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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 12:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 597
Posted By tubman
Re: Introduction

These engines can always use a little more compression. If it was a '53 Merc, it originally had 7.2:1 compression and the EAB's would probably push that close to 8:1. Increasing compression adds to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-27-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 597
Posted By tubman
Re: Introduction

Late Mercury heads are a poor choice for performance purposes, as they have larger chambers to allow them to have the same compression ratio as contemporary Fords that had a shorter stroke. I think...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-27-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,603
Posted By tubman
Re: Trouble shoot 1950 8Ba initial start up Help

Plugs can look good and still be bad, especially after things like yours have been through. Just ask any old time snowmobiler. Let the engine sit a couple of days with no plugs in it and then install...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-26-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 700
Posted By tubman
Re: Drive through Chicago in the early Forties

"Times Square Hardware" and "Times Square Motors" are prominent when the traffic has stopped at about the three minute mark
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-25-2021, 09:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 700
Posted By tubman
Re: Drive through Chicago in the early Forties

I actually think there are two different film segments, one from the thirties and one from the forties. If you watch carefully, there are no cars newer than the mid-thirties up to almost the one...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-25-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,817
Posted By tubman
Re: Original 1932 Standard Coupe up for auction

A '32 Victoria? In this case, I believe an "un-chop" is mandatory.

Were you able to acquire some discarded parts from someone else's chop job? I would think that they would be a big help.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-25-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,603
Posted By tubman
Re: Trouble shoot 1950 8Ba initial start up Help

If you are serious in trying to get this started, I suggest removing the dual carb thingy, bolting your best carburetor directly to the manifold and replacing the spark plugs with new ones (the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-25-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,603
Posted By tubman
Re: Trouble shoot 1950 8Ba initial start up Help

If it has never been run since the rings were installed, the rings have probably not seated and those numbers may not be as bad as they seem. They should be sufficient to start the engine though.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-25-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,817
Posted By tubman
Re: Original 1932 Standard Coupe up for auction

"Go straight to the H.A.M.B. Do not pass 'GO'. Do not collect $200."

In my opinion, chopping the top makes very few cars more attractive; it seems most are done "because I can".
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-24-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,603
Posted By tubman
Re: Trouble shoot 1950 8Ba initial start up Help

I strongly suggest getting the distributor position and plug wires back to factory spec. I know you can get it running with them in just about any position, but if you are going to ask others for...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-24-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By tubman
Re: Merc manifold bore spacing and size

I think that is the right carb. I found this on the internet :

The original “early” size has center to center stud dimensions of
2” x 3-” and a bore size of 1-7/16”. The larger base stud...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-24-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By tubman
Re: Merc manifold bore spacing and size

Maybe you can find a carburetor base gasket for a Merc 4-bolt; then you would have something to check against.

Also, make sure the 2G is a "small base" model. The newer ones have a bolt pattern...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-24-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 5,801
Posted By tubman
Re: WHO Is the Oldest Early V8 Forum Member?

I can certainly relate to this.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-24-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By tubman
Re: Merc manifold bore spacing and size

I don't have the measurements, but I can tell you the the 2G throttle bores (1 7/16") are not concentric with the Merc throttle bores (1 3/8"). When I bored my first couple of manifolds, I used a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-24-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 511
Posted By tubman
Re: 6 volt battery, who has the best?

Make sure you use the proper Group (size) battery. Fords used various Group 2 batteries through the years. These were significantly larger than the more common Group 1 batteries used in Chevrolets,...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-23-2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,603
Posted By tubman
Re: Trouble shoot 1950 8Ba initial start up Help

Pull the distributor cap and see if the rotor goes around smoothly.

Maybe this will help :
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-23-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,603
Posted By tubman
Re: Trouble shoot 1950 8Ba initial start up Help

First, I would suggest that you take that silly dual carb wannabe off and put a single carb on the manifold. Second, pull the distributor and take a look at the bottom of the shaft. There may be an...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-23-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 683
Posted By tubman
Re: 39 No fire at the plugs

You can never be sure of anything. The module may have failed spontaneously after Jack had it, or more likely, it may nave been dropped or suffered other damage in transit. The only thing is to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-23-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 683
Posted By tubman
Re: 39 No fire at the plugs

There's always the possibility that the electronic ignition module is bad. They are not known for their reliability, and sitting for long periods in non-optimal storage conditions is not good for...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-21-2021, 05:49 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,715
Posted By tubman
Re: 12 year old Coker tires, still ok?

I will agree with your first statement, but not the second. In my opinion, stock '36 3-Window coupes are the "World's most perfectly Proportioned Car" (not 1959 Fords; that was their advertising...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-20-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By tubman
Re: 1940 Ford Headlight Switch

I have one of those "710" filler caps on the hemi in my racecar. I tell people that it's the horsepower rating of the engine.

You'd be surprised at how many people believe it.:D
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-20-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,077
Posted By tubman
Re: Why not a new casting

Unless I misunderstand you, you are misunderstanding me. I'm talking a real hemi-head, not just a valve cover. (That comes under the same heading as "Rocket Olds" valve covers on a Chevy.) Since a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-20-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,240
Posted By tubman
Re: Newbie but am I in the right place

Welcome as well! That Plymouth sure looks nice, but I have feeling that you'll like the Mercury better.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-20-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,077
Posted By tubman
Re: Why not a new casting

Here's a random idea I had that may not be as crazy as I first thought. It might even come close to economic feasibility. Someone should cast up some Ardun look-alike heads that will bolt to a small...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-19-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,077
Posted By tubman
Re: Why not a new casting

"Nothing is impossible to the man who doesn't have to do it."
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