durhamkurt

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About durhamkurt

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  1. I need a lot of help I inherited a 41 continental when my uncle died It has not run in five years. I replaced the Battery and all cables and new solenoid switch the engine still turns over slow. It will not start I removed the top half of the carb cleaned ot the float chamber and unstuck the float valve and now have that working When I 'pump' the gas linkage I see fuel spraying into the carb I have 'Juice" to the coils but right now no spark I started to take the clip off of what I thought must contain the dist cab (down by the water pumps on each side) but I did not want to pry It did not come off just wobbled a little bit How do I check and clean the points It is a 6volt positive ground system thanks
  2. <TABLE style="TABLE-LAYOUT: fixed" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" align=center height="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=bottom width=140 align=left></TD><TD style="WHITE-SPACE: nowrap; OVERFLOW: hidden" vAlign=top><TABLE style="WHITE-SPACE: normal" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD height=30></TD></TR><TR><TD> I inherited a 39 special from my father when he passed. He had rebuilt the whole car and drove it frequently before he died. The car sat for about 4 years however with a little elbow grease it started and ran fine. I'd take it out for our local memorial day parades and drive it every so often on nice days. He is the problem last year the car overheated during a parade. I stopped ,let it cool down filled it back up with 50/50 water and anti freeze to bring it back home. it overheated again.. I thought maybe I blew the headgasket so I replaced it. Now, The car will run fine all day long at an idle and not over heat if you drive it or keep it at a high idle 1200 rpm the temp gage goes to 220 and the radiator starts to push out steam and water out of the overflow. If I leave it at this speed it will overheat and puke every thing out of the radiator. I have taken the nose off and I put a radiator from a 40 in a frame secured it and ran the motor same result. I have replaced the following new water pump thermostat and checked out the lower hose to make sure it wasn't collasping I have a digital infra red thermometer and when I check the block it stays consistant at 185/ 190 degrees the radiator stays at 160/170 at the bottom and goes up to 190/210 at the top the car has a bypass hose about 18' long in place of the heater core lines I remember my dad telling me that these cars had an overheating problem due to the grill design However now I have the nose off I can feel the air passing thru the front of the radiator still it overheats any thoughts on what I should try next? It seems the radiator gets hotter then the motor it seems like it comes in in spurts when it starts to run hot kind of puffin out the overfloe tube I will change the water pump again flush ou tthe radiator and block again I will put in a new thermostat and new radiator cap I do not see any white smoke coming out of the exhaust or out of the crankcase breather tube any thoughts on what the heck I am missing? any special tricks? any where I can turn to/for help thank you Kurt Bober 294 haddam qtr rd durham,ct.06422 kurt.bober@yahoo.com </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>