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  • Russell
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    I wrapped tape around the blown hose to try to keep the mosture out. But I would not be surprised it it's not air tight.

    I have the gauges and a vacuum pump to pull it down. I don't have a recovery machine, but there is nothing left to recover.

    When I did it last year, I feel like the pressures were within spec. Wonder if I did something wrong or the hose was just old?
    Last edited by Russell; June 20th, 2019, 06:05 PM.

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  • DanStokes
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    I'm with John on this one. I take my AC stuff to Rackley's as they do it right, have the appropriate equipment, and stand behind their work. In my old age I've learned that I don't have to do EVERYTHING myself and sometimes it's cheaper to farm it out. In MI I had a co-worker who got himself certified and did this as a side gig but so far I haven't found anyone like that here.

    Dan

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  • milner351
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    Any time you open a refrigerant system, you should evacuate it completely before refilling it, and replace the drier. Not a DIY friendly thing to do. I would replace both hoses, then take it to a shop to have it evacuated and refilled.... you're this close to having operational AC for dragweek - you're going to really want it operational!

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  • DanStokes
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    Bummer. I bet my hoses on 'Stanger should be replaced before I drive him. Good reminder.

    Dan

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  • STINEY
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    Other than being old what makes a/c hoes blow?
    Money?





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  • BBR
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    What a mess!

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  • Russell
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  • Russell
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    I guess this is what I get for talking about selling it, and not reporting on the last track day. I took it a couple weeks ago and entered a bracket race. I got out in the frist round. I learned a lot had fun, but would have liked to go farther.

    Now onto tonight. I went out to the shop and I had left the glove box door down, the light was on so I decided to let it run for a little while and charge the battery.

    I turned on the A/C to let it run. And heard a tink sound like a wrench hit the floor. I popped the hood to check it out. All looked fine......then the high pressure a/c hose blew. Oil everywhere.

    I guess it better today than day one of DW. Other than being old what makes a/c hoes blow?

    I taped it up hoping to keep the moisture out. Do you think I will be ok just replacing the high pressure hose? Drier need to be replaced? What else would you recommend?
    Last edited by Russell; June 18th, 2019, 07:33 PM.

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  • Russell
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    Russell - doubling down on your 401K and paying extra principle on the house are excellent decisions!
    So your mustang - is it mostly what you want - just a little down on power? Even if you sold it for your parts investment - you would lose all your sweat equity!
    Would you look forward to building another one after you retire? Would you be able to allocate funds to build another car at that time?
    Not sure what it's value is right now or how much that lump sum would help your current plans but it might be prudent to just park it for a while as it is frequently heard from us old guys " man I wish I had kept my (insert make/model) car"
    Sweat equity = education + entertainment!

    I will be lucky to get my parts money out of it, but you never know fox body coupes are hot right now.

    It mostly what I want. I always wanted a coupe I thought they looked better, but they really have no truck room. If I buy another one I will look for another hatch back.

    I like the hunt for a car, like the build, and I like driving / racing. I am not much on storage.

    My goal is to always have a "toy" if I sell this one it the money will go into another project car. I really don't know when I will retire or what my funds will be like. About that same time I will have kids in college so retirement might get pushed off.

    I figure it's worth between 5-10k I would need closer to the high number to let it go. One of my sayings is I can't own them all at least not at the same time. I still have my first car and my first (failed) project car. But I have sold a few that could be man I wish I had keep.

    93 Mustang GT convertible
    93 Lincoln Mark 8
    89 Thunderbird Supercoupe
    88 Thunderbird Turbocoupe
    98 Mustang GT
    89 Mustang LX hatch (already miss this one)
    79 Mercury Capri (this car was to ruff to ever be nice but would have been cool to restore)


    I guess have a history of sell stuff.

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  • cstmwgn
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    Russell - doubling down on your 401K and paying extra principle on the house are excellent decisions!
    So your mustang - is it mostly what you want - just a little down on power? Even if you sold it for your parts investment - you would lose all your sweat equity!
    Would you look forward to building another one after you retire? Would you be able to allocate funds to build another car at that time?
    Not sure what it's value is right now or how much that lump sum would help your current plans but it might be prudent to just park it for a while as it is frequently heard from us old guys " man I wish I had kept my (insert make/model) car"

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  • Russell
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    Those darn grown-up decisions are tough. Hard to fault anyone for wanting to retire early - it's worked out for me. Still, sorry you don't get out to play more often.

    Dan
    Thanks Dan, I did take it to the store last night. It was good to get it out. It really does have some good points. The cold A/C is worth alot!!!! I like the 5 speed and I am sure my budget turbo car would have a slush box.

    I am very fortunate to have all my needs, and I am old enough to not let my wants hurt me. I need to get back on the car seat latch install so a kid can ride. There is a week I will only have one rider to daycare maybe we can DD it a few days.

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  • DanStokes
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    Those darn grown-up decisions are tough. Hard to fault anyone for wanting to retire early - it's worked out for me. Still, sorry you don't get out to play more often.

    Dan

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  • Russell
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    I don't know if its my Auto ADD or what but I have been thinking about selling the mustang. I have chosen to put most of my discretionary income in to my 401k and paying extra on the house, there for there is not a lot left for speed parts. Wanting to be able to retire early is costly!

    I am itching for a turbo car, the plan was, in three years it will be inspection exempt and I was going to put a turbo it.

    I don't want to monkey with the budget and at my current rates I will not have the cash to dump into it. If, BIG IF, I can sell it for what I have in it I think I can buy an 1984 or older car and turbo it.

    On one hand I have a running driving car, that needs very little other than more power. But I don't feel like I get to enjoy it. Right now the kids can't ride in it and JP doesn't want to. Its fun at TNT nights but I have not been to the track in 4 months. It not fast enough for any of the heads up classes, there is a foot brake bracket class I have wanted to try but have had other things so far on race day, and then the wife cost of being gone all day doing something I enjoy while she is with the kids....

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  • AndyB
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    Safety wire is your friend. Do it once and never screw with it again.

    (Until it inevitably burns out because it has to fail somehow just to annoy you....)

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  • JWS4621
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    I have had some starter issues the last few years. Mine likes to fall out and get caught by the long tube headers. Or be barely hanging on by the bottom bolt. I have no clue I tried lock washers different bolts. I was going to lock tite it but I got to the point of changing everything over to the new motor.

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