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John S

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  • Birthday 08/24/1959

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    Mcdonough GA
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    John Szymanski
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    Nat. gas compressor engine tech

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  1. John S

    Manual Transmission Montes

    1970 350 4 spd. black cloth interior Black exterior, original color Fathom Blue. John S
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    master cylinder

    I don't have a picture mine does not have one. As Dennis stated earlier these cars have been through many owners and you do not know what was taken off or what was put on whether it was original or not. John S
  3. John S

    master cylinder

    Do all 1970 Monte Carlo's with front disc brakes have that rear hold off valve at the differential?
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    master cylinder

    I will check them again but I replaced them three years ago. They may very well be bad, with the way things are made today they don't last like they used to. Usually I try to figure out the only thing that changed, and that is the banjo bolts. The old ones had the 5/8 hex head and the new ones I put on are the ones with a 7/16 hex head flange bolt. Both banjo bolts are 7/16 - 20. John S
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    master cylinder

    Thanks I have the square one. Good to know if I replace with the Bendix type I will need the correct actuator rod also. Having a little brake issue now. Pedal feels "different", feels hard, how's that for specific. When I rebuilt the calipers and took it on first test ride I had maybe 20% front brakes. I believe maybe the piston, or ball in the proportioning valve may have shifted. I then learned that the brake light did not work at the proportioning valve switch. By loosening some brake lines and jamming the pedal hard I believe I reset it as the front end dives and feels better but when I hit the brakes hard they will not lock up, did the Fantomworks 3,2,1 hit the brakes hard test. I pressure bled brakes and I did use a wedge to push the "button" on the metering valve in when bleeding both manually and with the pressure bleeder. The last time I manually bled them I did not use the wedge for the metering valve, and they did bleed fine except it was slow on the first pump. I am leaning toward the booster but that seems to pass the tests that I read about to test it. Check valve is OK vacuum line to booster is not collapsed. I am thinking booster, master cyl., or proportioning valve. Or maybe metering valve. Eventually I will figure it out I usually do but if anybody has any ideas I'm listening. John S
  6. John S

    master cylinder

    Does someone have a picture of the correct master cylinder for a 1970 monte w/ PB. I have seen a couple of types one with a single bale and one with two. Which one is correct? Or are both types correct? John S
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    Hey Thomas not to keep beating a dead horse but I did use a depth mic the measure the recess where the thermostat sits in the manifold. There is a lot of corrosion and pitting there and it measures .040 left side and .034 rt side. A friend has an Edelbrock manifold and his measured .070. I'm sure that also has something to do with this issue. John S
  8. John S

    radiator specs

    I believe they both are 1 1/2" John S
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    I was able to find the same part number that came out of it put it in no problems. But while I was there I had the parts guy bring out two identical thermostats and I had one that I purchased the week before all three the same part number. I took my caliper and measured the flange thickness on one was .034 on the second one .044 and on the third .051. Then I measured the flange diameter of the thermostat two of them were 2.125 and one was 2.117. I personally don't think that says much for quality control. Oh well that's enough for this problem. John S
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    It has been thoroughly cleaned the gasket is the flat type. The problem I have is the thermostat does not sit flush with the manifold when installed. As I stated this is a simple job but every thermostat that I buy when installed in the groove it sits higher than the manifold I do not know if it's because of poor overseas quality but the one I had in there previously said made in USA . Unfortunately the part number is no good anymore I thought I was losing my mind over this until I let a couple of car buddies compare thermostats and they could see the difference One thing for sure if I continue to do the same thing over and over again I'm going to get the same result. Far too much BS involved in a simple job. John S
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    The third picture is the new one on the left and the one out of the car on the right. Fourth picture is the new premium on left and the new economy on the right. the last two show caliper measurements premium and economy NAPA thermostats. The first and second pictures you can visually see the difference. As I said previously this is something you do not consider and you don,t expect something like this until you crack a couple housing and investigate why. John S
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    When I get home and on my computer I have pictures of both thermostats with a caliper on them that way you can see the difference between them One I believe is .044 thick the other one is .066 thick
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    Correct but the problem I had was that the economy thermostat would fit fine the premium thermostat was thicker and of course when you tighten down the factory water outlet housing there is a gap between the housing and the intake that the gasket cannot make up so it cracks the housing.I prefer to stay away from the chrome ones with the O-ring they are very thin and cheaply made. The only difference I noticed from a premium thermostat from an economy thermostat was the thickness they are both made for a 1970 Monte Carlo 350 but one evidently does not fit correctly. When I pulled the housing off there was no compression on the gasket and I used a felpro 35062 gasket. Now I have an aftermarket aluminum housing that seems to be working but I'm using the economy thermostat not the premium . Parts made in China evidently are not made to the same standards as those made in the USA. John S
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    Has anyone had this problem before. Simple job R&R thermostat. The new thermostat has a thicker outer ring at the edge of thermostat. It is .022 thicker than the old one when I tightened the housing it cracked. I got a new GM housing and that one cracked too. That is when I compared the two thermostats and discovered the difference. I was using a torque wrench and only got to 15 ft lbs. Never had that happen before never even thought about checking. Both thermostats are NAPA brand premium. Anyone ever have this issue. Using a straight edge across the thermostat you can clearly see a larger gap between straight edge and manifold. Obvious why it cracked. John S
  15. John S

    Going Under The Knife

    I had trigger finger release done on three fingers 15 months ago. I was awake they did local anesthesia, good results. John S