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    Ken Swinnich
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    '89 Esprit Turbo non SE Chrome Orange, '19 Caterham 7 280S Red, '77 Elite 503 Lagoon Blue, '74 Elite 503 Red, 1977 Elite 503 Red
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    Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

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  1. Well when you have no choice, you're pretty much stuck with them. LOL Of course there is a good side to them. They make a great place to set your beer when you're working on them! Actually I have 3 the other is quite roadworthy! '77 503 in Lagoon Blue
  2. It's a 503 Power steering with air in red. I bought it as a project car, it needs quite a bit of work, along with a red '77 503 that also needs work. Here's a couple pics of the '77
  3. I don't have an answer but I have a '74 Elite here (stateside) that doesn't have it either. I just thought it was missing... now I have to wonder if they started putting them on after a certain point in production?
  4. That white Elite is looking awesome, especially compared to that rubbish parked in front of the Ford store!
  5. Yes and Thanks! I'm going to dig into it deeper. What does that bi-metal switch above the Ranco do? Seems to be some type of vacuum actuated switch. Thanks for all your help. Hopefully we can figure it out. It worked at one time, but now nothing. Kenny
  6. Yes, they are in very clean and tight condition, like new. The bullet connectors are in prime condition also. I didn't put a meter on them though. Once I applied power to the gray wire and every thing kicked on I started to think I'm missing something else. I just can't wrap my head around the idea that the Ranco has power to it all the time. My understanding from the FSM is that it shuts off the power to the compressor once it gets cold enough sensing temperature though the capillary tube. It seems that the compressor would be running all the time. The ranco gets its power from the
  7. Hi Pete, yes its open (power on the orange wire all the time the fan is on) nothing on the silver. I hear the both clicks as I move the lever but there is still no power to the silver wire. Is there another switch somewhere that I'm not seeing? Somewhere built into the temperature control lever cables or actuator? The FSM doesn't seem to show any. Or maybe I'm just not seeing it. Thanks, Kenny
  8. Thanks Pete! I've got a bunch of issues with the AC. I'm just happy I finally got the fans to work at all! LOL AC compressor won't kick on unless I jump it at the ranco switch. With a power probe I applied 12v to the gray wire on the ranco and the system functions as it should. Meaning the engine cooling fans turn on and power goes to the AC clutch. The wiring diagram shows an orange wire going to the ranco and a gray wire coming out. Odd thing is the orange wire has power all the time the system is turned on. Just no power coming out. I'm suspecting the ranco is bad, because accord
  9. I'm not sure, but I noticed a lot of the new led bulbs have no polarity to them. Maybe that info will be in the paper work that comes with the bulb.
  10. My 77 503 has an allen screw holding the blower knob on. The other knobs, headlight and instrument cluster are push on with small spring loaded button that must be depressed to get them off. Also, my heater only blows on high. No matter what position the knob is in.
  11. I just had my center switch panel out... quite a job. I was trying to get my AC working... FAIL. But at least I got the blower to work. You have to pull the AC vents out, there nuts on either side of the panel that you have to access thru the vent holes. Also you must pull the window switches on top as there are two screws hidden above them. One through each switch hole. They screw in upwards into the dash top. You can just let the switches dangle and not disconnect the wiring. The AC evaporator is what is right behind the radio and vents. With any luck you should be able to squeeze a r
  12. I'm going to try a white LED bulb in mine when I get around to it. I'll have to put in a wedge base but that shouldn't be a problem.
  13. Beautiful! How about some details, history? I'm sure we'd all love to hear some.
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