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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Wed May 04, 2016 9:06 am

My wife is going to check with her boss and see if we can store it out there. Their facility used to belong to a company that built drilling equipment so there's a buttload of room and a couple of extra warehouses. A lot of employees have vehicles and motorhomes stored out there.

PITA but I just can't give up on a free flatbed/possible car hauler.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby hessmess » Wed May 04, 2016 6:32 pm

I had a car hauler/flatbed trailer for many years. I never was able to store it at my own home and kept shuffling it around, friends would borrow it, so they would just keep it for awhile. The thing is they never fixed it. Boards, tires, minor welding, I had to do it when I wanted to borrow it. I gave up a couple of years ago and sold it. So now I borrow it when needed from the guy I sold it to. But he is moving to Nebraska in the next year when he retires. Gonna have to stop looking at Isuzu's.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Fri May 13, 2016 2:35 pm

Not much of an update... since I haven't done anything with the truck except drive it. Working on other stuff around the house.

I need to pull the wheels and drums, brakes haven't been the same since digging in the mud. Need to check it out.

But i got to thinking the other day... I like the 350/700r4 combo. I know how to work on them and parts are everywhere and cheap. But this voice in my noggin keeps whispering "diesel" in my ear.

I know! stupid, right? The 6bt is too heavy for my tastes and requires some suspension mods to make room. 4bt would be great but too pricey. PLUS I don't know squat about diesels. Never worked on them. I know Glow Plugs, no distributor or carb and starters are expensive... the rest is a mystery to me.

... BUT... I keep thinking about the Isuzu 4bt in the NPR's. just throwing that out there.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby N law » Fri May 13, 2016 2:53 pm

Diesels are pretty simple, really. Compression is higher, which means the head gasket and head needs to be done well and those failures are the more common problems. Timing is not set like a normal gasoline ignition system, since there is no spark. Instead, the injector pumps are timed to the motor and they are either mechanical or electrical. On my golf, it has a mechanical pump that the timing belt turns. One fuel line in and four out. There are crazy high pressures in the lines and pumps often leak. The problem with this system is that when you turn the key off, the car wants to keep running since the pump will turn as long as the engine is running and the engine runs as long as the pump is turning. So they put in a shut off valve to kill the engine.

Other than that, it's pretty simple. They have gotten more advanced with the electrical pumps that can be adjusted a little more and now emissions require diluting the exhaust. Another benefit is that they run cooler than a gas engine which is good for wear and tear but not good for Luke warm winter heat.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Fri May 13, 2016 8:50 pm

Could look for an old 7.3 idi engine , they are good old faithful engines and I really like the af5 speeds , the later model 208 new process tcases are chain drive but have a nice low range ... Or put a good ol 205 behind it...

Brake issues after mud hmmm sounds like 20 some years ago issues lol

Sucks since you just reworked everything ... I'll just stare at the ground in silence for five minutes for your pain ..
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sat May 14, 2016 10:12 am

bradzuzu wrote:Could look for an old 7.3 idi engine , they are good old faithful engines and I really like the af5 speeds , the later model 208 new process tcases are chain drive but have a nice low range ... Or put a good ol 205 behind it...

Brake issues after mud hmmm sounds like 20 some years ago issues lol

Sucks since you just reworked everything ... I'll just stare at the ground in silence for five minutes for your pain ..


The old Ford 7.3? I had one in a 93 F350 crew cab. Wasn't turbo charged but it was a solid engine. A lot of guys swap to the 6.2 diesel out of CUCVs. But those are getting hard to find.

Divorced transfer cases are so cool... Just about any 2 wheel drive donor parts will work. IF I change power plant and trans again it'll be a while, plenty of time to study up. But I figure I'll swap out the NP200 for the divorced NP205 that's sitting in the floor of my shop at that time if not sooner. Probably sooner.

There was a guy a while back at the M715zone that lucked into a cheap NPR 4bt and was looking into putting it in his truck. He just had the engine and was researching what his transmission options were. I would try to find an engine/trans together.
I'm more concerned with wiring it up. I really don't want to mess with an ECM or anything like that. I guess that would limit me to a mechanical injection pump? I see a lot of threads talking about the one wire 12v Cummins 6bt and the ease of installing an old 4bt or the 6.2/6.5.... but this is a bunch of diesel mechanics talking to each other so not a lot of details imparted.

All of this is probably a moot point... We're going to part out/scrap the 93 Z71 and I'll keep the engine, rebuild as a spare for my truck (that's the plan) so it'd be tough to justify the expense of a diesel swap to myself, much less to the Mighty Wife.
But I'll research it anyway... I've been slacking on my intake of useless knowledge.

Side note.... The fella that lives behind me. I noticed his car parked at a mechanic's shop up the road... Kinda hoping it's dead and he'll want to sell it. 78 Pinto. My first car was a 76 Pinto. .... Could have another use for all those extra parts from the Z71 and the other 700r4/NP208 that's also in the floor of my shop.
The Z has a G80 10 bolt in it. Itching to pop the cover on it and see if it's toast. A LOT of bad noises coming from that truck... But I think dummy ignored the rear brakes so long that the wheel cylinders over extended and popped the pistons out.... Dummy kept saying transfer case (?).
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Sat May 14, 2016 1:52 pm

Situations where rigs are neglected can either be a score or a curse !! Brakes as we all know can cause all sorts of noise or dangerous pedal to the floor no stopping delema's ... That leads to spilled drinks , potential heartattacks , pissed off pedestrians , and good stories ...

The old 7.3's are simple one wire setups too , the pump just needs power and then you'd have to wire up the alt (could retro) and starter... What are the 6.2/6.5 's Chevys ?? I am not fond of those what so ever , to many problems if that's what you're referring to...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Sat May 14, 2016 2:40 pm

Yeah, I remember hearing a ton of bad stuff about the 6.2 and 6.5 when they came out. Mostly about them being based on the gas engines and having timing chains. Some loved them, some hated them. Most of the guys using them at the Zone are vets who are familiar with them from the service, those engines were used in all the smaller trucks that GM sold the government... CUCVs, fleet suburbans, blazers... But it sounds like they're a one wire system too, easy to swap over.

Holy crap. The Google says a 7.3 weighs almost 1000 lbs. Just shy of a Cummins 5.9. ... And the 3.9 4bt is 750ish... I should have looked that up first. Really not a fan of going heavier. 5800 lbs and some change is plenty for me. Having an Isuzu powered M715 would be cool, but...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby itsmehb » Mon May 16, 2016 8:45 pm

Maybe a little off subject. You might get a kick out of reading the article on page 17 of this month's car and driver magazine. Seems the M715 was well received at the big easter get together in Moab Utah. You know, the one Bigswede posted about (lions back) in the chit chat section. Seems Jeep brought several of there past vehicles and the M715 was the coolest. Bet they didn't run it up lions back though.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Mon May 16, 2016 9:48 pm

itsmehb wrote:. Bet they didn't run it up lions back though.


LOL, I bet not. Cool trucks, not all about "nimble". 28 foot turning radius....

I'll have to check it out. Original vehicles or their retro prototypes? They've got the NuKaiser and a 715 Crew Chief, both based on the M715. And cut down wrangler that looks like an old CJ or MB. Ooh! And a Cherokee pickup based on the Renegade.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Tue May 17, 2016 3:50 pm

Also off topic...

About an hour ago I was headed to the house in the truck, coming up on an elementary school. A father and son were leaving the building and going to their pickup... they were on the other side of their pickup, getting in. I was watching to make sure the kid didn't run around the back of the pickup and under my truck.
As I passed their pickup I saw the dad standing beside the pickup and the son standing off to the side (@ 8 years old), he was facing the road, standing at attention and giving my truck a picture perfect salute.

Brought a tear to me eye...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:15 am

Haha makes you feel good huh ?

What's incredibly irritating , my ford (big f350 4door long bed) gets better mileage than my amigo ... I could seriously drive it to work and save money ...

Did you get your brakes cleaned out ?
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:39 am

Nah. Been busy with Josh's graduation festivities last weekend and then him drowning his Grand Cherokee.
Been really lazy this week. Mostly sitting on the porch watching it rain or reading a book, kinda nice for a change. I'll go to the shop and end up cleaning or working on the mowers. Got another one running and converted it to a mulcher with an old license plate and some rivets...
I took this week off and we were supposed to go to Austin to visit my wife's aunt and uncle but then cancelled because of flooding between here and there. And it'll be raining all weekend.

We didn't tell anyone but her aunt and uncle we cancelled... got a room booked for the weekend here in town and we're gonna disappear for a couple of days...
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Postby bradzuzu » Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:03 pm

Nice !! Hope you get to have some fun .. It's up in the 90's here , tomorrow (I get the honor of working) it's going to hit 100*s !! I'm super excited to wear my coveralls and drive my work truck that lacks an ac system ... I didn't hear about the drowned grand Cherokee ... Different thread ?
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:53 pm

bradzuzu wrote:Nice !! Hope you get to have some fun .. It's up in the 90's here , tomorrow (I get the honor of working) it's going to hit 100*s !! I'm super excited to wear my coveralls and drive my work truck that lacks an ac system ... I didn't hear about the drowned grand Cherokee ... Different thread ?


Right here: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=87316 Not a lot, mostly just me whining and Hack giving me crap, taking up James' slack.

We had a pretty good weekend. Got away from kid stress, house stress, car stress... just chilled in the room and went out to eat a few times. I won't detail the destressing, just the meals.
Ate dinner at Luigi's. Awesome as always. I had veal parmigiana and she had the chicken rollotini. I've never had veal before. Those PETA guys can kiss it.. I likes me some veal.

Had gyros at Hibiscus cafe the next day. No feta for me... Not real big on tzatziki sauce but the owners take their greek cuisine seriously. They'll let you slide on no feta but you WILL have tzatziki sauce.

We finally came home to rest Sunday morning and she cleaned house while I went to the shop. Brayden took his rental car back Friday so he's driving my GTP (cringe) till he gets another ride. he was all for driving my truck, but...

Actually I think he could do much less harm to the truck. Taking a detour through some mud and blowing the engine would be the worst. Much cheaper than blowing the engine in the GTP. But the truck is quirky... he'd flip if the fuel pump started being tricky with him. I can feel when it's starting, shut off both ign switches, prime the pump and restart it in traffic.. no problem. he'd freak and end up being stopped in the middle lane at rush hour... or get distracted by all that and cream a prius. They get stuck in the grill... hassle.

And the brakes...

I got it on the lift and pulled the drums. The rears had a bunch of dried mud jammed in there. Fronts weren't too bad. Readjusted the shoes and put the new rubber lines on.
I think the fronts might be fairly new, the fittings were kinda shiny under the dirt. Might hang on to them. The rear line was original...

Got my wife to help me bleed the brakes. It was hot in the shop and she was grumbling... but making it sound nasty when telling her to pump it up helped ease the grumpiness. It still needs some more bleeding, but it was getting hot in there and I was about out of brake fluid. Hard pedal at the bottom of the stroke but lotsa of mushy travel in between.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:40 pm

I was going to add some more to the last post and maybe do some editing.. but I spotted one of my many, many pseudo bosses trying to be sneaky and accidentally hit Submit instead of Save..

My GTP has been making a weird noise for a while. Hard to describe. Not really a grinding noise. Or a rattle or chirp. Kind of like all of that mixed together. And there's no pattern to when it makes this noise.

The night we finally got the truck out of the mud at Stuck Fest 2016, Brayden was shadowing me in the GTP and pulled up beside me as we got into town. He was goosing it like he wanted to race... But I could hear that noise the whole time, even over all the rattles and wind noise from my truck going 50 MPH with the top off.

I thought maybe it was the power steering pump. I don't know why... I guess it sounds a little like a pump cavitating... and the power steering pump is NOT the supercharger. But I can't feel anything through the wheel when I hear the noise... although the steering on it is pretty stiff anyway because the traction control and ABS computer is on it's way out.

Anyway. I was checking fluids on the thing one day last week. The gaskets on it are starting to get all leaky so I need to watch those fluids... Power steering was just a hair low. Everything else looked good.
Pulled the cover off the engine and broke out the stethoscope. Checking the engine itself first... valve train sounded okay, nothing from the bottom end, supercharger was a little noisy but not alarmingly so... The bearing in the nose cone was noisier than the rest of it..
Then checked pulleys. One of the idlers on the supercharger belt sounded pretty rough. Shut it off and pulled the belt, that idler had a little wiggle to it. Went ahead and replaced it.

Got the new idler on and it squeeled like a pig! Holy smokes it was bad.. had to check and make sure I didn't put it on backwards. Spent the next couple of days messing with it on and off. Belt dressings, trying to oil the bearings in it.
AND that didn't cure the mystery noise.

Then yesterday I'd had enough. I was going to pull it and take it back to O'Riellys ... Made ONE MORE quick check on the belt alignment and is the pulley on right...
Looked a little lower and saw the belt was riding one rib off on the crank pulley. wth... V belts never did that...

Anyway....
Went grocery shopping yesterday evening. Loading up at the second store, I leaned in and started the car to get the AC going. Standing beside the car as it idled... (I'd never really heard the noise at idle before) and it hit me! I realized where I'd heard that sound before.
My dad's old Yamaha Venture made a similar noise when the resonator had a loose baffle or something in it.

So... exhaust..
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:04 am

A couple of weeks ago somebody left a flyer in the locker area at work. It was for a 1965 El Camino that was for sale. Nice car...

At shift change about 5 of us were gathered around talking about it... Caminos and Rancheros and other cool old cars. People were drifting toward the exit me and Theresa were still talking, she said her girlfriend's dad had passed away and the some of the family were wanting to sell some of his old cars.

My ears perked up but... I gots no money for projects.. the kids are divided on selling. That means some think the cars are gold mines and will want top dollar for rust buckets.

BUT she also said there was a whole bunch of crap that just needed to GO AWAY. Engines. Carbs. various other "things"...

Talked to her again today and we settled on me picking the stuff up Thursday. Still don't know what all there is but I'll take it anyway.
She said there's a 289 that was rebuilt a few years ago, wrapped up and then left outside. And a "Windsor something or other"

So for sure a potential spare 289 and a 351 Windsor. And a butt load of old carbs.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby bradzuzu » Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:40 am

Sounds like a good score of possible parts ,Have to report back after going !!

Did you get the brakes all bled ? Sometimes adjusting the shoes up tight will take away that squish and let you get a feel for sponge , could be the praportioning valve sticking one way too... After you get them bled then back them off a bit ... I can't remember what size wheel cylinders you used , they can displace to much fluid and you'll never get away from the spongy feeling either ...

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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:11 am

bradzuzu wrote:Here's to grumbling wives :)


Sounded like Quint there for a second... "Here's to swimmin with bow legged women..."

The truck is my DD for a little while till Brayden gets a new ride. After a couple of days of Stop & Go the brakes feel great, worked some bubbles out I guess. Pedal feels High and Hard.

Monday on the way home I spotted this:
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It's pretty sweet! He was stopping and I was racing the yellow light on that second pic. ... the brakes were still mushy and I didn't have a free hand to downshift or grab the parking brake lever.

The parking brake is a trip. Drum brake mounted on the transfer case... Old drum with a greasy band on it. Sometimes it works great, others not. But no matter how fast you're going... if it catches ALL drivetrain movement stops. Period. Stop.
I think I mentioned early in the thread, one of the guys at the Zone left his brake on and was going down the highway.... (it usually didn't work so he forgot about it) But eventually it burned all the grease off the band and caught. Boom, right then, ALL STOP. he said it felt like "The Hand of God" stopped his truck.

Oh, and a pic of the new mulcher mower. I'll leave the chute on and see how the deck works as a mulcher.

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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby N law » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:39 am

bradzuzu wrote:Here's to grumbling wives :)


Mine does that when she's bleeding.......brakes! When she's bleeding brakes!!!!

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Drool! :D
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:42 am

N law wrote:
bradzuzu wrote:Here's to grumbling wives :)


Mine does that when she's bleeding.......brakes! When she's bleeding brakes!!!!
:D


... had to go there ...
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:04 pm

Picked up those engines and carbs and stuff yesterday. That old man liked his Fords... They've got 2 Rancheros they need to sell. 73 or 74 models. And there's a late 60's F100, an early 80's F150 and a late 60's Torino GT that are going to family members.

I was told that one of the engines was a 289 that had been rebuilt then tarped up and left outside a few years. The other was supposedly a "Windsor"... which told me nothing because the 260, 289, 302 and 351W were all Windsors. 221 or something like that too, can't remember.

Anyway, got a small block, Locked up. It has the Duraspark ignition and a power steering pump that looks like an add on. Has a wide belt to itself and everything else is on Vbelts.

The other is definitely an FE block. Points ignition. No clue what displacement. Both are 2 barrel.

Also got 2 engine stands and a transmission jack. Nice jack too... at one time. Seals are shot but worth rebuilding.

and a BUTTLOAD of carbs...
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I put the engines on stands earlier.. once I chased down some 7/16-14 pitch bolts.. Dang Ford....
the yellow engine stand SAYS it's rated at 1000 lbs.. But that FE sure is making it sag. I was gong to put it on that hefty home made stand but the bottom arms won't reach across the block to the bottom bolt holes. may swap them around later and toss that yellow stand on the scrap pile.
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Re: Reviving the M715, Chevy 350/700r4

Postby Von » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:17 pm

Carbs, carbs, carbs...
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Those two big ol honkin spreadbores on the top right... They're motorcraft but no clue what they're off of. I've never seen the like before.

A bunch of the plain Jane motorcraft 2 barrel and 4 barrels, a few GM Quadrajets, 1 GM 1 barrel, a Holley double pumper...

That jewel on the far left, middle shelf... still need to check numbers.. but I think it's an Autolite 4100. Which is what came stock on my Fairlane and most other Fords of that era. I'm pretty partial to my Edelbrocks and Carter AFBs. I'll see if anyone at the Fairlane Club wants it.... they like their 4100's.

And an Edelbrock Performer intake for a 351W. .. I like the pipe elbow on it..

And only 2 spiders... that I know of.
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Postby Von » Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:00 pm

With all this daily driving of the truck I'm getting more familiar with all the noises... all the noises. So many noises...

The NP200... from what I've read it's a noisy SOB anyway. It's impossible to distinguish "normal" noises from "uhoh" noises. I have a sub routine in the back planning the NP205 swap.... and another going through the pros and cons of twin sticking it.

I think the rear pinion bearings are bad. Heat, noise. When I was going back over the brakes I couldn't turn the rear drums... just a tiny little arc... like the pinion wouldn't turn. (truck was in neutral) The alarms went off but I needed it running and didn't have parts handy, it'll just have to hold up a little while longer... so far it has. I keep waiting for the noises to get louder or the rear to just lock up going down the road... I need to make a couple of plates to bolt onto the hubs if I ever need to pull the axle shafts out on the side of the road or for long distance towing. Not that I have anything that will tow the silly thing.

Spent the morning looking up part numbers and going over the procedure. If I'm reading it right I should just have to make one setup bearing... the outside bearing. My luck that'll be the expensive one.

Not changing R&P or anything, just the pinion bearings... wear pattern looked good when I replaced the carrier bearings. May be able to just go back with the same size shims. That'd suck if I did that and then backlash and pattern weren't right when I got it back together.

Oh, another pic from getting those parts Thursday... They were located on the north side of Burkburnett. A shop on that side of town has a ton (well... many, many tons) of old oil field equipment out front on display. Including this 1920 Wichita truck, built in Wichita Falls, TX.
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Postby Von » Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:13 am

Got the bearings, seal and shims ordered for the rear pinion.

Brayden bought a car saturday so i have my GTP back. 2003 Cadillac CTS. He got it from a guy in Oklahoma City that buys them at auction and flips them. A lot of red flags there... but he loves it and he paid for it..

It had a clunk in the shifter. Found out that's pretty common on the CTS. Bushing on the shifter rod wears out and falls off. I cut some old fuel line the length of the missing bushing, split it and mashed it in around that pin.

Also noticed a valve cover leak (seepy leak) and another leak from somewhere in the front of the engine (more than seeping...) He wanted to go ahead and tackle the valve cover gaskets yesterday. That ended up being a lot easier than either of us were expecting. It's the 3.2 V6 and it's much easier to work on that the 3.5 in his old Trooper. Worst part of working on the Caddy is it's so low to the ground, my back doesn't like that crap.

When Brayden's Focus got hauled off it had my Innova code reader in it.... bye bye code reader.... State Farm hauled it to their lot in Gainesville. I wasn't going to drive to Gainesville to fetch it. And as soon as it went away both of our cars started throwing codes... of course.

I got one of those cute little code readers that have blue teeth. And the Torque Lite app for my phone.
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Dang thing works great! Of course I didn't read any instructions... but it was so easy to set up and pair with the phone. And the interface in the app isn't bad, It does way more than I need it to do.

The Mighty Wife's Maxima has been throwing a code for a week or so. She said the check engine light went off when they were coming back from OKC. Checked it and it showed a code for the MAF sensor. Cleared it and it hasn't come back... I've got some MAF cleaner somewhere, if the boys didn't use it up as starter fluid....

The GTP is throwing a code for the catalytic converter, can't remember the code #'s... But that fits with the stupid noise that's been driving me nuts.

Check engine light wasn't on in Brayden's Caddy but we checked it anyway. It showed 7 codes...

On the GTP and the Maxima, when the app showed the code definitions it would show the generic code definition and then the manufacturer specific definition. on the caddy it would show definitions for EVERY manufacturer except GM... cleared them all and then checked again after changing the gaskets and him taking it for a spin. Then it showed 2 codes for O2 sensor heater. I told him to go ahead and save up for 4 new O2 sensors... He gets paid monthly now, he's adjusting..

He did say that it ran better after we changed the gaskets. He thought it ran great before... You have to pull the upper and lower plenums to get the valve covers off. The big O rings between the two plenums were looking pretty flat... quarter of a million miles on them...
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1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe 289 & 4 speed (some assembly required)
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