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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-02-2017, 08:09 PM
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Posted By Richard in Florida
Package Delivery to Ol' Ron

Are you driving between central Florida and New England in the next few months or so? I have a package of stuff I want to give Ol' Ron in Vermont that probably wouldn't survive USPS or UPS.
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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-22-2017, 10:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,231
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: t5 transmission in my 1953 ford 2 door

In my '53 Victoria, I used an Astro Van rear section because it put the shifter in just the right place. The S10 put it too far forward, and the Mustang put it under the edge of the front seat.

I...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-24-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,481
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Distributor rotor phasing

In the SBChevy conversion, rotor phasing, the relation of the rotor blade to the plug post inside the cap, is determined by the position of the "breaker plate" inside the distributor. If you're...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2016, 12:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 865
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Chevy distributor advance limit bushing

Yes, it does. And thanks for the plug. Always nice.

On the last few I did I used a 3-48 set screw instead of a 4-40. Leaves more meat around the hole.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-29-2016, 02:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,569
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Drove my 53 Ford 700 miles with a fuel starvation problem, now I'm scratching my

Don't buy Chinese junk from anyone. Call Mike Casella at Then & Now Automotive at 781-335-8860. Or www.then-now.com (http://www.then-now.com).

Mike rebuilt a couple of pumps for me and they looked...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-13-2016, 10:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,488
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Ford Flathead DUI (distributor)

That was because I used parts of two "bodies" to make the stem long enough to clear the water elbow. I removed the HEI module and used it strictly as a magnetic trigger for my Crane CDI ignition. I...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 07-18-2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,417
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Fleathead Fresh Rebuild very tight

When I rebuilt my first flathead back in the Mesozoic era, I forgot to file the ends of the rings to provide clearance when they are compressed when the pistons are installed. It took herculean force...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-06-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,487
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: ignition ping when vacuum added

Thanks for the kind words, Charlie.

All through the design and building of my car I enjoyed sharing everything I learned or dreamed up that could help the next guy: "aluma-peas," setscrew advance...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-06-2016, 02:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,487
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: ignition ping when vacuum added

Thanks for the flowers, Jim. I appreciated your mentoring and patience.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-06-2016, 12:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,487
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: ignition ping when vacuum added

Here's a paper I wrote a few years back about Chevy conversions. I think it might shed some more light.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-15-2016, 11:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,215
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Ignition requirements

The most commonly adapted vacuum canister is from ACCEL but I think the same way-offshore factory packages the same canister for Crane and a few others but there's only one canister.

Vacuum...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-14-2016, 05:30 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,215
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Ignition requirements

Actually, this is a problem with the Chinese ACCEL vacuum canisters. It's easily fixed by elongating the canister mounting holes.

Oh, and we're calling Ol' Ron's big cap Igor.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-14-2016, 04:08 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,215
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Ignition requirements

The upper pointer indicates mechanical advance, and the lower pointer reads vacuum advance.

The fixture is good for close ballparking, but final settings should be made on a distributor machine if...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-13-2016, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Re plating Carburetor

Sparky’s Carburetor Service
3149 North 78th Street
Milwaukee
Wisconsin 53222

Sparky Kalkoff
414-447-7500

Great guy, excellent work.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-13-2016, 03:51 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,215
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Ignition requirements

Converted GM distributors, both the early points version and the "big cap" HEI version, are very easy to adjust, even on the engine. The only thing you have to do to start adjusting is remove the cap...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-13-2016, 10:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,215
Posted By Richard in Florida
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-12-2016, 06:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,215
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Ignition requirements

Ol' Ron did indeed drive Daisy Mae and here's proof!
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-12-2016, 03:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,215
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Ignition requirements

I agree. '53 Victoria - 3300 lb, 276 ci, 8.5:1 compression, L-100 cam, Edelbrock 500 cfm 4-barrel, my own SBC distributor electronic conversion with both mechanical and vacuum advance triggering a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-11-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,215
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Ignition requirements

OK, what does that mean?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-03-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,806
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Northeaster Road Trip Advice Needed

Both. I'm Auto Training up to visit my sister in Fairfax Station, then driving up to spend three or four days with Ol' Ron in Vermont working on some projects together, then a few other people visits...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-02-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,806
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Northeaster Road Trip Advice Needed

Lots of interesting trips there. Thanks.

Leaving from Fairfax Station, Virginia, I think what I'll do is this:

I-495 North around Washington DC
US 15 North to Harrisburg
I-81 North to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,806
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Northeaster Road Trip Advice Needed

That rang a bell as advice received a few years back. And since I am in no hurry and not a big fan of traffic, that's what I'll do.

As for the comment about power, I'll be driving a 2015 Camaro...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,806
Posted By Richard in Florida
Northeaster Road Trip Advice Needed

I'll be driving north on 95 through New Jersey on my way to Albany. What's the best least stressful way to transition from 95 onto 287/87?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-05-2015, 08:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,059
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: 8BA Oil Filler Tube Length

How about something like this? Very early photos.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-25-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,616
Posted By Richard in Florida
Re: Anyone Need an Engine Stand?

Holy smoke! What a memory! And yes, I too recall that it came up way back when.
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