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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 959
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 8 volt battery in a 6 volt car?

Volts and amps are not interchangeable concepts. Electrical theory can get complicated, but think of amps as storage and volts as push. A 6 volt battery can have lots more amps than an 8 volt battery...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-15-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: difference in 6 volt and 12 volt ignition ?

OK, just to clarify, in a non-ballasted system, a 3 ohm coil would be called a 12volt coil and a 1.5 ohm coil would be called a 6volt coil.

If the systems are ballasted, a 12 volt coil would have...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-15-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: difference in 6 volt and 12 volt ignition ?

OK, so I don't want to get into the weeds of electrical theory, but a resistor doesn't limit or reduce current, it limits or reduces voltage.

You cannot use 6volt coil for 12volt system or the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-22-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,317
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: is it ok to run diluted antifreeze?

Antifreeze is made to be diluted. Concentrate is not intended to be run 100%.

Of course, you could run premix at twice the price.

It works best as instructed by the manufacturer. There...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-10-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 52 Victoria overdrive

Check for voltage drop at the solenoid. These solenoids are sensitive to voltage drops and will be slow to engage (or not at all) if voltage drops below 6 volts. Compare voltage at the battery with...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-25-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 764
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Engine Shop Expectations (Flathead 8ba)

Checking for (and potentially repairing) CRACKS!

I had two shops just outright reject my block when they found cracks. One shop wanted to source and sell me a replacement block. The next shop just...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-27-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,089
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Mercury Block - Is it Too Far Gone?

If you live in Celcius country, zero degrees IS the freeze point...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-31-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 900
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Newly assembled Flatty cranking force??

I learned a long time ago to give the crankshaft a complete rotation each time I torque a bearing cap (including rod caps) just to be sure that nothing is binding. Saves having to backtrack to find a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-24-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,962
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Sick Feeling

Oh man, I feel for you.
This is why I always run on a stand before installation.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-23-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,217
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Well...this ain't good

I had one blow out right past my left ear and up to the hood of the car, leaving a dent. Also got two of my fingers with aluminum shards. Scared the crap out of me.

Heli-coil makes a time-sert...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-27-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 50 Mercury OD problem

40cpe is correct. The second wire on the solenoid is the engine-killer wire. It goes to the kickdown switch and then to the distributor side of the ignition coil.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-12-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,063
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 32 Pa. LicenPlates now legal on my 32 now

They changed the law in Pa about 7-8 years ago. I did mine, and many months later they sent me a new plate with the same digits as the YOM plate. They never told me what to do with the new one, so I...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-11-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: HOW TO:REINSTALL POINTS CAM LOBE on 49-53 Ford Distributor

With all respect to the tech data, I believe cam lobe placement is not necessarily technically precise.

What I mean is, the range of adjustability of the distributor is wide enough to compensate...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-07-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 855
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 50 Car Steering Idler Arm?

My buddy's '51 had a lot of steering slack. I went over to check it out and found his steering box was moving because the frame section it is mounted to was cracked, as well as the mounting bolts...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-26-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 876
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Draining tank

Siphon out through the filler tube to get the majority out, then remove the plug to get the rest.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-10-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,302
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Ebay sales tax in place

Just to add more trivia to the bonfire:

Sales tax laws are written as "Sales and Use Taxes". The tax is imposed on where the person USES the item. Crossing state lines to buy products tax-free...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-23-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,393
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Cam Degreeing/Checking Important

I still find it hard to believe with all the emphasis on precision (especially in engine building) that a cam could be designed, cast, and machined that doesn't conform to spec in the most elementary...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-21-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 50 Mercury Heater Fan Squirrel Cage

I think I have a spare 51 Merc housing, but no wheel. PM me if interested and I'll dig it up.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-04-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,701
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: T5 Shift Problems

Yes, but that is a clutch adjustment, not a transmission adjustment.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-02-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,701
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: T5 Shift Problems

As far as I know, T5 has no adjustable linkage as the shifter is mounted atop the trans and operates the shift rail directly. Never saw any adjustable stuff in there, or anywhere else.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-24-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 8,750
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: 8BA compression issues

I'd suspect your valves aren't fully closing.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-14-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: What kind of heads are these - 49 Merc flathead?

8CM are 1951 Mercury heads, and they are installed backwards.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-29-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,051
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Stromberg 97 carb questions

You probably have a liquid filled pressure gauge. They often give false readings when warm/hot because the liquid inside expands and counteracts the fuel pressure sending the needle to zero. If your...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-20-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Modern day cosmoline

I like Fluid Film, it has lanolin, which is basically sheep fat. It's not very thick. It is self-healing, meaning that if it scratches it welds itself back together.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-20-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 947
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: eBay seller

Thanks for sharing. We mostly read about scammers and it leaves the impression that they are the majority and they are not.
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