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    She was parked under a tree when my wife and I went to pick her up in Haskell County. The engine bay way full of West Texas dirt.



    I barely made it to Abilene on the old tires. Got a cheap set at discount and we hit the road. I learned a lot about the car on the 300 mile trip back to the hill country. The odometer and trip weren't spinning. The windows didn't go down. The AC wasn't that cold unless you drove fast, the transmission made weird noises when it shifted. Overdrive was not working. Cruise would set, but it would quit when I was going up the hills. The radio reception was bad.
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    Vacuum leaks will cause the cruise to drop out. The condensor may just need cleaned to help with the AC. That west Texas dirt doesn't help anything. The trans is probably toast.

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    Thanks Sly. I haven't cleaned the condenser yet, so I'll give that a try. It did have a big vacuum leak at the brake booster check valve. I threw an extra one I had on and it stopped the leak. The trans is working OK, minus overdrive. I changed the fluid and filter and added a quart of Lucas stop leak. It works good around town. But if you stepping on it or going up a hill, you can still get it to make the noise when it shifts from 2-3.

    The next day after I got it home I started the tune-up.
    Copper Plugs
    Wires
    Cap
    Rotor
    Ignition Coil
    Air Filter
    Fuel Filter
    Oil Change
    Transmission fluid & Filter
    Cap
    Rotor

    The new parts helped, but it was still running rough. I cleaned out the throttle body without removing it as best I could. That did the trick. Now she idles really smooth.
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    Thanks to this forum, I was able to fix the odometer and trip.



    Both front doors needed a refresher. Window motors, door clips, and polk audios installed.

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    I few day later, I get a report that the car was broke. Wife says it's overheating at the drive through and there's a nasty smell now coming from the vents.

    Guess I should have checked the coolant before I started messing with the speakers.



    The pic on the left shows the first drain. The second pics shows the first flush, and the final flush in the jugs on the far right. I ran about 10 gallons of distilled and two bottles of coolant flush before I finally called it quits. At some point of the process the water pump started leaking from the weep hole.



    Thanks to this forum I was able to change the water pump. No broken bolts. In fact, they came out rather easily and the bolts looked to be in good shape. Went ahead and replaced some other items while I was in there, plus I hit the hard to reach spots with some purple power while I had it all apart.

    Thermostat and housing
    Upper and lower radiator hoses
    Two smaller hoses coming off the water pump
    Two belts
    Fan clutch



    Car stays cold now. The bad smell went away with the flush. No leaks.
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    It's been a about a month since the water pump and I haven't had any new issues. There are still some things not working right, and other things I want to do to it but they will have to wait. I have some domestic duties to tend too before I start on the car again. I finally washed it by hand. It's a really clean, rust free car. Here's some pics of how she sits now.















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    Frame looks clean. How does the A/C work now that the fan clutch has been replaced? Also, check for gunk inbetween the radiator & condenser. Might also help to hit those with a powerwasher to knock gunk off to improve air flow...
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    It blows cold even at idle, but I feel like it's could be colder. It should be fine once the fall comes around. I know for sure there is some gunk on the condenser. Looks like red mud caked on a few places. I'll give it all a good cleaning as you and sly suggested.
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    You have a sharp Mercury ! It will last you a long time.

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    Thank you sir. Sure hope so.

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    Friggin jealous! THat's a beautiful cruiser!

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    You southerners with your nice weather and rust-free cars. Yup, I be jealous.

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    I am salivating- what a beauty! I love how nice the paint looks...not all sandblasted from desert life

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    Looks great. Paint especially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Looks great. Paint especially.
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    Spanish for The Steel Panther? I think. My Spanish isn't that great.

    Such a beautiful, clean car! I really hope I can get one that clean.
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    Paint code YF = Light Titanium Metallic

    "The Metallic Panther"

    Thanks for all the love yall. The paint is in really good shape, but it's not perfect. Some scratches, dimples and dings in the doors. I'm building a shed in the back, so I can make room in the garage for another car. I'm going to need your help to make this run as good as it looks.
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    She is fantastic looking. Very nice.
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    Just finished up the fuzzy dice mod.
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