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JimBrandberg
Grease or oil for me.
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Sometimes mere carbon build-up might cause higher reading. Sometimes I do the Seafoam down the carburetors choking smoke treatment.
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JimBrandberg
The wet spot on the bottom of the gas tank scares me. Was it leaking or did it get wet when you were draining the tank? I don't know if I mind the inside so much if you need to do other things with your budget. I might install an inline filter.
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JimBrandberg
Yes I thought the body looked pretty good until you mentioned the damage. The Powerglide dipstick looks a little funny, hopefully the length is correct for a good reading, they don't like too much ATF. It seems like the priorities of what you're fixing first are good. It should be a fun project. Karmann Ghias are getting awful spendy these days for what they are.
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6 days ago
JimBrandberg
I was under the impression that direct 12 volts was hard on the points but I didn't think it heated up the coil. I've never had one shut off when running on the stand. I guess I'll give it a feel next time. I learn stuff here all the time.
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7 days ago
JimBrandberg
I read an interesting opinion type article regarding tires. His contention was that a tall and narrow tire has an elongated contact patch that just wants to go down the road straight.
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7 days ago
JimBrandberg
It's not unusual for them to leak in the Spring and stop after they run for a bit. If you're having trouble in the Fall I would certainly anticipate it will be worse in the Spring. Clarks pump is at least a little better than local auto parts with less pressure. I would install one of them if someone wants. Turbo carbs are sensitive to excessive fuel pressure. In general I've about had i
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8 days ago
JimBrandberg
I don't think 185/75/14 are too narrow. I'm not in the wider is always better camp. I'd be concerned about installing a taller tire on the front than on the rear. It's easy for Corvairs to get a drag-ass look. I worked on a 63 last week where the steering gearbox lash adjustment was too tight. It's a shame that it's so easy to get to. Too tight is hard on the internals.
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8 days ago
JimBrandberg
I don't worry about a resistance wire when test running on a stand, I just run 12 volts for that little bit of time. I do use an oil pressure light. It's comforting when it goes out and good to know if the sender is bad before installing in chassis. I don't let it idle very much at first. Watch for raw gas dribbling from the venturi clusters, it's hard on the cylinders.
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9 days ago
JimBrandberg
Walmart knows how to move inventory on out so it's not dead. The flip side of that is they often don't have something you're looking for if it's not mainstream.
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9 days ago
JimBrandberg
I put a smear of Syl-Glyde inside the hose so the next guy has a fighting chance of getting it off. It's sort of a pain to remove the duct screws when the hose is stuck.
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9 days ago
JimBrandberg
If I come along later to work on the car I would prefer to be able to slip the carpet up and off without removing the pedal.
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10 days ago
JimBrandberg
I copied below a discussion on clutch discs recently. I'm so ashamed I misspelled thickness. I think my k key is lazy. If disc is the problem, you can adjust for maximum throw and readjust when it wears down a bit. Someone else posted with the same thick disc problem from another source. Clutch Disc Thicness Posted by: JimBrandberg () Date: August 01, 2018 07:48AM I've been getting cl
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10 days ago
JimBrandberg
Big car Powerglide is interesting. Park position even? At 6'1" I believe I would be very cramped driving that car. It looks like a nice car and the Van looks interesting too.
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10 days ago
JimBrandberg
You're losing cooling air through the missing dipstick tube grommet. I hope you blocked off the fresh air hole in the right front of the top shroud. I'm not fond of rubber gas hoses in the engine compartment, especially next to the sparking generator. It's also more difficult for a mechanical pump to suck uphill and through the filter chamber. I don't mean to be critical, I just see thin
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10 days ago
JimBrandberg
I usually go 32 rear and 23 front or so. More often than not they come in with 32 or 35 all the way around which is wrong and bad. I usually go 32 on all 4 with FC. I would be glad to read more opinions.
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11 days ago
JimBrandberg
I don't know if there's many people who would upgrade to EFI and then still run points. Maybe I just don't understand. It doesn't seem like there would be clearance issues for a bigger distributor in FC or wagon but I could be wrong. Is the concern with the cover overhead or the center piece on the rear frame rail for the 60 type motor mount? I like the idea of the ignition being distributo
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11 days ago
JimBrandberg
DaveK check your distributor number, it's on the outside of the distributor body, clockwise from the vacuum advance, near the fan belt. It's only the last 3 numbers that matter. If it's a 269 your 4 degrees would be correct. If it's a 272 it should be at 13 degrees. I would think a 272 would have been original to your engine but a lot can happen in 50 years including any distributor bein
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
Original senders that are working are better than any Chinese replacement I've been able to find. You can put the old one back in a year from now when the $34 one goes bad. Maybe I'm just being pessimistic.
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
It could truthfully be advertised as a distributor with balls!
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
After reading all the above, you seem to be talking about not enough fuel as evidenced by it being somewhat better if the fuel pump runs for a bit. The replies seem to be talking about too much fuel as evidenced by hot soak and raw fuel or fumes in the intake manifold. I would try to figure out which one it is, too much fuel or not enough. It sounds like it's restarting okay but runs poorly fo
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
I store core engines standing up on the bellhousing. Some will puke that oil from the cam gear room onto the floor and others will not. I suppose it's a test of crankshaft seal integrity. I should label them "puke" or "non-puke" for posterity although actually it's a slow drip rather than a quick puke situation.
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
I love EM 700 4-doors, that beltline trim and rear window are magnificent. your wheel covers are superb. I hope if it's been lowered in the rear that your camber is still okay. Personally I might live with the 3 speed if it was working okay but I would not put any effort into repairing it, I would put that effort and a little more into a 4 speed conversion. When I converted my 61 4-do
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
Oh I almost forgot, there's Shades in Hastings, Nebraska.
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
I've done follow up work on a few Corvairs done at general restoration shops and the Corvair specific mechanical work was not good. I hate to even touch them. If I do tuning on someone else's too expensive rebuild, who's to blame if it all goes kaplooey...? It's also a PITA doing something like removing the instrument panel out of a new soft paint dash because half of the gauges don't w
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
There's Jeff Moore at Automotive Archaeologists in Springfield, MO.
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
In agreement with Seth. Many times I remove the tops for a non-squirt issue and the black cups still feel supple but changing to new ones resolves the problem. I also push a strand of wire through the discharge holes as a matter of course but they are seldom restricted.
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13 days ago
JimBrandberg
I don't think a difference in gap translates to a difference in Dwell. I don't think it's too critical. I certainly wouldn't argue with a tighter gap as long as a loose distributor bushing doesn't allow contact. One thing nice about a Pertronix instead of points is they're more forgiving of a worn bushing.
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13 days ago
JimBrandberg
I got a few composite gaskets from John Sweet and I think I'm going to like them. I put one on a stock pan and was able to tighten the bolts without it squeezing out.
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13 days ago
JimBrandberg
Sometimes the black ones dry up when they're dry and loosen up again when they soak in gas again for a while. Lots of cars come in with them not working and I replace the cups only all the time. I've purchased some of the new blue ones from John Sweet and time will tell. I'm still working through some black ones. I have high hopes but I suppose I won't know until I take apart a carburetor in t
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