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GGRRRRRRR…..

OK, add one more person to my list of People Who Need Thier Asses Kicked.

Last night, I decided I was going to go ahead and be lazy for a while longer, and play the Diablo II mod that Lance and I were looking at – D2 Plus Plus (very fun by the way.) While playing, I hear this nice CRASH and tinkle of glass outside my window. I knew exactly what happened before I got up, and I knew exactly what the next sound I was going to hear was – the sound of squealing tires as the person backed up, and left at maximum acceleration, and squeeled around the corner.

Yep, I was right – hit and run. Fucked up my bumper something fierce (jeez… I was actually fairly sure that thing was indesturctable!), but with good reason – they hit the truck hard enough to drive it up and over the curb. There’s a slight pull to the right now (fuckers), and I need to fix on tail light (assholes) and take a prybar to temporarily fix my bumper until I can find a new one for the truck that I like. (Jackasses.) Went down to the police station, filed a report (the damages weren’t extensive enough for them to have to send out an officer – which I totally understand. And the female officer on the phone was incredibly sweet about everything, ditto for the lady who took the report. Some cops are dicks, but it always seems to be I find the nices ones at exactly the right time.)

No description of the car, etc., so, all of the damages are out of pocket. (Fuckers!)

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stinking lincoln 

darn 

2002-03-01 09:21 am UTC (from 216.17.193.57) (link)  Select

so///…sorry about your bumper….I feel the same way about blue..(the 1968 chevy truck)

but congrats on the games!!! 

now…Pop wants to know……what is wrong with the lincoln..got any estimates on what it takes to fix it??? we wanted it to last you until you could get the car of your choice..not for it to be a junker taking up space….

is it the carberator (sp) with its wonderful throttle body thingy that it does….(see how technical I am)??

anyway…would you allow us to send bucks to get it fixed…..it was you rwedding present for pity sakes….(well one of them…the hawaii honeymoon will be later)

????? anything else wrong with it??? besides the accerleration falling off and it dies allthe time…?? (as if that is not enough)??

let us know…..

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Re: stinking lincoln 

midnightryder 

2002-03-01 09:42 am UTC (from 208.34.45.132) (link)  Select

Nope, no estimate on what it would take to fix it – and the issue is related to it dying all the time and acceleration having pretty much flat-lined. I hacked on that thing for probably two weeks before giving up in disgust over not being able to find the problem. Did all the usual things – gave it a bit of a tuneup, replaced the plugs, plug wires, rotor, distributor cap, etc.., etc. What that improved things a little bit, it didn’t fix the problem.

Guess I should describe the problem – when the car idles, everything is fine for a second, then dies. Keep your foot on the accelerator, reved up fairly high, and it will stay running until you start to reduce the amount of gas to a certain point, then it coughs and dies. Tore apart most of the carb / throtle body assembly, checked ’em out, etc – they seem to both be delivering gas just fine. Pulled the top off the air filter and ran it (just to make sure it wasn’t a strange problem there) and everything seems fine. Checked all vacuum lines, and everything seems good (however, I had to replace one since I broke it while checkn’ them out – old plastic vacuum lines get pretty brittle!) Replaced fuel filter (more of a Just In Case measure than anything else.) Don’t have a stethescope, so, there’s a couple of things I can’t check very well (mainly potential vacuum issues, or things like a busted head gasket, etc.). I haven’t checked the timing, and haven’t checked the compression (I don’t THINK the later would be the issue, but if so, then it would be game-over anyways, since I’d have to completely tear down a Ford engine and rebuild it. ***YUCK*** However, I do have the workshop for doing something like that… Hmm…. 😉 If Pop has any ideas, I’d love to hear ’em.

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Re: stinking lincoln 

(Anonymous) 

2002-03-01 09:58 am UTC (from 216.17.193.57) (link)  Select

3 ideas… 

1) When you checked/changed the fuel filter, did you get the one in the frame under the passenger door?

2) Could you have jolted the emergency cut off in the trunk… press to reset?

3) Is there a decent Ford shop around that could give you an estimate? Otherwise I can send you the bucks to have it towed away :o)

Pop

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Re: stinking lincoln 

midnightryder 

2002-03-01 10:14 am UTC (from 208.34.45.132) (link)  Select

#1 – yep. (In fact, that’s one of my favorite features about thier way of doing things – it’s easy to get to, and easy to replace. Massive improvement from at least two of the vehicles I’ve had!)

#2 – Checked it, just in case.

#3 – Good question, I’ll check around. Otherwise, no problem with the towing – I’ll sell it for scrap at the very minimum (which makes it worth about $35 after towing fees.) What I was thinkin’ about was selling it off as a parts car or restoration car, since I’ve seen a number of them running around town (White even!) Heck, given the neighborhood I live in, I could just lower it, put them silly ass tires on it, and gold trim the car real quick, and either it would get sold or stole 😉 (and if you don’t believe me, there are TWO of them running around that fit the description that I just gave!)

The helarious part about this – I could always drive it back to Colorado and let you mess with it! If it’s running wide open, it still runs and rides like a dream (well, it still hates hills.) Just getting started and stopped is a BITCH! 😉

I did go out and buy the Haynes guide for the car – of course, it covers so many models and engine styles it’s hit or miss sometimes with what’s really under the hood. But that was where I was pullin’ a lot of my diagnostic information on the car (and finding obscure stuff like an emergency cut off! Ya think with as many dashboard lights as it has, ONE of them would inidicate something like that anyways! 🙂

If ya got any more ideas, keep ’em commin’ – I’m tapped out ideas wise 😛

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darkswan 

2002-03-01 10:39 am UTC (from 207.18.199.151) (link)  Select

kick it

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darn 

2002-03-01 11:03 am UTC (from 216.17.193.57) (link)  Select

good idea darkswan….but i think I will go to the top of the mountain and ask the head man what he thinks….

so we sent an email to grandpa oliver….the master mechanic that owned the thing for years

and years….and usually if he does not know……he doea know who to ask…..

so we will wait for the carrier pigeons to return for the mountain….

mean while ….I always sweet talked it myself.(sympathy pains for old tired things)

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darkswan 

2002-03-01 11:12 am UTC (from 207.18.199.151) (link)  Select

I still say kick it. Then do what Grandpa says.

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Lincoln 

torahoshi 

2002-03-01 01:55 pm UTC (from 216.17.193.57) (link)  Select

Ya know, that car always ran good when i went out to start it. Maybe you should buy me a plane ticket, 😉

Chris

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Re: Lincoln 

midnightryder 

2002-03-01 02:00 pm UTC (from 208.34.45.132) (link)  Select

HMMMmmmm… better idea. If it runs so well for you, why don’t Heabo and I just give it to you? 😉

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Re: Lincoln 

torahoshi 

2002-03-01 02:14 pm UTC (from 216.17.193.57) (link)  Select

No offense, but hell no, :). I’ve got my camry, and I love it. 🙂 Besides, it’d start to hate me after a month or two.

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Stinkin’ Lincoln 

(Anonymous) 

2002-03-05 07:19 pm UTC (from 216.17.193.57) (link)  Select

Well, Grandpa said, he talked to his buddy the Lincoln mechanic. They both agree it’s a major vacuum leak. The list of possible sources goes something like:

Most likely cause–the gasket between throttle body and intake manifold. — start engine, get it to run at whatever speed, spray carb cleaner around gasket. If the engine speed comes up and evens out, you’ve found the culprit.

The next leading candidate is a bad PCV valve… if it’s stuck open, it could be degrading the vacuum supply.

If that’s not it, check vacuum bell attached to intake manifold… it’s about 2 inches across. Diaphragm might be leaking.

Also, if there’s a vacuum advance on the distributor (none of us can remember whether this particular car has one) then it could be a serious problem… You should be able to check either one by pulling the appropriate hose and blocking it while running.

Do the headlights still open on their own? The vacuum system there, particularly the vacuum reserve can are good candidates.

Well, it’s a start. Don’t know which you’d rather do, fix the vacuum leak or get rid of the thing, but they both feel that vacuum is the problem. 

Let me know if you need to talk.

Pop

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Re: Stinkin’ Lincoln 

(Anonymous) 

2002-03-05 07:28 pm UTC (from 216.17.193.57) (link)  Select

Duh… forgot to ask the obvious, but did you get both fuel filters? There really are two, which I think you already know, but better to ask the obvious early and often.

Pop

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Re: Stinkin’ Lincoln 

midnightryder 

2002-03-05 08:18 pm UTC (from 65.30.22.76) (link)  Select

Hmm… haven’t looked at the PCV valve – dunno why I didn’t look at that. I’ll check the rest too, in order presented here 🙂

I’d like to get it running, THEN get rid of it. Heabo gets my truck, and I get my Conquest back this way 😉 Then when we finally have the money, we’ll break down and buy a Saturn SUV, and the truck retires to being our work horse (which is what it does best. And I’m NOT haulin’ a load of sheetrock in a brand new Saturn 😉

The Stinkin’ Lincoln served us well for a while, and will serve us again by fundin’ the truck project (which is no small task. I’ve never done a restoration project like this, so it’s both practical and a lot of fun. Oh, and I get to buy a new tool or two 😉

I’ll holler if I have any questions – vacuum systems are a bit of a mystery to me. (Which makes me shudder thinking about working on the Conquest again. Vacuum lines out the ass in that car… and I gotta pull it all lose, replace the engine, and put it all back. **SHUDDER**)

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