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General Discussion / Re: This VIN in the DB?
« on: May 19, 2018, 05:36:37 PM »
That sounds correct to me as I did see SOME numbers. I didn't bring my camera and I still have a flip phone. Going to upgrade soon I hope. Not that I was going to try and buy it, I was just excited to see it. If he calls me I will take many pic's. I should see him again at a car show hopefully. Danny

General Discussion / Re: This VIN in the DB?
« on: May 19, 2018, 04:44:31 PM »
Ok, good to know. I talked to the owner yesterday at the "American Graffiti" Car show in Petaluma, CA. He said he bought it 15 years ago and that it is ALL numbers matching. I had him open the hood and I GLANCED down at the front pad while looking around and I seen a VIN and Production number, but couldn't make it all out. I will PM you now... Danny

General Discussion / This VIN in the DB?
« on: May 19, 2018, 07:24:18 AM »
Can anyone tell me please, if this VIN is in the data base? Thanx... Danny

General Discussion / Re: Holley Carb Leak?
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:44:56 PM »
Good to know on the check ball. THAT'S why the rebuilder said you really don't HAVE to have it. But glad it's back in if 4053's are supposed to have them. I have installed 6 of those 125-500 kits so far, in my cars and on some friends carbs. I DID make a mistake and installed/drilled one in the wrong place. Car would NOT run below high speed idle. So be careful when installing for correct location. I have bought 1 of the new 4053's and it did NOT come with that protection. I called Holley and they said they are not in there, and the tech didn't know why it wasn't in all new carbs. I can just about bet it won't be there. Just order the kit. MAKE SURE you set the bit depth  stop accurately. I am sure you will. It is a tricky measurement. Thanx again to all... Danny

General Discussion / Re: Holley Carb Leak?
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:11:01 AM »
Update... There is some good points here, and as always, I have learned a lot. If I can float my own boat for a few lines... I am a 25 year Journeyman Plumber, with an enormous amount of common sense, mechanical ability and working knowledge in all trades. I had top secret clearance on some nuclear carriers back in the early 90's. I don't watch sports. Never seen a football game all the way thru. In 58 years, never been high, was the lead singer of a rock band for 7 years and never did any drugs, had BAGS of Cocaine passed under my nose, never tried it, never experimented with ANYTHING. I drink 20 beers a year, and maybe the same glasses of wine. I AM a MACHINE!! People ask me how I know SO much about SO many things. I tell them cause I am not sitting in front of the TV all weekend for the last 30 years watching sports  ;D Someone called me and asked me why HOT water was coming out of the cold side of their faucet. And I knew in ONE second what the cause was. But... I am just not a great CAR mechanic, a shade tree mechanic at best. I used to really like 500 Carter AFB's and when a Holley is set-up, it really is great. I never rebuilt an engine in auto shop. I am still learning.. I don't like to see you guys get heated. So sorry about that..
With that said... I ALWAYS seem to get these crazy little gremlins, it never fails.
 Of course when I looked inside the carb and seen the secondary blades covered in fresh fuel... I then looked outside the shaft on both sides and fuel began to slowly come out. If you look at my video from my first post, you will see it. So if the blades are closed, and you walk out and spill a little fuel in the secondary side of the carb, it WILL come out both sides. And I do remember setting up my other carb with the 15 thousands on wide open throttle on the accelerator pump. You need SOME play or it may bottom out. But not my issue as this is vacuum secondary as mentioned previously. Sprayed the throttle shaft at an idle and no change, so no vac leak there. Installed another pressure gauge made by Holley, and it read the same as the Marshall. The Quick-Fuel regulator comes preset at 6.5. When I cut it into the line, the Marshall read exactly 6.5! It seems to be a good one.
 I took the carb off of Raquel and put it on Melissa. I then took the carb back to the rebuilder Friday. I drove the car to him today at 3pm and we installed the carb back on. Fired it up and let it run a minute. Shut it down and there was NO leakage, and the throttle blades stayed dry. Fired it back up and let it run for a while to operating temp, shut it off, STILL no leakage. I asked him what he did and he said he put the ball back in the secondary pod. And he said he cleaned and looked at EVERYTHING he possibly could and found no issue. So decided the only internal moving part was the PV, so he changed it. I was going to do that next as my vac is 11 at an idle. So I was going to change out the 6.5's and throw in some 5.5's or 6.0's. Maybe even 5.0.. My PV tester has no gauge. So maybe it just held for a second, and I thought it was good and released it and watched it bounce back. You can bet I am going to go get a good one ASAP.
I wish I knew for sure if it was the ball or the PV. Drove it home 15 miles, pulled it in the garage and checked again, no leakage. Issue at least for now is solved. Hope it stays that way. Thanx to all of you for the help. Stay tuned for a new post on the new car, and everything I have done to it since Easter... Danny 

General Discussion / Re: Holley Carb Leak?
« on: May 11, 2018, 11:59:44 PM »

50 year old Holley 780 Vacuum Secondary
This problem just started out of the blue. Car was running great. Now does not start without starting fluid. And fuel leaks out of the secondary shaft on both sides ONLY after I turn the engine off.

Cut-in liquid filled Marshall fuel pressure gauge, gauge reads
5.5 at idle. So regulator has NOT failed.
Changed Needle and seat in both bowls
Tested both power valves, they are good. Installed with new gaskets.
Cleaned the metering blocks with carb cleaner and air
Power valves are 6.5, Vacuum at an idle is 11, Close enough for now, I can put 5.5’s in later. Needle stays VERY steady.
 When I slowly rev the engine to 3K the vacuum jumps to 17, when I rack the throttle the vacuum drops to 7. I believe this is normal.
Float bowls fuel level at sight screw BARELY comes over the bottom of the female threads at an idle.
Secondary blades had NO slot clearance showing. I adjusted JUST so the opening was the sum of the width of the rectangular slot. The Primary blades have a Strong 1/8th of an inch showing.
Carb Rebuilder left out a ball bearing in the secondary’s, I remember seeing that pop out on me once. I put it back, as I didn’t even know it was there. THIS carb, does not have that ball. DO I NEED IT? WHAT IS IT?
While engine is running at idle, the inside of the carb is DRY! All blades are dry. When I turn the engine off, fuel begins to drop in from up at the squirters and cover the secondary blades… THEN drip out of the shaft on each side.
WHY do I always get these weird glitches in my carbs?? I am done for the day. Under a house the last two days for 11 hours total!! My back hurts  :'( Danny

General Discussion / Re: Holley Carb Leak?
« on: May 11, 2018, 04:38:07 AM »
Update... Pulled the carb, and took apart. Cleaned the metering blocks with carb cleaner and air. Tested both PV's and they are good. Cleaned the needles and seats. Set the float bowl levels parallel with the bowl body. Reassembled and installed. Fired it up in the garage for 5 seconds, shut it off, STILL leaking in the same spot. New Needle and seat COULD be faulty. So I will change that next. Also will adjust the floats while installed. Was told by the rebuilder that the secondary ball bearing fell out during rebuild and he just left it out. I guess I don't need it?... Danny

General Discussion / Re: Holley Carb Leak?
« on: May 07, 2018, 04:10:40 PM »
So it was fine for maybe 25 starts. Fired right up every time no problem. I pulled both bowls and cleaned the needle and seats and set the float levels. I didn't see any obvious dirt in either bowl. Carb was JUST rebuilt, all internal parts are new. Doubt if it's heat exspansion as it does it on start-up, after running for only 30 seconds. So no time to heat up. My last thing to check is to cut in my liquid filled Marshall fuel pressure gauge and see if the regulator has failed. Going to TRY to check the pressure tonight. Will update.. Hoping that is the issue. If not then I will pull the carb plates. I have my extinguisher right by me, it is the one Chick recommended that has much easier clean-up after use. .. Danny

General Discussion / Holley Carb Leak?
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:02:30 AM »
Holley 4053 Carb is leaking fuel out of the secondary shaft on BOTH sides. This is a 780 Vacuum secondary. Carb was just rebuilt 200 miles ago. Car will not start without starting fluid, seems flooded out, then when it starts, the leaks stop. Turn off the car and the leak starts again???. WTF!! WAS running great until this morning. Pulled both bowls and cleaned the needle and seat, no change... Danny   

General Discussion / Re: Real Trim/Cowl Tag ?
« on: April 29, 2018, 05:42:14 PM »
I am surprised as it looks lightly embossed and has a weird grain texture to it. Shows ya what I know. I was going to take a ride today and maybe go see it. We know it has incorrect things like exhaust and back wheels, maybe all the wheels.
 Wonder if I will be able to see the VIN on the engine and trans? Not going to look at ANYTHING else unless I get good shots of the VINS. Will update if I go. It's about an hour and 20 from me. Maybe 10 minutes more or less either way. The flash blew on my nice Sony camera a couple days ago  :'(. Second one to do that, exact same model. Here is the video..   Danny

General Discussion / Real Trim/Cowl Tag ?
« on: April 29, 2018, 07:45:35 AM »
Curious if this is a real original GM tag. What do we all think?... Danny

General Discussion / Re: Car[s} Back in Garage!
« on: April 03, 2018, 06:21:47 PM »
Ok, will do.. D

General Discussion / Re: Car[s} Back in Garage!
« on: April 03, 2018, 08:43:21 AM »
I will get some pic's flowing when I get a chance I promise. I need to first ask Kurt where he wants me to start the new thread. Survivor section?. Danny

General Discussion / Re: Car[s} Back in Garage!
« on: April 02, 2018, 06:39:16 PM »
Thanx everyone... I didn't hit the lotto this time. Used some inheritance and my girlfriend got a loan for the rest. No way I could have bought any property here. My friend wanted me to put 200K down on a 600K LOT down the street. WHAT!!??  ::) .. I told him, then you want me to have to come up with $3,500 a month until I am 87?, AND not be able to live there?  :o  No thanx. So did the smart thing and bought a classic car instead.  ;)  That way I am STILL in debt, but for a lot less. It's the American way!!
  I JUST pulled the carb for rebuild and just kinda doin an overview. There is lots to do of course. I will look again, but I don't see ANY P B T stampings anywhere. I have a double AC embossed fuel pump to install and spark plugs. Then just going to start the list front to back... top to bottom. Need another set of ORIGINAL non cloudy T3's. I have decided to not start robbing things off Raquel to install on Melissa. Never rob parts off a complete car for another, right?
 I wonder if I can replace the broken antenna without pulling the fender, bumper, hood etc.? Shouldn't there be a trunk mat? ... Danny

General Discussion / Car[s} Back in Garage!
« on: April 02, 2018, 05:44:54 AM »
Car BACK in the Garage, Raquel
Thru some unfortunate/fortunate circumstances, some creative financing by myself and my girlfriend, and some good ol’ American Ingenuity…our old ’68 Butternut Yellow Z/28 is back in the garage! I mentioned to Jon, Skip, Chick and the guys at dinner at Gibson’s last November at MCACN, that there was a possibility that this could take place. The buyers had not finished paying us the total amount. I let them slide as they are 35 year friends. SO it actually worked out in our favor as I was able to buy it back. I had a guy from New Zealand that wanted the car BAD for a few more $. But sold it to a friend. Could have been a “FRIEND RUINING” disaster as they STILL owed us 15K! BUT, I flipped it right back around and got the deal done. Between ALL of us…I don’t think his wife wanted to do the deal in the first place. So she is probably happy it’s gone. And my buddy is fine with it all, as he needed an influx of cash. So YAY!!!

 Also on another bonus note.. We have purchased David Beems 1968 Camaro Z/28 LeMans Blue Survivor.

 I seen this car on these Camaro websites and up close at MCACN and was excited to check it out. Flew out to Colorado and spent some time with Dave. Cool Cat with some great cars. Just took delivery today! I am leaving the 50 year old tires on the original rims with the tubes installed at half pressure and putting in storage. Will 4 X 4 block more or less the inside of the wheels so they are barely touching when stacked, if at all. (Advice from Charlie AKA Hubleyman}
 THAT’S why I was looking for aftermarket wheels. Sorry I told a small white lie here in a previous post, BUT I was taught MANY years ago to NEVER tell anyone about a car you are interested in purchasing/or HAVE purchased… until ALL the paperwork is complete, the car is paid for in full, and it’s in YOUR own garage.
 My plans are to work my cleaning/detailing/photo taking/documenting magic on every square inch of this baby! I May have to go in a little deeper like the last time. Just due to Raquel’s plastic cam gear only had THREE teeth left with 54,610 original miles. I installed a double roller Cloyes set-up.  This car has 54,000 and change, so we will see. I’ll get it all tuned, serviced, adjust the Valve Lash, Engine/Trans/Rear/Brake etc. Fluids changed, re-curve dist., timing etc. etc. THEN see how she runs before going any deeper. Her name is Melissa. Will start a new thread of it all.

 That’s all the good news for now. Things were bleak there for a while. As I didn’t have a place to live. And by far, still not perfect. But at this time, to say the least, I am a happy camper for sure… Danny

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