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  1. Where Ed and I differ is that I suggest methods that can be done at home without equipment more specialized than a DVOM, vacuum gauge, and compression gauge. If you have the more advanced equipment available to you, by all means use them.
  2. That's what the protocol described above will find out. We all *hope* it's electrical as that's much more easily fixed. However, having owned a number of flathead engines over many years, to me it *sounds* more like a exhaust valve that is either (1) sticking open or (2) burned and needs grinding. The idea is to rule out electrical with less than an hour's work. The compression test will show whether you have a sticky or burned valve. Some possibly good news: On two inline flathead engines I had, the first tour in the spring, after the car was essentially laid up over the wint
  3. Agreed! One would have to start an engine with each of eight plugs removed, one at a time, and then raise engine speed beyond idle to 1,000 rpm. A more useful Rule of Thumb is to multiply the compression ratio x 14.7 psig (at sea level) and use the product as a benchmark. For example, 6.5 c.r. x 14.7 psig = approx. 95 psi at cranking speed.
  4. I'd first isolate which cylinder is misfiring by grounding out one plug wire at a time. Then I'd ohm out that plug's wire. I'd also watch in the dark for arcing among the plug wires. Inspect the cap and rotor for cracking, burning, etc. Then I'd do a compression test. Always a good idea to drop pan and clean pan and oil pump fairly soon after acquisition.
  5. I question the vinyl interior as authentic, much less as original to the car. In college, many years ago, I owned a 1950 Pontiac Chieftain purchased new by my aunt and uncle. Despite being the base-trim model like this one, mine had a rather nice broadcloth interior similar to that found in the following 1951 (couldn't immediately find a 1950) brochure as "standard." I would welcome any proof that a plain, pleat-free vinyl interior was even optional. http://www.motorologist.com/wp-content/uploads/1951-Pontiac-line-brochure.pdf
  6. Says the young fellow (by comparison with most of us).....
  7. AACA didn't always have the 25-year-old acceptance rule, nor even pre-World War II. I still have my 1969 Judging Standards Handbook, all eight half-size pages of it, which allows for judging only vehicles through 1937 plus a couple of CCCA marques through 1941. Therein lies one of the problems: The umbrella organizations (AACA, VMCCA) plus the single-marque still-in-production clubs like Cadillac are inclusive and I like it that way. Nevertheless, those clubs have the difficult task of having their publications and activities accommodate 95 years of eligible production (that is
  8. @ply33you might want to look at Blockley tubes from the UK. On my 1934, the stem holes in the wheels were too large for the light truck 16" tubes, but a tire company that serves a lot of medium duty trucks had some black plastic adapters that solve the problem and are virtually invisible.
  9. Bedford Famous Coach is still available from Lucas in SoCal in some 17" sizes. I have their 17" and 18" tires on two Pierces and love them. The Bedfords have the diamond tread, pie crust outer sidewalls, and are hardy--surviving flats at 55 mph. Don't love the tubes they sell: after two failures on the bonded seams--at speed--I converted to 16" modern radial truck tubes, which work well on the drop center 17" wheels, and never a problem for over ten years.
  10. Bernie, and now you are one! As am I.....
  11. Grimy

    Why no jack?

    Me too... So I carry a bottle jack to lift the frame by the offending tire, a scissors jack to lift the axle, and two 15" squares of plywood to go underneath the jacks.
  12. Well, drat! Because at my age I'm not buying. Fortunately, I won't be selling any (I hope) for a few years. "Nickel sixes" does not include RHD cars (thru 1920) I trust....although they are down a bit. Get Sam to pop for a 66 or a 48 dual valve so you both can have some real fun!
  13. Contrary to what Ed claims (I seem say that a lot about rougher Pierces), a nice Series 80 deluxe 4-door sedan (vs. this as a "coach series," cheaper coach body style), an older resto but good touring condition in OR, sold on evilbay a couple of weeks ago for $21k and change. If this one runs decently, it might be worth $12-14 but I assume it is not running or the poster would have said so. Not running = Ed's $7k or so as a pig in a poke. In other news, the Series 80 deluxe sedan pile o'parts in Castro valley CA whose photos I posted a few weeks ago has been sold to the gent in A
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