Summershandy

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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    Rats! Looks like they're gone already. At least the new ones are close replicas.
  2. That's the best I can describe it. I saw an old pontiac that had what looked like a chrome clip on scoop looking thing on his front door quarter glass. I assumed it was to aid with air flow when glass was open. I can't for the life of me find a picture and have tried every keyword I could. This didn't look original. If someone has one or can get me better wording I'd appreciate it. I'm interested. Thanks!
  3. I've noticed a couple times that the gasket between the Carter carb and intake is wet to the touch. I've been having a bit of a hesitation off start and today the engine lightly surged while cruising. I'm still trying to find someone with a timing gun to get that checked out. Could this thick gasket be some of the problem? Couldn't find a whole lot on it.
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    gasket between carb and intake wet

    I did last fall. I actually had it removed several times for other reasons. I never touched the float and I suspect because of the number of times I removed it that gasket could use a change out. I did tighten it down some more. Don't have any intake/exhaust gaskets wet. I'm more concerned on my light stumble from stop. If I hit the pedal just right I can stall it. I'll keep an eye on it. Hope you fix yours...Mark
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    Wow, I think the NOS pair look cool! I was debating about them because I'm leaving my original. No aftermarket accessories. Wonder how far back these date? Something to think about.
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    The orange tinted ones would go good with my hood ornament. Thanks Craig.
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    Dang you made that look easy! Thanks brother!
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    Not quite. They looked a like teardrop shape and curved. Mounted on the quarter glass. Not very big.
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    When I got my car it has a aftermarket temp gauge mounted at the bottom of the dash. The original gauge is still in the dash and the cable and sensor are wrapped underneath. I'm assuming it failed and I remember testing it with a heat gun with the gauge not moving. What makes them fail? How do they work? Is there any hope in fixing or replacing as to get the original gauge working again? Thanks.
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    No problems! Good Luck and happy restore!
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    I'll take it!! haha
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    The pic is the original that's been disconnected from the engine block and tucked up away under the dash. The aftermarket one is installed where the original one was. Both would have a bulb at the end. I too would thing '53 and '54 would be the same.
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    I boiled a cup of water and dropped the bulb in it with no change from the gauge.
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    So there's a chance that the tubing could be cracked and empty hence failure. I'll look more into it when it's time to remove the dash for painting. I'll live with the aftermarket one for now. Thanks!
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    Thanks frasco, sometimes I forget what's in my shop manual. It reads, "if THERMO-GAUGE reads incorrect temperature cause would be defective gauge." That's after testing the bulb end. I was curious on how the mechanical unit works. There wouldn't be mercury in the line? The line is wrapped in a loose coil. Would it just be heat transferred with a coil in the gauge? Now I'm curious again. I'm going to test it since it's been months and throw a pic in here for identification.
  16. 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.
  17. Well, after almost 8 months I took my car to the mechanic to get inspected for roadworthy. It passed! I worked all winter in my garage on my back with simple backyard tools. I am no mechanic by any means but I have played one on TV lol. He was impressed on the condition and cleanliness of it. Talk about make my day. I get compliments anytime I take it out. Now if the engine and drivetrain survive for the rest of the summer, It'll be cosmetic work over the winter. Hard work, dedication and the help from all you guys made my dream come true! Thanks....gotta go....gotta cruise....
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    engine temperature and performance

    Nice, I took it out on a cooler day around 72 F. It ran much better and cooler. Maybe it wasn't so hot back in the 50's? haha
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    There's a new '54 Star Chief in town

    Ya but your underbody is going to look a lot better than mine!
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    There's a new '54 Star Chief in town

    Thanks guys. I don't belong to any clubs or have many acquaintances to share or receive the love of these cars. Even the wife is a little iffy. I truly appreciate your comments as you're all been there done that!
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    There's a new '54 Star Chief in town

    Thanks, my younger mechanic friend had quite sometime admiring an older car. I picked it up last summer sitting in a field. The body looked great and after a boost and hearing the engine run, I took my chances. One thing I remember the mechanic said that made me laugh he said, "did you pull the engine to paint it?" Nope I replied, "but the whole thing is painted!" Time, patience, a can of Bill Hirsh paint and brushes. It flows so beautiful it looks like spray on. I also want to thank California Pontiac Restoration. Without them of course, the Chief would have never came back to life.
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    Tips and tricks for the '54 Starchief 8

    I take that back on the axle seals. Seems a little may have come from the grease I put around the bearing when assembling. Drove it for quite some time and found no more leaks. Mechanic was happy and so was I.....
  23. 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!
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    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!
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    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?