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  1. What he said. Alternatively you could start by dribbling some into the intake at idle, expect lots of exhaust smoke initially. Being over cautious I would take the side plates off anyway just to see if there is anything untoward, your choice.
  2. Your diagnosis is sound, most side valve engines that have extended periods of sitting are prone to sticking valves, dont like the mention of clattering though. Have you considered removing the side plate covers to acces the valves and having a look? If you have someone motor it over you will probably see a valve thats hanging up. As to the fix, you could try a good soak with Marvel oil or similar, worst case would be off with the head and remove the valve, possibly decoke the guide, if its bent then you have awhole more heap of work. Probably a good place
  3. Quite often the cause of the repetitive leak is a groove worn into the sealing area of the pinion shaft, the fix is to put a sleeve over the pinion shaft so tha the new seal runs on new metal. Any good bearing supplier wil have these sleeves in stock.
  4. Look, the most important thing at this stage is to check the actual pressure with a guage worry about viscosity etc after. You will get every man and his dog telling you all they know about oils, do a search here and you will be overwhelmed with information, both good and bad, none of it is relevant if you dont have good oil pressure.
  5. Agree with the suggestion that fitting an oil pressure guage is the only sure way to see if the pressure is ok, but wondering if you only have 100 miles on the engine after rebuild, why wouldn't you be taking it back to the rebuilder ? As to oil, I would be thinking along the lines of 20w40 at least.
  6. Not familiar with this engine but, does it have dual point ignition ? Aside from this I can see no reason at all why one side of the engine would fire but not the other, you say it " had an ignition problem" what was the problem ?
  7. Amen to the above, very understated cars are these. At 6`3" one of the very few British sports cars I can comfortably fit into, wind up windows, cruises nicely at 70 mph in 5th gear overdrive. If you are looking for something with a bit of flair, forget the MG/Triumph/Healey contenders and get yourself one of these; had mine over 5 years now and cant stop smiling.
  8. Coming in a little late here but - I recently had the same dilemna with fitting spoke wheels on my Sunbeam Alpine (LBC to you guys , I believe) Having owned Chryslers for many years I am more than familiar with their practice of lh thread lug nuts on the left side wheels, so my research into fitting left and right hand thread axle hubs, with appropriately threaded centre spinners caused me no end of confusion. Eventually I decided to follow the Chrysler practice and installed left threads left side and rights the other; having buttoned it all up I went for a test drive, did some l
  9. Umm no, I think we're looking at the heat exchanger between inlet and exhaust manifold. You don't want to have exhaust and inlet gasses mixing, and even without the hole you will have an exhaust manifold leak without the four studs.
  10. Yep, Clum switch at the base of the steering column is where I would start, all of the wiring for horn and lights comes through there
  11. No, rear axle nuts are conventional right hand thread both sides
  12. Just noticed this from your first post; could this also be an indicator of the float struggling to hold the needle on its seat ?
  13. If I could perhaps add my thoughts here; you mention the above aspect twice in your observations, before and after playing with the carb. My first impression is that the stumbling with exhaust backfires ( technically after fire) is indicative of an excessive rich mixture, particularly when you get to the point where it wont start, I suspect its flooded at that point, taking the plugs out should reveal this as they will probably be black and sooty. If this is the case then you need to establish why its flooding, you say that it ran ok for an hour (I`m assuming that the
  14. OK so there we have it, out with the multimeter and check resistance whilst warming up the engine
  15. So let me "fess up here" - I'm not a Lincoln person, nevertheless temp senders generally fall into two categories, resistance based or voltage based. For the purpose of your exercise you only need to establish if the sender value changes with heat, so lets first assume it works on resistance, do the previously mentioned resistance measuring with the multimeter as the engine warms up. If you get no response with this then reconnect the wire to the sender unit, set your multimeter to volts and take a voltage reading between the guage and sender unit as the engine warms up
  16. Well done, that's where product familiarity is great. Given the change in current flow, couldn't you still use a multimeter to ascertain if the sender is working ? accuracy may be another matter, but at least you can prove/disprove its function.
  17. Ok good news with grounding the sensor wire now you know the guage works. For sure the sender unit needs to be compatible with the guage, so if you are not using original components you're not on a level playing field. The sender unit is at the receiving end of the 6v line passing through the guage to ground, it is a large resistor which varies it's electrical values when exposed to heat, as such the changes in resistance affects how the guage reads, if the sender resistance isn't matched to the guage then the guage won't work or will be inaccurate. To check the sende
  18. Not sure if I'm reading you correctly, but what you should be doing is, with ignition on, remove the wire from the sender and ground it. Your guage should read max temp, if not then the guage is faulty. To check the sender, connect it with an ohm meter and note its cold resistance value, then run the engine and look for a change in the resistance as it warms up. The specific resistance values applicable to temp changes vary from one make to another and you would have to search for your values, nevertheless if the resistance changes with heat then the sender is working, how accurat
  19. Yep, choke closed would do it. Over rich mixture (black exhaust smoke) is a good indicator, as already mentioned unburnt fuel in the muffler probably ignited with hot carbon deposits. Ignition timing (retarded) would have to be so far off that the engine would probably not run at all. Another possibility is a burnt exhaust valve, not seating properly could cause exhaust (still burning) gases into a fuel soaked muffler with the same result.
  20. Dont know if its still around but I once used the flexible sheathing from a bathroom shower head
  21. hchris

    Vacuum leak

    What makes you think its a vacuum leak ? Sounds more like a sticking throttle or linkage if you can tap the pedal and have the revs drop.
  22. Ball and trunnion is the name, there are a number of replacement sources. Most Mopars of the era used this type of joint.
  23. hchris

    Cold oil

    How about disconnecting the guage line at the block and briefly spinning the engine over to see if oil comes out ? Keep some rag close by !!
  24. The fitting has an inbuilt venturi fed by the hole which you have blanked off. The venturi is designed to create an even bigger (atmospheric) pressure drop for the vacuum source at the top of the inner tank, which in turn will lessen the effect of manifold vacuum drop as you open the throttle; particularly helpful if you have a long uphill drag. Of course this is really only beneficial when you have a inlet manifold source of vacuum, its therefore unnecessary with an oil pump vacuum source which increases vacuum with oil pump (engine) rpm.
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