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About kencombs

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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  • My Project Cars
    56 1/2T

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    claremore ok
  • Interests
    old cars and woodworking

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  1. kencombs

    Steering Slop

    Since I mostly work alone, checking things like this a difficult. What I've started doing is making use of mirror and lights. Front on stands, both wheels off, and mirror arranged so I can see from a location outside the truck but able to reach steering wheel . Not as good as a helper, but always available!
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    Engine troubles

    Before pulling the head I'd want to verify the leak. Pull both 5 and 6 spark plugs. Install an adapter in either hole to attach an air line. Listen for leaks in the other hole. Or, pick up a real leak down tester and do a real leak down test on all cylinders to see what is going on. Sounds of leakage at carb, exhaust, other cylinders, and oil fill can tell you loads about the condition of valves, rings and gaskets
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    Bad Reproduction Fender Stone Guards on Ebay

    I also don't understand the reluctance to release info. AFAIK, there is no liability attached to the truth. If I say " i bought x from y and it is not as described", and post a pic that is the truth and is not in violation of any laws. But, If I should editorialize, and add 'he is a crook, can't be trusted, always lies", etc, that would be possibly libelous and may result in some legal diffculties. Truth, facts, simple recitation of events is fine, and a service to the others here. JMHO.
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    CARB PROBLEM

    Try richening the idle mixture a little. About 1/4 turn out and try it. I've found that helps some engines with the off idle transition.
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    318 V8 Overhaul

    Been a long time since I've worked on a forward look era car! But, as I recall nothing special at all to pulling the engine and/or trans. I did the last one as a unit. You will need a way to tilt the engine up in the front to get over the radiator support before coming forward. I used a 'cherry picker' with an engine leveler. Also had to remove the trans crossmember to get the tail as low as possible before moving forward. I recommend you check in here: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/forum-view.asp?fid=1 full of fwdlook info.
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    Greetings

    27 inches tall for the 15 AND 27.25 for the 17 according to my math. Tire size = 2(width x aspect ratio) + wheel dia. There are lots of charts online. Here is a handy calculator: https://www.discounttiredirect.com/learn/tire-size-calculator
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    Fluid Drive Stumble Help

    No other changes? Weather, gas, anything? It just difficult for me to understand how an oil change in the transmission, which isn't even turning idle/standstill could affect the engine. Not sayin' it's impossible, but impossible for me to understand at the moment.
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    Vacuum advance enlightenment

    I believe you are referring to the wiper motor, not a vacuum brake booster. But, in either case the symptoms you have discribed indicate a large vacuum leak somewhere between your intake manifold and the other end of the line. the result is low intake vacuum and a very lean fuel mixture with the resulting poor performance.
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    47 Plymouth won't shift into 3rd gear

    Probably take two people to figure this out. One under the car, one shifting. It sounds like the selector lever is not moving from the 1/r position to the 2/3 position. Just watch that rod while the shift lever is moved from those two positions. Look for looseness or binding. Move the selector lever by hand, helping the shift lever motion. It may just need to be adjusted slightly. It will probably be obvious as you study the motions.
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    Will worn shackle bushings cause clutch chatter?

    I would check the height of the clutch fingers. More than one rebuilt has had that adjustment wrong and the fingers were not the same height. That causes the pressure plate to contact the disk on one side before total contact. HOw much has it really been used since the disk was replaced? Some lining materials are really 'grabby' when new and become slightly glazed and smoother with use. I remember and old mechanic in the 60s that would start off in high gear, really slipping the clutch, a few times to 'bed' a new clutch. Not my recommendation, but it seemed to work for him.
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    Broken Piston Rings?

    All true, also a badly worn ring groove that gets new rings can break the ring due to the twist as it changes direction. edit: overheating will also cause this. Sort of like the lack of end gap as the overheat over-expands the rings. But, usually there will be other signs that it has overheated. Galling or scoring of the piston, skirt or thrust face usually.
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    Can I use remote oil filter

    There are spin on type bypass cartridges available. I have a Mitsubishi truck with a turbo 4 that has a normal full flow filter as well as a factory installed bypass cartridge. All the oil that goes from the pump to the bearings goes through the full flow. all excess to bearing needs is routed by the oil pressure regulator to the bypass filter. Oil/filter changes are expensive! I think bypass cartridge for that application would fit the remote adapters. I'll check at next oil change. But, if I can make it work, I'd much rather just have a real full flow adaptation to my '56. Maybe one of these days.
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    bypass to full flow conversion?

    There are spin on type bypass cartridges available. I have a Mitsubishi truck with a turbo 4 that has a normal full flow filter as well as a factory installed bypass cartridge. All the oil that goes from the pump to the bearings goes through the full flow. all excess to bearing needs is routed by the oil pressure regulator to the bypass filter. Oil/filter changes are expensive! I think bypass cartridge for that application would fit the remote adapters. I'll check at next oil change. But, if I can make it work, I'd much rather just have a real full flow adaptation to my '56. Maybe one of these days.
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    Bell Housing Removal

    Are the valves stuck or is it just the pistons? The last poster's comment about hammers and 2xs is a good suggestion. But, after waiting an appropriate time for the solvent/lube to go to work. Another approach, since the head is off. would be to wash it out well with a strong oil cutting cleaner. Really well. Then fill the cylinders with white vinegar. Let is soak overnight and scrub. then let dry/ Back to the ATF/diesel whatever. Vinegar will dissolve a lot of rust and make the process easier. There are commercial products that do that also, but they all cost much more than vinegar for just small improvement in performance.
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    Bell Housing Removal

    Yes, I've tried it. ATF seems to be better from my experience. Some say a 50/50 mix of atf and acetone is best. But, anything takes time, lots of it. Are the head and pan both off? Often the valves are stuck and with the head on it's almost impossible to get enough of any lube to them to free the stems. How to the cylinders look? lots of rust, or just a surface coating?
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