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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-12-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 781
Posted By drolston
Re: break-up at WOT

Had similar problems. Replaced spiral wound ignition wires with solid copper and reset spark plug gap from 0.035 to 0.025". That cured the high rpm breakup, but the lack of static suppression in...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-09-2021, 01:17 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,486
Posted By drolston
Re: 1932 The Deuce, Dually, Dump Truck

Guess I remembered that fuel flow idea from the Model T.
So it was the lower gear needed to get him up the hill with a full load.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-08-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,486
Posted By drolston
Re: 1932 The Deuce, Dually, Dump Truck

I learned to drive in my grandfathers '32 BB stake body truck. It worked on a farm with no air cleaner. That is probably why it went in for an overhaul about every five years. The brakes were...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-08-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By drolston
Re: Parts Unknown

What is no mystery is that any condenser that old should never go on a car that you expect to drive further than from one side of the museum to the other. It might pass a capacitance test cold, but...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 06-08-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,265
Posted By drolston
Re: Running Hot When Not Moving

First advance your timing a bit at a time, until the engine pings while accelerating hard in second gear, then back off a tad to minimize or eliminate the pinging.

Next step would be to do a...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-25-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,539
Posted By drolston
Re: Hydraulic brake questions - 1932 Coupe

I get why you are stuck on this. With mechanical brakes, when the pedal goes down, all shoes move at the same time.

Thought experiment: If you were blowing on two straws, one in water and one...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-24-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,539
Posted By drolston
Re: Hydraulic brake questions - 1932 Coupe

With the drums off, which shoe moves first when pressing the pedal depends on which shoe offers the least friction resistance. Hold of block the shoe that moves and the other shoe will move with...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-23-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 675
Posted By drolston
Re: Carburator or Fuel Pump stock V8 Flathead

1) If it was the fuel pump not putting out enough, it will accelerate fine when you floor it, and then stumble as the float bowl gets low. Does not sound like your symptom. But check the pump as...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-23-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,178
Posted By drolston
Re: Ongoing problem 1946 v8

Still waiting on an answer to the question of what the ammeter reads at fast idle?
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-22-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,775
Posted By drolston
Re: Barn Find 1946 Tudor.

In about 1961 I put a 57 Buick V8 in my '48 Ford Coupe. Pretty easy swap. Had to move the steering box a little. Ran pretty strong, but I missed the sound of the flathead.

The bootleggers...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-20-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,178
Posted By drolston
Re: Ongoing problem 1946 v8

Does the ammeter show positive when you are driving? If you turn the headlights on does it stay on the positive/charging side? If not, generator and/or regulator are malfunctioning and the ignition...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-19-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 714
Posted By drolston
Re: Wiring my new alternator

Ditto. Lets you use the existing Armature wire; it is of sufficient size.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-18-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By drolston
Re: crab pertronix 59ab

Just replace the coil wire with a length of spiral wound, and keep those spark plug wires, whatever they are. That will provide enough resistance to keep the Pertronix happy. In case I have that...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-14-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 440
Posted By drolston
Re: Rotors

I shimmed with a piece of paper for a snug fit of the rotor on the shaft. Be sure to spin the rotor with the cap on before you install the distributor, to be sure the rotor does not contact the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-13-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,161
Posted By drolston
Re: dist cap problems again

If the coil wire was not seated in the cap far enough for good brass to brass contact, the spark will jump inside and darken the brass inside the cap. I discovered that effect during the ignition...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-13-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,281
Posted By drolston
Re: New guy

Most of the quirks are in the front suspension. The engine and radiator arrangement is common with '39 - '40. Most of the rest is common with '42 - '48.

Is yours the wide door "Sedan Coupe"...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-10-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 680
Posted By drolston
Re: piston fit

John, I will stop by in the coupe to pick up an ashtray; I need a new bad habit. The engine you built is running beautifully since I finally sorted out the mess I made of the ignition (crappy spiral...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-10-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 509
Posted By drolston
Re: Crab distributor vacuum passage o-ring

This is what we love about Mart! Always figures out a way to get it working with something laying around the garage.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-09-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 509
Posted By drolston
Re: Crab distributor vacuum passage o-ring

Good suggestion. If Ace Hardware does not have something suitable, I will check with Bubbas.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 05-09-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 509
Posted By drolston
Crab distributor vacuum passage o-ring

Just rebuilt my spare distributor. The o-ring on the mounting face was flattened and hard, so I dug it out. Now I can't find a replacement at the usual suppliers.

Is there a supplier? Is there...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-30-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,036
Posted By drolston
Re: fuel

Choke will not keep carb from getting fuel, but even with fuel in the carb, some flatheads will not start without some choke, especially when the engine is cold.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-29-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,036
Posted By drolston
Re: fuel

If it will run for a few seconds on prime in the carb, that should be enough for the fuel pump to get fuel up from the tank. After doing that and still no start, disconnect the fuel line at the carb...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-28-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,424
Posted By drolston
Re: Pertronix Nightmare

Fried my Petronix while troubleshooting that turned out to be bad spiral wound ignition wires. I went back to points and copper ignition wires. Tubman condenser to insure against that crap shoot of...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-27-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,644
Posted By drolston
Re: 3.54 vs 3.25

I am probably not the only one who likes to shift to low gear when turning into the driveway. I have pretty well mastered the double clutch down to first gear without crashing the gears. By...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 04-25-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 597
Posted By drolston
Re: Non-Zero Oil Pressure

One of the design features by Ford was for the gauges to indicate correctly, regardless of the voltage applied (within generator/regulator range). The repo senders are a different electrical design...
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