PhilAndrews

'51 Chieftain - Transmission fixed, troubleshooting running

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Yes, sorry. R/H thread. I wanted to make sure I wasn't trying to tighten the nut onto the anchor pin shaft.

 

Phil

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4' breaker bar and a good bit of my bodyweight saw that let go with a loud CLANK.

 

I also freed up the top anchor adjuster. I now just need to follow procedure to get it all adjusted back up again.

 

Phil

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On 11/23/2019 at 6:42 PM, PhilAndrews said:

Cleaned and re-greased and reassembled. However, top adjuster locknut is seized solid.

 

That's on the to-do list. At least I know why that brake was so poor.

 

Phil

 

Just curious, have you checked the shoe adjustment from the adjustment screw first? Sometimes that's enough before having to do the anchor pin adjustment.

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18 minutes ago, Summershandy said:

 

Just curious, have you checked the shoe adjustment from the adjustment screw first? Sometimes that's enough before having to do the anchor pin adjustment.

 

I did, and I had too much gap at the top of the shoes. I needed to get the anchor adjusted. 

Mostly because it looks and feels like that hadn't been touched for a long time and when the brakes were "redone" they just tried to take the slack up in the lower adjuster.

 

Phil

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Found the problem with the misfire.

 

Brand new spark plug is bad. New doesn't always mean good.

 

Go figure. At least I know what the problem is now.

 

Phil

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Bad plug hiding other problems

 

 

Valves need to come out, get polished, guides need checking and then hopefully that should see the end of this nonsense

 

Phil

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Is it just not starting now? When I first got my car I had cleaned/rebuilt the carb among many other things. It was pretty gunked. Also rebuilt the fuel pump, parts were breaking down in there too. I could start the car and drive around the neighbourhood. The next day it wouldn't start. I had made sure I changed the fuel filters...both of them. I found that odd. The carb was getting fuel so I tore the carb down again. It was full of crap. I cleaned the carb again, started and went for a spin. Same thing the next day. I figured there must be an issue in the gas tank. It looked like WWII in there including the sending unit that was seized. The sending unit had the sock cut off maybe for better flow. New fuel system and I haven't looked back. I also now know why there were 2 fuel filters in the system. One before and one after the pump tsk, tsk...

 

 

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No, it starts and runs but as it gets warm the valves are tightening up and getting stuck open. It's storage and previous owners that's caused that. I just need to pull the valves, clean them and their guides and that should remedy this issue.

 

The fuel that was in the tank was cloudy yellow from storage though. Ethanol likes to suck the water up out of the air.

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when you put in new plugs, always gap them.

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10 minutes ago, GARY F said:

when you put in new plugs, always gap them.

 

Thirty five thou'. First leaf in my gauge set. They must have known...

 

Phil

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4 hours ago, PhilAndrews said:

 

Thirty five thou'. First leaf in my gauge set. They must have known...

 

Phil

proper plug gap is twenty five thousand.

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9 minutes ago, pontiac1953 said:

proper plug gap is twenty five thousand.

 

Hm. Manual is telling me lies. It says 16 thou points and 35 plugs. 

 

I'll buy 25 thou'. I'm used to 32 on my A-series engine.

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54 minutes ago, PhilAndrews said:

 

Hm. Manual is telling me lies. It says 16 thou points and 35 plugs. 

 

I'll buy 25 thou'. I'm used to 32 on my A-series engine.

 

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I didn't not believe you!

 

As with any manuals, there's always some disagreement. Or I just read it wrong and my memory is not doing its job. Either way :)

 

Phil

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39 minutes ago, PhilAndrews said:

I didn't not believe you!

 

As with any manuals, there's always some disagreement. Or I just read it wrong and my memory is not doing its job. Either way :)

 

Phil

i didn't think that of you phil.

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5 hours ago, pontiac1953 said:

i didn't think that of you phil.

 

Just saying I'm willing to stand corrected!

 

Phil

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Wishing y'all a happy Thanksgiving!

 

Question to the knowledgeable, does anyone know where to get a replacement lower steering box bushing for a non-power 51 Chieftain?

 

Phil

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have you tried California Pontiac Restoration? 
If this link doesn’t have it (their website admittedly takes getting used to) then just call. They’re super helpful and super nice, even by Southern standards. 
http://www.pontiacparts.net/Chassis/default.htm

call if you don’t see it, they don’t list everything. 

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I had bought a couple of niknaks from them and they sent me a catalog; that just listed rebuild service for steering.

 

I can give them a call after the holiday.

 

Phil

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Well, tried to get the valves to play ball but they're going to have to come out and be cleaned properly, they're getting all jammed up when the engine warms up. Marvel Oil was worth a try.

 

Phil

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