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Snotty

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« on: March 31, 2008, 09:42:46 AM »

I have not been driving my Newport much lately because I have not liked the way it has been running.  It was lacking power, spitting, running hot, and all sorts of things that have made me unhappy.
 
Two Fridays ago I drove it to Shafter - 20 miles one-way.  When I got there I could sware I was hearing a vacuum leak!  It would get quite loud and then back off.  Every time I opened the hood it vanished.  It was freaking weird!
 
I drove to Sonic that night at talked with the Doctor - Chris Fredericksen.  When I told him about my intermittent leak, he said I might have a piece of garbage inside the carb.  If it moves it will periodically hit a jet and cutt off the fuel flow.  I would hear it, but find no evidence when inspecting the motor.
 
I took off the air-horn that Saturday and found a clean carb.  Boo!  So, with no where else to turn, I checked the intake bolts.
 
Eureka!  Don't know why, but they had worked themselves loose.  One of them, on the back and holding down the throttle linkage, was about an eighth of an inch up!  I re-tightened and re-torqued all of the bolts and now my cars runs great again!
 
I still have no MPG to brag about, but the car is night and day!
 
Whoo-Hoo!
 
 
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008, 10:57:28 AM »

Just in time for the summer too.
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008, 11:15:31 AM »

Quote from: POLARACO
Just in time for the summer too.
 
Which one?  He has four per year, the BUM!
 
Great news Snotty! 
 
Dad always said "Never use a cheap tourqe-wrench or one that has been dropped or mis-used."
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2008, 01:28:29 PM »

Ahh the old heating, cooling, heating, cooling.....thing.  I always do periodic bolt torque checks on intake, carb, oil pan, tranny pan, manifolds....
 
Glad to hear that it sold your problem.
 
 
 
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2008, 01:54:06 PM »

That just tells me it was never tight in the first place.
 
Actually, Shame Snotty. . .You've had the thing for 3 years. . .or is it 4?  I lost track.
 
Someday I am going to drive that 62 New Yorker. . . .
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2008, 05:28:53 PM »

Hey Fellas,

Would checking the oil pan bolts on B's car be worth a shot? I'll do it
becuase He'll monster them down and we don't need that. (Sorry B)



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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2008, 08:12:34 PM »

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That just tells me it was never tight in the first place.
 
Actually, Shame Snotty. . .You've had the thing for 3 years. . .or is it 4?  I lost track.
 
 
November, 2003.  It will soon be 5 years!
 
It was running great until last June.  After the drive to the American Grafitti Show in Modesto it ran crappy.  I installed the new carb and intake the April before that.  Either it became loose or I never tightened it - but I doubt the latter.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2008, 08:28:34 PM »

The Lord works in mysterious ways Snotty.....or maybe it was Jesus (pronounced Hey-Zeus) trying to swipe yer intake! 

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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2008, 10:44:58 AM »

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It don't cost nuthin' but a little time to check 'em P!! I couldn't hoit!!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2008, 12:35:15 PM »

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Just don't tighten them too much.  The bolt holes may become concave and cut the already weak gasket.
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2008, 01:21:54 PM »

Yes it was the same deal when we did the valve cover gaskets, good heads up though

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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2008, 07:08:26 PM »

that's what happens when you finger tighten yer intake bolts then forget to torque em.......
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2008, 11:57:01 AM »

OK, wait until the next time I work on YOUR car!!! 
 
 
Hey, it's about time we drive those GTX cars of yours!
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2008, 12:01:39 PM »

no way, I don't want a wheel following me down the road when you forget to tighten the lugs !

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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2008, 12:02:24 PM »

I started them up a few weeks back......batteries were a bit low, but I charged them.....started right up with some carb priming........
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