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Old 08-29-2005, 05:01   #1 (permalink)
Russ
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142 Emergency repair story

Hello All

I just wanted to share a quick story about my amazing roadside repair
on my 1973 142.

About a week ago I was picking up my teenager from school when my 142
started making the most awful squealing and grinding sound. I pulled
over in a church parking lot and took a look under the hood.

Much to my surprise the adjusting bolt that holds the alternator in
place had sheared off and the alternator had moved inward and was
rubbing against the bracket. I still cannot figure out how that bolt
sheared off unless my mechanic over tightened it. However it has been
a few years since I have adjusted that belt. So I'm at a loss.

The big worry was tools. I had a small tool set in the car that
contains a reversible screwdriver with 2 tips, a flashlight, a tin of
fuses and one 1/2 inch wrench and a small adjustable wrench.

I was able to use my thumb to spin out the bolt remnant from the
alternator. I then looked around the car for a suitable temporary
replacement bolt. I found one holding the passenger seat to the
chassis. I used the 1/2 inch wrench to remove it and install it back
on the alternator. I used my lug wrench to pry the alternator down to
tighten the belt.

The cool part is it all worked! I've checked it a couple of times
since and it is still tight and functioning perfectly. I put a new
blot in the seat and it is just fine too.

Gosh I love my 142.

Regards
Russ

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Old 08-29-2005, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 142 Emergency repair story

nice....is a 142 considered
a "amazon"..??

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Old 08-29-2005, 20:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 142 Emergency repair story

In article <1125314402.853609.12220@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
Russ <russ.wright@gmail.com> wrote:
>Hello All


>I just wanted to share a quick story about my amazing roadside repair
>on my 1973 142.


>About a week ago I was picking up my teenager from school when my 142
>started making the most awful squealing and grinding sound. I pulled
>over in a church parking lot and took a look under the hood.

[ ... ]
>I was able to use my thumb to spin out the bolt remnant from the
>alternator. [ ... ]


Now _that_ is a miracle. I had the pivot (lower) bolt break off on
my 145; getting the stub out of the boss on the block was a major
headache--I ended up drilling a hole into it, grinding a square spire
on the end of a broken screwdriver, pounding it in and turning with
pliers until it finally came loose.

>The cool part is it all worked! I've checked it a couple of times
>since and it is still tight and functioning perfectly. I put a new
>blot in the seat and it is just fine too.


Nice improvisation. Remind me to toss an assortment of bolts into the
car...

>Gosh I love my 142.


Yes, it's possible to do fixes like this on the 140s. My 145 should get
a new head and a few other things this week, then become my daily driver
again.


Gary


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The Intel ASCI Red supercomputer placed first in the 11/97 list of
the top 500 supercomputers in the world, at 1.338 TeraFLOPs max.
As of 6/05, it wouldn't make the list.
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Old 08-29-2005, 20:01   #4 (permalink)
Randy G.
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Re: 142 Emergency repair story

To your tool kit add:
-Tie wraps
-electrical tape and duct tape (the good stuff)
-locking pliers (Vicegrips)
-and unless you carry one, a pocket knife
-A few lengths of wire (around 12 ga. or thereabouts).


Was on a motorcycle ride along the Pacific Coast Highway with a
teaching friend. We just took off after school together. Somewhere
along the highway between Santa Monica and Oxnard or so his Triumph
just died. he tried to restart it and threw his hand in the air. He
told me he fgot a huge shock. I knew right away that his kill switch
and/or ignition switch had died (Imagine that! A Brit bike with
electrical problems!). I pulled out the pliers/wire cutters from teh
BMW's tool kit and walked to the nearest utility pole, and sure
enough, there was an 18" length of heavy wire discarded on the ground.
I disconnected the Triumph's ignition coil and ran a wire from the
battery + to the + side of the coil ("hot wired"). It got us home, and
needless to say, he chucked the kill switch into the trash.



"Russ" <russ.wright@gmail.com> wrote:

>Hello All
>
>I just wanted to share a quick story about my amazing roadside repair
>on my 1973 142.
>
>About a week ago I was picking up my teenager from school when my 142
>started making the most awful squealing and grinding sound. I pulled
>over in a church parking lot and took a look under the hood.
>
>Much to my surprise the adjusting bolt that holds the alternator in
>place had sheared off and the alternator had moved inward and was
>rubbing against the bracket. I still cannot figure out how that bolt
>sheared off unless my mechanic over tightened it. However it has been
>a few years since I have adjusted that belt. So I'm at a loss.
>
>The big worry was tools. I had a small tool set in the car that
>contains a reversible screwdriver with 2 tips, a flashlight, a tin of
>fuses and one 1/2 inch wrench and a small adjustable wrench.
>
>I was able to use my thumb to spin out the bolt remnant from the
>alternator. I then looked around the car for a suitable temporary
>replacement bolt. I found one holding the passenger seat to the
>chassis. I used the 1/2 inch wrench to remove it and install it back
>on the alternator. I used my lug wrench to pry the alternator down to
>tighten the belt.
>
>The cool part is it all worked! I've checked it a couple of times
>since and it is still tight and functioning perfectly. I put a new
>blot in the seat and it is just fine too.
>
>Gosh I love my 142.
>
>Regards
>Russ


__ __
Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
\__/olvos
'90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
"Shelby" & "Kate"
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Old 08-29-2005, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 142 Emergency repair story

In article <1125337598.311713.22210@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com>,
~^ beancounter ~^ <richbonilla@yahoo.com> wrote:
>nice....is a 142 considered
>a "amazon"..??


No, those were the 120 series.


Gary

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The Intel ASCI Red supercomputer placed first in the 11/97 list of
the top 500 supercomputers in the world, at 1.338 TeraFLOPs max.
As of 6/05, it wouldn't make the list.
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Old 08-30-2005, 08:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 142 Emergency repair story

120's...thanx Gary.......some cool pics
on google images.....

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Old 08-30-2005, 09:01   #7 (permalink)
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"Russ" <russ.wright@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1125314402.853609.12220@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> Hello All
>
> I just wanted to share a quick story about my amazing roadside repair
> on my 1973 142.
>
> About a week ago I was picking up my teenager from school when my 142
> started making the most awful squealing and grinding sound. I pulled
> over in a church parking lot and took a look under the hood.
>
> Much to my surprise the adjusting bolt that holds the alternator in
> place had sheared off and the alternator had moved inward and was
> rubbing against the bracket. I still cannot figure out how that bolt
> sheared off unless my mechanic over tightened it. However it has been
> a few years since I have adjusted that belt. So I'm at a loss.
>
> The big worry was tools. I had a small tool set in the car that
> contains a reversible screwdriver with 2 tips, a flashlight, a tin of
> fuses and one 1/2 inch wrench and a small adjustable wrench.
>
> I was able to use my thumb to spin out the bolt remnant from the
> alternator. I then looked around the car for a suitable temporary
> replacement bolt. I found one holding the passenger seat to the
> chassis. I used the 1/2 inch wrench to remove it and install it back
> on the alternator. I used my lug wrench to pry the alternator down to
> tighten the belt.
>
> The cool part is it all worked! I've checked it a couple of times
> since and it is still tight and functioning perfectly. I put a new
> blot in the seat and it is just fine too.
>
> Gosh I love my 142.
>
> Regards
> Russ
>

No doubt about it - the 140s are hard to stop. When the temperature hit 50C
in Phoenix I turned the key in my trusty 145 and the battery blew up. No
problem; I cranked the idle screw up 1/2 turn and got a jump from a buddy,
then drove it home. Don't try that with a computerized car.

On vacation one time the alternator seized (celebrating 250K miles,
apparently). We had a Dodge (our second car) along so I loosened the
alternator belt to turn the fan/water pump and to slip on the alternator
pulley. By swapping batteries we crossed half of Arizona with a seized
alternator. A few months later the A/C compressor pulley bearing seized in
the Dodge and we had to tow it two blocks home.

Mike


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Old 08-30-2005, 09:01   #8 (permalink)
Clay
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Re: 142 Emergency repair story

Gary Heston wrote:
>...
>
> Now _that_ is a miracle. I had the pivot (lower) bolt break off on
> my 145; getting the stub out of the boss on the block was a major
> headache--I ended up drilling a hole into it, grinding a square spire
> on the end of a broken screwdriver, pounding it in and turning with
> pliers until it finally came loose...


A quick tip for removing bolts that are sheared off flush with (or
slightly below)the hole.
If it's not totally bottomed out or seized, one of these automatic
center punches will usually get it out.
Snap a dimple out from the center but not so close to the edge that you
coin the threads. Once you have a dimple started, lean the punch over
and keep snapping...
ymmv.


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Old 08-30-2005, 18:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: 142 Emergency repair story

I suppose every classic car enthusiasist gets sentimental about their 30+
year old rides...

My first Volvo was '71 144, purchased used 2 yrs in '73 with 33,000 miles.
Since then, I strayed twice, once for Audi that I purchased on emergency
need, once for Mitsubishi that I purchased from Volvo's Used Lot. Like the
Prodigal Son, I've returned to the Volvo family (now grown a little since it
bought Ford and Jaguar).

Talking how well Volvo's hold their prices? I remember a BMW ad campaign in
the 70's, bragging that it retained 102% of original price for a few years.
Funny thing was that at the same time, the Volvos 140's were averaging 103%.
The 144 that I bought used was very close to original price. The '91 240
that I sold last month to the first customer that looked? I sold for more
than I paid for it 5 years ago. Unfortunately, the profit is probably not
enough to pay for my psychotherapy, now needed to understand why I sold a
perfectly good 240, the best used car ever made. The good news: I replaced
with low miles, well serviced, low priced 850, and now have a brand new
personal makeover. I've had to hire bodyguards to keep the fans away.

It's not a car - it's a lifestyle.

Pat Q
(still tinkering with my '70 1800E :)

"Russ" <russ.wright@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1125314402.853609.12220@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> Hello All
>
> I just wanted to share a quick story about my amazing roadside repair
> on my 1973 142.
>
> About a week ago I was picking up my teenager from school when my 142
> started making the most awful squealing and grinding sound. I pulled
> over in a church parking lot and took a look under the hood.
>
> Much to my surprise the adjusting bolt that holds the alternator in
> place had sheared off and the alternator had moved inward and was
> rubbing against the bracket. I still cannot figure out how that bolt
> sheared off unless my mechanic over tightened it. However it has been
> a few years since I have adjusted that belt. So I'm at a loss.
>
> The big worry was tools. I had a small tool set in the car that
> contains a reversible screwdriver with 2 tips, a flashlight, a tin of
> fuses and one 1/2 inch wrench and a small adjustable wrench.
>
> I was able to use my thumb to spin out the bolt remnant from the
> alternator. I then looked around the car for a suitable temporary
> replacement bolt. I found one holding the passenger seat to the
> chassis. I used the 1/2 inch wrench to remove it and install it back
> on the alternator. I used my lug wrench to pry the alternator down to
> tighten the belt.
>
> The cool part is it all worked! I've checked it a couple of times
> since and it is still tight and functioning perfectly. I put a new
> blot in the seat and it is just fine too.
>
> Gosh I love my 142.
>
> Regards
> Russ
>



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Old 08-30-2005, 21:01   #10 (permalink)
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In article <1125413027.931701.58820@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
~^ beancounter ~^ <richbonilla@yahoo.com> wrote:
>120's...thanx Gary.......some cool pics
>on google images.....


Yes, but the P1800 was even cooler. Also a high-mileage record holder.


Gary

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the top 500 supercomputers in the world, at 1.338 TeraFLOPs max.
As of 6/05, it wouldn't make the list.
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