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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-23-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Admiral
Re: Possible blown head gasket?

Ah, great to hear! Foaming sounds like normal operation rather than an actual problem. I can sleep better tonight!
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-23-2021, 06:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Admiral
Re: Possible blown head gasket?

OK, after a busy weekend I finally had a chance to spend a few minutes in the garage to try and diagnose this possible issue.

Per FlatheadTed's suggestion, the first thing I did this evening was...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-21-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By Admiral
Re: Spring Shackles

Great to know. I went ahead and ordered some Delrin rod from McMaster-Carr, which had it for a good price. I'm thinking of making these new shackles with grease fittings for easier maintenance. Any...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-20-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By Admiral
Possible blown head gasket?

After a drive the other day, I noticed my '36 sedan spit a bit of coolant out of the overflow tube, which it will do if the radiator is overfilled. I pulled the cap while the engine was running and...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-20-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By Admiral
Re: Spring Shackles

Delrin would be great, but man is it expensive! Have you ever tried bronze bushings?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-19-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By Admiral
Spring Shackles

What's the consensus on replacement spring shackles? I'm running a set of nice NOS units on my 1936 sedan, the only problem is, they creak and groan like an old man climbing a flight of stairs. I've...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-16-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,563
Posted By Admiral
Re: Flathead Cams

Talk to Pete at D&L Automachine. For a nice boost over a stock camshaft without being too hairy, he recommended the Isky 1007B, just like Ol' Ron did above. He ground one on an EAA core for me about...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-25-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 951
Posted By Admiral
Re: 1940 Ford Cluster Gear Question

I'm no expert, but that doesn't look NOS to me. I could be wrong, though... it happened once before. :D
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-25-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 833
Posted By Admiral
Re: Pressure Sealing A Block

Yes, I've seen this on their website, too, and was curious. Sounds like a great way to make a slightly cracked block usable or to seal up any unrepairable or inaccessible pinholes.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-10-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,855
Posted By Admiral
Re: BorgWarner Overdrive Questions

Glad I asked these questions, lots of great information in this thread. I like Chain Drive's idea of shutting the ignition off for a second to put it back into direct drive without having to floor...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-08-2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,855
Posted By Admiral
BorgWarner Overdrive Questions

OK, I’ll be installing a BorgWarner overdrive in my ’51 Ford and I’ve got a few quick questions about it. I’ve read both the service manual and the reference book written by Randy Rundle, so I know...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-03-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,146
Posted By Admiral
Re: Painted My First Car (well, parts of one!)

That is FUNNY right there!

Nice work on your paint job.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-03-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,417
Posted By Admiral
Re: 255 merc engine

Ain't that the truth! Now here's my opinion, LOL!

I'm by no means an expert, but I want as much meat in the cylinder walls as possible. Rust and corrosion plus possible core shift are issues I'd...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-03-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 460
Posted By Admiral
Re: Removing Oil pan on a `39

I'm not certain with the 1939s, but if they're like the '36 Fords, you'll probably have to undo the front motor mounts, disconnect the lower radiator hoses and then jack the engine up a couple inches...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-02-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By Admiral
Re: Speedometer Cable Length

Interesting... The book doesn't list any other lengths, does it? If not, it would seem OD and non-OD transmissions use use the same cable.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-01-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By Admiral
Speedometer Cable Length

I'm adding an overdrive transmission to my '51 Crestliner. Any idea if the speedometer cable length changes between the standard three-speed gearbox and the overdrive unit? It looks like the port on...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-28-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 525
Posted By Admiral
Re: Cooling system flush

I just ran a couple quarts of Thermocure through my car's cooling system (it's made by Evapo-Rust). I wasn't having overheating issues, but there's always room for improvement with these old V8s. I...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-27-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Admiral
Re: Clutch Recommendation

Ah, thanks for sharing this! It's very valuable.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-27-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Admiral
Re: Clutch Recommendation

Thanks, guys. Sounds like the stock clutch will work, especially if I get stiffer springs put in. When the time is right, I'll reach out to Fort Wayne Clutch about getting the stock unit reworked.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-26-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Admiral
Clutch Recommendation

I'm working on building an engine for my '51 Crestliner. It will have a 4-inch crank, a mild overbore, probably EAB heads for an extra shot of compression and an Isky 1007B camshaft. I will also run...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-17-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,672
Posted By Admiral
Re: Vacuum Brake 1932-1948 Ford

Actually, check your local shoe-repair shop. I bought a leather heel pad for a dollar or two and used that. It's about a quarter-inch thick and one was enough to make perhaps 10 vacuum-brake inserts.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-14-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,342
Posted By Admiral
Re: Stan's 34 Ford

Fascinating stuff! But what's the story here? I'm curious what he was cutting and modifying, oh, and how he put it all back together.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-07-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By Admiral
Re: It’s a thing of beauty! But now some questions…

I was actually thinking of going with the valves offered by Red's Headers. I like that they have the non-grooved exhaust guides for slightly better heat transfer.

I think I'd like to run valve...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-06-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By Admiral
Re: It’s a thing of beauty! But now some questions…

Thanks for the feedback, mfirth! Actually, I've got a 1 1/16"-bore Holley rebuilt and ready to run. Glad to hear they work well with this sort of combination. I'm shooting for good drivability, lots...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-06-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By Admiral
It’s a thing of beauty! But now some questions…

After a month in the clutches of the USPS, my reground Isky 1007B camshaft FINALLY arrived from D&L Automachine (Thanks, Pete1!). Ain’t it pretty? Seriously, it’s almost too nice to use…
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