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    The Old Hag

    I finally got tired of owning vehicles that the repairs cost more than the value of the vehicle and/or throwing money at one that no one seems to be able to fix. So back to stuff that I 'think' I know how to fix.

    May have been someone's first love but she's aged and needs some attention now.

    I've noticed a 'few' things that will need some attention before I can put my wife in it. I'll try to do a few pictures along the way but won't pretend that I will come close to what a lot of you have already done and documented.

    This car is going to be a solid reliable driver not a restoration project. That job requires more talent than I have. With that being said Opelspyder has already helped me with a few things that I knew he could do quicker and probably better than I could, headlight and door adjustment.

    Harold
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    You might want to put that one Down.

    It's old and falling apart................
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    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war"

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    awe..

    gave the ole gal a headlight adjustment and a brow lift.

    an undercarriage rejuvenation and she should be all set.

    Make her purr like a kitten HC2
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    Nice!
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    Finally got around to working on the old hag. I don't expect many to follow this thread as it will probably be more boring than most projects. I'm not doing a restoration but I am trying to make this a reliable car that can be driven with confidence. At the moment I'm tackling little things that are easy to fix.

    Harold

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    Brakes

    The brake system was upgraded with larger wheel cylinders and '75 brake calipers. Shortly after acquiring the car the brakes basically failed. I thought a line had possibly blown but it was a much easier and cheaper fix. The hose at the M/C reservoir was rotten and needed to be replaced!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    The brake system was upgraded with larger wheel cylinders and '75 brake calipers. Shortly after acquiring the car the brakes basically failed. I thought a line had possibly blown but it was a much easier and cheaper fix. The hose at the M/C reservoir was rotten and needed to be replaced!
    When I redo brakes, I just change out the three brake line hoses and blow out the metal ones to get rid of any moisture in the line. They are relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to fix. Good job Harold!

    By the way, looks like you mashed your thumb on the end?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blancojp View Post
    Since your brakes don't work, yank out the distributor and send it to me
    The engine does run but I can fix that!

    Will be in the shop again tomorrow.

    Harold
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ooooner View Post
    By the way, looks like you mashed your thumb on the end?
    It got sucked into a pair of pliers I was using a few days ago.

    Harold

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    The engine does run but I can fix that! ...
    Does this mean your going to use that OEM part you have been saving?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    Does this mean your going to use that OEM part you have been saving?
    Nothing special for this car, just optimizing what's already there for the most part.

    Harold
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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    Nothing special for this car, just optimizing what's already there for the most part.

    Harold
    If you lived a bit closer, I could have given you a hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blancojp View Post
    If you lived a bit closer, I could have given you a hand.
    Appreciate the offer but I need better light for my old eyes more than anything. I should have a new LED work light soon. I hope that will help.

    Harold

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    More Brake stuff

    Brake booster hose on top of the heater hoses.

    See anything wrong with the first picture?

    Why we should be careful when routing hoses.

    Smaller clamp on the other end just makes it look nicer.

    Harold

    P.S. The elbow at the brake booster looks damp. I suspect that I may need a new M/C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post

    See anything wrong with the first picture?
    Could it be a heater control cable stuck in a worm hole?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war"

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    Vacuum hoses

    The vacuum port on the Weber had been replaced with a 90° elbow. The O.D. was smaller than the original requiring a hose clamp to keep the hose in place. I installed the correct fitting and cut the length of the vacuum hose by more than half. Making it less noticeable than it had been before.
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    Heater control cable

    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    Could it be a heater control cable stuck in a worm hole?
    Funny you should mention the heater control cable.

    I'll come back at a later date and install new heater hoses with 90° bends in them. The one routed by the carburetor is almost required to keep it off of the carb. The 90° molded hose coming from the water pump just seems to lay in there nicer that a straight hose, IMHO.
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    Clutch Assembly

    I need advice on this one. The bushing in the clutch pedal has a lot of wear in it. Normally I just install another pedal with a better bushing but this one has some wear on the housing that I'd like to get rid of or at least minimize. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Harold

    P.S. I can still work under the dash okay but my bifocals are killing me.

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    housing

    weld it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseyopel View Post
    weld it..
    Cut off the old washer and weld a new one in it's place? Or since most of the wear is on the back side, do I try to run a tiny bead and then clean it up so the shaft will fit?

    Harold
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