Mr. Lang

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  1. Checking the coil is a good idea, don't ask how I know this. My 1950 Chev truck had a hard time starting when hot, and it was weak spark. My starter needed new brushes, and was drawing too much current. The brushes were oil soaked. I replaced the coil as well, probably overkill, but I've put on seven thousand miles since. Also, when my car is really hot ('49 Pontiac), it likes to be cranked over for a few revolutions, then a bit of gas pedal, and she starts right up. I find that the gas really tends to percolate into the manifold, and floods it. I have also learned, that when I come off the highway on a hot day, and shut the car off, like at a gas station, it really helps to open the hood while I fill 'er up. Otherwise it sometimes vapor locks. Full speed ahead!!!
  2. I've a '49. The shop manual says just what rick60 says. And that "oil filters are neither needed, nor desirable on Pontiac engines." My car has 58,000 original miles on it, and the engine had never even had the pan off. Last summer, I took the pan, and centrifugal cleaner out. There was one quart of sediment in it! But, the rest of the engine was pretty clean. I washed it out with kerosene, and put it back together. The sedimentor really does a good job. I always use non-detergent oil, to help things settle.
  3. I'm not sure that this is the same, but you might enjoy this clip, it was posted on the MTFCA Model T forum. Its a 1910 Model AA maxwell. Pretty neat.
  4. Ravensmiles, It would be worth the money for you to get a pontiac shop manual. It will describe in detail the operation, maintenance, and care of the engine. I see that maybe you have one now? I would be leery of any mechanic that says that the engine could be rebuilt for $500, I could see the number closer to $5000. I don't have my shop manual in front of me, but it seems to me that at least the camshaft bearings have to be line bored after being put in the block. If your engine has compression, it will more than likely run. They are sort of bomb proof. If you can get it running, I would not rebuild it. Use it and drive the care, while you find a factory engine, rebuild that, and place it in the car.
  5. Oil filtration! There is no filter. The engine has a sedimentor in it though. Mu engine has 56,000 original miles on it when I cleaned the oil pan, and there was a full quart of sediment. But, everything else was clean. Just use non detergent oil, so everything can fall out of the oil, and you will be fine.
  6. Wow charles, I just looked at your pictures. What a great set of '48's you have. Amazing!
  7. Did you try california pontiac restoration? You can find them with a google search.
  8. I actually just received a Canadian Shop Manual for my car, hooray! Tin Indian, I'd love to see your car! I'll PM you, maybe we can get together someday. Christopher
  9. Ahh, so that's what's up with my tail lights and steering wheel. So, is that the deal with the torque tube as well?
  10. Well, I'm new here, but my car isn't new. I've had the car for about two years now, but just found this place. (Thanks Stan from the HAMB) I live in Brentwood Bay, which is near Victoria, I'm excited to see from a quick search here, that there is at least one other person from the area. I've always been interested in old cars, but had never owned anything this old. I saw it for sale, and just had to have it. I own it, and a '50 Chev One Ton. Both are stock, down to the mighty 6 volt batteries, though neither have been restored really. They are both kinda rough, but I drive them every day. Well, I drive my truck every day, I put about 800 miles a month on it, though in the summer I drive my car more than right now. About my car: Its a 1949 Silver Streak, although I hear that that might not be the actual model, I don't know. I do know that it has four doors, is what I think they call "notch-back". The car was painted about 20ish years ago, but I have mostly polished through the repaint. The seats were reupolstered in wool, but they have worn through in the front. There is some foam under there, so I assume they were redone. The headliner and everything else is original, to my best detective work anyway. Under the hood, nothing has changed, although to my shegrin there are some pvc wires in there. At some point I'll have to break the bank and buy a roll of cloth wire and replace them. It has the mighty 239 Six, and a Carter WA-1. It's got the skirts, and on the rear it has what I belive are called wheel disk covers. -The large pontiac hub caps that cover the enitre rim. On the front are the regular hub caps. The car does NOT have a stainless trim strip down the middle of the doors and fenders, and I don't know if it should. I have driven the car about 2300 miles so far, and it now has about 55000 miles on it. All I've done so far, is change the fluids often, make minor adjustments, rebuilt the carb. I have also touched up the ends of the wiring with liquid electrial tape. I know that's not the best, but the cloth wire is so pretty, and much to my surprise, the wire is tinned full length. I did just buy a light up hood ornament on ebay for $25, though I have not put in a pitail and installed it yet. I assume I should wire it to the taillights so that it stays on for both the headlights and parklight positions. I also got a set of Portalwalls for christmas from my Dad, and will be putting them in once the weather warm up. I am looking for another intake manifold and exhaust manifold for the car, thoughI have not yet begun in ernest. I see there is an edmunds double duece for sale on ebay right now, although even if I could afford to buy that, I sure couldn't afford the the bolt carbs that it uses!! Plus, driving around at 50mph isn't exactly Bonneville. My car has a torque tube drive line. Is that a Canadian thing? I see in the shop manual I have that they show an open driveshaft. I am interested in the differences between the Canadian and American cars. That's about all I've got to say for now. A bit of a novel. Oh yeah, my horn ring is broken, I figure I'm as likely to find one of those as a pot of gold!