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.
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.