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Merle Coggins

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About Merle Coggins

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!
  • Birthday 03/29/1967

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    Technical trainer for a Construction Equipment Dealership

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    Menasha, WI
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Dodge B-2-C-116


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    Waukesha, WI
  • Interests
    Motorcycling, working on my truck

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  1. Merle Coggins

    Engine troubles

    I would expect to see much less than 70 psi between the two cylinders if the had gasket was blown out between them. That would usually result in less than 20 psi. Engines with 70 psi across the board will still run. I suppose it’s still a possibility. It’s easy enough to pull the head and have a look.
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    what are the rules cruise in/ car shows

    I'm going to a couple different shows this weekend, and both are free. The one Saturday afternoon is sponsored by a local radio station. Show form 3-6 with a cruise through town at 6. And the one on Sunday is supposedly the largest single day car show in the area. Again, no entrance fees. They only ask for no carry-ins. All proceeds from the food vendors go to support local charities. This one is all supported by local sponsors. Usually if there is an entrance fee it is to support a local charity. Most around here are free. Should have at least 2 Pilot House trucks at each show, out of the 3 known in town.
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    '50 Dodge B-2 Series Stepside Truck Repairs

    The last chapter in your shop manual is Lubrication and Specifications. There are several pages of specifications, including the valve clearances. I don't know why they say to use #6. Either 1 or 6 will give you the same reading. And as Don said, if you use the coil wire it's even easier to see because the timing light flashes for every cylinder and it tends to light up the area more.
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    '50 Dodge B-2 Series Stepside Truck Repairs

    My B2 shop manual gives the specs of .010” and .014” hot. Maybe the .008” & .010” are for a car to make them more quiet. Also, on your timing marks... Now that you’ve found it, get one of the little bottles of white touch up paint, or a paint pen from a craft store, to mark the TDC mark. That will make it easier to see under the timing light.
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    '50 Dodge B-2 Series Stepside Truck Repairs

    LOL. I'd love to. Colorado is a great place to visit. Unfortunately my vacation time for this year is already booked up.
  6. Merle Coggins

    New here. 1953 dodge pickup

    What were the values? What looks good to you may indicate an issue to someone else. High amperage output without reason could be the cause of your heat.
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    The Pertonix only replaces the points setup. You still have a rotor. It's the piece that goes on top of the shaft to connect the coil wire terminal to each spark plug terminal as the shaft spins. Under the plate where your Pertronix module is mounted is the advance weight assembly.
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    Quick and easy check. Pop the cap off, grab the rotor and give it a twist. If it rotates a few degrees and snaps back all is good. If you can rotate it back and forth without any spring resistance you will need to pull the distributor and dig into it a bit deeper. The advance weights are under the breaker plate.
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    '50 Dodge B-2 Series Stepside Truck Repairs

    The HOT clearance should be 0.010" on the intakes and 0.014" on the exhaust valves. After I made that video I realized that I should have left one loose too. When one is loose there is a very noticeable "tick-tick-tick" that disappears when the feeler gauge is inserted. Maybe the next time I do a valve adjustment I'll remake it with more detail. It seems to get a lot of play.
  10. Merle Coggins

    Carb Tune up and misc

    I had a similar issue due to an inferior set of points. The rubbing block wore down fairly quickly and altered the gap, and timing. It got so bad that I was loosing power and got to be hard starting. Once I figured it out, and replaced the points with a better set, my stumble disappeared and it regained it's power.
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    You may have broken advance weight springs that puts it into full advance even at idle. When things are good you should be able to twist the rotor, towards the advanced position, and the springs will return it to it's base position when you let go. If you can twist the rotor back and forth several degrees without any spring resistance that would indicate failed advance mechanism.
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    New here. 1953 dodge pickup

    Have you measured the voltage and amperage output?
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    Oil pressure problem seems solved.

    That spring on the right looks to have a bigger wire and more coils. Also, the coils are so close together it looks like it wouldn’t take much compression before it coil binds. And the left one is certainly too short. Could you put a washer, or 2, between the original spring and the plug and try it that way? That’ll increase the spring tension for you and should increase the pressure setting.
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    Vacuum advance enlightenment

    Before I go after that I'd triple check the part number according to what is required for my distributor number.
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    Vacuum advance enlightenment

    It's been a while since I've done a vacuum reading on a these engines, so I don't have a good reference. But it didn't seem abnormal to me.

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