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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2010, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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hi everyone!i have a '69 caprice 2-door coupe with 78000 original miles and i'm here for advice and knowledge from like-minded enthuseists.oil pump just let go at 70 mph and the idiot light had burned out.i'll be in the engine section for a while.look forward to talking to everyone.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2010, 11:14 PM
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Welcome! Don't feel too bad, same thing happened to my '69 once. 70mph, lost oil pressure, light doesn't work. After the rebuild, I installed an oil pressure gauge
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2010, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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thanks ak99.mechanical gauges are on to-do list.not a fan of idiot lights!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2010, 11:27 PM
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Welcome Chris, To bad about the engine.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-11-2010, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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thanks larry.that has got to the worst feeling in the world.one moment if cruising down rt 2 in mass headed towards concord with my girl sleepn on my lap,and the next,click,click,boom!and the engine dies...at 7 pm.thank god for local gearheads!towed with inside storage for 3 days for only 75 bucks!
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-12-2010, 09:01 AM
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Welcome to the Team Chris!

Gauges are only worthwhile if you have trained yourself to look at them constantly while driving (it also helps to orient a full 270 degree sweep gauge so that normal is straight up; instead of how most people install them so you can read who made the gauge).

In addition to my full compliment of Autometer Pro Comp 2-5/8th inch mechanical gauges I installed a Holley 5 psi oil pressure switch that will ground out the ignition should oil pressure ever fall below that point. The normal back feed wire from the starter has power from the start position of the ignition key to feed the HEI distributor until the motor builds oil pressure when cranking.

http://www.holley.com/12-810.asp

This way should I be distracted by everyone elses driving while attempting to avoid the junk in the road that rips off your oil pan it will still save the motor (and let's be honest; no one ever checks gauges as frequently as they should while cruising mile after trouble free mile).

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-12-2010, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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thanks big dave!the new motor will definately have a switch like that wired in.cheap insurance for a hefty$$$ motor!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-13-2010, 08:43 AM
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All new guys need to check in with Marshal Dillion
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