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Tom B
06-30-2008, 05:50 PM
The car is a 55 President State Sedan, with a 289 and 12 volt elect system.

I solved the problem of the plugged supply line in the tank, have fuel from the tank to the carb. I made sure everything was clear, turned the green knob to power the car, turned the switch and it started (after a shot of ether.) Idling fast and rough. I got it slowed down to maybe 800 to 1000, but it's rough as the proverbial cob and stumbles at the least throttle. (vacuum advance works)

Background. The Distributor was running my 53 232 until I put in a distributor with a Pertronix unit. The carb was rebuilt by Dave Tbow. I rebuilt the fuel pump with a kit from Dave. Jon Myer, from whom I bought the engine, said it was running when they pulled it.

I suspected low fuel flow, so I put in a gravity feed, but there was no improvement. There is no backfiring, moving the distributor doesn't seem to help.

I had to rewire the spark plugs, but I think I got them right.

I think I've covered everything, all suggestions gratefully accepted.

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Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction) 334 hrs.
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

N8N
06-30-2008, 05:54 PM
vacuum leak? is there an unplugged fitting on the carb? did you plug the vacuum port for the power brakes?

nate

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Tom B
06-30-2008, 06:00 PM
I thot so, I'll have to check.

Nope, there is a solid brass plug in the back of the iron base.

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'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction) 334 hrs.
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

bams50
06-30-2008, 09:32 PM
Thanks for the update, Tom. I always enjoy progress reports[^]



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N8N
06-30-2008, 09:42 PM
what about the #7 intake runner?

nate

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Tom B
06-30-2008, 09:50 PM
Its got something with a hex head in it. (so stated because I haven't had it out, and wonder if it was NPT or SAE threads.) When the carb came back from Dave, there was a loose nipple for a 1/4 vacuum line, and the port at the back of the base had this brass plug in it. I'll try tomorrow with an unlit bottle torch to try to find a vacuum leak. I had a vacuum gage on it and it seemed to get only 5 lbs of vacuum.

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Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction) 334 hrs.
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

Tom B
07-01-2008, 12:30 PM
Taking to heart the vacuum leak suggestion it came to me that I hadn't torqued the intake manifold. I set the wrench to 28 lbs and went to work. All of them were in the neighborhood of finger tight. Ditto carb mounting nuts. I started it up and it ran wonderfully for maybe five seconds, then went back to stumbling. I haven't tried the bottle torch test yet, that's probably next. I've put in an electric fuel pump and have found two (very small) not tight fittings, but that can't be the problem. I'm using static timing, my old neon timing light won't lite up the timing marks. I'm thinking seriously about building up another distributor and putting that in.

How do I bump the starter with a remote switch? I have the switch, don't know where to connect it, experiment hasn't told me.

Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President State sedan (under construction)336 hrs
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana Cars.

N8N
07-01-2008, 01:09 PM
One leg to the battery, one leg to the "S" terminal (white/red) on the starter solenoid. Disconnect the green wire from the solenoid if you don't want to start the engine. (that's the ballast resistor bypass wire) If the car still has the 6V solenoid or nobody's run the ballast bypass you won't have a green wire to worry about.

nate

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ClaymoreWW
07-01-2008, 03:51 PM
hmmm...someone suggested tightening the intake manifold last night on the phone - i wonder who? ;)

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Tom B
07-01-2008, 04:08 PM
It needed tightening, but didn't solve the problem.

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Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction) 334 hrs.
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

54-61-62
07-01-2008, 08:21 PM
Have you run compression check on the engine? Do you know if it was 'good' before it got put in this car?

Also, on a side note, I've had problems with some replacement points and rotors for the distributor. Seems they give erratic running. Try to stick to points that are ALL metal arm with a fiber insulator. The points that are plastic with a metal point arm riveted on are trash.

Tom B
07-01-2008, 09:20 PM
These points ran my 53 for a year or so, with no change as I moved the distributor to this car.

Compression check is iffy. I can't access the driver's side plugs due to presence of power steering. It had compression as I turned the crank for valve setting on the engine stand.

Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President State sedan (under construction, 336 hrs)
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana Cars.

Tom B
07-02-2008, 08:33 AM
I replaced the coil. He lives. George, you gave me the good coil for Christmas one year on another 289. Thanks.


Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President State sedan (under construction, 336 hrs)
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana Cars.

BobGlasscock
07-02-2008, 02:22 PM
varoom, VARoom, VAROOM!! :D Go for drive now!

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