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Thread: 56 Wagon is alive again, but screaming at me

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    56 Wagon is alive again, but screaming at me

    Well, I finally drove the 56 Wagon again. Holy Moly that was tooooo long ago. Summer was so crazy busy at the shop I hardly had time to play with the cars. And then when I did, I found one glitch after another. In the short bursts of time to play with the wagon, I'd run into a problem evertime I would try to start it and drive it.
    Trans leak. Pulled the tranny and replaced seals. Pulled pan and cleaned screen and replaced gasket. No more leaks. But now it won't run.
    Coil bad.... replaced it. Still not running.
    Dist not working.... finally found shorting wire on the plate.... fixed it. Still not running.
    Fuel pump went out. Replaced it. Still won't run.
    Starter solenoid had gone bad. Replaced it. Still won't run.
    Battery won't take a charge.... WHY??????????
    When pulling the battery, the ground cable came apart from the battery clamp. Give me a stinkin break, eh? Replaced it.
    (And now I'm highly suspicious of the how and why the other parts failed)
    But at least it wasn't the battery. Now it works.
    Then.... it happened...... it STARTED ! ! ! ! ! FINALLY ! ! ! !
    Now, why won't the tranny engage ? ? ? ? ?
    Topped off the fluid. No change. Checked level again. Low. Topped off again. Still no. Topped off again..... and..... suddenly...... I felt the earth move. The trans engaged ! ! !
    Took it around the block with a very loud SCREECHING sound the entire time.
    Any one know how to get the speedometers in these 56s to shut up?
    That is the loudest, noisiest, screechiest annoying sound I've ever heard come out of a dash.
    But I really enjoyed driving it again. Awesome.
    And I may have a new front seat for it tomorrow. Koooool
    sals54

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    Sometime it is a cable kink and sometimes it is just calling out for lubrication (of the speedometer head and input bushing).
    Gary L.
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    The only cure for your problem is driving and fixing. Fixing and driving. Then driving some more.

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    Yeah. I dig that. At least now I can start driving it. Back to the chop shop next week for the glass.
    sals54

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    If you figure out how to get up into that speedo head and lube it, let me know. Mine is doing the same thing and has been doing so for years. However I can't figure out how to deal with it. So no speedometer. It would be nice to have one again.

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    Probabley the speedo cable. Graphite cable lube is often recommended but I've used 3in1 oil and have seen others use ATF - successfully . I put a drop of oil on speedo where cable attaches. If you put on some ear muffs and drive around some more it might quit --or seize up and break. In either case it'll quit!

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    I would think on a 56 you'd end up taking the speedo out to lube it.

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