Well I figured out the fuel problem and it came to life :bounce: I flushed coolant (for an hour) and changed oil plugs and wires and put tires back on and hit the road. To find out we still have little to no brakes. That did not stop us from a cruise to the gas station. 6,000lb limo has a 16 gal tank WTF? Who idea was this? Anyway it was running so good we decided to hit the car wash 2 miles away and on the way we were reminded we did not tighten up the lugs on one wheel buy a thumping. A short walk home for a ratchet and we were off to car wash. After the $10 was I was unimpressed the shinny paint i envisioned under the 10 years of crap was not there.
ops: Oh well its a turd and it will stay a turd. The rood is the worst part.....any votes on what color fur we should put up there?
Good news is I priced out front calipers, rear wheel cyc, brake pads and shoes, and front brake lines on rock auto for under $100 NICE!
We drove the limo (brakeless) and it found a friend.
Limo now had brakes! Makes it a lot less scary driving or not.
and flushed out the gunk that was 27 year old fluid.
Took it out for a drive (on our 20 year old dry rot tires) and landed on the brakes from 40, all tires locked up and we screeched to a stop! Hell ya we have brakes! Than hit the gas and the thing was all over the road the rest of the drive home. We after getting it back to the house we looked at the tires and the front right dry rot had given up and a belt broke leaving a 1" raised bump around the tire and the tread had a separated reviling the steel belts in the tire.
So I guess that means the brakes work.
I tried to find out why the Limo has no heat (on the gauge or in the vents)....not that I'll need it in June but I will for the winter. Yes I will be putting miles on it soon! After a lot of mapp gas and Kano Kroil (the BEST penetrating oil ever, more on that later) The thermostat was out....this is what a 27 year old stuck thermostat looks like. Yep its factory, like the belts and hoses. :shock:
It went back together much easier than it came apart. Now we have heat so it smells like hot mold in the car now! :bounce: Dash gauge still dead :?: :?:
As I did this I noticed many of the wires under the hood seem to have had there insulation cracked or melted off of them. Strange, I'll be spending the day tmw replacing random under hood wires. There should be a prize for the car most likely to catch fire...we would win for sure. I'll snap some pics tmw.
Now to help all the people working on rusted piles of crap. Kano Kroil is your friend! You all should check this stuff out. Its simply the best penetrating oil there is.
I buy it buy the gallon ($46.95)and put it in squirt bottles and its makes PB blaster look like grease. This stuff breaks free bolts you never thought would come free.
Also this week spent some time on the air bag suspension and I got pump to work by jumping some wires. Have to figure out the control box there and the million wires going to it but we have seen the shocks pump up and that was encouraging.
So after much deliberation I bought a set of new to us tires for the Limo. These used tire shops want stupid $$$ for old tires but after visiting many places I got a set installed for $100.
On to the story....My girl went to Toronto CA for work all week and was arriving home at the airport last night at about 11 pm. Just so happens I had the tires put on yesterday so now the Limo is mobile. I know how much she had been hating that we have a 24' long pile of crap in the driveway so......guess what I took to pick her up at the airport...
Think she was horrified in front of her boss when I rolled up. The laughter was a cover. The airport police did not know what to make of it, but they did tell me to get it out of there. Put her in the back and rolled off the I hear her "oh my god it smells in here" prepared for this contingency I rolled down the divider window and sprayed febreze I had brought with me. :lol:
So its running and kinda road worthy. Got a few issues but this one got me stumped. The car was sitting in the woods for the last 11 years with a window open...as you can imagine its a little wet and moldy in the thing. I have had the doors open every day it has not been raining here for a month and I think the funk inside is getting worse. Another thing that I connected today was that I have been getting shortness of breath and a cough every few days......today I was in the car for almost 2 hours and my cough and breathing was the worst ever. I think the car is poisoning me.
I read up online about the green and black mold that growing everywhere inside the thing and it can kill you. Not good. So as experienced junk car racers, have you run into this before? Should I just strip the interior and trash it? Think the seats are ok but the carpet and headliner is done!
This is a picture from a month or so ago the day we got the limo, look on the roof