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Forum: Ford-Mercury Yesterday, 12:17 AM
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Posted By njsteve
My old time mechanic friend said the same thing -...

My old time mechanic friend said the same thing - valve body issues. But from sitting so long - over 27 years since my Grandfather passed and the car has only driven around 1000 miles in that...
Forum: Ford-Mercury 09-18-2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 42,623
Posted By njsteve
Since the engine was already warmed up, I pulled...

Since the engine was already warmed up, I pulled an oil sample and I'll send it out for analysis just to see what it says. Once I get the engine out and on the stand I'll pull the pan and check the...
Forum: Ford-Mercury 09-18-2018, 11:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 42,623
Posted By njsteve
Time for some preliminary tests...I warmed up the...

Time for some preliminary tests...I warmed up the engine for a half hour (and even tried putting it in gear and low and behold, drive works again!) in preparation for a compression test. I pulled the...
Forum: Ford-Mercury 09-16-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 42,623
Posted By njsteve
Thanks for the info. I will have to start...

Thanks for the info. I will have to start reviewing all the factory service manuals that my grandfather bought for the car back in the day. There’s half a dozen Ford service volumes in the trunk.
Forum: Ford-Mercury 09-16-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 42,623
Posted By njsteve
Well, I had been thinking about pulling the...

Well, I had been thinking about pulling the engine and transmission in order to regasket everything since the cardboard under the car looks like the Shroud of Turin with a perfect image of a 460, a...
Forum: Ford-Mercury 09-16-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 42,623
Posted By njsteve
Looks like my dog is a jinx. Part 2 Last...

Looks like my dog is a jinx. Part 2

Last weekend I had replaced the master cylinder and sanded and repainted the brake booster. I also pulled out the starter to get it rebuilt locally to solve...
Forum: Ford-Mercury 09-16-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 42,623
Posted By njsteve
Looks like my dog is a jinx. Part 1 Two...

Looks like my dog is a jinx. Part 1

Two weeks ago I took Jack Russell out to a cruise night in Grampa's Lincoln. We got 3/4 of a mile from the house when the left rear tire disemboweled itself.
...
Forum: Lounge 09-06-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By njsteve
Very cool. What year were they available? At...

Very cool. What year were they available? At least they are not the official “Firestone 500” radial. So they shouldn’t explode any time soon.
Forum: Lounge 09-06-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By njsteve
I don't think so. The ill-fated Firestone 500...

I don't think so. The ill-fated Firestone 500 radial had a single white stripe on the sidewall on the white wall version. The tires on the Superbird have two stripes.
Forum: Ebay & other seen ads section 08-29-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By njsteve
A Performance Years forum member owns the car....

A Performance Years forum member owns the car. Very nice example of a RAIII. Nice to see that the work was done properly and not just patches on such important items like frame rails. That is really...
Forum: Lounge 08-22-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 2,841
Views: 123,128
Posted By njsteve
When you search that image you get this:...

When you search that image you get this: "However, this image of a monster mushroom towering over awed-onlookers is a digital manipulation"

The story is true but it is a giant patch of little...
Forum: Chevrolet 08-22-2018, 01:24 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 42,132
Posted By njsteve
Is there overspray on the tank straps? If I...

Is there overspray on the tank straps? If I recall correctly, they were installed and hanging when the car body went through the paint booth so the will have a strange overspray pattern. Here is the...
Forum: Lounge 08-19-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By njsteve
I had one many years ago but it was really fun...

I had one many years ago but it was really fun and really not stock. What are you looking for info-wise?

They are great trucks. Very solidly built but tend to rust in the rockers, and the hoods...
Forum: Pontiac 08-19-2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 557
Views: 475,738
Posted By njsteve
The other day I spent a few hours trying to solve...

The other day I spent a few hours trying to solve the "bent nail puzzle" of removing the original transmission cooler lines and replacing them with new ones from Inline Tube. Quite an entertaining...
Forum: Supercars/Musclecars-For Sale 08-15-2018, 01:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,463
Posted By njsteve
Very cool example! An original ram air optioned...

Very cool example! An original ram air optioned car like this one was very rare in '73.

I love the optional orange carpet listed on the broadcast sheet. Pontiac really had some weird ways to...
Forum: Mopar 08-12-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,430
Posted By njsteve
Yes, go single stage. There is nothing like the...

Yes, go single stage. There is nothing like the original "sheen" that a single stage in these vintage colors versus the way-too-deep, glossy look of modern two stage paints.
Forum: Mopar 08-11-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,430
Posted By njsteve
Are you going to try to get a digital color match...

Are you going to try to get a digital color match sampling of the virgin paint on the underside? It is so hard to get a modern accurate match of that color just from a formula.
Forum: Lounge 08-11-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2,841
Views: 123,128
Posted By njsteve
Yes, it is a common problem when people restoring...

Yes, it is a common problem when people restoring these cars install the new springs that are listed in whatever resto catalog they refer to. The vast majority of these supply houses generically...
Forum: Ebay & other seen ads section 08-08-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By njsteve
Maybe a screw holes for bracket and cable hole...

Maybe a screw holes for bracket and cable hole for mechanical tach?
Forum: Lounge 08-03-2018, 11:44 PM
Replies: 2,841
Views: 123,128
Posted By njsteve
And here are five of them set up in a defensive...

And here are five of them set up in a defensive claymore mine position to prevent anyone from approaching my garage without following the the proper password and countersign procedure.
Forum: Lounge 08-03-2018, 11:33 PM
Replies: 2,841
Views: 123,128
Posted By njsteve
You are correct. They would have come with the...

You are correct. They would have come with the 1973 Firestone 500 tires in either white stripe or white letter versions. These were the ones that were recalled for exploding and killing dozens of...
Forum: Pontiac 07-28-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 475,738
Posted By njsteve
And another part on order. The original dash...

And another part on order. The original dash speaker stopped working recently for the factory AM/FM mono radio. I pulled out the A/C ducting and accessed the wiring. I was able to confirm the bad...
Forum: Lounge 07-27-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2,841
Views: 123,128
Posted By njsteve
doorhinge

doorhinge
Forum: Pontiac 07-24-2018, 01:21 AM
Replies: 557
Views: 475,738
Posted By njsteve
I used the lower window trim on the door as a...

I used the lower window trim on the door as a guide and measured 2 inches below that line for the main section of the door stripe.
Forum: Pontiac 07-21-2018, 04:34 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 475,738
Posted By njsteve
The stripes arrived yesterday and I put them on...

The stripes arrived yesterday and I put them on with some soapy water and a squeegy. The hard part is trying to get them symmetrically located on both sides. That took a couple hours. I think it...
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