Author: shadango

81 Dippy brake light switch

Found that my brake lights were not working at all…..all 4 dead……did the usual checks…bulbs, fuse….

Turns out the witch on the pedal was not…er…switching. It was loose on the mount so first thing I tried was to tighten it up a bit…no …

Fuel pump for 318 small block

I have an angry cam in my 318 and have always struggled to get it tuned good for idle — edelbrock 600 carb -recently tore it all down and cleaned ot all etc and have been tinkering to reset stuff….have the idle as good as it will ever be, but in my…

81 Diplomat Cruise control fuse?

Hey all

When I originally got the car a few years back the cruise worked….used it on the way home from the purchase even. About 38k miles on the car. Yes it is a “survivor” as they say.

But anyways….at some point sometime the cruise stopped working…I don’t do a lot of highway miles with it so I haven’t been too concerned.

But of course when the tinkering bug takes hold, look out…LOL

I have the service manual…..went through the items. The brake stop switch is way up under the…

81 Diplomat Cruise control fuse?

Car covers

So what car covers are y’all using for your cars that have to live outside?

We bought a Coverite cover from Pep Boys some 9 years ago (braded as a “premiumtech” but made by Coverite)…..

it works well, and is MOSTLY used inside……

Went to look for the same cover and premium tech is out of business, as is coverite….or at least you cannot seem to buy them anywhere…I figured out that they appear to have made the Barret-Jackson line of covers , but that line is ALSO not available…

Car covers

Oil – synthetic blend versus straight mineral oil in our oldies but goodies

I have been running Valvoline 10w30 conventional in our slant 6s and my older (92 and 78) 318 engines for years…..

Seems now that straight 10w30 in Valvoline at least is selling at $28 for 5 quarts but the "max life synthetic blend for high mil…

Want to go a little wider than stock…

So our 81 Dippy two door is equipped with the stock size wheels/hubcaps and 205 75r 15 skinny white walls.

I’d like to go wider….not necessary shorter or taller…want to keep that stuff the same so I do not need to change the odometer gear….just a little wider.

Just put brand new KYB gas adjust shocks on her and now I need to look at the tires…..two front ones need replaced … bad idler arm and an inattentive kid driving it ended up with the inner and outer edges worn out…idler…

Want to go a little wider than stock…

F body rear seatbelt mounting

Well, we found that the floor around the outer rear seat belt (right side) bolt rusted out……its goofy….the metal right AROUND the plate, save for a quarter inch border, is perfect….still body color etc….that is looking at it from the wheel we…