26 October 2016

The Wrenchmen: Waking a slumbering Goat

Davin and Matt travel to Dallas, Texas, where they help Chris with engine and brake issues on his Pontiac GTO in order to get it back on the road after 10 years in automotive purgatory.

30 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Larry Quay Riverside Ca October 30, 2016 at 20:31
    Are you still casting Projects? I Need help with my 69 Shelby GT 350 4 speed Classic. She needs A clutch, Carb cleaned/rebuilt. Brakes checked and fuel system looked @ fuel gauge not working. Of course an oil change Car not running for 3 years. Currently insured with Hagerty. Thanks Larry
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    Laurie Stragand Denver November 7, 2016 at 16:44
    My father has a 1954 Alpha Romeo, body by Touring, he has tried to finish but military deployments, 3 children and finally moving to Colorado Springs has not allowed him the time to complete one of his dream projects. How may I get the auto and him considered for your Wrenchmen show? Thank you, Laurie
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    Phillip Hall Cumming, GA November 14, 2016 at 13:45
    Loved this video about the Wrenchman helping wake a slumbering goat. I have a 1965 Chevy C10 Pickup. Been trying to restore/rebuild for 10 years. A 67, my body just can't do it anymore. Had friends who promised to help, but you know how that works. Anyway, how can I get consideration to have you guys come to my garage and help me with my truck project? Phil Hall
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    David Watkins Springfield, OH / Canton, TX November 16, 2016 at 08:40
    I desperately need their help. I have a 1963 Studebaker Avanti that I bought because it matched the car I used to win with on my HO race set when I was a kid. Got rid of the race set but kept the HO model car. I always wanted the "real car" and finally bought it 8 years ago. Started working on it and became disabled. I can only do a very little bit at a time and I have to feel really good to do that. All that needs to be done is the ends of the wires replaced (burned with engine heat), the exhaust system installed, and all of the chrome put back on. I'm just physically unable to complete it. I'd love to have the car running, but I'm on the edge of selling it because I can't stand to see it just linger in the garage. I also bought a VW powered trike kit and it's in the same shape. My wife and I always loved motorcycling but we realized we were getting older and would need a trike "someday". With both of us now disabled that day is now and we're unable to complete the kit because of the disability. Again I have all of the parts, it's ready to go together, but I desperately need help. I'd be eternally grateful if you'd consider either project.
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    Ken Geelhaar Parkville, Md November 23, 2016 at 10:33
    Car guys helping car guys, I loved watching it. Great job guys! It makes me proud to have an insurance company that understands us and isn't just a taker.
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    MARTIN RIDGE Texas December 13, 2016 at 21:26
    We have a 1966 Ford Mustang. I have a new power brake booster to upgrade from single master. New brake lines and brake kit for the whole car. Plan to do the front bearings as well. Needs a tune up (set timing, tune the carb-390 holly, points replaced with solid state HEI) as well. Would like to upgrade to multi-leaf springs when I put the air shocks on. Have shocks but not the springs. If interested in this peoject please contact me. Thanks.
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    larry Mc Gregor Green Bay Wi December 21, 2016 at 18:57
    My dad has a 1964 GTO clone he has been trying to restore and it is not going well. He is too old and thinks he may never drive it, it is in a shop where it just sits as he and another get time & $ to work on it. IF anyone can help please do so. This is dads email so if you can help fill him in and he w will respond. Thanks this is his son Colin.
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    Mark Koloc Prescott, Arizona January 8, 2017 at 23:10
    I have WWII 1943 White Half-Track that I recovered from the east Africa Desert ... it is complete and all original and is running .... I need to replace the clutch, pressure plate, throw out bearing etc which I have in an original WWII crate ... A very unique vehicle only one of 413 produced and still in existence. The African Queen, would make for a very interesting segment. I insure via Hagerty and am a retired Army Veteran w/32+ years service. ..I have a excellent shop (hanger space) available to work and film in.
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    john Reihan Whitefish, Montana January 25, 2017 at 16:52
    I have a 1960 porsche 356 super project that is stalled out. The body is done and the engine is 80% done. I'm just a little intimidated about completing the job. I could use some help if you guys would ever consider venturing up into NW Montana. The car itself is absolutely beautiful. I have everything....just need a push and some help. Thanks for considering my project. John
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    Chris Becker Great Falls MT January 31, 2017 at 18:52
    I'm a 64 year old Air Force retiree that has a 1977 MG Midget in desperate need of help. Hadn't started it in 2 years and when I did it didn't sound good. It needs more help than I'm capable of giving it. I'm a Hagerty ensuree and could sure use your help. THANKS.
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    Gary Lawrence Oregon March 1, 2017 at 16:40
    Fun show! nice to see old projects and old cars back on the road. 1969 TR6 125th built,, front end rebuild started 4 years ago far from completion, family and health slowed project to a standstill would be great to get the old girl back on the road!
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    Gary Lawrence Oregon March 1, 2017 at 16:40
    Fun show! nice to see old projects and old cars back on the road. 1969 TR6 125th built,, front end rebuild started 4 years ago far from completion, family and health slowed project to a standstill would be great to get the old girl back on the road!
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    Mike Wright Wisconsin March 1, 2017 at 19:02
    worked on a lot of GTO,s sounds like starter needs to be reshimed.If you got time I have a 67 charger Iam redoing stop over and have a look.
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    Sean Kenosha, WI March 2, 2017 at 13:17
    Looks Like The Rear Right Brake Light Is Out. Nice To See Another Goat Tearing Up The Road, Timeless Machine
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    Paul Burrell Aurora, CO March 2, 2017 at 20:34
    I've owned a 1966 Mustang convertible for 40 years and currently 75 years old. Car is 95% restored to original and built with a C-4 transmission. Before I purchased it, it had been converted to a 3-speed. I would like to restore it back to original condition and would love to have my wife be able to drive it...she doesn't do stick shift very well! Any help and/or consideration would be appreciated! I've been a Hagerty customer for 10 years.
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    Ralph Munoz CA March 8, 2017 at 13:21
    I hope they put new tires on it before they went on that date night. I like the video..
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    Fred central Fl March 8, 2017 at 13:40
    Paul i might leave th car a 3 speed, easy to put a 4sp in, think it might be easyer to sell down the road, i have 3 old mustangs, 65,66,68, all nice cars and all automatic........Fred.
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    Scott Prausa Cumming GA March 8, 2017 at 13:40
    HELP MY 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 is blowing blue smoke out the back and leaks oil. I want to be able to drive it to car shows without worrying about it breaking down. Please help me I'm not a mechanic.
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    Craig Woods Florida March 8, 2017 at 14:06
    That starter motor needs to have some shim adjustment. I know that awful starter noise and those Poncho starters can be a bear to get shimmed properly.
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    Bobby Priante Newton , MA. March 8, 2017 at 14:15
    Loved watching the GTO video it brought back a lot of memories. I had a '68 which I restored as well as a '68 Firebird 400 Convertible that I still have. I need help with my sick bird, it seems to have an electrical issue. It shut off in the middle of a highway drive then would do nothing. Then it would start fine after sitting for approx. a day and not restart after shutting it off.
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    Bobby Priante Newton , MA. March 8, 2017 at 14:16
    Loved watching the GTO video it brought back a lot of memories. I had a '68 which I restored as well as a '68 Firebird 400 Convertible that I still have. I need help with my sick bird, it seems to have an electrical issue. It shut off in the middle of a highway drive then would do nothing. Then it would start fine after sitting for approx. a day and not restart after shutting it off.
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    Gary Homer Glen Il March 8, 2017 at 14:23
    I have a 71 Monte Carlo SS that I have owned for over 40 years with 53,000 miles . I drove the Monte to California in 79 when I was 25 and now that I am retired I am planning another trip . But the evaporator is bad and the heater core leaks could use a hand changing them before the trip.
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    Scott Thomas Branford, CT March 8, 2017 at 14:36
    I have a '66 912 which had an oil engine fire in Oct. Haggerty Roadside got us home after I put the fire out with my extinguisher. (Do YOU have one in your car? You should!!) Now, Haggerty requires me to pay to have an engine tear-down for them to decide what caused the fire, and then decide what they will pay for. Would you guys come and help me out. Not only do I not have the money for that, but, I'd rather not have to pay $750 to find out that Haggerty won't pay for any of the fix, when I can spend the $750 on the fix! Catch 22. :(
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    Rick WI March 8, 2017 at 20:04
    They forgot to put in starter shims. You can tell by that horrible wine when they turned over the engine. How could thwy leave it like that. Come on guys, this is a GTO, you dont let a car out sounding like that!!!!.
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    ACZ Georgia March 8, 2017 at 23:53
    So nice to see folks helping out others. Will someone PLEASE teach them how to shim a starter before it needs a new flex plate!!!! That's like fingernails on a blackboard.
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    rick California March 8, 2017 at 12:59
    I cannot get my gas gauge to register. 5 shops, rebuilt gauge, 3 new sending units, and a bunch of money spent. I challenge you to fix.
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    Rex Carpenter Niles MI. 49120 March 9, 2017 at 00:14
    I can't believe they sent that car out with only 1/2 of the brake lights working on the right side, & why in the hell didn't you re-shim that starter. It sounded like it was ripping the teeth right off the flywheel. That starter or flywheel is going to be out of it in a very short time. You guys should have known better then that .
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    rick rowan calgary ab March 25, 2017 at 12:01
    hey guys. you got her goin. i watched you folks puttin it in with the trans and cringed.if it's touching the firewall it's scratching it. you should try a lift plate and putting the trans in first. was the dist in 180 out, or poncho's rotate counter clock . It's hard on the new cam to crank(noisily haha) that long. just grinding your gears. Still though nice to watch your vids.
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    Roger Dixon Hampton, NJ 08827 May 1, 2017 at 11:06
    I am hoping you can help me with our vehicle, a 1985 Monte Carlo. It was purchased about 10 years ago and has basically sat in my garage since then. It has a few fairly minor issues (I think) that prevent my wife and I from using it. Since I am now “semi-retired”, I would like to make it roadworthy, so we can take it out for those Sunday drives. I bought it as it is, so I am unsure of all of the internals. This is what I do know or have been told by the previous owner: • It was built in NY and the original owner moved to CO where he sold it to the person I bought it from. • It has a warmed over 350 engine, bored to 355 cu. in, supposedly 400 hp. Uses premium pump gas. • The heads are cast iron. I don’t believe they are aftermarket. They are supposed to have stainless steel valves. • Has a lumpy Edelbrock Torquer cam, .520 lift w/ Harland Sharp 1.6 roller rockers. • Has electric vacuum assist w/reservoir • Has an Edelbrock intake manifold with a new Edelbrock 650 cfm carb with electric choke. (It had a 950 cfm carb in NY. It was changed in CO). • Has an MSD 6A ignition with an MSD Blaster 2 coil. • Trans is a rebuilt TH200-R4 with a shift kit. I don’t know the stall speed on the converter, but it isn’t too high. • The engine ran hot with the stock radiator, so I installed a Griffin radiator kit w/twin electric fans and a shroud. It now runs pretty much right at 180°. • New 3.42 Positrac ring & pinion w/adjustable Metco billet aluminum upper and lower control arms Here are the current issues it has: Transmission • It does not shift properly. The trans cable/TV cable from the carb to the trans is visibly cobbled up at the carb. I believe it needs a new cable and a proper adjustment. Although I can install a new cable, I am not sure what cable it needs between the trans and the carb, nor how to adjust the cable. • It does not shift into overdrive. I think it is because there is no computer in the car. I know there are aftermarket electronic devices that enable the overdrive to kick in, but I am not sure what is needed to do this. Carburetor • When I changed the plugs after our purchase, it appeared that the car was running very rich. • I think the carb needs to be re-jetted, something I have never done. I know they make jet kits for this carb, but I do not know what jets it currently has or what jets would be appropriate. Perhaps it needs hotter plugs as well. • I would like to have it tuned on a chassis dyno, but I am at a loss as to where to get this done locally, especially somewhere that has the proper expertise. The one chassis dyno shop I visited locally didn’t want to do any carb tuning. They only did tuning on fuel injection in conjunction with computer programming. Electric • It has a parasitic loss that I cannot locate. When I disconnect the negative side of the battery and let the car sit for a week or two, the battery will go dead. If I disconnect the positive side it will not go dead. Something is drawing a small amount of electric and I haven’t been able to locate the source. • The battery is mounted in the trunk. Doesn’t Start When Hot • When I take it out, stop somewhere and shut it off (even for fuel), it usually will not start until it cools down somewhat. It will not even crank over. This has left us temporarily stuck on multiple occasions. I think it is due to the heat coming off the header near the starter, but am not sure. I have a new set of ceramic coated headers and some header heat wrap tape, but due to the unresolved issues above I have not put them on yet. I can also go with a smaller, adjustable indexed starter, but did not want to do that if it isn’t necessary. I am at a loss as to locating a shop that is capable and competent to fix the above issues. Your help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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    Paul Scot August WI 53213 May 13, 2017 at 19:52
    I have a running 1961 Cadillac Series 62 and a bunch of parts but the project is more than 1 guy can handle. Would love your help.

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