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Dueling 02s or "Redline at Dawn" (archive)

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Posted by Ken on December 28, 1999 at 13:20:42:

In Reply to: Re: Good Old-Fashioned Duel posted by john on December 28, 1999 at 10:12:13:

: : : : : : I only have a lousy Haynes manual for my 76 2002 (came with the car). It does not give info on running a compression test. I need to know which fuse will disable the ignition system or exactly what the procedure is to run the test. I do have the numbers needed (125 psi minimum).

: : : : : : Merry Christmas and Thanks in advance!!

: : : : : : Don C

: : : : : First make sure your battery has a good charge. Remove the coil wire, and ALL the spark plugs. Block the throttle open. Then have someone turn it over (about 6 revs) while you read the gauge. Thats all there is to it!

: : : : : Ken

: : : : on a low one squirt some engine oil in and see if it raises the numbers' there many be a lot of oil in the motor already(blow by) and it might therefore read good when it is not

: : : Though Kenny doesn't think I know anything and he thinks I'm a bad writer, I have to say I'm glad someone brought up the wet verses dry check. Doesn't that rule out rings verses other stuff? I got Dry readings (just like Ken said to do it BTW)142,88,127,146, WET (couple squirts of motor oil in the cylinder where the plug screws in)142,92,128,141. I'm concluding head gasket (Now here's where Ken and I will separate, if we haven't already ((Ken?)))and wait until something fails before doing anything about it. in other words, not a time bomb, just loss of performance.

: : : I agree Haynes stinks - it's for people who already know what to do, IMHO.
: : : John

: : Thats it! You and me. Sabres at dawn!

: Hi Ken:
: I have a better idea - 2002's, full throttle to a cliff edge - no braking until a predetermined point (kind of like the pace-off) yours will probably stop!

: I think I'll learn a lot from you.

: By the way, I don't think it's verbose to say "If it don't leak it's OK." What's the word for intentional use of improper English to get a desired meaning or effect? Like "You pays your money, you takes your chances?" Whatever that word is, that's what I was.

: Is Delk helping me with my problem? As is generally the case, I'm lost quickly. It looks as if he's suggesting boring out the cylinders and using some special rings?

: TIA - BTW, good story about your first car- I agree the guy should pursue the character-building experience. I intend to use a similar technique to bond with and help my son develop his aptitudes (if he shows even a slight interest, that is!) But he's very little now, so I better get learnin'!!
: Later,
: john

John,
The "Code Duello" clearly states that there must be a precedent for weapons choice. That is someone must have used them before. I am not sure, but If you have seen the movie "Rebel Without a Cause" I believe vehicles do qualify.
My earlier use of the word verbose, which means lengthy or wordy, was a reference to my own reply as I am known to have a talent for writing boring tomes. No offense to you intended.
Regarding Delk, he is just offering some good natured ribbing. However, If you were to bore it out and use gapless rings as he suggested you would see the guy down the street with the 5.0 Mustang cringe!
I admire anyone who has the confidence and courage to service an old vehicle himself. Next to the parts suppliers, this board is the best resource we have toward the end of breathing new life into an old (and oftentimes discarded by PO) utility. We ALL learn from each other.
Thanks for the mention of the father and son project. He has served as consultant on all my projects ranging from model T's to a 65 Ferrari V-12 with a rod knock. In October I did a compression check on the strugglebuggy with dad, now at 84, turning the key. The results were: 175,175,180,176. How you like them apples?
I hope your boy does turn his attention toward "building his own wheels" when the time comes because he has an enormous advantage in a father who will serve as a caring and knowlegable mentor.

Ken


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