Couple weeks worth of set-backs. Had to take this week to get our Rose Parade float chassis ready for its first inspection of the year this Saturday. Called a Mechanical Inspection, or MI, by Tournament, it's one of three required to participate in their parade each year.
Next week's out as well, as I'll be readying my HAMBster for Randy's "Dragfest" the following weekend. I'll be back at it though, the following week, and hope to have more pics for those interested.
Well, got a couple more days to fiddle about in the garage. So ........ cobbled up the spoon gas pedal, and did the initial carbs mount. Used a head flange set I found through the site here, some EMT I had laying about, and a bit of plate for the carb flanges. All in all a nice couple days. Hope to get in a couple more in the next few weeks as well.
Yes, factory info indicates 1949 engines used inserts in the connecting rod bearings except for about 5000 built at the start of the model year.
Precision was the factory's preferred term for insert bearings vs. cast-type for Babbitted bearings. I take it precision refers to non-adjustable bearing construction. The Babbitt bearings were installed with shims which could be gradually removed to adjust bearing clearance and compensate for wear.
The meaning of semi-precision is still not clear. It may be explained in the '47 Shop Manual supplement as it pertains to the interim late '46-early '47 part numbers. I'll try to pick up a copy to learn the answer.
Managed a bit of playtime today, so added the balance tubes to the intake. Also started swapping parts from the 6 garbage SUs (I got in a parts swap awhile back) to paste together 4 that'll work. Number stamped the intake runners & carb bases so's I can keep'em in order in the future as well (beats juggling'em :laugh_3.
Got in a few more play days, so did a bit more on the throttle linkage. Also got the rear brakes & parking brake functional (fronts need new drums yet), fuel system complete from tank through pump, and roll bar added.
Then rolled'er up to the HAMBster's trailer so I could bring the HAMBster down to go through the bottom end. Musical Cars is pretty much the name of the game when you hobby out of a 1918 one car garage. :laugh_1:
Well, Kiddies, all the hoopla from this year's Rose Parade was finally over by the end of February, but I had to take most of March to make some drive train changes to our float chassis. But ....... at last I'm back to the garage.
Got the "common" shaft cobbled up on the throttle linkage, it's now functional to there. Went through the four SUs, and ordered the parts & pieces I'll need to get'em functional. And dug out the Willys Knight dash switch set-up I built for'er back when.
Also butchered a couple of second gen slant six rocker boxes to make a cosmetic "cap" for the Buick one. Just one of my oddball notions, may actually use it if it turns out decent enough.
Next up're the levers & drag links for the throttle. Burlen wants more than I can justify for their repros, so it'll have to be another cobble.
Up in the air on that. I agreed to another year with both Cal Poly's and Sierra Madre's Rose float programs. With those and the drag racing, it tends to rather well saturate a years worth of weekends.
But, I'm putting the 'Brick up for sale this year. I've been racing'er for a decade now, and really want to get back to the street with Cassi. Once she's gone, and I'm back on the street that'll open up time for other meets and even some local runs & shows. So, pending that sale ........
Nice to see the site back, was having withdrawal symptoms.
Finished up the carb linkages during the outage. Pulled the mock-up pb904 out & sold it. Will have the intended pb904 out to the shop I use for slush pumps this year sometime. Plan to get a pic or two of the bell adapter up before it goes back in.