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About Kestrel

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  1. Thanks old-tank. The shoes were professional re-lined and drums turned by a reputable shop that specializes in brake and suspension systems. I'll keep it adjusted to just where no drag exists and then go for some test drives.
  2. I have approx 200 miles on a new set of brake shoes and wanted to re-check all wheels for proper adjustment. I noticed it pulled to the right somewhat so I figured it's a good time to check especially the left front one. Tire pressure is even, alignment good. The shop manual says, after expanding each adjustment screw to create drag on each wheel, to "back off adjusting screw at each wheel 15 notches." . Well, I get them free of drag at about 6 notches. Question: Why the additional 9 notches (stars on the nut I assume) ? Wouldn't that result in unnecessary pedal travel ? Did the engineers know something I don't ? Maybe it allows for expansion under hot conditions. Just curious if anyone has an answer or what others do. Thanks guys !
  3. Good information. I'll give it a try. I'd hate to discover a leak after all the bearing work and new brake shoes.
  4. Thanks Roadmaster_56. I replaced both rear wheel bearings , inside and out last year. The brakes were wet but I suspected it was from escaping differential gear oil caused by worn axle seals. Didn't know about the spline shaft seal, but all is dry now, no issues after a few hundred miles. Question: If the spline seal was leaking as well , wouldn't ATF fluid or a mix thereof, come pouring out the differential fill plug when removed ? I haven't checked it since the replacing the gear oil last year. Also, at what position did you install your " inspection tube" ? Bottom, or side of tube ? Thanks again !
  5. Just curious here. How did you first notice the rear was filling up with tranny fluid ? Leakage around the differential cover, fluid oozing out rear axles onto drums ? Or just low reading on the dip stick. I was thinking of tapping in a short 3/8" pipe in the end of the torque tube to intermittently check for fluid passing the spline shaft as other owners here have suggested. Thank you !
  6. Neil, Did you look for any access holes in the frame's cross members ? My '51 Super straight 8 has 4 holes in the forward cross members, 2 per side, to allow access to the 4 forward pan bolts. I used a socket and extension like Daves1940 Buick5 described above. You can't see the bolts but can feel the socket grab 'em.
  7. Before you start pulling the tranny, did you check to see if either of the 2 torque converter drain plugs are loose ? Remove the bell housing cover and you'll see them, 180 degrees apart. Maybe that's the leak source, if you're lucky.
  8. A day after my above post, I miraculously found a never used Trico pump, bottle, and bracket from an Ebay seller in Wisconsin. Could someone describe or post a photo of their manifold vacuum hose connecting the Trico motor and the pump's vacuum hose ? The shop manual has a blurry diagram but shows a Y shaped splitter somewhere close to the Trico motor. Probably a 1/4" x 1/4" x 3/16". My original connection is long gone. Thanks all !
  9. Yes, I replaced the original cap with a 7 lb pressure cap (Napa $7.00) designed for closed systems. The tank has an overflow outlet at its top that I ran straight down with a 90 degree elbow to the bottom of the radiator. There's a site tube on the right side. Tank was only $33.00, found on Amazon.
  10. I just finished the install of my recovery tank (aluminum) and filled up the radiator. Now I just need a test drive to see how it flows back and forth as indicated through the site glass. The capacity is only 1 liter so I hope it's enough. Either way, it fit snuggly and unobtrusively out of the way. If anyone is interested, I can provide info on the tank source, etc. My original overflow tube turned out to be badly clogged and rusted and snapped off just below where my new hose attaches.
  11. The turn signals in my '51 did the same thing. The outside lights blinked normally but the interior dash green indicator arrows flashed once, then nothing. I replaced the old thermal flasher unit (at top of photo) with an improved electronic flasher (on bottom) from Y an Zs.. Works perfect now, inside and out.
  12. Yep, probably not worth much more time and effort and no working eBay units I've seen, plus no rebuild kits available for this type I've learned. Like 55er said, use for display only. Could always fill with whiskey for emergencies 😋
  13. I guess I answered my own question. Prying it apart was worse than trying to open a fresh oyster. Can't believe the amount of rust inside. It's almost like some psycho dumped in a pound of rust, then sealed it up. Surprisingly, the rubber diaphragm is still intact, but the spring, bracket, and rest is beyond salvation. Time to find another working unit....somewhere.
  14. Has anyone ever tried to disassemble one of these pumps ? I suspect mine is not working and would like to know how it can be opened up and repaired. I see Cars.Inc sells rebuild kits. I can't test it easily since most of the vacuum and washer fluid lines are deteriorated & need replacing, as well as the lid and jar. Thanks guys.
  15. If working alone a lift is nice and keeps it steady when the final bolts are removed. 2nd on the Rem Flex gaskets.