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About Spinneyhill

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    1930 Dodge Brothers 8
    1939 Studebaker Coupe Express

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  1. hub puller

    You'll need to give us a picture for best help. There are several types of puller that may be able to be used. What is an "axle knocker"? If you mean some kind of hammer to pound the end of the axle, best to think hard about whether you are smashing the wheel bearings when you hit the end of the axle. That is where the force will be resisted. I would NOT.
  2. Replacement Carb for 1929 Graham

    Are tractor carburetors set up the same as automotive carbs? They might not have the accelerator circuits coz tractors tend to run at constant throttle.
  3. Pot metal

    Pot metal (die cast) softens with heat. At c. 175oC it melts suddenly. Clamp it to something, e.g. piece of flat steel, LIGHTLY. Pour boiling water over it and tighten the clamps A LITTLE immediately. Repeat until happy. Wait a day or two and repeat if it is not flat. You may need to use some shims to get it perfect. You can also use a heat gun, but be careful with the temperature. If it is aluminium and not die cast, this does not apply.
  4. Pot metal

    Yep. Either way, don't get it hotter than 175 oC = 350 oF else it will fall apart = soften and melt suddenly.
  5. Packard Rebuild Input ??

    As a driver of an old car in well-used condition, I think knowledge is power. If you do the tests outlined above and have them interpreted by experts, you will be able to make an informed decision about whether to rebuild and how to drive it if you don't rebuild. The hard part will be to find two experts that agree on the diagnosis! Just an observation about tires. Wider tires = harder steering at low speeds. It is my observation that many who fit radials fit tires with more tread on the ground then grumble about hard steering at low speed. The designers set up the steering for the specified tire widths (and pressures) so of course it will not be as nice with wider tires at low speed. I had a post-grad. colleague at university who's wife struggled with the steering on their Triumph 2500. The fix was either fit power steering (which was an option on those cars) or narrower tires (i.e. the size specified in the manual). The tires were cheaper and fixed the problem.
  6. Pot metal

    Clamp it to a flat piece of steel, LIGHTLY. Pour boiling water over it and tighten the clamp(s) immediately, A LITTLE. Repeat as necessary.
  7. Odd Speedometer Cable???

    Vaseline would be better than oil because oil is a wetting agent and any dust getting in will stay there and eventually clog it up and maybe cause a broken cable. Oil will also seep out of tiny openings and cause a mess on the outside. Vaseline is not a wetting agent so will lubricate and not hold dust in the same way. I learnt about this with my trail bike: you oil flexible drive cables, soon you will be replacing a broken cable. Yes, trail bikes are used in a dusty environment, but the principle still applies.
  8. 28 studebaker dictator

    I hope it is filled with Studebakers and Studebaker enthusiasts!
  9. Source for wheel cylinder kits for 29' DeSoto

    1935 Studebaker Dictator left rear. The hand brake cable is on the left so that is the front of the car. Often the leading shoe will also have shorter lining than the other. The "missing" bottom end is left out to save materials = cost and weight. It doesn't contribute much to braking force. We have discussed this on these fora not that long ago.
  10. Bet you haven't seen one of these:

    The outside rear vision mirrors might indicate that is a fairly recent build? Chinese plate? Did the Chinese company that bought Rover get the old Mini dies?
  11. Backfires

    The timing can wander around if your main distributor shaft bush(es) are worn. Put a mark on something (e.g. vibration damper, fan belt pulley) and look at that mark with a timing light. If the bush is worn, it will wander around. As the shaft wobbles around in the loose bush it affects dwell and timing.
  12. 1937 Sending Unit

    KM Lifestyle probably produce one that will work and you don't need to know any of the tech. details.
  13. I believe if a chassis was riveted then repaired and refitted cross members must be riveted back in, in this country. It is too risky that bolts would come undone. Rivets don't come undone. They can become loose, but there is very little chance of a catastrophic failure = coming out and the chassis falling apart. Welds also are not as good as rivets, unless certified. I think that is the case for Low Volume Vehicles (e.g. specials, hotrods, reproductions, etc.) in this country. BTW, we are not allowed to weld drag links. I imagine there have been a few back yard jobs that have come apart in the past.
  14. Source for wheel cylinder kits for 29' DeSoto

    The larger end of the brake cylinder is for the leading shoe. That is the one on the front for forward motion. It gives more force on the shoe. The leading shoe naturally has a greater braking effect because drum rotation tends to pull the shoe onto it. After WWII, brake systems changed to provide two leading shoes per wheel and thus improve braking. Step cylinders were then dispensed with - they aren't as cost effective to make as single size cylinders either!
  15. Could someone explain these Head Lights on this Reo .

    Does this car have dipping headlights? I wonder if it is an aftermarket eyebrow to dip the lights permanently?