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John Chapman

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  1. Hobart II? Adam, Rob is correct. The French locks keep the nuts from working loose during thermal expansion cycles and engine vibrations (harmonics). If you check the manifold nut torque it's probably pretty low... on the order of 8-15 F/P. That's just enough to clamp the parts together, but not enough to put sufficient stress tension on the nut to keep it from working loose. If you tighten down enough to prevent the nut working off during operation (60-75 F/P) the manifold ears will likely be the first to fail during thermal expansion (cast iron is weaker than carbon steel), creating a wh
  2. SOLD! Core Quality. Appears complete and sound. Has been stored for 20 years. Carter AFB # 4344S L6 This is a CA-only AFB for the 340. Estimate that has a 450CFM rating. BCA Price $30 + shipping PayPal (VS/MC/Disc/Amex/Debit) PM or email
  3. Slightly faded... NO appreciable pitting. Needs accent paint renewed. Both "ears" intact! No cracks! A very nice piece. Special BCA Pricing: $95 (Includes shipping and insurance) PM or Email PayPal (Visa, MC, Direct Debit)
  4. I sold the '65 Skylark! Selling the accumulated parts. Left and Right Tail Light Assemblies for 1965 Skylark. These were rescued from a desert car and are pristine! NO pitting on lamps or accent bars. NO cracks in metal Will need gaskets replaced and accents repainted. Lenses are the best of three sets. End pieces have some very minor stress cracks. All lenses were buffed and are clear. Includes corner reflectors. You'll be hard pressed to find a nicer set! Special BCA Price: $300.00 Plus shipping. Estimate 20# from 92101 PM or email me. I take PayPal (Visa, MC, Bank Debit)
  5. I have a pristine '65 Skylark NOS hood ornament. Never on a car. A re you still looking?
  6. Smartin, I've not chimed in from San Diego for a while, although I do keep tabs on your magnificent project from time to time. For what it's worth... free advice... If you have the opportunity to replace the wiring with new, I'd strongly encourage you to consider that option. Here's why: Plastic wiring is water proof... but it is porous and over the decades, becomes hard and brittle, and more porous. Herein lies the problem, because moisture does get to the copper conductor and it corrodes it over time. Ever notice that really old wire is tarnished when you do strip it? Braided or twisted
  7. Adam, nice work you've done... I could probably scare up another Centurion out here... I happen to know where a red '72? convertible is wasting away in a driveway... Probably needs a new top... Cheers, JMC/San Diego
  8. Lord Lucas... Inventor of the short circuit.
  9. Joe, Thanks for the refresher. The TBI setup I'm investigating offers a control module for the VSS on the 200R4. The 700R4 gearing: 3.06, 1.63, 1.00, 0.70... big step between 1 & 2. The 200R4 gearing: 2.74, 1.57, 1.00, 0.67... much more civil, methinks... Cheers, JMC
  10. NTX... Thanks for the insights. Maybe a new small Edlebrock and a mild cam/lifter set (like a Crower Level 1) is the way to go... Just need to take the 4bbl manifold to the machine shop for a good cleaning as a start. Cheers, JMC
  11. Joe, Thanks for the insights on relative cost. I'd love to have time to scrounge and pull a system together... it's an issue of time I don't have. So, if I want it done before I'm too old to enjoy it, I'm gonna have to pay for some help. I never can seem to reach a happy confluence of enough time/money/opportunity... one or more are always out of spec. Cheers, JMC
  12. Joe, Thanks for the update on the Edlebrock carb... I went looking and found that you're correct... about $300. The TBI I've been looking at is at: Affordable Fuel Injection - Latest News They seem to address the issues you mentioned. I'm waiting to see what they can do with the 300/4bbl. I'm hoping to put together a car that can do around 20MPG at cruise. Interesting that there are that many four bbl intakes on eBay. You can go a long time without them showing up. Kinda like '65 Skylark tail light assemblies, especially NOS left side... Cheers, JMC
  13. NTX, Something I'm exploring is a TBI setup. I've got the correct AFB, but it needs a complete rebuild and it is beyond my time/talent quotent. Local shops quote around $600 for rebuild/electric choke. The TBI conversion including electronic ignition looks to be about $1200 and would offer greatly improved fuel economy/driveability AND allow for electronic control of the planned 200R4. Look for more as my investigation progresses. Cheers, JMC
  14. Need... if you'll search the forums for "300" you'll find a lot of info... Here's a couple of places to start: http://forums.aaca.org/f118/64-300-4-vs-300-2-a-151698.html http://forums.aaca.org/f118/intakes-300-65-skylark-151724.html Also: Small Block Short summation: Headers: You might find an old set of Hedman's that were sold by now-defunct Poston's Enterprises, otherwise you'll be custom fabricating them as none are in production. Here's the good side: Factory headers flow pretty well... Manifold: 1964 used aluminum heads/manifolds, a one year only configuration. Four bbl manifolds
  15. West, Thanks for posting the photos and story. In early 1992, while I was assigned to a squadron at NAS North Island (San Diego), about a half dozen B-25s were chosen to re-enact the Doolittle Raid launch from the USS Ranger (CV-61). The crews practiced carrier deck takeoff techniques from the approach end of runway 29 at North Island for about a week. The day they arrived, they flew over the field at about 250 feet and the wonderful ruckus of all those big radial engines cleared the hangars of those who remembered that sound. We were all on the ramp gawking like kids. The size of that
  16. 1. Absolutely not! 2. That 'early repayment' is only $4.2B remaining onthe $6.7B note and ignores the remaining loan balance. GM is depending on an IPO to pay back about $46B. The success of an IPO will be dependent on the rapidly deteriorating global economic condition. 3. There is a subtle difference between 'blinded by ideology' and seeing things as they are, but that's your call, R. Now, back to our regularly scheduled program... JMC
  17. Don't forget the plastic Jesus for the dash... Sun-faded umbrella for the package shelf... A suicide knob for the steering wheel... The garter from the prom for the rear view mirror... HS graduation tassles to augment the garter... Rifle rack for the rear window.... (never mind... that's for pickups...) Pine tree air freshener...
  18. At 80 and partial to GM, the Malibu or the LaCrosse CX would be the quick sell. If you can get Granny to think out of the box, I'd avoid GM (government motors) for a lot of reasons, not the least of which there are companies out there that do a better job and don't suck up your tax dollars doing it. I drive a lot of these cars for a week or two at a time, courtesy of Avis, so I've got a pretty good perspective on who's doing what. Here's my recommendation set in order of preference: #1 Nissan Altima Hybrid. Just came back from a 12 day road trip with one. An honest 34mpg. Quiet, powerful,
  19. Uhhh.... lemme see... the climate is changing. Yep. Weather has been changing for... oh, 1.5 million years or so, right? 1. The ballyhoo of global warming has yet to explain why we've been cooling off for over a decade. 2. The IPCC's vaunted 2500 scientists is really <50 who have read the IPCC annual reports and <10 who have actually signed off on it. My numbers are generous. I'd invite your attention to the front matter of the annual IPCC reports available for scutiny from the UN. 3. The lies, the lies, the lies. The pranksters at CRU have been outed. If you begin with an agend
  20. Dave, A predictably toned response from you. Recent relevations about the veracity of the AGP community aside, I doubt that 99.99% of the world's scientists are liars. I just think that the ones that support conclusions based on massaged data that are then foisted upon us by failed politicians for personal gain are suspect. With good reason and regardless of news source. Now, that said, I think we did say the same thing: conservation from both reduction of consumption and efficiency are the answer. A coherent national energy policy could bring to bear the natural and intellectual resources
  21. Well, as long as the hijack has taken place... relax and enjoy. As for the 'tax by mile' discussion, it's pretty easy to set it up. Progressive Insurance has already developed a module that will extract driven miles information from OBD II systems (most all passenger cars >1996) in order to offer MyRate (currently available in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, New Jersey and Oregon). Cars without OBD II could be easily required to have an annual mileage certification. No GPS required. If (and that's a big word here) all, or most, road tax was transitioned to
  22. Adam, Great progress! This would appear to be a project with a difficulty level approaching that of the scissor top on the Wildcat... I'm curious if you anticipate problems with body flex given that the 'C' pillars are so 'dainty' on the 4DHT and it appears you are spanning about 8-9 feet of body between the supports. Or, is it so rigid that you don't foresee a problem keeping everything true? Cheers, John San Diego
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