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It just never ends...

Discussion in 'General Mustang Discussion' started by tarafied1, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    My son's Bobcat has been pretty reliable the last few weeks. We went thru the fuel lines and replaced most of it. He has been driving it to work and college with no real issues. Saturday night he went out with his girlfriend and not long after he left home he called asking if I could come get him.The car died and wouldn't start. During the time I was driving to where he was stranded he tried troubleshooting it. He had his GF crank it while he was under the hood. The starter staying cranking and he quickly had to find some tools to disconnect the battery.
    This morning he drove my 67. He left the house early and shortly after he left I get a call, the car died and won't restart!
    The Bobcat as it turns out had flooded out. The needle was stuck open and upon further inspection, the original Holley blue gasket material appears to have deteriorated. We think it may have been from the Lucas fuel treatment he has used. Possibly attacking the gaskets. The starter relay must have just failed as a result of old age and the many attempts to re start it.
    So back to this morning, I picked him up, took him to work and went back to fix my car, No spark. I pulled the cap to make sure the rotor turned. I had brought my multi meter and coil had power. Went thru the usual check list and everything looked good. I suspected either the ignition control module or the magnetic coil pick up. Both are now pretty old. the pick up is genuine Ford and came from an 85 Mustang GT. The Module was aftermarket and was installed new some time in the last 27 years or so.
    I bought both, did the module first because it was easiest. Didn't start. So I pulled the coil pick up and swapped in the new one. Luckily I had hooked up the old module because it was still bolted to the apron. Car started up. So I took it to his work and left it. When he got home I went ahead and put the new module on and it wouldn't start again. So I swapped them back it it fired right up. I am very glad I hadn't left it on the car when troubleshooting or I might still be trying to figure it out. Brand new part right out of the box and it didn't work!
    anyway, they are both fixed until the next thing!
     
  2. KBMWRS

    KBMWRS What did the moron say today?

    What is your range for this service? I need to know for my summer trip.
    :rolleyes:
     
  3. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    lol, for you my friend I'll go as far as the California state line, but no farther!
     
  4. msell66

    msell66 Road Worthy

    Mike, I'll help you fix anything that breaks down.

    :D:po_O
     
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  5. RapidRabbit

    RapidRabbit Well-Known Member

    Sounds like my kind of luck. I'm going to need to bring 3 of every part I need for the power tour.

    I'm stocking up!

    And let me know what your hourly rate is so I can save up for that too.
     
  6. Mach1 Driver

    Mach1 Driver Active Member

    So your line in the sand is California instead of Syria. I get that, having moved from California.
     
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  7. KBMWRS

    KBMWRS What did the moron say today?

    Careful what you say....I may stop by your house too.
     
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  8. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    I will do whatever it takes! We're looking forward to meet up and get to know you better.
     
  9. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    Your story reminds me of running a 1967 Tbird in a demolition derby. I ended up dropping the tranny pan to pull the parking pawl out.
     
  10. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    IMG_7637.JPG You know, a week or two ago he lost reverse. We thought it might be the servo piston. Those weren't included in ghecrebuild kit. AnywY, we changed it and he still had no reverse. Long story short, we dropped the pan and pulled the valve body. The little cast peice that connects the servo push rod to the band broke. Luckily I had a C4 for parts. He is back up and running again but we are wondering what will be next!
     
  11. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    Once the mechanicals are square he needs to get it painted. Maybe camouflage or zebra stripes
     
  12. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    He is kind of fond of the "patina"
    Everyone knows the car in town now as the robin egg blue Pinto. Even though it's a Bobcat.
     
  13. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    Copy. Just thought he may want a re-make
     
  14. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    He may some day. He has been fond of the racy it doesn't look any different when it's dirty. His GF lives on a gravel road!
     
  15. KBMWRS

    KBMWRS What did the moron say today?

    I see a 4wd Bobcat in your future.
     
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  16. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    That would be wild
     
  17. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    Call it the Grinder
     
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  18. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    well we spoke too soon. he called me today said car was flooding and wouldn't run. I was in town so I went to help and we pulled the float bowl. The Holley blue gaskets appear to be dissolving! The carb was full of blue crud and the gaskets were eroding. They are Holley brand, not cheap aftermarket stuff.
    Anyway, I went and got the trailer and towed him home.
     
  19. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    Bummer, but is solvable
     
  20. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    just trying to figure out what caused them to dissolve...
     

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