neil morse

Neil's '41 Super Model 51

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2 hours ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

I would have the "new" one repaired.    An observation:   the bolt in the last rocker arm pedestal is sometimes [  all the time?  ]too long and is screwed into the bulb. Removing said bolt will eliminate this possibility.  Allows for injection of penentrant as well.

 

  Ben

 

Yes, Don had already mentioned to me about the access to the bulb through the hole for the rear stud.  I might have to go that route if I end up opting to remove the present bulb because I have checked it and it doesn't budge with gentle pulling.  Of course, if I'm not planning to re-use it, I can be more aggressive about trying to get it out.

 

 But I'm still on the fence about which way to go on this.  I have done some checking around and found a contact for someone called "The Temperature Gauge Guy" in Vermont who rebuilds these units, so I'm going to contact him and see if he's still in business and get an estimate.

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I have opted to get the "new" unit repaired, as Ben suggested.  I spoke to Roy Martin in South Burlington, VT, "The Temperature Gauge Guy," who told me he was very sure he could fix it and quoted me a reasonable price.  I decided that I would be more comfortable having the whole gauge assembly out of the car for rebuilding, and that way I will also have the assurance of a "new" gauge in place so I don't have to worry about the old one failing on me.  Also, this will eliminate the problem of removing the old one since I will be able to just yank it out and not worry about busting anything.  So that's my plan, and I sent the "new" unit off to Vermont.  I will keep everyone posted on my experience with Mr. Martin in case anyone else is looking for this service.

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 Sounds like a good plan. I'll be looking for forward to hearing how it goes. There used to be a gentleman here in the Toronto area that did gauge restoration, but he has been gone for some years now.

 Keith

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New Tail Light Lenses

 

The tail light lenses on my car were so badly faded and milky that it was really a safety hazard as well as a cosmetic issue, so I decided to get some new lenses from Bob's.

 

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This is what the old ones looked like.

 

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Nice package from Bob's

 

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Here's a side-by-side comparison (the reflection off the shiny new lens makes it look odd in the photo).

 

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Here's what the old light looked like once I took it apart.  The inner lenses are yellowed, but not badly.

The "new" rubber from Steel is more confirmation that someone did some restoration work on my car in the past.

 

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Here's how everything looked with the new lens after clean up.  I removed the inner lenses and washed them in soap and water, and went over the housing

with an SOS pad.  It was in pretty good shape.  I polished the chrome piece and treated the rubber pad with some Armor All.

 

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The light sockets were in good shape and didn't need much clean up.

 

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New lens back in place. 

 

 

Here's a little video with the tail light illuminated and the directional signal in action.  Much, much better!

 

Next up: Halogen bulbs on their way from Bill Hirsch.  They are supposed to be almost twice as bright, which I think is prudent given how small

the lights are compared to the modern cars on the road.

 

 

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PS: If you get the idea that I'm shamelessly copying the format followed by Gary W, you are correct!  I might as well strive to meet the gold standard! :lol:

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Trunk Details

 

Doing the tail light job gave me a chance to further explore the trunk area of my car.

 

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Here's the spare tire well.  The black cardboard pieces from the factory are still there.  Even the wedge-shaped wooden block to hold

the spare in the right position.  Is that a standard item?  Looks like it.  Also, the plaid trunk liner is clearly original and doesn't look like

it's ever been touched.  The only rust is at the bottom of the well (typical, I assume), not bad, just surface. 

I will treat that and repaint it when I get around to it.

 

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And here's the spare -- obviously never been on the road and mounted on a pristine wheel.

Whoever did the repaint on my car (and whenever he did it), he seems to have done an excellent job!

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Temperature Gauge Repaired

 

Good News!  As noted previously, I sent my NOS temp gauge off to Vermont to be examined by Roy Martin,

"The Temperature Gauge Guy."  Roy called me to say that the problem was only a matter of calibration.

All he needed to do was tweak the Bourdon tube at the gauge head, and all was well.  He charged me $35.00 plus $10.00

for return shipping.  As shown by the photos below, it now registers at the bottom at room temperature, and the top

(220 degrees) when the bulb is immersed in boiling water.  I'm very happy with his work!

 

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At room temperature

 

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with the bulb in a pan of boiling water

 

I heartily recommend Roy to anyone who is looking for help in repairing a temp. gauge.

Roy Martin

172 Laurel Hill Drive

South Burlington, VT 05403

802-862-6374 

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Halogen Bulbs

 

As I mentioned earlier, I ordered halogen bulbs for my tail/brake lamps, rear turn signal lamps, and front parking/turn signal lamps.

I installed them today.  I was very impressed with the quality of the lamps supplied by Hirsch.

 

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Here's a comparison of the old incandescent bulb with the halogen bulb for the twin filament applications.

Just a plug-in substitute -- couldn't be easier.

 

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It's difficult to get a good photo that really shows the difference.  The difference seemed to show up better in a photo

with the parking lights because of the clear lens.  Here's the halogen on the passenger side and the old incandescent lamp on the driver side.

Hirsch claims the halogens are "almost" twice as bright, and I would say that's accurate.

 

 

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It's definitely apparent from that photo, wow! Just for clarification, which bulb was the replacement one? The spherical one or the cylindrical one?

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My experience with halogens is that they burn much much hotter I'd be worried about the plastic lens... Just a thought

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10 hours ago, 1956322 said:

My experience with halogens is that they burn much much hotter I'd be worried about the plastic lens... Just a thought

 

Thanks for pointing that out.  I asked Eric Hirsh about current draw (apparently not an issue), but I did not ask him about heat.  I will talk to him and see what he says.  However, I'm not too concerned with regard to my car since I rarely drive it at night.  So the lights are only going to be illuminated when I'm turning or braking.  And turn signals and brake lights were the principal reason that I decided to switch to halogen in the first place -- I want to make sure other drivers can see what I'm doing.

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Gas Tank Drop

 

Today I started my most ambitious project to date -- dropping the gas tank to deal with a non-functioning fuel gauge.  I know that's

just another day at the office for many of you, but I was a little intimidated.  It turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be.

 

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Following the suggestion of my mentor, Don, I used a floor jack and plank to support the tank while I loosened the straps.

 

 

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I dropped right out easily.  I'm so glad that I have a '41 where the fill pipe is a straight shot under the fender, so no bizarre twists

and turns like I saw on Gary W.'s thread.

 

Not knowing quite what to expect, I had originally thought I would just drop the tank enough to run a separate ground from the sending unit

to see if that took care of my problem with the gauge.  (I have already confirmed that the dash unit is fine -- if I ground the wire to the sending

unit, the gauge goes to empty).  But it turned out to be so easy to get the tank completely out, that now I will be replacing the sending unit as a

proactive measure.  However, the first problem I have encountered is that I can't move any of the screws holding the sending unit to the tank.

I gave them a good soaking with PB Blaster, and will try again in a few days.  However, I'm a bit dubious if I will be able to get them out.  I do not

have an impact wrench, but I thinking there may be one in my future.

 

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I bought new hardware from Bob's to reinstall the tank.  But as long as I have it out of the car, I'm thinking I should go ahead and have

it cleaned out and reconditioned.  I found an outfit called "Gas Tank Renu" online, but there are no dealers near me.  Any thoughts? 

Is it worth paying to ship my tank to Stockton (not too far from the Bay Area) to get the "Renu" treatment?

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I'm becoming a big fan of PB Blaster.  I went back after the screws had soaked for about five hours, and they all came out without a problem.

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POR15 sells a gas tank sealer that works pretty good. No floaters in my tank yet, after two years and using ethanol. If it doesn't look rusty inside, and doesn't leak, it could be fine. Otherwise, I suggest sealing it yourself. You'll be surprised the workout you give yourself!

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23 hours ago, neil morse said:

I found an outfit called "Gas Tank Renu" online

 

I endorse this process.  My 56's tank was crushed and they got the unit back to shape.  I know I had at least one leak but it may have been the sending unit which I replaced at the time.. At any rate, the new sending unit had a loose rivet holding it together and it was the source of a leak when I reinstalled the tank.  Thinking they had failed, I brought the tank back and they fixed the sending unit too. 

 

They had two finishes, silky silver, looks just like a stainless steel tank, and then black textured.  I got the black textured.  It wasn't cheap.  But I have been using it since 2003 and have not had any issues.  Most of those years were with ethanol gas, but that changed six years ago and now it's been on a steady diet of real gas.

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Hello Neil,

 

I replaced both tanks on my 41's. The previous owner of the Special spent a lot of time and money trying to seal the tank. For $250.00 you can buy a new tank...

 

Dennis

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8 minutes ago, Den41Buick said:

Hello Neil,

 

I replaced both tanks on my 41's. The previous owner of the Special spent a lot of time and money trying to seal the tank. For $250.00 you can buy a new tank...

 

Dennis

 

Now that's an interesting alternative that I had not considered.  Is this what you're talking about?

 

http://www.tanksinc.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=130/category_id=133/mode=prod/prd130.htm

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Thanks, everyone, for your helpful responses.  Here are a few photos of the inside of my tank.  Unfortunately, it looks like I need to do something.  I am loath to try to coat it myself.  I am exploring the cost of getting it rebuilt, but as I noted above, I am intrigued by Dennis's suggestion.

 

 

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Yes Neil that is the company I used. No leaks and no sentiment issues. No gumming up the dual carbs. Just make sure you measure the neck placement to get the correct one.

 

Dennis

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I found a local shop that quoted me a decent price to sand blast the inside of the tank down to the bare metal and coat it, so that's what I'm going to do.  It's not cheap, but it's worth it to me for peace of mind.  In the meantime, I did some work on the outside of the tank with a product called "Prep & Etch."

 

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This stuff requires very little effort and does a great job.  I think it chemically converts the rust to something else.  You paint it on generously, 

leave it for a few hours, and then just wipe it off with a wet rag.  If you keep at it, you will eventually get down to the bare metal.  With

smaller parts, you can just soak them for a few days.

 

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This is what the tank looked like when it came out of the car

 

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And this is after just one application, which I only left on for an hour or so.  (Note lovely assistant, Stella.)

 

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, neil morse said:

 

Now that's an interesting alternative that I had not considered.  Is this what you're talking about?

 

http://www.tanksinc.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=130/category_id=133/mode=prod/prd130.htm

 

 That is what I did after mucking around for years.

 

  Ben

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I can see why people would go that route.  I'm just more comfortable putting the original tank back where I know it fits.

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Just wanted to say I like what you're doing, Neil. You're making me eager to get out into the garage and get some things done on the Limited. Thanks for sharing!

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