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  1. 10 hours ago, Restorer32 said:

    What's the point? Can't drive them? 


    Why not drive a replica? I was fortunate to go for a ride in the real film car two years ago at the "Cars of Hollywood" display at a major concours. It's the coolest post war car in the world. The car that sold recently is NOT the main  movie car. The main car that was driven in the movie is an easy eight figure car.


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  2. Electric fuel pumps often push fuel past the float, flooding the engine, causing a much too rich mixture, washes oil down off the cylinders, increases the KV's load on the coil...............also, incorrectly installed electric fuel pumps can overheat, causing pressure and volume loss. I have made my living for twenty five years fixing things that others could not, or would not. You need a baseline to start with. After working on tens of thousands of cars......you get good at it. 

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  3. Ingredients like heptane, alcohol, oxygenation agents, injector cleaners, smog reduction agents, are just a few things. Volume, specific gravity, boiling point, suspension products.........hell even the molecular structure of the carbon binding from a chain to a ring are all different now..........Heat and energy content are also lower. Fuel is made to be in a CLOSED system, without the ability to vent to the air. When modern fuel is exposed to oxygen it immediately begins to degrade. Pour a few ounces of “gas” on a cement pad and let it evaporate........it leaves a stain. Get it on your skin, and it burns like hell. And obviously it smells much different. There are lots of tricks to make your car run better, eliminate vapor lock, and start easier hot or cold.......but it all takes time and money. 

  4. Throw parts at it, rebuild the carburetor  for the third time. Do the same thing someone else did on their semi similar car twenty years ago. It’s all ridiculous. Use a proper diagnostic routine, using a process of elimination, to determine what the problem is. It can only be three things. Yes, it’s that simple.It’s either mechanical related to the engine, fuel related to the ENTIRE system, or ignition related to the entire system. You need to figure out what the problem is, and then service the entire system, not try and spot fix what you think is the issue. Most often, cars have multiple issues. There are no short cuts, tune up in a can won’t make it run. Take your time. Fix it right. Fix everything you find that isn’t as good as new. “Good enough” is just an excuse to save money and time. Make the effort. Old cars are great.......but they do take time and money.......two things that everyone is short on today. Good luck.

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  5. 15 minutes ago, alsancle said:

    Hopefully this is not shocking to anyone,  but eventually everybody will have had the virus.    The reason we committed economic suicide was to prevent the hospitals form being overrun.  



    100 percent correct............and, five years from now with hindsight, the analysis will probably be that we should have only locked down a handful of counties and maybe an entire state or two. The trick is knowing when to blink.........with real data, which has been very difficult to come across until 90 days after the fact. CDC numbers say 0.004 percent death rate........which means as long as the medical system is working, go about you life. As bad and lousy as this whole thing has been........if the next one is really dangerous with a real 5-7 percent death rate, many people are going to ignore the initial lock down...........the boy who cried wolf now applies for the next 50 years. 

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  6. This car should not be run on an electric fuel pump. That said, I would bypass the entire fuel system safely, and provide a gravity feed fuel supply to the car while it’s stationary, and run the engine at 1/3 throttle for fifteen or twenty minutes. It will tell you if you have a fuel supply issue, overheating issue, or most likely an ignition issue. It should be very easy to diagnose. Do NOT guess. Diagnostic skills are what you need to apply, not conjecture or guesswork.


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  7. I understand why people over 60, and ones with additional health issues would want to use caution this year. 


    Question...........since I have been attending since I was five in 1971............



    Is one  really living if one is a prisoner in his own home? Calculated risk is reasonable, and perfectly fine and acceptable if one understands the true risks.........and not the hype. Only each individual person can make a determination. If at all possible, I will attend. How many more Hershey’s do I have? I would like to think another twenty five, and maybe more........one never knows....if I can’t enjoy my hobby, I can’t enjoy my life. The Covid 19 could possibly take my life.(0.004 percent chance, it’s more dangerous to drive to the fall meet than to worry about getting sick and dying).....It will NOT take my freedom.

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  8. Bloo- a five gas analyzer is a must.........as is a chassis dyne. After twenty five years of tuning pre war carbs for E-10, we can usually get very close to where we want to be based on engine type, displacement, and a few other factors all before we begin testing with the equipment. I set up ALL my car on the rich side. Too many people run cars too hard and melt valves and burn pistons if you run it on the lean side. Most....95% .."....never drive more than token mileage today on pre war stuff. 

  9. 26 minutes ago, alsancle said:


     I get my stuff towed by being buddies with guys that have really great rigs,   including the worlds longest bumper tow.   And when he can't do it I use Intercity.  



    AJ is a great guy, and I’m always happy to haul his car for no charge. As long as he lets me keep it to use and abuse like it’s my own. To be fair, he usually buys me a McDonalds happy meal...............Or a five course dinner at a “top chef” type restaurant when we meet up at the shows and tours. It’s fun to watch him whip out the plastic at dinner when the tab is about the same as a monthly restoration bill for a nice CCCA car.


    Every time the check comes, I hear Dee Schneider singing “Stay Hungry” from back in my high school days.




  10. 18 minutes ago, Bloo said:

    There is nothing, I repeat nothing, more reliable and better than a mechanical fuel pump, metal lines, and a sock filter in the tank... IF you can get it to work.


    I have been down the electric fuel pump avenue in just about every way possible, and I now avoid it like the plague.


    IF you are going to do it, the best setup I know of is the one often advocated here that has a switch and is only used for priming.


    I won't comment on other early systems like pressurized fuel tanks, vacuum tanks, etc.... except to say that there are even more possible pitfalls with a conversion.


    People like to blame all the troubles on modern gas, and the boiling point of ethanol. I doubt it. Yes, today's ethanol-laced gas is crap. It rusts fuel tanks and eats fuel hoses and carburetor parts, But does it boil easier?


    In the 1980s, due to limits on tetraethyl lead, gas was expected to have about 8-10 percent octane boost package consisting of some combination of Ethanol, Methanol, and MTBE. Methanol and MTBE both boil at an even lower temperature than Ethanol. The oil companies adjusted their "target" for reid vapor pressure according to the season. They adjusted for the season in the 50s, 60s, and 70s too. They probably still do today.


    The 1920s are an anomaly, as gasoline was full of heavier portions (basically kerosene) because the popularity of the car was exploding and the refineries couldn't keep up.


    Until I hear a Petroleum Engineer, one who works with Gasoline, (do we have any in here?) say that the target reid vapor pressure has changed significantly since the 1980s (has it?), I am not going to blame the gas.




    I have had extensive meetings with a professional chemist and “fuel engineer”. He worked for twenty five years at Sunoco in the R & D department.He also designed fuel systems for rockets at Morton Theyicall  (spelling?) Fuel is a chemical, with many, many added ingredients. Energy content,  specific gravity and boiling point have changed drastically over the years. Blending stocks and the carbon chain of all types of fuel are no longer anywhere near what they use to be. Most octane today is boosted up  by alcohol. On paper the modern fuel should act fine in any carbureted system.....that’s on paper. The smaller the displacement of the engine, the more likely you will have a problem. Stoichiometry is what rules Carburetion and fuel injection systems. The earlier the carburetor, the more difficult it is to properly modify it for modern fuel. Hint: very, very few people are capable of recalibrating a carburetor correctly. VERY FEW. Many try, and many ruin engines in their attempt to do so......after all, they read it on the internet. 





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  11. The responsibility of operating a pre war car safely lies directly with the owner.  Not Understanding tire, brake, fuel system, and other limits on restrictions on safety and performance cause 99 percent of all problems and accidents. What I have seen driving down the road with people’s family in the car is beyond insanity. At one tour in the past decade, I test drove a car for someone. I never left the parking lot......the car was that unsafe. I immediately “downed the car” with the tour managers. Told them not to allow the car to join the event. They didn’t have the nerve to toss the guy due to weak backbones. The car did fail, in a very dangerous location on a mountain. Fortunately no one was hurt. 

  12. 11 minutes ago, padgett said:

    Am I the only one who tows my own cars ? Have had multipurpose tow vehicles (abeit some interesting ones) since 1972. I also have tow bars and tow dollies (tow RWD cars e.g.Fieros backwards unless a manual trans) but also U-haul will rent my Jeep anything they have including a tandem axle car hauler (is a financial incentive to buy only cars titled in Florida) if need "more".

    Of course there are very few other than myself I trust to work on my cars (generally farm out automagic trannys and AC work).

    Suspect someday will no longer be able but prolly be time for an estate sale.

    I tow my own stuff. Have since the mid 80’s. Once one has a decent truck and trailer, the hobby opens up about 300 percent more than before. Having lived in New England or Florida my entire life, anywhere east of the Mississippi is an easy two day drive or less. While trucks and trailers add expense to the hobby........you get many other benefits that are hard to imagine. Too many to list. I will always keep a truck and trailer as long as I possibly can to improve my old car experience. I know several collectors who share a rig........which makes sense for many people. 



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  13. The problem with the toggle Switch on the pump Is people forget them. I watched a $4 million car burn 18 months ago because of a toggle switch. Fortunately we got it out with only the scorch to the engine and hood. 


    PS- any car with a stock carb and a vacuum tank that has an electric fuel pump on it IS A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN........no matter what ANYONE says or thinks. And yes, I have over 50k miles on vacuum tanks........with modern fuel in the last twenty five years, all bone stock. The systems work ok today, even with modern fuel, without boost pumps or primary electric pumps.

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