Evening, all. First-time poster. Looking for help and/or advice.
Long story short: Tried to start up the 1968 Galaxie 500 at my home in Washington, D.C., this evening. Horrible engine noise and failure. No idea what happened.
It is about 50 degrees outside, so the engine was struggling to start. It would fire up but then quickly die down, even if I gave it just a tiny bit of gas.
So, on the last attempt, I fired it up and then gave it much more gas to rev the engine to help warm it up. I didn’t quite floor it, but I put more weight on the pedal than before. Much more.
The engine was firing up loud as usual, then there was a terrible clanging, banging noise. Not quite a pop like a backfire, but like something snapped. Then the driver’s side of the car felt like it dropped about an inch or two. I quickly turned the car off, and then the engine slowly died making a terrible, agonizing sound. I haven’t attempted to start it up since then, and really don’t want to until I get a better idea of what just happened.
I am new to owning a classic and have been working hard to restore this ’68, so I’m obviously really bummed about whatever just happened.
If there are any users who may have suggestions for what went wrong and how I may fix it, I would greatly appreciate it.