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My Education Continues...

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So, as I prepare to rebuild the carburetor, I decided I want to know ALL the science behind it to really know what's going on- that way it works correctly. I found this video- you can skip past the guitar open to about 30 seconds in:



I've read alot of books on the subject, and a ton of articles, but this demonstration sums it up in a couple of minutes.

I've also been thinking about one of the last things I'll be doing to the LeMans- the upholstry. I found this quick timelapse video, but it gave me quite a bit of insight on how I can approach it DIY style:



There are tons of videos on this, but I liked how they took the existing foam and patched it. Now to find someone who can sew!

Flaming Hot Surprise

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I love the title of the article.  Kansas.com has a gallery feature of a family who pulled together to fix up their son's 1972 Pontiac LeMans as a surprise when he came home on leave from Afghanistan.  Here's the link to the story told through a gallery of pictures: Flaming Hot Surprise.

I can appreciate the flames- I love the way they did the graphic lines and I absolutely LOVE the interior.  Looking at it, the grill, the automatic transmission, and the factory emblem, this was a Luxury edition like mine.  I was seriously thinking about finding a sports edition grille to replace the luxury grille until I saw this article.

Hats off to the family for restoring this, and thanks to The Wichita Eagle for bringing us this story!

Fireball!

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Sorry about the delay in posts- it's getting cold and I've been doing some winterizing around the house... so I haven't had any chance to play. However, when I went to start up the LeMans to move it over in the garage to make room for my other car, and as I did a gigantic fireball flew out the carburetor! It backfired. Completely my fault, I knew better- the choke is missing and the carburetor is tuned really rich- a note the previous owner warned me about, and in my haste I certainly had a close call.

I need to rebuild the carb anyway. It's a 2bbl Rochester 2GV, and I've discovered many places with kits and detailed manuals to rebuild it. Sure, I could just replace it with a newly rebuilt one, but where's the fun in that?

After the carb rebuild, the fuel tank is next on the replace list.