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Don C

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  1. This one showed up on the Las Vegas Cragslist, but is actually in San Juan Capistrano: http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/3031272500.html
  2. I've been using the same Pentel for 20+ years. It was pricey at the time, but I guess sometimes you do get what you paid for. It's a 2-piece design, where the part that has the pocket hook pulls off to uncover the point and then serves as the eraser end.
  3. It seems that staggered shocks are more a function of drivetrain than body style. I have a 71 Sportroof with 351C 4V and C6 that has them.
  4. Civil engineer specializing in traffic engineering and transportation planning. Edit: I semi-retired in 2013. Still working as needed on high-profile projects like a new freeway from Tuscon to Northern Nevada (I-11) and a route for an application for a Hyperloop route in Nevada.
  5. The light switch has a rheostat on it that controls the dash light dimming when the switch is turned. A little corrosion or a short and the windings burn out. You can try jumping across the rheostat, see if that lights them up.
  6. Make sure your oil filter has an anti-feedback valve, so all the oil galleries don't drain back into the oil pan, which then takes longer to refill all of them on start-up.
  7. The madam opened the brothel door in Glasgow and saw a rather dignified, well-dressed, good-looking man in his late forties or early fifties. "May I help you sir?" she asked... "I want to see Valerie," the man replied. "Sir, Valerie is one of our most expensive ladies. Perhaps you would prefer someone else", said the madam. "No, I must see Valerie," he replied. Just then, Valerie appeared and announced to the man that she charges £5000 a visit. Without hesitation, the man pulled out five thousand pounds and gave it to Valerie, and they went upstairs. After an hour, the man calmly left... The next night, the man appeared again, once more demanding to see Valerie. Valerie explained that no one had ever come back two nights in a row, as she was so expensive. There were no discounts. The price was still £5000. Again, the man pulled out the money, gave it to Valerie, and they went upstairs. After an hour, he left. The following night the man was there yet again. Everyone was astounded that he had come for a third consecutive night, but he paid Valerie and they went upstairs... After their session, Valerie said to the man, "No one has ever been with me three nights in a row. Where are you from?" The man replied, "Edinburgh." "Really", she said, "I have family in Edinburgh." "I know." the man said. "Your sister died, and I'm her solicitor. I was instructed to deliver your £15,000 inheritance in person..." The moral of the story is that three things in life are certain... 1. Death 2. Taxes 3. Being screwed by a lawyer
  8. I believe what he is looking for is the vacuum selector valve. The attached clip is from my 71 shop manual, but I think they're pretty much the same.
  9. Take one of the heater hoses off and loop the other one back to where you took the first one off, takes the heater core off line so it doesn't leak.
  10. Using full vacuum on single diaphragm vacuum advances does give full advance at idle, but also provides three other functions. One, reduces advance when accelerating to reduce the potential for pinging. Two, provides full advance when decelerating to help prevent unburned fuel from entering the exhaust and causing the after-burn popping. Three, when cruising vacuum is higher providing more advance and better fuel economy.
  11. Circuit breakers used for power windows, convertible top, heated rear window, and/or electrically released seat backs.
  12. One of the favorite ones around here is "rat rod", which means they started working on it and have it so totally messed up that it can't be fixed.
  13. Wikipedia has quite a bit of information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torque_converter As does TCI: http://www.tciauto.com/tc/torque-converters-explained After you read those, look at this on YouTube: And then this one: One thing that wasn't explained well, is that the stall speed is controlled by the design of the torque converter as well as the power (torque) produced by the engine. If you stick a 4000 rpm stall converter on the 200 horsepower grocery getter you will never be able to achieve the designed stall speed.
  14. You can use both FelPro gaskets and the turkey pan. Just trim the turkey pay so it doesn't contact the gaskets or the ends, leave a couple of tabs on each side that will line up with the manifold bolts, then drill a couple of holes in the low points on the turkey pan to drain any oil out. For added insulation you can spray a couple of coats of white ceramic engine paint on the bottom of the intake manifold.
  15. Drying times for spray paints have gotten longer as the paint manufacturers have had to reduce the organic volatiles, so not much lacquer spray available anymore. Duplicolor says 30 minutes to touch, Krylon says 5 minutes, but not nearly the color choice that Duplicolor has. The first pass stripe will probably be around 5 or 6 inches wide. Even with an overlap on successive passes you probably won't, or shouldn't, get more than 75% or so coverage. At 100% you risk getting runs. Just make sure you add the additional coats within the recommended time. For small chips I clean the chipped out spot along with loose paint around the edges and try to get the gloss off the metal so the paint will stick, ahve even used coarse pencil erasers. Use a small paint brush or even a toothpick to cover the metal with a couple of coats of primer, and then fill the rest of the chip in until it's at or a little above the surface of the surrounding paint, then all that's left is a little sanding and polishing...
  16. Southern Rods has a variety of seat belts and attaching parts: http://www.southernrods.com/categories/safety-equipment/seatbelts/southern-rods-1.html
  17. That'll burn the tires off so fast they won't have to hop...
  18. While fuel conditioners can help to clean the fuel system, the best reason to use them is for eliminating water (condensation) from the fuel tank and for conditioning the fuel so it doesn't turn to varnish in the tank, fuel lines, or carburetor. Most decent gasolines have some type of detergent in them, but not much in the way of fuel conditioners, or a way to get rid of the condensation. Keeping the tank full also helps to reduce condensation because of the reduced air volume in the tank. Ask a pilot why they fuel up when they return from a trip and why they drain a little fuel out of the tank during pre-flight. When water gets into a carburetor it tends to corrode things.
  19. The gunk that can build up on the throttle bores, throttle plates, and the bypass slots and air bleeds can affect low-speed driveability and idling. Cleaning with spray can help. I've seen carburetors gummed up inside after they set for too long and dry up. You can spray some carburetor cleaner into the bowl vents, if you're careful and think there might be some gunk in the bowls. Don't over do it, or you can melt some things in there, like the diaphragms and valve for the accelerator pump. Most of the plugging problems I've seen are from dirty fuel and no fuel filter.
  20. The center cap comes off, I think it is glued on with trim/contact cement.
  21. Because the widest you should go with a 7-inch rim is in the 235 to 245 range I would go the same front and rear. A 245/60R-15 is about a half inch larger diamter than the stock tires, a 235/60R-15 is about the same diameter as the originals. They are about 1.5 and 1 inches wider.
  22. 1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just pi$$ off and leave me alone. 2. Sex is like air. It's not that important unless you aren't getting any. 3. No one is listening until you pass gas. 4. Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else. 5. Never test the depth of the water with both feet. 6. If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments. 7. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes. 8. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. 9. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. 10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it. 11. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. 12. Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree. 13. Don't worry; it only seems kinky the first time. 14. Good judgment comes from bad experience ... and most of that comes from bad judgment. 15. A closed mouth gathers no foot. 16. There are two excellent theories for arguing with women. Neither one works. 17. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving. 18. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. 19. We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our rear. Then things just keep getting worse. 20. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
  23. The PCV is the positive crankcase ventilation, a tube runs from the PVC valve in the top of one of the valve covers to a port under the rear/base of the carburetor. Check the inside of the hose running to the transmission vacuum modulator, if it has oil in it the diaphram in the modulator is bad. The modulator should be hooked up to a full manifold vacuum source, when the vacuum goes down the modulator holds the transmission in gear longer, or shifts it down sooner. A bad modulator, or absence of vacuum does the same thing.
  24. You need a radiator cap/radiator pressure tester. The cap goes onto a tube that you pump up with air. You can check at what pressure it starts venting and also how fast it leaks down: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002SRGWU/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B002DQOHA8&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0HZXPJ10SP8BKG492VHH Wow, what a link, hope it works...
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