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  1. You should really assume nothing until you know that everything is kosher at all four wheels with respect to the condition of the shoes, drums, and anchors. Chrysler long adhered to a system that was mechanically superior on account of its self-energizing design, but the trade-off is that they are more complicated to set up. Even with a completely stock OEM system, if you don't have the adjustment correct at the wheels nothing is going to work to your satisfaction and you are going to be chasing your tail. The wheel adjustment is the easiest thing to screw up. Once you know everything is 100% at the wheels, then start looking at other areas.
  2. My friend used to have one. He liked to say the inside of the bed looked like Elvira's coffin!
  3. While it is nice that the brand has survived.... call me when they make a rear wheel drive sedan with at least eight cylinders again.
  4. How about a dynamic issue like an exhaust valve hanging when running but not when cranking for a compression test? Put a vacuum gauge on it and read your problem by how the needle reacts.
  5. You really ought to consider replacing the whole system if none of the components are newer than 50 years old. Go bend your hoses back and forth and see if you can crack them. Even steel lines. I have worked on other time capsule GM cars of this era with mileage as low as yours. If the steel lines don't rot from the outside, they can still fail from the inside. From the outside they will often fail where they are held on the frame by a clip because just a little bit of dirt will hold moisture against them. All it takes is a pinhole for your pedal to go to the floor while cruising down the road and it can happen without warning. The brake fluid you are using is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air) and that is why you are finding everything brown and rusty. In a perfect world it should be completely flushed every two or three years.
  6. Ah, I see, it's like a Cadillac. I didn't realize Chandler's used air pressure. With a Cadillac, at least, when the fuel system is all sorted out they are a very consistent and reliable delivery system.
  7. In general I really detest electric pumps but understand why some resort to them. If you're going to go that route, whether on-demand or constant-on, you really ought to have it wired through an oil pressure switch. That will ensure that if the engine dies the pump isn't sitting there running. This is especially important if you get a leak in the engine bay so that you aren't literally pouring fuel on the fire if something lights it off. In the event this doesn't solve your problem start looking at the coil. A failing coil can mimic vapor lock. They break down when they get hot and come back to life when they cool off. In many cases simply pulling the coil wire hot won't tell you anything since the voltage needs to be higher to jump the plug gap under compression rather than out in the open. People see a spark even when hot, dismiss it, and keep chasing a gremlin that isn't there.
  8. The two era reference books that I have that list Chandler don't list a compression reading. I take it that you're cranking by hand? I wouldn't want to see it much under 50 p.s.i., but if cranking by hand you can expect that it would be higher when running, so that's probably alright, especially if it starts easy. Balance is as important as anything. Don't run it again until you have the valves reset. If they are hanging open you risk burning them. How does your #12 valve regulate fuel pressure?
  9. A good rule of thumb on a set-up like that is 0.010 intake and 0.013 exhaust. 0.006 cold on the exhaust is really pushing the envelope but I'll bet when it was running that it was quiet!
  10. Since the starter was sent out by you for rewinding the issue must have existed prior to it having been rewound locally, right? If the root cause is that it's rewound incorrectly, my guess would be that they were merely copying the work done by the rebuilder before them.
  11. If you have a battery disconnect switch in the circuit remove that from the equation and try again.
  12. Where in the ad does Deere indicate that they are associated with Autocar? If you're merely going by the photo those are two entirely different cars. The Autocar's engine is mounted high up inside the body where you can see the crankshaft sticking out the side beneath the seat so you can insert the hand crank. The works are barely visible below the body. Deere indicates that their engine is hanging below in the front and can be started from the driver's seat. The Deere ad clearly shows all the works exposed and mounted on the chassis well below the body. The Autocar has wire spoke wheels and the Deere's are wood. Even the bodies are different in numerous ways. Trace the outline of each one and they are different -- Autocar is concave in the back where the Deere has a straight angle the reverse of that, the dashes are different, just about everything when you really get down to it. I don't see how this is anything other than two different guys in two different far-apart locations where one went onto success and the other did not. The story of William Clark is that he spent years trying and failing and begging for financial support to chase his dream while at the same time Louis Clarke had money and connections and did what he intended without all the failures and restarts by selling hundreds and hundreds of cars long before Deere-Clark was ever organized. Why are you trying so hard to tie these two men and two companies together?
  13. Neato. I'd hate to have to spray and buff the top of that fin with the glass still in the car!
  14. DOT 5 gets a bad rap for producing spongy brakes and that's from people mishandling the fluid. Its prone to carry air bubbles in suspension and once that happens it takes a long time for them to work out. Don't shake the bottle and don't use unnecessarily aggressive bleeding techniques like stomping the pedal a bunch of times before cracking the bleeder screws. That accomplishes nothing. It would be best to use a pressure bleed tank but most people don't have a dedicated unit for DOT 5 at their disposal.
  15. It's funny how different an animal they were from the Lincoln in 1960 and then in '61 they pick up the Lincoln Continental taillight lenses, and a couple of years later the breezeway rear window.