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    Mounting an ingition coil -- orientation?

    Coil manufacturers recommend oil filled coils be mounted with terminal end up in case of an oil leak as they heat up.. Epoxy filled coils can be mounted at any angle. Paul
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    Oil cooler?

    Beware of people wanting to make recommendations based on apples to oranges comparisons. I've run oil temp gauges in 30, 31, and 32 Franklin oil pans and found that the hottest temps I could get was 150F for the oil in a 32 driving up long hills on RT 20 in eastern NYS in summer. Otherwise it never got over 120 F on level roads no matter what speed I drove. Then I discussed the results with a Quaker State oil company engineer. He said that with oil temps that low that Franklins are more at risk of not running hot enough in cooler weather to activate some of the beneficial additives in modern motor oils. While Franklins ran hot compared to some cars for their day , their oil temps are much lower than more modern cars. The same test equipment installed in my 98 Ford Windstar ran 200 - 210F oil temps on the same routes as I tested the Franklins on. Paul
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    Fuel lines and fittings.

    You might want to check into setting your carb up for whichever fuel delivery system your going to use for driving. Vacuum tanks, and original mechanical fuel pumps, can be made to work and do a very good job if properly rebuilt by someone who really knows how, and not just a quick rinse and put in some gaskets. Changing from a vacuum tank with only about 1/2 to 3/4 psi pressure at the carburetor, to even the low pressure electic pumps, will raise the carb float level and make it run rich. Paul
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    broken distributor cap

    Smooth it yes, but don't sand it. Sanding scratches will do the same as leaving the cracks unfilled. They can collect and contribute to carbon tracking. Fill and smooth it with cut-to-fit pieces of thin cardboard, manila folder, or business card stock, to fill and level the glue in the crack. And stay away from fast cure epoxies. The faster they cure the sooner they let go. Slow cure marine grade epoxies are the best for strength and longevity. Paul
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    6 volt ignition coil for 1932 Packard

    I've never used a flamethrower coil, but if your still talking 6 volt coils like the OP, they have built-in resistance, so they don't need an external ballast resister like a 12 volt coil does. Paul
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    6 volt ignition coil for 1932 Packard

    Scott, The high Voltage coils are not recommended for tube wire looms because the high voltage can cause inductive cross firing. That's when a high voltage pulse travels through one wire and causes a strong magnetic field that induces a current to flow in wires that are close and parallel to the high voltage pulsed wire. It's the same voltage caused magnetic field principal that makes transformers work. You can see evidence of inductive cross firing by hooking up a timing light to each spark plug wire, in turn, and see if it shows any doubled flashes, instead of only single, evenly spaced flashes. The standard 6 volt coils you can buy through autoparts stores are a bit higher voltage than any of the good originals I've been able to test. But, they rarely cause inductive cross firing. High voltage coils used with wire looms is asking for a rough running engine caused by extra sparks at the wrong time in a cylinder cycles. Paul
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    Rusted bolt holes

    Yes, threads have to have a small amount of clearance or they will be too tight to thread together. When tightened, that clearance all gets forced to one side of the teeth and can cause a path for leakage - even with tapered pipe threads. That's why they need to be sealed in applications where the bolt hole extends into an area where oil or water need to be retained. Paul
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    Early 216 spun Babbitt type bearing

    Maybe,... Some spun babbitt rods can be machined to accept an insert,... that is, if you can find the right size/width insert. With some, the spun babbitt is quite thick and going to an insert gets tricky. But you still need to know why it failed. A short duration stuck throttle, with no load on a good bearing, shouldn't damage it. Paul
  9. If you can't find a good replacement Zenith float, you can make your own. If you download their catalog, check out the float materials near the top of page 20. Looks like the Zenith one is close to your measurements ???? Paul
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    Early 216 spun Babbitt type bearing

    If you mean "spun babbitt" type bearings, and not spinning a bearing an insert type bearing, spun babbitt it is a process for using centrifugal force to apply molten babbitt material into a bearing, such as directly onto aluminum rod big end bearing surface. The centrical force is claimed to give a stronger bond. Not many shops that can do it anymore. We have a forum member, "Herm" that still does some rod bearings that way and has posted about the process, with pictures. Paul
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    Hydraulic brake tubing

    " .................... I have made an inqury to the JB Weld maker but they have not responded. ..............." I'll be shocked if they do respond that that's an acceptable use of their product. Replace the line is the only acceptable answer. Paul
  12. It might mean,.... Before the days when detergent oils became more common, some auto service manuals recommend draining the used oil, fill the crankcase with kerosene and run the engine to clean any sludge accumulation, then drain kero and sludge and fill with fresh oil. Paul
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    Another battery disconnect question

    I feel your pain. I use full frame plastic reading glasses for shop safety glasses so that in instances like that hidden battery I can see what I'm doing at arm's working length when I have to have my head tilted. Reminds me - had to borrow the wife's bifocals once to do a similar look-in-and-under type task. Found they worked better when I put them on upside-down. Paul
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    Rear brake drum seal surface tapered

    Blackbetty, Your first picture looks like the remains of a modern lip seal with the lip worn off ????? Your second picture looks like a typical leather seal of the 1920s and 30s, with it's tension coil spring nesting inside it. It is retained into the flanged mount that it's in by the sheet metal ring facing upward being pressed into that mounting. You don't need to disassemble it to clean it. As long as the leather is not torn or worn through, they can be cleaned in solvent, re-greased, and put back into service. Never put them in dry - use regular wheel bearing grease and it'll work fine again. Paul
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    Another battery disconnect question

    Some of the cars from the 20s and 30 are a nightmare to get to the battery terminals. A battery disconnect switch makes life easier when working on the car necessitates shutting off all the power,.... as long as the switch isn't as equally tough to get to. Many cars have the battery under the front seat. And many of those have reupholstered front seat cushions that are often overstuffed and tough to get back into the seat base frame without risk of damaging the upholstery. Another pet peeve is some cars where the battery is in through a small door in the running board splash apron where easy access to the battery terminals was not part of the design. It's a challenge to get a wrench on the terminals - all while working on hands and knees. Paul