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  1. Sorry I should have posted a picture of the tank itself so attached is a picture before I took it off, although the angle is not right you can see the vent tube sticking up behind the fitting in question. It has a separate vent fitting in addition to the fuel inlet and vacuum connection in the lid with eight screw holes. I don't see anything like it in any literature I've seen so I don't know, plus the hole is cone shaped so it's not like anything goes into it. I'm just going to replace it with a normal elbow. Thanks all.


  2. Hi John, actually the tube above the hole had a hose attached to it that went up the window channel to, I assume, a wiper motor that is not even there. I'm probably not going to put one on either as I have no plans to drive the car in the rain. I'm going to get an elbow fitting that has the two proper pipe threads to screw into the tank lid and connect to the manifold vacuum tube and not put this fitting back in. I was just curious why this fitting was in the vacuum tank. Thanks.

  3. Yes old car fan, it is for my Essex. The car was running like this, I've only drove it a couple times since I got it and only for 5-10 minutes before I parked it and started to get it good driveable condition. I don't know how it pulled gas to the vacuum tank. I'm thinking it only ran on what was already in there. Maybe something is missing on the fitting?

  4. Thanks oldford. Yes the bolts are peened over as you say, the first time I saw the inside of the drum I thought it was riveted on. After I back the nuts off it does look like a good idea to drive the bolts out through the front of the hub. I wondered what held the spokes in but I guess as long as your just removing the drum and not separating the spokes and hub all should go well. I'll be doing it soon thanks.

  5. I would like to get the brake drums turned on our '30 Essex and it appears the wood spokes are held against the hub by the drum bolted to the hub. Will the spokes come loose if the bolts are removed and the drum is lifted off? Is there anything to know when getting the brakes redone on these cars? Thanks.

  6. Steve, does this help any?

    Howard Dennis

    Sure does Howard. For a spare I got a new rim from Universal Tire but it doesn't have a rotating latch like the ones above. The latch on it is just a piece of metal with a hole in it that bolts to the other end of the rim. So I got one of those rim spreaders to use when I mount the new tire on it. Haven't done it yet as I haven't painted the rim. Thanks for the information. I guess I'll give it a try.

  7. Changed tire, tube and flap on my first rim today using the tire tool and some tire irons. Thanks keiser31. All went well. Hope to be better after I've done all five. Appreciate all the input from the forum members.

  8. Obviously the mixture is very lean. The vacuum leak noted by others is one likely cause. The other likely cause is a carb/fuel issue, either due to plugged idle jets or low float level/low fuel pressure.

    Thanks Joe. I've had the carb apart recently, cleaned and put new gaskets and foam float but I'll be looking over that too.

  9. In this engine the heat riser serves as the intake as the carb is bolted to it and it bolts to the block. Is that to what you're referring to? That's where I suspect the leak but may not get to check it out for a bit.

  10. Hey keiser31, if the attached picture looks like your rims when latched then I'm glad you saw this thread. That looks like the tool I need. What is the name of the tool so I'll know what to look for? I'm learning here as this is my first antique car and I just got in April. Thanks.


  11. John my hope is to find someone locally here in the Lehigh Valley PA area to do the mounting of my new tires for me. Getting the rim spreader and then actually having to use it is my last resort. I've read through some of the previous posts about these rim spreaders and it appears there is a nack to it. Lots of warnings, and some talk of other ways to change tires on demountable rims. But I wish there was a video somewhere. Any way appreciate your warning and I really don't want to do it myself unless i have to.

  12. I see a couple of rim spreaders on ebay and am wondering if these are pretty much universal, that is can any be used on any size demountable rim. I have 19" rims on my 30 Essex and am in need of one. Steve

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