Congrats and nice find!As hinted, I now can thank my Lord it came to pass. Today, we purchased a 1968 Chrysler Newport convertible! It drove after the seller got her off his buddy's trailer, but RAN horribly! Since the man had warned me about this symptom and possible cause, I took it all in good cheer, already knowing what I would do, and what that in turn would do.
View attachment 487301 Gertrude, drivers side profile-in front of Mansionem Mauritius. This car has ALL her original major parts, excepting the vinyl top. The new one is boxed up in the trunk. This weekend, Deo volente, we WILL get her covered properly. The motor drives the frame up and down just right! Nice to have such in working order. Courtesy lights in back seat all work too, as do the door pin switches!! Such makes prepping her for full Family Duty easier.
View attachment 487302 Yonder carburetor came within a few nanometers of DEALBREAKING, despite prior warning about it. I remain AMAZED the old fool who sold me this thing didn't have the sense to TRY A DIFFERENT CARB, but also am VERY GRATEFUL he didn't! For had he done so, he would have SAS* KEPT this car. He admitted to me he still wanted it somewhat. Well, he got to wipe our meager savings out and take it home to his Desert Cactus Paradise near Mexico.
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The battery got a nicely refurbished, primered pan(from Mathilda) , new marine terminals and a brand new OEM battery bracket. Any of you see something WRONG in this pic? Look CLOSE at stuff.... NOW do you see anything WRONG with that battery or circuit leads?
The passenger compartment functions quite well, despite severe deterioration of the rear seat. Excepting the fuel gauge, very instrument in the instrument cluster works! I guess I'll leave the shitty old ammeter be for now, given that, though I WILL install my vital stats gauges as I had with old Tilly, as I hate relying on idiot lights to tell me that I just slagged my motor. Better to have QUANTITIES with which to assess Quality!
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Even the lighter is original! Could Gertrude be a ...... Survivor?
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*Sure As Shit
Congrats and nice find!
The thing that jumped out at me was the dark color of the fuel in that filter... you may want to drop/clean the tank before allowing a chance for the working carburetor to become fouled by whatever slips through the filter. I'd replace the rubber fuel hose with something ethanol rated at the same time JIC.
One more thing... give yourself time... I know she's your only transportation now.
While you're doing all that work, you might want to go ahead and replace the valley pan/intake manifold gasket. I had an "oh shit" moment when I first got Betty White. I degreased and hosed off the engine from an oil leak at the firewall side of the manifold. I changed the oil a couple days later to find water in the oil. It didn't smell like coolant so I pulled the manifold only to find a 3" hole in the valley pan! It was original to the car. No problems since.
Of you are going that route may as well block the exhaust crossover ports and use an electric choke on the 4bbl carb.Right! Will get a new one. They're cheap.
Brussels, right? Interesting, I thought most funeral cars there were full-size Chevys.
Of you are going that route may as well block the exhaust crossover ports and use an electric choke on the 4bbl carb.
Both of these are done that way and have no fuel percolation issues in hot weather.
The electric choke works perfect in cold weather in single digit temps. Cold start and warm ups no different compared to stock thermal chokes.
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Its cool bro! Find me an Imperial flower-getter. OR, find me a 66 station wagon in drivable shape to trade for Gertrude. While we dig all the "Cool Car" points, a station wagon would be the ULTIMATE Family Ride!A lot were. Not all. Mine was one of three identical six-passenger 225/3 cars shipped to Belgium for conversion to funeral cars. No body alterations were made, but the rear seat was folded down and a roller platform was installed. European hearses are interesting in that they have four stanchions on the roof for flowers and a center-mounted bar with a cross on it. Also, many have an ornamental light on the "D"-pillar. The interior is basically unchanged, though. I need to see where I have pics of the car, as all are actual photos and not a digital product. I have the original BE plates, as well as my USAEUR registration plates. My German neighbors always wondered why I was driving a Leichenwagen (hearse); though when I got the car, all of the hearse-specific items were not present. It was just a large American station wagon, to me.
Gerald, sorry to hijack your post!