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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 09:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By Pete
Re: What kind of heads are these - 49 Merc flathead?

It would be interesting to know if the water pump vanes had been reversed for reverse flow cooling. Smokey did a lot of research on this for the Hudsons.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-09-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 314
Posted By Pete
Re: Sticking float valve

Everyone has an idea of what works best.
Go to the HAMB and type "float valves" in the search.
Enough reading to keep you busy for an hour.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-09-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By Pete
Re: Best location for master switch in a Tudor

I put them in the cross member, between the driver's legs.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-05-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pete
Re: STREET MACHInES, Engines, gearing and etc

I quit pro racing many moons ago because it was taking up too much time and the cost was going up too fast. The traveling finally got to me also.
I think I enjoyed vintage racing more. We didn't...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-05-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 550
Posted By Pete
Re: Stromberg S-jet

Follow up on soft tip needle float valves mentioned in post #8.
They come in kit number 697 from Daytona Parts Co.
I bought 30 of those kits in the late 70's and they still work good.
They called...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-05-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 535
Posted By Pete
Re: How to Install Piston Rings in a Relieved Block

I wouldn't put a cast piston in a demo motor driven by an electric motor.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-05-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 535
Posted By Pete
Re: How to Install Piston Rings in a Relieved Block

Besides JWL's method which will work on any bore size, you can make a dedicated compressor from a piece of cylinder sleeve the SAME ID AS THE ENGINE BORE. You fit the bottom edge exactly to the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-04-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 550
Posted By Pete
Re: Stromberg S-jet

I have posted this quite a few times before and here it is again.
If you can find rebuild kits with neoprene tip needle valves, you will have no leak by when the engine is turned off. They will also...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-04-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pete
Re: STREET MACHInES, Engines, gearing and etc

What you are proposing was one of the most popular modified stock car racing engines there was in the 50's. Yes, your proposed combination will work fine, EXCEPT, it is NOT a good policy to use a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-04-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pete
Re: STREET MACHInES, Engines, gearing and etc

The basic gear set number for that is 202. You have to add the .8 OD yourself.
I have had one like that in my car for 20 years.

The cheapest way to arrive at all of this is buy or exchange the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-02-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,483
Posted By Pete
Re: Valve adjusting

For "olden timerz" or anyone else, the simplest method to remember is, start at #1 ex and go straight down the line. Just mark each one with chalk after it is done.
When you get to the point where...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-02-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pete
Re: STREET MACHInES, Engines, gearing and etc

I have often wondered how many T5's are installed without short throw shift adapters.
That is kind of like installing a 3 carb manifold with only one carb on it.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-01-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 897
Posted By Pete
Re: 81ís tri power or dual 97ís

Moderators take note, I am going to create controversy here.

In the first place the photo is out of focus. That is definitely not consistent with an aerospace engineer.
Next is plastic fuel line....
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-01-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,779
Posted By Pete
Re: T-5 5 speed trans VS Mitchell overdrive

The problem is, after you stomp a few Kia's, you get greedy and want to stomp anything that shows up.
It doesn't take much more work to go from 4K to 6K but it does take a fat wallet.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-01-2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,779
Posted By Pete
Re: T-5 5 speed trans VS Mitchell overdrive

"Dipper rods starve around 4k,they cant pick up the oil at that speed."

They could pick up the oil if there was oil to pickup. Depending on the design of the system, the dipper will cut a groove...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-01-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pete
Re: STREET MACHInES, Engines, gearing and etc

LOL....You can't imagine how many times I have had that question.
I have to reply, when would I do it? I am running on 32 hour days now and enjoying every minute of it.
One of the big reasons is,...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-01-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pete
Re: STREET MACHInES, Engines, gearing and etc

Forget that RTS3 thing. It has absolutely horrible ratios for either performance or gas mileage driving. Mainly, it is short one gear.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-01-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pete
Re: STREET MACHInES, Engines, gearing and etc

X2 on all of that.
I have converted several and every one has said it is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 09-01-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,779
Posted By Pete
Re: T-5 5 speed trans VS Mitchell overdrive

1- To positively control cam walk. (it is a race thing)

2- 3/4-16 socket head cap screw with jam nut. Screw surface that contacts cam is bronze coated.

2- To lube the gears better. You can...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-01-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,483
Posted By Pete
Re: Valve adjusting

Those risers could be of good use if you wanted to look at the valve train with a strobotach while the engine is running.
We use a variable speed electric motor to drive the engine for that...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-01-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pete
Re: STREET MACHInES, Engines, gearing and etc

For street engines, both Ron and John have excellent books that cover anything you need to know.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 08-28-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,114
Posted By Pete
Re: hidden radio ideas or just slighty out of sight. wood hide door?

About the only place to hide a radio in an A and still be able to work it without a complicated remote is between the seats and I have my 2 way business radio mounted there.
I just mounted my music...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-25-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,273
Posted By Pete
Re: Help: Reverse eye leaf spring problem 34 Ford

BINGO! Give that man a seegar.

They cut the ends off and turned them over. You can PLAINLY see the welds.
Total idiots. You can bet a weeks pay check that spring will break right next to the weld.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-17-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,219
Posted By Pete
Re: FH Valve Springs

"But, I have a question regarding valve oiling. I assume that because the FH valve is vertical, that with a good fit .001/.0015 in, .002/.0025 ex, that it wouldn't need valve stem seals?"

I have...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-16-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,219
Posted By Pete
Re: FH Valve Springs

I don't know. I only do flathead Fords now.
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