Summershandy

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About Summershandy

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  1. Summershandy

    engine temperature and performance

    I used a turkey baster and got the level down. It was still at the top when it cooled. Rad looks like 2 inches thick. Thanks for the idea on the 5 blade fan Charles. I'll drive it on cooler days until something better can be done with it. Cheers!
  2. Summershandy

    engine temperature and performance

    I read somewhere if I have too much coolant in the rad it will puke out. Should be 1"-2" below. My coolant of course is right up to the cap. The rad cap is 7lb new too. I've only idled the car in the garage and never worked it in the real world yet. Maybe it's not such a big thing?
  3. Summershandy

    engine temperature and performance

    I just noticed a puddle of coolant that came from the overflow tube.....
  4. Summershandy

    '54 rear axle seal removal

    This is unbelievable....I took the car out for her first road test about an hour drive. Parked it overnight with cardboard under it to check for morning leaks. Much to my surprise none.....except for those new rear axle seals. I have oil on the inside of my rims! Grrr......
  5. Driving around this morning maybe it was 75 degrees F and oil pressure looked good and aftermarket temp gauge stayed at 200F or less engine ran great. This afternoon it's now 90F outside during stop and go traffic. Oil gauge much lower and temp gauge sitting at 210F trying to go to 220F but no higher. Is this a concern? The engine seemed to not like it either. Kinda skipped a few light beats. I hurried home and raised the hood. I also removed those inspection covers hoping to create more air flow but it just seems to hot today.
  6. More of a share and amazement with a little disappointment thrown in. Been 7 months and I took the old girl out on her 10 day temporary license day. The infamous hydramatic revs really high and hits that 2nd to 3rd shift pretty hard. It's the rpm's I don't like. Lengthened the TV rod nut one turn and what a difference! It also had a stumble on take off but I had the air cleaner off doing a few adjustments. I replaced the cleaner with some oil and voila....next to no stumble. These are things I've read on here. Now for the bummer, I made an appointment to have the car certified within the 10 days and I noticed my new axle seals are leaking. I'll never get them fixed within 10 days and once the temporary plate expires that's it for any coverage. They think you are only allowed 2 - 10 day plates per vehicle. Overall I'm still happy somewhat, I understand it's a labor of love and right now I'm lovin' it!
  7. Summershandy

    '55 Hydramatic fluid leak at speedometer cable

    I took the assembly apart again to double check fitment. The cartridge is definitely leaking into the cable as there was fluid internally at the connection. The o-ring held back the leak. I tried to monkey around with that c-clip to get it off. I can kind of see there are a couple notches on the shaft as if the c-clip would turn and come off allowing the speedo gear to come apart. I didn't want to break anything as the car is going in to get certified for the road next week. For now I'm ok with holding the leak back until someone knows how this thing comes apart. Remember, Fatsco can't supply an o-ring if there is in fact one in there.
  8. Summershandy

    '55 Hydramatic fluid leak at speedometer cable

    Sure, but I could imagine the difficulty removing the cable if need be in the future. I have heard of others sealing the threads.
  9. Summershandy

    '55 Hydramatic fluid leak at speedometer cable

    I spoke with Fatsco and they said they have the o-ring for the speedo gear. They weren't sure it the gear shaft had an o-ring and if it did, they aren't able to supply. I'm still thinking it's leaking through the speedo gear shaft as there was fluid where I disconnected the cable....not where the entire unit bolts into the trans.
  10. Summershandy

    '55 Hydramatic fluid leak at speedometer cable

    Understood. On the "bullet", once you slide the fiber over the threads there isn't much contact and it's a little sloppy. The connection end could probably use a fiber. With rubber o-rings you have to find that sweet spot between smooshed and snug. Trial and error but good to know.
  11. Summershandy

    Mounting of spare tire in trunk

    oh, haha nevermind....saw a pic of a tire turned around. Fits now. Just thought it would look better white wall out.
  12. Summershandy

    Mounting of spare tire in trunk

    Does anyone know if I'm missing some hardware for mounting the spare in the trunk for a '54 StarChief? I can't make what I've got to work and can't find any info on it. I've got the original rod that seems short with a plate and long nut. This one's got me stumped!
  13. Summershandy

    '55 Hydramatic fluid leak at speedometer cable

    I left the cable detached overnight and some fluid dripped out. I removed the speedo gear and no more fluid came out so that was a good thing. I ran it down to the local tranny shop and are going to try an o-ring where it seems to belong. I questioned leakage through the gear shaft so we are going to cheat with one where the cable housing meets the bullet. I've heard of leakage through the crimped connection of the cable. I don't know if there's an o-ring on the gear shaft. There's a quite meaty clip that I don't know how to remove and don't want to unless necessary. The o-rings seem to fit nicely but haven't fired up the engine to temp yet. I'll try to keep you posted. I haven't found any info on this part of the hydramatic so I'm running blind.
  14. Summershandy

    '55 Hydramatic fluid leak at speedometer cable

    For sure....planning on taking it out tomorrow and take it from there. In the past with other projects like plumbing, I've found it may be difficult finding an o-ring with the proper profile to do the job. But I do hears ya! BTW, CPR did help me with the throttle linkage seal but I'm sure they were just 3rd party, which at times I'm ok with.