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    Forgot to mention that I got tired of the...

    Forgot to mention that I got tired of the radiator fans working only occasionally (the wires had sat on the exhaust manifold and got damaged) so I spliced new wire: from a few inches from the...
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    Drained some more fluid from the cooling system....

    Drained some more fluid from the cooling system. Lo and behold, it's a lot dirtier than the last time I drained it. This, combined with the fact that the temperature is more under control, makes me...
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    I idled the engine for about 45 minutes today. ...

    I idled the engine for about 45 minutes today.

    Adjusted the idle mixture to reach maximum vacuum at 800 RPM idle speed. (Chrysler manual says 790 RPM. I rounded up.) Vacuum reading was shaky -...
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    [General] I used these dome lights from Amazon...

    I used these dome lights from Amazon.
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    [General] Disconnected my old parcel shelf lighting (LED...

    Disconnected my old parcel shelf lighting (LED strip shining through the holes in the window trim). With the new dome light installed in the rear headliner, there's no need for it anymore.

    Can't...
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    [General] Replaced the dead passenger door light switch...

    Replaced the dead passenger door light switch with a magnetic reed switch and neodymium magnet.

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    Got this idea from someone here on DMCTalk. Can't remember who it was now.
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    new carb adjustment tool

    Well, at least adjusting those hard-to-reach idle air screws shouldn't be as much of a problem now.

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    Or maybe it isn't. I just hope I don't have head...

    Or maybe it isn't. I just hope I don't have head gasket problems because of all of this crap. Fingers crossed...
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    Side note: It's kind of ridiculously awesome that...

    Side note: It's kind of ridiculously awesome that even if I am driving a DeLorean that sounds like a helicopter, is inches from overheating, has splitting, cracking paint on all of the painted...
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    [Electrical] When all else fails, check eBay. ...

    When all else fails, check eBay.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/GM-SBC-BBC-CS-130-Style-Chrome-110-Amp-1-Wire-Alternator-Pontiac-Olds-Chevy/391046810819
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    Either I have a leak, or I suck at burping the...

    Either I have a leak, or I suck at burping the system.

    Drove an hour today into downtown Miami, mostly on the interstate. By the end of the trip, the temp. gauge was reading close to 280F. The...
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    It's a handheld digital camera. Different...

    It's a handheld digital camera. Different product, but probably the same cause and reason.

    Update: Drained water tonight and it looked clean, so I added coolant. Here's hoping I survive two hours...
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    Yep. 57926 No idea why these photos show up...

    Yep.

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    No idea why these photos show up sideways. They are properly oriented on my computer.
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    [General] Got some more crud out of the cooling system....

    Got some more crud out of the cooling system. Cascade liquid detergent seems to be doing a fine job. :)

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    New clamp installed and everything is dry. ...

    New clamp installed and everything is dry. Yesterday after draining over two gallons of detergent/water/dirt, I flushed with fresh water until it came out clear. However, by this time the...
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    [General] Fixed a flaky brake light by adding solder where...

    Fixed a flaky brake light by adding solder where the socket was riveted on. Replaced reverse light bulbs with LEDs.
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    Thanks, I have a garden hose attachment that I...

    Thanks, I have a garden hose attachment that I have used before. What I do is I open the drain valve I installed at the lower radiator hose, and connect the garden hose to the small return(?) hose to...
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    The answer is "probably not the whole bottle." ...

    The answer is "probably not the whole bottle."

    I watched the temperature gauge climb to 220F very quickly. Then I heard what sounded like a "click" from the front of the car, and next thing I...
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    "coolant"

    When I checked the color of the fluid in the expansion tank, it looked OK. However, this is what came out when I drained from the lower radiator hose just now.

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    Looks like my theory proved...
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    Thanks. The temperature gauge on the dashboard is...

    Thanks. The temperature gauge on the dashboard is wildly inaccurate, so an additional sensor and gauge have been temporarily installed and are working properly.
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    It's hot.

    Haven't had time to do the smoke test yet. I've been forced to put #2613 into service. As badly as it runs, it does run reliably.

    Driving in the 100-degree sun here in south Florida, the...
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    ... And some rubber plugs to stop up the holes on...

    ... And some rubber plugs to stop up the holes on the intake manifold once the carburetor is removed. The last time I did this kind of test I just used a ton of tape. This time I'd rather do...
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    [General] Replaced the trunk light with something a little...

    Replaced the trunk light with something a little less primitive. Much easier to see in there now.

    With garage lights on and camera flash:
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  24. trunk light upgrade (repurposed LED dome light)

    Source: Amazon (link)

    [Got the link to the product from John Dore - Thanks, John!]

    I chose "warm white" because it more closely resembles incandescent lighting and is more pleasant to my eye....
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    Pulling plug #3 has almost no effect on how the...

    Pulling plug #3 has almost no effect on how the engine runs. Hmm!

    In other news, twiddling the idle air screws on the carburetor has much more effect on the driver side (cylinders 4-6) than on...
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