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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Okay fellas, after pulling my hair out for the past week and a half trying to figure out what the heck was going on, I got my car running again. Turns out the original fuel pump I had on there was NOT bad. But the reason it died and would not pump gas up to the carb was likely what I originally thought: A piece of sh*t from the old fuel tank got up in the pump and clogged it up. I thought I saw a huge piece when I dumped out the bowl after I disassembled it. Problem was that I didn't put that old pump back on and try it after I cleaned it up, etc. The NEW pump I ordered online would not pump gas, either. So I figured the line from the tank to the pump might be plugged. Put on the new gas tank and flushed out the line....car STILL won't start or pump fuel. Took that new pump out and hooked the inlet up to an ice cream pail of gas and the outlet line that runs up to the carb was in place. THE PUMP PUMPED FUEL. So I thought for sure this new pump was good and the line must be plugged. Today my friend trailered the car to his place so he and his dad could help. These guys are better at this stuff than I am. I really needed their help. We left the NEW pump on the car and hooked it up to a gas can. IT DID NOT PUMP GAS OUT OF THE CAN. Now I'm baffled. My friend disassembled the old pump. He said there is nothing wrong with it. However, the NEW pump's arm has WAY too much travel to get it to pump. When you pump it by hand it works. The short distance the arm really travels when riding the camshaft was not enough for the new pump to actually pump gas. So...we put the old pump back on. My friend also blows into the gas tank (yeah with his mouth LOL!) and fuel comes out of the line up by the pump, which is good. Hook up the old pump, car fires right up! So I need to send the faulty pump back to the seller on ebay. My friends also helped me adjust the clutch, which was pretty easy once I saw how it was done I need to drain the antifreeze again and put on a new thermostat gasket...a thicker one. Can't get the one the builder put on to stop weeping. I'm also going to send in my heater control valve to that guy in California that rebuilds them. For now I just have it bypassed. Hoping to get to Mopars in The Park in Farmington, MN on Saturday for the show!
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    We are down in the SE corner of the state; Houston County
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    Emergency brake adjustments

    I apologize to the OP for hijacking this thread I was in my element when it was -20F this winter for a short period. The colder the better for me. Yeah the mosquitoes are pretty bad at times. More importantly, lmk when you get your e-brake back together. Its always good to hear a success story, even if its a small one
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    Emergency brake adjustments

    I'd help you if you were close to me ; I'm willing to bet we are far apart LOL....are we? Get your shop manual out and study it, and take pics and label everything when you take it apart with as many instructions as you think you might need. I realize most people don't have to do that....I always have to do that. I DIDN'T do that when I took mine apart because I thought it looked "easy" and it should be no problem to put back together. Well, I left it sit for a couple of weeks and that was a mistake. The shop manual helped but I needed a friend to help me get it right. Once it was back together and working properly of course I could see how it all worked. But when you have a pile of parts in front of you and a short memory, it makes things hard. I wouldn't take anything apart until you have the new parts in hand....
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    Emergency brake adjustments

    Andy Bernbaum Auto Parts under "service brakes"; then scroll to the bottom of the page
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    Emergency brake adjustments

    I can't get to my car atm, but i will tell you that the spring and extension (at least on my car) extend toward the rear of the car and the extension "hook" actually attaches to a factory hole in the floor. Look for a hole; if there isn't one then maybe yours possibly attached to a spot on the frame, i.e. a small hole, bracket, etc. If you don't find anything you can always fabricate it your own way...as long as the spring has good tension you should be okay.
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    Emergency brake adjustments

    The parking brake spring is supposed to be attached to an "extension" which is basically a double-ended hook. If your spring is hooked up to yet another spring it was probably done for 2 reasons: 1. the "extension" was lost at some point when someone had it apart. 2. someone deliberately replaced the "extension" with another spring to give it more tension as the original spring was getting weak. If it works, leave it alone. I just put a new brake band on my 51, and even on the loosest adjustment setting the band rubs on the drum. It will do so until its worn in. On yours I would just tighten the adjustment nut until the band touches, then back it off slightly and test the brake to see how it works. See if it holds your car in place on a hill/grade; see if it stops the car when its rolling. Just my 2 cents
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    1951 230 Flathead 6 rebuild

    Fortunately the one in my engine came right out. I was in the builder's shop the next day after he pulled it out. He showed it to me and explained what it was It was dirty but it good shape with no rot or holes, surprisingly. He cleaned it up and put it back in much to my relief. Hope you can get yours out eventually
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    Finally finished! 1949 Coronet my way

    Wow! Nice work man. Its really a spectacular looking car; have fun with it!
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Today started out really good. We took the car to a nearby farm that was having a plant sale. Bought some tomato, cucumber, bean, parsley, and cilantro plants for our garden. I barely got out of the car when a woman approached me and said "You guys have the coolest car and the coolest dogs." I proceeded to tell her about the car, and then we discussed dogs for a while. She had seen us driving around somewhere before. The woman selling the plants commented on the car as well, telling us she really liked it. We stopped for lunch, then drove about 15 miles back home. Later when I started up the car, it seemed like it was starving for fuel. I pulled out of the garage and into the main driveway and she died right there I have a see-through fuel filter between the pump and the carb; no gas was in there. So I took the line off before the filter and turned the car over. No gas coming up. I was surprised that the fuel pump itself might possibly be bad because I just put it on last year and it only has about 3K miles on it. Anything can break, I know. The fuel tank I believe is original. It has sputtered up its share of gunk and pieces into the pump bowl and into the inline filter. I think a big piece of sh*t came out of the pump when I disassembled it. I thought I caught a glimpse of it at the top of the bowl right before I dumped all of the gas out into a dirty oil pan. The diaphragm and everything else looked okay inside the pump. The thing made a suction noise when I manually moved the arm. Guess that doesn't mean it still works. Question #1: Is there supposed to be a screen between the pump and the glass bowl? Mine doesn't have one. How is the bowl supposed to filter anything without a screen? Is there supposed to be a filter in the bowl? Doesn't show one when you buy/look at it online... Question #2: Should I even put the pump back on there and see if it works after disassembling it, blowing it out, and possibly freeing it up from a large piece of sh*t? I've decided that I'm going to order a new fuel tank and sending unit. There's a place right here in MN that has them. I'll have it in 3 days. This will help eliminate future gunk problems. I should've done this earlier. Well live and learn I guess. Some pics from today:
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    After I bypassed the heater control valve and checked for leaks, we drove to a nearby town so the kids could have fun at the playground there. Wife and I walked the dogs. The Meadowbrook was the lone car in the parking lot! A ton of people waved to me (well, they waved at the car) on the highway and in town. I honked the horn a few times in response. Tomorrow is going to be another awesome day of cruising for us. Sunny and in the 70s; can't wait Engine is running excellent; no problems after the minor anti-freeze incident...
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    Heater control valve: need advice

    PM sent; thanks man
  13. Hey fellas, my heater cv is leaking anti-freeze. I did a search and saw this thread: I have a few questions. Take a look at my pics. There's 2 heater hoses attached to my control valve. The one on the left (as you're looking at it) swings under the heater duct and connects to the passenger rear side of the engine on top. The hose on the right goes to the back side of the heater core. Looking at the valve in the attached link...is there just one hose? Or am I looking at it wrong? I can't make heads or tails of those pictures. If its going in, it has to come out somewhere, right? Can you guys lead me in the right direction so I can put a replacement valve on? No need for originality at this point, just want to get it going. After I get the old one off I will check in to those rubber seals that were mentioned in another thread. I haven't ever messed with one of these before, so I'm a bit confused I couldn't find anything in my shop manual on the subject....
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    Heater control valve: need advice

    Thanks dpollo, I will keep this as an option as well. For now I just bypassed the control valve so we could drive the car Went for a nice cruise tonite with my wife and kids and our 2 Boxers.
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    Heater control valve: need advice

    Okay thanks for this info Plymouthy, I appreciate it. Its definitely one of the options I'm looking at. BTW, I don't have the manual you mentioned earlier; I have this one: https://www.ebay.com/p/?iid=221735281457&lpid=82&&&ul_noapp=true&chn=ps It doesn't have the same info, but I think I got it figured out now anyway Thanks again for your responses.
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    Heater control valve: need advice

    Okay I will check this out; thank you
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Thanks dpollo; its been a lot of fun so far. And I have that brochure that says "Drive it for five minutes and you'll drive it for years!" Some things I'll have to take care of in the near future: -adjust the clutch -speedo is sticky; will have to lube the cable -rear brakes -and exhaust: I just visited the shop this morning. It will be a couple of weeks before I can get it in. What I have on there now will be okay, its just kind of cobbled together and has a few small holes. And low and behold, what happens when I stop to fill up with gas? An 80 year old man strolls over and we talk about my car for 15 minutes ; and he noticed the piston and hitch on the rear bumper right away. He liked it. He was telling me when he was small his old man had a 37 Plymouth and it wouldn't start worth a damn in the winter, so they'd have to pull it with horses to get it going! They'd only drive it into town about once a month (from the farm) because he said they just didn't go anywhere. He wasn't sure whatever happened to it. Every single time I fill up with gas someone talks to me about the car. I enjoy that. I really enjoyed this morning's cruise as well. I'm at peace when I drive the car. BTW, I averaged 17mpg the first 170 miles on the rebuild.
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    Oil and Texas heat!

    Mike, your oil pressure is normal. As your engine heats up the oil thins out and the pressure will drop some. I have 150 miles on a total rebuild and my pressure is exactly the same as yours at idle and at 55mph. My old timer friend told me once that even 2lbs of pressure is okay; that means oil is flowing through That 2-5lbs at idle is what my pre-rebuild engine had for pressure. Hey, it didn't blow up
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Oh by the way, that original 1951 MN license plate actually passed through the DMV without one single question or comment being made as to its condition. In MN the rules are that the "year" plate has to have at least one letter in it. Well I have news for ya, most of the plates in 1951 for MN are ALL numbers. This was the only one I could find on Ebay with at least one letter in it. It worked out well because it matches the patina of the car
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    One other thing I did today was mount a vintage period tow hitch (that my friend gave to me) to the bumper. Not sure I would actually trust it to tow anything , but I like the look of it. I then mounted that original piston (that had a couple of chunks out of it) to the hitch using the eye-bolt the rebuilder used on my engine for the cherry picker. I wanted to re-purpose that piston somehow; I just couldn't throw it away. Its certainly a conversation piece. Can't wait for someone to notice it and ask me about it!
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    At home right before I pulled it into the garage
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    No way anyone could wipe the smile off my face! I love driving the Meadowbrook
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