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Hot Rods Gotta vent...bad day in the garage

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by loveoftiki, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. it seems as though I’m getting really good at throwing parts at stuff..had an issue with my Flexplate ( 168 tooth???) bought a 164 to take care of that. Well the torque converter I ordered had the wrong 10.5 bolt pattern too, so it worked out and my new one has both bolt patterns. The Hays converter I ordered seemed odd...most Ford converters have studs..this one has bolts. I get everything in and I wanna but a starter to it to blip it quick. Well the High torque starter doesn't want to engage, seems to be hanging up on the engine file away...30 minutes later I’m giving up, of course my stock starter won’t fist now because of the frame connectors I put it and the headers are in the what is that I see at the fluid...I really had to pull the converter up to bolt it together..didn’t seem right..but it’s for a 24 spline now I’ll spend 45 minutes on line with tech support, drive to NPD and try another starter...I thought he’ll ill redo the motor and big deal...yeah’s not looking good for firing this thing before the snow flys at this point

    Oh yeah I said well let’s put my B&M shifter in..drilled the holes and realized I’ll need the hands of an infant to bolt it to the floor...

    Oh yeah let’s not forget about the radiator I bought 2 months ago and never opened..yep wrong side for the outlet...

    You can’t make this stuff up
    It was one thing after another..a full day of Bullshit....damn cars
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2019
  2. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,167


    Time for tea! :)
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  3. Or a good scotch!Sorry for your grief.
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  4. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,459


    Yeah ..hang in there...we're pulling for you..
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  5. I feel your pain. I’ve been going through similar head aches with a 283 going in my ride. Hope you get it going. Mine is headed to a friends house, maybe the two of us can get it right.
  6. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,033

    from norcal

    Forum needs a “ah s*it” button
  7. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 323


    One of those days that starts out bad and just gets worse. The harder you try the worse it gets. Gotta learn when to quit. Just close up the garage and go do something else.
  8. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 519

    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

    This is the time for beer and watching the sun set.
  9. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 1,018

    oldiron 440

    No wonder it hard for me to work on my junk, shit happens.
  10. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,038


    It still beats working! You'll get it, and it'll be worth it.
  11. sedantudor
    Joined: Jan 28, 2012
    Posts: 57


    Hang in there! We all have been there at one point in time or another and I am willing to bet most of will be there again.
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  12. AngleDrive
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 697

    from Florida

    S....t happens
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  13. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 3,441

    from Berry, AL

    Know right where you're coming from. Changing the Linc over from Chevy to Ford power the damn thing has fought me all the way. Mounts in wrong place, headers wouldn't fit past steering box, coolant hoses tight as heck to get in, and then had a hard time starting it, finally got it to start then it won't idle, still working on that.
    Damn thing is not gonna whup me! I will prevail! Eventually! When I get ready to go back and work on it again.....
  14. This time next year you'll be laughing about it, we've all been there, I just got it putting in a stainless insert in my firewall. I drilled 30 holes to use stainless button head fasteners with nylock nuts, spaced them all nice, the problem was on the inside of the car you could only get to about 6 of them. It took me and my son 4 1/2 hrs to put in those 30 stupid 10-32 fasteners. It sucked ass !
  15. Well, I thought I was having a bad time. I won't even whine, because my problems are nothing compared to what you are going through. I hope you will see the daylight soon.
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  16. Truckdoctor Andy
    Joined: Jan 13, 2017
    Posts: 910

    Truckdoctor Andy

    I agree, today has been one of those days. I pulled the engine out of my O/T Ford truck, the old engine was seized up and the bores were badly rusted. I tried for two weeks of soaking to free it up with no luck. I finally resigned myself to having to pull the torque converter with the engine. I hate that, finally got pissed, pulled the damper and timing cover, used a pipe wrench and 5 foot pipe on the crank snout. Something is going to break or loosen up. I’m 6’2” and slightly over 300 lbs, and I’m kinda strong. The engine gave way. Gotta love an 18” Rigid pipe wrench!

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  17. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,638


    For a minute there I thought it was a Ford guy trying to work on a Chevy as some of the things in the first post just don't jive.
    I can laugh with you but not at you for sure as it seems every thing I work on lately I have to do half of it twice. I had to take the spring that I had just bolted on my car trailer back off Friday because I had hung the shackle down rather than up. That was one of the simpler and easier ones I have had lately.
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  18. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
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  19. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,792

    from Michigan

    Lol... I'm sorry! :( But that^^^^^was funny.....:D
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  20. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 15,146

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    try doing it for a living......
  21. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,221


    hope you get it all worked out
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  22. At least the car didn't fall on you or anything really bad.
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  23. A bad day in the garage is still better than a good day at work.
  24. I have a 390 FE engine that has been filled with ATF or a few months, wanna use your expertise to unstick it? :)
    I started working on it in June, and I have had so many distractions, that I haven't been able to get back to it, other than give it a few squirts from time to time.
    Running when parked......
  25. Truckdoctor Andy
    Joined: Jan 13, 2017
    Posts: 910

    Truckdoctor Andy

    I do, that’s why it’s so frustrating at home. Look at my avatar, that’s my toolbox at work. It’s not like I don’t have the tools, we have one heck of a nicely equipped farm shop.

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  26. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,718

    from SW Wyoming

    I sympathize with you man, I just went through pulling the starter and the dipstick tube on a BBC to get the drain plug out of the block, thankfully the driver's side only has you fighting the motor mount. "This'll just take a minute!" HoHoHo! Give me my Fords any day!
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  27. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 324


    Wow...............Sorry, A Really Bad Day !! What’s That They Say........ “Life’s A Bitch Then We Die.” Hoping you have better luck tomorrow.
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  28. To pull the starter on one of my big blocks, I have to drop the RH header, and it is a bitch all the way. It is also the engine that took weeks to the the shims right so the starter clearance was correct, so guess what happens when I drop the starter. Next time, I am going to glue the shims in the proper place. What really irks me, is that the starter I pulled on that particular engine did not require any shims.
    That is the thing I hate most about the bottom mount GM starters.
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  29. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 857


    I didn't have a bad day but "things" didn't go as quickly as I thought they would. I have a replacement hood for the Stude, it was black, wasn't a nice finish at all, looked like a carb fire had melted some of the paint. Winter is coming so I decided to blast the paint off. doing the underside takes a while to get in all the nooks and crannies, I thought the top would be a piece of cake. I found multiple coats of paint, some was gummy/thick/crazed and it was a slow process, I was working in the dark before I got done:( I finally grabbed a paint stripping disc, the last one in stock in the shop, and ground the black and some of the blue off and then finished with the blasting. That doesn't count the new head light switch that doesn't work after I fiddled with it quite a while. I am going to attempt to rebuild an old switch, wish me luck. I thought the car would be running by now! IMG_2534.JPG IMG_2532.JPG
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