? I was all set to drive her the three hours to Charlotte tomorrow for the auto fair,  now tomorrow will be a bust!   Ugh!   I might try to go early Sunday morning,  but everybody is usually packed and gone by 1pm, so i suspect once many pack for Saturday's rain, they just won't return Sunday.   The fall show is fine, but the spring flea market is bigger and that's my whole reason for going...

I'm still down here and I don't think it will be too bad. A little dreary but not a wash out. 

 

Hit me up if you come. I'll get you free tickets and maybe even a parking spot if you bring the 54. Have to see what our parking situation is like in the morning. 

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18 minutes ago, NCReatta said:

I'm still down here and I don't think it will be too bad. A little dreary but not a wash out. 

 

Hit me up if you come. I'll get you free tickets and maybe even a parking spot if you bring the 54. Have to see what our parking situation is like in the morning. 

How do you say no to that?

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24 minutes ago, NCReatta said:

I'm still down here and I don't think it will be too bad. A little dreary but not a wash out. 

 

Hit me up if you come. I'll get you free tickets and maybe even a parking spot if you bring the 54. Have to see what our parking situation is like in the morning. 

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Well, I guess for once I'm glad it rained.  If not I'd be stuck in Charlotte!!  UGH.  I drove around locally today.  Probably 30-40 miles total, at the 8th stop where I turned the car off, it wouldn't start.  Starter did the same thing as before, you could here the solenoid throw the gear forward, but not turn the engine.  Then after 3 or 4 attempts back-to-back, it would turn the engine, but sound really weird doing it and not turn it far enough or fast enough to start the car.  After the umpteenth attempt, it started and I drove home.  At home I shut it off, then when I hit the starter immediately after, it fired right up.  Shut it off again, hit the starter again and the same damn no starting.  I really want to drive and enjoy this car, but it's just not reliable enough.  I guess my next move is start saving up the $200 plus to buy a remanufactured starter online.  I've wasted so much time fooling with such a simple issue,  I'm really over it, I need to spend my money on other things like all the rotten rubber parts, I found today that the windshield is leaking badly and the springs are shot (4 adults and it's bottomed out).  Maybe this hobby isn't for me, I am just not patient enough for this.  When I hit the lottery I can buy something fully restored to look at.

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59 minutes ago, wndsofchng06 said:

Maybe this hobby isn't for me, I am just not patient enough for this. 

The 55 that I drive all over the country is finally a fantastic driver.  I bought it in 1980.  There is a profession that specializes in instant gratification.:D

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Are your starter wires tight? Did you check the starter relay? Are the starter wires solid? My car essentially has the same starter as yours and it is reliable for a daily driver. It just needs a little love, don't be discouraged.

 

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5 minutes ago, Beemon said:

Are your starter wires tight? Did you check the starter relay? Are the starter wires solid? My car essentially has the same starter as yours and it is reliable for a daily driver. It just needs a little love, don't be discouraged.

 

It's going to love the scrap pile when I go get a mini high torque unit 

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I love my mini high torque not an ounce of problems with something around four years of actual daily driving..I  will  say that before I went this route I had tried a rebuilt original starter.. All new two gauge wires and a new starter relay...a month later I had problems similar to what you're describing.. Turns out my fancy new 60 dollar relay was crap luckily I had kept the functioning original relay.. But I still thought it was better to gut it all and go with a new mini high torque 

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I am jumping in here kind of late, not knowing what all you have done but, if you are REALLY SURE you are actually hearing the gear engage.....

 

There are really only 3 possibilities.

 

1) The cables or the connections are bad (bet you have been through this already).

2) The copper bolts at the back of the solenoid are worn out and no longer quite touch the copper disc that the solenoid pushes against them. Also check the adjustment of the solenoid linkage. If it were far enough off, I think it might prevent the copper disc from touching the bolts.

3) The brushes in the starter are shot and not making good contact with the commutator.

 

Hint: it's always #2

 

#3 can be visually checked if you disassemble the starter. They are either worn really short or they arent.

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