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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 04:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 352
Posted By drolston
Re: 1936 Pickup running hot!

Timing retarded will contribute to overheat. With modern gas you can advance the timing. First check the vacuum brake on the distributor to be sure it has a little pressure with no vacuum, then use...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-24-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Re: Spark Advance versus Overheat

The Pertronix decides when to fire the coil depending on how its' sensor sees the bumps on the cam. That relationship could certainly affect timing. After rebuild I set the timing to 3 degrees...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-24-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 342
Posted By drolston
Re: '48 Ford horn-missing!

The tricky part is that sponge rubber thing that cushions the horn ring. The replacement I got for my '41 was so fat and stiff I could not get the horn ring installed with it in place. I cut the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-24-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Re: Spark Advance versus Overheat

My vacuum at a slow idle (550 rpm) is around 15 with a little dither. At a more comfortable 650 rpm the vacuum is still around 15 with no dither. I know that vacuum is lower than the advertised...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-23-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 488
Posted By drolston
Re: Engine surging

Sounds a little bit like impending vapor lock. It may not kill a running engine, but the fuel level in the float chamber drops, which cuts fuel flow through the jets a little. Hit the accelerator...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-23-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By drolston
Re: Vapor lock question

I had bad vapor lock problems on hot days. It would starve for gas, even while driving. With clear fuel lines from the mechanical pump to the carburetor, you could see the vapor bubbles in the fuel...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-19-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 472
Posted By drolston
Re: Adding an electric fuel pump

I put a "service loop" in the hose before and after the pump, which makes the vice grip clamp-off easier. All tucked up inside the frame rail just in front of the rear axle. Rather do that than add...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-17-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 815
Posted By drolston
Re: anti theft measures used?

With zero value at a chop shop and way too obvious for a joy ride, our old cars are not at much risk of theft. But for my '41, I leave the doors unlocked to avoid entry damage, and take the keys out...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-17-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 917
Posted By drolston
Re: 39 Coupe Broken Axle Removal.

Or without a spring spreader. With the frame on jack stands and the axle hanging from the spring, put a floor jack under the spring perch (not touching the shackles) and raise it a little to take...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-16-2019, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By drolston
Re: 8BA running rich

Be sure your fuel pressure is not too high and floats set right.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-16-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 159
Posted By drolston
Re: 1948 speedometer question

There are two 7/16 bolts holding the turtle to the top right side of the torque tube, just behind the transmission. If you jack the body up you can get to those bolts from under the car. You have...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-16-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By drolston
Re: Turning coupling shaft-housing

If I understand your situation correctly, this is not a problem. When you turn one rear wheel and the other is fixed, the axle will turn the ring gear which will turn the pinion gear, which will is...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-16-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By drolston
Re: Carburetor accelerator pump

I just installed brand new accelerator pumps with leather skirts. I was worried that they fit too loose. Within a few minutes they had swollen up to form a good seal, and they pump perfectly. if...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-14-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 884
Posted By drolston
Re: Foundering flathead

Pull all of the plugs to see if any of them look different, like oily or black or wet. Then run a compression test (throttle held open). For a new build that sat for a while, there is a fair chance...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-14-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
Posted By drolston
Re: Best way to lower the front '41 coupe?

Probably would not make you giggle when you hit a bump and it snaps the spring perch off of the axle. That has happened, with disastrous consequences. Think about it; when the spring compresses, it...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-11-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
Posted By drolston
Re: Best way to lower the front '41 coupe?

I purchased a reversed eye Posies spring which was supposed to fit the '41, but it was almost an inch too short, and would have made the shackles too flat, which causes dangerous side loads on the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-10-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Re: Spark Advance versus Overheat

Yeah, but it is dry heat. (old Arizona joke)

Most users of Champion radiators agree that they work fine, and I am sure I am not the only one running a hopped up engine. It's a mystery that I...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-10-2019, 01:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Re: Spark Advance versus Overheat

I checked a local old-school radiator shop regarding re-core of the truck radiator I have. The new core is over $700, which, with labor, puts that approach in the same price range as Walker and...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-09-2019, 10:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Re: Spark Advance versus Overheat

The core on that Champion aluminum radiator is 19" tall, which is almost 2" shorter than stock, and the tank is also about 2" shorter. So that is maybe 3 quarts less total capacity. The smaller...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-07-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Re: Spark Advance versus Overheat

The brake has was initially set with a light touch. Maybe I should give it half a turn in to be sure it is still making enough friction to stabilize the breaker plate?

How would you do it?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-06-2019, 08:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Re: Spark Advance versus Overheat

Engine is 59A/B with Pertronix in the crab distributor. I have no electronic way to check timing. I have always done it by ear. The engine was broken in with the timing mark on the side of the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-06-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Re: Spark Advance versus Overheat

I have checked with the IR gun and don't get that much drop.
Why did you decide tor run without thermostats? Also have overheat issues?
My next move is to remove the thermostats and see if it...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-06-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By drolston
Spark Advance versus Overheat

From 30 to 50 mph, my flathead is happy as a clam. On a warm day, it overheats badly in slow traffic and if I push it up in speed or up a long grade. Block was boiled out for recent overhaul; new...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-02-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By drolston
Re: Stop and Stall

Center carb (97) was apart for another problem recently. Thoroughly cleaned and the float is set at exactly .5". Checked the idle mixture and found both jets set just a bit lean. I will give it a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-01-2019, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By drolston
Stop and Stall

What might be the cause of engine stalling at a stop light. Idle mixture too lean? Too rich? Sticky intake valve? When acting normal I have a smooth idle at about 650 rpm. Doesn't happen all the...
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