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General Discussion / Re: Inside door handles.
« on: March 11, 2008, 05:27:26 AM »
Years ago I put Ford Model A handles in mine - that was all I could afford at 17.  They look fine and fit perfectly.  Original type repoductions would be great, but pricey.  I still have some of the original handles - but they are unserviceable.  Will look for the original windshield crank.  The only original inside handle I am still using is actually a rear window knob that I moved to the front windshield.

General Discussion / Re: Floor covering
« on: March 11, 2008, 05:21:58 AM »
Chet, I do not think the floor rubber was glued down in front.  I used to have an original and it had a brown insulation pad glued to the back.  It did not fit snug around the gear/hand brake or pedals.  Separate rubber pieces with steel reinforcements covered those parts.  I wish I kept them but they were in such bad shape they were thrown out years ago.  The separate pieces can be purchased from Steel, but they are pricey.

General Discussion / Re: 30U rear main oil seal
« on: March 11, 2008, 05:12:22 AM »
Regarding the rear main seal - I agree - if it's not leaking much, leave it alone.  I have replaced the "new" type split steel/neoprene rear seal on my 29U without removing the engine.  I removed the Xsmsn and flywheel, then dropped the pan and removed the rear main bearing cap.  Then loosen the center and front bearing cap a little so the crank will drop just enough so you can remove and replace the top half of the rear main seal. Trick is to install both halves before the main cap is replaced.  I also recommend cleaing the surfaces good and putting some Permatex 300 or Aviation gasket seal between the seal and the block/cap.

If you have the original type rope seal, I do not have experience replacing those, but I am told they too can be done without removing the engine.

I would not install the new split type on 28Q, 29U or 30U unless the opening has been enlarged to fit by a machince shop (requires engine removal)- otherwise it will leak.

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