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  1. BarrettN

    High ride height - springs or ?

    If you're willing, let me know when you're free to Skype sometime and I can show you what's in the car. Maybe looking at it live you might see the problem.
  2. BarrettN

    High ride height - springs or ?

    Good suggestion, I'll check which are longer - I have done very little on the car so far, this would have been done by the previous owner.
  3. BarrettN

    High ride height - springs or ?

    I may have figured out the answer as to what caused this - I went back and looked at pictures from when it was just sitting on four flat tires, and it wasn't sitting this high - still kind of high, but not this far. The car sat 48 hours on jackstands with no weight on the suspension while I had the tires mounted. I guess sitting with no weight something bound up in the suspension. I'd kind of thought of this and did bounce the front of the car up and down some there in the driveway, but it didn't drop down any. I suspect that once I take ti out and drive it some it'll settle - if not, I'll follow Simon's advice and see what loosening the bushing mounts gets me. I can't wait to have this girl running!
  4. I just got tires (185/70/13s on 13x5.5 rims) on my car, when I bought it the poor thing was sitting on four flats. Maybe it's just me, but to me it now looks like it sits really high. A PO put Bilstein HDs on it - given how high it sits I'd have thought it still has stock springs in it, but I don't see any paint marks on them. Is there any way (diameter of the spring, # of coils or height, gauge of spring material, or ?) to identify what springs I have? Is there some other factor that determines ride height I'm not taking into account - maybe the strut tops are put together wrong?
  5. Agreed - "The transmission mount isn't tightened to the crossbar" - all this is as I got the car in the current un-running, draglink rubbing state. I'm just getting started troubleshooting the problem, but my thought was that the higher the output end of the transmission, the better. I'm assuming that the whole engine\transmission assembly would be pivoting on an axis formed by the engine mounts, right? The problem is that the top of the tunnel is pretty much out of space for it to go up more, it's almost touching on the driver's side. It's hard to get a picture that shows how close it is, maybe I can get a tape up in there where a person can then see scale.
  6. From what I've read, I thought that it's only the 265 that requires pounding out - can someone correct me if I'm wrong?
  7. I think at this point I need to find someone who has a Getrag 240 and quiz them about where it sits in the tunnel and what if anything had to be done to it.
  8. Wow - I haven't come across mention of that anywhere. And I suppose to machine the rib down properly the transmission needs to come out? Do you know anywhere where it documents how much need to be shaved off, etc?
  9. I spent some time under the car this weekend and discovered a couple of things. (Please remember, this car is new to me and just getting sorted out). The transmission mount isn't tightened to the crossbar, and I found the driver side engine mount missing a nut. That being said, there really doesn't seem to be any room to move the output shaft end of the transmission more than just a little bit higher. From what I can see, while one engine mount may be missing a nut, both mounts looked OK. I checked the drag link for straightness in case someone had gotten a floor jack under it, but it looks straight. Any ideas very welcome - I really don't see any room at the top of the transmission tunnel, the drivers side is almost touching as it is. It's really hard to get a picture that shows how close the transmission is to the transmission tunnel. This picture is with my jack in the center of the transmission lifting gently and the wheels straight ahead - even with that, when I turn the wheel the drag link rubs. There is only about a hands width between the frame member and the oil pan, as suggested it should be.
  10. OK, if you want a piece of resistance wire, PM me for my address and send me a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) and I'll send you a chunk. I took a piece of 3" PVC and used a dremel to cut notches in it to use as a removal tool - you can easily control and feel the amount of torque you're applying and reduces the risk of something slipping and bashing a terminal or something. My unit was pretty cruddy, I soaked it in carb cleaner first, then used a toothbrush on the nut on the end. Once clean, I soaked it in PB Blaster - I did not want to twist off that end! Note or mark the orientation of the top to the tube for reassembly. When removing the outer tube, twist it as little as possible. If you must twist it, turn the whole unit upside down. (There's circle molded into the plastic base of the tube that engages the float when it's all the way down - and if you twist the float, you put strain on the wires). Who knows, your unit might have intact wires and not be working right for another reason - no need to break the wires if you can avoid it. I'll edit this later and add a picture of the whole unit without the outside tube so it's clearer what I'm explaining. Here's what the underside of the top of my sender looked like I used a bamboo skewer and a scotch-brite pad with engine cleaner, carb cleaner, and finally electrical cleaner on it to clean it. I really should have broken out my dremel and found something small that would fit in there. I used solder wick to remove the old solder from the hook ends of the terminals - it will probably take more heat than you think, the sender makes a good heat sink. I'd recommend putting an overhand knot in both ends of the wire - it's so fine it slide through most pliers. I wrapped the wire around the tip of my multimeter probe to make some loops in it - it seems like the nichrome wire doesn't take to solder well, so I wanted a couple of loops around the terminal. Again, it'll probably take more heat to solder it than you expect. The wire holds its form, when you tighten the loops up by pulling the free ends it stays that way while you solder it. I found a pair of tweezers useful to maneuver the loops over the hook end of the terminal. With one end secure, route the resistance wire. The pictures below show the routing of the wire through the float contacts and around the crosstree at the bottom. Note that the wire only touches the plastic of the crosstree, it runs under the plastic ledge which keeps it from contacting the nut of the central shaft. For the second part of this you'll want a vise or some way to secure the sending unit - or six hands! The tricky part is soldering the wire to the second connector while keeping some tension on it. I did it by routing the wire and noting the approximate point where it would attach to the second terminal. I made the same loops as for the first connector, but a little further down the wire. I then double checked the routing of the wire, maneuvered the loops over the second terminal, and then locked a pair of visegrip pliers on the wire further down. I pulled the wire tight and let the visegrips hang to use their weight to keep tension on the wire so that I had both my hands free to hold the solder and soldering iron. OK - the important part - the results: Not quite the 0 ohms and 75 people report on a working unit. I'm going to disassemble the sender again and clean the contacts of the float to see if that's where the added resistance is coming from. I'm assuming that if you get 0 ohms with the float at the top normally that means the resistance wire is out of the circuit - the fact that mine shows 6.5 ohms with the float at the top implies that there's some additional resistance somewhere else and it's not due to the wire itself being off.
  11. BarrettN

    Feeler: WTB Air Conditionig Fascia/Evaporator

    Shaggy, if Seth passes on the parts, I'm interested, especially if it's a Clardy.
  12. BarrettN

    FS. Tii Air Box with Clips Reduced $200

    Do you have the hood center trim piece? How much shipped to 77379?
  13. I'd love one also - all my other VINs match.
  14. Happy to have something that may be of use for you Mike.
  15. Just a head's up so if you want to wait to see how it turns out instead of buying a new unit. My sending unit has a broken wire - with where it's broken I could probably fix it , but I started digging in as I saw so many people having problems with this. I think I have tracked down the right wire, I ordered and a 100' spool of it shipped today, so if yours is broken, just hang on a week or so for me to get it and play with it. I suspect I'll have mine redone and will be mailing a bunch of people wire so they can fix theirs also. I need the good karma, so assuming it works (hey, it's 40 gauge bare Nickel Chromium resistance wire @ 70.2 ohms/ft - it's just wire, right?!) I'll just have anyone who needs some send me a SASE and I'll snip them off a chunk. I'll update here on how it works out. Barrett