Lonnie Franklin

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  1. Tom, Here are some pictures as requested. There are less and less young people that have an interest in cars now but to see how involved the auto shop students with the Dodge gives me hope that our hobby will survive. In October of each year the technology group, CTE, has an open house to introduce students and their parents to Autos, Engineering, CAD, Energy and Carpentry. Along with the open house the Auto Shop instructor Ron Weston has the class put on a small car show and the students bring in antique cars, performance cars and racecars to display. Some of the students have been working on these vehicles with their fathers since there were young, it’s great to see! The Hartland autos program consist of grades 9-12 and is ASE certified in maintenance and light repair and is taught by Ron Weston. There are three class levels Basic Auto, 1st year Maintenance and Light Repair and 2nd year Maintenance and Light Repair. All eight vehicle systems are covered. They have two other project cars, a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda drag car which is complete and a 1983 Buick Regal which will be transformed into a drag car. Lonnie
  2. Jon,, Spinneyhill, Jack and David, It looks like we got it, the Dodge will now start when the engine is hot and it runs very well. We test drove it again yesterday and started it many times after it was up to temperature. The students (one who is very good and rebuilds antique motorcycle) went through all the adjustments again, valves, timing and carb etc. and now the Dodge is running fine, ( knock on wood). The students have really enjoyed working on it me included. Now we will be getting it ready to put in our town's Memorial Day Parade at the end of May. Thank you for all your help! Lonnie
  3. Carbking, I will give that a try and let you know. Thanks for the help.
  4. Jack and Spinneyhill thanks for the reply. We used a spark plug tester but I can't say I like the intensity of the spark, I will check that again. We did repair the original vacuum tank but do have a low pressure fuel pump that helps feed the vacuum tank from the fuel tank.
  5. A local family donated a 1925 Dodge Business coupe to our high school and I along with several students have begun working on it. We have solved the fuel starvation problem with the vacuum tank but have run into another problem. The Dodge starts and runs fine even when the engine is up to temperature, but if the engine is shut off or stalled it will not start until it cools down again. We do have fuel and spark but the engine will not even begin to start, we have changed the coil with no success. We are going to adjust the valves on Monday. Any ideas?
  6. A local family donated a 1925 Dodge Business coupe to our high school and I along with several students have begun working on it. I have rebuilt many carburetors in my time but none like the Stewart so we are looking for some help and advice. We have rebuilt the carburetor and started the engine but it will only run if we fill the float bowl manually. The previous owner had mounted an electric fuel pump before the vacuum chamber so we know the chamber is getting fuel. We pulled the top off of the float bowel, filled it with fuel and started the engine. The fuel will not fill the float bowl until the engine is shut off and then a stream of fuel will come up through the needle valve hole for a second or two then stop. This is where we are stumped, why is the fuel not flowing to the bowl while the engine is running? We did check to see if there was vacuum coming from the engine to the vacuum chamber and there is some but not very much, is this normal? Any help would be appreciated.