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The Prodigal Son returns.
« on: April 05, 2019, 07:32:19 PM »
Snapped some pictures in a rest area on my way back from Massachusetts.





Might get to install this over the weekend.  It looks like 2 days of reasonable weather. 

Hopefully all is correct and finally set for another 90 years of service, that is, if gasoline is still available 90 years from now.

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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2019, 03:49:55 AM »
O boy, fresh motivation. Looks good.

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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2019, 11:33:29 PM »
Dave you are correct.  :)

I spent the afternoon bolting in the engine.  Hopefully for the last time.



I installed the original ground strap on the passenger side and added a new ground strap on the driver's side.
With the old 6vdc positive ground system the better the grounding the better the systems works.



Chipping away again, feels good!!  Spring has sprung here in Delaware 72 degrees at 5:30PM.
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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 02:40:58 PM »
Happy Days, Chet!
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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2019, 03:01:26 AM »
Great ! I see you remembered the front splash tin .LOL. Was waiting to catch you on it .

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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2019, 02:32:39 PM »
Great ! I see you remembered the front splash tin .LOL. Was waiting to catch you on it .

Tom, my assumption is that the engine should work problem free.  I will install the gravel pan on the passenger side before attaching the exhaust pipe. :)

Fingers crossed.
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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2019, 07:23:24 PM »
Almost ready to fire up the engine.  My intention has been to install as much as possiable for the last time not just to test the engine.
Paying a lot of attention to finish details.
  • Primed engine with 30w oil.  Using 5w30 for initial short break-in period with zinc additive.
  • Installed temporary oil pressure & vacuum gauge.
  • Installed newer head elbow for radiator hose. (my old one was in poor but useable condition.) Lucky to find another in much better shape.
  • Installed exhaust and passenger side gravel pan.
  • Did valve adjustment cold as 0.006 Go 0.008 No Go.
  • Installed old carb (Known Good).
  • Installed & checked alignment of new distributor housing (ebay German made) fit & worked perfectly.
  • Adjusted mechanical timing.
  • Installed old spark plug wires (Known Good).
  • Installed temp wiring and distributor coil.., with ignition toggle switch.
  • Installed newly rebuilt 3 brush generator. (Not connected electrically but ready for new wiring harness).
Now I need to get a fan belt from Napa on Monday and install the radiator and spark plugs.
If no leaks, maybe a running engine soon...

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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 10:10:11 PM »
Chet, you're so close to hitting the starter.  The peanut gallery here is getting antsy.  all the best on this go-round.   frank
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2019, 03:16:37 PM »
Chet, you're so close to hitting the starter.  The peanut gallery here is getting antsy.  all the best on this go-round.   frank

Sorry Frank,

I have to delay a little longer.  I realized this morning that I don't have the old style wire hose clamps.  I am ordering them this morning.  It would be a pain to try and change them later on with everything in place.    :(

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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2019, 05:17:09 PM »
We want a youtube live stream of the start up !  :D ;D

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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2019, 01:49:59 AM »
Chet , I have some originals two wire types with str blade screw . Nice not perfect shape yours for asking . The front type is ones I have most of and is correct  .
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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2019, 03:40:40 AM »
Chet , I have some originals two wire types with str blade screw . Nice not perfect shape yours for asking . The front type is ones I have most of and is correct  .

Thanks Tom, that's very generous.  Unfortunately I already ordered the clamps from Restoration Supply as well as a few other items.  Actually I will have them on Thursday so I will pass on your offer but greatly appreciate it.  I also have a bag of wire clamps lying around just none big enough for the 2" hose.

Dave,  LOL , Just what you all need more drama in your lives.  Need to close this chapter, hopefully Thursday, Definitely not Sunday.  :-\   You would think that after this 15 month odyssey I would be red lining 7K @ 450hp but alas it's still a 90 year old 4 cyl flathead.  Life in the slow lane. 
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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2019, 12:28:10 AM »
Well I got the hose clamps today and they were the wrong size.  My mistake.  Anyway I did a WTF moment and installed the radiator using my old clamps.  I guess I timed it well because it fired right up.  Unfortunately have some carburetor float valve issues but did manage to run the engine for a couple minutes until it was hot.  Pumped up 40 psi oil pressure at low rpm with the 5W30 brake in oil with good vacuum.  Hopefully I'll run it a bit longer tomorrow.  So far it ran longer than last time.  Fingers Crossed.
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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2019, 01:16:41 AM »
Success!!  Great news!  A toast to you, Chet!  (damn the clamps, full throttle)
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Re: The Prodigal Son returns.
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2019, 03:47:00 AM »
Success!!  Great news!  A toast to you, Chet!  (damn the clamps, full throttle)

Baby steps Frank, Baby steps.  A couple more short runs and shutdowns each longer than the other.

Fingers crossed...
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