I got the car running by gapping and cleaning the points, cleaning the distributor cap and rotor and the plugs too. Not knowing if this car is worth the effort, I'm trying to minimize costs and not replace everything as a precaution, but advice is needed on where I should start.
Rotted out rear exhaust.
Rotted out rockers.
Runs rich and fuel disappears quickly.
Spark feels weak.
Points and plugs on the way. In an effort to not waste money, even though it looks like the cap and rotor have some blackness, I've decided not to spend the $45 on the cap and rotor for now.
I should read the zenith carb manuals, but also have received a recommendation to clean out the fuel tank.
The power steering appears to have a pretty significant leak, so bad that it probably isn't worth pouring fluid in the reservoir to fill it up.
I know fluid changes are wise for any old car, and the only record of an oil change was 2 years and 2200 miles ago. But the radiator has sweat marks and the seller admitted filling the radiator three days before my purchase. I'm thinking oil and coolant are the least of my concerns and not worth the money (as long as they are topped off).
If I can get the car running right, sparking consistently and not fouling the plugs, not gushing fluids, then maybe it will be time to "do it right". But I feel I'm a ways from that point.
Does anyone have the "textbook" for bringing back the hunker on a shoestring budget?
Thank you for the advice!
This is my second thread I've created here, and here is the first in case you want to see any pics of videos of the car in question: http://www.benzworld.org/forums/show....php?t=1922049
(I expect people to see that thread and decide it is too long to read it all, so I created this one.)
Replacing the points did not have an immediate effect. Plugs next. Then to choose between tank and carbs.
I discovered why the old points were fried when if pulled them out. Someone has bypassed the resistors in the ignition setup and apparently connected the coil directly to the points. My new $12 points are fried. I will post pics in the original thread. Time to research HotSpark I guess.