Willie Wurke

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  2. TERRY You really know how to scare an old timer! I thought someone had broken into my library and stolen my secrets. Mine is undated. Now you know why my 1931 LaSalle looked so good at Huntington! as ever, Willie
  3. My 1952 model with the 4.5 litre engine also uses the plugs. They are shorter and look like valve heads and the thru bolts have nuts that are locked with cotter keys. The crankshaft is nitrided chrome moly steel. Has more ring to it than a church bell! Had no wear at all on shaft or bearings FYI: This engine design started life in 1919 with a 3"bore and 4.5 inch stroke and 190 cid. It ended 37 years later after growing to 490 cid. During that time it had various valve arrangements: DOHC, F head, and valve in head. Horsepower increased from 53 to 215. The final version had a 3.75 bore. Since the cylinder bore center to center dimension could not be increased; due to insufficient coolant between cylinders R R had to develop a new engine. Thus the V-8 was born! This engine history from: THE HISTORY OF A DIMENSION by S. H. GRYLLS,MA The'' dimension " is 4.150 inches and couldn't be changed due to main bearing locations
  4. The ring gap should be .003 inches per inch of cylinder bore; in your case .011" Also check the top ring groove of your pistons for wear. The fix for this is the installation of K-wall spacers. This involves cutting the top of the groove and putting a spring steel spacer above the ring. For some unexplained reason this makes the top groove outlast the original. I used to do this in my shop on all engine overhauls. It involved a manual lathe which rode in the second groove and cut the worn top of the top groove and was operated by hand
  5. I bought a new Nash Ambassador in 1953 with that same engine except mine had the aluminum head that was prone to corrosion big time! They later went to the cast iron heads. As for piston rings you should try standard . The manufacturers used to label them as standard to .010 oversize. That was a great engine: it first appeared in Nashes in 1917 and was used thru 1955 . REMEMBER: When fitting engine parts it is best to go for a loose fit instead of too tight!
  6. TERRY: I'm the second owner of the car. Have had it 66 years. Only use it now to deliver old Hemmings magazines to young boys! By the way: It's Camaro and La Salle (translates to "the room") I founded the West Virginia Whitewater Region in 2004 and this was the first national meet for several members. They all were thrilled with the cars and the owners they met. Overall, it was a great day for all, and our membership earned eleven awards. as ever, Willie PS: I'm helping my friend build a "new" roll back hauler. A 1950 Mack cab, Peterbilt sleeper, Ford 750 frame ,8.3 Cummins Diesel out of a BIG motorhome (a pusher)
  7. I THINK I HAVE FOUND A WAY TO INTERACT WITH THE BOYS WHO LIKE MODIFIEDS-------INVITE THEM TO A NATIONAL MEET AND LET THEM HAUL YOUR VEHICLE WHEN YOU GET THERE SEND THEM TO CLASS 36. THEN EVERY ONE GOES HOME ALL EXCITED! Here's an example: A 1936 Ford Truck with a Chevy 501 engine taking my 1931 LaSalle to the Huntington Meet ! I got a repeat preservation and possibly a new member and he got a lot of tips on prepping a car for shows Comments expected and appreciated. My "FUN" badge is pegged on HIGH
  8. I recall the 50 series had running boards and the 52 series did not. I think the ones with runningboards look better. I might add that AACA classes all LaSalles as classics. I have owned mine 66 years!
  9. Ken. I'm that old mechanic that knows "juicetricity'. 88years old with 75 years in auto repair. If you don't need to look original get a Model A cutout (it's round) that uses a diode from Snyders Antique Auto Parts . Part # A-10505-SS for $56. It's for a 6volt ,positive ground system
  10. Sounds like you still have the bad cutout; if so get an old mechanic that knows electricity to open it and "sneak" a diode in it.
  11. A dear friend in Pascagoula, Miss. had a Locomobile with Kellner (French) coach work back in the late 1940's. Do you have any info on this vehicle. It's stablemates were a 1929 Lincoln Locke Club Roadster and a 1929 Minerva Hibbard & Darrin Town Car. I now have these 2 cars in my collection, but I didn't get a chance at the Locomobile. It had been damaged when the garage roof collapsed on it during a hurricane . The last I heard was a local airplane mechanic had it.
  12. "IT ONLY COSTS A NICKEL MORE TO GO FIRST CLASS" Buy both; One for "work' and one for "play" (assuming you like michanickin)
  13. I see nothing "amazing' about a 1966 model car starting every time. I would expect that of a 1926 model!
  14. This is a 3 inch meter with Studebaker plate. The cap is useless but the meter could be used as ornament. It won't be accurate but todays younger generation won't believe their purpose when you tell them! Asking $25.00 and I ship anywhere in US. 304-469-9648 - call after 8 PM edt
  15. Here is an answer to your third question. At a trotting track (horse racing) in Australia they used a Stutz starting gate that was a car with the body removed. Our fellow club member down there , Garry M, now has it and is building a three door roadster body similar to a Locke body on it. I hope he reads this post and will give us a progress report