The Sultan of Slow

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by MT bucket, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Uh oh!! :(

    How much would a good overhaul of that engine be? There aren't that many miles on it...
  2. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Hi Sean, If that is what it needs, i will find out, just for fun ;) But I cannot justofy spending too much money on it. I can save more gas by car pooling than by pulse&glide (though it is not as fun).
    besides the car is kind of a rattle trap, as you well know from riding in it last summer :D
    It has got lots of good parts and a rustless body though. If you know anyone that needs a car and works on cars I might be willing to part with it cheap!
  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Yeah, there were some pretty odd noises coming from the engine bay...

    I don't know anybody who would be looking right now but I'll keep my ears open if you decide not to keep it.
  4. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    The issue could be actually be something relatively minor.
    Here are some guidelines.

    Black smoke - unburned fuel. Possible bad injector or fuel pump pressure regulator.

    White smoke - burning brake fluid. Check the vacuum line from the engine to the brake booster and see if it's wet inside. If it is, brake fluid is leaking from the master cylinder to the brake booster and getting drawn into the engine (brake fluid in rear chamber may be low, too).

    Gray smoke - burning engine oil. Possiblly a bad intake valve seal. Could be a bad piston ring in one of the cylinders. Could be getting engine oil through the PCV if the plumbing is clogged and the drain holes that allow oil to return from the cylinder head are sludged up. Check the PCV hose and see if it's wet inside, and check after running the engine that oil hasn't pooled in the valvetrain area. A bad intake seal or piston ring will be easy to spot as one fouled spark plug.

    The intermittent nature leads me to think that it could be the brake booster or PCV or one bad intake seal that shrunk back as the car sat for so long. A bad engine would have more severe problems than what you describe, and the parts for the repair are likely not all that expensive. It's the labor charge that makes these older cars impractical to repair, and so the "mechanic's special" is often a car that needs a few bucks worth of parts and a cloudy Saturday to make it roadworthy again.
  5. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    Thanks Sean

    Maxx, thanks for the tips. I agree!
    The guy who sold me the car lives next door, he can fix it pretty cheap if it is one of those issues...
  6. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    The "spare" near me is still there...the one I almost bought ages ago. I bet he'd take $350 for the whole car now...93 Eagle Summit. :D

    Want to road trip? :p
  7. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    haha no thanks :p he would have to give me 350 to take it :D
  8. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    I am going to sell the car to the best offer. I am kinda bummed, had a lot of fun with it, but I am not using it, it needs repairs, and I can't afford to spend money on it, its got to go :(
    So if anyone needs a car that has got good mpg potential, and is able to do work on it, or has the money to keep it going, plus it hads a nice rust free body, custom guages, mpguino, good tires, let me know!
  9. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    And to think you were doing so well with it too! :(

    Any takers on it yet?
  10. MT bucket

    MT bucket I want my MPG!

    I had a couple of offers, too low though...

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