I bought a 1987 740 Turbo from someone a few days ago. It was only $300
and I really needed a car, having just been in an accident with my only
other means of transportation.
The can (a wagon) is mechanically in reasonably good shape. The engine
purrs, and moves well. The previous owner was a proficient mechanic who
did most of the work himself. He did recently replace most of the wiring
under the hood himself.
There are a few problems I have with it, all of which I would like to
work on myself. I'm not a mechanic, and I don't do much hands on with
cars, but I'm eager to try (my skills end at tire changes, battery
issues and simple oil changes).
If anyone can answer these questions, I would appreciate it a lot.
1) The most annoying problem, is I think, and electrical short somewhere
between the door switch and the dome light. Even with the door closed,
if the key is in the ignition it will constantly sound the wanting bell
(DING DING DING DING DING... :) I can sometimes get it to stop if I
jiggle the dome light housing. I've tried completely disconnecting the
housing, bulbs, even removing fuse #5, but with no luck.
When I bought it, all the bulbs had burnt out. I'm going to replace them
2) If I don't let the engine warm up for 30sec to 1min, it stalls as
soon as I put it into gear. Is there a way to help this? Better oil? I
believe the current owner used regular 10w40.
I live in Los Angeles, so it's a fairly warm temperature, but not
excessively hot at this time of year (maybe 90's, but I only drive at
night/early morning). Would a colder temperature oil like 5w30 help?
3) The gas pedel is a lot stiffer than my last vehicle, any way to slick
this up a little?
4) The owner removed the old stereo. I want to pull the one from my
wrecked Plymouth Voyager and hood it up, but I don't know how
complicated the wiring would be.
All that is left, are two bundles of wires which have been cut at the
end. The bundles each lead back to a plug, which is hooked up to the
cars internal wiring. Might the new radio be able to plug directly into
that plug? Or would I need to do some splicing/soldering?
I certainly plan on investing some money over time in this car, I like
it a lot. It's sadly going to need a lot of new upholstry due to years
I love this car, I wish I'd bought one sooner. Thanks for the help :-)