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My son took the old ‘for storage’ tire off and put on the good ones. Will keep the old ones so in the winter the good ones do not get flat sided.

Looks like it is going to be safer for us to replace the tank. Cleaned it out with vinegar etc. and now there is a lot of loose sludge. Last thing we want is issues with rust in the fuel system. The sending unit is shot anyways and I wanted to replace the straps since I have to drop the tank to change the sending unit. Will run the car off of a boat tank for the time being.

Washed the car today. What a difference it makes to get the dust from sitting all this time off of it. The car passed the NYS inspection today. Unfortunately the water pump’s main seal let go when I got to the mechanics. Added water and drove home. The water pump has less than 15 miles on it and under an hour or idle time on it. We saw the coolant gushing out from behind the pulley. Will need to change that out.

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Looks great ! Regarding the tank issue. Be sure to ask whoever you buy from if the tank has internal baffles to keep the gas from sloshing around which drives the gas gage crazy (also the driver). I made that mistake & got one with no baffles.

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Originally Posted by XLVIIdriver
Looks great ! Regarding the tank issue. Be sure to ask whoever you buy from if the tank has internal baffles to keep the gas from sloshing around which drives the gas gage crazy (also the driver). I made that mistake & got one with no baffles.

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I ordered one from Chevs of The 40s. They had one that works with fuel injection or carburetors cheaper than the original. It includes all of the straps, seals etc. needed to mount in. Other bonus was they discounted the sending unit for me with this tank.


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No pics this time, just updates.

Took the car out to a few events in the last couple weeks. Each time went well.

Developed an issue starting when hot and stalling at idle. Found that the coil had a crack in the porcelain on the bottom and it was weeping fluid. I had never seen one made like the one on the car. The wire to the coil came out of the bottom and the + and - were on the top. It had porcelain on the bottom like a spark plug has on top. Car was last on the road in 69 from what we have been able to find so this coil may be really old. Also the resistance on the secondary was out of spec. Replaced the coil with a new one and the car starts and runs better than it ever has.

We mounted the new gas tank. Also connected the fuel gauge. It appears to be accurate but time will tell. Took us a while to figure out how best to mount the tank but it is now in. The poly tank fits tight but it fits. Issue we had was that this new tank requires a vent and the old one did not. We had to find a way to run a line for the vent and have it higher than the tank. Also had to ground this tank unlike the old one. Good side is that it has baffles in it and that it will not rust.

Seals around the u joint on the torque tube are leaking a lot. Was hoping to make it through the season just topping it off. Unfortunately each drive accelerates the leak. Having to refill the transmission after each drive. And we are not going more than 15 miles in a trip. This is the next item to be fixed.


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Thank you for the well described updates. In my opinion too many ask for advice or recommendation and we never hear of the outcome. Again, thanks.


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I posted updates in the wrong thread. Will catch this one up and then add todays updates

Looks like I have been falling behind on the updates to this post. Been keeping a book on to track the progress for my records since the start. Will post from that to get this up to date.

July 2022

Looks like it is going to be safer for us to replace the tank. Cleaned it out with vinegar etc. and now there is a lot of loose sludge. Last thing we want is issues with rust in the fuel system. The sending unit is shot anyways and I wanted to replace the straps since I have to drop the tank to change the sending unit. Will run the car off of a boat tank for the time being.

Washed the car today. What a difference it makes to get the dust from sitting all this time off of it. The car passed the NYS inspection today. Unfortunately the water pump’s main seal let go when I got to the mechanics. Added water and drove home. The water pump has less than 15 miles on it and under an hour or idle time on it. We saw the coolant gushing out from behind the pulley. Will need to change that out.

Took the car out to a few events in the last couple weeks. Each time went well.

Developed an issue starting when hot and stalling at idle. Found that the coil had a crack in the porcelain on the bottom and it was weeping fluid. I had never seen one made like the one on this car. The wire to the coil came out of the bottom and the + and - were on the top. It had porcelain on the bottom like a spark plug has on top. Car was last on the road in 69 from what we have been able to find so this coil may be really old. Also the resistance on the secondary was out of spec. Replaced the coil with a new one and the car starts and runs better than it ever has.

We mounted the new gas tank. Also connected the fuel gauge. It appears to be accurate but time will tell. Took us a while to figure out how best to mount the tank but it is now in. The poly tank fits tight but it fits. Issue we had was that this new tank requires a vent and the old one did not. We had to find a way to run a line for the vent and have it higher than the tank. Also had to ground this tank unlike the old one. Good side is that it has baffles in it and that it will not rust.

Seals around the u joint on the torque tube are leaking a lot. Was hoping to make it through the season just topping it off. Unfortunately each drive accelerates the leak. Having to refill the transmission after each drive. And we are not going more than 15 miles in a trip. This is the next item to be fixed.


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Losing fluid too quickly out of the seals on the torque tube to safely drive the car without risking damage. Time to replace the seals on the torque tube. Have to take the end off where it meets the transmission to get at the seals.

Though this would be a 1 afternoon job, we were wrong on that. Took the seat out to have more room to work. Took the top two bolts out of the collar holding the torque tube ball on. My son under the car then stated that there was only one bolt. It appears the prior owner broke a bolt off in the transmission and tightened the remaining three and called it a day. Spent the next 1.5 hours teaching my son to drill out the bolt. He learned a new skill and lots of patients. Finally have everything disassembled and cleaned up.

Torque tube is back together. My youngest did all of the work. I only checked that the bolts were tight and watched that things went together properly. Good learning experience for him. It did not leak overnight but we have not driven the car yet either.

The parking brake has not been connected since we received the car. Since we have the transmission tunnel cover is off and the seat is out we are going to do this next. Able to access the linkage from the top and bottom. Found a NOS rod to connect the bar under where the u-joint to the front of the linkage.


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The part we ordered for the parking brake linkage was the incorrect part. We decided to put the transmission cover back on, install the carpet and reinstall the seat. We do not want to lose any more drive time this year. The parking brake will need to be done later from underneath. Carpet we used my oldest son saw on sale at Runnings for $24.99. The piece may not be car carpet but it worked out well. We decided to install it in two sections so that if we needed to get at the transmission we could remove the front section without the need to remove the front seat. Cut holes for all of the pedals so the carpet slips over the top of them. Also placed reproduction rubber covers over the brake and clutch pedals. Placed the starter pedal back on too. This little change made quite a difference to the interior look.

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Back to the parking brake. Thanks to a VCCA member we were able to get the correct linkage to go from under the car to under the hood. My youngest son was able to hook everything up under the car to match the pictures supplied by VCCA members. Unfortunately the linkage does not line up with the part coming from under the hood. Still looking into if the part under the hood is correct or not. This is attached to the frame and was hooked up when we bought it. Due to the parking brake issues to have some success during the day we installed the ashtray in the interior. That was a 100% success. Calling the day 50% successful since the packaging brake, job 1 failed but the ashtray, job 2 passed. We are thinking of adding a small job each time something does not work so we can point to that little thing and say progress was made, something is completed.


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September 2022

Out to another drive in show. On the way there we could tell the recently installed carpet made a difference in the amount of noise in the car. Also the transmission is shifting better and not leaking since replacing the seals. The drive-in was lots of fun. We have found the local drive-in ones to be the most fun. Just show up, park the car and walk around.

Finally have all the materials to start making the interior panels and upholstery. Kids watched YouTube on how it was supposed to be done and wanted to try it another way without buying everything pre made. I am all for supporting doing it our way. Bought 3mm hardboard from Lowes for the door and kick panels. Oldest son chose a brown canvas that is similar to the dash color for the doors. We left the dash with the original paint. A lighter tan for the upper areas of the pillars and around the window areas was chosen. For the door pulls my oldest had the idea to go to Good Will and get brown leather belts. He wants to make pull straps like the 87 Monte Carlo has out of the leather belts. For a headliner we have a 48 star flag. Plan for the flag is to take all of the bows out of the roof and paint them black. Then run the flag from the front to the rear of the car above all of the bows. The stars are placed above the driver's seat. The headliner may take a few revisions to get right.

The youngest started to cut panels. Made a few templates for the doors and kick panels. Has a roughly cut panel for the driver’s door. It needs holes cut for the window cranks and door handle. He cut it slightly large so it can be trimmed just right. His thought process was to get the driver's side just right then copy it for the passenger. Started in the front since he thinks it looks easier than the rear. He also attempted to make a kick panel. Unfortunately that one was a lesson in why to measure twice cut once. Not a big deal. Better to learn with something simple like that.

Not a big thing but we bought floor mats. Now that there is a carpet that is a light color kept getting asked how are you going to keep it clean. Bought some CAT brand tan floor mats. Cut to size ones that will do the job when needed. Have them in my truck and they work well there.

Saturday took the 41 out for the longest drive we have done, about 50 miles. Shortly into the drive the speedometer started to make a screeching noise. Shortly after that the needle would jump from the 40 MPH we were doing to around 80 and then back down. (I am certain we did not do 80 at any point and that this car cannot accelerate that quickly cool). Not certain about the cause for this but on the 87 Monte Carlo it did a similar thing when the speedometer cable started to bind. Fixed the Monte Carlo by disconnecting the cable and spraying lube into it. Hope this is a simple fix like that turned out to be. Guess that is the next thing on the list of to-dos for the car.

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Thanks for the progress report.

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Not much progress to report. Drove around a few times until today. We need to fix the parking brake, Speedometer and now the generator. Today the generator seized and had to get towed home. Kids and I all agreed it never left us stranded until now and we only have a few weeks left in the season to drive it anyways so not loosing much drive time.


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We opened up the generator and it looks like the felt oiler piece is missing or degrading to the point that it is no longer there. The ball bearing resembles shrapnel. Oiled it a week prior to it failing but the oil leaks out the bottom. The VCCA was a great help in identifying this issue. One of the members had a generator that they were able to sell to us.

December 2022
Christmas is past and we finally had time to get back to the generator. Lucky to have a rare 58 degree day in winter. My youngest son put the generator in. After that the car started up and we drove around the block without any issues. Gauge showed charging as it did with the last generator. Headlights did make it go into discharge at idle but with the slightest throttle they were charging.


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Back to wiring. Last year changed out what we had to do to get it on the road for the season. Now it is time to finish the job. Started by removing the original headlight switch. Son mounted a fuse box behind where the kick panel cover will go. Will run the items that normally receive constant power from the headlight switch from this location. Plan to connect the stop light, blinkers, lighter, fog lights and possibly the radio to this. Adds the advantage of not losing everything if one fuse goes out. Also it will be easier to access for troubleshooting.

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So you will have to remove kick panel to access this fuse box? Not a big deal I guess! How many fuses in the box?

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Kids thought it was out of sight and how often do you really need to get to it. It is easier to access than the one under the passenger dash in my wife's MINI.

There are 8 fuses in the box. It is actually one for a boat, for this reason it has 8 spots just for ground wires. There is a cover for it that fits nicely over the top and is clear. We do not plan to use the grounds but they are nice to clip a test light to or run a temporary ground wire from when checking for a bad ground.


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