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    Winnipeg Canada
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    Antique cars, old machines in general, home built airplanes, antique electronics, music, history
  • My Project Cars
    1920 Ford Touring, frame off resto, chassis done 100 % as new, working on body. Just bought a drivable 1950 Chrysler New Yorker that needs paint and deatailing and a bit of mechanical tlc

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    Born and raised in Winnipeg. Read Antique car books as a kid and finally have the time and dough.
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    Retired Telecom Engineer


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  1. I believe the capillary tube senses temperature in the heated air duct and partially controls the heater valve to hold a constant air temperature, like a thermostat. So you set the desired temp with the hot/cold control and then the bulb tries to hold it there. I don't know how well it works as my car (50 New Yorker) had a replacement valve with no bulb. NOS ones are very pricey. I have heard there is a Volvo part with a bulb that can be adapted. I use my heater a lot this time of year in Canada and with just the hot/cold control it takes a lot of fiddling to get the temperature comfortable, s
  2. I have to confess, I just don’t understand the logic behind the dislike of generators. Its like: old heavy unsafe car - Love It old low power inefficient flathead - Love it old 6V generator - Get it out of my car! Generators are part of the vintage vibe. They make a vintage engine bay look vintage. They work fine, even if it is disconcerting to see a 20A discharge when stopped at a light (with accessories on). Why the hate for generators? My 50 New Yorker had an original, miserable electrical system when I bought it. The battery was always run down
  3. James, Thanks for elaborating on that. Are you saying the Optima engineers recommend there should be zero charge showing on the ammeter for a fully charged battery ? Mine certainly does show a slight charge at all times when cruising and I thought that was normal. According to Optima’s website, the maximum recommended float (fully charged) current is 1A but they go on to say that if your vehicle charging system maintains a float voltage of 14-14.8V (7-7.4V for a six volt system) you should be fine. That is a pretty broad voltage spec that any correctly adjusted stock charging syste
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