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Terry Harper

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  1. You must be a very patient teacher or it took some whacks with the ruler - he did well... no sideways and no thumb (LOL)
  2. As Ed said and I am sure your planning to do anyway (I tend to like lists): 1. Pull the pan and pressure pot the system to verify if there are any leaks AND proper flow (i.e. nothing is stopped-up) 2. Have the pump checked and rebuilt (not just a cleaning as JV pointed out) 2. While your at it check the mains and rods bearings for damage 3. Since your into it this far might as well verify and double verify valve timing 4. With the pump being rebuilt send the carb out too. As disheartening as all this sounds you are so close! This car has the potential to be a real gem. But as Ed has pointed out countless times taking the time to sort it right can is very frustrating and sorts out the true mechanic from the wannabe tractor mechanic. All I can say is keep going Matt - its like Mohammad Ali pulling the rope-a-dope - you take it in the face time after time then you clock em when they least expect it - raise your gloves in the air and or in this case slide behind the wheel - and enjoy the victory.
  3. Love it! Sounds so smooth! Ed provides excellent example of what a co-pilot should do. Calling the lights, the corners..... excellent! Phil drove it like a pro. Thank you for sharing!
  4. Whole different look with the new wheel color. Love it!
  5. We don't have big trees up here in Maine but logging is still a big part of the economy and culture. From a recent trip to the Northwoods... I think this is the fastest I have ever ridden in a truck going in reverse. Up here the roads are private but have public access. The trucks ALWAYS have the right-of-way. Many never run on public roads so extra wide bunks and double trailers are not uncommon.
  6. Reminds me of a story my Dad use to tell of a great uncle who owned a 1930's Chrysler (no idea what model or exact year) Anyway, he worked at a chrome plating facility. He ran everything he possibly could through the process. I have often wondered if that car survived and what head scratching might have occurred.
  7. Matt, before you drill holes etc. that were not required at the factory go through the basics. Again, back to basics: Dyke's Automotive Encyclopedia Engine overheating indicated by boiling over: 5. pump not working Are you sure the pump is actually pumping? I assume a key or pin secures the rotor to the shaft? What if this was inadvertently left out or sheared? Stranger things have happened. On the bench a light interference fit would make it appear as if the rotor was secure to the shaft when spun by hand. However, with the additional resistance imparted by the coolant that might not be the case. Sounds improbable but than again how many of us (after bashing our heads for hours) have said - without checking if it where true or not... "... but it has gas!" Looking at the diagram Could it be the Oil temp. regulator is restricting the flow? I know your frustration. I have a recalcitrant engine that I have been struggling with for months. Working through its issues has taken a lot of time and caused endless frustration. Its a war of wits and patience. Its like playing Whack-a-mole. However, do the basic's first than move to the outer fringe. Check one possibility at a time than test. Think of it as if your job is to find WHAT ISN'T the problem as opposed to what is. We are all pulling for you and I am sure many of the folks on here, if possible, would gladly be there, in person to help you.
  8. Very nice! Understated, dignified. I like it! The blackwalls make a big difference as well. A Packard should never scream "Look at me!" especially dating from the harsh financial realities of the 1930's.
  9. Going back to Dykes Automotive Encyclopedia Engine overheating indicated by boiling over: 10. Exhaust is "throttled" too much Take the muffler off and see if that helps with the exhaust temp issue. Eliminate each possibility one at a time even if it doesn't seem probable or likely.
  10. Back to basics: Dyke's Automotive Encyclopedia Engine overheating indicated by boiling over: 1. Ignition too retarded (late) 2. want of water 3. circulation defective 4. fan not working 5. pump not working 6. radiator choked up 7. steam lock in pipes 8. mixture too rich. (note that too rich = hot... an engine running hot because it's lean is an old wives tale) 9. Using too much gas 10. Exhaust is "throttled" too much 11. Valve timing is incorrect 12. Muffler choked up Crankcase very hot: Rings worn or broken Cracked in head of piston Grudgeon-pin loose in piston causing gas to escape along bearing
  11. Try unloading 8 tons with little to no brakes. Thankfully... a big parking lot.
  12. Wow Jim, I wish I had known a fellow AACA forum member was there! I would have made sure to give you and your daughter the first class tour! My daughter and I spent most of the day running the steamer and the gas Lombards. Its an amazing crew to work with and we met a lot of very nice people. Our next major event will be "Living History Days" the first weekend in October. Best regards, Terry
  13. Ran the beast for the first time in nearly two years. Visiting with wonderful friends and playing with old iron.... a very good day.
  14. Bob, It looks fantastic! I completely understand. For me I have always wanted to build an airplane.... I am not a pilot and have little desire to be one but... its the building part that interests me. (LOL) I hope the FWD finds an excellent home and I can't wait to see what your next project is. Well done! Best regards, Terry
  15. George, That is really neat! You always seem to find the most interesting stuff! I hope it finds a very good home.
  16. Most excellent Joe! Thats one more worrisome project checked off! Must feel good!
  17. I like it. its certainly charming in its own way and a refreshing break from the rank and file R.R.'s of the period. Those, even though many indeed have stunning coachwork, I find a bit boring after awhile. I hate to say it but I sort of feel the same way about Duesenberg's. While I certainly appreciate wonderful coachwork and design its refreshing to see the rare, odd or ugly ducklings that have survived. Whether a RR or Duesenberg - those odd ducklings might not win at Pebble Beach or Amelia Island or fetch top dollar but they are certainly interesting and hold my attention. I can't really put my finger on why I feel that way. Maybe its the thought (or assumption) that because they were less attractive and desirable they may have avoided over restoration or modification and simply seem more honest. To the current custodian... thank you for preserving such a wonderful piece of history. I love it! It's unique, charming and interesting. Any photos of how it appears today?
  18. Thanks! Best regards, Terry
  19. Agree on the color! Looking at the photos... in the original it appears there is fairly wide pinstriping outlining the dark accent on the cowl, hood and top of the doors? It could be my old eyes but I don't see it in the color photos. Will you be adding the striping too? Very, very awesome car!
  20. Today's project in addition to harvesting the garlic and moving the rock garden, was cutting out a gasket for the Oil Filler Body on the big T-head Wisconsin. I am fortunate to have all sorts of CAD software on hand as well as a CNC Laser cutter. Otherwise, as in days past, I would have tapped it out with a ballpeen hammer. As usual I made a spare gasket as well. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to acquire a partial set of factory drawings. (approx. 60 sheets) These have been an amazing help! Back many years ago a former Wisconsin Motor Manufacturing employee had acquired and copied the drawings from microfilm. Unfortunately he is now long gone and the microfilm has apparently vanished. Here is a drawing for the Oil Filler body. And another for the "Water Pump Rotor" It dates from 1925 with an update in June of 1926 and applies to the model M, P & PT series. Its amazing how long Wisconsin continued to produce T-head style motors.
  21. My Dad always told the story of the Parker Boy's. During and right after the war getting a new farm truck was nearly impossible. Well, old man Parker who was a successful potato farmer managed to get a new 1946 International KB5 1-1/2 ton. He was so proud of that truck. One day the boys rolled it over or had some sort of mishap and did a number on the cab. When the mechanic talked about how he could straighten it out etc. Mr. Parker in his anger pointed to the top of the cowl and said "Cut the son of B%# off right here!" So the mechanic obliged - torching the remains of the windshield and roof off at the top of the cowl. All that winter (and winters are long and severe up here in Aroostook County) it was a daily event to see the Parker boys, wrapped up in horse blankets and huddled together in that open cab, driving that truck to school each day with the old man following behind in his Cadillac to make sure they enjoyed every second of the trip.
  22. And that is why I have never written the book I am always encouraged to write - I simply don't feel I know enough yet. Stuff still keeps coming to light and I really enjoy the research and learning process. Joe, great insight on the tapered bolts! An excellent example of acting on a hunch that something isn't quite right and proving for yourself if it's true or not.
  23. Walt, So true! I have lost count of requests for "everything you have" Really? I spent time, money and treasure amassing those documents photos etc. Ask me a specific question or questions and I will be more than happy to answer it and provide references (primary source - not secondary or third) but hand over everything... no. Then there is the tendency today to simply reference the last published article, paper etc. on the whatever the subject maybe rather than seeking out primary source material to verify the "facts" so instead we get "facts" that are nothing more than folklore morphed into hard "facts" simply by repeating it often enough. Then there are the "authors" who I provide referenced information to who replace it with folklore because that's what everyone believes so the corporate documents, photos, first person accounts etc. I referenced must be wrong. Awhile back I actually provided corrections (17 specific factual errors) to a state agency website in regards to some historical information. Again, with proper reference to primary source material. They never made the corrections but still demanded that I turn over "everything you have". No.... my motivation was that at least one book and a number or articles had cited the website and simply repeated the errors with no concern if the information was correct or otherwise.
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