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  1. My mechanical skills and experience extends to all things prior to 1950. I am currently working on a hot-rod, which has a 70's Mopar engine fitted. Can anyone help identify what these two items are? It would save me sitting on Google for a couple of hours. Many thanks. Mike
  2. I can now advise what the cause of the problem. In brief, the cylinder head gasket was leaking and coolant was getting into cylinder one preventing the plug from firing. The engine had been rebuilt, but from what I can tell, the head had not been torqued properly. Thanks to all those for your helpful suggestions. Mike
  3. I really appreciate your comprehensive reply, and I will certainly let everyone know the outcome. Mike
  4. Yep, I think you’re absolutely right. Once I’ve taken the head off I’ll post with my findings. Thanks for your help. Mike
  5. The engine is original to the car, and it has been recently overhauled prior to my purchase. I too thought it was probably a valve, but the good compression threw me. Mike
  6. The dizzy does turn ACW so the firing order was a red-herring. The engine is original, but recently rebuilt. The plug and lead is good - all checked three times. The mystery continues.
  7. The same web site that gave me the firing order also stated the direction of the dizzy was CW, but I should have checked, which I will do tomorrow. I really don’t think the leads are a problem given I am getting a really strong spark. i don’t remember a vacuum port, but I will look tomorrow also. it would appear based on the replies so far there is nothing obvious for the cylinder not to be firing. mike
  8. My new 1950 Nash Rambler is only firing on 5 cylinders. Confirmed by when you remove the lead to cylinder 1 it makes no difference. By contrast, remove any of the others and there is a noticeable difference. There is a good spark at cylinder one - tested with inline tester and the more traditional way of holding plug to earth (really strong Blue spark). Looking into the spark plug hole, the valves seem to be opening when the engine is running. The real mystery, the internet tells me the firing order should be 153624. However, it's set-up as 142635. I did try and
  9. My new 1950 Nash Rambler is only firing on 5 cylinders. Confirmed by when you remove the lead to cylinder 1 it makes no difference. By contrast, remove any of the others and there is a noticeable difference. There is a good spark at cylinder one - tested with inline tester and the more traditional way of holding plug to earth (really strong Blue spark). Looking into the spark plug hole, the valves seem to be opening when the engine is running. The real mystery, the internet tells me the firing order should be 153624. However, it's set-up as 142635. I did try and
  10. Hi I have just bought this 1950 Rambler, and I need to touch-up some of the paint - does anyone what this color is (if indeed it's an original color). Ideally a paint code, but I can work off a name. Thanks Mike.
  11. Many thanks for your replies and despite being told by the seller that it's an overdrive thank heavens I never pulled the cable out when driving, because as I have rightly been told this is not an overdrive, but moreover an emergency option when needing to tow or push start the car. I really appreciate your replies and special thanks to Spinneyhill for copies of the manual.
  12. Hi I have recently bought a 42 Chrysler Windsor Coupe with fluid drive. Nobody seems to be able to tell me what the large chrome knob that sits beside the steering column. It's connected to a cable that runs to the transmission. However, I have been told that Fluid drives do not have overdrive, but I can't think what else it could be - I don't fancy engaging it when doing 50mph down the freeway. Any insight would be helpful. Mike
  13. Hi David - I thought it might help if I included a photo of my shoes. I attached white markers so you can see where the linings start and stop. Mike
  14. Hi David - Thanks for this lead, these guys didn't appear anywhere on Google when I was searching. Do you anticipate the early Ford kit would drop straight in with retaining the existing stub axles, and therefore no change to the front suspension? Hi Phil, I did consider a servo booster, but it's my understanding that servos reduce the pedal pressure rather than actually improving the brake efficiency. That said, you are saying that it solved your problem - did you therefore have a similar problem to me, and if so where did you source your booster? Really appreciate you
  15. I own a 42 Continental Conv, and it resides on the Isle of Man (between Ireland and England). Despite rebuilding the brakes, and renewing the linings the brakes are not up to the job on the hills we have here. On a hill, the car literally won't stop! I was wondering does anyone know of a disc conversion kit out there? I will probably only do the fronts. Alternatively, has anyone had any experience of the replacement kits that Bob Drake does? Any help would be appreciated. Mike
  16. I need some help with the glove boxes on my 37 Zephyr. I need to source the cardboard glove boxes themselves, but I also need to locate the locking/latch mechanism. As you can see from the attached photos I have nothing on the reverse of the doors to latch the glove doors. Any help appreciated. Mike
  17. Hi Waldren, I haven't started work yet as too many other projects needed more urgent attention - have you taken a look at your rams yet?
  18. Thanks for this, I didn't appreciate that the overdrive would be a single control. I have yet to start rebuilding the overdrive - wish me luck and thanks.
  19. Are you saying that I can stripdown the rams. I have to admit from memory there didn't seem an obvious way of getting into the ram as it looked like it was a pressed unit.
  20. I need one hub cap for my 42 Lincoln Continental Conv - can anyone help? I have tried the suppliers listed on LZOC, who have provided me with lots of spares for my restoration, but the last remaining hub cap has proved elusive.
  21. I have been restoring a 1942 Lincoln Continental Conv, and the car is now roadworthy. Having driven the car it's become apparent that I really need to get the overdrive working. The three buttons on the dash to the left of the steering wheel are not connected to anything. Can anyone help me with the cables, and can anyone tell me what each of the buttons actually does (or at least should do)?
  22. My 42 Convertible still has the original vacuum operated windows rather than the hydraulic type that was used for later models. It would appear that the vacuum system was only used in 1942, and I have yet to find another owner that has retained the original vacuum system. I need one vacuum ram - can anyone help?
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