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Old 10-17-2010, 05:59 PM   #21
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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

I think the ignition must be very retarded. It should have lugged sometimes with my driving but as far as I could tell it never did.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:02 PM   #22
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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

smog pump is useless. ditch it and plug the hoses.
id also look into a nice electric fan. should free up a decent amount of power and mpg. cheap fans from taurus's and stuff in the bone yard should do the trick.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:50 PM   #23
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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

Your car is a 1980, and unless its a California model, should not be computer controlled.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:47 AM   #24
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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

The 4.1 is known for being difficult to keep cool, and clutch fans do move more air than E-fans. I'll install a temperature gauge before next summer and see if I feel confident enough to switch to an E-fan, which I would prefer.

Jay, I was talking about computers in response to your mentioning limp home mode in your car. Mine does not have a computer.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:34 AM   #25
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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

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I have two years to worry about that, I can put it back together in 2 years if necessary.
One of the biggest problems with these pumps is that they seize up. If you take the belt off for two years, I doubt it will ever turn again.

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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

Hmm...a valid concern...

I should take it off and put it in my house with cat toys hot-glued to the pulley.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:28 AM   #27
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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

If your cats are that efficient at it, why not glue cat toys to an alternator hooked to a 12V battery and a 120V inverter. Maybe they can power a lamp with a 11W CFL bulb, a radio, or maybe even a small tv?
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:44 AM   #28
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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

I think we're onto something here. I've got two cats and a dog. There's always extra energy that they need to dispose of...maybe they can charge batteries.
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If you could train the dog to run on a treadmill, there's certainly power to be found there.
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Re: Project: 1980 Buick LeSabre, 4.1L V6, 5MT

I think my choke is stuck on, or maladjusted. It idles way too fast even after driving 20 miles. It's got a brand new pull-off but I guess that's not good enough. I have to research how the choke system works...I think I'd rather just have a manual choke.
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