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Old 08-07-2018, 07:32 PM
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Ok update again. Saga continues.

Took the car with blessing of mechanic. But alas, the GEN light was now coming on on my drive home. I turned around and returned to shop and he was luckily still there. Immediately he checked and found the car was not charging, it was running off the battery. Wires getting voltage, so he thinks it is the generator/charging system. But I'm leaving it there for him to look at tomorrow.

Regarding water in oil he says it was some water and unsure if it's headgasket. He says if that was case it would probably run crappy and there would've been smoke out of the exhaust which there isn't/wasn't.

The radiator has water in it and it is full. He said if that were leaking then there would be a reduced level of water in that system. I believe he also said the cooling system would've been empty/low if that was leaking. And it isn't. So that's still out there as a mystery. He advised me to come back to have to oil checked to see if it gets any thinner/watered down.

This was before the generator thing. So it's back at the shop.

The good news is that he only charged me $50 for oil change and filter and recalibrating a few things, adding air to tires. Oh and not to mention he towed the car about 1 hr for free. So I'm happy about that part. Thanks to all of you for making me feel less alone in going through this experience. Your support morally, as well as mentally has been priceless!
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:57 PM
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Owning a classic car is the ultimate love/hate relationship. You fall in love with a car and you can't wait until you buy it. Then after spending countless hours and dollars trying to keep it running you start to hate it and you can't wait to sell it. Then after it's gone you kick yourself for selling it and you can't wait until you buy another one. It's happened to just about all of us. It's a shame that you've spent so much time and money without really having the pleasure of driving it any great distance. Hopefully at some point you will have a safe, reliable car that you can enjoy.

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Verdict is that generator is shot. Looking for replacement. Asked to have my dash lights looked at too since they don't work. Will update when I know more!

Bright side - when the oil was changed mechanic said the rust underneath wasnt that bad. Whatever that means. Sounds ok though.
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Verdict is that generator is shot..
Generator or voltage regulator? I hope your guy knows how to troubleshoot. Up until now, he hasn't bolstered my confidence. - Dave
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Not the voltage regulator.

He seems like he knows what he's doing. The place is filled with classic cars. He just... Seems to have very little time. I'll hopefully be going to another tbird guy if the car can make the drive (about 1 hr away) after this ordeal is over.
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Ok car is ready for pickup.

Another painful bill $560.

Changed the generator, and the regulator. Both were bad supposedly. $180 generator, $135 regulator, 2 hours labor plus tax.

The **** thing better not break down after this $1k I dropped... it's never even made it home yet.

This concludes my venting for the day. Thanks for listening.
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Ok car is ready for pickup.

Another painful bill $560.

Changed the generator, and the regulator. Both were bad supposedly. $180 generator, $135 regulator, 2 hours labor plus tax.

The **** thing better not break down after this $1k I dropped... it's never even made it home yet.

This concludes my venting for the day. Thanks for listening.

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Thank you. I'm trying.

Car did not make it home. I can barely even stand typing this.

Got car, drove around a little and it seemed ok at first after 20 minutes the Gen light was coming back on when I would stop the car. Went back to mechanic he said that's normal and not to worry.

Then a few blocks from there the car died just turned off. Mechanic came by and said car is out of gas easy fix (even though gas gauge said 1/4). He says gas gauges usually don't work on these old cars.

Put gas in gas tank and into carb bc carb was bone dry. That's how he figured I was out of gas. Started car up but it died right away. Then he got it running roughly, noticed that carb is not shooting any gas at all like it is supposed to spray. Not sure why.

Car is back at shop again until tomorrow. Hopefully it is a simple thing he felt bad this keeps happening to me.

It really sucks like every part on the car is getting replaced lol. I don't get it.
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...Changed the generator, and the regulator. Both were bad supposedly. $180 generator, $135 regulator, 2 hours labor plus tax...
Both were not bad. They are separate from each other and they rarely ever go out together. They ARE commonly changed together when the mechanic doesn't know how to troubleshoot. This was my concern in my last post as I tried to avoid changing good parts. Sadly, you are at their mercy.

Now, you're back to 'fuel delivery', which was square one, with a lot of time and money between then and now. It may be coincidence that the charging system failed but I seriously suspect it is not. I will never know because none of my suggestions were tried.

Our members suspected a fuel tank with loads of rust in it. Depending on how fast the pickup screen in your tank loads up, it can choke fuel delivery at any time. That was the purpose of determining whether you had spark or not and whether you could smell raw gasoline.

Sorry you're having troubles but with a good troubleshooter fixing your car, it should last at least 10,000 miles without any maintenance other than oil changes or tires. Good Luck. - Dave
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Thank you. I mentioned all of these things to the mechanic but he doesn't want to hear it from me. It sucks because there's nothing I can do I feel like except trust him. I think I'm getting screwed by him not fixing the right parts it's costing me.

I need to get it to somebody else. God I hope it's not a gas tank I think that's pretty costly this is getting really expensive.
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