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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-13-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By drolston
Re: Pertronix grommet

Used a little Vaseline; no problem.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-13-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 494
Posted By drolston
Re: The Good, the bad, but no ugly

Long shot. If the rebuild included cam bearings, it is possible that the rear cam bearing went in a little too far and blocked the fuel pump push rod from engaging the cam. Easy check: crank the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-12-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,215
Posted By drolston
Re: Synthetic Oil?

The Valvoline VR-1 is great break-in oil, as it contains a good amount of zinc, which is needed for flat tappet cams. But it does not contain much detergent, so sludge build up could be a concern if...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-10-2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 381
Posted By drolston
Re: oil pressure sender, 38 sedan

Watch the oil pressure needle as you turn the ignition switch on. It should move up from below zero a little bit. If the needle moves, the gauge is probably somewhat functional. If it does not...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-09-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 640
Posted By drolston
Re: Fuel pump just as a pass thru

Good point. But that is a risk that is avoided by rebuilding the pump with a kit using ethanol resistant materials, and an electric pump that puts out less pressure than a stock fuel pump - which is...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-08-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 719
Posted By drolston
Re: spark plug wires

Take the time to solder the bare center wire to the crimp-on clip that goes over the end of the wire at the distributor end. That way, if you have to pull out one from the distributor cap, you know...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-08-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By drolston
Re: Found my miss,,BUT

Check that fuel pump is putting out.
It that looks good, check the float level setting in the carb.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-07-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 640
Posted By drolston
Re: Fuel pump just as a pass thru

Ditto on leave it stock. That way, if the electric fuel pump fails, you get home. Just be sure to use an electric fuel pump that does not block flow when it is off. I use Mr. Gasket 42S because it...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-07-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By drolston
Re: Hot Fordy

Retarded spark will aggravate overheating. You might try advancing the spark one mark at a time until you get pinging while accelerating in second gear or going up a hill. Then back off one mark. ...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-07-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By drolston
Re: Perhaps Another "Dumb" Question

Done a compression test lately?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-05-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By drolston
Re: running rough

Symptoms are confusing.
- If the car ran right near sea level and you take it to 5500 feet it is going to run too rich and need jet size reduced about two sizes. That could get you sooty plugs. ...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-05-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By drolston
Re: timing

On the side fo the distributor, near the top, on the driver's side, find a sliding plate with marks on it lining up with a mark on the distributor case. A small bolt with a screw slot holds it in...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-04-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 708
Posted By drolston
Re: Brain Fade!

I'm glad I never did anything like that!
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-03-2021, 10:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By drolston
Re: Low speed miss

What kind of carb? 94? 97?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-02-2021, 09:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 575
Posted By drolston
Re: spacer for a 39 flathead fan

I put a Champion aluminum radiator in my '41 coupe. The fan was like 1.75" from the radiator and it got hot quickly in traffic. Had a friend machine an aluminum spacer to place the fan closer the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-01-2021, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By drolston
Re: engine shut down enrouote

Never hooked up to a KB-50, but here is me in and F-4 refueling from a KC-97 that had one engine feathered and one main gear stuck down (fortunately, on opposite sides). Air National Guard tanker...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-31-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By drolston
Re: Ignition Whack-A-Mole

Just fought a losing battle with spiral wound plug wires. The connectors inside the rubber caps broke.

There are resistors that can be plugged into the coil to distributor wire, and others that...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-31-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By drolston
Ignition Whack-A-Mole

Well, you got me through the trial and error of trouble shooting a rough running engine. It started with finding bad connections within spiral wound spark plug wires and ended with a Tubman...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-30-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 463
Posted By drolston
Re: Crankshaft pulley cross member clearance

When I put a '48 Merc in my '35 coupe, I added two of those big thick washers between the motor mount and rubber biscuit. That got me 1/4" clearance and left enough threads to tighten the motor mount...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-30-2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 753
Posted By drolston
Re: How to compute HP

My SWAG horsepower calculator says that motor will pull 143 horsepower on gas with 10% alcohol, at 500' elevation, with the secondaries operating.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-29-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,323
Posted By drolston
Re: Ignition Problem or Carb Problem

Final report. (maybe)

Did the road test and it runs like a scalded dog. Wound right up to 4800 in first and second without a miss. Got a little spark knock at full throttle in second. Because...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-28-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,323
Posted By drolston
Re: Ignition Problem or Carb Problem

To answer my own question and put an end to this comedy or errors, I can definitively state that a bad condenser (New original-look-alike from Macs, part #32-882338-1) can show a fine spark when...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-28-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 640
Posted By drolston
Re: 41 ford rear bumper

I bought the correct blue paint in a small bottle from one of the old Ford parts companies about five years ago. I just looked at most of them and can not find it.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-28-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 640
Posted By drolston
Re: 41 ford rear bumper

Likewise. Don't know if it is correct, but I painted the lettering blue. Did the same on the Ford indented lettering on the hub caps. It is a tedious job, but I like the looks.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-28-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,323
Posted By drolston
Re: Ignition Problem or Carb Problem

Put the ballast resistor back in the (1.5 Ohm blue Bosch) coil circuit. Coil volts read 12v with points open, 10.5v with points closed. That is with the resistor cold. Does that sound right?
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