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1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Reassembled and running

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Not quite @paulplom standard but hopefully good enough.


Hand bent the vacuum lines. No idea as to the original routing but this made sense.


Oil pressure line has a gentle coil, vacuum line split and connected with rubber vacuum hose (needs clamps). Made up a little piece to screw down to the firewall, with a piece of rubber hose around each pipe to protect it. The oil pressure line has the original coiled spring cover over it which is nice.

Hopefully that'll do. Need to run a wire up the same way for the oil pressure switch, going to install a light for that as a secondary warning.



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Sorted the seal on the washer pump. Think I should also be able to improve the wipers. Ultimately the motor needs a rebuild but I should be able to improve it a little.

Cleaned the points, set the timing, set the mixture a little better. Need a thermostat.


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I've been directed towards a guy who professionally rebuilds Trico wiper motors and he's not that bad in terms of price. I think that may be a viable option.

I cleaned and reassembled the wiper motor.


The paddle is a slightly tighter fit but still doesn't make adequate contact all the way around as the rubber is old, worn and perished.


I tried hooking up the vacuum canister to see if the extra stored vacuum (aren't privatives funny, how can you store nothingness?) but that had little effect.


It got dark so to actually do something productive I pulled the car out onto the street and set the headlight aim correctly. I also pulled the parking brake on and drove down the street with that extra load, which burned all the crap out of the cylinders. I had a thought and parked up, chocked the wheels, put the brakes on and brought the engine up to the stall speed of the fluid coupling in Drive. I then set the ignition timing for maximum engine RPM. That's a way to make it get warm quickly.


There's a little mayo on the oil filler cap so short runs in this humid weather means a lot of moisture had collected inside the engine.

I think I have it about right because now, from about 1000 RPM if I blip the throttle the engine revs up faster than the tacho needle can keep up and it screeches the fanbelt momentarily. 

I also noticed, with the lights off that the turn signal arrows were blinking in time with the ignition, rather odd. I pulled the connectors off the bulbs at the front and it went away so the wiring is collecting the RF energy from the ignition system and the balance of the system is so that the LED bulbs are illuminated slightly (which really doesn't take much at all). I think I'll change them out for incandescent bulbs.

It does show the system is noisy though so that needs to be addressed. New plugs, wires, condenser and points should help.



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