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Date registered: Dec 2004
Vehicle: 1967 200
Location: Vashon, WA
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newbie help for 67 200 gas
My new old car and I could use some advice:
The car had been sitting for about a year or so outside without cover, and had only been started a few times- but never run. I knew that the engine smoked significantly, but it started and ran fine.
When I went to pick it up, I put fresh gas in it, it started without issue- but when I went to drive it, the brakes had locked. With a bit of cajoling, it moved and seemed to go and stop fine- there wasn't any grinding noises, so I thought all was well. I drove it a few times for short distances, and it still seemed OK.
Today I decided to change the oil... everything went fine, but I couldn't get the filter to tighten correctly at first, and oil poured out of the bottom where the bolt enters... I tightened the hell out of it, and the oil stopped coming out. I decided to take it for a bit longer drive to see if the oil change made a difference... and it smokes worse than it did before, but the power is better. About 30 minutes into the drive, I noticed that in addition to the smoke from the rear of the car, there was now smoke coming from the right front side... I was just about home, and when I pulled into my driveway, the smoke from the front was worse than the smoke from the back.
I parked the car, and the bloody right front brake shoe and pad were glowing red! And while I was looking, I noticed that the leak from the oil filter had come back, and the bolt was now spurting oil.
So in addition to feeling like a complete ass about driving around for a week with a locked front brake and not noticing, I have somehow botched getting the oil filter seated properly... and no matter how I try, I can't get the leak to stop from the bottom of the housing.
Does anyone have any guidance about how to diagnose and fix any of these issues? Have I fried my brakes? Did I leave something out when I replaced the oil filter (in my book there is a washer between the bolt and the filter housing- and when I removed the bolt there was no washer, or is there a trick to getting the filter properly seated? And what about the smoking engine... it seems to have good compression, doesn't visibly use oil (on the dipstick or no drips- BEFORE I tried to change the oil!)- does anyone know any tricks to get a few more miles out of the engine before I need to rebuild it?
Lots of questions... sorry!