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Shelty

M –26
Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
United States

 
 

Been a while

By Shelty

it has been a long time since I have visited this site.

added the most recent pic of my mustang....

currently she needs a new clutch, so I am getting a Centerforce Dual Friction piece as soon as my tuition reimbursement check comes...

update

By Shelty

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well, out with the old and in with the new,

ditched the crappy V6 and am a now going with a 5.0 swap that is proly half finished and is still sitting in the same spot since summer

lack of funding/new car have postponed the build until later when I can get it running...

I have no luck

By Shelty

Well, just got back from college two days ago... right now I cannot sleep... anyhoo, I realized I have no luck whatsoever... half way home from college, the exhaust on my Buick decided to fall off...

I had a headache for 4 hours afterwards....

car hasnt moved an inch since I got home, and I refuse to touch it...

check one off the list

By Shelty

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Well, solved Dorothy's headlight problem.

Turns out it was the alternator and the Voltage regulator. As I believe I mentioned earlier, the Alternator was pretty crappy to begin with, and I didnt even think of the Voltage Regulator. needless to say, replacing the regulator came out to 10 dollars and a headache. FOMOCO mounted that thing in a tight spot, but I got it out in about an hour, replaced it, put in the Alternator, and hooked everything back up in less than another hour. Turned her on, flipped on the lights and the surging has stopped.

well, my laundry list of repairs to get her on the road is getting shorter, and thats a good thing, as my laundry list of mods is waiting...

getting short

By Shelty

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well, she sprouted an electrical problem... when Dorothy runs, her lights surge on and off, I went through and traced the source to the Altenator. there are three connections, one that is bolted on and two that clip on, of these two, one is red, the other is black, when the red one is disconnected, the surging stops. my theory is that either the altenator was bad or going (it looked crappy, it was rusty and had the infamous junkyard yellow grease crayon markings on it.

got a new unit today, though it is sitting in a box in my room due to rain. It rained all day, not a good enviroment for work on the electrical system. so tomorrow I plan on getting it hooked back up...

sweet jesus

By Shelty

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well, got a call from the 'rents today. The shop is finished with her, so she is coming home today, or tomorrow. I cannot remember what they said... but now the car is legal once again!

crapped out

By Shelty

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The Beast died on my the other day, turns out the choke went rouge and was dumping too much gas into the engine. this in turn flooded the engine and fouled the plugs. after days upon days in the cold college air, I got her running again and limped her over to the local car shop. turns out the choke linkage was bad and there were some bad wires. but hey, the car is 20 years old, and though the carb is brand new, well, I dont know, I always have trouble with that car in the winter.

it is funny, my mustang sits alot and is barely driven (Ive put about 10 miles on the car since I bought it) it starts up one two three, no problem. meanwhile "the beast" is driven bi-daily and has far less mileage (46,XXX)miles and it dies on me... makes me wonder what was going on in GM back in '86...


needless to say, the car was fixed for a tune of only 65 dollars, which was sweet.

now it is getting its muffler fixed and an inspection.

exhausted

By Shelty

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well, now dorothy is almost mechanically fit. All that is missing is the fixing of the exhaust. everything else works, minus the cruise control and the maplight. brakes work fine now, they stop the car nicely, the trans is a little twitchy, but that is due to sitting so long and some of the gauges dont work. no big really, most of the electrical gremlins are easy to sort out anyway. gonna get around to buying some interior parts and maybe a driver's door over the winter as i continue to restore her. depending on $$$ and part avalibility, some sort of V-8 build up will begin over the summer, just comes down to the size, carb vs. EFI, Nito Vs. blower vs. NA. but in the end it all comes down to how much green I have

even more on the rebuild

By Shelty

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Well, got the new pads and rotors on dorothy, but her brakes are still a little soggy. my guess is that the master cylinder is going as the car had sat for 6 months before I got my hands on her. she runs pretty decently, have most of the vaccuum lines hooked up. Exhaust is still off, as I'm in college, 200 miles away :-( has some electrical gremlins, such as oil pressure and temp gauges not functioning and the gas gauge being a bit off... I'm thinking it is just bad wires, so when I get home I'll have to go through her again...

I'm just hoping the engine, despite the rebuild is just not a bad engine... Ive heard many nasty things about 3.8s, worst case I will have to find a newer 3.8 and drop that in. but if it comes to that, I'll put in a 302 (can't afford a 306) preferably out of an 85 as they were not fuel injected and had better heads

I just dont want to sell her... unless its for a '66 or an '06..

More on the rebuild

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her engine is fixed now, she just needs to be tuned. After her exhaust is fixed it should run like a champ. I have the rotors and what not to fix the brakes, as she does not stop at all now... THe rest of her problems are merely cosmetic

soon she will be road ready

By Shelty

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yes the long saga that is Dorothy will soon be finished. My quest to make her ready for the street is down to a few key aspects. the first is fixing the bearings and checking the oil pressure sensor, the second is inspecting the cooling system to see if it is clogged and the third is to redo the brakes, as dorothy is currently lacking stopping power from any speed. the rest of the work on her is regarding her appearance, and that is down to finding various interior pieces to replace to worn/broken ones. I will be relying on junkyards, Ebay and Cj pony parts for those said pieces...
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