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dues70's 1970 Pontiac Bonneville

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    • Hi everyone, It's been a while since I've checked in here. I have been having a problem with my '69 GTO. When I start the car it idles just fine, but the longer it runs the higher the idle goes. I went to a local show Saturday night (about 20 min away) and by the time I got home the idle was so high I was afraid to drive it into the garage. I just shut the car off as soon as I got in the driveway & pushed it in the garage. The next day I went out and lowered the idle by the screw on the carb & it was fine. Today I went to take it out to see if I solved the problem & once again when I started it it idled fine, but as I drove it slowly started to idle higher. I did not take it for a long drive, so it didn't got too high. Anyone have any guesses as to what could be causing this, and what I can do to remedy the situation. Thanks ahead of time for any help.
    • You’re on the right track buddy! I have a long 24” square, so I scribe a straight line JustA off the edge. Then move over 9/16” and scribe another line. I use a very fine, 24 tooth, band saw blade and yup, cut slow!  Then comes the pain! I put it in the vise, like you see it, only with jaw protectors, and start filing the edge, 6” at a crack moving it and overlapping with each movement to get the edge smooth and straight. Than I flip it to the other side and repeat, but this time I use my calipers measuring the width incrementally to make sure it’s parallel and the right width. When I get really close I trial fit to see where it’s hitting, then mark it, measure it and file it till it fits properly!
    • All I can say is wow! Guess a prince should have the money to fix it if anybody can. 6 months from now we may see a post from "PrincePontiac" asking about the original paint code. lol
    • Experimenting would get costly quick.  But I'd be dumb enough to try a metal blade on my ban saw.   Set the depth guide @ 1/2 and make an L shaped piece to go on the square (so your material being cut rides up on the lip of the L)  Never used on anything as thin as 30ga, but have cut thin plexi strips like that.  Seems like copper would resist bending and cut fairly well, while moving very slow. Can't leave me hangin....how did ya cut it??? 
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