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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Trouble Is Alive, Well Almost

Trouble's 390 was fired up today for the first time in the 12 years since the engine was rebuilt and remodified. It only ran for 20 seconds, however, because an overtightened oil sender and gasket failure caused the car to wet the floor with oil. Once the replacement parts come in next week, Trouble will fire up once again. Almost there!

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That's great to hear! Congrats!
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Seems like a similar problem with mines when I got it, except it isn't the carb. Mines ran fora few seconds with starter fluid and died. Rebuilt the carb and that fixed the problem.
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Trouble's 390 was fired up today for the first time in the 12 years since the engine was rebuilt and remodified. It only ran for 20 seconds, however, because an overtightened oil sender and gasket failure caused the car to wet the floor with oil. Once the replacement parts come in next week, Trouble will fire up once again. Almost there!

OMG...has it been that long? Just seems like yesterday that I parked next to you in Nashville.
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It only ran for 20 seconds, however, because an overtightened oil sender and gasket failure caused the car to wet the floor with oil.
You woke the sleeping dog. Trouble's just marking some territory.
Congrats!
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OMG...has it been that long? Just seems like yesterday that I parked next to you in Nashville.
Yep, that was 2004. Jim Smart and I pulled the engine in 2006 and I hauled it over to Los Angeles for Grubb Automotive to rebuild it. We reinstalled it in August 2007. Many things interfered after that, especially discovering that the wiring that a club member did was horrible and incomplete. It will be at our next MCA National Show here in Tucson next March.
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It is hard to believe that it has been 12 years. I remember when you were building that car. I'm curious why you put it up for so long or did I not understand that correctly.


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Life interfered. Shortly after putting the engine back in, Jim Smart was released from Mustang Monthly and he couldn't help for several years. I had no local reliable help. Then, my father passed away and my life greatly changed. Jim and I tried to fire the car up about two years ago, but we had put the Concept One serpentine belt conversion on it and the wiring no longer reached. He arranged for David Toth to take on the project, which has been a blessing. David totally rewired the car, his friend fixed all the loose bolts, etc., and next the air conditioning hoses will go on, hidden, of course. David has had the car for almost two years now, but is almost done now. Good thing he redid the wiring, if he hadn't there would have been another fire. The club member who originally did it screwed up royally.
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Wow. I figured you’d parted with it long ago. Good to see you are “eating your own pie” so to speak.

(Check our Steve King’s “Thinner” for the reference).
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