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#230 of 252 Re: A Real Life Example [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 09, 2010 (10:20 am)
Lately there is also a growing movement that accepts and even embraces faded paint, a little rust here and there, aged interiors, and so on - the car being roadworthy is the main concern. "Survivor" cars are the new cool, and they are both more affordable and easier to live with. For a lot of cars, something that isn't pristine, but honest, is more interesting than something that is totally new.
#231 of 252 Re: German Ford Taunus 17M [fintail]
Mar 09, 2010 (12:53 pm)
I couldn't agree with you more.
#232 of 252 Re: A Real Life Example [fintail]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 09, 2010 (7:22 pm)
maybe a little rust, but rust patches all over the car do not flatter the car or the owner IMO. I do agree though that original cars are much more interesting to me as well, as long as they aren't so bad that you want to shoot them to put them out of their misery.
#233 of 252 Re: A Real Life Example [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 09, 2010 (7:34 pm)
Hey, there's no better theft deterent than rust patches all over the car. Plus, it distinguishes the owner from ordinary folks. Isn't that why people buy Rolls Royce Corniches and Bugatti Veyrons?
#234 of 252 Re: A Real Life Example [hpmctorque]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 09, 2010 (8:47 pm)
Well maybe but when I look at a neglected car like that I don't necessarily find the instinct to pour admiration all over the owner---more like "how could you DO that to a nice old car?" (even if they didn't do it, they OWN it, and so it is in their stewardship).
#236 of 252 Re: A Real Life Example [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 10, 2010 (7:31 am)
Yeah I don't mean a crumbling heap of iron oxide...but a little spot of "aged metal" doesn't seem to be the end of the world anymore. I have two little bubble spots on my old car...it doesn't get to me anymore.
If a car is relatively straight and clean, old paint, even if it is faded or worn, has a lot more character than something new that the owner is afraid to touch. And it can actually be put on the road without worry.
#237 of 252 Starter nightmare
Oct 18, 2010 (10:40 am)
I have a '58 Volvo pv444 and I have been having a problem with the starter that I'm hoping someone may have encountered. I purchased the car last year and since the first time I tried starting it, there was an awful grinding noise. I pulled the starter and saw that the front of the pinion gear was worn down pretty badly. I was able to locate a used starter and replaced the bendix assembly so now I was working with a good drive gear. I put the starter back in and I'm still getting that same grinding noise. The flywheel has all it's teeth and I don't see any noticable wear on the flywheel teeth. I slid under the car and removed the flywheel cover and was able, with a screwdriver, to move the starter drive gear into the teeth of the flywheel without a problem. I then had a friend start the car as I watched. It all happens faster than the eye can see. It would seem that the teeth are slipping against the flywheel teeth with moments of catching. I see the fan turn intermittently as it catches. The noise is bad and I don't want to wear down another starter gear. They are really hard to find anymore. The starter is the correct part for the car. It can't really be shimmed since it's only held on with two bolts. All seems to be fitting correctly. Is there such a thing as a weak solenoid that doesn't hold the gear out during starting? I bench tested the starter and it flies right out to the end without any load on it. I'm hoping some ace mechanic out there has encountered something like this. Pardon my verbosity. I wanted to get all the details out.
#238 of 252 Re: Starter nightmare [boobtube]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 18, 2010 (11:46 am)
I would do two things right off. One, remove the starter OR the flywheel cover and examine the entire flywheel 360 degrees. If there is just one place with a few damaged teeth, it'll push the starter pinion out.
Two, I'd remove the starter and lubricate the shaft the gear runs on, the bushing and the gear itself and try it again.
If neither of those produces any results, I'd say your used starter is no good. If the starter more spins too slowly (starter drag), it'll disengage prematurely. Given that you're running on 6 wheezy volts I believe with that car, it might be best for you to have the starter rebuilt.
#239 of 252 Starter nightmare--Part 2
Oct 19, 2010 (9:07 am)
I just wanted to add something to what I wrote yesterday. I climbed under the car again and observed the starter in action. Forget what I said about a weak solenoid because the drive gear is shooting all the way out and staying in place as it turns. What is happening is that the starter gear is slipping and catching on the flywheel. Thus, the loud grind as it slips and then it catches to turn the flywheel a bit and slips again. This is what is happening. It's just puzzling because the teeth on the starter and flywheel both look ok. I turned the flywheel by hand and could find no worn teeth. It could be the starter is still shot but looks like it's working. It is a six volt Bosch starter and it seems to have plenty of power. I took a short video of it in action which I will post a link for when I am by my home computer.