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Negative Ghostrider

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About Negative Ghostrider

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    Seattle, WA
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    1973 620 3sp Automatic
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    Cars, cartoons, kickboxing, bourbon, craft beer, electronics
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    Merchant Mariner

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  1. The fuel issues continue to plague me. I went to fire it up after it sat for a couple weeks and got the same issue as before. No visible fuel in the separator, and no amount of cranking seems to want to draw enough to fill the separator more than half way. As soon as I stop cranking it drains back. I used to be able to take off the valve cover and if I manually cranked the pump arm quickly I could get fuel to fill the separator and then it would hold and the carb would fill and she would run well. I tried that again and this time I couldn't get the level to fill and hold. I replaced all the ho
  2. Entry 35 - Cucumber town! It looks like I got the cooling issue fixed. I ran it around the last couple days, then flushed it a couple times and replaced the thermostat. The water never quite ran clear but it wasn't as filthy as I was expecting. A little brownish and murky but not "tap water for 15 years in the rust belt" brown or anything. I would have let it more but I used up all 4 jugs of distilled water I had. I'll do it again next summer. I let it idle for about a half hour, with the heater off the last 10 minutes and the needle never went past halfway. Looks like I'm good to
  3. I replaced all the hoses and clamps at the tank but the ones in the engine bay are original. I should probably replace all of them to be safe.
  4. That eccentric lobe is just held in place against the retaining washer by pressure from the sprocket bolt, right? There's no key or pin or anything? I don't recall there being one but this engine was already missing multiple parts when I tore it down so it wouldn't surprise me if other things were also gone. None of my books reference anything like that but I thought I should ask. Maybe I should double check the torque on the bolt.
  5. Entry 34 - Trying to keep my cool The weather finally cooperated with me today so I started trying to resolve my cooling issues. I drained the radiator and flushed the system with some distilled water. There was definitely some grainy rusty crap in the bottom of the catch tray. Then I pulled the thermostat and filled the system with a bottle of Thermocare treatment and distilled water and took her out for a few laps. I did some loops around the block, then ventured progressively further out. In total I probably did about 45 minutes of stop and go driving with no issues. The heater
  6. I didn't notice any scale or anything inside when I removed it or when I was filling it. Looked very clean, actually. Same with the hoses. There were definitely some signs of rust in the passages on the head and block, but no evidence of heavy buildup or blockage though. I was planning on doing a full system flush soon anyway but under the circumstances I obviously need to resolve the issue at hand first. Still, it worked fine before. That's why I'm confused. The rad was off for months so maybe some crap dried out and crusted up in there while it sat. Thermostat and gasket are like 15 bucks so
  7. For sure. The help on here has been invaluable countless times so far. So you're just running water and CLR right now? Or did you add it to your coolant?
  8. Thanks Mike. I'm not arguing with your logic, I'm just being skeptical because the thermostat worked fine when I removed it, and all the coolant lines are hot, including the one from the thermostat to the radiator. That's why I thought the core might be air bound. I'll throw a new thermostat at it next week.
  9. Head gasket was replaced. That's where all this started. There were no overheating issues previously but it smoked. I drove the truck a few long stretches after I got it but it was smoking and timing looked to be off a link. When I tore it down it was obvious the previous gasket Jon wasn't done right. There was an indexing dowel missing, the fuel pump insulator was missing and there was some obvious leaking. I'm not sure about the mileage. It's at least a 4 owner truck. The Odo reads about 85k but I don't know how many revolutions that includes. Mike helped me figure out the head is not origin
  10. Well something is going on. By the numbers I can't add much more and it's definitely running hot but the rad is cool to the touch.
  11. Entry 33 - ... Aaand liftoff! Double checked all the manifold studs and they seemed fine. Tightened up the oil pan a bit because there were a couple small leaks. That cork gasket really compressed so I took all the bolts back to torque spec. Jacked up the front end and ran it again to make sure I get the air out of the cooling system. There was a little smoke but it disappeared quickly so it much have just been burn off yesterday. It's done now and the smell is pretty much gone. I took it for a few spins around the block and it seems to be running very well. I'm please
  12. Entry 32 - Houston, we have ignition. Fed it all the fluids, tightened up a couple leaks, primed, turned the key and... Kicked over on the first crank! A couple tweaks on timing and the carb and its running smooth, though idling a little high. There was some white and blue smoke but I'm hoping that's just old moisture and crap in the system from before. There was smoke on the manifold side of the engine. Not sure if it's all burnoff or if the studs aren't quite tight. I'll double check them later. I had an unfortunate pet emergency though so
  13. Well I checked the nuts. They were all around spec. 12 lbs. It was hard to tell because you need wobble fittings and extensions to get to some of them, especially the lower ones with the curved washers that hold the intake and exhaust together. If they are too tight its not by much. Things smell a little exhaust-y but I think it's just from the tailpipe. I had the door open and the breeze was blowing that way. The smoke was indeed just burn off. It's done now and the smell is pretty much gone. I took it for a few spins around the block it seems to be running very well. I'm pleased
  14. Thanks guys. I will take the cap off and lift the front a bit when I fire it up again after I retighten the manifold bolts.
  15. Well she fired right up and seems to run pretty smoothly. I have some smoke on the manifold side so I'm guessing I need to re-torque all the exhaust manifold studs (ugh). Other than that I think I'm in business. No charge light so I'm guessing the alternator is working right as well. Thanks for everything!
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