Posts Tagged With: Leak

Awesome… Wait… Oh Bummmmmmmer

Over the weekend, I installed the new modern water pump, thermostat and brand new rubber hoses on the old Flathead engine.  It all went together quick and painlessly.  The new pump uses a sealed bearing which should in theory be lower maintenance in the long run. And the thermostat brings the engine temp to 180 degrees instead of the previous 160(there are I guess pros and cons for each temperature, but the 180 degree one seemed like the one I should get.

I took her for a quick spin around the block and it sure ran nice.

I then got ballsy and gave it a long drive on Sunday night.  I got really far away from my house too, but still didn’t try out the highways.  But then she completely stalled and I decided that I was finally out of gas. 

Spare gallon of gas in the car and it popped right back to life.  I drove it around for another while and stopped at a gas station to refill the back up tank.  Still driving magnificently.  I drove about two blocks away from Lake Nokomis when it started to miss and ran out of power again.  So I decided to call it a night.

The drive back to my house involved a lot of careful acceleration and clever coasting, but I did completely stall the car a couple more times.  Nothing new to me, I’m still not a professional carb rebuilder(as I think the problems lie in my carb.) nor am I all that great at diagnosing issues that are not always there.  Give me a flat tire and I know it needs air, you know what I mean.

I parked her in the garage where it idled like a champ again and shut it off.

After I drive the car I like to give it a once over, look under the car, check the engine compartment, verify that I still have proper fluids, etc.

I opened the oil cap and found it was covered in foamy white sludge.

Dag nabbit.

I assume the head gasket has gone out on me again, but I cannot say at this point for sure.  It could be related to having the water pump off for a day, and engine internals exposed to the elements, maybe some water just snuck in there.  It could be the head gasket again, it could be something that I’m completely unfamiliar with.

More than likely it is the head gasket though, as I peeked into the radiator and found a tiny layer of oil in the radiator as well.  Shoot.

That urge to rebuild the engine from the top down gets stronger each day.

Oh well, I’ll keep you all posted no matter what.

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See ya later old parts, you did a great job.

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Rock-Auto.com – supplier of gorgeous new parts! Out of pure luck I ordered an additional gasket, the pump came with a broken one.

 

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Here’s the new water pump surrounded by a freshly painted pulley and fan. Wrapped in a nice little bow with fresh rubber hoses.

 

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Categories: 1947 Dodge Club Coupe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

You’ve just got to turn that frown upside-down!

That’s a smile, not an upside-down frown! Work on that, too!

ImageGas tank still leaks.  That’s just the way it’s gonna be.  66 years of being on this earth is bound to wear most things down.

I’m not just going to sit around and do nothing though, I’ve got plentyto do besides browse the web looking for that  perfect gas tank that also costs half as much as it should with twice as many features. (pssst, somebody please have a spare 1940s dodge gas tank sitting in their garage just taking up space)

There’s fun to be had under that hood.

When I was going through my gas tank drama the other day, the icing on the cake was that a fuel line was leaking by my fuel pump.   I didn’t understand why, so tonight I removed it to further investigate.

ImageThere was two fittings with one piece of cut off metal fuel line, the metal fuel line had a flare at the end which had some distress.  I cleaned the surfaces and tried to put everything back together.  I blew on the fitting and air came out.  I disassembled and tried again.  Finally, after some serious wrenching and hammering, i got it air(and hopefully gas) tight.  I reattached it to the fuel pump and added an inline fuel filter.  Tightened everything back in and stopped that obnoxious little leak dead in its tracks.

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I went to the parts store to replace the fan belt that Myrna and I picked up last week, as it was the right length but the wrong width.  They had to special order it, so not to leave empty handed I purchased some JB Weld.   Regular old JB Weld.  They sell various other forms and formulas, including gas tank repair forms… but the consistency of straight up JB weld is what I am the most familiar with.

I basically coated the entire exposed (and swiss cheese related) corner of the tank with the JB Weld and hoped for a miracle.

Now, JB weld is a two part epoxy.  And somewhere in the near future I think I need to go to ‘two part epoxy mixing school’ as my sister can probably attest to.  As I don’t always seem to get it right.

ImageAll you have to do is dispense equal portions of both tubes, mix thoroughly and apply to a surface.  25 minutes later and it should be set, 18 hours later it should be rock solid.

Well 2 hours later and the whole darn surface was sticky to the touch.  I had to let the old Dodge down off the jack though, so I eased her down and checked the tank for leaks…  ok I see leaks… cool, where are they coming from??  Can’t tell, but I sure do have a lot of gas on my facial hair.

Back on jacks and more JB weld applied…. the waiting continues.

So, anways.  Good day.  I finally did get that fan belt on the car.  Did get a fuel filter and stop one leak… and the gas tank at least looks cool.

Oh, and all the lights still work.

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Categories: 1947 Dodge Club Coupe | Tags: , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Two steps back

I think we’ve all heard that saying, “one step forward and two steps back.” Well, we’re living that saying with the Dodge right now.

It’s frustrating to say the least.

Here’s the deal:  Joel sent me a text late last night with a picture

Fuel Tank Holes

More than one hole – Bummer

and a text: “Gas tank is rotten.”

Followed by, “It’s almost as if the whole top of the tank was held together with dirt.”

Long story short, we need a new gas tank.

Okay. We can do that, I guess. We just need to find a tank. And some money to buy the tank 🙂 Pretty sure money grows on trees so we’re good to go!

Here’s the long story: Joel picked up an epoxy tank repair kit yesterday and planned to patch the “pinhole” in the gas tank after work last night (I mentioned this leak in the post from yesterday, Leaks and more leaks).  He was able to access the tank through the wheel well by removing a rear wheel  and get to the tank without having to do major gymnastics. That’s the good news.

Joel cleaned up the area to patch and….found more than one hole. He found several holes. He found that caked on dirt/grease was probably keeping gas in that tank more so than its metal walls. He found that the tank is aluminum foil thin in places and “basically rusted through. It’s sort of terrible 🙂 ” Joel said via text. It’s possible that the tank was patched long ago and the patch from the past was falling apart in his hands. It’s also just possible that the tank has numerous holes from sitting so long partially full of gas and condensation worked its magic and made many little holes over the years.

Fuel Tank Holes 2

And more holes to patch 😦

With many leaking holes and the epoxy patch kit, Joel worked as quickly as he could to patch as many  holes as he could. Joel said when he patched  a hole he’d get a good feeling  because the fuel stopped leaking on the spot. Instant gratification! A good feeling that quickly left when he looked at the next hole that needed to be patched.

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A successful fuel tank patch!

Joel also discovered  that when you put $20 of gas in the tank and have several leaks in the tank and a leaking fuel pump to boot you end up with, oh, $15 worth of gas on the garage floor by the end of the night. And you also find yourself very, very frustrated. After an hour or so of frantically patching leaks, Joel gave up, put buckets under everything that was still leaking,  headed in the house, and called it a night.

Leaky pump

And a leaky fuel pump 😦

We could try a couple more things to patch the tank. Or we could buy a new tank. We’re planning to get a new tank. And a new fuel pump. We never thought this project would be cheap. Or easy.

But we knew it would be an adventure!

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