Good Morning, thanks for the coffee Freddy, I think since I have to make a run into town, I'll take your suggestion and buy a breakfast.
It was 84 yesterday, and forecast to be 91 tomorrow, so summer is here, right on schedule according to the calendar.
My corn is coming up well, the beans not so well, and something likes my tomato plants, it's leaving the bean plants alone, and eating tomato plants??
So I had to cut a roll of chicken wire up to make cages, got poked several time for my efforts. But the plants will be safe.
I've been getting my '64 TBird prepared to sell. It's a nice, rust free car from Georgia, but it has sat up on a storage lift in the corner of my shop since 2005, last license tab is '05. When I put it up, it had a noise in the differential, so I pulled both axles and then the gear set, the bearings were toast. The local trans shop owed me for some parts and time I'd spent with them on a troublesome Dodge trans, so they replaced the bearings and set up the diff's gearset for me.
Next was the fuel in the tank, thankfully it siphoned out real easy, and it appeared to have stayed gasoline, and not turned to varnish.
I had a puddle of antifreeze under the engine, a core plug [aka freeze plug] had a pinhole rusting through from the inside. It required jacking the motor up, removing the motor mount to access the plug, that got done.
Then, lowered the lift added fresh gasoline, fresh antifreeze, fresh oil, and a dribble of gasoline into the vents of the carb and turned the key, Nothing.. I jumped the starter solenoid and it turned over,, then I remembered it's a Ford, you have to hold the shift lever firmly into 'Park' to make a switch for the starter circuit.. a two handed starting procedure, and it fired right up!
It was running really rich, so I thought the choke was stuck,, so I looked under the hood to manually open the choke, and there was gas pouring out of the underside of the carburetor.. so I shut it down..
This is a Holly 4bbl carb, with the removable float bowls on each end,, I removed the front one, and the metering block and the problem was obvious, the gaskets had shrunk about 10-15%, stretched against the locating pins and bolts, the holes missing the passageways. I called around and could only find a gasket set for $45, with all the needle/seats, valves mounting gaskets etc etc. not what I wanted.. so I spent two hours making a gasket for the metering block, reinstalled and fired it up again, better, but still leaking.. off comes the float bowl again, and a closer look at the skinny bowl gasket shows a shrunken area that opened up a passageway for the accelerator pump,, and this gasket is too skinny to make by hand,, So I went online and found that there are bowl and metering block gasket sets available.. Hmm.. the next morning I called my local auto parts store, said I don't want a rebuild kit, just a bowl gasket set.. He said, don't have it, never seen it.. I said there were at least two major gasket makers making sets and I found them online,, if it's online he should be able to find and get it.. and sure enough he dug around, and found a set and had it for me that afternoon, $8. ! I guess I only work for $4 per hour, that's what I spent on making the one gasket for the metering block..
New gaskets, started right up, and it's a dry carb.. engine sounds good, but what's the 'click or rap',, a lifter ?? NOPE, a blown out exhaust gasket at # 7 cylinder.. I can see the black exhaust leaking out.
I now remember that that was an issue when I parked it on the lift..
So exhaust gasket set is on the way..
In the mean time, the brakes were acting like the power booster was bad, when I parked it, so I looked into the master cylinder, Hmm, dry.. added some fluid and tried to pump it up,, brake moves real slow and won't return on it's own, I have to lift the pedal with my toe.. Hmm.. so I need the master cylinder off to get to the exhaust manifold anyway, so off it comes and it's a mess, took it apart, and the bore is pretty corroded and pitted on the bottom.. and NEW cylinders are available for a $1 LESS than a rebuilt one.. LOL.. So that is waiting for me in town this morning.. I think since I'm so close to the booster, I might take it off and apart while I'm here,, not sure what that slow pedal and no returning pedal is being caused by..
In the mean time I'll try the bolts for the exhaust manifold, they are soaking, and the engine has been run a few times to heat the manifold with the penetrant on the threads.. there are exposed threaded holes that allow the penetrant to be applied on the back of the hole directly on the threads.. THANK you Ford!! We'll see how well the heating/cooling cycles work on getting the ATF into the threads.. [using ATF and Acetone mix]
The car has 8 years of dust on it, but it appears that it will clean up just fine, and I cleaned a few spots on the bumpers and they will clean up real nice too. I have a prospective buyer already, so I need to make it acceptable to sell to a friend. His wife says she has always wanted a '64 or '65 TBird.. the wife wants it, that's 90% of the battle,, so I need to spiff it up for her..
I have to say, i'd forgotten how 'cool' the interior and 'cockpit' style dashboard are, it's a neat car.
I guess I need to get moving, add a bucket of coal to the AA's hopper, I'm thinking this weekend will be the last one for coal heated DHW.
Have a great day and weekend !!