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About GrahamPaige29

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  1. Breaking in an engine

    Hey who opened this can o' worms??? Just kidding. It's a worthy discussion of course. Here's all my manual says about new car break-in....
  2. High Oil Pressure on Graham Paige

    HI guys. Thanks for the tips. I actually had to drain the engine anyways to double check on my pistons. I had a hunch that I had carelessly installed one of them 180 degrees off (rotated) which would mean the oil passage would be misaligned. I have corrected that and will refill with break in oil. Here is a pic of my oil pressure regulator. Bit of an odd one. I will take it off and examine it and send you guys some pics. I have the dash gauge on it right now (green tape is just holding the number plate in position). I am almost finished repairing the water cover plate and rad and will install them after Christmas. I'm off for a week which will mostly be spent on the car.
  3. High Oil Pressure on Graham Paige

    Hi guys. Thanks to your help I finally got the engine running on my '29 Graham Paige. I still haven't finished the cooling system hook up but I did have it running briefly to test the timing etc. One thing that concerns me is the oil pressure seems very high. I had a gauge hooked directly onto the sender unit and once the engine got going it registered over 90. According to my manual, 40 is about normal. Also, where the water pump has a oil passage connected to it, I found there was excessive oil leaking during running which would mean to me that there is a lot of pressure there. I did try to keep about 2 thousands of an inch clearance between the journals and bearings by using shims and measuring with plastigauge. Now I'm nervous that some of the passages are clogged up somehow or there's another issue. Do you think the problem will sort itself out once I have the cooling system done and can let it run longer or should I pop off the connecting rod caps and see if anything's clogged? Sorry guys but I'm a nervous newbie. Geoff
  4. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    I did get a water distribution plate from Bill Conley when I was up in Cobourg a couple of years ago at the meeting. However, the cover on my car was so leaky, I made a new one from stainless. On my design, the water distribution holes are still there but they are part of the whole unit. I'll post some pics when I get it back from the welder.
  5. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    My version of that part was pretty much dead. It had been welded and repaired so many times. I used it as a pattern to have a new stainless sheet metal box made with the right proportions and a built in distribution plate. It looks a bit more angular but it should work fine.
  6. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    Hey jack. I just had a new water cover plate welded up. That will be my next priority. To get the cooling system in.
  7. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    Thanks! I just ordered an olde fashioned muffler. Hope to get it on soon so I can hear that nice sound. Now onto the rest...
  8. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    Hi guys. Success! The beast finally started yesterday. I checked the timing and it seemed all right. I checked over the carb and decided to disable the "power jet" which was allowing gas to be sucked by vacuum directly into the manifold. Yikes. I figured out that without the correct check valve installed, this can happen. I also bypassed the fuel pump to make sure it wasn't an issue and gravity fed the gas. It sounds rough as heck but here's video of it starting the second time. I didn't get the first startup as I wasn't expecting it to happen.
  9. Advice on Zenith Carb

    Hi Jon. I ordered a new power jet valve from Russell New Old Parts. It seemed that the number was correct because I used a Zenith specification bulletin I found online. Here it is... But the valve didn't fit. It was too small on it's threads. Very frustrating. I tried to start the car without it installed and it really flooded the engine. There was gas pouring out of the manifold. Yikes. Am I correct in assuming that the vacuum pulled gas right out of that pump chamber? If I were to thread a simple plug in the valve's place would it allow the carb to work? Sorry but I'm getting really frustrated with this and thinking of ditching this carb altogether.
  10. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    Thanks Paul. Have a good American Thanksgiving. Canadian Thanksgiving was way back in October! We have it earlier because of the shorter growing season.
  11. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    Roger that! I'll make a video!
  12. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    Yeah it's a real lifesaver. I couldn't do it without you guys. I will be so relieved when I get then engine running. Then I'll finish the brakes and steering and take it for a boot around the block. Next, on to the body again...
  13. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    Thanks Paul. I'm excited and a little nervous to try to start again. I have to go out of town for a couple of days but I should be able to try again on the weekend. Thanks to you guys for the guidance.
  14. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    I mean with the orientation of the points that 4 and 1 are facing forward?
  15. 6 Volt Booster Starter Necessary?

    Hey Paul. I looked carefully at my wiring diagram. Can I assume that the distributor should line up exactly this way?