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About squirebill

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

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    newtown square,pa
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    The B1B, hobby in light blacksmithing, Pa hunting,
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    1948/49 Dodge B1B; 1949 Plymouth Wagon

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    B1B Daily driver in the 70's
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    Southeast Pennsylvania
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    B1B, P18

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  1. I have to ask a question. What type of engine are you working on? I had assumed it was a Mopar flathead 6 but I am having a hard time figuring how the number 1 spark plug wire can be arcing to the exhaust manifold of a flathead 6. Did I miss it somewhere in a previous post? Please advise.
  2. So your old fuel pump has the pump arm that basically comes straight out of the pump. The top of the pump arm sits below the camshaft lobe at the six o'clock position of the camshaft. You should be able to see a rub spot on the top of the pump arm. Your new pump has a pump arm that angles down in your picture. If you were to install the pump in the orientation you have it in the picture (with the arm angled down) I don't think the arm will make contact with the camshaft lobe. I think you will have to rotate the pump 180 degrees so the arm angles up and will make contact with the camshaft lobe at the nine o'clock position. Also pay close attention to the inlet and outlet ports on the pump when hooking up your fuel lines.
  3. So I have two different types of fuel pumps that I use. One type has a pump arm that is pretty much straight out of the pump and rubs on the bottom of the camshaft lobe at about the six o'clock position. The second type has a pump arm that comes out of the pump and then makes a hard upward turn and would rub on the side of the camshaft lobe at about the nine o'clock position. If your fuel pump is of the second type and you have 2 or 3 gaskets the pump may be set back too far from the camshaft and not getting a full stroke from the lobe. May account for the fuel starving when running. Worth a check.
  4. Recently came into a bit of money (sold the hunting camp) and looking to make my vehicle maintenance tasks a little easier. Currently use a small SUV service jack and jack-stands to get the vehicle up to work on the brakes and get under the vehicle. Too old and too fat for the constant getting up and down to place the jack, place the stand, then next wheel, place the jack, place the stand, etc,etc. Then still have to sit down on floor or on knees since not quite high enough to sit on rolling stool. Looking for something easier and quicker. Thought about a two post frame lift but not sure the garage floor is thick enough or properly re-barred for it. Also may be looking for something a little more portable in case wanted to work in the driveway instead of the garage. So I thought I'd put it out to you guys for your recommendations. What do you use? At this point I am leaning to the Quickjack 5000. I like the idea that I could lift one side only. Interested in what you guys use and what you would change if you could. Regards
  5. So I have two different types of fuel pumps that I use. One type has a pump arm that is pretty much straight out of the pump and rubs on the bottom of the camshaft lobe at about the six o'clock position. The second type has a pump arm that comes out of the pump and then makes a hard upward turn and would rub on the side of the camshaft lobe at about the nine o'clock position. If your fuel pump is of the second type and you have 2 or 3 gaskets the pump may be set back too far from the camshaft and not getting a full stroke from the lobe. May account for the fuel starving when running. Worth a check.
  6. Agreed. #1 wire may be correct and timed perfectly but two or more other wires may be out of sequence. My father in law once had the wires in the right sequence but in the wrong direction. He had the sequence correct going counter-clockwise but the rotor went clockwise. Car ran but only with idle set up to a high rpm. Sequence is 1,5,3,6,2,4, and rotor goes in clockwise direction. Regards. Title of your post "Fed Up" reminded me of this same father in law....he used to say, "Before I was married I was always hungry, ...now I'm fed up."
  7. The block was rebuilt by a machine shop. It was hot tanked and pressure tested before any machine work was done. I intend to install a new Stant thermostat that I ordered and rec'd yesterday. Wii advise of progress. Regards to all. So I installed the Stant 160 degree thermostat. Fired off the engine and ran at the 2000 rpm. Made it to about 23 minutes, radiator temp was up to 190 degrees. Put engine back to idle , ran at idle for about a minute and ran out of gas. Go figure. Still think I have an overheat problem. Will try another radiator. The one I'm using now came with the car un-installed and sat in the back of the car for 10 years. No telling what kind of small critters may have set up a household in there. Looked OK looking in the filler neck but maybe the critters got into the far recesses of the radiator. Has anybody had any luck with flushing out a radiator? I think I remember something about reverse flushing. Regards So changed out the radiator with a spare. Solved the problem. Ran engine for 25 minutes at 2000 RPM. Radiator thermometer held at 160 degrees. All seems good. Oil pressure was at 40 psi @ 2000 rpm. When I backed it off to idle prior to shut down oil pressure went to 30 psi. Seems OK but my B1B reads 40 psi @ idle. Which seems more normal to you? Regards.
  8. So it fired up. What's the saying..."you make plans and God laughs". Took carb, distributor cap, coil, and wires off my B1B and installed on short block. Installed a Walker muffler I got off amazon for $14 plus change and adapted to exhaust pipe cut off I had. Tried to fire off. Nothing. No spark. Pulled distributor from B1B and installed. Fired off but couldn't keep running. Fuel pump wasn't sucking. Pulled fuel pump from B1B and installed. Fired off and kept running. Set it to 2000 rpm. and let it run. For about the first 5 minutes got some blue smoke out of exhaust...profuse at first then settled down.. Figured it was assembly oil and rings seating in. Got to 10 minutes and radiator began to overflow. Radiator thermometer was at 190 degrees. Shut down. Note, did not have a fan blowing into front of radiator....my bad. Next morning, set up fan to blow on front of radiator. Fired it off and ran good at 2000 rpm. No blue smoke out of muffler. Got to about 18 minutes and radiator started to overflow again. Shut down. Radiator thermometer at 185 degrees. So all seems good. I'm a little concerned about water temp. Note: I do not have a thermostat in the engine. It is a new water pump. Any comments concerning this overheating would be appreciated.
  9. Do you have an electric key start or the foot actuated type starter. The foot, through the floor starter was stock. I converted mine to a key actuated starter. Anyhow, you only need a couple electrical connections. Depending on the polarity of the battery you are using...whether you use the stock "positive" ground or have converted to negative ground it goes something like this: Your battery ground cable gets connected to a good ground point on the engine. Your other battery cable will be connected to the starter lug. This depends on the type of starter you have. If the stock foot start the cable can just be connected to the lug on the starter. If a key start type starter the cable goes to one side of a starter solenoid then another cable goes from the other side of the starter solenoid to the starter lug. If a key start then need a "hot" wire to the key switch and another wire from the key switch to the solenoid. The ignition system needs a hot wire from the battery to a switch then another from the switch to the Hot terminal of the ignition coil. Then another wire from the other terminal of the coil to the terminal on the distributor. So the start sequence would go like this: Put the coil switch to the "ON" position. Actuate the starter by the key switch or the starter lever. To shut the engine down put the coil switch to the "OFF" position. This setup does not have a charging system on it. I use the generator just as a pulley to tighten the fan belt so the water pump will turn. If the battery needs to be charged I use a "plug in the wall" battery charger. Regards.
  10. Thanks all for your recommendations and photos. Through some deep rummaging in my parts bins/ boxes over the weekend I was able to find all the parts to accomplish an external bypass. Only real issue is that both the radiators I have have their upper hose connection coming out straight towards the engine rather than angled down as seen in Don's photo. Luckily during rummaging have both upper and lower flex hoses that I will use for the bench testing. Filled the cooling system today. Only leak was at the heater control valve at the rear of the head. The connection to the head was good but was leaking at the actuator rod on top of the valve. Changed it out and all seems good. Plan is to install oil pressure gage, fill oiling system, and pressurize through oil galley with a utility pump til I see pressure on the pressure gage. Will also transfer carb, distributor cap, coil, and wires from my '49 B1B since I know they are serviceable. Plan to acquire a discarded muffler from the local muffler shop and use it for the bench testing. Can anybody think of anything I am missing?
  11. I'm currently building up a rebuilt 218 short block for it's first start. Sounds like your oil pump is installed correctly but the distributer is 180 degrees out. Verify you are at #1 cyl. at top dead center (piston at TDC and both valves closed). Pull distributor out and using a flash light look in the hole at the slot on the end of the oil pump. It should be horizontal going from 3 to 9 o'clock position. Turn rotor on distributor to 7 o'clock position and install. A little wiggle may be required to get distributor tang into oil pump slot but that should do it. Note that distributor rotor rotates in "clock wise" direction and verify plug wires are in proper firing order sequence starting with #1 at 7 o'clock position. Should be ready to go. Regards
  12. Don.....thank you for the quick response. My gasket looks just like your gasket you have marked as "4267". My water pump has openings in it that match the gasket. My issue is that my engine block does not have a matching hole for the hole in your gasket that the phone number digits "-0863" can be seen. I assume this is the internal bypass hole since it sits under the hole in the head bump. So my head is set up for internal bypass but since I am missing this hole ,my block is only set up for external bypass. My question is what will happen if I run the engine with no bypass until I can find the necessary components to install an external bypass. Regards.
  13. I'm still building up this engine. A slow process.....find a part, clean it up, test as best I can, paint if necessary, find hardware per parts book, and finally install. Slow and steady. Enjoying every minute of it. Came to the water pump. So the head is the internal bypass type with the bump on the front edge. Pretty sure the head gasket has the hole for the internal bypass passage as I can see where it comes under the bump on the head although it doesn't go across the full length/width of the bump. So the new water pump I have (from VPW I think) has the hole in the back plate for the internal bypass as does the gasket. Problem is, there is no mating hole in the block. So I think I have a block that requires a external bypass and a head set up for an internal bypass. Question is: can the engine be used with no effective bypass as it is now. If not I will be on the search for the necessary components for an external bypass, i.e. the cast iron housing for the head and the bypass elbow for the top of the water pump. What are your thoughts? Regards
  14. Do you think it is wobbling on the shaft or that it is just bent? If bent might be able to straighten it out a bit with some careful prying with a suitable bar,screwdriver,etc. If wobbling on the shaft due to oversized pulley bore or worn shaft you have a bigger issue and probably need to replace some parts.
  15. I guess I must be missing what seems to be obvious to others. Can someone explain to me how losing one quart of oil in 300 km is the result of the oil scraper rings on the pistons. I guess I'm just not understanding something. I agree that adding the "snake oil" to the engine would be OK. Some people do it every oil change just as a maintenance item. My problem with this situation is that once the snake oil is added and if the oil consumption continues the next step seems to be pulling the engine apart. So the result is to disassemble an engine that has good compression and oil pressure. Doesn't seem to make sense to me. You can buy alot of oil for the price of the new gasket kit that would be necessary to reassemble what seems to be well operating rebuilt engine . Regards.
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