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Author Topic: Back on the road  (Read 825 times)

chukT

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Back on the road
« on: December 16, 2018, 01:38:27 AM »

  It's been a few years since I was here. I used to have a 91 N/A. I put about 100,000 miles on it as a commuter car, and have been wanting to get another. Fast forward 10 years and we're dragging home another new-to-me 91. High miles, bit of rust, and it's been sitting for years. My plan is to get it running right, then tear it all apart, fix the rusty bits, freshen up the suspension and brakes, then use it for the occasional ride or autocross day. Wish me luck!

This car would start when I bought it. The fellow told me he put a gallon or so of gas in it, it ran, but had a bad miss. I started it up, saw the oil pressure gauge move, didn't hear any terrible noises and decided good enough. we made a deal and loaded it up for the trip home.

At home I replaced the shattered 80 amp main fuse, pulled the plugs and replaced with new. Did a compression test while I was there and got 145-155 on all 4 holes.. The old plugs were heavily carbon fouled, so I pulled the plugged up air filter out too. I checked the plug wires with a meter, examined the cap and rotor and all looked good.

Next step was the old gas. Popped the rear seat bottom and pulled the fuel pump. Yuck, what a mess! Got to love Ethanol! Next step now is dropping the tank for a good cleaning. 

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greywolf27030

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2018, 08:20:15 AM »

Welcome back, sounds like you're off to a good start.  Sounds a lot like my first one.  Wish you a lot of luck.  Where are you located?

Jack Byrd
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chukT

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2018, 09:35:34 AM »

 PA.
 Johnstown area.
 About an hour east of Pittsburgh.
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Trackerrrr

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2018, 02:46:03 PM »

Good luck. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you replace the fuel filter and rubber lines. Blow out all the old gas from lines too. I just went thru this myself with my beater that had sat for seven years. That old gas will contaminate everything it touches. Check out my build thread for the issues I had, you may want to think about new pump strainer too.

http://www.teamcapri.com/forum/index.php/topic,4041.0.html
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Chris
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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2018, 02:50:05 PM »

Also good board on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/210318449008872/
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Chris
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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2018, 02:57:36 PM »

Things to check from sitting:

Timing belt, idler roller, tensioner roller
Coolant, probably will need changed out
All coolant hoses including the little ones to the throttle body and IAC
IAC coolant passages might be plugged from sitting, be prepared to clean it out
Belts
All vacuum lines
All fuel lines
Brake fluid will need flushed for sure
Tires are probably old and weather checked, if over five years old I would not drive on them
Brake hoses
Window regulators probably need cleaned and greased
Fuel tank cleaning (I used a pressure washer and lots of Simple Green...)
Grease convertible top hinge points, be gentle with latches, they break easy with too much force
Change oil and filter
Check air filter
CV joint boots for cracking/splitting

That's all I can think of for now. Cars that sit for years can be very cranky when you try and wake them up.


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Chris
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chukT

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2018, 07:40:41 PM »

Unfortunately I've been "down this road" plenty of times in the past. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, farm tractors. Seems I never buy anything that's running  ;D.
I'll go through all systems before I'm done. I read through your post Trackerrrr, looks like you're getting there! You don't have a part # for a fuel pump strainer, do you?
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Trackerrrr

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2018, 10:45:54 PM »

Unfortunately I've been "down this road" plenty of times in the past. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, farm tractors. Seems I never buy anything that's running  ;D.
I'll go through all systems before I'm done. I read through your post Trackerrrr, looks like you're getting there! You don't have a part # for a fuel pump strainer, do you?

They are available from almost any parts store and online from places like RockAuto.com. I got mine from RockAuto, part F233S, AutoBest brand.
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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2018, 03:14:22 PM »

Unfortunately I've been "down this road" plenty of times in the past. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, farm tractors. Seems I never buy anything that's running  ;D.
I'll go through all systems before I'm done. I read through your post Trackerrrr, looks like you're getting there! You don't have a part # for a fuel pump strainer, do you?

They are available from almost any parts store and online from places like RockAuto.com. I got mine from RockAuto, part F233S, AutoBest brand.

The one I got from Advance Auto didn't work.

Jack Byrd.
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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2018, 07:36:06 PM »

ChukT your from my Old stomping grounds, from Somerset originally but hung out in Richlands, Windber and Johnstown..but I just replaced my Fuel Pump the other day..was getting a code #25-Fuel Pressure Regulator but it was a weak fuel pump...I used Fuel pump strainer CARQUEST FS132 from Advance Auto Parts..fit was perfect..
« Last Edit: December 17, 2018, 07:43:01 PM by NiteLord »
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chukT

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2018, 09:40:18 PM »

Nitelord, Don't know when you "grew up" but if it was late 80s-mid 90s we may have drank some beer together!

Haven't had any work time in a few days. Hope to get the tank dropped this week.
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chukT

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2018, 09:39:22 PM »

Got some work done tonight. Car jacked up and tank pulled. The good news, nothing broke coming apart. The tank may need replaced though. I've never seen such a buildup of rusty sludge. It must have had at least a half tank of fuel that reduced itself into gel. I'll finish cleaning this one out then decide if I'll keep it.  No help yet from Austin, besides the tow home!
« Last Edit: December 21, 2018, 08:54:42 PM by chukT »
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chukT

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2018, 03:58:41 PM »

Well my tank had 2 weepy spots on the top. Got a replacement on the way. Also ordered new pump strainer, fuel filter, and brake line to replace the rear lines.
I scraped the loose underbody paint and repainted where the tank sits, so now I'm just waiting for parts.

Has anyone replaced the rubber fill and vent hoses? Looks like 1 3/4" and 5/8" would fit, just need to source some.
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Trackerrrr

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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2018, 02:22:00 AM »

The fuel filler hose is 1-7/8". I just replaced mine, got the hose from www.fillernecksupply.com. I needed 10 inches to fit. They also carry the vent hose.

https://www.fillernecksupply.com/1-7-8-or-48mm-diameter-gas-tank-hose/

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Chris
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Re: Back on the road
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2018, 07:57:29 PM »

Thanks for the link. I checked it out, looks like 20 bucks will buy the fill and vent hose. I don't have a problem with that, but holy man! They want 14-something for shipping!!! I'm going to check out some local suppliers and see what I turn up in town. I really dislike being shafted like that for shipping.
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