1966 OLDS 442

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Re: 1966 OLDS 442

Postby GMJohnny » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:28 pm

I got the dash project wrapped up this morning. Another three plus hours devoted to stuff nobody
can see. I removed the courtesy lights from under the dash. I re-configured my tach wires so I can
use the hot point on the fuse block for my distributor upgrade. While doing my clean up under the
dash, I found the factory wire hook up for the reverse lights. I had found a way to make them work
when I got them working, but the harness I found went through the firewall in a factory way, so I
put it back into service. After this was all done, I got the shop vac out and cleaned up before installing
the seats. Now the interior is looking way better than it did going into winter. I decided to fire it up
and take it out for a spin. It fired up after a few hearty pumps and did everything as it should. I was
able to road test my Redi-Rad radio set up and it was perfect. I love the sound of the 10 OHM single
speaker coming out of the middle of the dash! Before heading in for the day, I programmed the rev
limiter on my new distributor. I'll wait until next weekend for that job, assuming the weather holds
for me.

GM

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Re: 1966 OLDS 442

Postby GMJohnny » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:19 pm

I happened upon a dash for a 1966 at Carlisle, which I purchased for resale. The dash is packaged
and will be shipped tomorrow to my dash guy. The dash guy had no interest in the ignition switch or
the light switch, so I removed them and put them into my spare parts bin. The knob on the light switch
was way nicer than the one in the car, so I switched it out today. I also got the nut to hold the ignition
switch in and put it on the car. Just nicer chrome on both, so a freebee upgrade. I also repaired the
wiper wire clip. The wires were almost falling out, barely working. I disassembled the clip and soldered
the wires to the clips inside of the plastic and reassembled the clip. I keep threatening to install the
distributor. It's the only project on the bench for now, so it has to be next.

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Re: 1966 OLDS 442

Postby GMJohnny » Sun May 12, 2019 6:22 am

The stars finally aligned this weekend and we were able to get the distributor in yesterday.
Fred decided to brave the unusually cold May day and help me do the install. I started and
ran the car early in the morning. The goal was to have the engine warm and ready to fire, so
I could skip the choke sequence once the distributor was in. It was a good plan, but things
didn't go that well. The distributor was ready to go, the 12 ga. wire that was to be run
from the fuse panel was pre-fabricated, and the old tape that wrapped the wires (no wire loom
on this bunch of wires from the factory) was already removed. We took the old distributor out and
the new one fell right in. There were minor, easy wiring things to do -- hook a positive and negative
from the Pertronix unit to the coil. We did this, taking time to use my "Carlisle found" shrink tube
to keep the job neat looking. After replacing the old coil with the new Pertronix Flame Thrower III
and re-wrapping the wires with new tape, we were ready to start. Crank it over....no spark. We
did this about six times, checking various things as we went along. We had a good ground and good
12 volts at the coil, so we were stumped for about 20 minutes when it dawned on me that, even
though we had 12 volts at the coil, it might not have 12 volts in the "crank" position. I was right.
The old system on the car had a resistance wire going to the positive on the coil to keep the voltage
at 9 volts - it keeps the points from getting burnt. This gets replaced, the new distributor wants 12 volts
all the time. There's a separate wire that provides 12 volts during crank (it's yellow) and I thought that
I could eliminate it with the wire from the fuse panel. WRONG! In an effort to keep the original-ness of
the car in tact, we taped the yellow ( and resistance wire ) very nicely in the wire loom BEFORE firing
the car. We had to undo that, find the yellow wire and put a new end on it. After that, the car started,
and very minor adjustments were made to get it running. It runs very well, and the surging that I had
with the old distributor is 95% gone. The rev limiter works, as I set it to 5,100 rpms initially, and it was
bouncing off of that in a test run. I changed it to 5,300 already. A little work with the adjustable vacuum
canister and this chapter can be closed.

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Re: 1966 OLDS 442

Postby GMJohnny » Sun May 19, 2019 7:14 pm

The weather was pretty good early this morning, so I took the 442 to breakfast. The last time I drove
it, I adjusted the distributor's vacuum canister to remove more vacuum while driving. The car hated it and
was bucking like crazy while going downhill and light cruising. When I shut the car down to go into the
restaurant, the car had a bit of run-on. I decided that I'd adjust it a bit more before the ride home. I made
a quick turn of the screw in the vacuum canister and, while in the process of starting, the car was hard to
crank. It started, but got me thinking a bit. Before heading to Tiresmoke Central to install Fred's goodies,
I got the timing gun out to double check our work from the install. Turns out we had the lead before vac
advance set at 14 degress. I pushed that back to 8. Bingo! The ride to and from Chesterland were the best
the car has driven since I've owned it. Success at last! I was able to set the idle down a bit as well. I think
that I have this one licked. I'll drive it a couple more times to make sure that it doesn't need a minor adjust-
ment, but for now, I'm satisifed.

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Re: 1966 OLDS 442

Postby GMJohnny » Mon May 27, 2019 6:51 am

This project is one of those things that didn't effect the performance of the car, but just
drove me insane. The hood liner, for some reason, was separating on the driver's side. I had
tried everything to put it back together ( staples, duct tape, spray adhesive -- three times )
before I finally waved the flag and decided to put a new one on. Fred hooked me up with the
kit as a birthday gift. The kit was pretty easy to install, fit well, and unbeknownst to me, came
with the period correct clips. ( It also made me nuts that the wrong vintage clips were used in
the last install! ) In anticipation of doing the project, I bought a bag of 12 clips off of the internet.
( If anybody needs clips, DON'T BUY THEM, I have more than I can use now! ) I put the extra clips
in the parts storage bin. The whole project took about a half hour, and looks great. I also replaced
the trunk light bulb with the correct size bulb for the fixture -- the old one worked, but was the
wrong style bulb.

GM
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Re: 1966 OLDS 442

Postby GMJohnny » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:25 am

It has been SOOOOO rainy. It makes road time incredibly difficult to come by. I did get a chance
to drive to breakfast on Saturday morning. It sprinkled a few times, but the roads stayed dry. The
sky opened up for the rest of the weekend, so I was forced to work in the barn. I put a new fan belt
on. I was running my spare because I broke the one that was on the motor trying to find top dead
center the lazy man's way. ( Put tension on belt with left hand, put big ratchet with socket on alternator
bolt with right hand.... snap! ) I also put new air cleaners on. The air cleaner element is foam and the
old ones were showing some age. They're glued together to make a circle, and the glue was failing on
two of the three. I super-glued them together a couple of times and that was annoying. The new ones
are nice and soft. These two jobs took a total of about 25 minutes. I also decided it was time to give
the car a nice buff out. I haven't done that yet since I've owned the car. I used old-school thinking and
went with a circular buffer and glazing compound. It's amazing what a difference it made. The car always
shines, but it's REALLY good now. Standing five feet away I can easily see my face clearly in the paint.
I used a pneumatic buffer from Fred's garage. I've never used air power before. The unit worked well.
It was a bit of a pain swinging a 3/8" air line over your shoulder as opposed to an electical cord, but I
got used to that quickly. The worst part about the air buffer is the water it spits out while buffing. I
couldn't have picked a worse day to do the job, as the humidity was 150% and it was warm. The glazing
compound was struggling to dry as well. With all this being said, I powered through and in just under
two hours, the glazing job is done. I still need to wax the car, which I will get done before the next time
out.

GM


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