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Don Coatney

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About Don Coatney

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    1948 D-24

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    Northern Indiana
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    1948 D-24

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    Learning something new everyday
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    Northern Indiana
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  1. Don Coatney

    Body mount replacement

    I believe that would be general Adams.
  2. Don Coatney

    Happy New Years...

    New Years day is one of my favorites. Got up this morning and took a shower. Called Lisa in and told her to get a good wiff. I should be good to go for another year.🦍
  3. Don Coatney

    Happy New Years...

    My grandmother is ready.
  4. Don Coatney

    Correct oil

    Ask 10 people get 10 different answers. Buy what you are comfortable with. All engine oil sold today is better than engine oil sold when your engine was new. I buy the least expensive oil I can find. See what the next 9 people have to say.
  5. Don Coatney

    1940 Radiator aftermarket adapted?

    What I discovered when I installed a new 3 core aluminum radiator was that the cooling efficiency of the new radiator was much greater than the original honeycomb radiator. Adding a pressurized cap will also increase the boiling point of a liquid but the increased efficiency of the new radiator even running a 180 degree thermostat never allowed the radiator to boil over. I also eliminated the belt driven cooling fan and used a thermostatically controlled electric pusher fan. One downfall of converting to a pressurized system is the welsh plugs are not designed for a pressurized system. I personally did not have a welsh plug failure but the possibility is there.
  6. Don Coatney

    Engine oil gage rubber hose

    This might or might not help.
  7. Don Coatney

    Window tinting

    Suggest you paint the windows all gloss black. By doing so you will at least have something shiny that looks good.
  8. Don Coatney

    265 Engine Color opinions

    Yes I did.
  9. Don Coatney

    Dodge 230 6 cyl valve order

    My response was directed to the poster that said he could not find the tech tips link. I am not sure where to find a 3 step feeler gauge. I always got by with a 2 step go/no go. Tappet wrenches have skinny heads and make adjusting in tight spots easier.
  10. Don Coatney

    Dodge 230 6 cyl valve order

    At the top of this page there are several links. Click on each one and you will find much information. This should be required reading before asking questions.
  11. Don Coatney

    Dodge 230 6 cyl valve order

    Valve AdjustmentProper valve adjustment is critical for quiet and efficient operation of a flathead six and is the first line of defense against burned valves. Compared to overhead valve engine the flathead is a very simple design. A tappet follows the contour of the cam lobe pushing a valve up and open at the appropriate time. The only adjustment is the clearance between the tappet and valve stem. Accurate adjustment can only be made while the engine hot. To complete the job you will need a valve gasket set, set of go/nogo feeler gauges, pair of tappet wrenches and a pair of gloves to protect you from burns on the exhaust manifold. While the valve covers are readily visible from the top of the engine, don’t attempt this job from above the manifold. Instead raise the right front on a jack stand and remove the right front tire. Inside the wheel well is an access panel approximately 3 feet wide and 18 inches high. Remove the bolts holding the access panel. When removed you will have straight on access to the valve covers. Start the engine and bring it up to operating temperature. After the engine warms up, stop the engine and manually turn it over to Top Dead Center (TDC). Verify piston #1 is in firing position by checking the position of the distributor rotor. If should point around 7 o’clock. If it points to the 1 o’clock position, you have piston #6 in firing position. Manually turn the engine one full revolution and you are ready to start. Remove the valve covers and use the following sequence for the order of the valves to adjust. Exhaust valve clearance .010Intake valve clearance .008 Stage A, #1 and #6 at TDC, #1 in firing positionStage B, #1 and #6 at TDC, #6 in firing position To move from Stage A to B, manually turn the engine 1 revolution. Stage A – Adjust #1 Both valves, #2 Inlet valve, #3 Exhaust Valve, #4 Inlet valve, #5 Both valves. Stage B – Adjust #2 Both valves, #3 Inlet valve, #4 Exhaust valve, #5 Inlet valve, #6 Both valves. Using the two tappet wrenches you can use one hand to adjust the tappet, leaving the other hand free for the go/nogo gauge, The go/nogo gauge has three steps cut into it. If the adjustment gap is too wide, you will be able to slide it to the third step. If the gap is too narrow only the first step will slide between the valve and tappet. What you want is the middle step to fit snugly. Adjust each valve as specified in the adjustment sequence. It is better to err on the side of too much clearance versus not enough. Too much clearance may result in a slightly noisy tappet, while too little may burn the valve. After you finish the adjustment, reinstall the valve covers with the old gaskets. Bring the engine back up to operating temperature and you will notice the engine is much quieter. Sometime you will need to readjust a single noisy valve. Just make sure it is fully off the cam lobe and totally closed. If everything is OK remove the valve covers and install the new valve cover gaskets (780-469) with sealer. When re-tightening the valve covers don go overboard. They just need to be snug, letting the gasket and sealer do the work. Too tight distorts the sheet metal cover and usually results in leak. Reinstall the access panel and tire and you are back on the road. Properly adjusted valves result in a quiet running engine and help protect against damaged valve train components. If you have done the job right it will be difficult to tell if the engine is running from five feet away because it so quiet!
  12. Don Coatney

    265 Engine Color opinions

    I ran my freshly rebuilt engine for about 10 hours on the stand. I found and repaired several small water leaks. I adjusted the valves and dialed in the carburetor linkage. Well worth doing in my opinion.

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