This thing is awesome. Great find. Keep going with it. A vehicle this good deserves someone who appreciates it.
You know you can wheel and not bouce things off rocks and trees right? So you can't go down the Rubicon with it, but there are so many other places you can take it.I am seriously thinking about selling this, I just cringe every time i think about modifying it or smacking it on a tree/rock. its too straight and rare.
not gonna say there are no cracks, but i do have the cover off and did check the flexplate to see if it was broken or if the teeth were messed up. I have a new flexplate for it already but was not "willing" to change it where the Jimmy sits right now lol.Might want to really get a look at the flex plate. 4 starters in a short term could be a shimming issue, but it could be a cracked flex plate. Went through a half dozen in my '69 Nova when I was back in high school. Just kept killing starters. After the 3rd my Dad bought a lifetime warranty starter and with shimming it we thought we had it. We even added a brace to support the back side of the starter to the block. Couldn't start it in the burnout box at the dragstrip. Got towed back to the pits and it started. Most of the time I could move the engine by hand by pulling on the alternator belt with the tension set tight. In a different position, it would start.
We ended up yanking the engine out to swap it for a 350 after a couple more starters wasted. With the 307 hanging from the hook further inspection of the flex plate we found multiple cracks starting at the bolt holes for the crank and radiating out from the center. The cracks were enough that when the starter drive kicked out the gear the flex plate would move enough to not allow the gear to mesh or actually go past the ring gear and get stuck. Banging on the starter sometimes would get it to retract.
The 350 had a good flex plate on it and the starter problem never occurred again. It's a pain to see up in there but you should be able to take the dust cover off the bottom of the trans to expose the area and look up.
Yeah, but they place a lot of restrictions on what you can legally use the vehicle for:I went to the Department of Licensing yesterday, kept the collector plate on it, $55.25 and never needs to be registered again.
Collector vehicle license plates.
The motor vehicle must be operated primarily as a collector vehicle and be in good running order.
(4) A collector vehicle registered under this section may only be used for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, and occasional pleasure driving."