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About deac

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  1. 12v battery on 6v system

    I have come to find out that 6 volt cars run well. The problems start when the grounds get corroded. Get the appropriate battery cable, buy a battery with good cold cranking amp ratings, clean ALL grounds and keep the original 6 volt system!
  2. New guy, old car

    You posted a picture of a fuel sending unit. I have some experience with these things. I have found getting your existing one rebuilt by John Wolf and Co as opposed to buying a new on. They do great work for a reasonable price. I have used this company a few times and every time been happy with the results. Chris
  3. I think saving old cars from the salvage yards is a great thing. I love old cars keep up the great work! Chris
  4. I thought that spring could be your answer! The car I got those pictures from is a restored '50 coupe. It's won awards at shows. I am working on a '40 Pontiac Torpedo coupe it has close to the same type of linkage only the bracket is outbound of that fire wall mounted clamp. This car is much harder to find parts for because it's a very rare Pontiac and produced for one year.
  5. Well Lisa, I had a '51 Pontiac wagon and a '50 Pontiac 2 door coupe to look at. The '51 wagon did not have the set up on the fire wall like yours; it has a linkage set up that mounts over the head of the engine between the 7th and 8th spark plug. The '50 has a set up much the same as yours. These idiosyncrasies are normal in these years for Pontiac so don't think your Pontiac had installed incorrect parts or someone used last years parts on your car. This could very well be factory installed. If the rod is just too short maybe you could straighten out the rod and/or loosen the bolts on the fire wall mounted clamps and see if you can adjust/move the clamps. Worse comes to worse get another rod bent and weld the the bracket for the spring to it. It's an old car and sometimes you have to be creative! Your picture shows what I believe to be the drivers side of the throttle linkage/rod and is correct! The passenger side of the rod should look the same only there should be a bracket with a spring for the throttle spring attached to it inbound of that clamp bolted to the fire wall . So therefore I have attached 2 pictures for you. Chris
  6. Lisa, I can't get back to you until Sunday night with any information. But I can say on the 1940 Pontiac that rod extends out from the right fastener about 8 inches to accommodate a coiled throttle spring that's attached to that rod and builds tension off the firewall as the throttle is applied. I'll look and see if that's that case on '51 on Sunday. Chris
  7. I might be of some help with a few pictures. But before I do can you post some pictures of what exactly the issue you are up against? Chris
  8. richierich152

    For upholstery you could try SMS Auto Fabrics in Oregon. I have a '40 Pontiac and they matched the factory fabric perfectly! Of course there's LaBaron Bonney interiors which is widely known never worked with them before. If you are talking a dual carburetor set up for your straight 8 that's going to be a challenge. I don't believe there was a factory set up and if there was you're probably going to have a very hard time finding one. Aftermarket units are scarce! Join POCI and or ETC. Etc will focus on Pontiacs that have flathead straight 6's & 8's.
  9. New guy, old car

    These Carter WCD carburetors have metering rods and when you are rebuilding them those rods need to be properly adjusted. Carter put out tools to do this very adjustment. The tools are still out there but you have look for them. I stumbled across and bought a complete set of Carter tools which include the metering tools at a swap meet. You may try ebay or there's a guy who posts here on these AACA forums goes by the name 'carb king' and he could probably set you up the appropriate tools and he's very knowledgeable. Whey buying a rebuild kit for your carburetor make sure it is compatible with today's ethanol fuels. Also you should get a gallon can of carburetor cleaner. It is paint can sized and you dip the carburetor parts in it and it does a nice job. That Carter book/binder you have is nice thing to have. I am not sure what it encompasses but a good OEM manual by Carter is very helpful. Originality is king - Keep the faith!
  10. New guy, old car

    Regarding carburetor, I would be willing to bet the factory carburetor was a Carter brand and the model most likely is a WCD. Those WCD carburetors can be rebuilt and are pretty reliable. Carburetors usually have a metal tag attached to the float bowl cover and are attached with a screw and indicate the actual model number of your carburetor. Rebuild kits are available from California Pontiac Restoration.
  11. New guy, old car

    I hope you took this project on as an ongoing hobby and not pressured or pressed for time. That said, get a carburetor kit and rebuild the carburetor and hope the fuel pump still works. Then confirm the ignition system is in a workable states: points, condenser, rotor, cap, wires and plugs. Then try to fire it up I went though a similar situation with my friends '41 Pontiac Metropolitan with a flat head straight 8. It was a time consuming process but the car now runs like a top. We reversed flushed the cooling system, replaced the water pump, had a new core installed in the radiator, replaced the cap, wires, rotor, cap, points, condenser, and plugs. We rebuilt the carburetor and fuel pump and blew out the fuel lines and cleaned out the fuel tank. I don't want to overwhelm you. This will not cost you thousands dollars either. However it will cost you time.
  12. New guy, old car

    Well you have an engine that you may be able work with. but you really can't tell what kind of condition it's in. Since you have a 2nd engine it would be advantageous to try to get the engine in the car running in order to prove it to be a solid motor. I would think you should make this one of the first things you do. You would hate yourself if you put that car together and fired it up only to find out that motor has a bad knock. Check the oil to see if the are any signs of water in it?
  13. New guy, old car

    The Early Times Chapter is an off-chute of the Pontiac Oakland club. You should consider joining at least the Early Times Chapter as this chapter has a better focus of flat-head Pontiacs. How many years has that car sat? Have your got the motor to turn or is it frozen? Chris
  14. New guy, old car

    Hey, Did you get a straight six cylinder or an eight cylinder? These motors are not the most valuable but perform pretty well for a flat head when they are in good condition. The manual transmissions are pretty good and were a shared with Buick and possibly other GM divisions. However those 3spd manuals don't hold up very well behind a hopped up motor. The Hydromatics are pretty good but are not a performance automatic transmission. I would read that early times article about the engines. Yes they were used from the 30's to the 50's but there horse powers gains made through the years. I would try to get the engine number of the deck of driver side of the engine block near the water pump and see just what year that engine was manufactured to verify that it is either original to your car or that it is the last version (most horsepower) of the flat head.
  15. 40 Torpedo

    Allen, I only know of a few '40 Torpedo's still around today. These cars are basically the same as the Buick Super but with the Pontiac drive-train, interior and ornamentation. There's one for sale on Hemming's in Alabama , you, me and Kurt Kelsey are the only one's I know of. I'll shoot some pics of this wrecked one and post them. Chris PS: If any other 40 Torpedo's (coupes or sedans) out there I would be grateful if you replied with a short description of your car and maybe a photo too!