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Old 18th August 2018, 10:20 AM   #601
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Thought this product was worth researching: LineX Australia


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Would be an interesting application for coating a rock guard and/or the fuel tank with it. Wouldn't have to worry about stones then.
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Old 18th August 2018, 01:50 PM   #602
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I did that a couple of times in the past and I thought that it was dishonest so I stopped doing it.
In my case it wasn't far from the truth. The rebuilt alternators from that parts store were total junk but the parts counter guy could actually find the right part and knew hat he was doing.

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I've never seen one being pulled out by a car wrecking yard
In the years that I spent building cars (80's and early 90's) these "books" were nearly a foot thick, were mounted on a stand, and were always somewhere in view in a junkyard. They looked like the big "breakdown" books the car dealerships have that break down each major assembly (like an engine) into smaller assemblies each with further breakdowns and part numbers. I haven't done this in years, but I would guess that today's version in some sort of computerized subscription service. It's possible that the Hollander stuff is only used in the US, but something like it must exist in each major car market.

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how DO you make good friends with a local car dealership anyway?
I didn't actually have a friend at a dealership, I had friends who worked at car repair shops, who paid a different price for parts at the dealership than the average customer. He introduced me to the parts girl at a local Chrysler dealership and told her that I worked with him and should get the "net" price, not the "list" price. For some parts the discount was substantial.

The usual path is through car clubs, car show events and racing events.

I showed up at all of the local car shows, many of the local autocross and drag racing events, either to race, or to watch, and was a member of a local car club that catered to Chrysler branded vehicles. At the time the mid 80's turbo Dodge cars were fairly common at these events.

There were 5 people who had similar cars where I worked, and some times we would all show up at the track or a car show together and draw some attention. A coworker had managed to stuff a 350 cubic inch (5.7L) ChevroLET engine into an 80's TOYOta Supra, thus creating a TOYOLET as his car's badge proclaimed. When he showed up and drew lots of attention, finding friends with similar cars was easy.

Way back in the mid 70's I had a 1973 GMC (Chevrolet) van. It's automatic transmission had blown and I decided to rebuild it. I had already rebuilt the engine since it was sick when I bought the van (cheap). I took it out of the van and disassembled it one piece at a time taking a Polaroid picture of each piece numbering and making notes on each picture. The digital camera had not yet been invented.

So this greasy, dirty 25 year old kid (me) shows up at the local Chevrolet with a broken part or two and a stack of pictures looking for a replacement. At first the older guy behind the parts counter is not happy about looking up the internals of a TurboHydramatic 350 transmission, but eventually lets me look through the breakdown book to find the part numbers, and he orders me some parts. By the time those parts come in, I need more. On about the third trip, he asks if it would help if he gave me an old (discarded) version of the breakdown manual. He was basically making life easier on himself by getting me out of his hair, but that breakdown manual was a big help when it became time to put that thing back together. We became friends through these visits and I talked to him at the Chevy store whenever I went there. After about 3 years and 50,000 miles of abuse from being between a hot rodded V8 engine and a 4,000 pound van being driven by my lead foot, the trans would blow again. This time I went to see my friend with one long list and got a 10% discount on the parts.

Fast forward to the mid 2000's. I am building the "last hot rod." The TorqueFilte 727 needs rebuild as did EVERYTHING in the car. This time app parts are sourced from the internet and the photos are digital. Primitive 3 megapixel digital, but a step up from the old Polaroid instant camera.

The transmission is on the "operating table" which is a steel shelf on a Black and Decker Workmate under a makeshift awning in the back yard. The car has been stripped and painted and reassembly has begun. The front and rear suspensions, Sure Grip rear end, and braking systems are new or rebuilt. A 500+ HP 440 Cubic inch (7.2L) engine is built and waits nearby. So does several packages of transmission parts.

The book will tell you that a special puller is required to get the front pump housing off. The dumb blonde will show you how to do this with a piece of chain, two bolts, a 10 pound exercise weight, and a bit of momentum.

About 100 pictures were taken of each step during the disassembly. All parts suitable for reuse were cleaned and sorted by subassembly. Replacement parts were ordered for anything that didn't look suitable for abuse.



Complete transmission kit, some assembly required.....

OK lets hang this thing......about 600 pounds of heavy metal.

OK, there's enough parts on this thing for.......a big smoky burnout.

The ninth picture shows the house across the street. The brown car in the driveway is a Mercury Comet, which is also sold as a Ford Maverick and I believe was also the basis for the Aussie Falcon in the early / mid 70's.

Line X is a popular truck bed liner here in the US. Some people have been known to use it for coating speaker cabinets, particularly those used for guitar amps that get moved around a lot.
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It was the coolant temperature sensor. Not only now in the past have I confirmed that the engine coolant temperature sensor (ECT) is faulty and giving the computer false information.

But I also now know for certain that inserting a 470 ohm resistor into the female socket of where the ECT plugs in also fixes the problem entirely.

But thats not all!

After running it for 10 minutes not only is the fuel tank not empty but all of the residual fuel out of the tailpipe is completely gone, entirely. Replaced only by a slight bit of the usual smoke that comes out of every other car tailpipe.


So I might be able to go and take it for a drive tomorrow when the replacement ECT arrives at the auto store. But some tweaking of the engine idle might be needed. Also I do need some new brake pads.
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Replaced the ECT sensor this morning and ran the car and flushed out the exhaust and then took it for a drive and flushed it out some more and then it was fine after about half an hour. One thing I noticed was that it took slightly longer than usual to start the car, 4 seconds instead of the usual 2 seconds.



Now this afternoon when the engine was cold again I took it for another drive, no smoke at all. But then I stopped suddenly and a little bit of smoke came out and the engine nearly died, this was on the flat road. I then drove back home and went up and down some hills and she started to misfire badly and lose power while going up a steep hill.


It wouldn't ever do it anywhere else and in fact it felt like it had tons of power out on the highway whenever the road was flat.


I took it home and she started to cough some more just as I was turning into our street, right after stopping suddenly while going slightly downhill.


Sooooooooooo. What does that tell me..... A weak fuel pump.
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Possibly water accumulation in the tank from the long sleep, or gas that had gone stale.
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negatory my good buddy. All the fuel currently in the tank is brand new, I know cause I filled it up from empty just last week.

Nope this is purely a fuel pump issue I think. Next week I think I'll go and buy an open ring spanner and take the old fuel pump out to get the part number off of it. I feel confident enough to do it myself. I'll be sure to put the sender unit back into the fuel tank after I remove the pump so as to prevent fumes from getting into the cabin, I'll also replace the cabin cover and of course not forget to disconnect the battery first...and discharge my body of static on the chassis of the car.

I got the ECT sensor for $75 too by the way instead of $90 at Bursons parts store. Simply by being friendly and showing up there, the clerk told me that he managed to "pull some strings and get it cheaper".


The car is doing good, it feels great on the road despite the suspension and brakes needing an overhaul, its just needing some proper maintenance after years of neglect by the previous owner. At least he replaced the oil regularly. I would not be surprised if the fuel pump is the original.


That is what you get around here anyway, you run into nothing but cheapskates when you buy a second hand car in this region. They are willing to cover up a problem cheaply or hack something rather than spend money to get something fixed, and they take forever to fix things when they do break. and they are lying and deceitful when selling you a car and in the case of Toyota's they all have high mileage on them, but the sellers, and even close friends will still tell you "300,000km is nothing mate, its just run in" despite tons of stuff needing replacing on them.


And the price of cars isn't cheap, mine was $2,000 and the seller was flat out refusing to negotiate and it just gets worse from there on, you can spend $4k even $7k and get a car that needs another $1,000-$2,000 in repairs just to make it roadworthy or worthwhile keeping.


That is why I got something that I knew what was wrong with it, and I kept the Toyota and scrapped my Ford AU, cause the Fords rust like crazy around here due to the salt air and constant moisture but a Toyota doesn't because the door seams are welded together properly and the metal is galvanized properly at the factory.

I've probably spent $3,500 on this car so far and I have another grand and a half at least to pour into it yet before I can even use it for towing because the suspension is too soft. No point going to a wreckers they either don't have the part or they are in **** poor shape.

I'm just happy to get a car that works and isn't rusting. anything on top of that is a bonus.
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