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Merle Coggins

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Merle Coggins last won the day on February 19

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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

    just came in for the evening....

    Even has a "Lifetime Guarantee" ...
  2. Merle Coggins

    just came in for the evening....

    How many times did they repeat, "It just doesn't stick!" ? If it's the same commercial, that one drives me nuts... 😖
  3. Merle Coggins

    just came in for the evening....

    My wife has recently made the switch to cast iron pans and loves them. They are awesome once seasoned properly. I also like cast iron Dutch Ovens for camp cooking.
  4. Merle Coggins

    Differential pinion seal replacement

    The axle shafts are held in place by the brake backing plates. It sounds like you already have the brakes disassembled, so now just remove the backing plates too. You'll need to rig up a puller or slide hammer to pull the axle shafts out. The bearing cup is a tight fit into the housing. I've made spacers to go between the axle housing flange and the inside of the brake drum and use the axle nut to pull the axles out. You may need a few different length spacers to get the job done. I've also heard of putting the drum and nut on loose and using the drum as a slide hammer of sorts. Once the axle shafts are out you can replace the outer seals, and you can also pull the diff now (if needed). Gasket Maker is good for the diff mount surface. I prefer the Permetex Anaerobic Gasket Makers/Flange Sealers for that application
  5. I'm curious... Here he stated Ironwood, which is next door to Hurley, WI. On FB he mentioned Hancock. There is a fair bit of separation between the two. (110 miles)
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    Distributor Advice

    There you go... And take those Echlin numbers Rich provided to your local Napa store to get the wires. Echlin is a Napa brand.
  7. Merle Coggins

    Steering Gear Box Lube

    Lawn and Garden centers are another good source of #00 grease. Many mowers use #00 grease in their gearboxes.
  8. Ironwood, MI is about 225 miles north of me. (3-1/2 to 4 hour drive) I don't know of any other active members that are any closer. @Mikec4193 Are you on the Facebook Pilot-House group? I believe there are some members on there that are up in northern Wisconsin. Eagle River, or Ashland area. They would be a little closer to go have a look for you, if they would be willing.
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    Distributor Advice

    What’s your distributor number? Some of the guys here have Autolite catalogs that can get you the correct part number for that wire. With that you can do some more refined searching.
  10. Merle Coggins

    Spin on oil filter conversion. 218 ci engine.

    Yes, you are correct Steve. And as DJ stated, be sure that you know the proper connections on your filter housing. Notice on mine that the oil feeds into the bottom center and comes out at the side near the top. Others feed in near the top and drain out the bottom. It all depends on the filter design. Mine is a sock type.
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    Finding TDC

    Both #1 and #6 pistons are at TDC as you state. Both tappets loose on #1 indicates that this cylinder is at the top of the compression stroke. This means that #6 is at the top of the exhaust stroke, which puts the valves in an ‘overlap’ condition. The exhaust valve is closing and the intake valve is opening. Depending on the valve timing of this particular engine the exhaust valve could have just closed, allowing the tappet to be loose, but the intake valve is probably beginning to open, hence the tight tappet.
  12. Merle Coggins

    Distributor Wiring

    Your wire from the coil should be going to that side terminal, where the red wire is now. The distributor body should be grounded through the mount, and the engine block. If you need 2 wires then something else is wrong. Verify that the inside of the distributor is wired properly and remove the red wire completely. Connect the white wire from your coil (-) post to the side terminal on the distributor and see what happens.
  13. Merle Coggins

    Distributor Wiring

    Your coil is wired correctly for a Negative ground system. Since you stated your car has been converted to a 12v system I would venture a guess that it was also converted to Negative Ground. The red wire screwed to the body of the distributor was likely added to ensure that the distributor has a good ground, as you state that this wire goes to the Negative post of the battery. That is assuming that the screw mentioned is screwed into the housing and not the screw/stud that is normally connected through an insulator where the coil wire normally connects. Is the original insulated terminal still in the distributor housing? The coil wire should be connected to that, and the inside would have a small wire going to the points.
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    Upcoming Shows - Cruises - Events

    And the only "Upcoming Event" is Tim's BBQ
  15. Merle Coggins

    Sticking valve in a rebuilt motor

    If that's the case you have some pretty high exhaust back pressure that needs to be addressed. Maybe its because the heat riser flap is vertical? #1 exhaust valve is the first valve from the front of the block.

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