The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by deluxester, Jul 20, 2019.
Nice photo bomb. Nice looking dog!!
Yeah, lightbar looks good. Tying them together like that is a good idea, plus it acts as a grille guard. I didn't see the dog until it was mentioned above.
Added a much needed fuse panel. Ignition/lights/aux/dash-not connected yet. Using cloth covered wire through out.
And swapped out some jets. Stock 45’s in favor of 42’s, hoping to lean out a bit.
And also wrapped up that light-bar.
Interesting looking fuse panel. It looks like that design hasn't changed since the 20s. Is the idea that non fused items can be fed from the right hand side and fused items on the left?
Not positive. I found it in a pile of junk at my friend’s shop. It looks like you can ground the negative terminal and have a bus to run two leads (+ and -) for each non grounded device. It may not have been intended for a car or anything else with a metal chassis is my guess. I just thought it looked cool.
Great work! Where the did you get the cloth covered wire. from? I am hoping to do the same for my roadster but have only found YnZs as source.
Early Ford Store down the street from me. Some sections are repurposed from old wiring harnesses.
Whipped up some anti-chatter rods. They thread right into the 8ba block with a locking nut.
...And had friend David Mejia help with the upholstery work.
The car did great at this last RPM Nationals event, and we were honored with the “Shifters Pick” award presented by the Shifters Car Club.
But there was something amis throughout the day of racing... cylinder no. 8 to be precise. This wasn’t discovered however until I inspected the car a few weeks afterward.
It turned out to be a damaged valve caused by some clearance issues with the way the heads were casted and machined (and me not checking each of the chambers before installing). This had happened once before using these heads, and I thought I corrected it sufficiently by removing some material on the head near and around the valve.
I had Eric Vaughn of Vaughn’s Machine in Monrovia help correct the heads. Each chamber was clearanced by an additional .050 and each chamber now shares a relatively equal cc value. The face surface of each spark-plug hole and stud hole was machined to a perfect 90, and steel inserts were installed. These heads should be near perfect now!
Sharp edges and sparkplug holes were radius ground by hand to improve flow and minimize hot edges.
I replaced all the valves with beautiful new stainless units, spiral ground and hardened tips. The valve seats were lapped and the lash was set once more.
Then had Stanyer & Edmondson “Goodyear” in Pasadena mount some fresh bias plys. They’ve been there Since 1922!
Where'd the valves come from? Are they the exact length to the grooves, or require shimming?
You definitely got the right guy to work on your heads. Eric is a master machinist and a great source of information. I bought the wheels on my 3W from him in '85. He has done me right with his aluminum wheels and their repairs. Your roadster looks terrific.
That is perfect . Im drooling ..lol
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I think you stopped by after RPM nationals and had the compression checked, that's when we found out the one side had 2 cylinders with zero compression. Eric sure cleaned up those heads!!
I purchased from H&H since they were local. No grinding required as I used adjustable lifters. It was explained to me that they use these valves on all their builds.
They've got a couple 1.5" valves on their website. Does yours have a part number on the box? A Manley number?
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