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Old 10-10-2012, 03:37 AM
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Not thinking that modern heater cores are made from aluminum instead of brass, I cleaned the core on my 98 C-1500 today with muriatic acid . . No wonder there was so much smoke and heat coming out of the hoses. It appears I melted down the core. . Tomorrow I replace the heater core.
Ouch........

Changing heater cores is a job that makes me cringe everytime. Can'ts stands it.

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Old 10-10-2012, 07:30 PM
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Ouch........

Changing heater cores is a job that makes me cringe everytime. Can'ts stands it.
Gott'er done. The core wasn't destroyed as near bad as I thought it would be. Only place that was totally destroyed was right at the outlet nipple. One side gone. And the whole job only took 3-1/2 hrs., and that was with removing the step plates to get all the coolant out of the carpet. Good ole wet dry shop vac worked wonders, then turned the heater on high while I put away all the toys. Nice heat now. Didn't have any before. Mechanic's mirror worked wonders on finding all those little bolts also.
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Good stuff. Heat is always nice to have at this time of year.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:41 PM
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Well, I have spent 3 hours doing a thirty minute job. Got careless and set the distributor with digital ohmmeter and set it with points closing instead of breaking. Of course I ended up with the distributor gear one tooth off, then the rotor splitting 2 contacts in the cap. Don't know why I am admitting my ignorance but at least it is done. What hurts is I know better. I do have to set the dwell and time it still but she is running. Maybe that Chevy distributor is fighting going into that ford flathead engine.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:41 PM
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It takes about 5 minutes to change the heater core in my Rambler which is mounted to the firewall with only a Phillips and standard screwdriver.

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Old 10-13-2012, 02:17 PM
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WHOOOO HOOOO, double WHOOOO HOOOO!

I got the top pump all in and buttoned up, the rear seat in, I couldn't wait to do anything else, I HAD to fire it up and take it for a drive!

I haven't driven it in 10-12 years and I have to tell you a flood of memories came back to me. Driving it around SF and over the GoldenGate when my oldest kids were just little, my first dates with my wife, it was a blast!

First moving under it's own power.



First time getting gas (last time it was about $1.50 a gallon)



First time with top down photo out at the parking lot of my High School! Where right now I am headed for a 40th birthday of the school celebration (I was there the second year).



Did I say WHOOOOO HOOOOO!

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Old 10-13-2012, 02:39 PM
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Way to go Brian. Whoo Hoo from the rest of us. I know you are going to enjoy having it back on the road.

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Excellent news Brian.

Sure makes for a great day going for that first cruise after a restoration.
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I finished a new cage for my metal stretcher this morning.
The sheet metal thing was taking a real beating.
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I love it Pugsy, you're fabbing fab tools.

Yeah it was a blast, now out to the garage to see if the tranny fluid is all over the garage floor. I think I'll wash it, it's filthy but I didn't want to jinx it by washing before I drove it.

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The only bummer so far was that speedo is toast. Damn thing got screwed up in the ten years out of the car my brother who use to work at a speedo rebuilder years ago explained it to me and it sounds like it is toast I and will have to pull it out and put another in (I two or three extras).

Other than that, all is good so far.

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Very impressive Pugs.

Great to see you out in yours too, Brian

Well, I drove the Roadster to a cruise in this afternoon. It was the first time it left the garage since I replaced the distributor.. The flathead seemed to be ok with being impailed by a Chevy distributor. I don't know who the 2 boys are in the picture but they were really fascinated by the rumble seat so I let their dad lift them up and in. Made a good picture.

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Well I pulled it out of the garage to wash it and there wasn't so much as a drip from the trans, I believe I may be home free!

It cleaned up pretty good but I have some overspray on the trunk that didn't clean up with the clay bar, I don't get that but I am going to run the buffer over the trunk tomorrow and wax the whole thing.

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Old 10-14-2012, 04:32 AM
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Tranny seals are good that way. Every spring there would be a puddle under my truck. The leak would always stop dead after the first run as the seal softened up again.

Nice of you to let the boys jump into the rumble seat John. I've always wanted to ride in one.
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I got moving on the headlight plate yesterday afternoon. Hopefully get it tacked in today.

The last pic shows a low spot that must come up before welding. The arm is getting a tad sore. I'm trying to fix all my screw ups by hand.
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