Cat Bites Man! A Novice and His SCJ Eliminator

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Re: Cat Bites Man! A Novice and His SCJ Eliminator

Post by mercuryman » 04 Feb 2013, 11:35

Hey Mike ! I am so happy for you . It's like a dream come true ! Like you , i was waiting a long while before i can get mine and i can tell you when i told my wife " in two days i will be back with an old car on a trailer "
she was mad at me for few weeks !!

It was hard for her to understand that old car cost so much . She told me " i would'n give more than 3K for that " !! It's noisy , not really comfortable , hot to drive with ( 428 whitout a/c ) , expensive on gas .......

But now it's OK ! Congrat again :beerchug:

From my small experience it's good if you can count on a " real " expert of carb. Wrong part at wrong place and your engine never works like he should and hard to adjust . Just because i have two wrong washers some place ,
the jets was inappropriate ; cost lot of gas and never take off well .

Have fun Mike !!! :ylsuper:
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Cat Bites Man! Dec 27th-29th

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 04 Feb 2013, 19:00

Dec 27th – Out fiddling in the garage, crawling around under the car. Took a pic of the passenger head date code while I had the valve covers off.

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Snapped the date code for the block too.
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Also found the “SUPER” stamp on the front of the block, down by the oil filter!
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Looks like I have an oil leak from the send (bottom / inlet?) line on the Oil Cooler. Line is right up against the frame – probably rubbed a hole through it :-/

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Dec 29th – The front spoiler was only held on by a few random loose screws, so I took it off before it falls off. Now I need to figure out what screws to put it back on with.

http://www.mercurycougar.net/forums/sho ... post516952

Woot! Looks like my spoiler might actually be an original.

*Found some pan-head screws at Lowe’s that should do the trick, and look close to correct. The screw holes in the valance are a bit hogged out, so I’ll have to see if I can tap down the puckers a bit so the screws fit. Might need to tap out some dents in the valance while I’m at it ~ at least get it close to resembling “straight”.

Also placed an order with WCCC today, to take advantage of their New Year’s Sale. Used the $100 gift certificate that I won from Scott Gregory (thanks again Scott!) last month. Tried to get as many "small things" that were missing, or would make the most difference.
Ordered up;
- License Plate bulb cover lens (mine is missing)
- Headlight Vacuum Check Valve (mine blows and sucks)
- Engine gauge wire harness (mine is all melted and broken down)
- Hood to Cowl rubber bumpers (missing)
- Air Cleaner Decal (Mercury CJ-428) (stuck on the snorkel and badly beat up)
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Re: Cat Bites Man! A Novice and His SCJ Eliminator

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 04 Feb 2013, 19:13

Thanks Sean and MercuryMan!

Sean, I thought maybe you pulled the trigger on Mike Ruo's yellow CJ 4-speed! His ad came down pretty fast.

Merc, truthfully, I hope that if I can install and calibrate laser alignment systems and robots I should (<-key word) be able to handle some gaskets and o-rings.
If it proves too much for me I can always send it to someone else to fix, or bribe a coworker with beer to come instruct me in the finer points of carburetor construction
:-)

Stay tuned! The kit is in the mail, so hopefully I'll be doing carburetor destruction...err...rebuilding next weekend :-)
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Cat Bites Man! Dec 30th

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 05 Feb 2013, 16:31

Dec 30th – Wanted to take the cougar out today but it got too late in the day after doing other chores around the house. Wife was nice enough to point out that she didn’t think I would have much fun if I broke down on the way to the gas station, in the dark and cold. I’m guessing the real reason she pointed this out was that she didn’t want to have to come get me! LOL!

I had ordered some “Vintage-Style Windshield Wipers” from Napa the other day since they didn’t have my size in stock. Installed them today and refilled the windshield washer fluid and verified pump operation = ok!
*I should have looked around more for wipers, as I found some with the old style metal clip for just a few bucks more. Napa ones have a silver plastic clip. Ah well… bookmark those for next year.

Scraped the old faded hot rod parts stickers from the quarter windows – I was able to save one of the Lakewood stickers (*I understand they reproduce them now). Thought about keeping them on the car, but I think I’d like the car to look a little more “clean” (it needs all the help it can get at this point).
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Cleaned all the windows inside and out, removing various other sticker residue and “gunk”. I didn’t get to the back window though – next time.
I do plan to keep the “Grambling College” sticker on the back window though. It still looks ok, and I think it’s cool and shows a bit of the cars history too (the wife agrees).

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Managed to get my daughter out into the garage this afternoon for just a little while. “Come help me pull off the fuel door, it will only take a few minutes.” So Molly turned the wrench and removed the fuel door for me :-) After dinner we disassembled it and found the plastic bezel is cracked and broken. Looks like we can super glue it back together and it would all be hidden behind the trim, so it should be ok for a driver.

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1970 Cougar Eliminator (Competition Gold / Black Decor Interior)
1 of 70 with 428SCJ, Ram Air, 4-speed.
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Re: Cat Bites Man! A Novice and His SCJ Eliminator

Post by badcatt » 05 Feb 2013, 19:12

Cool. keep having fun with it.
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Re: Cat Bites Man! A Novice and His SCJ Eliminator

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 05 Feb 2013, 19:40

badcatt wrote:Cool. keep having fun with it.
A little bit at a time. I keep telling myself I don't have to do everything "now now now!" like I want to.

I know this thread is mostly me rambling about "mundane" car tasks, but I'm having fun and learning quite a bit as I go!

:beerchug:
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1970 Cougar Eliminator (Competition Gold / Black Decor Interior)
1 of 70 with 428SCJ, Ram Air, 4-speed.
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Re: Cat Bites Man! A Novice and His SCJ Eliminator

Post by 1969XR7Vert » 06 Feb 2013, 14:19

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That's pretty cool right there.

Mike, now that you have found "your baby" and seeing that you are still maintaining the EOTM postings, do me a favor? PM me the next time you come across a car of the caliber you bought, huh? Like I think you required, must be a 4-speed. The CJ 'vert (recent thread postings) looks pretty good but is a big investment, bigger I assume than your investment.

So, yeah, let me know, 'mmm 'kay?

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Re: Cat Bites Man! A Novice and His SCJ Eliminator

Post by xr7g428 » 06 Feb 2013, 14:32

Bob, we can have some fun with this if we use the ECI vehicle rating system: A number 1 car requires just one parts car to restore, and number 2 requires 2 parts cars and so on. By the time we get number 5, all you really get is a jar, some air in it, that was once said to have been in one of the tires. I am looking forward to the mega thread!
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Re: Cat Bites Man! A Novice and His SCJ Eliminator

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 06 Feb 2013, 15:26

Bob, I'll drop you a line if I come across something like that. Yeah, the CJ 'vert is waaaay out of my budget! Truthfully, this car was too, but I made it work. When opportunity knocks you have to answer the door!

I think on the ECI scale, mine would be a number 1 car - It will probably need new rear quarters eventually, unless the ones that are tacked on it can somehow be salvaged. I imagine that would depend on how much metal overlap there is, and the skill of the bodyman.
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Cat Bites Man! Dec 31st

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 06 Feb 2013, 16:06

Dec 31st – Shake-Down Cruise: Took it for my first real drive today! Was snowing little flurries, but I wasn’t gonna let that stop me, by God. Got up early and set out so I would have plenty of time to break down somewhere and still be home before dark.

http://www.mercurycougar.net/forums/sho ... -Cruise...

Started it up; had to crank and pump the gas a bit, as expected. It didn’t want to stay running though. Kept giving a hard “knock” or “clonk” intermittently. Not sure if it is a misfire, backfire, or something worse… but it went away once it was up and running (phew!).
Never had a manual choke before… gonna have to read up on how that is supposed to work (*I did read up on it). For now I just pulled it out half way, and that seemed to work. Once it was up and running good I pushed it back in (*turns out that is how a manual choke works, LOL).

After it was warmed up I took off on my maiden voyage, slow and easy. Once on the road it seems to stumble if I give it too much gas too fast. If I tried to get into the secondaries I would get that “clonk” / “knock” sound again… so no lead footin’ it for now.

Went by Napa to return battery cables. The ground lug was too small for my ground bolt. Not sure if my cables are correct or not. Positive has been replaced, but negative it old and crumbly. Negative connects right to the block at the front passenger corner, just above the alternator. The guys at Napa already know me as “70 Cougar”. I think that means I’ve been in there too many times in a short period already.

As I was pulling into the Napa parking lot a father and son stopped me to talk about the car :-) The dad (a gray hair gentleman) was more interested, the son merely curious. We chatted and I popped the hood for them and we talked car talk.

Coming out of Napa, another fellah had pulled up next to me, and he also stopped me to talk about my car :-) Turns out he has an older Mustang, so we chatted a bit and talked car talk.

Off to the gas station to fill it up (still pretty close to E). Topped it off, and managed to splash gas all over the back of the car. Guess that helps explain the trashed chrome on the back bumper. Reset the ol’ trip meter; let’s see what kind of mileage this thirsty beast gets! Noticed that the fuel door trim is loose and rattles around. I’ll have to pull that off and tighten things up so nothing falls off and gets lost.

So I’m off to my next errand, where another fellah stops me to chat car stuff. I love it :-) As I’m driving around I’m watching my gas gauge, and man that thing goes down fast! I’ve only gone 20 miles or so and it’s drunk down almost 1/3 tank. Something is definitely not tuned right.

Got home and pulled into the garage. Not long after that, the wife tells me the garage smells like gas. I go out and YES, it certainly does! Lift the hood and poke around, and quickly spot a big old puddle between the intake runners on the passenger side, between #3 & #4. So I soak it all up and lay the rags outside to dry. Pulled off the air cleaner and start checking screws / fittings on the carb, and I find that the fuel line into the secondary fuel bowl is stripped. I was able to get it snugged up a little bit, and I’ll have to see if that will stop the leak.
*truthfully, at the time I didn’t even know what that part on the carb was called! I started Googling around and reading the Holley website and figured out the “proper name” for the leaky bits! Then I was able to post a thread asking about it and not sound totally incompetent – only partly incompetent >.>

http://www.mercurycougar.net/forums/sho ... Threads...
http://www.classiccougarcommunity.com/f ... f=3&t=2029

I also drained the old oil back into the 5qt jug for disposal on the upcoming Recycle Day. Dooby-doo, pouring oil... pouring oil... huh, done pouring oil. That was quick. Turns out it only had 3.5quarts in it! Given the incorrect dipstick, I bet they only put 5qts in it to put it at "FULL", then take away some leakage from the oil cooler sending line, and maybe a bit burned off... :bloated:

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Really low oil, leaking fuel lines, disconnected spark plug wires, almost empty power steering pump… Ugg! Don’t worry, Little Cougar, I'll take care of you!
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1970 Cougar Eliminator (Competition Gold / Black Decor Interior)
1 of 70 with 428SCJ, Ram Air, 4-speed.
Cat Bites Man!

Looking for an Eliminator? Then be sure to check out the "Eliminators on the Market" thread in the Classic Cougars For Sale section of the forum!

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