Hello all; the TMH Chicago Cat project

From dusty barn find to daily driver, it seems our cars are never really done. This is the place to share your progress on your project car. We will celebrate your victories and commiserate over your tragedies. But most of all this is a great place to learn!
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Hello all; the TMH Chicago Cat project

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Post by tmh » 15 Oct 2011, 20:23

I'm a noob here after being a noob at mc.net for a couple-few weeks now. Noob to Cougars, and noob to car repair in general.

I've got pretty thick skin and totally get that noobs sometimes get their ball joints busted, so no worries about that. I'm here to learn and to shoot the breeze. That's about it.

So hello!

Scott

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'79 Bronco XLT 351m, C6, Edelbrock Performer 400 intake, Holley 6140, Howards cam, 4" suspension lift, 33x12.5x15 Duratracs, dana44 front and Ford 9" rear both 4.11 LSD, Warn hub locks, invisible fan shroud
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Post by mo2872 » 15 Oct 2011, 21:20

Welcome to the laid back smoking lounge, Noob. I mean Scott.

First of all, when I said "trial and error", I meant that is sometimes how I personally figure things out, and welcome to my world, on your "Diane" thread over on mc net. In NO WAY did I mean that was THE BEST way, nor was it a recommendation.

Now that that is out of the way......where's my beer? The noob ALWAYS brings the beer.......SHEEEEESH!!!!
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Post by Local Hero » 15 Oct 2011, 21:45

Yeah,and my apologies for giving you the impression that you were to blame for my "time out" over there. "Super Moderator" has had a problem with me for a while now and it just coincidentally came to a head in the middle of your thread. No fault of yours whatsoever.

Seeing you play along with my post in your thread tells me that you're gonna turn out just fine. The wrench turning knowledge will come with time. Stick with the experienced people here AND over there and as you're already finding, your knowledge will increase exponentially.
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Post by 1967 S Code » 16 Oct 2011, 03:18

Welcome Scott! You will find that there are great people here (cool also). :) . Having a classic Cougar is part of the fun. Sharing your passion, knowledge and learning about them is the other part of it. This site combines those elements. So enjoy its great to have you here. Take some pictures of your Cougar and add them to the gallery.
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Post by zman » 16 Oct 2011, 09:42

Welcome aboard.
It's kinda early for a beer but I will take a Bloody Mary if you're buying.
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Post by xr7g428 » 16 Oct 2011, 11:29

Maybe you should list a few of your issues here and we can help you tackle them? I love the first thirty days after you buy a new driver. You can make so much improvement so fast it kind of gets you addicted. I suspect that there are a few things we can point you toward doing that are easy quick fixes. For example, does the shift lever feel loose and the indicator not line up? It is an easy fix, IF you know how to tackle it.
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Post by Bricklyn » 16 Oct 2011, 11:58

Hey Scott! Welcome to the other side of things, well at least the flip side of Mc.Net - if you want the darkside I think the Curb would qualify for that. :lol:

Im not exactly a pro but I have stayed at a Holliday Inn!
Theres a few of us in the Chicago area that can help you out if you need an extra hand or advise.

Maybe Ill see ya at a cruise night or on the street.


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Post by mo2872 » 16 Oct 2011, 13:23

Good Lord, B......so, you stayed at a Holiday Inn.....it's staying at the Holiday Inn EXPRESS that makes you a brain surgeon!!!! SHEEBERS!!!

Scott- a point of advice I learned the hard way.....KEEP IT DRIVING as much as possible, THEN do paint/body.....I waited 4 years, seven months, 3 weeks, two days, and eight hours to actually DRIVE mine the first time. Just started taking things apart, and it snowballed on me!!!! LOL, live and learn! (part of that trial and error I was talking about....that would be an error!). Should have worked out mechanicals FIRST(thanks, Mark).
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Post by MercuryDon » 16 Oct 2011, 13:44

Welcome to the madness Scott !
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Post by tmh » 16 Oct 2011, 13:55

Oh I'm going for driving as much as possible, don't worry! I'm not doing a restoration, the whole point is to have a fun and awesome car. So the only times she won't be drivable are when I'm repairing something or during Chicago's lovely 8 month winter.

Hey, the shift indicator *doesn't* line up right! When I am in drive, it lights up both neutral and drive. I mentioned that on mc.net but nobody responded.

The only big issue right now is the PS system. Leaks heavily at the control valve, and apparently somewhere at the pump also. I don't know if it's an issue with the hoses or what. There are two different PS hose kits over on CougarPartsCatalog that I've been looking at. The cheap one and the expensive one. Forget the concours one. I'm leaning toward the expensive one, because of the nice bends and all. Anybody have experience with those? Is there a better way to go?

In addition to the leak, the slop is the worst part really. It doesn't wander too badly, but the center position on the wheel travels freely like 15 degrees in either direction before it actually starts to affect steering, and then the steering feels just barely assisted, almost like manual steering.

I need to maybe mess with the idle, but I haven't even got instructions for the carb yet, don't even know the model actually. It's an Edelbrock 4v that was put on by the previous owner. I seem to recall my dad looking it up online and saying it was 600cfm but I don't know for sure.

Come springtime I might try and get out to some event in the area, I dunno. I'm kinda shy on account of being 4'6" 475 lbs.
'68 XR-7 J-Code C4, San Jose, Edelbrock 1406, PS, Front PDB, 8" rear 3.0, PS is leaky and sloppy, invisible fan shroud
'79 Bronco XLT 351m, C6, Edelbrock Performer 400 intake, Holley 6140, Howards cam, 4" suspension lift, 33x12.5x15 Duratracs, dana44 front and Ford 9" rear both 4.11 LSD, Warn hub locks, invisible fan shroud
'80 Suzuki GS750E 16V DOHC, looks about 6 months old
'13 Honda CR-V AWD

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