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Resurrection not going well (Long)
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Posted by DaleG [Email] (more from DaleG) on Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:12:21 Share Post by Email
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I am to get my convertible (143000 miles) back on the road after years of sitting. It was in fairly decent storage in an attached garage however the years have taken its toll. I have rebuilt the transmission and replaced and redone most of the hard to get things while the engine was out. I have also replaced other unexpected things like the clutch and brake master cylinder master, radiator and fuel pump all which were fine when parked years ago. I was hoping to take it on a trip soon however I am very frustrated by unexpected problem after problem.

I finally got it started today after much coaxing and cranking. At first it ran really rough almost stalling. The lifters were clanging smoke coming off freshly painted exhaust manifold. It coughed and sputtered but ran until I pressed on the brake and then it stalled immediately. It would not start. I thought at first it might be vacuum related however I do not think that was what caused the stall. I had timing light and it was getting spark. I then noticed that I could no longer turn the headlights on. However after many attempts to start again; the headlights worked and the car would start. I let it run for a while and it gradually smoothed out and was running very good. It ran for about 5 minutes and then just died. I could not get it to start again even though it cranked and had spark. Again the headlights would not work and other major electronics, windows, fans etc. I also hear a loud clicking in the engine compartment when I turn the key like a relay however I am by myself and do not know where it is coming from; it may or may not be related to the problem. I replaced the apc solenoid and the idle control unit with no benefit. I believe there is some intermittent electrical issue causing the problem. Any ideas???

Also I did not have any oil leaks until after I started the engine today. Apparently it only happens when it is running. After running the engine I later looked under the car and saw a fairly large puddle of new oil. It is coming from the firewall end of the engine. I had replaced the harmonic balancer and oil pump seals while the engine was out. I did not replace the oil pump as I thought it was OK. Again any thoughts on this major oil leak?


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