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Old 02-14-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I inherited my grand father's 1935 Ford 5 window coupe recently, and I really want to get her running in time for the Lonestar Roundup in April. I believe the engine that currently resides in there is from 1940, and was rebuilt in the 70's or 80's. The car wasn't driven much after the rebuild but is in really nice shape. I'm having trouble getting the engine turned over by hand. I don't have a socket big enough to fit on the crank, so I was using a large screw driver in the "hand crank slot". I couldn't get the engine to budge. Took the plugs out and poured a little marvel oil in the cylinders and am currently waiting on the 1 7/16" socket to break the engine free. Any other advice on what to do to free the engine, i'm afraid of breaking rings.

Additionally, are there any online service manuals available for this car? I know there are some for my 1952 Packard, just curious.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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welcome to the 'Barn....great history on your car and i hope you get it running, etc. in time for the show.....Mike
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Pipe wrench and a floor jack will do the job. Love the old pic. To me the 35 is the best looking coupe.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:15 PM   #4
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Thanks guys,

My grandfather loved his '35, he worked on it in his garage well into his 80's. I only heard him start it once back in the 90's when I was really little, I remember it backfiring a lot. Don't know why it backfired so much, but I'm sure I will be learning a whole lot more about this car as time goes.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:31 PM   #5
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Welcome to the barn.
MMO is good, keep adding. Put the car in high gear, and gently rock it. back and forth.
Give it some time and repeat. Be patient.
Like to see more pictures of it.

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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I'm sure there is a local car club that can help you. Helping is what clubs are about.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:08 PM   #7
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I'll try to get some more pics of the car tomorrow. My dad said the engine was really tight after my grandfather had it rebuilt. He said he had a hard time starting it sometimes, so that is also what is fighting me. I had to fill the cylinders on my Packard up with ATF to make sure it would turn over, but it was a high mileage engine with lots of wear. I'm hoping for the best. Pretty sure getting the right socket will do the job. Once she is freed up i'm putting thick battery cables on.
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for the price of a set of gaskets, it might be worth opening up to see under the intake, heads, etc.....if you can't get it to turn over easily.....Mike
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Welcome to the Barn Rat... Nice 35. Ken
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:34 AM   #10
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With my 32 which had been sitting, we did the oil thing and used a jack the put constant firm pressure on it and left it. In the morning it was free.
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Do try to find a local V-8 club to help you with the car. Plus you will meet a bunch of nice guys.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:41 AM   #12
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Thanks guys,

My grandfather loved his '35, he worked on it in his garage well into his 80's. I only heard him start it once back in the 90's when I was really little, I remember it backfiring a lot. Don't know why it backfired so much, but I'm sure I will be learning a whole lot more about this car as time goes.
Welcome to the barn alot of resources here the search feature at the top of the
page will have alot of information on how to un-freeze and turn over your engine....try "engine froze"....your'e on the right track MM oil will work wonders, also a pipe wrench!
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Welcome to the barn!

You are in the right place for help and expertise!

I also am fixing up my grandfathers old car. A '33 5w coupe.

Good luck and have fun!
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Where are you located? San Antonio?
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:35 AM   #16
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You are a lucky man to have inherited such a nice car. Welcome to the fordbarn.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:15 PM   #17
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Thanks for the warm welcomes & insight guys!

I'm letting that marvel soak in, and tomorrow I will get me a pipe wrench to loosen this engine. I'm excited about working on this '35. I have admired and feared this car for a long time. Planojc, yessir I reside in San Antonio.

Glad to be here,

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Try rocking it in 3rd gear to see if you can get it loose.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:21 PM   #19
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Here are some more current photos...
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:59 PM   #20
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Hi GR
Very nice coupe. You can be proud to drive that one.
Couldn't tell if it had a columbia two speed rear.

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