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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-06-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 752
Posted By supereal
Re: Best electric harness on the market??

Be aware the many replacement looms are made for a variety on models of cars. Be sure to ask if there is an information sheet with the loom for your specific make, model and year included with the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-06-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 786
Posted By supereal
Re: No more gallivanting - temp question

Finding one "hooped" valve is a sure indication that more are to come. A compression test will confirm whether there is a problem. A bent valve is unusual in an old flathead.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-06-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By supereal
Re: Generator or alternator ?

The one wire units are usually converted from a GM alternator. I installed one in my '47 years ago, and it has been trouble free. You should know that it required a smaller drive pulley on the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-04-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By supereal
Re: Engine Break In

At our shop we do a run in on all rebuilt engines in our test jig. We use Shell Rotella oil to protect the new bearing surfaces with extra zinc, and hold a steady speed to aid the bearing surfaces...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-04-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 300
Posted By supereal
Re: 1947 side loader trans seal replacement

Those seals are fragile, and easily damaged as they are pushed in place. I learned a trick many years ago that will help. Just place paper around the shaft, then slide the seal into place, removing...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-25-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 679
Posted By supereal
Re: Best way to fix this header

Find a shop that has the equipment and skill to do the job. At our shop we weld most things that haven't had amateur work already done that affect the alignment of the pieces.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-25-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By supereal
Re: Hardened Valve Seats

We install hardened seats in all our rebuilds. Most blocks have been rebuilt more than once, and there isn't enough original material left for a simple dressing of the seats.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-25-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 428
Posted By supereal
Re: Stromberg carbs

The reason the Stromberg 97s were only used for three years is that they are difficult to repair and adjust, particularly in twos or threes. They became popular because three would fit on a hot rod...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-23-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By supereal
Re: running erratic

Check fuel flow to the carb as the engine is cranked by removing the line from the carb and placing it on a container to catch the fuel. If the flow is low or uneven, there is an obstruction in the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-28-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Posted By supereal
Re: Honing wheel & Master Cylinder

If your master or wheel cylinders have pits or other internal damage, it is a better bet is to replace them. Many years ago we did hone them at the Ford dealer where I worked, but many still had...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-07-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 727
Posted By supereal
Re: Paint code

Most old paint codes are useless now because paint formulas are vastly different. A really good body shop can create a very close match. Painting a dash usually requires removal, anyway to get an...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-07-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,186
Posted By supereal
Re: 1 Fly wheel 2 PP thread bad

Try a metric threaded bolt. Sometimes it will grab damaged threads and allow careful tightening when the SAE threads are worn or cross threaded.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-07-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 914
Posted By supereal
Re: Machine maintance !!

I am still using a Heathkit VOM I built years ago. I have a Fluke digital for newer vehicles, but the analog meter is often more useful when chasing problems involving older vehicles not using...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-07-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By supereal
Re: 50 F1 Temp Gauge Malfunctioning

Before you replace the gauge, remove the senders from the head and clean the threads. The original senders use a "pipe thread' to seal. We sometimes find that a sealant was applied to one or both...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-29-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By supereal
Re: Oil system mods??

These engines have run decades with the stock system. Tampering with the original system can, and will, interfere with the longevity of the engine. Unless the engine is being used in racing, or other...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-29-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By supereal
Re: 1937 Ford clock wiring confirmation

No dumb questions here. the clock io powered by the yellow black wire goes to the fuse block where the yellow black connects to the fuse. This is connected to he battery terminal on the clock. The...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-29-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,812
Posted By supereal
Re: 6V red top optima battery

We buy Optimas at our local Interstate Battery outlet. Not cheap, but it isn't how much you pay, but how often you do it. Mine have lasted over 7 years with still enough for good starting.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-24-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 722
Posted By supereal
Re: oil filter restriction orifice

If you thick a restrictor in the filter line will prevent circulation, just leave the filter body cap loose. Don't ask how I know that!
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-24-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,088
Posted By supereal
Re: Clock Repair Recommendations Please

We use Bob's Speedometer. They will give you an estimate of cost, 1-800-592-9673.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-24-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By supereal
Re: 1950 ford custom convertible

The 1944-1952 Body Parts catalog shows a diagram of your 1950 top mechanism on page 305. You can obtain a copy of the book at C&G (800) 266-0470. Ask for V44, $52. It will guide you on what you...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-24-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Posted By supereal
Re: Installing Truck Oil Filter Later

Be sure you have the restricter either on the inlet or outlet of the filter, Without it, you will have low system oil pressure. If not, solder the fitting and drill a small hole through it.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-14-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,179
Posted By supereal
Re: KingPin reamer

At our machine shop we use a piston pin machine to fit king pins. A hand reamer is almost always going to result in a poor result. Any shop that does engine work should be able to do it Take the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-14-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By supereal
Re: Speedometer cable

I bought a NOS speedometer for my '47 from Bob's Speedometer. The original suffered damage when the car was in a salvage yard. They took it in trade, and my speedometer now matches the NOS clock. ...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-12-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By supereal
Re: Rear disc brakes ,,, cant get a pedal (help)

You will need an adjustable proportional valve to use front drums and disc rears. Getting that setup to work properly (and safely) without a dual master cylinder is tricky. All master cylinders have...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-09-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 627
Posted By supereal
Re: Flywheel/clutch suggestions?

An 11 inch flywheel would appear to indicate that your replacement engine and transmission came from a truck. That would also explain whether the surface is damaged on the flywheel. It likely came...
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