Author Topic: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!  (Read 50740 times)

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Not for a . . . . . *STAR*!! (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #240 on: March 17, 2019, 09:44:41 PM »
Dear Felix and WeatherCat users who have "stars" in the family . . . .

Emergency roadside assistance call & flatbed haul to shop will be an expensive thermostat replacement. Plus a new radiator hose & coolant refill.

The shop time is definitely on my dime.  However the emergency roadside assistance was - FREE!  After all the effort I put into this car, I have Hagerty's insurance and roadside assistance.  Okay, it wasn't free but part of my premiums, still the transportation to Orinda Classic Car didn't cost me anything extra.

Then again, it might be the electric fan or coolant temp sensor but I'm betting it's merely a stuck thermostat, normally about a $7 part but probably many times that for the engine you have in it.

A stuck thermostat was also the best hunch on the 65GS.com forum where I "hang out" with car guys.  Obviously it is possible, but it would be something of a disappointment.  The thermostat is probably quite old going all the way back to 2013.  However, the vast majority of the time it has simply sat there waiting.  There are very few hours on this engine even after all those years.  I suppose all that idle time could have damaged the thermostat even if these are really simple devices.  When I sent the engine to TA-Performance a second time, I very carefully drained the gas tank.  However, that didn't help either the EFI fuel pump or the gas sending unit.  The fuel pump died almost immediately after the engine was installed once more.  The fuel sending unit is definitely not working properly.

My trusty wagon spent the weekend at Orinda Classic Car Center and I'm sure they will be looking the situation over early Monday Morning.  I'll definitely report what they discover.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Reply #241 on: March 18, 2019, 02:46:43 PM »
Let us know what they find. It's only money so cheer up.
Blick


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And the answer is . . . . .(Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #242 on: March 18, 2019, 09:25:20 PM »
Dear Blick and WeatherCat automobile enthusiasts,

Let us know what they find. It's only money so cheer up.

I got a call from Greg at Orinda Classic Car and the culprit turns out to be more subtle.  I was right the radiator fans had stopped working.  The reason is unexpected.  The fuse block protecting the fans had been banged up somehow and that prevented the fuses from lining up properly.  That didn't allow enough current to the fans.

A heavy-duty fuse block is on order to replace the one that failed.  They will install it when it arrives.  My trusty wagon should be back home sometime this week.

All in all, not to bad an outcome.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Biquette and spring trees. (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #243 on: March 20, 2019, 08:40:36 PM »
Dear WeatherCat users who enjoy combining their interests,

For the classic Buick forums I try to get some pictures of my trusty wagon with a suitable seasonal background.  Plum trees are the most common flowering trees in our region and they bloom early.  So you have to be ready to take pictures when the opportunity arises.  I took this picture over two weeks ago on the 4th:



I took this photo last Friday on my way to my infamous freeway run:



I had planned two more photos with suitable flowering backgrounds, but that wasn't going to be.

My wagon is supposed to come up today, but she will need some serious cleaning before she can go back into normal operation.  In the meantime, most of the plum trees are losing their pedals and growing their leaves.  So these will be the only photos of Biquette and at least the plum trees for this year.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Finally cleaned up the engine bay. (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #244 on: April 20, 2019, 12:25:18 AM »
Dear WeatherCat fans of a certain rascally wagon,

We last left our heroin presumably safe in the garage after her harrowing ordeal of the radiator fans failing.  However, as frequently happens with respect to my trusty wagon - da' plot thickens.  The very next day I planned to clean the engine bay as much as possible of coolant residue so I could put the car back into normal service. 

Just one small problem with that plan.  When I tried to start Biquette - she refused!  I tried 3 times over 45 minutes.  All she would do is crank.  I even went so far as to connect my laptop to see if the electronic fuel injection has any system errors.  Of course with my luck no errors were reported.

Life ambushed me again I wasn't able to look into the problem until the following week.  At that point I found that a key component (the E6 Ignition Box) would produce a glowing LED light if it passed a self-test.  So I ran the test and sure enough the LED gave the "thumb's up" sign.  Baffled, I tried starting Biquette again - she started right up as usual! . . .    Once more I was swamped so I couldn't pursue the matter for a few days.  Finally I repeated the experiment after cleaning the radiator and front part of the engine.  Once more the engine started up as it always has.

Still, i wasn't happy about the whole situation.  So this past Tuesday I brought her over to Orinda Classic Car Center to have them make sure everything looked okay.  They didn't find anything out of place.

So today I finally was able to complete that engine bay cleaning that I was trying to accomplish almost a full month ago.  Even if I only used steam, hot water, and a gentle application of elbow grease, the engine bay turned out nice:



I had to get Biquette out to warm the engine up to make sure everything was dry.  While I was at it I took these two pictures with what is left of Spring flowers.  Here is a tree with a some blooms along with the green leaves:



Here is Biquette next to some wisteria:



However, yesterday I put the cap back on the rain gauge.  It is definitely feeling like summer already.  So these are last pictures I'm likely to take of Spring.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: Finally cleaned up the engine bay. (Re: Billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #245 on: April 20, 2019, 04:21:11 PM »

We last left our heroin presumably safe in the garage

I knew California has some liberal drug laws, but didn't know you just leave your stash in the garage and tell folks about it.  ThU32:-)

One little "e" can make a big difference.  ThU5:-)
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Re: FYI: I'm getting one assertive billy-goat station wagon!!
« Reply #246 on: April 21, 2019, 04:39:19 AM »
Hahaha. I knew he was high on something, but I just thought it was Buick engine fumes.

Seriously though, I love this thread, Edouard. Keep 'em coming.
Blick


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« Reply #247 on: April 21, 2019, 10:50:04 PM »
Dear Steve, Blick, and WeatherCat automotive enthusiasts,

I knew California has some liberal drug laws, but didn't know you just leave your stash in the garage and tell folks about it.  ThU32:-)

One little "e" can make a big difference.  ThU5:-)

What can I say but touché!

I suppose in my defense I can point out that I'm continuing to struggle my speller solution.  Sadly, Spell Catcher no longer works properly under Mojave.  I have installed Grammarian as a replacement, but it isn't nearly as easy to use as Spell Catcher and at the moment has some errors of its own.  I had disabled but not uninstalled Spell Catcher because it includes some useful utilities.  I'll probably have bite the bullet and see if removing all of Spell Catcher gives me a working spelling solution.

Oh well, . . . . Edouard

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Spring wash and wax. (Re: Assertive billy-goat station wagon!!)
« Reply #248 on: May 24, 2019, 11:40:27 PM »
Dear WeatherCat automotive enthusiasts,

With the unusually late wet weather, I've had a hard time giving all our 3 cars their springtime wash and wax.  I didn't finish up Biquette until this past Tuesday.  On Wednesday, we needed a grocery run and Biquette got a chance to show off her fresh detailing.  Here is a photo taken at a curious building called the Moraga barn:



I am known to have a soft spot for California Poppies and a neighbor has a group growing in front of their house.  What better backdrop for Biquette:



I had taken some tailgate pictures on Wednesday, but I misjudged the sunlight and they didn't turn out.  We needed a CVS run this afternoon and that offered an opportunity for some "makeup" photos:



Here is one more with an overall view of the Moraga Barn:



No, they don't simply keep this building up as a backdrop for classic cars.  It actually is something special in the region:

http://www.moragabarn.com/

There is even a write-up on the history of the building:

http://www.moragabarn.com/about-the-barn.html

They even explain how it got the curious title "barn"  Certainly an interesting tale!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

P.S. The Memorial Day weekend must also be the unofficial start of classic car season.  I saw 4 other classics in just a 7 mile local round trip!