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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-19-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 580
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Battery shutoff switch voltage

When it comes to switches, its the amps not the volts that matters. A switch on a battery cable needs to withstand the same current that the battery cables do, otherwise the contacts will melt when...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-17-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 698
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: "NOS" vs "NORS" ?

My view:
NOS = OEM parts by the original vendors that supplied the auto makers.
NORS = Aftermarket replacements by different manufacturers that supplied auto parts stores.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-09-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Cammer flathead

When is a Flathead not a flathead?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-08-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Intake valve guide seals

As far as I know these seals are to prevent vacuum leaks between the intake runners and the crankcase. On the exhaust side, I guess Ford didn't care if a little exhaust leaked into the crankcase. ...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-07-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 861
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Struggling with the "pickle fork!"

If you can't get enough distance in your pull, then use a small block of wood as a fulcrum.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-29-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,207
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Dual 97s Too Rich!

Stromberg power valves are manually activated only when the throttle is floored (unlike Holleys that are vacuum activated). They also have a mechanical valve and not a rubber diaphragm, so no worries...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-19-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Difference in compression ratio on cast iron heads?

I had heard that the aluminum "Denver" heads had the most compression because of the high elevation. Here's a chart I found in the internet years ago.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-24-2017, 09:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 540
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: What is this part?

That's pretty wild. I was gonna guess that was a grease cap retainer of some kind, but having rebuilt a '51 Merc front end it sure didn't look familiar.

On the subject of static, but an OT car, I...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-21-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 797
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Thumbs-Up for PB Blaster

Works great, smells awful.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-07-2017, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Overdrive

There's plenty of reading available online. Search "Borg Warner Overdrive" because the same unit was used in a lot of different makes.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-03-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 521
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: which way does the engine turn in the 59AB

Ski Doo snowmobiles (and possibly some others) have a system that reverses the engine to drive in reverse. Actually, any 2 stroke will run backwards if you just change the ignition timing and spin...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-30-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Circuit Breaker

The circuit breakers don't trip off like in a house panel. The ones in these cars will rapidly click (you'll hear it) and cycle on and off.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-23-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 948
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: T-5 transsmission

Yes. How do you move an engine 2.5" forward with no mods? Mounts, fan, radiator, exhaust, clutch, fuel, electric. I'd rather cut a crossmember and modify a driveshaft---nobody is going to see those....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-14-2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,649
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: How to remove head studs

1. Heat with propane torch (not too hot), spray with penetrant.
2. Try to move either/both directions with breaker bar, but not too hard or too much distance.
3. repeat #1
4. repeat #2

Some...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-10-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Electrolytic/Electrolysis rust removal

I'd guess that the solution would have a lower freezing point a bit lower than pure water, since the electrolyte is sodium carbonate.

I don't think freezing could harm the solution. It might cause...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-20-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 708
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Overdrive lever in/out?

You should use a toggle switch, not a push button switch. The solenoid need continuous power to stay extended.

Also, on the same issue, check for voltage drops at the solenoid. Bad connections or...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-19-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 708
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Overdrive lever in/out?

Jseery:
He pulls out lever.
Trans no longer freewheels, he gets engine braking and it won't upshift into OD.

Are you saying something is wrong in this scenario?

Just for clarification: Is he...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-19-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 708
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Overdrive lever in/out?

Britchflee:
What you are describing is normal behavior. Pull the lever and OD is disabled and the trans performs like a normal 3 speed. TO the other posters: Why are you suggesting repairs for...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-15-2017, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 347
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 53 merc borg warner overdrive update

Donald has a good idea.
You could also make a small hook out of a coat hanger and pull the pawl down before inserting the solenoid.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-10-2017, 07:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 281
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 1950 Overdrive--How Does Governor Work?

Glad you found it, but for the lurkers and newcomers, it's a centrifugal switch.

Spin fast=turn OD on, spin slow=turn OD off. The genius part is the "lag" between on and off (on is roughly 26 mph...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-09-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 836
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Borg Warner overdrive solenoid

Couple of things: The "engine killer" wire on the solenoid will only ground when the solenoid is fully engaged. There are a set of contact points inside the solenoid that will only touch when the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-24-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 596
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: flat 8 wont run right

You really don't give enough info to diagnose over a forum.
Too much fuel pressure? Old Holleys and Strombergs don't like more than about 2.5lbs.
Ignition coil? Condensor? Points?
Compression...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-22-2017, 07:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,318
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Hosed on the barn

"A picture tells 1000 words...."
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-10-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 744
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Loose adjustable lifter fix

I've had success peening the threads to make a tighter fit, with some added red Loctite for good measure. Apparently quite a few of these lifters loosen up after a few adjustments and heat-cycles.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-23-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,051
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 3 speed OD question

I agree it can be done, but I still think it's a bad habit. Some people treat that lever like an on/off switch. The default position should have OD enabled, and then only disabled for special...
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