Re: swapping a 260 with a 289
Thanks for getting back to me.
I did indeed us a hand held gauge, removed all the plugs, and fixed the throttle open. It just seems that this test relies solely on the starter motor to create the compression, so in this case where I have difficulty starting the engine that it might be harder to know exactly what is causing the pour compression. More than likely it's built up carbons clogging the cylinders, or in some causes the valves may be burned out creating leaks. I also think that my power steering pump may be causing problems because once the engine is started if I crank the wheel over while the engine is at idle it will begin to seize as the pump goes to work, so this may be holding up the crank some. As you can see there are a number of items that need to be rebuilt in this old beauty. It was my aunts and she only took care of things when absolutely necessary.
As far as the tranny goes I'm not totally set on the manual 4-speed, really I would like to keep the original integrity of the interior, but the two speed isn't great with fuel economy and because the car is really a pleasure vehicle I wanted something fun to drive. What kind of modifications, if any, would I have to make to install a three speed auto? Would a c-4 fit in here? Thanks