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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-16-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 431
Posted By RalphG
Re: Bench testing the economizer diaphragm on a Holley 1901 (teapot) carb

Possibly carburetor icing if the engine was not working hard enough downhill? I have not driven mine enough in cold weather to know if these had a problem but it can happen on any gas engine given...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-15-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 431
Posted By RalphG
Re: Bench testing the economizer diaphragm on a Holley 1901 (teapot) carb

I actually meant the holes on the outside of the cleaner body. I have seen that style opening on the 55 and up Ford and Mercs but not on 52-53.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-15-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 431
Posted By RalphG
Re: Bench testing the economizer diaphragm on a Holley 1901 (teapot) carb

Thanks for that information. Looks like a very well done conversion. Neither my 52 or 53 air cleaners have the holes in the side though.
Sorry if I am hijacking this thread. I will let you get back...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-15-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 431
Posted By RalphG
Re: Bench testing the economizer diaphragm on a Holley 1901 (teapot) carb

Just curious if you have tried running it without the air cleaner? I've tested mine with and without the air cleaner and it almost seems to run better, as if it has more power, without the air...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-13-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,125
Posted By RalphG
Re: Suspect several here have been there

We could actually refine our own oil right on the engine with this nifty "Reclaimo" system that could be adapted to most engines in the 50s. My dad had one installed on a tractor but not sure how...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-12-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 977
Posted By RalphG
Re: What Electric Pump do you recommend?

I bought an IH truck back in 02 that came with an electric fuel pump in place of the original diaphragm style. It worked ok for a while but eventually quit. I replaced it with (I think) a Carter...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-12-2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,125
Posted By RalphG
Re: Suspect several here have been there

Great article like most of Hemmings. I have been an occasional user of STP oil treatment although I think it might be just extra heavy and expensive oil. My dad used it occasionally too as well as...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-12-2020, 12:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 718
Posted By RalphG
Re: It is getting harder to find basic parts at the auto parts stores anymore

Ebay usually has what I want but the shipping charges plus the difference in U.S.vs Cdn dollar can often double the price of some small items. I've had better luck at Rock Auto for most of my Mercury...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-11-2020, 10:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 625
Posted By RalphG
Re: Flathead Friday. It ain't always exciting.

That is true about inadequate clothing, up to a point. But at -25F its getting so it takes me longer to put on all the layers than it does to do the few outdoor chores I have. And working in the shop...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-11-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 770
Posted By RalphG
Re: cooper tires

I've had very good service out of Cooper tires on the Chevy Blazer. Used Cooper Discoverers from it are now on the 52 Merc and working great.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-11-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 625
Posted By RalphG
Re: Flathead Friday. It ain't always exciting.

Looking better all the time Mart. I see you have cold weather there now too.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-11-2020, 12:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 989
Posted By RalphG
Re: Hesitation when accelerating from stop - Holly 1901 carb

Interesting. I should check mine. It is at least 50 years old. Possibly more.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-03-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By RalphG
Re: Flathead V8 operating temp?

Stumbling and poor cold response might just indicate a plugged exhaust crossover under the carburetor?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-28-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 701
Posted By RalphG
Re: Fuel Evaporation or leakage from the carburetor

A local guy was having an adaptor made to install the Ford (Stromberg?) type carburetor on his as the Holley "teapot" was not to his satisfaction. I never did find out how it turned out. Mine is not...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-27-2019, 11:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 701
Posted By RalphG
Re: Fuel Evaporation or leakage from the carburetor

Mine on the 52 Merc leaks down all year round be it hot or cold weather. Unheated garage. There is some external leakage that I have not been able to tell where it comes from. If it sits for a week...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-23-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 732
Posted By RalphG
Re: Picture posting video tutorial. The old fashioned way. An Xmas gift to you.

This is an example of the windows "snip and sketch" feature that I use to grab an image from a youtube video I like. You knew it would be a Merc didn't you?...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-23-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 732
Posted By RalphG
Re: Picture posting video tutorial. The old fashioned way. An Xmas gift to you.

Thanks Mart. Volume was a little low for my ears but I think I got the message.
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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-23-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By RalphG
Re: 53 Flathead Oil line

I guess that oil line clip disappeared years ago from my 52 Merc. It seems to work fine without it. I had to get a new line made up at a hydraulic shop when I put the car back in service after it's...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-20-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 989
Posted By RalphG
Re: Hesitation when accelerating from stop - Holly 1901 carb

I can't remember if we replaced that part when it was apart a few years ago. Probably not. Forgot mention that mine was converted to manual choke in the 1960s. Generally less problems and better...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-19-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 989
Posted By RalphG
Re: Hesitation when accelerating from stop - Holly 1901 carb

I find the temperature of the engine makes a difference too. Its better when the engine is up to normal (or above) temperature. Mine has the heat riser valve in the right side exhaust manifold but...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-17-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 989
Posted By RalphG
Re: Hesitation when accelerating from stop - Holly 1901 carb

My 52 has been running like that for so long I've come to accept it as normal and have just adapted my driving style. A couple of quick pumps on the accelerator when I want to take off never fails to...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-15-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,265
Posted By RalphG
Re: Middle of winter

Heres one of the Merc out in the cold of December. Actually taken about 3 years ago. Its a little cold to work in the shop now without turning on the furnace. Maybe this week I"ll get back to it.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-10-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,122
Posted By RalphG
Re: Batter Tender

Battery life varies so much that I don't think it makes much difference how you "maintain" them. I've had new batteries fail in a year (rarely). Some make it 7. I've had a tractor run 15 years on a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-09-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,122
Posted By RalphG
Re: Batter Tender

I've never seen any need for a battery tender on older vehicles and machinery. Newer stuff does drain a battery while parked for weeks or months but the old ones don't. I leave batteries on the farm...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-08-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,945
Posted By RalphG
Re: Do You Carry a Container of Gas in your Trunk?

I think the weather and how you store them is a big factor in the lifespan of plastic fuel containers. I think my oldest is a 5 gallon red plastic container that I bought in 1974. I've broken a spout...
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