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« Reply #3180 on: April 30, 2018, 11:42:10 AM »

I went down to see Tony this morning. He's picking away at the manifold between customers. So far he's been able to loosen
some of the manifold bolts without breaking them. I noticed a large drop of brazing material on the manifold where it connects
to the exhaust pipe so some welding was done on something down there.
The engine died on him when he was putting the car in the shop and he traced it to some electronic module in the distributor
so he replaced it.
I had a look at that rusted panel below the rear window. There were some small screws going horizontally through that panel
and into the body. Once I get them out we'll see if the panel loosens off.

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« Reply #3181 on: April 30, 2018, 01:55:02 PM »

The distributor may have contributed to some of the after highway drive issues you were seeing.
Glad that the panel looks removable.
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« Reply #3182 on: April 30, 2018, 03:40:11 PM »

I got my Fleetwood out of storage on Saturday.
 I forgot how nice it was to drive. Sunday morning I got up to see it covered in snow. I hope that is the last of it.
I'll have to wait a couple more weeks to get my 93 DeVille out as it's still blocked in.

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« Reply #3183 on: April 30, 2018, 05:44:13 PM »

That distributor module is also what I thought what was causing the after highway problems.
Tony doesn't think so so I'll have to wait until I get my car back on the road.

Gareth, as far as the weather goes, I'm hoping we've seen the end of it as well, but I'm not
going to hold my breath. Anything can happen when Mother Nature is involved.

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« Reply #3184 on: May 01, 2018, 09:05:36 AM »


 Many times failures of these modules are heat related, but not always so. You'll know when you get it out on the road.

 I got the STS out on Saturday as well. No issues, except the AC needs a charge again. I am going to see if I can get a second spot in the apartment across the road again... I'll need it since I want to keep Vera out for the summer, I need a car with a trailer hitch.

 I charged the AC on Vera last week, now it's not working. Likely a leak.  I'll have to find and repair it.

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« Reply #3185 on: May 04, 2018, 04:41:03 PM »

Tony asked me to source new manifold bolts and a manifold gasket. I was only able to find 3 bolts and I need 7.
I called Collector's Auto Supply in Peachland B C. I've bought from them in the past. They have or can get just
about any GM part you need. They buy up left over parts from discontinued car models and resell them but they
can be pricey to the extreme. The manifold bolts I got locally were $4 each which is expensive, the ones in BC,
they want $16 each plus taxes and shipping so I'm going to try and get 4 more bolts locally. If not then Tony may
have to reuse some of the old ones.
I don'y know how expensive manifold gaskets are but the one I got here was $47.
I still haven't seen Rene's manifold yet. He gave me a tracking number for Canada Post but I'm not having any
luck tracking it so I'll just have to wait with bated breath for it get here.

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« Reply #3186 on: May 04, 2018, 04:51:12 PM »

Ron, your package is listed as delivered since yesterday.

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« Reply #3187 on: May 04, 2018, 05:06:30 PM »

Well It didn't get here and I was home pretty much all day all week. Do they deliver to the house or
to that damn community mail box down the street ? I only go to the box on Saturday morning and
collect the past week's mail so it could very well there. I'll go down after supper and have a look.

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« Reply #3188 on: May 04, 2018, 06:13:19 PM »

It was in the community box all wrapped up in a box. The manifold is much smaller than I expected it to be so
I was sort of expecting it to be delivered to the house. Rene had it sandblasted and painted and it came with
a new gasket and new nuts where it fastens to the exhaust pipe. He even cleaned the gasket surface. He said
that he and Mike have bolts I could have but unfortunately the 3 new ones that I still need were special back
ordered and can't be returned so I have to keep them so I will use them plus 4 that came today.
It was just like an early Christmas getting the manifold.

Thanks again Rene

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« Reply #3189 on: May 06, 2018, 01:06:11 PM »


 Excellent Ronnie! I'm glad it worked out. If you still need those bolts I'll look in my bolt bins and see what I have.

 Mike
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« Reply #3190 on: May 06, 2018, 01:57:12 PM »

I'm going to take the manifold down to Tony in the morning and try to get him going on my car again.
It's hard when he also has to look after his other customers as well as me. He has a part time wrencher
working for him but Bob isn't there every day. He also has to replace the plugs and plug wires and
I told him that he has to done by May 26.
I still have to mask and prep the vinyl top so I can colour it but it's difficult to work on it because the
car is is on the hoist supported by those swivel arms.
If I have time and the help I have to pull the bumpers so I can put on those 2 new filler pieces so
time is fleeting and the first weekend in June will be here before we know it.

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« Reply #3191 on: May 07, 2018, 08:44:04 AM »


 I topped off the AC on Vera a couple weeks ago. It was fine until last week. Then just hot air. I looked at it yesterday and found one of the seals where the lines bolt to the back of the compressor was leaking. I picked up a new seal, evacuated and charged the system, and all is good now.

 The AC was also topped up in Victoria, just a few days before she went into storage.

 And I topped up the AC in Clara on Friday....

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« Reply #3192 on: May 07, 2018, 11:30:43 AM »

I topped off the AC on Vera a couple weeks ago. It was fine until last week. Then just hot air. I looked at it yesterday and found one of the seals where the lines bolt to the back of the compressor was leaking. I picked up a new seal, evacuated and charged the system, and all is good now.

Was it the O-ring on the discharge port?  That's the hottest part of the system while in operation, and the original neoprene (black) seals seem to fail around the 25+ year range in our climate.
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« Reply #3193 on: May 08, 2018, 07:59:32 AM »


 On the suction side, and it was replaced 2 years ago when I replaced the compressor.

 Mike
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« Reply #3194 on: May 08, 2018, 08:58:51 AM »

Forgot about the new compressor!  Was it a green (HNBR) O-ring or were there some fancy "universal fit" adapters involved?  In the case of the latter, it's difficult to figure out which combination will work best.
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