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Another 1977 Pinto


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Picked up a pair of 2012 Ford Focus seats today... for free! They look to be in decent shape. Need a cleaning maybe. And one plastic handle needs replacing. Hopefully its new enough that ford has parts. No pics as its dark out and I didn't think of getting any when I was looking at them closer. They are grey. I'll need to die them to match interior color.
Pics of 2012 Focus seats
 

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Nice! But looks like a dangerous place to ride.
 

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No, I haven't given up!
Today I took off the carb in prep for a rebuild. Gas came out when I tipped it over... I wasn't expecting any fluids, I was expecting the float bowl to be dry. Hoping that makes the clean up easier. Tho the "gas" looked more like Marvels Mystery Oil... maybe that's a good thing. Didn't really smell like gas either...
 

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Tore the carb apart last night. Very happy to see no build up of crusty hard corrosion anywhere. Putting the parts into pinesol this afternoon after work and check on it hourly.
 

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Pinesol works! I left the carb in pinesol full strength for 2 days. This morning I scrubbed with a plastic bristle parts cleaner brush and a small stainless steel brush. Came out really quite clean for how baked on some of it was. One barrel of the two throttle plates was caked black with baked carbon from misadjusted idle screw, it came clean.
 

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Put the carb together for my 1977 Pinto. Wasn't difficult but the choke system was a bit of a head scratcher. I think I got it tho.
However, there was a piece on the back of the carb that I've never seen before. I decided to delete it as from what I could figure it would be a major vacuum leak. It doesn't have bi-metallic springs. It seems like it might be some kind of pressure relieving device. Its connected to manifold vacuum directly under the throttle plates.
 

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I checked online, and some people are swearing by Pine-Sol as a carb cleaner. Had no idea. Glad it worked.
 

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So I decided to fix this hot idle compensator and stick it back in. When I went over my pics I saw that it was in a normally closed position. I bent the arm so that it was back to normally closed. There is a tiny adjustment screw underneath that can contact the bimetallic spring, I adjusted that so the spring was just touching the upper spring that holds the check ball. My theory is with enough heat the bimetallic spring will push up and allow a vacuum leak. I'll report what happens. Today I hope to figure out the wiring and maybe get it started.
 

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Interesting about the Pinesol - I wonder how it would work in a heated ultrasonic cleaner. I'm gonna have to find out.
 

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Pinesol is one of the ultrasonic things I've heard of doing, a lot of people use simple green (not a fan, too sticky, haven't tried it in my cleaner...) or purple power, the rest use plain water, pine sol or Dawn (what I use but open to options). I have gathered some pinesol from garage sale free piles that I've been meaning to try...
 

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Another thought I've had is to try " Spray 9 ". It is a really good cleaner but I don't know the ingredients and if it would react to aluminum or zinc. I should look up the msds.
 

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