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Hi Phil... Heres the best I can do on short notice, as I am conducting corona research..... The piece in question looks something like this.. you may have to adjust side notches to match wire thickness. Also the edge is flared to match the piece you have to prevent chafing on wires.. hope this helps.. John

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10 hours ago, PhilAndrews said:

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My spark wire carrier was all dented up courtesy of the previous keeper (engine must've fallen over onto it) so I took it apart and beat on it with hammers.

 

Question for y'all, what shape should the lower part of the distributor lead-out there be? A mirrored curve or a flat piece? Mine is missing and I've no idea what it should look like to make another.

 

Phil

hey, call wanda on monday, she may have that piece or a complete wire manifold in good or nos condition, 828-298-8304, tell her charles coker sent you.

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John is correct, these pics are from a 1950 Pontiac shop manual showing the piece in question is indeed the same curved shape as the top. The ignition wires lay in the there side by side. 

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5 minutes ago, The 55er said:

John is correct, these pics are from a 1950 Pontiac shop manual showing the piece in question is indeed the same curved shape as the top. The ignition wires lay in the there side by side. 

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Ah, it follows the curve! Gotcha.

 

Thank you!

 

 

Phil

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46 minutes ago, pontiac1953 said:

hey, call wanda on monday, she may have that piece or a complete wire manifold in good or nos condition, 828-298-8304, tell her charles coker sent you.

Charles, l will keep the number- if I cannot make something to work on my bench, I'll give a call.

 

Thank you!

 

Phil

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8 hours ago, PhilAndrews said:

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All crimped up and connected. Waiting on 4 new plugs.

 

Phil

did you not want to use the straight boot ends at the distributor ?

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16 minutes ago, Summershandy said:

Hey Phil just curious....is that the stock exhaust? Sounds a lot meaner than mine! People joke how quiet mine is. 

 

It is the stock exhaust. However the muffler has a non-stock rusty hole in.

 

Phil

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1 minute ago, Summershandy said:

I like it! haha

 

I need to replace it, trying to figure the best route for that. I want to keep it sounding similar to how it is now, it's not loud but not quiet. About right.

 

Phil

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I took the passenger side tail lens off and put it to clean. It's very badly crazed.

 

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Buzzed the surface down as smooth as I could get it with a worn out DA disc.

 

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Started applying lacquer. It's going to take a number of coats to cover up the cracks. Still, that's drying so it'll get rubbed back and a second coat applied today.

 

Phil

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For comparison the driver's side had a rub down and a coat reapplied to get rid of the orange peel. Hopefully once it's hard this side will polish up nicely. When fitted, I'm hoping they look like old red glass.

 

Phil

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Keyed the other lens again.

 

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A mixture of small heavy, wet coats then a draught of warm air from my heat gun set on low hopefully saw the last coat of red.

If that sets then clear can go on top, dry, be flatted back, cut, polished and waxed.

 

Phil

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A quick test with a Ford Model A radio by Zenith, to prove the method. Bluetooth receiver card, with bypass relay built in. With nothing connected it functions as an AM radio. Connect a Bluetooth device and automatically it switches and you can then play music from the radio speaker using the original tube amp. 

Nice upgrade that's actually completely reversible if you felt the urge (it just hooks in before the volume dial). 

 

Phil

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I have really bad clear coat on my roof. So, I carefully stropped a blade very very sharp and had a go at removing the bad lacquer.

 

 

Don't put your sound on unless you aren't bothered by nails-down-the-blackboard noises.

 

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Wiped down damp it looks okay now, apart from the different levels of fade, which I'm going to try remove with wet flatting, polish and then just keep the roof waxed.

 

Phil

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8 hours ago, PhilAndrews said:

heater valve off for rebuild.

 

Curious who is doing your heater valve rebuild? Would it be Jim Tucker?

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39 minutes ago, Summershandy said:

 

Curious who is doing your heater valve rebuild? Would it be Jim Tucker?

Sure enough, it's going off to him, yes.

 

Phil

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You shouldn't recognize it when it returns. Had mine done couple years ago and is still going strong! 

Is he doing the wiper motor too? Would be good to know.

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