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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by brianf31, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. brianf31
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    The one thing that makes my '31 coupe unpleasant to drive is the small radiator. It will reach 210 deg cruising in warm weather and goes upward in heavy traffic. I didn't want to deal with that on the Falcon.
    I got the biggest radiator I could fit; it's a 4-row Champion with a 16" X 24" core. It's wide enough that I had to put it forward of the steering box. Behind that is two Spal high performance 11" fans.
    With all the engine setback, I would have needed a 2 foot-long radiator hose! I'm not sure I could have found one to fit. Instead, I extended some Afco radiator tubes to fit. It kinda looks like a Flathead install, or maybe a tractor trailer:D
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  2. RmK57
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    You have an extra couple quarts of coolant through the extensions so in my opinion that’s a good thing.
     
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  3. So I have to ask, when using housing floaters like this what do you do with the alignment pin on the leaf springs? I have a 62 Falcon thats about to get the same treatment.
     
  4. brianf31
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    Some guys use monoleaf springs.

    In my case, the housing floater "roller" is behind the pin on '65-'73 Mustang leaf springs. I moved the axle back one inch to allow more room for the fender radius cut.
     
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  6. Ah okay thank you, just seen the video fired up! Killer man!
     
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  7. Big Dad
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    I like everything about it , except my name not being on title .. good job
     
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  8. Hell you’ll be driving it way sooner then ya thought
     
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  9. brianf31
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    It depends how much redneck engineering I'll tolerate:D Mainly I need to hard-wire everything, re-do the trans tunnel and add seatbelts.
     
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  10. brianf31
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    3" Porter mufflers are installed. Removing 4 bolts per side will allow it to be dropped for track duty. I'm planning on painting the exhaust flat black.

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  11. deathrowdave
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    Stand tall and be proud ! She’s top shelf
     
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  12. CycleTech
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    Take us along on the first drive!!! Please!!!
    Such a cool car!!!!
     
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  13. 6sally6
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    0001X.jpg TWO THUMBS up fer sure!!!!!
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    Obligatory HAMB Alliance firewall tag. I'll have to get the two lower rivets when I pull the headers for repaint.

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  16. brianf31
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    This thing was running very rich. After the test drive, I pulled the plugs and they were black as coal. I figured that would happen. I had to turn the idle screw in to get a decent idle, which in turn exposed the transfer slots and pulled in too much fuel. Idle air screw adjustment with a vacuum gage didn't help. Some will drill holes in the butterflies to lean up the idle.
    Since I'm not a great carb tuner, I sent it off to Big's Performance in Altoona, WI. Those guys take your carb, specs and goals and will ship back a custom , bolt-on-and-go calibrated carb. I'll tackle other details while I wait.

    Flat black VHT paint made the mufflers and pipes disappear pretty well.
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    I added some harness but still need to put in the submarine belts and seat braces. I think I'll cut off those goofy belt brand name labels if I can get to the stitches without damaging the belt.
    Next I'll try some vinyl cleaner on the nasty seats.
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  17. AmishMike
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    Do it cut off any seat belt info needed to certify the belts. But sure u know that
     
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  18. brianf31
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    Yep I won't touch the date/cert labels just the logo.
     
  19. duecesteve
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    Black magic marker the emblems?
     
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  20. SS327
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    Mr Clean magic eraser or soft scrub and a scrub brush.
     
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  21. Tuff Stuff upholstery cleaner is good on vinyl.
     
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  22. duecesteve
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    That came out really nice its a cool car! :)
     
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  23. Outback
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    That is as cool as a cool thing, I love Falcon's!
     
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  24. CycleTech
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    Thanks for the ride. And as expected it, is as cool as it looks.
     
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  25. 6sally6
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    From one Ga Cracker to another...... Thx for the ride along !
    Please tell me you worked some magic in the distrib with light springs and (possibly advance limiter) !
    The distrib when set up right will allow a LOT more adjustment of the carb. Lightening quick advance of timing and total advance around 36* seems to be the ticket for hot rods....
    6sally6
     
  26. brianf31
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    I haven't mapped out the timing curve yet. I pulled the carb and sent it off for calibration since it was idling so rich. As soon as the carb is back next week, I'll play with distributor timing.

    I had it on 12 degrees initial. These Kaase heads are very efficient and like somewhere between 28-30 degrees total, all in by 3000 rpm. I'm running a Pertronix distributor and my last Pertronix had 20 degrees mechanical advance. I'll likely have to change advance springs and add limiters to get it where I want it.
     
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  27. brianf31
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    I like to run vintage parts on my old cars when I can. I wanted to use an old beer can for a radiator overflow tank as hot rodders have done forever. I found a 70's Pabst can on ebay and noticed the address said Pabst, GA. It turns out that when Pabst built the plant east of Perry, GA (about 30 minutes from where I live) in 1970, they created so many jobs that Perry temporarily renamed the town Pabst, GA. The plant sold and became something else in 1983. Anyway, local nostalgia is best nostalgia!
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  28. SilverJimmy
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    Mmmmm…. PBR…. Or as we call it around here, “HangOver in a Can”!
     
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  29. I buy it quite often, mainly in the bigger cans. Now and then I run across it in 24 ounce.
     
  30. SilverJimmy
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    Honest officer, I only had a couple beers…..
     
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