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Messages - Bob Schaefer

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General BS and Laughs / Out for a Drive...
« on: August 01, 2013, 05:53:53 PM »
Not really. I just put gas in it on the way home, but what was already in it wasn't sitting in there for long.

General BS and Laughs / Out for a Drive...
« on: July 31, 2013, 05:46:19 PM »

Tech- - FUEL / ThermoQuad Info
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:50:13 PM »
Thanks for the info.

Tech- - FUEL / ThermoQuad Info
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:20:07 PM »

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / '69 Monaco Wagon - Back to it...
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:45:56 AM »
Thank you, Ed. These are things I wouldn't have considered. Makes sense, too, because my friend did step down on the carb from a nicely tuned Edlebrock 750 to a 600, which is what came on the HP 383's back in the day. He had been working on the timing and getting the carb tuned, so we will continue on that. I'll also check the shroud, and make sure the air flow is right.

Thanks again, as always... Bob

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / '69 Monaco Wagon - Back to it...
« on: July 26, 2013, 08:03:27 AM »
Greetings from the Chicago area, once again. It's been awhile since I've posted, but now that I have my wagon back, I thought I'd say hello.
Since I had to sell her, I have realigned my priorities on this project.
Currently, the focus will be on driveability/reliability, and down the road, I will consider structural integrity and durability, then appearance.

So, the friend who bought the car did a bunch of work to make it driveable, and it is. The main concern, on getting it back, is cooling. I knew when I first had it, that it tended to run hot, and my buddy confirmed this. This is primarily evident on really hot days, or if the AC is running. I don't typically run the AC, so that's not a huge concern. There are no coolant leaks, so far.

As an initial step, he ran a couple of wide hoses from the snorkels on the air cleaner, out to either side of the radiator support, in order to provide more outside air. This helps some, but I am interested in a more comprehensive solution. My main concerns are the size of the radiator, and the condition of the coolant path within the engine. The main radiator hoses and thermostat have been replaced, and I think my buddy said the stat is a 160 degree one. This is why I am more concerned about what else is going on, if it has that stat in it, and it's still too hot. I haven't driven it much myself, since I only got it back this week. I will drive it around some, and see what I think.

My first plan is to get some cooling system flush, and do that a couple of times. A question here is, do I worry about dislodging something, and making things worse? After this, if I am still running hot, I may consider an aluminum radiator with greater capacity. I would really love to find a big 4-core OEM radiator like I had in my Polara wagon, which came with the towing package, feature A35, I believe. I don't figure it will be easy to find, if it's even possible, but we'll see. Either way, if I end up removing the radiator, I would definitely replace the water pump, even though it isn't leaking, since I don't know if/when it was last replaced.

Anyway, thank you again for all the support when I had to give up my wagon, and I am glad to be back amongst my fellow C-Body enthusiasts.


General BS and Laughs / I've Been Overhauled...sort of
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:48:53 PM »
Thank you. That's the goal. I know he only asked that I get Antique Vehicle plates, and that I bring it to car shows, and enjoy it, but someday, I'd like to be able to return this kindness.

General BS and Laughs / I've Been Overhauled...sort of
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:22:45 PM »

Tech- - Engine / Oil Pan Gasket
« on: June 24, 2012, 05:09:54 PM »


Tech- - Engine / Oil Pan Gasket
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:01:11 PM »

Fortunately, I do have a fair and reliable transmission guy locally, so if need be, I can get the rear seal replaced.

Tech- - Engine / Oil Pan Gasket
« on: June 22, 2012, 04:02:52 AM »
So, it appears I will need to replace my oil pan gasket. I've done a lot of things on the '69 Polara and Monaco, but I've not done this before. Do I need to raise the engine up, in order to get the oil pan out? I don't need to pull the engine out, right? I would really like to replace the pan, itself, because this one is a bit dented, but I don't have a bunch of cash right now.
I also have a trans fluid leak, which I don't know if it's the trans cooler lines, or something else. The trans oil pan is brand new, so I know that's not leaking. The lines are rusty, and need replacing anyway, but if it's a seal of some sort, that will have to wait until I can afford to take it to a shop. I will have to get start it up, and let it run awhile, and see if I can see where it's leaking from. Transmissions are beyond me.
Thank you... Bob

Excellent advice. When I look at it that way, it really is a project, not my Daily Driver that I need to get running so I can get around. Someday, when it is running reliably, I will drive it alot. Until then, I'll keep working the list.
Heck, even if I can't get it running right away, I can get good practice working on the fenders. Funny thing is, I wanted to pull off all that fake wood, and paint the car Cobalt Blue, but so many people like the color combo now, I will be saving the blue to last, if I do it at all.
Thanks again... as always.

So, last year, I drove my '69 Monaco wagon 1 time, around the block, got very discouraged, and put it away... Not a wise move, I know.
I had let it sit all the previous fall and winter, and started working on it in the spring. I did a bunch of work on it, and got it running nicely, or so I though... The day I drove it, I let it run for half an hour, just idling, to see if there were any leaks, since I had done valve covers, fuel pump, put on a different carb, etc... No leaks. Awesome.
Then I backed it out, and drove around the block. A clacking noise from the rear, probably passenger side... I presume, and hope, just brake dust in the drum, but I didn't check at the time. The bad part was, I had both oil and trans fluild leaking from the bottom side.
So, I figure possibly the oil pan gasket, but not sure about the trans leak. I am hoping that because the trans cooler lines are rusty, maybe that's where my leak is coming from.
Anyway, I will see about getting back to it here soon, and hopefully not have to spend a mint to get it going again, but as I said in the title... We'll see what we'll see.

This thread is very encouraging... I need to get out there and start working on my '69 Monaco Wagon...

General BS and Laughs / It's Leaburn's day
« on: February 28, 2012, 03:42:51 AM »
Happy Belated, young man!!!

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