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I mean the engine itself. Is it original? Been replaced? rebuilt?

Do you know anything about it?

If the answer is basically: No . . .no idea, consider this

http://www.squarebirds.org/oil_screen.htm

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The screen is a bit of a job to get to, loosen motor mounts, lift the motor enough to fit a 2" block in the motor mount between it and the engine, lower the jack undo all the pan bolts and lower the pan enough to reach the 2 bolts holding the tube with the screen and pull out.
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a very small job compared to having the motor rebuilt because a rod went thru the block. Which is what happened to Alexander, but which I, among others, avoided.

The basic point is: if you don't know, do you roll the dice? or check things out?

It also offers the opportunity to put a new oil pump in.
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that's a good point to check. Is that specific to this engine?
On my car I have an oil pressure gage. So it should be a good warning.

Today greased the car. Can not find any greaser on the steering shaft...
Neither on the main shaft which is almost brand new.
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are you on the right post? What light are you talking about?

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Do you mean grease on the gear box (it's an auto) or oil?
I checkled the level and it is fine. I may change the oil in there jus to make sure a bit later.
Hi Eric. No, i meant the steering gearbox, its the one the steering shaft connects to. Its supposed to be filled with grease.
New fluid in the automatic transmission is also a good thing to do when you don't know when it was changed. If you have the pan down, you can also change the inlet screen and check the adjustments of the front and rear band servo's.
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are you on the right post? What light are you talking about?

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I swear I replied on the correct post about the oil light. I confirmed that after I made the post.

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I went back from our trip in the alps after about 1.000 miles done flawlessly.
The car probably reached more altitude, went through more curves than it probably had in its previous 58 years. She saw rain and snow maybe for the first time (car was last located in Arizona).
Sorry I can not find how to post pictures here.
Anyway this allowed me to see what was not right on the car.

Among the few details that need to be adressed :
- Is the turn lever supposed to reset by itself? If yes how do I remove the lever on the steering column?
- On the gear shift, I can not access positively the L, D1 and D2 positions.
Most of the time the L do not engage and I can find only 2 positions right of Neutral.
What can be checked there? Is there any chance to make it right?
- The ash trays seems to be missing. I do have screwed on frames with the flipping cover but it looks like a tray is missing from inside as there is no actual tray to receive ashes. I can see directly on the transmission channel.
On the other hand should I insert an ash tray in the front one, I would cover the light except if the tray has a window to allow the light through??
Is there any way to find reproduction ash trays?

This is it for now. I will try to fix this and then will move forward on next points.

Thank you for any help or comment.
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To post pictures, or you need to use a pictures serving host and mention the link here, or be a paying member and you can post directly on here.
The turn lever is supposed to return to neutral automatically.
It can be that the canceling cam, which should be mounted on the lower side of the steering wheel, is missing. It was on my Bird as well (with some other parts as well). I got all the parts from Carl Heller (partsetal on here). If you only want to remove the turn signal lever itself, you can just unscrew it by turning counter clockwise.
The shifting problem is also well known, it mostly is a combination of too much play in the parts (especially the lever on the lower side of the steering column) and a worn detent plate. The detent plate can be bought and changed easily.
The play in the mechanisms is more work. It starts already with the shift lever, which pivot point normally wears out.
Then the already mentioned lever on the lower side of the steering column, which requires the steering column to be removed. The lever itself probably is worn, but also the side on the steering column itself. Adding some metal by welding and filing it down to the right size seems to be the remedy.
And yes, there should be an ashtray under the cover, it is normally one unit with the cover. Which light would be covered by the front ash tray? Try Carl Heller as well for the trays.
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in the front ash tray, I do have a light that goes on with the cars lights and that illuminates the inside of the ash tray...
However as I said the cover is part of the frame that is screwed in place??
Thank you for the rest. I will have a closer look.

Do we have a website for Carl Heller / partsetal or is it only through this forum?
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I'm not aware of a website from him, i normally contact him via his e-mail: hellerc1@verizon.net
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