john hess

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  1. OK guys. Need some help here. 53 l8 is acting weird. #1 cylinder is misfiring. Changed plugs. Changed wires. Put timing light on all wires and all are firing consistent. #1 will only fire sporadically. Swapped wires and plugs from another cylinder. Same thing. #1 misfiring sporadically, so it's kinda tough to set timing. I am thinking distributor worn and shorting out on #1. Any ideas?.…...... John
  2. 53 pon l8 heat riser repair help needed

    I would like to let everyone know that this is my first attempt at a restoration. It is being done on a very very low budget as I think I am like most people who first get started. I am doing this in an unheated old drafty barn which I share with numerous critters. my skills are limited, but I feel adequate for the task at hand. This is certainly a learn as you go experience, and I enjoy every minutue of it. Enough said for now. Here are a few pictures of my attempt at rust repair in trunk floor.
  3. 53 pon l8 heat riser repair help needed

    I would like to let everyone know that this is my first attempt at a restoration. It is being done on a very very low budget, as I feel I am like mo
  4. 53 pon l8 heat riser repair help needed

    Bloo thanks again. Did some trial and error. Think I got it where it should be. Works fine with torch heat. Opens and closes as it should. One other thing I didn't ask was, is there any preload on the spring? I have 1/2 revolution on it now. should be enough to hold for exhaust flow since this isn't possible on bench test. I realize this isn't stock spring but it works till I get original style. Here are some pictures so far. The small wire you see is just some welding wire jammed in to keep flapper from spinning while testing. Will weld in place when I'm happy with operation.
  5. 53 pon l8 heat riser repair help needed

    Bloo, thanks for the reply. Yes the other posts show some of what I am looking for, but not exactly. So l guess there will be some trial and error adjustments. But that's the fun part of these old cars. No computers here. This is a frame up restoration of a family owned barn find. It was my wife's great grandfathers car from new that was put in a garage in 1976 and forgotten till 2009. John
  6. mystery piece from block

    I realize this is an old post. As I just registered as a user, I am reading a lot, for I have many questions myself. I also found a similar few pieces in the water jacket. I believe they are just casting slag and do not pose any issues If left in or removed. John
  7. Hello everyone. I an looking for help on my l8 heat riser. I had brass bushings put in my manifold. Shaft turns fine. Need to weld flapper in place at old weld marks. What I don't have, and need, is a photo or description of the proper position of the counter weight in relation to the spring slot on the shaft. Any help here would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, john