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Forum: projects & restorations 10-15-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 65
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Posted By polaris
Fuel Drip & First Road Trip

A few days later, dig out my box of spare SU carburetors and after assessing several candidates, locate a potential donor unit. This carb retains all of its pieces & parts and reverse that by loosen...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-13-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Yes, I did install the later 1800/140 motor...

Yes, I did install the later 1800/140 motor mounts into the 544, none of the usual suspects were carrying them when I made that parts order. In preparation for installing them, I didn't think to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-12-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Distractions and Gasoline Leaks

In the midst of working on the 544, browse through Craigslist to find a 1967 122S for sale across the bridge in Marin posted earlier in the day. It looks to be in decent shape the only caveat is...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-09-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Measuring the Cylinders

With the engine coming to life there were several things which were needed to be procured. Ordered among other items were motor mounts, valve cover gasket and a v-belt. When the cardboard box was...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-08-2020, 01:34 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Thank you. What I did omit from the...

Thank you.

What I did omit from the write-up was the conversations between Alex and myself around how the engine was sounding after hooking up the timing light. We both agreed the engine was...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Suck - Squash - Bang - Blow When attempting...

Suck - Squash - Bang - Blow

When attempting to start a 1960s redblock, one of the prep steps I do is to prefill fuel into the carb bowls. After removing the tops, the bowls are filled about 2/3's...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-01-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Its definitely a replacement cluster in the 544....

Its definitely a replacement cluster in the 544. I didn't mention it in the write-up, when looking on the back of it unit I did note it was stamped 1965. In the trunk of the car was one of the...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-01-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Instrument Cluster Rehab Later that night at...

Instrument Cluster Rehab

Later that night at the kitchen table started the process to take apart the cluster. The screws were loosened on the back of the unit then separated the chrome bezel....
Forum: projects & restorations 09-30-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Thank you for the feedback. From the...

Thank you for the feedback.

From the information I have on the engine (see post #14) the gap is listed as ".016 - ".018 Though the traditional matchbox cover is about ".020, used the feeler tool...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-30-2020, 03:50 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
If it is still working fine I would leave it be....

If it is still working fine I would leave it be. The coil will eventually go out of spec/die and what I would do is at that point cut the armored cable under the dash. Splice into the positive wire...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-29-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Thank you for offering that up, I'll PM you about...

Thank you for offering that up, I'll PM you about it.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-29-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Wiring, Ignition & Lights With the fuel path...

Wiring, Ignition & Lights

With the fuel path in the engine bay cleaned out, it was back to the electrical system. One of the obvious red flags with the car was the small 25 amp fuse wrapped in...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-24-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Just before work started on the alternator, make...

Just before work started on the alternator, make the decision to discard the armored cable set up and order a four position ignition switch and dig up a spare Bosch coil. Work resumes on the 544 a...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-18-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Going through the distributor, points and...

Going through the distributor, points and alternator

Back in the engine compartment the distributor cap is taken off and the engine turned to top dead center (TDC.) While first rotating the...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-16-2020, 02:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
The first item of business is taking a pressure...

The first item of business is taking a pressure washer to the engine compartment to flush out all of the detritus contained within. The washer does short work on that as well as start to take off...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-15-2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
This is a listing I have on the different engine...

This is a listing I have on the different engine types a part of the paperwork when I picked up a 1969 1800S a couple years ago. The PO's husband was a mechanic at Royal Motors (SF) in the late 60s.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-15-2020, 04:38 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
I assume you are referring to the pictures with...

I assume you are referring to the pictures with the EF-111 Raven. One of the days I decided to drive out to Fernley and take Route 50 East through Fallon out towards Sand Mountain. On the way back...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-15-2020, 04:18 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Want to see what condition the engine,...

Want to see what condition the engine, transmission, drive line and brakes are in. If the engine or transmission are worn out or shot then this might become a parts car so others may live. Should...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-15-2020, 04:15 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Appreciate the pointers on what to look for and...

Appreciate the pointers on what to look for and the red flag areas on the 544. There are a couple more "interesting" discoveries as I started to go through the car I'll be posting over the next...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-14-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,166
Posted By polaris
Field Find: 1963 544 Sport

A little over a month ago I was driving in my 1993 245 headed towards Reno a week of dog sitting while my brother visited Colorado. As per usual, my route to Sacramento involved back roads rather...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-17-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,570
Posted By polaris
Early yesterday evening, I achieved a running and...

Early yesterday evening, I achieved a running and cold AC system in my 1975 242. I retrofitted a stock 1993 240 system into the 242. Grabbed the interior parts (HVAC assembly, firewall panel) off a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-17-2020, 05:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,380
Posted By polaris
I did a cruise control retrofit into my 93 245...

I did a cruise control retrofit into my 93 245 and it was pretty much drop in and drive away. In terms of putting it into your 83 242 it is definitely not plug and play. A main difference is the main...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-26-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 13,927
Posted By polaris
On my former 1973 142e I swapped out the entire...

On my former 1973 142e I swapped out the entire blower motor/heater core housing from a 240. The heater core was leaking and the previous owner bypassed the system by installing a u-shaped pipe on...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-14-2020, 04:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 938
Posted By polaris
1989 - 93 Light bulb Retrofit For Instrument Cluster

About a month ago I picked up a 1990 240 Sedan and I'm still going through the car to fix and address the broken/neglected aspects. One of the easy items to address was almost all of the interior...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-11-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,314
Posted By polaris
Some other things to consider. With the odometer...

Some other things to consider. With the odometer zero'd out, that is a leading indicator of the odometer not working. A replacement gear is a cheap replacement, it also puts in question the exact...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-09-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,936
Posted By polaris
No, the pump kicks in once the button on the...

No, the pump kicks in once the button on the stalk is pressed. Once the pedals are depressed or you shut the system down via the stalk on the stalk is shuts down again (or turn the ignition off.)
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-09-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,936
Posted By polaris
I did the same retrofit into my 93 245. I would...

I did the same retrofit into my 93 245. I would concur with making sure the vacuum switch on your brake pedal arm is adjusted/aligned correctly as the first step. One thing to also to test is the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-30-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,549
Posted By polaris
I had a similar issue on a 1986 245 where the...

I had a similar issue on a 1986 245 where the temp gauge would read very high almost into the red zone. Was swapping out different instrument clusters to encounter two which read high and one which...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-06-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,521
Posted By polaris
Not sure if you have a 200 or 700/900 series car,...

Not sure if you have a 200 or 700/900 series car, Here are a couple initial things to check with the fuel system from a 240 perspective:

1) Is your fuel pump energizing when the ignition is put...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-08-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,745
Posted By polaris
I did the Lh2.4 swap about 2-3 years ago on my...

I did the Lh2.4 swap about 2-3 years ago on my 1975 242 with a 1990 244 donor for the engine, FI system and wiring and a 1985 245 donor for the M46, dash and interior pieces. Its a totally doable...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-21-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,758
Posted By polaris
The door sticker states 8/92 so its an early...

The door sticker states 8/92 so its an early production '93 model. I was thinking the lack of the fuse box on the positive battery terminal was something from the PPO/Mechanic. When I picked up the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-21-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,758
Posted By polaris
1993 245 DL w/ a long to-do list

A month ago I picked up a 1993 245 (M47) off of Craigslist. I came across it about 15 minutes after it was posted. The PO had dropped it off at a garage for a no-start condition and they were not...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-02-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,514
Posted By polaris
Speedometer is not dependent on the 25-tooth...

Speedometer is not dependent on the 25-tooth gear, it drives the odometer. Was the odometer functioning before the repair? Easy place to start is to inspect the wires coming out of the diff sending...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-30-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,006
Posted By polaris
I have used Tom Bryant in Maine to rebuild a set...

I have used Tom Bryant in Maine to rebuild a set of SUs for my friends 1964 122S about 4-5 years ago. A couple friends and I did some work to her car, kind of a community service project as she is a...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-19-2018, 01:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,227
Posted By polaris
Since there no information about the donor car...

Since there no information about the donor car I'll put this out there. I installed a 1990 B230F with 2.4Lh FI system and all of the related wiring, basically everything from the center console...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-15-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,844
Posted By polaris
I believe you are looking at the wrong set of...

I believe you are looking at the wrong set of numbers. It should be the number cast onto the block and the next 4 digits.

This is the B20F engine off my 75 242: 498191
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-10-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,923
Posted By polaris
Since I want the vented rotors in the front of...

Since I want the vented rotors in the front of the 242, it seemed not that much more effort to replace out the strut assemblies. With the 1989 parts car then started to think why not replace the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-10-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,923
Posted By polaris
I am part of the Bernal Dads race team, the 92...

I am part of the Bernal Dads race team, the 92 Volvo wagon which was turned into the Muni bus was originally acquired by me before it went over to BDR. (See post #4 in this thread:...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-10-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,923
Posted By polaris
Ah yes, I forgot the difference on the flares on...

Ah yes, I forgot the difference on the flares on 78 and later 240s. I may have to grab the brake lines off of the 89 donor. - Thanks
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-09-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,923
Posted By polaris
240 Front end compatibility 1975 & 1989

I'm replacing out several of the components on the front end of my 1975 242 which are suffering from rust and corrosion. This includes the front struts, hubs & calipers (upgrading to vented...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-22-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,772
Posted By polaris
There would be times when my 242 would run...

There would be times when my 242 would run smooth, it was not running rough all the time. When driving it on the Motherlode Rally, the check engine light came one but there was no difference in the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-21-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,772
Posted By polaris
Have you changed out your ignition wires? I also...

Have you changed out your ignition wires? I also ran into an issue of getting the 2-2-1 and the 2-3-1 codes on my 75 242 (Transplanted a 1990 B230F & Lh2.4 FI system). This even happened after...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-19-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 24,939
Posted By polaris
I am the person Sanchius is referring to. My 75...

I am the person Sanchius is referring to. My 75 242DL is slowing making its was to being a 242GT and as he mentioned I also have a 1967 123GT as well. I've been fairly quiet on Tbricks recently.
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-23-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,855
Posted By polaris
240 Strut & Hub Assemblies 1975 vs. 1993

Looking to upgrade the brakes on my 75 242 from solid to vented rotors. Additionally the drivers side strut tube and spring perch have a fair bit of rust/corrosion so I want to replace out all of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-06-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,376
Posted By polaris
I appreciate the education on the different...

I appreciate the education on the different alternator types, I thought the SEV Motorola units were only 35A versions but wasn't sure if that was a blanket statement or not.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-05-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,376
Posted By polaris
Pushrod Alternators: IDing 35A or 55A units

Is there any sort of visual indicator or clue to if an alternator is 35 or 55 Amp version? I have several B18/B20 alternators collected over the years and I want to figure out which if any of those...
Forum: showroom 03-20-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 17,562
Posted By polaris
Day Two: 30% Faster & 20% Less Swearing The...

Day Two: 30% Faster & 20% Less Swearing

The mounting ears on the driveshaft and yoke are inspected and are surprisingly are free of damage or gouges. All four circlip channels are cleaned out with...
Forum: showroom 03-20-2017, 02:22 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 17,562
Posted By polaris
Thank you for the comments, it is good to hear...

Thank you for the comments, it is good to hear feedback as well. I was looking to make the write-up of this build centered around a narrative with process details & pictures.

This is the first...
Forum: showroom 03-19-2017, 03:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 17,562
Posted By polaris
The Wrestling Match Begins Arriving at the...

The Wrestling Match Begins

Arriving at the garage space late Saturday morning, wrenches are unpacked to begin disassembly of the driveshaft. Knowing the halves of the driveshaft will be separated,...
Forum: showroom 03-19-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 17,562
Posted By polaris
Thanks, the 242 is a fun car. The owner of...

Thanks, the 242 is a fun car.

The owner of the Sprint Speciale has had the car for 10 or so years now. (He is one of the main guys involved with the 24 Hours of Lemons.) I first saw the car back...
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