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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: March 27, 2018 11:40AM

Differential has been rebuilt. Clutch installed. Transaxle mated to the engine. I think it's going to be a driver soon.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: bbakerga ()
Date: March 27, 2018 02:10PM

Looks great! You'll need a shifter soon winking smiley

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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: March 27, 2018 04:24PM

Thanks. I plan on installing the powerpack tomorrow morning. All that's left after that is the shifter and clutch linkage.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 01, 2018 02:21PM

Okay, so I had a slight delay, but the engine is in. Next is clutch linkage, accelerator linkage, shifter and a few here-and-there's.

I was using my right rear wheel as a chair while I was working on the axles. Out of nowhere I hear this loud hissing and I about jumped out of my shoes. I though a snake was about to bite me in the ass! When I calmed down I realized that my pants pocket caught the badly dry-rotted valve stem and ripped it loose. It's time for tires.

Once I button up the last few things, I will post a video of the first drive.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: flamingchariots ()
Date: April 01, 2018 05:52PM

Thank you, John.
That was the best laugh I've had in quite a while.
What made it so funny is the area you live in, and the way you told the story!
I've had things like that happen to me, too... but not portrayed as eloquently as you did!

Kevin
Medina, OH

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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 11, 2018 05:51PM

Got everything done. Shifter is in, accelerator linkage is together. Clutch is working. Hell, I even got that valve stem replaced. I would love to say that it's a runner, but sadly, it's not. I couldn't get her to stay running once she started. I traced the problem down to a bad connection at the coil. I was getting ready to take that first drive and I turned the key. It didn't start so I tried again and BANG! A loud clank followed by the starter just spinning. I pulled the starter to find a broken nose cone. Dammit. This starter was one I had gotten to replace my clapped out one. I had never installed it until the other day. While I was looking it over, I thought for sure I saw a crack in the nose cone. Like a dummy, I convinced myself that it was a scratch or something and not a crack. Looks like it really was cracked after all.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: April 11, 2018 06:01PM

Groan, . . . .sad smiley
What a BUMMER ! ! !
Sorry to hear that.
I feel for you.
I hate it when things like this just seem to pile-on.
Especially when prepping for that highly anticipated "First Drive". angry smiley
Glad to see you sticking in there and persevering though.thumbs up

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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: April 11, 2018 06:02PM

I would say that your luck is worse than mine but it took me at least ten years to get mine going but I wasn't as diligent as you are, I had another one that was a runner at the time so I guess I didn't have proper motivation. I'm rooting for you and I know you'll love it, keep at it.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 11, 2018 06:11PM

The good news is that my old starter has a good nose cone. I will just swap it over. I figured it was a good time to rebuild the starter anyway, so I ordered a rebuild kit from Clark's. I have a new solenoid laying around, too. Perhaps next week will be the first drive, weather and twin boys permitting!

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: jmaechtlen ()
Date: April 11, 2018 06:57PM

Good weather coming, keep at it!

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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 17, 2018 03:40PM

I rebuilt my starter today and installed it along with with the new solenoid I had laying around. Got everything wired up, hit the key and it sllllooooowly turned. Crap! I rebuilt the wrong starter! So, I pulled the starter, swapped all the new goodies over to the other starter, installed it and turned the key... Turned over perfectly. The engine didn't start, so I hit the key again and still no start. The third time I hit the key, the starter didn't disengage. It just kept going. I turned the key off and went to investigate. The negative ground strap to the generator was smoking, and there was an awful smell of electrical fire in the air. The starter and the battery were red hot. I waited for a hour for it to cool down. I had disconnected the negative terminal on the battery when I was looking for damage, and when I went to reconnect it, it sparked horribly. That says to me that something drawing juice is on when it shouldn't be. I am thinking that the starter is stuck in a way that the starting circuit is fused on. Needless to say, the car is still not running.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: April 17, 2018 04:54PM

Bummer!! All you can do trace with a DVM or dismantle!





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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 23, 2018 12:00PM

So, I got my starter situation squared away. I decided to stop chasing electrical gremlins and replace the body harness and the engine harness. The body harness on this car was heavily modified at some point in the past. I'm guessing for electronic ignition and an alternator, etc. I am running this car basically stock. It's just easier to take it back to stock wiring for me. My engine harness has seen better days, and while it is stock, it's probably partially responsible for my running issues. Time to replace it.

I did get myself a little present, though. I'm a really geeky guy, and I have always been into science fiction. Got myself a shift knob that fits my personality... Star Wars fans might recognize the Jedi Order symbol.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: kcjengr ()
Date: April 23, 2018 06:33PM

Fantastic thread John.
I just read it thru and enjoyed it thoroughly.
I'll be following your progress.
Keep on truckin!

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Kurt J.
Atlanta, Ga
'64 Monza Coupe 110hp 4spd
Restoration in progress here
Photo album here

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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 26, 2018 02:21PM

Well, all I have to say is...


IT'S ALIVE!!!


I changed out the wiring today, sat behind the wheel and turned the key. It started and basically idled. Sure, it was smoking and running excessively rich, but it was running. It's got some blow-by and needs the carbs rebuilt, but I finally got it to run. After it warmed up, I took it for a little drive in the yard... in the rain. I got too excited to wait for better weather. The transmission seems fine and the car feels very solid. I unfortunately snapped the parking brake cable when I parked it, but at least I can park it in gear.

Now we begin phase two: The Great Tweaking. Time to get it running better and get everything adjusted right. I am happier than swine in excrement about this. I was so thrilled that I forgot to record a video of the event. Oh well, it's alive!

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: April 26, 2018 02:54PM

Nice Job!! smileys with beer

-Tom


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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: steve c goodman ()
Date: April 26, 2018 02:59PM

Good work John. Keep chipping away at the small fixes
one at a time.

best wishes, Steve
Rear Engine Spec. Inc. Golden, Colo.

1962 spyder 3.0L turbo---1965 Crown V8
1967 monza 110/4---1968 monza 110/4
1971 amante gt 110/4
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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: April 26, 2018 03:00PM

Great feeling getting a project running. Nice work! smileys with beer

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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: bbakerga ()
Date: April 26, 2018 03:20PM

AWESOME! Drive it to Helen! smiling smiley

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Re: ¡El Coche Nuevo! -- 1964 Convertible Project (take 2)
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 26, 2018 03:34PM

bbakerga Wrote:
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> AWESOME! Drive it to Helen! smiling smiley

I wish! Aside from having no lights, no top and no tags, I doubt this engine would make it in its current state.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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