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How buttercup got her groove back

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14 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

On a brighter note it'll idle for 20 minutes and stay at 165...

 

 

Small victories!   Keep at it. 

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17 hours ago, old-tank said:

take it out and drive it in all the working gears until hot...hot fluid may get it working.

 

THIS!!! 

Matt, as I've somewhat sarcastically stated earlier, "she backed into the garage when parked!!!" I drove BC around a good bit before tearing her down, she drove like a NEW CAR, no mechanical problems WHATSOEVER!!!! There was a transmission shop invoice in the glove compartment that if I recall correctly, notes that the reverse bans in the tranny had been replaced and tranny resealed. This work was done at the time the second owner obtained the car after it had sat since 1974. Perhaps if he had had access to Willies wisdom he could have saved whatever the $$ shown on the invoice. I still communicate with that guy and will ask about the details of the tranny repairs and report back.

 

 

19 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

I give up!

 

As you know my friend, I was very happy to see Buttercup go to you. Seeing how you had loved, cared for and showed the Century I had previously sold you but that was sadly lost in the wreck , generated the desire in me for you to have her and I think I gave you a very fair deal.  Man I'm sorry you're having these problems and hope you won't literally give up on her. Bringing a car back to life after it's been sitting for years isn't easy, and to quote @Mudbone if it was, everybody would be doing it. Please hang in there!!!

 

 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

Ingenuity is the spice of car guys and gals. 

 

I always keep exhaust pipes of all shapes and sizes...never know when you or a friend needs a patch.

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On 1/20/2020 at 10:38 AM, NC-car-guy said:

Forgot to share my redneck exhaust extraction...

 

Reverse flow -- I like it!  ;)

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Cold rainy morning so I decided to tinker on easy stuff. As a nod to Lucy (wrecked century) I straightened out her license plate and dealer emblem and mounted both on buttercup.

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Also got the horns installed:

 

 

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Well... Turns out poor buttercup's radio was gutted.  Glad I bought that one from Mike.  A few moments and I switched the faceplate and the needle for proper 54 colors....we'll see if it works!

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Most of the lights didn't work.  Had to clean all the contacts and all the grounds. The license plate lights are the hardest.  There's a little brass ring inside the rubber boot that picks up ground from the case and gets it to the bulb...

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13 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

There's a little brass ring inside the rubber boot that picks up ground from the case and gets it to the bulb...

 

At least it is brass and not tin plated steel!  ;)

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So I have an electrical gremlin somewhere...  Dome light works fine but the trunk light and map light in the dash wont get power.    Also the radio that worked when I bought it doesn't work now that its in my dash.  Lights up but no noise and wont seek with the selectronic button.

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1 hour ago, NC-car-guy said:

Also the radio that worked when I bought it doesn't work now that its in my dash.  Lights up but no noise and wont seek with the selectronic button.

 

Did you bench test it after changing the dial faceplate?  Can you hear the vibrator buzzing?  If not, that's likely the problem. If so, either the dial face is binding or the antenna is suspect.  

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No buzzing and I wouldn't have thought to bench test it again after changing a dial face plate since I didn't interfere with anything inside

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43 minutes ago, NC-car-guy said:

No buzzing and I wouldn't have thought to bench test it again after changing a dial face plate since I didn't interfere with anything inside

Click it on and off rapidly a few times...might jolt the vibrator into action.  That is what I need to do with mine sometimes to get some tunes.

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Took it out for a jaunt.... $&#;#&!!  Runs like sh*t.  Put about 25 miles on it, up to 55 and it shook and shook and shook. Still no reverse even after all that so now it's stuck in the garage.  Started diagnosing the shaking....#2 and #5 cylinder are dead.  Compression test shows 120-130psi on both. Checked tested the spark plugs and wires.  Lots of heat, I wasn't in afib but might be afterwards....... Checked for vacuum leaks, verified firing order, tried swapping wires and plugs from a cylinder that was hitting.  I don't get it how do i have compression, fire, and fuel but when I pull that plug wire off at any rpm there's no change?  Guess now I have to pull the engine and trans AGAIN.  I will NEVER buy another car I cannot drive the day of purchase. I've also lost all interest in this one. This car is cursed...13k miles and everything on it has broken. Once fixed, it leaves!

 

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After taking a break and deep breath, pull the valve covers.  Check to see the rockers for the cylinders are working as designed. 

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2 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

After taking a break and deep breath, pull the valve covers.  Check to see the rockers for the cylinders are working as designed. 

 Did that already.  Everything looked normal. Everything was moving good. Lots of oil.  Nothing felt sloppy.

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Just now, avgwarhawk said:

I see you checked firing order. For fun did you switch wires 2 and 5?

Tried that 1st

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4 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

Distributor cap is new? No hair line crack?

Looks good but haven't taken it under a bright light...

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Do you have a spare coil to test it with?

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