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About hchris

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  1. 1929 DeSoto Plugs Bubbling

    Fouled plugs are usually a good indicator of over rich mixture, black and sooty is the indication, wet and oily will indicate oil leakage. As others have said bubbling at the plugs suggests wrong plugs, lack of plug gaskets, not enough plug torque. As to over rich mixture, assuming the choke isn't stuck closed, I would be looking at : incorrect mixture screw adjustment worn float valve needle or seat wrong float height / sinking float.
  2. Road Draft Tube Question?

    Not being familiar with the Zephyr I would nevertheless be cautious about blanking off any draft tube orifice. Most vehicles in this era had a draft inlet thru the oil filler cap and a draft tube exit from the rocker cover or side plate on the block, blanking off any of these ports will lead to over pressurisation within the crank case / block and thus the internal blow by pressures will seek an outlet, more often than not back thru the filler worse via the crank shaft seals. It might be worth a bit more research before applying any blanks, or at the very least keep an eye out for any external oil leaks if you do go ahead.
  3. An early 30's Dodge for Keiser

    Yes indeed, very nice 1933 DP and i believe "Town Sedan" is correct for this body style.
  4. Maxwell clearance and torque specs.

    If there is no significant reason for you to remove bearings I would be leaving everything intact; on the other hand if you have deep knocking noises or low oil pressure then the advice as offered by others is good. You just never know what may arise after disturbing things unnecessarily.
  5. Sunbeam Tiger

    Can i suggest you approach someone in the Sunbeam Alpine Owners Club of America (SAOCA) via their forum or Tigers East Alpines East (TEAE) is another authoritive organisation. I can verify that the procedure for authenticating a Tiger is very rigid and time consuming, sadly the market brought it on itself.
  6. Sounds like a plan but do consider, if you are running new wires, the clothes line trick because you can afford to get it wrong before you cut a length of good wire only to find it wont fit.
  7. When Re wiring Vehicle wire size

    Amen to that
  8. Ok, if you have the old loom out and intact ,there is an old rodders method of building up new looms. From the nearest hardware store grab a few rolls of poly clothes line, run various lengths to match existing wires, label them, then run them through the chassis / body fixings and build up a replica loom; once you are happy with positioning and room for terminations, remove the fake loom, lay it out then reproduce each length in "real" wire and install it. It might seem a lengthy process, but you can afford to make a mistake or two running clothes line until you get it right rather than cutting expensive wire and having to redo it.
  9. Oh my !! yes you do have a problem or two. My approach, with the aid of the wiring diagram, would be to start a systematic chase of each wire from under the dash, so perhaps start with the lighting switch, look at the diagram, see how many and which path each wire takes and follow it through from switch to light, marking / labelling each wire as you go, then say instrument wires, ignition switch wires etc.and so on. Laborious i know but at least you will map out a path for the correct wiring, then focus on what needs replacing and after that, do the troubleshooting if it hasnt already been fixed. At the end of the day cars of this era were fairly simple in terms of wiring, think about what your needs were, lights, horn, instruments, starter, ignition, battery, generator and control and thats about it; work through each system one at a time and you will get there. Good luck and keep asking questions. My memory for the DP is that the main loom passes from under the dash out through the bulkhead on the drivers side, it splits off to the starter, distributor, generator and control box in the engine bay; the main loom continues through the drivers side chassis rail to the lh headlight, under the front cross member to the rh headlight, oh and the horn wires run under the cross member as well, then down through the right chassis rail to tail lights and fuel sender unit.
  10. For someone who has so much wiring experience i am surprised at your focus on the "negative earth" aspect of your electrical system, as others have said there is no difference in wiring a negative or positive ground system. The fact that you have a 6 volt system does make a difference in your choice of wire guage, there are many on line sources which will give you this info, but typically 12g for the feed wires and 14g for the receiver wires is the norm; battery / starter cables need to be heavier. I suspect your high / low beam issue is most likely to be a bad earth somewhere in your lighting wiring.
  11. chrysler ca

    No and I would ask why would you want to fit discs ? Biggest original engine is the one that came with it 241.5ci. The problem you will find, if you are considering a later side valve engine, is the configuration of block, bell housing and starter motor. Up to 1934 Chrysler had the exposed water jacket block, this dictates the starter placement, bell housing shape and clutch / transmission mounts / links,.without major re fabrication of mounts etc. any later engine wont fit.
  12. Certainly would not be the first cracked block i`ve seen for this era Chry / Dodge / Des. and probably not the last, they all had a known weakness in these areas, 6 cylinders as well. As others have said, looks like an older professional job, probably done when these repairs were common place by someone who knew what they were doing; leave it alone until it becomes a problem, that said, it probably wont be in your lifetime.
  13. What was your biggest screw up working on the cars

    Replacing the oil in a friends garage, all 5 litres of it finished up on the floor - forgot to put the sump plug back in.
  14. 40s Deluxe no spark

    OK plenty of arguments re 6v or 12v; but in the first post as I read it the issue was no spark. Without a spark you wont have to worry about the starter, generator wiring etc.because you cant get the engine to run, so perhaps one thing at a time and as I understand it getting a spark would be the first priority ??