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  1. austinsailor

    I bought another old dodge !

    Good chance the points have a bit of corrosion. Turn on the ignition, hold the coil wire near the block. Short and unshort the points with a screwdriver. If you get fire, clean the points.
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    Edgy speed shop car down

    Earl Edgerton's racer had a problem. After making the fasted run ever, next run resulted in holes in the pan and water on the ground. Pulling the covers revealed at leadt a cam in several pieces. That's what happens when pushed to the max running 5100 rpm! this is a 251 with the f head conversion. Overhead intake valves. When I asked, he wasn't sure he'd rebuild. I'm guessing, even using parts off this motor, it would take $10k +, starting with a new block.
  3. What a week this is. Spent yesterday with the Montana Dodge Boys at their Speedweek party, then today caravaned with them to the salt. Tomorrow starts the next level of fun. Firing them up, cars running for records. How's this for a young boy's start. The engine builder's son turned 15 about a week ago. Got his driver's license last week. He makes the first record attempt run in the Fast Four car! Holy cow, at 15 I was lucky if I could ride a moped in the yard! I did bring my 24 Dodge Brothers roadster to drive to the various pits. Figured I'd have more credibility than if I showed up in a Prius! a few pictures of the parking at the party.
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    Exciting week with the Montana Dodge Boys!

    If you live up north you'll get a rusted out vehicle and have no fun! :>) i'm putting all over it in my 1924 DB. Yes, I'm having fun.
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    Exciting week with the Montana Dodge Boys!

    And parked next to us is Earl Edgerton with his F head (over head intake valve) conversion. It's like I've stumbled into all the gods of MOPAR!
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    Exciting week with the Montana Dodge Boys!

    Pits are going together. That's the 62 Autocar running in French fry oil that brought the whole mess down. and a quick shot of the end of the pits.
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    Exciting week with the Montana Dodge Boys!

    Yes. It's here, he drove it down. Awesome car.
  8. Sitting there after being serviced was - a 1950 Desoto. 1 family car, originally bought by his Grandmother.
  9. austinsailor

    Went to the Chevy dealer., what did I find?

    Went back to leave the Vette this evening, snapped a picture of the Studebaker "police car".
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    Went to the Chevy dealer., what did I find?

    It was probably sold at Columbia Motors, which was in downtown Columbia, Plymouth Desoto. In 62 I was working around the corner at Boone County Motors, the Dodge Chrysler dealer since maybe '29. They tore down Columbia Motors in '62. The downtown location of Chrysler went on a few more years. I don't know who owns the old Desoto, but I'm going to find out. I need to know him!
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    Went to the Chevy dealer., what did I find?

    Columbia. Was looking for a couple minor repairs for my Vette, found them in the shop. Big dealership ( Bob McCosh), they have one guy who works on carbureted things. I guess that is almost a lost art.
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    Went to the Chevy dealer., what did I find?

    Only 1 repaint. Has the auto type transmission, tip toe, I guess. No restoration. Inside looks pretty much like a 2 year old car. Strangely, on the rack around the corner is a 60 Lark made up to be a police car. Someone is getting it as a birthday present.
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    What was my original engine?

    I went out to finish pressure washing my drive after writing the above. Lots of time to think. Let me get this straight and make sure I understand. You have a good running 265. it's out of the car now. Only problem is low oil pressure at idle. So. instead of diagnosing the problem, which, by your account, could result in a $1000 repair job, you want to hack in a small, undesirable 23" motor on which you'll spend $750 plus shipping, plus probably a couple hundred on mounts and a fan, hoses and probably more, and then overhaul or repair the desired 265 in the future, spending another $1000? Am I stupid or missing something?
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    What was my original engine?

    As to putting the 23" block in, I did this in a Fargo. I welded an extension on the front motor mount, bolted it in. Add a fan shroud and find hoses to fit, you're done. Rear is the same, nothing moves. As to your present block,invest in a pan gasket. Pull the pan, get some plastigauge, find out what your clearances are. You might get buy with some undersize bearings (.001 or .0015 under) if they are now standard. You may also find that your oil pump is worn. I'd do a little diagnostics before going the route you're suggesting.
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    Work bench height

    I find that whatever height they are, if I add casters so I can easily move things around, they are then about right. Being about 6'2", I find that most things are too low for me as they come. Casters solve 2 problems.
  16. I've seen these come apart as JBNeal describes. I agree, not worth the potiential problems.
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    Stupid carburetor!

    "I know you eliminated air leaks as a possible cause early on, but just to double check, wave an unlit propane torch, gas on, not lit, around the carb base, vaccum line connections, and all manifold to block connections." That certainly could fit my symptoms, although I'm not sure what could be leaking. I don't recall having this problem before changing motors, so it's more than likely. Wiper vacuum is already shut off, now all I have to do is locate a propane torch! Surely there is one somewhere in my shop. I did put on a different manifold to replace the original cracked one. To make it even more likely, I didn't realize the choke on this does not increase the idle setting, no connection between the manual choke and throttle. However, with just a bit of choke it runs reasonably well, just at a much higher speed. That would indicate it's getting air from somewhere, and the choke is making it rich enough to run. No choke, it's drawing too much air, mixture is too lean even if the idle circuit is working. Symptoms all fit, much as I hate to admit it this late in the game. Maybe I just need to put on one of my dual carb setups! That would make things simpler - not!
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    Stupid carburetor!

    Got my B1B running and driving well, except it won't idle. Have to keep it revved up a bit. I know the idle circuit in the carb is the problem, but I've had it apart a couple times and can find no problems. Pulled 4 other carbs off of other vehicles and all have set so long they'll all need a major rebuild before they do anyone any good. Not looking for help, just bitching! Oh, well, I'll eventually figure it out. In the meantime I'm getting in it and heading to the cafe for lunch.
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    Stupid carburetor!

    Well, I spent some time putting it back together. All looked good. No change. I'm missing something. When I get time I'll probably take another carburator that is in worse shape and start over with it. This is really frustrating.
  20. austinsailor

    influence of high octane...?

    My 40 dodge required something like 70 octane, according to the manual.
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    influence of high octane...?

    Our old cars have the fuel exposed to the atmosphere. Today's don't, with fuel injection and sealed systems. Today's gas evaporates much easier when exposed to the atmosphere. Has nothing to do with octane level. On another note relative to this thread - a few years ago I listened to a chemical engineer explain a lot of things to do with chemicals. Most was boring except his talk on gas and the different octane levels. As mentioned elsewhere in this trread, higher octane burns slower. Or more accurately, takes more to make it explode rather than burn evenly. When this guy explained it at the molecule level, it made sense. The higher the octane, the more even and rounded the molecule is. The lower the octane, the more jagged and odd shaped the molecule. So when it burns, the higher octane molecule has less surface exposed to the flame or heat, so it doesn't ignite as quickly. Sort of like trying to burn a stack of newspapers(high octane) or a crumpled up newspaper (low octane). The crumpled up one ignites nearly all at once, the stack slowly burns from the edges. In the fuel, the low octane starts burning all over, actually makes an explosion if hot enough, where the high octane doesn't have enough surface exposed to burn to the core at once unless it's really hot (higher compression). So, there it is, octane for dummies, something even I could understand!
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    CHANGE TITLE "Fuel Pump, Putz"

    I just read this entire thread, and am left with one question - why does anyone think welding a lump on the fuel pump arm will increase the stroke? It'll alter the starting point of the stroke, but not the distance. ???
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    Stupid carburetor!

    Yes, less than half. Thanks. NAPA failed me on this one!
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    Identifying a T786 motor

    Still trying to figure out what this motor is. I believe it's a 413 but can't find it listed anywhere. It's in about a 55 wrecker, may or may not be original.
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    Identifying a T786 motor

    Brian has a selection of molyblocks in his yard, including the 413 industrial in his truck he uses regularly. When he replaced the original 331 many years ago he found his starter pedal rubbed the block because it was wider. He and I measured several motors and found his industrial 413 was a bit wider, I think about 1/4". Head bolt to head bolt, where we measured them, were not the same.
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