Summershandy

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  1. Exhaust manifold gasket bubbling oil?

    We think alike! I was looking at those 4 bolts and thinking there could be a little play there. It doesn't look like they've ever been removed. I can see that my intake manifold is uneven with the exhaust manifold making the exhaust part not quite sealing. Good guess. As for the heat riser, I too questioned if the spring was put on backwards. Don't shun me but I applied Permatex Copper sealant on the leaky joints. All I'm trying to do at the moment, before the snow starts to fly up here in Canada is to get the car to my mechanic to OK the frame/structure before I start pumping money into it, then I can get it in the garage and start at 'er. I'm good but a self taught/back yard/youtube mechanic! If all is good it will become my new project. Thanks for the help John!
  2. Exhaust manifold gasket bubbling oil?

    I removed my manifold and you can tell by the imprints in the gasket where the seal was tight and where it was leaking. No straight edge required. Guess it's machining time.
  3. Exhaust manifold gasket bubbling oil?

    Well I put a heat gun to the heat riser and it didn't really move. It was easier to turn however. I unhooked the spring and let the riser fall. Made no difference at start up and when I moved it open and closed I could feel the exhaust against it making me think it's in the proper closed position. However, the manifold still leaked and I discovered another exhaust leak. It matches the blown out gasket on the left side of the picture. I've been told that these inline manifolds like to warp and to remove it and put a straight edge on it. If it's out to get it machined. I'm thinking this is what happened to the previous owner and he eventually blew them out. The heat riser isn't on the top of the list right now. Thanks and good luck with yours!
  4. Exhaust manifold gasket bubbling oil?

    Thanks for the pics John! One's like those are priceless. Sorry it took a while, I was drooling over your engine. The way yours looks to me the weight rolls forward to open. Like 12 to 10 o'clock. Mine rolls backwards like 12 to 2 o'clock. Make sense? I'll play with it again and try a heat test. I was surprised when the only stud came out of the block and leaked coolant. That was new to me. I don't think it's leaking as my burn off is a good 10" away.
  5. 1956 Pontiac Star Chief advice

    I recently grabbed this '54 for about the same price in Canada. It still ran. I love the simplicity of these cars. I'm finding parts are quite available. Do what Gary suggests. You want a project, you like it, you got the cash? Try $3800. Seller should def go to $4000. Do your homework best you can and good luck!
  6. Exhaust manifold gasket bubbling oil?

    Hmm...my heat riser moves freely. Engine got to 180 degrees but it didn't move. Spring was still tight. Manifold started smoking and I held the valve in the open position and made no difference. Can anyone confirm that when the engine is cold the heat riser valve should be in the closed position by the force of the spring like in the picture? That would mean my valve would slowly turn counterclockwise until open with engine warm....which it did not. Can't tell what's open or what's closed. Maybe I should wire it in the opposite position and see if things change.
  7. Exhaust manifold gasket bubbling oil?

    Mine has no exhaust leak and starts when the engine is at operating temp. The straightness of my manifold has been questioned. The heat riser came up late last night so I'm double checking today. I had checked it way back and it moved freely but never bothered to spray it. Something else came to mind overnight. I had been troubleshooting a no start and did a dry/wet compression test. Also probably got unburnt fuel in the system when I didn't know better trying to start it. I was advised to change the oil. That stupid oil can of mine likes to drip a lot. I wonder when I was squirting the cylinders if I got a drop of heavy weight oil right on top the gasket? It would have a couple days to absorb into the gasket and maybe burn off? Reason I think is this issue wasn't there before my tests.
  8. A new find just came up. I was letting my '54 - 8 cylinder warm up and smoke started coming from the front at the manifold. I could see something bubbling from the gasket and I guess it was burning off on the manifold. The gasket is new with very little hours on it. There are no air leaks and the bolts are as tight as I can get them. I've ran the engine before and haven't had this issue. Don't remember spilling anything there. Should I keep running it in hopes of a burn off? The old gasket was blown apart in a few places and I think I remember this was one of them. I have an arrow where the leak is and the gaskets.
  9. Hood hinge lubrication

  10. Hood hinge lubrication

    Yay or nay? Would it help the springs hold the hood up better or in fact make the hood fall more? Seeing if I can get a little more "umph" out of my newly installed springs. Anyone make this mistake?
  11. Just installed my new hood springs from CPR using the 150 flat washer technique to remove and install. Pretty slick and didn't kill myself. I'm a little disappointed though, I thought they would hold the hood fully open around forehead level or 6'. More like around face level but at least 6"-8" higher than the original springs. You can still work from the fender side the way these hoods are designed. If I need more room it's good 'ol sticky! Not sure if I would have ordered them not knowing this. Meh, live and learn!
  12. 1953 pontiac

    Ironically I'm just in the process of installing springs for my '54 Starchief I got from CPR. Used the flat washer method I found on YouTube. Can't quite get all of the washers in the old spring so I had to coax it off with a crowbar. The new spring will stretch long enough to install if you place a washer in between each coil. Wouldn't believe it if I didn't try it myself!
  13. wet compression test

    Thanks Bloo. Worn rings won't surprise me. I'm actually doing a bunch of troubleshooting (ie. spark, fuel, compression, etc) for a no start engine but before I post all my findings I'm going to do what I can. My results will come soon I hope, unless it fires up for me! Cheers!
  14. wet compression test

    Makes sense....took you long enough LOL! Would the oil weight really make much difference?
  15. wet compression test

    Got my new compression tester and time to check it out. I've been reading about dry and wet. I understand what each is for. But as I sit here and think about it, if you squirt some oil down the plug hole, isn't that just going to leave the oil on top the valves? Seems you'd have to squirt it in on a 90 degree to hit the piston. Anyone else done the wet test on these motors and how'd you go about it? Thanks!