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Old May 24th 2009, 17:50
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Angry Oh no ... car-B-que

A bit of crappy news ... coming back from the Waterdown car show / swap meet this afternoon, I had a bit of a car-B-que in the 67 I just got. Looks like the fuel line tube that is supposed to be pressed in to the carb casting came loose. Car died out, I pulled in to a driveway, and a person in a car that was passing by was yelling that I had flames back there as I was getting out to take a look. I should have had an extinguisher with me, but didn't. Luckily some people driving by stopped, and had a jug of water that was enough to douse the flames. The sweatshirt I tried to use didn't do too much.

So the paint is burned off the engine lid and vent panel above that, and blistered on the quarter panel a bit. Underhood I think it was mostly the tarboard insulation on the firewall that burned, the wiring and hoses on the one side where it was flaming up don't look too bad.

I'll have to call the insurance company tomorrow, hopefully it's not too much if a hassle, since I just called them on Friday to get the coverage on the car. It is a classic car policy with Lant, and I've been with them for about 10 years with no claims. Then I just have to figure out who to get to do the repair work once the insurance gives the OK. The paint work isn't a big deal, there are a few shops in town that we deal with who will do good work, I just don't know about the mechanical and wiring stuff ... nobody really close by for that. Any recommendations for a good shop that is closest to Caledon? Anyone know about that shop in Glen Williams that works on VDubs? For now I had CAA tow the car up to the dealership. Guess I will be making some phone calls tomorrow. Kind of a bummer way to end a good weekend.


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DUDE S***TY DEAL...
sorry to hear about that
hope all goes well man
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Old May 24th 2009, 18:38
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I hate to hear that. Those fittings can come out way to easy. Sounds like it can be saved. That is always a plus.
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Old May 24th 2009, 21:33
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Ed, Steve had said he was close to having a car b que in that car, I guess you were the lucky guy who actually did! His fuel filter had split and he caught that before it got ugly, but what you had happen often goes un-noticed until it's too late. Too bad you did not give me a shout when you were at the show, I live 1 block away. I was there this morning with my daughters for a couple of hours.
Anyway, the place in Glen Williams is a good shop- Arno's is the name. Dave is the son, he does the water-cooleds, and his dad (can't think of the name) does the air cooleds. Sorry to hear of your luck. Lant was good to me when the '59 was totalled after 5 days of insurance on it, so hopefully you do okay too. Maybe you'll even come out ahead and can buy some rims.....

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Old May 25th 2009, 00:52
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That sucks Ed. Good to hear you are alright.

If the damage isn't too bad, you can wire it up yourself.
http://www.cip1.ca/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1639

My super has gone through 2 engine fires since '82. I remember them as a kid.
-One time was while we were driving(probably same issue as you).
-The other time, my mom couldn't get the bug started. When my dad got home from work, he poured some gas down the carb(done it before), and tried to start it. Looked in the rear view mirror and saw flames. Took awhile to find a neighbours garden hose as the bug was parked on the street away from the house(no driveway, downtown).

Took the fire extinguisher out of my super when the 2332 blew up. After reading this, i'm getting it back it in the bug tommorrow.

No biggie, get it together for SpringFling!

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Old May 25th 2009, 03:17
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Sorry to hear that. I hope everything to be re-done again!!!
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Good to hear you are alright, at least it happened after you enjyoy the weekend. That sounds like an easy fix but it still sucks Ed. Now get it fixed so we can see you at some shows.

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Old May 25th 2009, 07:17
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Good to hear you are alright and you did enjoy the weekend before your accident. This sounds like aa easy fix so lets get it done, hope to see you at some shows.

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It is quite easy to fix those lines for good. I usually give them a good yank when servicing it will come out if at all loose. I then sand it slightli and tin it with ordinary solder. I shake it while hot to live the thinnest smear of solder. I tap it back in and have never had one of those come out
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Old May 25th 2009, 08:20
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Thanks for the encouragement everyone, I'll be giving Lant a call this morning to see how they want to handle this.

Greg, I didn't have your number programmed in to my phone, otherwise I certainly would have given you a call while I was down there.


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If you have the room to install a system, these are nice and give you some peace of mind.

We put one of these systems in the Herbie X. I will have one in my car but haven't had much time to get it done. I put a hand held fire extinguisher in all my vehicles and every one that leaves our shop. You just never know when you will need one. I think the system cost @ $350.
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Hey Ed,
engine wiring is super easy to fix, you should try doing it yourself
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Old May 25th 2009, 16:40
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Dave,

I will talk to you about a setup once I get to point of installing my engine. ;-)

Maybe in another year....hopefully

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Old May 25th 2009, 16:50
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Ed I don't know if your car had this going on, but here goes ...

Public service announcement time:
Never put a filter on the pressure side of the fuel pump, avoid putting it in the engine bay at all.
Under the fuel tank or above the transaxle are ok.
- cheap filters can crack or even burst under pressure especially if the engine is running hot, the engine bay area will get warm
- filters can get heavy (filled with fuel) and wiggle the fitting on the carb loose

... fuel filter rant over
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Old May 25th 2009, 17:53
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Yes, I have seen that mentioned Bryan, I guess I should have dealt with it right away. Too anxious to get out cruising in the new toy.

Insurance appraiser is coming by Tuesday afternoon, we'll take it from there.


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