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Jack Bennett

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  1. Thanks a bunch C Carl. The photos are wheels down on my iPad, but come up inverted when I post them. I’m supposing the edit function you use is on the forum page, and not the one on your iPad......so I’m going to try it now. I deleted the test photo because it came up upside down, and while I could change the aspect ratio, I could not find the rotate toggle. Jack
  2. Work is moving along on the 1923 Dodge Roadster, and the weather is great for getting out in my 1927 Willys Knight Coach. Jack
  3. Working with the woodwork, and mainly with the floorboards in my 1927 Willys was quite a task until I figured out a few things. Lowe’s, for example, does stock a good selection of slot head screws, but they are in the specialty projects cabinets, rather than in the hardware shelves. Also, Tractor Supply has a great assortment of odd ball hardware including a good source of slotted, and machine screws. But, if I were in the advice business, I’d suggest periodic, but regular, visits to the Habitat for Humanity Store in your neighborhood. I have bought a lot of brass screws, bolts, nuts and other
  4. I believe even making such a comment is insensitive to guys like me who are both caloric and gravitationally challenged. Political correctness ends when the well fed person tries to get into the drivers side door of my 1923 DB Roadster, and their source of politically correct offense hangs up on the door sill. They may say something like “Danged fat butt”..........
  5. Hi TerryB, , no morbidity involved here. The cemeteries are laid out as small communities. There are turns, there are hills, and there are straight level stretches. But what is lacking is that idiot that wants to do 70 in a 40 mph zone, and doesn’t appreciate the fact that your horses have left your carriage, and you only have two brakes. These cars are full of spirits, and a trip to the resting place of those who shared their youth may be a treat. Personally, I like the idea of being able to enjoy my car rather than being a contestant in a no prize demolition derby. And, even though my dog is
  6. Hi CCarl, It’s been several years since I last visited Ellensburg, and will probably be several more before I do it again. If you happen to be in the Tacoma, Lakewood area, and are traveling by RV look me up. I have a covered RV shelter, and, after I move my own motor home from it, you are welcome to use it for a few days. Maybe you could give me a few pointers regarding the way I can seduce this 23 Dodge Roadster to let me take her for a drive. Jack
  7. Hi TAKerry. I have been chairman for our local Masonic Cemetery here for many years. My Willys loves the slow, sedate and solemn drives through cemeteries. She also likes historical places where a lot of interesting spirits frequent. So, it’s only natural that I take her when I visit the cemetery. Jack
  8. I’m so sorry I interpreted “did” as a present tense, rather than past. I have lost so many friends and acquaintances during the past few years I can’t recall who has passed and who is still with us. I don’t recall Mike Larsen, as either a friend or acquaintance, but I have only been associated with the Willys crowd for little more than a year. I am sorry that you have lost a friend. Jack
  9. Hi Jack, I had to wait for a Sunday to have time to answer your many fine and appreciated points. Please understand that I look at this car as nothing other than a hobby, and a mental distraction from daily life. I say this at this point because what I may say regarding anyone involved in the cars history is not intended to be a negative reflection on them personally. Rather it is my only way of pointing out why the car may be having the problems it is today, and that is our topic of discussion only. This car, looking at the bottom of the car, from the rear forward, seems to have been pieceme
  10. Hi Mark, no I don’t. Ishe a local Willys guy, or just a member of WOKR? I’ve nearly finished up the village and it is my go to, tool around town old car.
  11. And just for kicks, this I my primary fun car which I use for daily drives and fulfill the neighbors need for old car photos. She is a 1927 Willys Knight Coach, 99% original, with the original Silent Knight Sleeve Valve engine.
  12. Hi Old Buick’s 2, thanks for your input, I do appreciate your help. The .006 plasti gauge measurement of the rod bearing clearance is an average. It came up slightly less with a horizontal and vertical plasti gauge measurement. I was trying to ascertain if excessive bearing tightness was the cause of the engine refusing to crank with the starter. The, fairly uniform, measurement of .006 let me know that I can expect the engine to turn fairly free without throwing a rod, or flattening a crank, if it does start. I have installed the 6 V cables normally used on a tractor, even though it is a 12 V
  13. Hi hidden_hunter, in this case, I must admit that a late response is only slightly better than no response at all. But, being a full-time retiree, I have a lot of goof off stuff which interferes with my productive use of time. If you’re familiar with the starter system of the 23 dodge, non-fast four, four-cylinder engine, it has no starter. This being the case, there is no Bendix or starter drive gear to engage or disengage the starter drive from the engine. Instead it has a combination starter/generator, which is chain driven by a dedicated gear at the front of the engine. It employs a switch
  14. Hi 29 tons, the car does have a 12 V, albeit, positive ground system. I invented the equivalent to the starter generator as a student in high school, and I abandoned the idea as being impractical. I sure wish Dodge Bros. had done the same on this particular model. I have installed a brand new battery, replaced all cables with new cables, disassembled, cleaned, and checked all switches. I have taken the heavy duty cabin battery out of my motorhome and tried it thinking it may be poor battery amperage. This was a lot of work, and established absolutely nothing. I am thoroughly convinced the only
  15. Hi Jan, I must begin by saying I do apologize for the length of time it took to respond to your kind offer of information. But, since both of us favor old cars, instead of new high speed machines, I must also believe you like things to move slowly too. I am at the point I believe that running this engine to operating temperature, and allowing each part to remember how the other works, is the only way I’ll ever get it working. I do believe the cylinders are tight in their bores, and I also know that all lubrication of this engine is provided by a drip/splash system as a result of oil pressure.
  16. Hi hwellens, the valve issue is a major concern in that the pistons, , the bore, the manifold, and the engine paint all speak of an engine rebuild. However, something as important to major operation, and as routine as it is to check as the valve train, just doesn’t make sense to have a bent valve installed. The valve itself is not bent at the stem as would be expected. Rather the head of the valve is tilted at an angle whereby, regardless of whether it rotates or not, it will not seal in the seat. There are no marks on the valve, or on the head to indicate that the valve has ever been struck d
  17. Hi C Carl, thankfully my mind is not as slow as my hand is at responding to much appreciated information regarding my problem. Thanks a lot for the specification data, it helps a lot. I did re-time the camshaft as it syncs to the crank. The book I use is more inclined to use pictures than it does to describe a situation. It appears that the timing gear mark on the crankshaft is hidden by the spoke on the starter generator drive gear, which means you can’t see it. So using the crankshaft keyways as a straight line, which also indicates the crankshaft gear on which the timing mark appears, I det
  18. Hi old tech, I finally have a chance to answer your very informative post, and have only to say I’m sorry it took so long. I have reconsidered what you just said about the valve springs, and you are correct. The camshaft has the same number of lobes, And there are the same number of valves, lifters and springs regardless of what the crankshaft timing is. My remark regarding valve timing was more related to compression being bled back into the exhaust and intake manifolds through the piston with out of sync intake or exhaust valves. I have removed the head again, drilled out and tapped the five
  19. Hi Mark, sorry it took so long to reply, but I am a very busy retiree and it takes a lot of my time looking for stuff to do. I have replaced the ground cable with the heavy 6 V cable, put on a new positive cable, it has a brand new battery, and a newly rebuilt starter generatorI bought from Roger dodger Hartley. I have checked the ignition switch contacts, and the starter switch contacts, and both are in excellent condition. I have disassembled the engine again, checked each valve individually, and rechecked the bores for any grooving or wear. They are in excellent condition, and should be fin
  20. Here in Washington state, the weather is finally getting good enough to allow me to take my 27 Willys out for a drive nearly every day. It likes the coastal highway, and cemetery lanes where we can just loaf along and listen to its sleeve valve engine purr.
  21. Some time ago the generator drive gear on the external shaft which drives the oil pump, distributer and generator on my 1927 Willys Knight A-70 coach failed. Without this gear the generator is no longer connected to the drive shaft, and no longer works. I queried the members of the WOKR forum and they put me in touch with Gene Potts, who agreed to fabricate, and sell one to me. The original gear is made of some sort of hard fiber, and destroys itself with age.I expected Gene to duplicate my destroyed fiber gear with another made from the same material. But, he didn’t! He exactly duplicated the
  22. To continue my earlier book length reply. Since I am relatively new to the hobby of antique car restoration, any information and assistance is greatly appreciated. And, the only mistake I can make so far as messing with this old Dodge, is just NOT doing it at all. That said, I have the “Book of Information, Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicles” for the 1923 Dodge Roadster as provided by the Dodge Bros. with a (mouse eaten) publication date in 1923. This book doesn’t use terms like torque and measurements. It says “tighten” the nut and “shorten” the shaft. However, Carl, if you have ever seen any auth
  23. Hi Bill. I had to do a double take there to make sure I was on the AACA page and not the WOKR page. It’s good to hear from you again, and I’m glad we were able to hook up on the subject of a old Dodge, rather than a old Willys. My Willys is as near to a daily driver as a 1927 vintage car can be, and it rests comfortably under one of my car ports quietly smiling as I bust my knuckles on the Dodge. Anyway, on this vintage Dodge the tube which serves as both the front motor support as well as a for the crank to align with its pins on the crankshaft, is bolted with three bolts through a trian
  24. Thanks for the reply Carl. I am in total agreement with you, and I expected to find someplace between .0010 and .0015, but that was not the case. I dropped the pan looking for either seized, spun bearings, but found neither. The bearings do have some shine, and they are not new inserts, but the wear is evenly across the bearing, and there is no sign of burning. I did not drop the mains because to lower bores, piston pins and cam looks good. I am disappointed because as you said earlier, Rebuilt????. We used to call it “Repaint” because some folks consider a oil change, and this time with a new
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