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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #200 on: September 23, 2018, 12:58:28 PM »
This entire thread is an inspiration!  Your work is nothing short of amazing.  All those little things will soon be distant memories as you work through them.  Congratulations on such an awe-inspiring accomplishment.  Simply a fantastic thread detailing your triumphs and small setbacks.  Well done!!!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #201 on: September 23, 2018, 02:04:39 PM »
Hasn't had a timing stop fitted into the distributor by someone in it's past?

No it hasn't. Total timing was at 34 before the rebuild. Not sure what happened.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #202 on: September 23, 2018, 02:13:36 PM »
This entire thread is an inspiration!  Your work is nothing short of amazing.  All those little things will soon be distant memories as you work through them.  Congratulations on such an awe-inspiring accomplishment.  Simply a fantastic thread detailing your triumphs and small setbacks.  Well done!!!

Thank you very much! Your compliment is very well appreciated. I started it not only to show my progress but also hoping that it would help others with their builds. I'm glad to hear that it's inspiring. If it inspires one person to get back on a project they're putting off, or helps someone through an issue with their build, then this thread is well worth it the time I've put into it.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #203 on: September 24, 2018, 12:41:22 PM »
I dropped in a different distributor yesterday and got my timing issue solved. The carb is finally dialed in. Now I need help putting the hood back on. It’s almost done!!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #204 on: September 24, 2018, 12:46:51 PM »
I did about 98% of the work by myself when I did my restoration, but the one thing I needed help with was the hood. Kinda tricky by yourself.
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Re: 69 TA
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #205 on: September 24, 2018, 08:33:08 PM »
I did about 98% of the work by myself when I did my restoration, but the one thing I needed help with was the hood. Kinda tricky by yourself.

Yeah right! I would need 6 hands to put the hood on...lol
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #206 on: September 26, 2018, 08:06:06 AM »
Just can't seem to get her out on the street. Today was the first day I was going to be able to get her out and take her to work but she dies when I put her into gear. Gotta check a few things tonight so hopefully I can take her to work tomorrow and give her a good test run.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #207 on: September 27, 2018, 08:40:02 PM »
Finally got to get out on the main streets and drive it to work today!! There's a few little issues I need to iron out yet. I had to turn the idle up so it didn't die at the lights, but now it's idling too high in park and neutral. I checked for vacuum leaks but didn't find any. The kick down cable needs to be adjusted and it shifts into 3rd at 55 mph. I don' have a tach so I can't say what rpm's. And I still have no power steering. I'm beginning to think something happened when I rebuilt the pump. That's gonna have to come off and be torn apart again.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #208 on: September 28, 2018, 06:55:23 AM »
Still a success!  The punch list grows short for you.  Power steering issue is a bummer, but the other things are small issues.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #209 on: September 30, 2018, 03:30:43 PM »
I pulled the power steering pump yesterday and don't see anything wrong with it but I got a new one on the way anyway. They're tested, warrantied, and cheap after returning a core so I figured that's the safe way to go.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #210 on: October 01, 2018, 06:13:40 PM »
Just on the off chance....flush the system first before fitting the new pump. Good luck.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #211 on: October 01, 2018, 07:25:50 PM »
Just on the off chance....flush the system first before fitting the new pump. Good luck.

The system was drained when I put the old one back in and it still didn't work. I'll definitely flush it again. Thanks.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #212 on: October 02, 2018, 01:14:05 PM »
I found a vacuum leak! The hose popped off the tranny. It's very loose and won't stay on, even though its all new. A couple hose clamps will fix that problem. Hopefully that will settle my idling issues.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #213 on: October 02, 2018, 10:32:30 PM »
Thats good that you found a leak.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #214 on: October 03, 2018, 05:14:45 PM »
I found the second vacuum leak this afternoon. I put a vacuum pump on the transmission line to double check it and decided to check the other lines too. The vacuum advance wasn't holding any pressure on the replacement distributor. It's a used one and I didn't check the vacuum advance. When I say it wasn't holding pressure I mean the gauge never moved! I swapped the one from the old distributor after I check it and now I'm confident there are no more leaks. Now I need to go back and adjust air, fuel, and idle since it's running a little rough.
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Re: 69 TA
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #215 on: October 03, 2018, 06:41:28 PM »
I have the RA IV intake installed and hooked up. It's working! The diaphragms are opening and closing with the vacuum. They're open when it's cold and closed when it's warm. They look like they're breathing when I open the hood. It's cool! The temp looks like it's running cooler. I ran it for about 20 minutes and it didn't go over 200 which is really nice since it's been up around 230. I have to keep an eye on it. I was looking into new radiators and it would be nice if I didn't need one.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #216 on: October 10, 2018, 08:35:45 AM »
I still can't get the darn power steering to work!!  :mad:
I ordered a pump form CARiD and the sent me the wrong one. I contacted them by email and I got a response telling me to damage the pump so it's not able to be resold and send them pictures. I couldn't believe what I was reading so I called them. They said they don't want it back and I should destroy it and toss it. That is the strangest return policy I've ever heard of. So I smashed the reservoir neck and sent pictures. They're sending my a refund so I have a new pump. I'm gonna take the pump out and put it in mu housing and see if that works.

I noticed that with my pump, when I turn the wheel the fluid returns to the reservoir but won't flow to the steering box. So I don't know if it's the line, the pump, or the check valve. I tried vacuum bleeding it and couldn't get anything out of it.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #217 on: October 13, 2018, 05:07:23 PM »
I finally have power steering! I swapped out the pump and it works. Still don't know what I did wrong when rebuilding my old pump but I'll look into it eventually. If I find a problem and correct it, I won't know if it works unless I swap pumps again. I really don't want to buy more power steering fluid and make another mess...lol
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #218 on: October 19, 2018, 10:56:47 AM »
As we all know, if it’s not one thing it’s another. Now that I have power steering and can get the car on the road more, it’s time to do some fine tuning. I’m having trouble getting my Q-jet adjusted. My idle screws don’t seem to have much effect on the idle. I’m running lean, the car wants to die at stop light, but sometimes it races at lights. It’s too all over the place and I can’t get the vacuum to run steady. I checked for leaks but only found one yesterday. That was fixed but it’s still rough. So that’ll be my weekend project this weekend.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #219 on: October 20, 2018, 09:22:11 PM »
A thought....check the secondary butterflys and the air valve.....you could be leaking air there.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #220 on: October 22, 2018, 08:21:39 AM »
A thought....check the secondary butterflys and the air valve.....you could be leaking air there.

I've checked everything I could think of and took it apart several times to recheck a few things. I'm getting a donar carb today to see how it runs. That should tell me if it's the carb or the motor. I'm leaning towards the carb becuause I've checked everywhere I can think of for a vacuum leak with carb cleaner and can't find anymore. I realized I never checked my plugs so I pulled those yesterday. They're ALL black. So I'm running rich, not lean.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #221 on: October 22, 2018, 04:28:10 PM »
Just got caught up on the build. VERY nicely done.

Who did you use for machine work?
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #222 on: October 22, 2018, 06:46:43 PM »
Just got caught up on the build. VERY nicely done.

Who did you use for machine work?

Thank you. Paul Carter over at Koerner Racing Engines did the machine work. He helped me from the beginning and helped put together the right recipe. He knows Pontiacs, and engines, better than anyone I know.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #223 on: October 23, 2018, 09:43:14 AM »
So I put a donor carb on yesterday and had worse luck with it. It spit, sputtered, popped, and idled really rough. So that really didn't help me at all. I bought new throttle plates that didn't have holes drilled in them and went to put them on last night but all 4 screws broke and I can't get them out of the shaft! Not sure what I'm going to do about that. In the mean time I have a distributor tune up kit on it's way from Summit. It seems like there's some misfire going on and the distributor is old so I'm not sure how well it's working. A fresh tune up wouldn't be a bad thing to do. I also ordered a set of power piston springs that are different tensions, new adjusting screws, and new idle pick up tubes to try in the carb.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #224 on: October 24, 2018, 11:12:22 AM »
Paul is awesome, he's a great guy and a Pontiac guru. He did my motor. Only downside is that he is in demand. I haven't talk to him in a few years, I'm glad to hear he's still over at Koerner.

Wish I could offer some advice on the carb/distributor issue. I had Cliff do the carb for me and had Rocky Rotella do the distributor.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #225 on: October 24, 2018, 11:31:02 AM »
I'm going to see Paul today. He has a few old Q-jets that I may be able to get the rods from, or the whole base plate. Cliff is in high demand too, not sure how long a rebuild would take him to do and I can't get a hold of him to help me with the problems I'm having. I'm getting close to breaking down and getting a new carb. The one I have is an Olds carb, I would go with a Pontiac and sell of the Olds if I get another one. 
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #226 on: October 25, 2018, 09:08:53 AM »
My throttle shaft problem is solved. I picked up a 71 Pontiac 455 Q-jet 7041262 yesterday for $100. I'm going to clean it up and put the new parts from the old carb in it. I'm not going to open up any bypass air channels or idle channels since the old one ran worse after I did that. I'm going to give it a basic rebuild and hope for the best. I can get the correct divorced choke and not have to worry about the modified one coming apart anymore. When I started rebuilding the motor back in June I said I was going to do it right and not cut corners to make things work. Getting a Pontiac Q-jet with the correct choke was on the list.
The last piece for the upgraded distributor will be here today so I can put it back together tonight. I already have it apart and cleaned up waiting to go. The shaft was really gunked up with greasy sticky crud. It spins much more freely now. I should be doing some tuning on Saturday.

Btw...I have Olds Q-jet that needs a new primary throttle shaft for sale...LOL
It ran good before the rebuild and had good response. The old parts will go back in and I'm still going to look for a shaft and get it in working order again.







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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #227 on: October 26, 2018, 08:57:56 AM »
Dammit the carb was hacked! I went through it last night and it's not going to be usable. I'm going to be swapping it for another one.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #228 on: October 26, 2018, 03:52:21 PM »
That pretty much sux.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #229 on: October 26, 2018, 05:43:18 PM »
That pretty much sux.

Yes it does but I was able to swap it for one off a 428 that looks really good inside. I dropped the rebuilt distributor in and put the 428 carb on. I’ll give it a shot later and see how it goes. I wish it had numbers but it don’t, it’s a service replacement carb so it has no numbers stamped.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #230 on: October 28, 2018, 10:06:30 PM »
Been watching your dilemma, and I find myself hoping you get it resolved ASAP.  I know how frustrating these weird problems can be!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #231 on: October 29, 2018, 08:23:02 AM »
The 428 service carb looks like it's gonna work! It fired right up and has a good idle. Took it for a test drive and it didn't spit and sputter or want to die. But it lost a lot of power, there's no get up and go and definitely no tire spin. I got in touch with Cliff at Cliff's High Performance and were going to get a kit together to wake up my 400 horses.

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #232 on: October 31, 2018, 08:38:36 AM »
I found out why I lost power. I lost half my throttle! The throttle linkage connection moved the throttle cable too far back which set my peddle half way to the floor. I swapped out the linkage and got full throttle back along with full power. It was an easy swap because the carb has bolt on linkage and not pressed on. But now I lost my kick down cable because there's no where to hook it up. I may have to make my own linkage if I can't find anything. I have a choke, float, new jets, and metering rods on order from Cliff. Almost there!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #233 on: November 02, 2018, 09:51:20 AM »
I think I finally got it!! I got the new choke, jets, rods, and float and put them in yesterday. I pulled my plugs since I rebuilt the distributor and increased the gap to 40. They were covered in soot from running rich and one gap was almost closed. I probably bumped it somewhere along the line. Last night I put it all together and did some tuning. Base timing is at 14 BTDC, vacuum advance takes it to 24, and total is at 32-34 right where I want it. Manifold vacuum is at 15" and it idles at 900 RPM.

I haven't posted any pics so here's a few of the rebuilt distributor and 428 service carb.

Old distributor guts...



New rebuilt distributor...



428 service Qjet...





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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #234 on: November 03, 2018, 04:12:43 PM »
Thought I'd post a quick video of what it sounds like now that it's tuned correctly...

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #235 on: November 04, 2018, 10:15:59 AM »
Sounds great! Congrats on getting it running right!
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #236 on: November 05, 2018, 11:44:17 AM »
Sounds great! Congrats on getting it running right!

Thank you! It feels good to have accomplished it. I started this project in June, it’s only been 5 months...lol. I missed the big St Gregory car show but I’ll be there next year.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #237 on: November 07, 2018, 09:12:03 AM »
Well if it's not one thing, it's another. I've been driving the car daily now that I have the carb settled but now I have a wobble in the rear end. It feels like someone is pushing the rear from side to side. I'm gonna need some help on this one guys. I read that it could be a broken belt in the tire but I can't tell. I can't see any uneven tread wear or bubbling anywhere. Not sure what else it could be. Maybe worn bushings or maybe an axle bearing??? The mechanic across from work has it and he's gonna try to get it on a lift today.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #238 on: November 08, 2018, 10:18:56 AM »
It ended up being the tire. I guess a belt broke. So now I need to find a tire that matches or get 4 new ones which might not be a bad idea anyway.
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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #239 on: November 09, 2018, 04:30:33 PM »
At least it's an easy fix, albeit not really a cheap one.
-mike

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Re: 69 TA
« Reply #239 on: November 09, 2018, 04:30:33 PM »
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