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  1. If you have the original Sisson choke it sits on top of the manifold with an asbestos gasket between. It may be possible to fasten it to the new manifold somehow. Maybe by drilling and tapping 2 holes.
  2. Before the model A came out they were just called Fords. You see this all the time in books stories and movies made in the thirties and earlier.
  3. If I was doing much towing I would add a trans cooler following the manufacturer's instructions. You do not state what kind of tow vehicle, how old it is etc. I would start by blowing out the rad from behind with compressed air, there could be a lot of dirt and bugs blocking air flow. Then put on a 7 blade fan with no clutch. If this did not solve the problem I would be looking for a bigger radiator. The aluminum rads they make today are efficient and not too expensive.
  4. "How much is it worth?" "$275,000 but I will sell it to you right now for $20,000 and throw in a set of dishes". For some reason this shuts them up right away.
  5. What brought the question to mind was reading about the English Bristol that used Canadian made 313 engines and Torqueflite transmissions starting in 1961. They continued to use 318, 383, 360 and finally Viper V10 engines until they stopped making them in 2011. I have read a lot of wild stories about how they rebuilt the engines with their own heads, intake, cams etc. which I don't believe. I do believe they made their own hi perf camshaft because I saw that in an interview with a long time Bristol employee. Other than that, I suspect they used a stock 313 or 318 with available factory 4
  6. They used Type A transmission fluid which was replaced by Dexron. I am sure there is a compatible fluid made today but am not sure exactly what type. If you find one that replaces Type A or Dexron you should be safe. Dexron was used in many older Mercedes and BMW automatics so it should not be hard to find. There may be a removable access plate in the floor if you roll back the carpet, otherwise you will need to get under the car or use a hoist.
  7. Chrysler Royal uses the self shifting transmission which has a special carburetor with 2 electric switches to control the transmission. So, changing the carburetor is out. If you can't find a correct manifold a hand choke is probably your best option. Can you have a look at some of the cheaper Plymouth or Dodge sixes that came with a hand choke and adapt the brackets etc to your carburetor? The choke cable itself should be a generic part you can get from any auto parts store. I may have a spare manifold if you are interested.
  8. I have a question about the 290HP V800 engine used in Plymouth Fury in 1957 and 58, and its relationship to the other 318 engines. Did the regular engines have solid lifters or hydraulic? Which did the V800 have, and did it have a special camshaft? What about compression? I know most cars then offered a low compression regular fuel engine and a high compression premium fuel version. What was Plymouth doing? The 318 was relegated to workhorse duty after the B and RB engines came out in 1958. I understand they came standard with a 2 barrel carburetor but a 4 barrel option was avai
  9. Last Frazer Nash built 1957. They began assembling BMW sports cars in 1934 and selling them as Frazer Nash BMWs. Last chain drive Frazer Nash 1947. From 1948 to 1957 they made only the FNBMW. And they only made 85 of them in 10 years. They were using BMW engines built under license by Bristol, when they stopped making the engines FN stopped making cars and became the English distributor and importer of Porsche cars.
  10. Frazer Nash started out building cyclecars, small cars with a motorcycle engine like an early Morgan. The chain drive lashup was a cheap light duty way to make a transmission. Later they made larger (but still small) sports cars with 4 cylinder and a few six cylinder engines but kept the chain drive lashup probably because it was cheap and they had it. Don't know any advantage other than cost, and that you could change gear ratios by swapping sprockets. One disadvantage was no rear differential which meant skidding the tires around corners. Not much of a problem on the first very lig
  11. Dynaflow is not supposed to shift, they use the torque converter and go everywhere in high gear. Low gear is for emergency use, in deep snow sand or mud, or when driving very slowly. You can start off in low and shift to high manually but this is not recommended as it wears out the transmission. Not the fastest accelerating transmission or the most economical but it is smooth and restful.
  12. There is a terminal on the solenoid that activates it. Use a screwdriver to connect it to the big battery cable terminal and the starter should go. Don't use your best screwdriver, they tend to get burnt a bit.
  13. Is there a ground strap between the engine and body? The engine is mounted on rubber and sometimes does not ground to the body. I have seen a choke cable get red hot and melt off because there was no other ground.
  14. Looks like it says Ring in REO the Fifth The REO Six . REO the FIfth was a 1912 car with a 4 cylinder engine, the first REO six must have come out later, does anyone know when?
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