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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Today, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 350
Posted By tubman
Re: Brake light pressure switch

I tried Dot-5 in a Corvette once. It worked, but was such a PIA to get bled that I never used it again.

It would be interesting to find out what kind of brake fluid the guys experiencing problems...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Today, 10:47 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

From the picture, it sure looks like the heads weren't modified. On the plug hole on the right, you can see the complete set of threads. I'll try to take a picture of my head from the same angle and...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Today, 09:58 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

Anthony, Going on the assumption (which may not be correct) that your heads were modified to fit some particular type of spark plug in the past, I think it may be more productive to try to figure out...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Today, 08:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 350
Posted By tubman
Re: Brake light pressure switch

It's odd. After over 60 years and dozens of cars (from "winter beaters" to complete restorations), I have never had a problem with an original Ford brake light switch.

I wonder what I'm doing...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 05:21 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

Boy, that's strange! I wonder if someone has modified your heads or they are from different production periods. Mine came straight from Speedway in the late '90's and have been sitting on the shelf...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Yesterday, 02:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 337
Posted By tubman
Re: Cowl lights- AV8 Roadster

Yep, some people like 'em. Believe it or not, when I bought a complete '34 sedan delivery in 1968, I was more excited that it still had it's cowl lights than I was about the fact that it was a sedan...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-12-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By tubman
Re: What is it?

C'mon guys! "DavidG" was right. It's a bank! The serrations on the slot are there to make it difficult to remove the coins once they are inside. As I said, you roll up the bills and put them in the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-12-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By tubman
Re: What is it?

We had them when we were kids. To get bills in, you roll them up and put them in the round hole, not the slot. When they are full you use the money to by a War Bond (Savings Bond these days).
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,656
Posted By tubman
Re: Ebay sales tax in place

"moot", not "mute" (not speaking) or "mote" (a small particle). I know it's trivial, but it's one of the things that really bother me. Mainly because the words can be a bit close in meaning and may...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By tubman
Re: Tubman strikes again

Thanks for the kind comments guys. I have to admit it was kind of nerve-wracking putting these out with only my own personal experience to rely on, but from all reports over the last couple of years,...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 681
Posted By tubman
Re: Rhythmic smoke puffing out of oil input breather cap

I'd try that (but use new gaskets). What do you have to lose?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 681
Posted By tubman
Re: Rhythmic smoke puffing out of oil input breather cap

I have always said that the worst thing you can do is to leave these things sit. Get them out and exercise them. I just finished cleaning the carbs on my old Yamaha snowmobile that I had let sit for...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,681
Posted By tubman
Re: Dual carb advantage?

I have never run a Merc carb (885), but I would expect that the Rochester (being a larger, more modern carb) would yield better performance. You might also want to consider a Holley 2110 3 bolt...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,681
Posted By tubman
Re: Dual carb advantage?

They're all right, I guess. They are a bit smaller than the small base Rochesters, and parts and kits are harder to find and pricier. On the other hand, you don't have to bore the manifold out for...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By tubman
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By tubman
Re: Thanks for the advice, still need more

All of the Mallory distributors with vacuum I have seen have a "vacuum brake" like the pre-'49 Ford distributors. (Actually, it should be called a "vacuum unbrake, but that's kind of awkward). As...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-09-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By tubman
Re: proper gearing

From my experience, these cars can greatly benefit from the addition of an overdrive, whether it be the stock set up or replacing the transmission with something like a T5, which has an overdrive in...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-08-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

"AnthonyG" (and "Mart") - I am not in a position to do some actual clearance testing with these plugs. I did however take a picture of a set of "N" series plug in my unmolested Offenhauser heads as...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-08-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By tubman
Re: proper gearing

My '51 club coupe (W/O overdrive) was very original when I got it. When I pulled the rear end apart to replace bearings and seals, etc. it had a 3.55 ratio rear end. The car was assembled at the St....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-08-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

According to Champion, they are 13/16" reach, but they fit fine. After looking at the charts, I'll admit those numbers are confusing. I'll go with "hands-on" experience every time on this old stuff....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-08-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

I really don't have anything set up at the present time, so that's probably not in the cards. I do have several stock cylinder heads with H10's installed, so I'll give them a look and maybe take some...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-08-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

That's the one. I looked at some cross-reference charts, and there are a lot of interchanges for those who don't like Champions. I like to use Champions as an example because I understand their...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-07-2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,731
Posted By tubman
Re: Flathead Jack

I ordered one of his catalogs once. There was a lot of neat stuff, but he would not be "oversold". I never did buy anything from him.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-07-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

DING, DING, DING. We have a winner here! I received my Champion N5C spark plug from Amazon today, took it up to my shop, screwed it into my original Offenhauser head, and it fits perfectly. The...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-07-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,754
Posted By tubman
Re: Spark Plug Protrusion into Head?

Ron, it was Sir Harry Ricardo. I can read what you wrote just fine.

I'll also second what you say about relocated extended tip plugs; my current '51 with a 255 Merc with carefully prepared Edmunds...
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