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Old 07-28-2007, 07:44 PM   #1
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I'd forgotten how much fun it is...

It's been a long time since I had to do plugs, wires, cap, & rotor in a van with a V8. I figured with 109K on the 2000 Savana, still with factory plugs & wires, it was about time. I hope this brings my gas mileage back up.

Such a fun, filthy job!...
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:49 PM   #2
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Sorry, but better you than me. I don't miss my mechanic days at all. I hope your mileage improves after all the effort...
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Old 07-28-2007, 09:05 PM   #3
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It's been a long time since I had to do plugs, wires, cap, & rotor in a van with a V8. I figured with 109K on the 2000 Savana, still with factory plugs & wires, it was about time. I hope this brings my gas mileage back up.

Such a fun, filthy job!...
Do you remember when you also replaced the points and condenser? Then you had to hook up the timing light and make everything work again...
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Old 07-28-2007, 09:12 PM   #4
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Oh my - Timing Lights and Dwell Meters - that will date a person.

I remember doing points with a feeler gauge. No fun at all. Non hydraulic lifters were a real joy too.
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Old 07-28-2007, 09:13 PM   #5
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In addition to 100k tuneup intervals, on the full size trucks, everything lasts so much longer. Tires, brake pads, etc. I had to replace the windshied wipers recently, and felt letdown they only lasted the usual two years.

At least you're good to go another 100k.
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Old 07-28-2007, 10:47 PM   #6
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Do you remember when you also replaced the points and condenser? Then you had to hook up the timing light and make everything work again...
The first breakdown I ever had... December 1976 on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was on my way to class at Berklee College of Music, it was colder than a well-digger's a$$, and my points froze and the contacts snapped off! I always carried a spare set (and condenser) in the glove box after that. BTW - it was a 1972 Ford Ranch Wagon with a 351W and FMX trans.

A few years later, I had a 1970 MG-B. Thursday after work was "designated tune up time". Adjust timing and dwell, carbs, and mechanical lifters. It would run like a raped ape until the next Tuesday when she started to get sluggish. By Thursday morning, it seemed like it would barely make it to work, so at 5PM, out came the tools.

Best one of all though was a 428 we put into a '75 Mercury Monarch (yes, there was a lot of frame mods to make it fit). Dual Holley 700's on a high rise manifold, a cam that looked like the Rocky Mountains (at idle, it sounded like a pig with a bad case of gas), and a narrowed 9 inch rear from a full sized wagon (IIRC, the gears were 4.56). It would pass anything on the road but a gas station...
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:48 PM   #7
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But then again, you could actually get to the plugs and points without removing half the engine . And with just a little back-yard experience you could usually get it to run.
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Ah, shucks, I still do points, condensor and plugs on the MG and the tractor. The MG doesn't need it too often because it's got a Mallory dual-point distributor. (It's been years since I had to do its points.) The tractor is a different story. Really old-style points that come in several pieces that have to be assembled into a distributor that is itself bolted smack onto the front of the motor.

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Ah, shucks, I still do points, condensor and plugs on the MG and the tractor. The MG doesn't need it too often because it's got a Mallory dual-point distributor. (It's been years since I had to do its points.) The tractor is a different story. Really old-style points that come in several pieces that have to be assembled into a distributor that is itself bolted smack onto the front of the motor.

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BEEN THERE DONE THAT: Spent many a happy time work'n on this little number, 1964......can ya tell me what it is???. It to was built in England, but not for an English Mfgr. Did you know that the English Auto engineer's just found out last year that oil is a liquid!!!

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BEEN THERE DONE THAT: Spent many a happy time work'n on this little number, 1964......can ya tell me what it is???. It to was built in England, but not for an English Mfgr. Did you know that the English Auto engineer's just found out last year that oil is a liquid!!!

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Looks almost like a P1800 I had to work on occasionally.
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. . . . BTW - it was a 1972 Ford Ranch Wagon with a 351W and FMX trans.
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I keep a dwell meter and timing light in my shop. My 351W (in a 233 Mercruiser I/O) needs a tune-up, so come on over!
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Do you remember when you also replaced the points and condenser? Then you had to hook up the timing light and make everything work again...
I still do this . Out with the timing light, dwell meter, plug gaper, and have at it. Finely tuning the car is a very relaxing thing to do from time to time. Having done it multiple times a weekend when we ran a car at the drags for years, this brings back fond memories - like having hair, teeth.................

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BEEN THERE DONE THAT: Spent many a happy time work'n on this little number, 1964......can ya tell me what it is???. It to was built in England, but not for an English Mfgr. Did you know that the English Auto engineer's just found out last year that oil is a liquid!!!

P.S. IT'S FOR SALE!!
I just saw the twin to this one on Saturday evening. One of our friends bought one while in university in the early 70's and still has it. I'll see if he's interested in a second one. He loves his little car.

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