Spinneyhill

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  1. Spinneyhill

    Rust removers: Evaporust vs. coca cola vs. 5% vinegar

    Leave it in the molasses a week or three. Cover it too, 'else all the flying insects in your area will die in it, attempting to imbibe some.
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    1941 Special engine dies when warmed up

    You can probably do this in the car. Get it hot, shut down and wet the radiator. Blocked areas will dry last.
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    Pinion bearings replacement - 37 Special

    Republic Catalog shows '37 80 and 90 series still spiral bevel. 40 and 60 series were Hypoid as above.
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    1935-36 Borg electric jeweled clock - more info

    I am also curious of the purpose of the hole in the side. It looks to have some wear around it.
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    1935-36 Borg electric jeweled clock - more info

    That was one of my thoughts too, but you would have to lie on the floor to watch the hands as you set them. But... I have a 1938 Studebaker glove box door clock and it is deep like that (and bigger) and the hand setting is in the back. You are probably right I think.
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    Headlight adjustments

    Whoops, spell checker on the job..... Desire? The Dodge 6 book reads almost the same as the Dodge 8 book in this regard.
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    1941 Special engine dies when warmed up

    Use your infrared thermometer on the radiator when it is running and hot. Shoot at an angle so you don't register the temperature of the engine or whatever behind. If it is blocked, you will have a cooler area. Mine was blocked in a triangle reaching up into the middle from the bottom. The radiator shop showed it by wetting it all over, then filling with hot water. The clear areas dried quickly, the blocked areas did not.
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    Pinion bearings replacement - 37 Special

    Here is a wild thought.... In my 1930 Dodge 8, the ring gear bolts were set up in pairs with a steel plate under each pair, with the ends bent up as a locking tab. One day, without warning, a bolt broke. Luckily it didn't go through the pinion-ring gear but dropped to the bottom. Clearance is small so the ring gear rammed it through the bottom of the rear cover (with a good bang that woke me up). I found that all the ring gear bolts were loose and all the tabs were bent up against a face on the bolt. How did they loosen without moving the tabs? Anyway, is it possible yours are working loose too?
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    1913 Buick Model 25 oil site glass needed

    Surely the Model A glass bowl is just an AC bowl, same as fitted to the fuel pumps of many (most?) cars of that time?
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    1936 running rough after overhaul

    Not sure if you have tried, but see if there is any movement in the distributor shaft indicating a worn bushing below. If the shaft moves around, the timing changes randomly as the points open and close at variable times. When mine was rebushed, running improved a lot. You can see this if you put a mark where you can see it and put a timing light on it. You will see the mark on the flywheel or vibration damper or ? move around relative to your reference pointer. There is a bit of fiddling around to find TDC compression in your reference cylinder but it is worth it.
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    1935-36 Borg electric jeweled clock - more info

    With the hand setting and speed controls on the rear, I don't think it is automotive. If it were, it would have to be mounted somewhere where the rear of the clock was accessible. Perhaps the rear compartment of a town car or something, but not in the dash.
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    Help keep the water out!

    Luckily my L5 doesn't have rear quarter windows! But... I remember a fellow in Wellington repaired his running board rubbers with a urethane or polyurethane putty. They looked pretty good. I wonder if in the short term something like that would help with repairs to what you have, so it at least looks like a weather strip on the outside and seals the water out?
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    The Ressurection of Daphne - a 1932 DL

    I can identify with your pain. I too dislike the oil drips. I use cardboard boxes, big ones - TV, fridge, washing machine, PV panel, whatever - they soak up the oil ... and when one is dirty, fire works.
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    Headlight adjustments

    Oh yeah, never thought of that. Duh. There is a section in the Dodge 8 Instruction Book on Headlight Adjustment. Do you have a DeSoto 8 Instruction Book?
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    Rust removers: Acetone vs. WD 40 rust release vs. vinegar

    Oxalic acid (wood bleach) is a cheaper alternative to Evapo-Rust but takes longer. You should also neutralise it on the part afterwards.
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    Are all 6 volt coils created Equal?

    I seem to remember someone very recently showing a flat bearing system that replaced the three ball system on which the auto advance rotated in the distributor.
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    Headlight adjustments

    They are pre-focus head light reflectors. To work properly the bulb filament must be in the right place in the reflector. The screw on the back should move the bulb holder in and out and thus focus the beam from a ragged edged beam to a tight one.
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    Summer of Exploration

    I am a cheeky Kiwi, so I would drive up and ask if they would like my car in the show!
  19. Looking in my Republic catalog.... The '38 series 40 diff's were either 44-10 or 39-10. So just count the teeth on the ring gear? They are both the same diameter. Series 60 ratios were the same, but it is interesting that the order is opposite in the catalog - 39-10 first, whereas the series 40 is 44-10 first. You probably already know all this, however.
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    Crop touring

    Re corn, my Grandfather grew maize. It was harvested and put in "cribs", which were a tall timber frame covered in heavy wire netting. The harvested corn cobs were fed in by conveyor and a corrugated steel roof nailed on. It sat there until the moisture content was right I suppose, then it was shelled. I imagine the crib was elevated so when they opened the "doors" at the bottom the corn could come out onto a conveyor. I never saw this of course, I lived 150 miles away. But I remember the cribs empty and full and probably when I was very small a harvesting day.
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    Are all 6 volt coils created Equal?

    Wood is a good heat insulator. If you put enough on, maybe the pipe couldn't heat up coz it wasn't exposed to the heat?
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    Crop touring

    Wrapped bails like that are not what we would traditionally call hay. The grass is cut, winrowed, bailed and wrapped all generally within a few hours. The grass ferments inside the air-tight wrap and smells very sweet when the plastic is breached. The cattle love it. It is mostly called "bailage" here, being silage in bails. We have the wonderful smell around at the moment as the cattle over the fence get a bail every second or third day. P.S. At least they are not PINK! .........some here are..... in support of Child Cancer charities.
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    1913 Buick Model 25 oil site glass needed

    As a last resort, if it fits, you might use an upturned glass fuel pump bowl, after drilling a hole in the base.
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    Drilling and Tapping Holes in Chrome Plating

    I would suggest a little zinc paint on the cut threads afterwards. A couple of layers at least. Make sure there are no oily residues on it first. When specifying corrugated steel pipes we always specified at least 2 coats of cold galvanising paint for repairs. You could even use a tiny rubber o-ring around the screws to keep water out, like the ones that come on Tek screws. The chrome will likely be damaged first by rust of the exposed steel.
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    Are all 6 volt coils created Equal?

    They performed as heat sinks, perhaps.