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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-03-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,260
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Dual points for increased dwell??

As previously said above, there are two types.

Remember, closed points charge the coil and open points cause the coil to throw the high voltage to the spark plugs.

One way to explain it is...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-22-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,108
Posted By Mike51Merc
Re: Adjustable lifter problem

I've fixed this problem with a simple center punch (or two or three) on the threads.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 12-01-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,513
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: 2,133
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: 2,133
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: 2,703
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: 704
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: 1,285
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: 2,814
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: 1,755
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: 3,103
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: 7,308
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: 1,537
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: 2,369
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: 978
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: 1,759
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: 1,390
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: 13,081
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: 7,997
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: 1,079
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: 3,396
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: 3,396
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: 14,107
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: 1,476
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: 1,730
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...
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