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  1. Not sure John.....need a 37 parts book to check it out. For sure the steering gear box needs to be firmly attached to the frame. If a spacer is needed you will notice the pitman arm not lining up with the linkage if there is a spacer missing. Try calling Chris Harrel at Boos Harrel to see if he has parts list showing the components of the steering box and it's associated hardware. His number is (215) 965-8296 (877) 354-0807 . He also has a catalogue that shows most things from 36-48 you can download and look at.
  2. Probably not the correct ones. You have to tighten the housing of the steering box against the frame. When I replaced mine on my '41 Zephyr I replaced the bolts with stainless ones as I've done all over the car to minimize rust issues. I think they were either 5/16 or 3/8 bolts, about 3 inches long. Best to get some new bolts at least 3/4 inch shorter than the ones you are using with lock washers to keep the whole thing tight. Take an old bolt to the hardware store or bolt store to get the proper thread. These cars mix fine and regular threads on different parts.
  3. Start Engine outside

    There are wires from the Overdrive if vehicle has one to short out the ignition while the overdrive shifts. Otherwise the actual ignition wires from the resistors under the dash provide voltage to the coil and distributor. The entire distributor is critical, and from the looks of your unit it appears it's old an somewhat corroded. It will need a cleanup and probably a re-calibration of the distributor as well as a rebuilt coil from Skip Haney in Florida if it's to perform properly. We've all been through this problem on V12s. And new capacitors to be sure!
  4. Start Engine outside

    You need to clean up the ignition parts that look corroded or it might not run. And you'll need to wire up the battery and the dropping resistors for the coil as well as connecting the radiator if you run it very long. And without gauges it's dangerous running it out of the vehicle. Make sure you have oil in the crankcase. Having an engine on a stand is paramount if it's out of the vehicle. You might want to get the assistance of a knowledgeable mechanic familiar with to check out this engine. Good Luck!
  5. 1937 Radio Wiring Diagram?

    Hi Tom....if the speaker in your radio is bad, there are people who recone them and restore their sound. Not much in new speakers are out there, the electronic industry has pretty disappeared except for newer replacement items. Antique Radio Supply out in Phoenix has parts for the radios like tubes and speakers. I have used reconing services in the past as I restore old radios from the 30s to the 50s as a hobby and often you need to have them reconed. Over time moisture and age causes the paper cones in speakers to fail. It's a tricky thing to have the correct cones....usually an 8 inch one for the Lincoln radios....and those cones still are out there. Let me know if you have trouble finding one.
  6. 1937 Radio Wiring Diagram?

    The main lead from the distribution 'bar' is fine for connecting the "A" lead to the radio as it should be switched off when the ignition is off. The light circuit is connected to the dial lamp in the radio behind the dial and should come on when the light switch is on and the radio is on. The capacitor I think you're looking at is a noise suppression for generator and other switch clicks to minimize interference to the AM radio. It's connected to the "A" lead from the radio at the terminal block with the body of the capacitor grounded. There are other capacitors and filters inside the radio. Also typically these motors and ignitions do radiate noise on the AM radio, especially the spark plugs and sometimes the distributor. It's a real 'tail-chase' to minimize the noise, especially on weak stations you might listen to. Make sure your antenna is properly grounded on it's housing inside the fender too as it will pickup noise. Good luck with it! Ray
  7. 1937 Radio Wiring Diagram?

    Yes, as long as it's a 'switched off' circuit when you turn off the key (ignition) to conserve the battery. I have a modified radio I built up with a new 180 watt module available that gives AM/FM performance but in the same encasement as the original radio. Lots of work, but a better sounding radio with higher power and hidden speakers. It also requires 12 volts which I use an inverter from 6-12 volts and an additional small hidden 12 volt battery to keep the voltage smooth (12volts) to the radio. Looking at the radio installed you can't tell it's not the original. I do have the original radio which I totally overhauled if I should ever need to replace it. I have others too I collected unrestored. Those radios were made by Zenith and most of the wiring insulation fell apart and lots of old defective capacitors have to be replaced if it's to be restored to it's original performance. There's always the tendency to try to improve the old stuff to today's new stuff! Actually one of the best improvements is to change out the light bulbs with LEDs instead of the old incandescent ones to save battery energy too!
  8. 1937 Radio Wiring Diagram?

    The radio power is from the ignition switch that provides the 6 volt power to all the accessories when you turn the key on to start/run the vehicle. You can get that from the output of the main circuit breaker which protects the battery/wiring from short circuits in the electrical wiring. Connecting directly to the ignition switch is fine, just make sure you have the line fuse on the radio main lead wire in case the radio shorts out and it won't effect the rest of the electrical circuits. A 5-7 amp fuse should be fine. You don't want to connect directly to the battery as you will forget to turn off the radio at times and it will eventually run down the 6 volt battery after you turn off the ignition and remove the key. Hopefully you've installed an Optima 6 volt battery as they are the strongest and give the best service with a trickle charger to keep it up when you're not driving the car. And they don't leak and corrode the mounting. Good luck with it!
  9. v12 oil leak

    Those flimsy paper pan gaskets don't work well. I've found that PermaTex makes a gasket compound in a tube that seals well without leaks. Same with the transmission covers. Back in the day they didn't have much, and leaks were common. The Forma Gasket new compounds do a good job in sealing. If the pan is bent or not perfectly flat, that can be a problem in getting it sealed. Also I had to replace my '41 steering column and the gaskets on end plate of the steering gear box leaked even with the proper gaskets. So the new Forma Gasket compound fixed that. Some used to drain the 90 weight oil and replace it with axle grease. Not very brilliant, but it didn't leak either.
  10. 1934 Lincoln V-12 Carb Specs Needed

    Dick rebuilds these carbs and might have the information you seek: Dick Schumacher2815 E. Sierra Dr. Westlake Village, CA 91362 (805) 495-2794 E-mail: Schu805@aol.com
  11. Window sizes

    There are glass companies that will make glass panels for most vehicles with the proper Ford script on them. A few years ago I replaced the door and wing windows on my '41 Coupe. Old glass tends to haze and the plastic inside deteriorates. Not sure where i got them, but it was back east. Google antique auto glass and you'll find them and be a lot happier than using old glass from vehicles or even NOS as time isn't kind to these things!
  12. 39 zephyr running well but no power

    Properly setup and proper parts installed, these cars will give good service as they did in their day. New wiring, good ground bonds, proper ignition setup will insure good running and driving. In my own case I replaced the entire wiring looms with new ones from Rhode Island Wiring, Optima battery/cover, new 6 volt alternator to replace the old generator that looks the same, rebuilt coil by Skip Haney. The temptation to upgrade everything to today's technology sorta defeats the whole purpose of the restoration of these great automobiles. The last thing we want is to turn them into a 'ratrod'! I did rebuild the radio with new electronics, but it's in an original housing and looks the same yet gives better AM/FM performance, all on 6 volts! Sometimes a little camouflage doesn't hurt and accomplishes a lot!
  13. 1941 lower rad hose change

    Yes, lots of fun! I had to use some heavy duty clamps on all the radiator hoses on my '41 Zephyr to keep them from leaking. There's a lot of pressure from the dual water pumps and the baffles behind them to push coolant to the rear of the engine for better cooling to overcome some design issues with the big V12's!
  14. Need parts

    Here's a link on eBay that currently has some of these parts for sale. Good Luck!
  15. Always sad to see what the hot rod industry does to classic vehicles making them literally pile of scrap metal in time as no one wants the results of misguided egos totally mis-engineered beyond reality!