1966 Imperial Crown convertible

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  1. patrick66

    patrick66 Old Man with a Hat

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    Well, it looks like I developed a leak at the power steering cooler. I had put new PS hoses on the high and low-pressure sides a few months ago. I noticed a bit of leakage at the cooler itself yesterday. My oil pan has a nice dent on the bottom of it. No leakage, and I'm figuring the oil pickup tube is not affected; as my oil pressure is good and I'm not losing any oil or pressure. I have a replacement pan. Does anyone know if the pan can be removed/replaced without lifting the engine at all? I have a new windage tray I've had for 25 years that will likely get installed, assuming there is not one already on the 440.

    That new tank looks so good under the Imperial. I could look at that fine car ass all day long! I've decided to coat the visible portions of that tank with a non-glossy clear; to keep it looking nice and to keep any future rust from getting a foothold. I might get the original tank fixed, just to have a spare, or if I ever come across a nice '64-'66 that would make a nice garage-mate for the convertible.

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    I love this car!

    Last Saturday was our club's annual Mopar show and swap, plus racing! I was among the first there, getting everything set up and such, and spent the night prior cleaning the Imperial. No time to prep the car day-of! Got a nice 2nd place in C/D Class.

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    The PS leak on the Imperial appears to have been fixed successfully. Drove it a few miles last Wednesday, just to keep it good.

    Since fixing the brake issues I've had on the Coronet for a few months, I've been driving the Imperial almost exclusively until about a week ago. Sorted the brake problem with a new master cylinder and a fluid purge/replacement. Took the Coronet to its first car event since October on Saturday - a couple of hours at the local cars-n-coffee klatch. Then, home to care for my doggie.

    I was going to do a bunch of work on the D300 this past weekend, but my dog Ro is very sick with some sort of liver ailment, so I'm spending most of my free time right now with her. She is a 9-1/2 year old Black Mouth Cur. She started getting sick last week, losing nearly nine pounds off her normal 66 pounds, and I'm afraid she isn't likely to get better. She is back at the vet this morning. She has been drinking water only, not eating at all, and sleeps a lot. My wife and I took turns over the weekend, staying up overnight with Ro and tending to her when she needed it. Taking lots of pictures, too.

    So, for the next few days, I'm not gonna pay attention to what's in the shop, but what is in my heart. I'm a huge dog guy, and losing one always hurts. I'm dealing with that likely outcome as well as I can. When it comes to my dog, I get very emotional, and unapologetically so.

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    azblackhemi Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Dogs are part of the family for sure and it really hurts when you lose them. Nothing you can do about their life span but as long as you have given them a great life you'll have plenty of great memories of them. I'm dealing with our dog Misty that some of you met a couple of years ago at Carlisle showing her age. Sounds like you're doing everything you can to make her comfortable.
     
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    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    What a beautiful dog! Hang in there Ro and you too Ro’s pack.
     
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    Dogs have been a clear demonstration of unconditional love for me. I never had a dog growing up and finally got 2 German Shepards, who have since both passed.
    Best animals and I am sorry for you having to deal with yours, but you are doing the next right thing in spending time with your dog!
     
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    I went outside and sat in the Imperial after we went to see Ro for the final time today. Just sat. It was amazingly quiet and serene in the shop. I'll probably closer my head a bit by running a few errands in the Imperial on Friday, as I have every other Friday off. It is such an effortless car to drive!

    I found a basic disc brake conversion from AAJ Brakes. For $279, you get a pair of brackets, along with a few small bits, and a list of parts. Shipping is big $$$, as we all know, so the basic kit is what I'll get, acquire the rest locally, and do the swap. This fits '58-'66 Imperial.
     
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    I did a little bit of fartin' around under the Imperial dash on Sunday morning, before the shop temperature got too hot. Got the air conditioning/defroster vents hooked up, finally. Still figuring out what went wrong on my radio...it worked fine one day, and the next, not. The new gas tank is working out beautifully. And my new glove box is the next thing to go in. Might do that tonight after sunset.

    I still have to dye my seat belts that are going in the D300. One set is from that truck and very faded. and the other is an extra set I had from my old D100 I recently sold. Then the newly-redone seat and visors will go in. Never-ending series of things on all three.

    I'm doing what I can to help my grief over the loss of my dog. It was a tough last few days, gotta say.
     
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