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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

    Bell housing hole plug

    I believe it’s a metal plug, similar to an electrical box knockout plug.
  2. Merle Coggins

    Oil Leak Help

    There is a pipe plug in the end of the oil pressure gallery, behind the bell housing. It not be tightened properly? Or the welsh plug at the end of the camshaft bore is leaking?
  3. Go to the hardware store and get a piece of 5/16 key stock. Then either use a Crescent wrench on it, or bend a 90 on one end and make it into a wrench
  4. Merle Coggins

    crankshaft question

    Is that extra length just to allow room for the retaining nuts on a FD unit?
  5. Merle Coggins

    Need a photo of installed points.

  6. Merle Coggins

    Stupid carburetor!

    Got a vacuum leak somewhere? Manifold gasket, carb base gasket, somewhere?
  7. Merle Coggins

    Need a photo of installed points.

    I think Don's points are a slightly different design, and likely a different manufacturer, so may connect differently.
  8. Merle Coggins

    Need a photo of installed points.

    Hmm... interesting... I don't remember how mine hooked in, but once I figured it out it was fine. Could it go on the inside of the copper band and hook underneath it?
  9. Merle Coggins

    Need a photo of installed points.

    I had the same issue with a set just like you linked. That extra spring piece should hook into the points arm. I don't have a picture to show it, but there should have a slot in the arm for the tab to hook into. Then when it wraps around the pivot and is attached to the screw post it will add the tension you need. Once I figured that out they worked just fine for many years.
  10. Merle Coggins

    spark plugs

    If it was leaking at the seat gasket there would also be soot in the cup area.
  11. Merle Coggins

    The history and legal laws regarding rear license plate light

    One of my previous company trucks had 1 bad license plate light out of the 2 in the bumper. I determined that the socket/fixture was faulty, as a new bulb didn't fix it. I picked up a new light assembly at Ford and put it in my desk drawer for safe keeping until I could get the time to install it. A few years after that truck got sold I discovered the light assembly still in my desk drawer. Oops...
  12. Merle Coggins

    crankshaft question

    I have a 218 in my truck with an 8 hole crank flange, because my truck has Fluid Drive.
  13. Merle Coggins

    aftermarket radio and speaker installation

    Most modern auto stereos draw 2-3 amps max., so your 5 amp converter should be sufficient.
  14. Merle Coggins

    50 B2B master cylinder rebuild question

    You'll still have to plug the bottom outlet. If you can't get a line fitting to seal in the threads why would a plug threads seal? Maybe inspect the port threads closely when you have it apart. There may even be a crack in the housing at the port that is causing your leak.
  15. Merle Coggins

    crankshaft question

    I'm confused... You say that the crank is turned 0.030" under, and you found bearings for 0.040" under journals and you are looking for another crank? Why not turn it down another 0.010" and use the bearings you found? No 0.030" bearing shells available anywhere? Did you have your machine shop check with their sources?

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