Well, you should try to find one that is rust free. Expect to replace the
plastic climate control servo as they all crack and leak. And when you replace
it, you should get an aluminum servo from George Murphy at Performance
Analysis. Other than the poor gas mileage you will certainly enjoy (you know
the engine compression is about 8 to 1), you should have fun with your new toy.
Apparently there are higher compression pistons available, and accompanied
with port and polishing the heads and fitting better exhaust headers one can
expect in excess of 350hp, but I think 210Kw, 550Nm will keep me interested
for a short time.
Thanks for the tips.
Make sure the auto climate control works, cycle it through max heat,
max cooling. These cars used an analog servo system, designed by
Chrysler, that is very failure prone, mainly the servo.
The servo is easily visible and is located near the right front
firewall, at the top. It's about the size of a small cabbage and
that's likely what its made from. It has 10 vacuum lines in a harness
as well as about 10 electrical connections in two harnesses and 4
heater hoses connected to it. Very easy to spot. Great idea putting
vacuum, hot water, and electric all in one complex unit, don't u
They fail by either cracking and leaking, or having the motor works
inside no longer function correctly, or both. This thing controls all
the heater flaps by vacuum, blower motor speeds, ac compressor, heater
water flow, etc.
If you need a new one, I believe the company that built them, no
longer does. Performance Analysis in Oak Ridge, TN offers a rebuilt
one with an aluminum housing, for I believe $500 and a lifetime repair
price of $100. The plastic housing was one of the prime failure
points, due to cracking.
If you have one that works, make sure to cycle it from max cool to max
heat at least once a month. That moves the servo gear works thru the
full rotation, helping keep it in shape.
Have it checked out by a person knowledgable of cars of this era. the
HVAC system, and the suspension need to be checked. The suspension is the
only unique part of the car besides the motor. Make sure the door locks
(including trunk and gas door) work, the sunroof works, no rust, etc.
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