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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 66

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2E THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Vintage Wheels Your boyfriend's right, so let him replace radiator on Tercel Click And Clack Talk Cars TOM AND RAY MAGLIOZZI .. f :,J i i r The 1935 Graham has a restored engine, transmission, rear and front ends, and brakes. 1935 Graham a crackerjack sedan Graham Brothers from approxi- ' marplu iLiyxtn MA I hp rnmna. ny is still around, he said, but it's au subsidiary of Gulf & Western. ; t i . , . r i ' raris are relatively easy 10 una because it has a 6-cylinder Conti nental engine that's similar to'- -' Dear Tom and Ray: My '84 Tercel temperature gauge approaches the red mark when I drive on the highway. At speeds under 40, it's fine. -Turning on the heat inside the car seems to make the needle go down a little. I have had the thermostat and radiator cap replaced. My boy- "friend checked the water pump and pronounced it OK (he's a weekend mechanic). He thinks the radiator is clogged. Is there a way to check this? -And if so, do I have to buy a whole new radiator? Tom: Some radiators can be flow-tested and, if they are plugged up, they can be "de-clogged." But for this radiator, it's just not worth it. " Ray: Right. Based on your description of the problem (the high-speed overheating), and the things you've already tried, it almost certainly is a ..plugged-up radiator. So I would just have your boyfriend check the core for any signs of deterioration, and if he sees any at all, go ahead and get a ..new radiator. Tom: A radiator for this car should cost less than $200, which is cheap as far as radiators go. And I'm sure your boyfriend is dying to learn how to put one of these in (fortunately, it's very easy on a Tercel). Ray: But in the meantime, I would urge you not to drive it. If the temperature gauge is near the -red mark, you're overheating the engine and risking serious long-term damage to the engine. And unless your boyfriend is dying to learn how to ' install a new head gasket or cylinder head, too, I'd park this thing until it's fixed, OK? . Pressure test cooling system Dear Tom and Ray: I seem to have a problem -with my '90 Ford Tempo. I have a leak in the : cooling system and I'm stumped. After driving the car, I often hear the sizzle of coolant hitting the . exhaust. I can sometimes see coolant dripping " slowly out of the engine compartment. It seems to be coming off the firewall in front of the passenger-seat area. Do you think I have a damaged heater core? How can I check it? Tom: It could be something very simple, like a ' hose that's starting to leak or a loose hose clamp. Ray: Have your mechanic "pressure test" the cooling system. Once the system is under pressure, it should be pretty easy to see where the coolant is leaking. Tom: And if you've led a good, clean life, all -you'll need is a clamp tightened. Ray: And if not, it'll be a cracked engine block. : Should 16-year-olds have cars? Last week we unveiled the results of our survey. Here are some more of the letters people wrote on the subject: those still used today. ' Alas, Zobel decided not to take part in the race. "The car can do it but I didn't think I could," he said. A 15-day affair through the desert, Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, it's a strenuous trip for both car and driver. Now he takes it out every two weeks or so to lots of Vintage Auto Club activities and shorter, 50--mile tours. As a judge for the Antique Auto Club of America, he's filled with information on the Graham. This model 64 was built by By LISA DOLINGER Marketing Staff Writer Three years ago, Martin Zobel bought the 1935 Graham two-door sedan to participate in the Great American Race. An annual event each June, the race spans 4,500 miles, from California to Florida. Zobel was looking for a car that was rather inexpensive to take on the race. "It was a labor of love for a year-and-a-half to get it ready for the race," Zobel said. He restored the engine, transmission, rear and front ends, and the brakes. while remaining on the honor roll. There was no public transportation where we lived and Dad walked to work, so it made sense for me to drive the car. And judicious hitchhiking and ride-sharing left me just enough gas for dates on the weekend. When I married and had six kids who began turning 16 in no time at all, I decided I needed a foolproof deal. I made them each the following offer: 1) I would buy them their first clunker (up to $600; 2) I would buy the first six months insurance, and thereafter it was their responsibility, which meant getting a job; 3) They had to maintain their school grades; 4) They had to pay for their own gas and maintenance. My two daughters turned down the deal and just asked for transportation back and forth to school when long distances were involved (after all, there were plenty of boys in the community who had wheels). My four sons jumped at the deal! Incidentally, two of them were valedictorian, one was salutatorian, and another was senior class president. Honest! I was never bothered again about cars. Today, I guess the clunker car would cost about $2,500 and insurance would be about $1,000. But that's the price of having a 16-year-old. Just be sure they keep up the grades. A different view Ray: And here's an opposing view: My father bought me a brand-new 1968 SS 396 Camaro for my 16th birthday back in 1968. Looking back, it's a miracle I survived. It wasn't necessarily the car, but what I did with it. The Camaro was fast. You could light up the tires in any gear. Its top speed was 130 (don't ask me how I know). I had two reckless-driving tickets. The only time the car was ever dented was when I hit a dog one night on a dark, two-lane state highway. But it can only be God's grace that I wasn't killed or injured and never hurt anyone else. The stories of things I did with that car would curl the hair of any parents considering buying a car for their 16-year-old son or daughter. My daughter is 14. When she turns 16, she may be allowed to drive a car. But it'll be a safe, slow car. And she will not be given free use of it. Zobel, who lives in tsoyntoir Beach, also owns a 1929 Mar quette Roadster and a 1932 Chevy. He has no plans to add any ,- UUIC19 Wi 1113 lASUtVlvsii aiuvv . the charm when it comes to Zo-" bel's collection. Mark Your Calendar March Madness at Moroso or a stuffed animal that will be donated to children's,' wards in local hospitals. : ; TM - ' '11 ' 1 1 i 1 i i ne event wu muuue an easier egg num., lact-painting, music and more. For more information, call (561) 268-7773 or (561)343-0077. 1 he Fete Rose Ultimate Car ana 1 ruck snow will be April 19 at Pete Rose's Ballpark Cafe on Glades Road in Boca Raton. - Prizes, including a Pete Rose-autographed base--ball, will be awarded. ; i For more information, call (561) 793-1060. The Florida Region of the Sports Car Club of America will host March Madness Double SARRC Vintage Saturday and Sunday at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach Gardens. Practice and racing start at 8 a.m. both days. Cost is $10. For more information, call (561) 746-4895 or (561) 796-3631. B Dressed in your Easter best with no place to go? Bring your car and your family to the Blue Cruisers' Classic Easter Cruise in Stuart. The benefit show will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on April 12 at the Blue Moon Diner. The diner is in the Regency Shopping Plaza on U.S. 1 in Stuart. Cars, trucks and little red wagons are welcome. (Just make sure your car or truck is pre-1979.) Guests are asked to bring one new unwrapped toy Got a question about cars? Write to Click and Clack Talk Cars, co Driveways. Marketing Department, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4700. We can't answer your letter personally but will run the best letters in the column. You can also e-mail us by visiting http:cartalk.com Dear Tom and Ray: You got me thinking about my own experiences in car ownership. I turned 16 in 1943, the year I more or less commandeered the family car. I got a full-time job in a steel mill and worked through high school, Is your organization sponsoring a show? Does your group have ,' a meeting coming up or have you elected officers? We welcome -news about car, truck, motorcycle and RV clubs. Please send. , Information to: DriveWavs. Marketing Department, The Palm - Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, FL 334 1 6-4700. , Call (561) 820-4914, fax (561) 837-8436 or e-mail MLL MAKES & MODELS '98 TOYOTA 4RUNNER 2 wheel drive, air conditioning, automatic transmission. '98 TOYOTA CAMRY LE Air conditioning, automatic, AMFM stereo cassette, power steeringbrakes nndoWVcks mirrore, dual oirbogs. mm r98 TOYOTA AVAL0M XL Air conditioning, automatic, V6, AMFM stereo cassette, power steef ingbrokes windowslocks, dual oirbogs. '98 ACURA 2.5 TL Air conditioning, automatic, AMFM stereo cassette, power steerhgbrakeswindowslocks, mirrors, oirbag, (Must be on Acuta ofMeose own loyalty customer) Z-fP iSi f-J7)f-.-.. - I " - ' - 9 "-v A "' .Vi '98 LEXUS ES 300 Air conditwiing, automatic, V6, AMFM stereo cassette, CO player, nnuiM ctaOTivi4vnliMnt1niiKLvlmirrnrtAflfc '93 FORD EXPLORER XLT 4-door, air conditioning, automatic, AMFM stereo cassette, power steerinoVokeswinciowslocks. '98 CIA VC AMFM stereo cassette, power steering, floor mats. leonSer seats, sunroof, hit wheel, cruise control, dud oirbogs. '98 MA AC AMFM stereo, CD player, duoJ airbags, power steeringbrakeswifKlowslocltsmirrors, security alarm system. $363 SO8! VtHKlt BK.SK.DH1. CASH OR TRADE TOTMfTMTS. PUBCHASt OPTlOW MI.TH HNA1TT Oil '98 TOYOTA CAMRY LE $0 $550 $9,072 $13.539 12,00015 ;?OOIOTAJRUNNER 2WP $0 $1.500 $12,816 $15,246 1 2.0001 5 '98 TOYOTA AVAION XI $0 $1.919 $6,936 $19,518 1 2.0001 5 -98 ACURA 13 TL $0 $1,800 $9,689 $18 68) 1 2.00015 '98 f-ORD EXPLORER XLT $ 0 $900 $8,726 $20,485 12.00015 98 LEXUS ES 300 $0 $1,800 $9,888 $26 462 12.00015 36 monlfi lease based a approved aedi Due at inception: 1st monthly payment, $1,500 Ir ode equitycash down, $399.95 deoler service fee plus lax, tog 8 title, totof ef payments $7,164. rVdnse option $9,401 Additional 1 SCiri over 12,000 m7yi Excessive wear t (ear charges to be determined by written estimate Early terrrination charges apply as per contract. 30 month lease based an approved credit Due at inception: 1st monthly payment, $730 trade equitycash down, $399 95 dealer service fee plus tox log t tile, fool of payments $5,970. furchcM option $0,758 Additional lQcm over 12.000 miyr Excessive wear t tear chorges to be detorrrened by written estimate Earn lermrohon chorges appfy as per contact. leasts based on credit approval by pnmory lender Due incept.: 1st mo pymt, $399 95 deoler service fee, down payment plus lax, log, Mle. 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