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oldraven 
  Posted: 11-Nov-2003, 09:56 AM
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Well folks. The worst has happened.

Last night, the 10th of November, 2003, at approximately 4:15pm, the Turbocoupe, at the ripe old age of 17years and 227,000km, finaly gave up the ghost.

I can't say for sure what happened, but durring a mad dash down the Whitemud Freeway onramp something inside let go. Now fuel and oil are spewing out the tailpipe, black smoke everywhere, and bucking like a sunovabitch.

She served me well. Hat's off, boys.

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I'll race the lights no more."

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Posted: 11-Nov-2003, 06:15 PM
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Are you going to rebuild her or just get a new one.


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Posted: 11-Nov-2003, 07:46 PM
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I'll find out tonight. It may be a simple electronic bug causeing it to overfuel and puke out the tailpipe. If it isn't, then it's most likely a blown piston ring. that means a rebuild, and the truth is the car just isn't worth a rebuild. Valuewise, but it's worth a lot more in other ways.


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Posted: 11-Nov-2003, 08:20 PM
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QUOTE (oldraven @ Nov 11 2003, 07:46 PM)
I'll find out tonight. It may be a simple electronic bug causeing it to overfuel and puke out the tailpipe. If it isn't, then it's most likely a blown piston ring. that means a rebuild, and the truth is the car just isn't worth a rebuild. Valuewise, but it's worth a lot more in other ways.


We'll see.




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Hey Oldraven,

If you really love you car, and the body is in good shape, repairing the engine or what ever the problem is, is still better than buying another problem.

Your Tc is just like a woman, you have to know all of her quirks, you know her likes and dislikes. Is it worth trading her in for something you don't know anything about?

When I blew the engine in Ms. Grebe, I went out and got another one for her. But I wasn't about to give her up to the ghost.

Hopefully it is just a minor problem. 9 out of 10 times they are minor so just hang in there.

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Posted: 11-Nov-2003, 09:19 PM
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Let us know.
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Posted: 11-Nov-2003, 09:26 PM
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Richard, what are you doing comparing a car to us girls? Have you lost your mind Bro?
We are going to stomp the living you know what out of you! Your bad!


Now OldRaven, fork up the money and stop whinning man! That car looks great and even if you have to have a whole new engine in there for $1500-$2k...it's worth it...stop the sniveling! I'd do it...that's a great car! Does the inside of it look as good as the outside?

If it does there is no way I'd let it go...

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Posted: 11-Nov-2003, 09:27 PM
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Sounds like you either blew a rod thru the engine mount or blew the head gasket...either way, new engine time...

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It's amazing how things work out once the mechanic gets a look. Last June, as the remnants of a tropical storm began to blow through town, one of the lifters in Grover began to make a terrible racket. Suddelly, the enginge shuttered, the check engine light came on, and the motor died. I was sure I blew something. Upon opening the hood for inspection, I noticed that the #4 plug was out of the cylinder head! I could see the $$$$ I was going to spend on this!

Turns out that Grover had a loose plug that stripped out the head. The mechanic re-threaded the hole, stuck in an adapter for the plug, changed the oil, and Grover was good as new for only $150 bucks!

There was never a doubt wherther or not I would fix the car, I was expecting a bill of $2K, but I was going to get him back on the road. Chin up. It may not be as bad as it looks.

These days, Grover is still a daily driver, merrily cruising towards 100K.
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Posted: 12-Nov-2003, 12:14 AM
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Posted: 12-Nov-2003, 10:02 AM
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Wow. Thanks so much for the support guys. Yeah, for the entire day I was expecting the worst, and thus the talk of letting the old girl go.

The good news is, it's running again. The bad news is, I have no idea why. So, it's not a blown piston ring, which was one of my fears. There was never any oil. Just lots of fuel. It was black because the over fueling left excess in the chamber for a few hours before I fired it up again. Just enough time to loosen up all the carbon in the chambers, so the fuel was coming out black and gritty. It's not the timing belt, because it's going again.

So, it was simply pouring fuel in. Breating as though it was idling, but fueling as though it was at WOT. That's why when I put the pedal down half way it bogged down, but when I put it down farther it shot like a rocket. Thus the bucking.

Jimmie came over tonight to get the new carb on the truck, and so we fired it up. Ran like crap for a few seconds, just long enough to burn off the excess, then purred as per usual.

She's not trustworthy now, so no more driving. That's for the best anyway, now that the snow's here. I promised I wouldn't drive her in the winter, and she kicked my arse for it yesterday. Now that the truck's ready, she's back to normal. Tell me that's not karma.
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Posted: 12-Nov-2003, 10:05 PM
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QUOTE (oldraven @ Nov 12 2003, 10:02 AM)
The good news is, it's running again. The bad news is, I have no idea why. So, it's not a blown piston ring, which was one of my fears. There was never any oil. Just lots of fuel. It was black because the over fueling left excess in the chamber for a few hours before I fired it up again. Just enough time to loosen up all the carbon in the chambers, so the fuel was coming out black and gritty. It's not the timing belt, because it's going again.

So, it was simply pouring fuel in. Breating as though it was idling, but fueling as though it was at WOT. That's why when I put the pedal down half way it bogged down, but when I put it down farther it shot like a rocket. Thus the bucking.

A Word of Caution Oldraven,

It may be advisable that you change your oil if the was an excessive amount of fuel dumped in.
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Posted: 12-Nov-2003, 10:10 PM
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Oldraven,

Is she the one you were looking at that $50.00 Turbo for?? She's just telling you she wants a rest until the weather's better! She's no fool! tongue.gif

I'm glad to hear she's not given up yet. Felt so bad for you earlier. Pamper her until Spring. She'll be alright. In the meantime, you deserve some scotch!

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Posted: 13-Nov-2003, 10:15 AM
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QUOTE (Dreamer1 @ Nov 12 2003, 08:10 PM)
Oldraven,

Is she the one you were looking at that $50.00 Turbo for?? She's just telling you she wants a rest until the weather's better! She's no fool! tongue.gif

I'm glad to hear she's not given up yet. Felt so bad for you earlier. Pamper her until Spring. She'll be alright. In the meantime, you deserve some scotch!

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Dreamer, I couldn't agree more. And this weekend, Angela, Theresa, and I are heading to the Atlantic Trap n' Gill for many a scotch n' stout. It's been a crazy week, and it all started monday with the TC's contankerous behaviour.

Richard. I hear you. If any fuel seeped past the rings, (of which I've no doubt) then the oil will be extremely thin, and won't be doing much lubricating. The weather's back up above 0* for about a week now, so I'll try and do that when I tidy up the garage this weekend.



Thanks all. All of this happened directly after running down the onramp at wide open throttle, so I'm sure something just got stuck open. Not an injector, because all of them would have had to stick open at once, and that's pretty much impossible. I'm just glad it didn't keep on accelerating until I hit something. Otherwise, I'd never hear celticradion again. tongue.gif

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Posted: 14-Nov-2003, 01:45 PM
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