August 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm #232722
Finally arranged some time to tear into
the Duchess. Biggest problem by far was getting the crankshaft
pulley bolt out. The pulley itself came off with no problem, but that
bolt was something else! Once open a visual showed the belt to be in
one piece with no missing cogs. The camshaft mark was 90deg out with
the rotor and crank at the correct positions. No wonder it was
blowing gas out of the carb! With the belt off, it still looked
okay, but closer inspection showed about 3 belt cogs that were hinged
on one side and folding back under load. (1oldbuzz nailed that one!)
The belt is probably original, so it was just my time to break.
I ordered the parts from rockauto and
they should be in this Friday. I got new water pump, tensioner,
thermostat and housing, hoses, etc. Maybe I’ll be up and going before end of
weekend. It sure burns me that this August has been and will be one
of the coolest on record here in Arkansas!
I’ll let yall know when she fires up!
RingoAugust 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm #239622Larry MurphyParticipant
Ringo, Glad to hear that you are making progress. It seems that sometimes the problem is really simple once you get to where it’s at. Getting there is the problem.Sounds like you are going to do it right while you are at it.Hope everything goes good with the assembly.August 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm #239623Mark HendricksonParticipant
Great news Ringo…I would have lost the bet. I though that you had changed that belt a long time ago.
Any of these car with a timing belt (Ford and Chevette I-4) should have their belts replaced if it’s unknown how long it’s been in there.
Rock Auto prices the parts cheap enough to replace nearly everything you disassembled for a job done right. It’s easier to get at that stuff now…why pinch pennies is my motto…maybe that’s why I’m always broke
I am about to convert my ’89 GMC Suburban from Front and Rear AC to just Front AC. The loooong lines to rear and the rear evaporator leaked out most of the R12 charge. So, I’m ordering the lines to convert to just front AC from Rock Auto at 1/2 the price of LMC Truck. I bought a sealed 30 lb tank of R12 off Craig’s List a couple years ago. So, I can still make ice cubes when I’m done!!!
Sharp eye to catch the hinged belt teeth.August 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm #239624Dan RosaParticipant
Ringo, replacing it all is the only way to go I hope you have a long time of great driving.. Yesterday i saw a green TD on 411 going south and could not catch her. MARK who needs air!!?? 2/40 is ok!!August 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm #239625Rich BellefeuilleParticipant
Lotta work but great news! Hope she’s back on the road soon!
RichAugust 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm #239626James CochranParticipant
Good catch there. I hope to start mine up Saturday AM. Hopefully you’ll have your baby humming along the highways in a few days.August 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm #239627
Parts come in Monday instead of Friday. another weekend lost!!
but, it gives me a chance to clean up and paint some of the engine.
Ringo40054.5429861111September 1, 2009 at 7:41 pm #239628
Going back together with no hitches. Fired up, twisted the dissy a little and it seems she run’s smoother than ever. Now I’ll put the water pump and other parts on (also had the radiator cleaned and pressure tested ) and check the final timing tomorrow or Thursday.
I’ll let yall know when she’s all buttoned up and does a test run.
RingoSeptember 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm #239629Larry MurphyParticipant
Ringo, Glad to hear of your progress. Hope you can finish it up soon and get back to driving.The weather has turned cooler here ,just right for riding in the country or town also.Hope the rest of the assembly goes good for you.September 2, 2009 at 8:06 am #239630James CochranParticipant
From all of us
Awesome!September 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm #239631
Road test complete, running great! Went together with no problems. Almost ran out of room with the distributor when I was timing her but this winter I’ll move the distributor gear over one notch to give me some wiggle room.
20 miles later but I’ll still have to convince the wife it’s good to go the distance.
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