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Offline gbritnell

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Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« on: April 14, 2018, 10:16:56 PM »
Gentlemen,
After many trails and tribulations the flathead engine is running. As the video states many changes were made along the way to first correct my design miscalculations and second to get all the components of and internal combustion engine correct, spark, fuel and compression.
I had the engine ready to go right after Christmas but didn't want to spend time in the cold garage trying to fine tune everything.
The last couple of days saw temperatures in the low 80's here in Ohio so I had no more excuses not to try and get the engine running.
Everything was hooked up, fuel ignition and wiring. I set the ignition timing to around 20 degrees advanced to get started. The fuel needle was just cracked so that I didn't load the plugs right off the bat.
A short spin of the drill while adjusting the carb needle had the engine running on it's own. While running I made adjustments to the distributor but found the timing window was very narrow. A little too much one way or the other would stall the engine.
I started the engine without coolant figuring that whatever changes would need to be made would only be complicated by draining coolant every time. When the engine seemed sorted out I then added coolant and found a few leaks, mainly from the hose clamps. The coolant was drained and the radiator removed so that I could modify the clamps to get a tighter squeeze on the hoses.
I would eventually like to go back to the dual carb setup but for now I'm thrilled to have it running after almost 2 years, from inception to life.
gbrtitnell
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Offline zeeprogrammer

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2018, 10:24:03 PM »
Stunning. That is a beautiful job.  :ThumbsUp:

I mean wow.
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Offline b.lindsey

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2018, 10:26:16 PM »
Another beauty George. I had almost forgotten about this one. What a nice runner too after your tweaks!!

Bill

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2018, 10:39:31 PM »
Another beautiful engine. I knew you would  eventually get it sorted out.  :cartwheel:

Offline steamer

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2018, 10:39:56 PM »
Nicely done George!   I knew you'd sort that out eventually.

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2018, 10:50:15 PM »
Nice one George

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2018, 10:50:32 PM »
Very nice!

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2018, 10:57:19 PM »
Very nice ,your bringing this to NAMES right?

Offline gbritnell

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2018, 10:58:32 PM »
Thanks everyone,
Yup, it'll be displayed and running at NAMES.
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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2018, 11:06:03 PM »
Terrific!!!   :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp:


And 80's in Ohio? You must have been the other side of the front, been 40's here in western NY, ice storm tonight!   :(

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2018, 01:29:08 AM »
Fantastic !! Look forward to seeing you at the show.
Will give you a call on Monday.

Brian
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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2018, 02:46:38 AM »
Congratulations George.  It really is a cool engine.

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2018, 03:48:52 AM »
George,
It's great to hear you got the flat head sorted out. It purrs like a kitten. I look forward to seeing it at NAMES.
Art

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2018, 05:00:21 AM »
Congratulations George.  A beautiful runner. :NotWorthy: :NotWorthy:

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Re: Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2018, 06:05:27 AM »
Wow, George! That is just really impressive!
Beautiful work!
Kim