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About NormT93

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  1. 53 Catalina 8 smoking once it's warm

    Thanks, that's the plan, I want to get it sorted out so I'm comfortable driving it anywhere. Between my Dad and I we had many old cars over the years, but the '53 was always his favorite, it was the one he never wanted to sell which is why I ended up with it. I actually took my MGB off the road for this year so I can focus on the Pontiac. The last time I drove it was in the mid 80's, although my Dad drove it very occasionally until 1999. However, with 15" of snow today, Spring is looking a little further away......
  2. 53 Catalina 8 smoking once it's warm

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I guess I'll pull the plugs and get some oil into the cylinders and let them soak while I wait for the nice weather to return. Norman
  3. 53 Catalina 8 smoking once it's warm

    Thanks for the reply Bloo, I also was wondering about a too rich situation, I'll have to check the carb and the heat riser to make sure everything is loose and working. My plan was to simply drive it and see if it improved after checking a few more things (waiting for good weather) and finishing the rebuild on the brakes. Below are a couple pictures, the car is all original with the exception of the top being repainted back in the 80's. When I was in my teens my dad bought a late 42 fastback that had been sitting for 30 years, after we got it running it smoked like crazy but improved quite a bit after driving it a while, fingers crossed it will be the same with this car. I really want it on the road this Spring it hasn't been registered since 1999.
  4. HI Guys, I have a 1953 Custom Catalina with 42k original miles on it. it's been in my family since 1979. my Dad was the 2nd owner. It's been sitting for about 8 years now after my Dad passed away. Last summer I got it running again after replacing the fuel tank, pump and lines. it seemed to be running fine so I changed the oil (non detergent) and it was running ok. I have started it a couple times since to let it run but now it starts smoking quite a bit once it is warm. Looks and smells like oil burning, the smoke is dry, no moisture in it, so it's not burning antifreeze. I have not had a chance yet to do a compression or leak-down test on it. Any suggestions on what to look for or typical problem areas on a motor that's been dormant for a long time. Thanks in advance for the help. Norman