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[GMCnet] It's always something [message #323829] Wed, 13 September 2017 08:57 Go to next message
Keith V is currently offline  Keith V   United States
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EVERYTHING was working good, no great.

Ready for Elkhart!


I decided to fatten up the carb a little, so I took out the 68's and put in 69's, wide band told me thats too fat 13:1 at cruise.

So back in the 68's go. Took it out for a test drive and while it runs fine.. BUT I now have a loud header gasket leak.


Gasket is blown on #2. bolts are tight

Fine, I have a spare gasket.

4 out of 5 bolts approve.

The 5th one?

Took out 2 sockets, 1 open end wrench, plenty of penetrating oil, 3 nuts welded to the head.

Still refuses to budge.

Hopefully a conversation with Guido the cutoff wheel will change it's mind tonight.


Also pulled all the plug wires out of their metal spark plug connectors...yay


Wish me luck


Keith Vasilakes

Mounds View, MN

1975 ex-Royale.

Microlevel Ride height controller
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Keith Vasilakes
Mounds View. MN
75 ex Royale GMC
69 Vette
29 Dodge
Re: [GMCnet] It's always something [message #323830 is a reply to message #323829] Wed, 13 September 2017 09:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
USAussie is currently offline  USAussie   United States
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Keith,

You don't need luck, you've got the skill set to fix this stuff; all you have to do is be patient.

When you've got all these items corrected DON'T touch anything else - Murphy is alive and well!

Regards,
Rob M.
The Pedantic Mechanic
Sydney, Australia
AUS '75 Avion - The Blue Streak TZE365V100428
USA '75 Avion - Double Trouble TZE365V100426
USA '77 Kingsley - TZE 267V100808

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From: Gmclist [mailto:gmclist-bounces-AT-list-DOT-gmcnet-DOT-org] On Behalf Of Keith V
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:57 AM
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Subject: [GMCnet] It's always something

EVERYTHING was working good, no great.

Ready for Elkhart!

I decided to fatten up the carb a little, so I took out the 68's and put in 69's, wide band told me thats too fat 13:1 at cruise.

So back in the 68's go. Took it out for a test drive and while it runs fine.. BUT I now have a loud header gasket leak.

Gasket is blown on #2. bolts are tight

Fine, I have a spare gasket.

4 out of 5 bolts approve.

The 5th one?

Took out 2 sockets, 1 open end wrench, plenty of penetrating oil, 3 nuts welded to the head.

Still refuses to budge.

Hopefully a conversation with Guido the cutoff wheel will change it's mind tonight.

Also pulled all the plug wires out of their metal spark plug connectors...yay

Wish me luck

Keith Vasilakes

Mounds View, MN

1975 ex-Royale.

Microlevel Ride height controller


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Regards, Rob M. (USAussie) The Pedantic Mechanic Sydney, Australia '75 Avion - AUS - The Blue Streak TZE365V100428 '75 Avion - USA - Double Trouble TZE365V100426
Re: [GMCnet] It's always something [message #323831 is a reply to message #323829] Wed, 13 September 2017 09:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lqqkatjon is currently offline  lqqkatjon   United States
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Good luck Keith. Wish I could come with.

An extra day of penetrating oil really makes a difference, but sounds like you are beyond that. Drill through and bolt it.



Jon Roche 75 palm beach St. Cloud, MN http://lqqkatjon.blogspot.com/
Re: [GMCnet] It's always something [message #323832 is a reply to message #323829] Wed, 13 September 2017 09:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
James Hupy is currently offline  James Hupy   United States
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Keith, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, "Don't fix what ain't
broke". Sorry about your close encounter with Murphy.
Jim Hupy

On Sep 13, 2017 7:04 AM, "Rob Mueller" wrote:

Keith,

You don't need luck, you've got the skill set to fix this stuff; all you
have to do is be patient.

When you've got all these items corrected DON'T touch anything else -
Murphy is alive and well!

Regards,
Rob M.
The Pedantic Mechanic
Sydney, Australia
AUS '75 Avion - The Blue Streak TZE365V100428
USA '75 Avion - Double Trouble TZE365V100426
USA '77 Kingsley - TZE 267V100808

-----Original Message-----
From: Gmclist [mailto:gmclist-bounces-AT-list-DOT-gmcnet-DOT-org] On Behalf Of Keith V
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:57 AM
To: gmclist-AT-list-DOT-gmcnet-DOT-org
Subject: [GMCnet] It's always something

EVERYTHING was working good, no great.

Ready for Elkhart!

I decided to fatten up the carb a little, so I took out the 68's and put in
69's, wide band told me thats too fat 13:1 at cruise.

So back in the 68's go. Took it out for a test drive and while it runs
fine.. BUT I now have a loud header gasket leak.

Gasket is blown on #2. bolts are tight

Fine, I have a spare gasket.

4 out of 5 bolts approve.

The 5th one?

Took out 2 sockets, 1 open end wrench, plenty of penetrating oil, 3 nuts
welded to the head.

Still refuses to budge.

Hopefully a conversation with Guido the cutoff wheel will change it's mind
tonight.

Also pulled all the plug wires out of their metal spark plug
connectors...yay

Wish me luck

Keith Vasilakes

Mounds View, MN

1975 ex-Royale.

Microlevel Ride height controller


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Re: [GMCnet] It's always something [message #323837 is a reply to message #323831] Wed, 13 September 2017 10:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Keith V is currently offline  Keith V   United States
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Personally I think this was going to happen, I'm just lucky I drove it last night and noticed rather than at 5am on Friday as we are about to leave!


I've got 2 days to get it fixed. It's only 1 bolt!


And Jon, I wish you are in on the party too.


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Good luck Keith. Wish I could come with.

An extra day of penetrating oil really makes a difference, but sounds like you are beyond that. Drill through and bolt it.


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75 palm beach
St. Cloud, MN
http://lqqkatjon.blogspot.com/

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75 ex Royale GMC
69 Vette
29 Dodge
Re: [GMCnet] It's always something [message #323901 is a reply to message #323829] Fri, 15 September 2017 12:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jp Benson is currently offline  Jp Benson   United States
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Keith V wrote on Wed, 13 September 2017 08:57



Also pulled all the plug wires out of their metal spark plug connectors...yay




Back in the 60's when I drove older vehicles that required frequent spark plug maintenance this happened all too often. I made a tool to solve the problem. It was especially useful when a plug fouled and the exhaust manifolds were too hot to touch. When one of the plug wires on my GMC came apart I dug through some old tool boxes and found it

http://www.gmcmhphotos.com/photos/restoration-photos/p63686-spark-plug-wire-remover.html

JP
Re: [GMCnet] It's always something [message #323911 is a reply to message #323832] Fri, 15 September 2017 17:48 Go to previous message
Carl S. is currently offline  Carl S.   United States
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James Hupy wrote on Wed, 13 September 2017 07:12
Keith, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, "Don't fix what ain't
broke". Sorry about your close encounter with Murphy.
Jim Hupy



Jim, as you know, for most of us GMCers, the mantra is "If it ain't broke, fix it till it is" Twisted Evil


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