Finally starting up my 1977 T-Bird again after a whole year!
Hey everyone, I finally got a chance to start up my T-Bird and give it a spin. It has been way too long. Last time I started it was Sept. last year (2010). Starts up again without really any problems, small fuel leak, 40 second fix. lol.
Here is the history of my t-bird:
My dad bought it for his first car and he stopped driving it in 1989 because of some carb problems. My dad saved the car for me and in 2004 I had the chance to get it running again. To my surprise, after not running for 15 years, I poured gas down the carb and it fired right over!!!!! After I bypassed the gas lines (old gas in them) I had it running like new. Haha, first time I put it in gear it squealed the tires and jumped forward a couple feet!!! I make sure I have the break to the floor before I put it in gear now! Later in 2004 I brought the car in to a mechanic to have the tranny flushed, but because of my lack of car knowledge I found out the hard way that you don't do that to a old car. It now has tranny problems, sometimes it wont stay in gear. Which really sucks because the tranny was working beyond perfect before. It still has the minor carb problems mentioned above too. And so I parked it in the storage shed in the video and it is waiting for me to have the money and time to continue rebuilding it.
'67 Volvo Amazon sat 15 years, first start
This is our latest Volvo Amazon project, that we are going to get back on
the road. It's backfiring a lot, because the carb has lots of corrosion in
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The forgotten Thunderbirds 1977-1978
A video tribute to the nearly forgotten 77-78 Ford Thunderbird. Every
carshow has a 55-57 T-bird sitting around, and the big square birds, but
the poor 77-78 Thunderbird was the hottest selling car for Ford Motor
Company in the late 70's. Sit back and take a trip down to the birds nest
to rediscover a rare bird.
Thanks for watching.
'82 Mercedes 300TDT First Start In 8 Years
Just bought two more of these wonderful cars. This one is a 1982 model,
that sat behind a barn for 8-10 years. I'm going to use this one as a parts
car, because the car is rusted beyond repair.
1977 Ford Thunderbird #5761 For Sale at Gateway Classic Cars St. Louis
For sale is a 1977 Ford Thunderbird with only 17,071 original miles! 1977
was the first year of the seventh generation of the Thunderbird, which was
the most popular generation, selling over 318,000 in '77 alone. This
survivor was found with 16,000 miles stored in a garage since 1979. The car
has the original 351 Windsor and C4 transmission, as well as black paint
and maroon interior. This was a luxurious ride in '77, coming from the
factory with A/C, cruise control, power brakes, power steering, vinyl
interior, and radial tires. When recovered from the garage the carburetor
was rebuilt, fuel tank replaced, as well as shocks, Exhaust, tires and rear wheel cylinders. The
fluids have been changed and the A/C has been converted to R-134A. This is
a rare opportunity to own a very original, low mile T-Bird. You can view
this car in our St. Louis showroom or on www.GatewayClassicCars.com. Please
call 618-271-3000 with any questions.
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1967 Chrysler Newport First Start After Sitting For 20 Years
I went to check out this car because it was advertised as having a
"valuable 440" which I wanted to rebuild and put in my 73 Challenger. When
I got there I found out it was a 383 2 bbl car in incredible shape with
69990 original miles. It had belonged to his grandfather and was parked in
1990/1991 and never started since, nor was it ever registered in anyone
else's name, so I am technically the second owner. It wasn't what I came
for but I had to take it home.
This is a video diary of getting this great old girl running and will
probably only be enjoyed by true car enthusiasts.
November 28, 2012 Update: I haven't been here in quite a while and at
first I was a bit dismayed that there are so many lonely aholes in our
world and how they tend to flock to the internet. I considered pulling the
video but realized there are many people who enjoyed it and that is who I
posted it for.
To all of those experts who know so much more than the rest of us please
keep your negative comments to yourself.
To those of you who say I should have done more before trying to start, I
- The previous owner had pulled the car out of the field with a tractor and
his buddy "may have" put the car in gear to slow it down. If the rings
were rusted the engine could have been destroyed by that action alone,
there was some resistance when I turned the crank pulley over by hand and I
was surprised it turned over that easily, but with the engine sitting that
long the rings would not be sealing to build up pressure in the cylinders.
Therefore I concluded that there was no rusting/seizing so no risk of
cylinder wall damage, or that the engine was possibly toast due to
- The oil was not milky, still "felt" oily and I only planned on running
the engine 2-3 minutes to get it off the trailer and onto my hoist to do
all the fluids, so I determined it had enough viscosity left to protect it
for a short period of time.
- Even an old fuel filter will stop any major contaminants from reaching
the carb. So why spend a bunch of money, with the steps I took the chance
of me causing any damage at all was miniscule.
For those who were so concerned about our safety, come on. We grew up on a
farm before the days of fuel injection and many farm vehicles do not get
regularly started so this is a very common practice. The risk is MINIMAL
and calculated, note that there is a fire extinguisher at 8:43 in the lower
left corner on the trailer. The jerry can is very full by design, gas
liquid does not ignite but the vapours do, note that when the gas starts to
come out of the spigot that the top of the jerry can is full of gas, not
fumes! I don't believe at any time was my brothers face over the carb,
these big old girls are so big you pretty well have to stand in the engine
compartment to do that. We did our best to slowly feed the engine as
little gas as possible to avoid flooding the engine and possibly causing
her to backfire.
Anyways, I guess I shouldn't feel like I need to defend myself against a
bunch of morons who obviously have nothing better to do with their time
than to creep youtube videos so they can leave moronic comments that allow
them to feel all high and mighty ... but at least it might stop a few from
wasting our time as we try to enjoy videos of common interest.
Thanks to all for the positive comments and feedback.
1947 Ford engine starting after 31 years
Old Henry, our 1947 Ford, engine starting after 31 years.
For video of the car's first drive shortly after click here:
For video of the car's second drive with the old man that purchased the car
in 1959 click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OImNZD7L6U
For later photos of the car restored and on the road click here:
Here's a recent one driving in the snow:
Here are all of the road trips he's been on since we restored him:
Transcontinental Railway Grade in May 2014:
City of Rocks, Idaho in April
Capitol Reef National Park in March 2014:
Grouse Creek and the AAA garage in February 2014:
Grand Canyon in January 2014:
Moab, UT in December 2013:
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument November 2013:
Across Nevada on US 50, "The Loneliest Road in the Country", October 2013:
Mount Evans (the highest paved road in North America) August 2013:
Canada in June 2013: http://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=109872
Monument Valley in March 2013:
Bryce Canyon in February 2013:
Milford, Utah in December 2012:
Nevada and Idaho in November 2012:
Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2012:
Yellowstone National Park in May 2012:
Death Valley in February 2012:
Pike's Peak in July 2011:
Route 66 in April 2010:
Isuzu 6 cyl Diesel Cold Start 2 years out of chassis!! run before autopsy
Cold start, Old start, of this isuzu 6cyl 5.7 diesel.
its been out of the truck for about 2 years, and still had enough life in
her to fire up without too much assistance!
run before i autopsy it and show the damage done. it looks like it runs
well enough, right?
everyone say thankyou to the red rocket for doing all the hard work ;-)
thanks for watching!
1977 THUNDERBIRD, SLIMMING DOWN INCREASED SALES
FOR '77 THUNDERBIRD LOST 900 POUNDS AND 10 INCHES OF LENGTH. RESULT?
WHOPPING INCREASE IN SALES. THE SEVENTH GENERATION T-BIRD WAS A LUCKY
SEVEN INDEED. COMPARE 1976 UNITS OF ONLY 52,935 WHILE IN 1977 T-BIRD SALES
SOARED TO 318,140! THERE WERE 3 ENGINES OFFERED A 302 CID, 130 HP, A 351
CID, 135 HP, AND A 400 CID, 173 HP. TWO MODELS WERE OFFERED, A HARDTOP
COUPE AND A MORE LUXURIOUS TOWN LANDAU COUPE. THE OPTION LIST THIS YEAR
WAS VIRTUALLY ENDLESS AND MANY CUSTOMERS DRESSED THEIR NEW THUNDERBIRD TO
THE MAX. THIS 7TH GENERATION T-BIRD WAS BUILT BETWEEN 1977 AND 1979 AND
TOTAL SALES FOR THESE THREE YEARS APPROACH THE ONE MILLION MARK, A VERY
SUCCESSFUL FORD PRODUCT. THUNDERBIRD PRODUCTION WOULD NEVER REACH THESE
NUMBERS EVER AGAIN. FEATURES OF THESE NEW DESIGNED THUNDERBIRDS INCLUDE
HIDDEN HEADLAMPS, OPERA WINDOWS, LANDAU PADDED ROOFS, PINSTRIPPING, EGG
CRATE GRILLE, FAUX WOODGRAIN DASH, AND TWO-TONE PAINT OPTIONS. THANKS
VERY MUCH FOR VIEWING THIS ORIGINAL SURVIVOR.
1969 Camaro RS/SS First Start up in 28 Years
Working on getting my dads new project car, a 69 Camaro started after sitting for
28 years untouched and uncovered in an Anchorage, Alaska back yard. It was
originally a big block/4speed car but was swapped to a 327 in the early
80's. The engine was covered in leafs, moss and debris and had no air
cleaner, headers or half the spark plugs when we got it. The car has been
parked since 1984, watch to see if we get it going! Don't pay any
attention to the Z28 badges someone added those long ago and it was
originally Daytona Yellow not white. More details coming soon....