Friday, November 30, 2018

Dash Circuit Board Pin Repair - Barracuda

A few nights ago I was driving my 1966 Barracuda and decided it was time to fix the wiper motor issue, and it was also then that I happened to notice a couple dash lights weren't working. Then my high-beam indicator light went out. I tapped on the instrument cluster and the dash and high beam indicator lights all came back on. So since I had the dash out of the car to work on the wiper motor, I also did some detective work to fix the dash lights. Here's what I found:

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sluggish Windshield Wiper Motor Repair - Barracuda

Living in Washington State comes with certain things deemed necessities that may be considered optional in some states. Windshield wipers come to mind. Yes, I know wipers are mandatory equipment in all states but if you lived in SoCal for instance, you could probably get by most of the year without needing them. Not here. We may need 'em any month of the year.

So here I am, driving the Plymouth Barracuda home the day I bought it from my brother earlier this year and it starts raining lightly. I try the wipers and they swipe up, then stop. Hmmm. My brother was right, the wipers do need some attention. So a couple days ago I pulled the dash out of the car and removed the wiper motor to see what's up.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Farewell To Another 40-some Sewing Machines

Today was a big day. Forty-plus sewing machines left the building. The new owners had to make two trips to get them all hauled off in their minivan.

Monday, November 12, 2018

AMMCO (Not AAMCO) Metal Shaper - Reunited

When my mother-in-law decided to clean up her basement 30 years ago, she had a few metal working machines there that her late husband had acquired during his all-too-short years on this earth. Among them was this AMMCO (two "M"s) 7" shaper, circa early 1940's. (For those that may not know, AAMCO (two "A"s) is a transmission rebuilding company but I've seen people refer to AMMCO shapers as AAMCO.)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Vises........ Vices? No, definitely Vises.

One of the definitions of "vice" (with a "c") in the Oxford English Dictionary, and probably the one that most folks associate with a hoard of items, is this: "a bad habit." In a lighthearted vein, a lot of guys (and gals) have 'vices' in which they collect things. I am one of those guys. Take my sewing machines. Please. (ha ha) Seriously though, I have way too many sewing machines. A lot of people would say I have a bad habit of buying old, decrepit sewing machines. It's one of my vices. I am trying to thin the herd though, and have made progress, and most importantly I haven't purchases a sewing machine in a very long time. Another possible vice is collecting various types of tools, say, vises (with an "s"). Prior to two years ago, I had but one vise, fairly inexpensive and similar to the photo below, that I bought 20+ years ago. Rugged, Chinese import no doubt, and heavy enough to take a beating.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Ten Sewing Machines Take A Trip South

For a second time, I got rid of a passel of sewing machines. Maybe ten isn't so much a passel as a small group, considering the passel of 42 I got rid of previously, and considering I have a passel of machines remaining.

The ad showed a number of machines waiting patiently to be purchased by some as-yet unknown sewing machine aficionado. I'd priced each machine separately but then put a better price if someone wanted to take them all. Well, the nice person that showed up from Olympia didn't want many of the ones I'd pulled out but I did tell this person that I had more I wanted to get rid of. We rummaged through my stash and came up with ten nice machines.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Inland Shifter Rebuild - Barracuda

Those familiar with mid-Sixties Mopars will know that in 1966 Chrysler made a giant step backwards with their 4-speed cars. Prior to 1966 Ma Mopar had been using Hurst shifters on their A-833 4-speed cars. In 1966 though, they changed to a shifter made by Inland. The one nice feature of the Inland shifter was that it had a reverse lockout "T" handle, which is pretty cool.

The shifter in my car was woefully out of adjustment and a bit sloppy, but the main issue was that when pulling the shifter to the left to engage 1st or 2nd gear, the shifter would partially enter the reverse gate and lock out 1st/2nd gear engagement until the shifter handle was moved to the right slightly. This process got old quickly so I removed the shifter from the car and disassembled it to see what the issue was.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Chrysler 8-3/4" Differential Adjustment - Barracuda

My Barracuda had a strange rubbing noise coming from the differential when I drove it home the day I bought the car. I wondered if one of the tires was low and causing the Sure Grip to make noise. Nope, wasn't it. I then checked the axles for end play. That wasn't it either. I checked the axles for excessive run-out on the lathe (the photo below shows measuring in the middle of the axle but I checked bearing and spline ends too). Still not the problem.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Small Door Panel Repair - Barracuda

An unwanted guest made its way into my Barracuda prior to me purchasing the car. The guest was brash enough to chew a small hole into one of the door panels.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Door panel and seat back color change - Barracuda

The interior of my "new" Barracuda is quite green. The original color was a light green/gold color that Plymouth called Citron Gold. Somewhere along the way the previous owner put in new seat covers and floor carpet. The seat panels are a light green color velour but the seat backs, console, door panels, armrests, and carpet were finished in a very dark shiny green. Here's a shot of the green door panel. I'd painted the armrest earlier just to test to see how it looked.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Driver's Side Vent Repair - Barracuda

The vents in these older A-body cars leave a little to be desired in terms of aesthetics. They are a simple door with a latch, and you reach under the dash and rotate the latch then pull the door open. My Sport Fury on the other hand has tastefully-done small chrome-handled cable pulls right under the steering wheel that you pull to open, and both can be opened from the drivers seat.

Back to the 'Cuda's vents though. The driver's side vent door was broken off and the opening had been taped up with duct tape. When I finally pulled it out, I noticed someone had also stuffed burlap into the hole to help keep drafts down.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Out With The Old - In With The...... Old? 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

I thought I came up with a pretty clever title. I don't want to look on the ol' Interweb to see how prevalent it is. I want to think I'm just that clever to make up something like that. Um, yeah...

Anyhoo, I've written a bit about my 1966 Plymouth Sport Fury with its 325-horsepower high-compression 383 V-8, AFB 4-barrel carburetor, and 4-speed manual transmission. This photo was taken last week at a county park on Indian Island, WA.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Refreshing The Sport Fury Distributor

The distributor that came in my Sport Fury's 383 worked well but the vacuum advance diaphragm was toast. I happened to get another 383 distributor in with some parts I bought, and its vacuum advance worked, so I just swapped the two distributors a couple years ago. The distributor worked OK but ran rough at light throttle, and when getting into the secondaries of the carburetor, the engine didn't like it and would hesitate and ping, even with the initial timing set to a very meager 4 degrees BTDC. Hmm, what to do.

Today I decided to clean up the original distributor and just put the good vacuum advance canister on the original distributor. I would buy a new vacuum advance canister if I could find one but no one seems to sell just the canister at a reasonable cost.
(update - Standard Motor Products VC187 (approx $20) may work, and I'm assuming it is what comes on remanufactured distributors, but I believe it is designed for a 1970's Mopar B/RB engine)

The mechanical advance plate in the original distributor (below) has a very small "8" stamped into it by the upper slot, meaning it provides 8 degrees of distributor timing advance. Since the distributor turns 1/2 the speed of the engine, an 8-degree plate provides 16 degrees of mechanical engine timing.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Converting my Lincoln Weldpak 100 Wire-Feed Welder to MIG

I don't remember when I bought my Lincoln wire feed welder but it was many years ago, and I bought it used. For all these years I've had it, it's been a nice upgrade from my 45-year-old Sears Craftsman buzz box stick welder.

As nice as my wire-feed welder is, it has come time to upgrade it to MIG. I've had the idea to do the update for many years but finally decided to bite the bullet. There are many videos online on how to purchase the parts necessary, or you can just buy the Lincoln kit for $188 at Home Depot. I was able to purchase the parts for $60. The HD kit comes with a .025/.030 liner and a 2lb roll of welding wire, so it has a couple more things than what I bought, but I intend to buy a 10lb roll of .030 wire, and I'm not swapping out the .035 liner in my welder, as I heard I can use my liner with .030 wire. I also got 10 .030 tips and two nozzles, whereas the HD kit only comes with two tips and one nozzle. All in all, I think it's a lot better choice to buy the parts individually.

Here are the parts I bought:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Champion Porta Champ Air Compressor - Head Gasket Problem

My detached garage needed an air compressor. I could have purchased a new one but for someone such as myself, older is usually better when it comes to tools. This Champion air compressor showed up on the local Craigslist and I was able to pick it up for $50. I wasn't willing to pay more because it didn't have a hose or regulator (or safety relief valve for that matter), so it was in need of some TLC. Right up my alley.