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Old 02-07-2008, 07:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Naw, she was made of rubber.
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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you still havn't tried to fix the A/C!? It's like $9.99 for one can of refrigerant (how much I used) and kits that have one can and gauge/refill hose is like $19.99. It's really easy to do too, unscrew the valve cap, screw onto A/C valve (located usually on the A/C pump, if hard to get to there's usually a second one on the A/C line). And recharge the refrigerant until correct pressure is acquired.

Here's one can, you can get them at wal-mart.
Here's what a Recharge Kit looks like, it has the hose you need to attach to the valve, and a gauge on the hose. They go anywhere between 20-25 dollars at wally-world. This is more of like what I've seen at wally world, except it's got a smaller 13oz. can with it, and is also 10-15 dollars cheaper. 22oz. can do a few vehicles, so 13oz. should be enough. When You do it, have the A/C on high, feel how cold it is before you do it, then while you're recharging, notice how often the A/C pump kicks on and off, it should (instead of engaging the clutch on, then off, then on, then off,) keep a constant on, with an occasional kick off (you're keeping the A/C on high, max cooling while recharging), then after pressure is optimum, go inside and feel the air temp. it should be cold again.

Back to tranny, fix it, and stop spending so much freaking cash!!! then sell it, or turn it into an EV. If you do it yourself you can save even more money than paying for labor.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:55 AM   #14 (permalink)
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The AC is the other car that i don't drive (big ben) LOL.
that's $10.00 i can spend toward my EV!
(i told you, she has the restraint)
I can't do a conversion on Big Ben because there is some minor rust, and i learned from Metro's Forkenswift post about how much bigger rust can be once you get into it.
I'm not doing a conversion on SkuttleButt because of all the other problems wrong with it. I can get a $200ish 'donor' car with less problems for converting.
Btw, on BigBen, i think it has a bad Alternator. I just replaced the battery and the batt light stays on when i start it up (once a while because i hear it's good). Because of the last batt problem it had, i think the Alternator isn't recharging the batt.

My personal preference is I'd rather just ditch both cars and do an EV on a donor car.

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Old 02-08-2008, 01:31 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The Patient: SkuttleButt, a 96 Ford Taurus sedan.
The Ailment: Leaking upper transmission line (right at the nut)...
OK, I think we're pretty much agreed that $-wise it makes sense to fix the leaky thing. Question is, how?

Considering the leaky fitting you'll probably need a new line. However I've seen shops cut the bad line a short distance from the bad end and splice on a new end. Saves you from having to find a source for the complete line and pay the price - just the cost of the short bit you're replacing.

Also if you want to have another go at it, get a wrench that will really get in there and see if you can tighten it. Maybe you can use a short stubby wrench or a crow's foot "socket" on a 3/8" drive set. I made a stubby wrench by cutting off part of a regular wrench handle. For this job you probably need a flare nut wrench, get a cheap set and shorten the handle if needed. Dremel with a reinforced grinding wheel did that job nicely for me. Cheapy no-name "Dremel" grinder has turned out to be one of the most useful tools I ever bought.

There are also wrenches with heads bent at a sharper angle than usual. I'd think you or a friend could make one of these too. Might need some heat but probably could be done.
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Since he's not serious about it, he may as well find some block-letter stencils and paint "Valdez" on the front fenders.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:33 PM   #17 (permalink)
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obivously hes more interested in trying to kill someone with a car that doesnt stop, doesnt turn, tries to set itself on fire, and creates its own oil slick that the rear tires will lose traction on in the one time hes able to avoid hitting something. :shakeshead:
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When I was talking about fixing the A/C, You said you almost sold it but they didn't buy because of the A/C, you gotta spend money to make money, and think about how much more money could go into that EV if you spend $10 on Freon, then sell it for more.

Good luck fixing that tranny tho
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:29 AM   #19 (permalink)
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spliceing on a new short line is no big deal. i'd say you need a one factory end from any parts store.. better use a tube cutter. cut a end off. from any hardware or parts store get a tubing connecter of the right size. get a guy at the store to show you haw to put the ends and round parts together. don't mess up the cuts and cut too long. not too short. before all that you may want to put the front end of the car up. use a spray solvent to clean up and run it to see for sure where the leak us. making very sure it will not fall or drive of the blocks.

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