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Neb
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From: Sasakwa, OK, USA
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 12-28-2005 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neb        Reply w/Quote
Hey out there,
Just thought I'd let you know the ole 351 runs like brand new after tune-up & carb. rebuild. Also, gettin' a little rough with door lock worked also. Car runs like new. Front end is so solid I can't believe it. Not a squeak, runs down the road soooo good.
I guess the next project will be to get the headlight doors to shut when car starts. Any advice? Maybe vacuum lines or the canister? Everything is so original on this car that these things may be the problem. Just worn out maybe? Thanks all!!

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70 351 Cougar
68 289 Mustang
70 340 Challenger R/T
65 H.D. Panhead Chopper
8 Kids, 1 Wife, No Peace

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 12-29-2005 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
That's great to hear. The headlight doors are probably just a case of making sure all the moving parts are free then finding the vacuum leaks. Run the lines like you would find an electrical short; find where the vacuum ends then pinpoint where it loses it, starting at the intake.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL

Neb
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Posts: 15
From: Sasakwa, OK, USA
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 12-29-2005 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neb        Reply w/Quote
Hello Steve,
Thanks for info. Will be working on this over the weekend. I have what is probably a dumb question. I have worked on cars or bikes quite a bit over the years (no pro, that's for sure), but I have never worked on a car with hidden headlights. How do they work? When you turn on lights, what makes the doors open? I feel kinda uneducated (dumb)!! Thanks!

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70 351 Cougar
68 289 Mustang
70 340 Challenger R/T
65 H.D. Panhead Chopper
8 Kids, 1 Wife, No Peace

Neb
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From: Sasakwa, OK, USA
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 12-30-2005 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neb        Reply w/Quote
Well, now I feel a little lazy along with uneducated. Found the "classic cougar encata". Man, killer info! Anyway, read a bit of it and came across info on that little valve that allows headlight doors to remain open. Found it in my car and guess what? I turned it!!!! and the doors shut! Boy am I smart?!?!? Still need to look at system a bit more as doors slowly open back up after car has been off about 15 minutes.

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70 351 Cougar
68 289 Mustang
70 340 Challenger R/T
65 H.D. Panhead Chopper
8 Kids, 1 Wife, No Peace

kwazykat
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From: ...a wonderful place to be.... orange county... NC!!!! M&M member #92 .... a blue-oval GRRL-deluxe.....
Registered: Jun 99

posted 01-02-2006 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kwazykat        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Neb:
.... doors slowly open back up after car has been off about 15 minutes.


funny, my 69 cat-vertible acts the same way .... those babies close up when she is running in the daytime.... however, as soon as i park her [it can take days or it can take hours but...] those cat-eyes will eventually open up...... we found a vacuum leak we thought was the issue.... but that didn't cure it.... my 67 on the other hand has a great cattitude and opens/closes accordingly.....

keep me posted if you find the cure!
my COUGRRRL could sure benefit from it!


kk

68 S-code GT
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From: Sayreville, NJ, US
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posted 01-04-2006 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
Maybe there is a small hole in the diaphragm of the headlight door actuator?

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