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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 08-19-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,699
Posted By 39wagon
Re: got a hole in my water jacket

I too had a couple of holes in th water jacket of my '39 flathead, passenger side just below the rear exhaust port. After talking to the Balzona reps, I ended up using 1511 because of the close...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-09-2021, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,108
Posted By 39wagon
Re: Can this flathead be saved?

Thanks for all the good ideas. I think I'll do a bit more research on the heat/water properties of JB Weld as well as contact the Belzona people for the same information and then form a plan of...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-08-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,108
Posted By 39wagon
Can this flathead be saved?

I have a good running '39 flathead that has developed a rust-through hole in the water jacket just below the exhaust manifold's lower bolt on the rear-most outlet. I've read on the Model T site about...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-28-2020, 10:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,562
Posted By 39wagon
Re: Honing wheel & Master Cylinder

For wheel cylinders I've always had good luck using either Berryman's B12 chemtool or WD-40 followed by a good cleaning with chemtool. However, if it is too badly pitted, you probably should replace...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-19-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 40 Ford coupe rear height

Yes, it is the cross member that needs trimming and it's only the chamfered edge (turned out lip) that needs attention. However, I found that the shock body rubbed just a bit on the cross member...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 09-18-2018, 11:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,814
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 40 Ford coupe rear height

Just a note: if you use the shock kit from Drake, you will have to do some minor frame-flange trimming in order to get clearance for the shock body. Also you'll probably have to re-route the exhaust...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-13-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 902
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 36/9 wheel balancing

I used the Speedway adapter for my '39 wheels. Worked well. Used 5/8 NF bolts with tapered lug nuts to center the wheel on the adapter and the center hole was used to center everything on the wheel...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-09-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,491
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 1939-1940 oil capacity

OK. I am not sure if I have the correct dipstick on my '39. So that I know how much oil to add when it shows low, what is the distance between the felt dust seal to the "full" mark on an original...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-23-2017, 11:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,394
Posted By 39wagon
Re: Trans Rebuild

X3 on doing it yourself. Hardest part is getting it out of the frame and onto the workbench. I too had never tackled a transmission but did it in a day (39 toploader) after I got Van Pelt's book and...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-22-2017, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,879
Posted By 39wagon
Re: Visible flathead combustion

I've been using a device called a Color-Tune to adjust my carbs for years. It was popular in the 70's or 80's and really helpful when tuning SU's on British engines. It is used in place of the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-07-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,439
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 40 Ford Coupe Trunk Lid Won't Stay UP

I don't know if it has been mentioned yet or not but you might go over to the Jalopy Journal, search for a thread "A 40 Ford for Uncle Mike" and scroll down to message #442. He had the same problem...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 10-20-2016, 10:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,587
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 39 motor which 4 barrel?

I went with a Holley 4160 for my '39 also. Had to go with a 4" riser to clear the linkage and mounted the carb backwards. While it ran right out of the box, it was a bit rich. I'm still dinking...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-08-2016, 12:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,173
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 37 front fender repair

You might try making a hammer form out of medium density fiberboard, getting some 19ga. sheet metal (maybe from an old fender) and hammering it out your self. There are several different you-tube...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-03-2016, 05:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,158
Posted By 39wagon
Re: Transmission

You might also check the numbers on your shift tower. They are near the bottom (rear) portion on the raised piece in the middle. There should be two numbers followed by a hyphen and then 4 more. If I...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 03-04-2016, 12:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,339
Posted By 39wagon
Re: Leather upholstery conditioner............

Neatsfoot oil is a good product for finished leather. However, make sure it's Neatsfoot oil, not Neatsfoot compound. It is my understanding that the latter contains petro chemicals which isn't too...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-10-2016, 05:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 825
Posted By 39wagon
Re: rear end ratio

If you have a tach, you might try this site:
You can enter three of the four variables (tire size, rpm, rear-end ratio or speed) and it will...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-23-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,276
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 47 ford coupe on C.L.

Uh, looks like the Nigerian prince is selling his fine ride!
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-23-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,872
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 1938 Deluxe vs 1939 Satandard Nose

Yes, I believe that they are the same except for the trim attachment holes in the grill "teeth" and the side where they attach to the fenders. One note; I do believe that the '38 Deluxe and '39...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-14-2015, 12:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,262
Posted By 39wagon
Re: Rear end gears & tire size.

To compare different tire/gear ratios/speed/rpm, you might want to check out this site:


Good luck.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 11-25-2015, 12:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 999
Posted By 39wagon
Re: 39 ignition

As I understand it, coils are 6 volts to the distributor. At least that what I was told by the Pertronix people. Anyway you can use an electronic ignition unit in a "helmet" style distributor. To my...
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