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Don Jordan

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  1. you are right Don. I'm not sure how it could happen but tomorrow I'm doing a compression check. It could be the valves. But when it runs it is so strong. At this point I rule nothing out. I'll keep you posted. d-
  2. okay this is my 3rd attempt at this: I got a new computer and key board and it does things I'm not prepared for. So let me try again: first I would like to thank all those who responded to my plea for help. Bottom line: it still doesn't run. I had the dist rebuilt. new points, condenser, rotor, cap. points set at .020 I bought a new coil. squirted gas down the carb - not so much as a sputter. took off the gas cap - nothing. checked the wires for a short - all new from Rhode Island. put a 12v jump to turn the car over faster - nothing. put a test light on #1 and while it seems weak there is a spark. I tried turning the dist one way then the other same result. I'm sure there is more I've done but it will not start. I've run out of options. when it runs it's strong. I may have to break down and take it to my local mechanic - if he'll even take it Again my thanks to everyone for their input
  3. I am reluctant to ask for help but I have exhausted all avenues of knowledge. When the car runs it's a wonderful thing to hear. I got it running, timed it. The car fired right up; like it was brand new. So I decided I'd go for a ride. Got on the street, and it made it to the first stop sign and it died; would not start. It's a story for another day but I got it in the garage. Ran every test I knew. Finally I took the distributor off the 47 and put it in the 48. It started right up. This led me to believe it could be the distributor. I sent the dist. off to be rebuilt. In the mean time I checked the coil, ignition switch - everything I could think of. Got the dist. back, put it in, the car fired right up. Problem solved. Got on the street and was motoring. It gives me such a rush; it's all worth it. Driving down an old back road toward home and it just stopped running. Still in gear not so much as a pop. Back in the garage. It will not start. There is spark to number one. The fuel pump (electric) is pumping. It's got to be a short somewhere - but where? I've done all the obvious tricks. This is way beyond my paygrade. I want to sell the car but it's difficult when it won't start. I'm thinking it might be the coil. At this point I am truly lost. I'm getting too old for this kind of grief. I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas anyone can furnish. thanks
  4. I took the dist out of one car and put it in the other - nothing. I sent it off to Advance Distributor for a complete test and re build
  5. thank you for the very informative response to my post. As long as I've been doing this I keep learning new stuff. Another difference between the 2 engines is the length of the dip sticks. thanks again -
  6. I know there are those that don't always agree with me (not unusual) but here is a fact: I have a '47 and a '48 P15. I've been told they are the same. I took the distributor out of one to put it in the other and the cap, rotor were different, and the number on the plate is different. I don't know if this means anything to anyone because it still fit but I had to change the whole thing. I'll see if it works tomorrow. There are other differences as well.
  7. do you know what he got for it? I think there might be a way to send him a message but I don't know how.
  8. You'd think by my age I would be computer savvy but alas no. I don't even own a cell phone. So I'm afraid my health is forcing me out of old cars. I've got 2 P15s I'd like to sell but I can't figure out how to post them here. It keeps telling me my photos are too big. I've also got about 25 years of accumulated parts. I know they should be inventoried but I don't know that I'm ready for that just yet. Also how do I put a value on these cars? I don't expect to get the money I've put in them back - but I don't want to give them away. I'd appreciate any words of wisdom on this matter. I think I've got it on ebay - I haven't mastered Craig's List yet.
  9. I drove 400 miles in the hot sun at 55 mph. Got to the San Francisco Bay area with out so much as a burp. Spent the night. Next day I went and got gas, came to a stop light, took off in first and when I tried to go to second the gear shift went limp. Some how the linkage fell off. I drove back to where I was staying in 1st gear and came to the conclusion I'm too old for this sh*t. I rented a U Haul truck and trailer and with my tail between my legs I drove home. It was too hot and I'm too fat to crawl under the car. I figured out I just don't want to do this anymore. The car is 98% complete - I'm done. I figure I'll sell the 4 door and all the spare parts. You guys who are ace mechanics have no idea what a struggle it is to just get simple stuff done. I'm still not sure how the linkage hooks on the shifting lever. I'm not going to live that much longer anyway. I'd like to thank all the "master wrenches" who were patient with me and helped me through the trying times. I think I'm just going to try to relax and shed stress.
  10. well it's only taken about 15 years to finally get my P 15 complete. I should know this but alas I don't so I'll ask one more silly question: Now that my car is complete I have large quantities of spare parts. I'd like to give people here first crack but I'm not sure how. I looked and it said something about e bay. I haven't listed anything on e bay. Do I have to list on them first? There was a sale forum but I can't seem to find it. I've got a lot of cool stuff that people will just throw away when I'm gone. Stainless steel, buttons, fined valve covers - too much to list. I guess I'll have to make a list.
  11. I did it! With your help and the guy across the street. He turned the keeper 90 and it came off. I've got some pictures but I've got to remember how to post them. Anyway thank you, thank you for the key to fixing my problems.
  12. the parts book actually shows it as "Door Outside Handle Assembly" I fear I have bitten off more than I can handle.
  13. I begin projects before I find out how difficult they're going to be. I don't know what it's called but the little piece of molding out side on the door that the door handle goes through (I'll look up the name from my parts book later). Question: how do I get the door handle out of the piece of molding. I just bought 4 newer ones and thought I'd find out how it's done before I dive into this. thanks
  14. First my apologizes to Don C. in the event I posted this in the wrong place I bought some clips on e bay for my outside finish molding. I'm not really sure how they go on. I figured out that the clips go in the holes on the body. I'm just not sure how the molding fits on the clips. I don't want to break anything. I already had one piece of stainless go flying off. thanks
  15. Okay - for all that participated in my dilemma I would like to thank you for offering your insights. I tried many of your suggestions. I don't really know what was wrong or how I fixed it. The bottom line is I swapped out the dist. and turned it 180° It purrs like a sewing machine. I probably need a new battery because it still turns over too slowly - but at least it runs. thanks again - now I'm going to wash and wax it
  16. I know I've been on before asking silly questions and receiving intelligent answers. This time I've reached the end of the line. Problem: it will not fire. It's a brand new rebuilt 48 p 15 - 218. I put it in and was so excited to get it on the road again. Nothing but problems. before you tell - me so far I've done the following: Put everything back together. No spark. Traced it to the distributer. Switched out dist. Got spark to #1. The old 6v battery was turning it over really slow. I know this is not a good idea but I put an 8v jumper on it. It cranked over - fast - and started. The throttle linkage was stuck open and it was revving too hot. Had to shut it off. Could not get it started again. Spark through the coil, dist, to the plugs. It should run. A friend came over and questioned the timing. I got the #1 piston to TDC and the rotor was around 7:00 on the way to 9. It would not pop, backfire, nothing. He suggested I move the plug wires up one. 15 3 6 2 4. It's seared in my brain. It still turns slow. I know the engine is new and tight but there should still be some electrical activity. It was suggested I try an 8v battery - any comments? I don't know what to do. I've got so much time and money invested and it gives me grief. Now I know why they call them "she". Any help would be appreciated. It's starting to get cold out. thanks, d-
  17. it's not easy going through life really stupid. Checked the coil and it was okay. Pulled the dist. out - there was a very little wire, the insulation had worn off just enough to ground - I'm going to put it all back together tomorrow and hopefully be able to get it started. For all of you who pitched in thank you. It's always something small. "For the wont of a nail the shoe was lost..."
  18. I know this is an old story: "It was running when I shut it off." (Long story) I took the engine out, had it rebuilt, put it back in, and now nothing. No spark to the plugs. I read some posts about testing the coil. It didn't say how. I know I will have to trouble shoot every line. I just don't know the proper SOP for testing the coil if the motor won't start. Because the motor is new it's very tight and putting a strain on the battery. I know this is right out of auto shop 101 but I don't remember ever testing a coil. thanks for your help, d-
  19. I guess it was a silly move - I took the hood off with the 4 bolts on the hinges. Don't remember the springs. If I take the hood off with the 6 bolts would it be possible to put the springs on and then replace the hood? Murphy's law: if anything can go wrong it will.
  20. they say it's one of the first things to go. When I was ready to take my engine out (long story) I first took the hood off. It was so long ago I don't remember. Today I put it back on but for the life of me I don't remember taking the springs off so now I don't know how to put them back on. Is there a trick? Do I need to take the hood off and start again? I know it must be easy but I can't figure it out. I'd appreciate any feedback d-
  21. quite right. I went in today and asked if I could return it and they said I could. I told them it was already assembled; could I bring it in that way - no problem. I'm using it now to keep the engine off the floor. when it's all back together I'll rent a cherry picker and take the Harbor Freight one back.
  22. Don Jordan

    Torque?

    I just got my engine back from the machine shop (long story) and I'm trying to put it together. I have the service manual but I can't find the proper torque settings. I have the flywheel at 60 ft.lbs. Can't find numbers for clutch, intake/exhaust, water pump. It could be just tighten them down - I don't know. also, in passing, I bought a cherry picker from Harbor Freight and it won't get high enough to get the engine in. also (way off topic) it was 106° in my garage. thanks,
  23. I'll keep you posted as this saga unfolds d-
  24. thank you for the offer of the piston but I'm either going to have to get a new block or swap engines. re: the machine shop did the re build about 5 years ago. The car sat until it was painted then sat until the upholstery was finished. This took years. Then I started driving from LA north to San Francisco and beyond. I have no idea of actual miles because I had the speedo rebuilt. I took the piston in to the shop - they could not explain it. I'm sure it was them but I'm too old for a fight. It was just sloppy work. I called them today about putting a sleeve in it. The old school machinist won't be in till Monday. I already laid out money for the gaskets. And the scary thing is they also rebuilt my 47. And it hasn't gone far because of brake issues. back to square one with a ruptured cylinder wall. I'd like to thank everyone for their input - I'm going to sit in a corner and pout. At least the 5,000 miles were sure worth it.
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