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About nvonada

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  1. 29 erskine engine rebuild

    Looks like a lot of the bolts broke off too. Good luck!
  2. 41 Champ brake problem

    Yes, brakes were centered and adjusted. I will have to check them again just to be sure. What I really need is a break in the weather. I just don't want to go out when it is 10 degrees out!
  3. 41 Champ brake problem

    No, fluid levels were fine.
  4. This fall the brakes on my 41 Champion started to feel odd. The first time I pushed the pedal it would be a little soft but after that it would be fine for several minutes. Then it would be soft for one stroke again. The soft pedal was not an air-bubble sort of soft, more like when the brakes are really out of adjustment. I checked the adjustment and everything is good. My theory is that the residual pressure valve in the master cylinder was leaking. So I tore down the master cylinder and rebuilt it. Then the bottom dropped out of the thermometer and I have not been out since to finish bleeding the brakes so I don't know if I fixed the problem or not. The forced down time has me wondering if I did not jump the gun rebuilding the master. Any opinions? Besides the obvious that I should man up, brave the cold, bleed the brakes, and see for myself? Nathan
  5. You are way ahead of me. On a magneto ignition the switch grounds the magneto to prevent the plugs from firing, so you OPEN the switch to run the car (or plane, or lawnmower ). Glad you found the problem.
  6. 1922 Special Six Photos

    Maybe it was not the durability of the car they were testing...
  7. Turn Signal Add ons

    Arm out the window is your best bet. Totally original! Your best improvement for safety is bright brake lights. Most on these old cars are horrible. Nathan
  8. Every wire in your pictures has electrical tape wrapped around it. That does not mean the wiring is bad or incorrect. But it does mean it was messed with by someone. I would NOT leave the battery connected until you get the wiring sorted. That is a super cool car and it would be a shame if it burned up. For testing you should get a multimeter and learn to use it. It is not hard to use or expensive. Even a test light would be big help. Electric work is daunting at first but once you learn a few basic rules and concepts it is not that complicated. Nathan
  9. Fan Belt for a 1929 Dictator Six

    If you want a more authentic look in a modern belt get a tractor or lawn mower belt. NAPA or Tractor Supply are good sources. They look more like the old belts and are less likely to have teeth. Nathan
  10. I hit that too when I was troubleshooting my voltage regulator. The rapid pulsing of the regulator threw my digital meter for a loop. However you can check voltage at the battery. The battery serves as a buffer and smooths things out. If you have a dwell meter they usually have a voltmeter mode. My old one died so I bought this one for a whopping $21. Works great: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00062YUUS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Nathan
  11. 1914 SC-4, An Introduction and a Request

    I think that is an excellent solution. These are not high-efficiency pumps so those pits in the casting will be fine. I kept a 1973 Johnson outboard running for decades and those impellers do get hard and fail over 10 years or so. One consideration is that outboards are always pumping cold water. Running at engine temperature all the time might deteriorate the impeller faster. Nathan
  12. 1934 commander

    Easiest valve adjustment you will ever do . Looking good.
  13. Vintage Wire

    Nothing too toxic bug a dust mask might be a wise precaution. The insulation is (was?) cotton or maybe jute thread woven around the wire then sealed with some varnish. That dust is a combination of decomposed thread, varnish dust, and probably dried mouse pee. Yum!
  14. Another 1940 champion question

    I think the business coupe and 2/4 door sedans did the jack differently. My coupe is missing a jack but there is a canvas strap on the floor just under the latch handle that I think was intended to hold it. It holds my fire extinguisher now Is this the light you are talking about? I used to have a spare but sold it several years back. They show up on e-Pay now and again.
  15. Steering, brakes, and handling are going to be terrible compared to any modern car. The question is are they terrible compared to 88 years ago? Your local auto parts store will have "cable lube" which is just light oil with graphite in it. It works great but will stain so be careful around your interior. On both my old cars the speedometer cable followed the same sequence. The speedometer was bouncy, so I pulled the cable, cleaned it and lubed it. Everything seemed OK for a while then the cables broke. Once replaced everything has been good since. My speedometer has a lubrication port above where the cable attaches. I don't know if you have one but if you do it probably has not been lubed since the car was new. If you have one a couple drops of light oil in there work wonders. Nathan