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  • #46

    Re: Janet's 70 Dart Swinger

    I got a new speedo cable from a resto place, it works but the speedo still acted up, so we kind of quit driving the car for a few months. I finally got around to trying to fix it. Found an NOS speedo on ebay, two bills....came in the mail with the needle all bent up, wasn't packed quite carefully enough. Seller suggested I just bend the needle back and paint it, which I did, it looks ok. Installing it now...and I'm painting the other needles too. Dang this 40 year old plastic crap is a pain to work on. I'll see what happens, maybe it'll all work, maybe it won't. In the mean time, I'll get several skinned knuckles working on it.

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    • #47

      Re: Janet's 70 Dart Swinger

      bummer on the packing, that's disappointing. I'm sure you have it looking factory, but it sucks that you had to.

      My experience with 40 year old plastic / electronics has not been profitable. I can share this much, which you probably already know. Some forty year old plastics and contact cleaners like CRC iirc don't really get along. Melty. boo.
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      • #48

        Re: Janet's 70 Dart Swinger

        Well, I got it all back together, and went for a little drive...it makes noise when I get up around 45-50, and the needle jumps up in speed a bit. I guess it's not happy, either bad grease or something got bent when it was damaged in shipping. It's all staked and riveted together, it doesn't unscrew like the old ones.
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        • #49

          Re: Janet's 70 Dart Swinger

          Nice Dart!!!


          theres one of these sittin behind a garage 3 houses down from me- 69 Cutlass rotting in the garage too
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          • #50

            Re: Janet's 70 Dart Swinger

            I wiggled the cable, and drove it some more, and it seems to have calmed down. So the speedo is fixed, and I can move on to the next things, like the seats, exhaust, rear gearing, etc.
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            • #51

              Re: Janet's 70 Dart Swinger

              The speedocable in my Dart started making scary noises aswell recently. But when I wiggled the cable I felt the outer mantle snap off. So I decided to pull a bit more on the cable so the inner cable came loose aswell. Doesn't make any noises anymore now...
              But now the right rearaxle wheelbearing is making noises instead.
              Guess I'll do an rear end swap tomorrow and releave that mighty 7-1/4" Danawannabee rearend of it's duties.
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              • #52

                Re: Janet's 70 Dart Swinger

                I haven't fixed much on this thing lately....I did replace the battery, though. It was 7 years old (walmart special), still working ok but making me nervous. I bought an old gas powered golf cart for $200 a few weeks ago, and it needed a new battery (electric start), and it used the same size the Dart had in it, so I got Janet a new battery, and put the old on in the cart. It's been working fine.

                We drove the Dart to Tombstone for a show last weekend, then into town to get some groceries. It was showing about 1/3 tank on teh gas gage, but Janet noticed it didn't move at all on the trip, and it should have dropped down to 1/4 where it always sticks. So we were'nt too sure how much gas it had, but I figured we'd gone less than 200 miles, so we'd be ok. We made it home, no problem. That was Saturday. Yesterday I was going to drive it into town to run some errands, and it wouldn't start. Acts like it's out of gas! I guess that's the next thing I need to fix.
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                • #53

                  Re: Janet's 70 Dart Swinger

                  Well, as long you didn't get into a shootout with the Clantons in Tombstone everything else is minor.

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