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Re: Winter projects
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I know that when it comes to getting rid of dog and cat excrement smells, that the go to product on my list is "Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover for Dogs, Enzymatic Formula Dog Stain & Odor Remover". I recommended it to a friend whose dogs refuse to go outside to piss and crap and it got rid of the smell. I also provided them with tips on how to break their 3 medium size dogs from using the house as a toilet.

Nature's Miracle is available in quart and gallon sizes. It took about 5 days to break their dog's bad habit and the better part of a day for them the clean the carpets with it.

Posted on: 10/16 2:08:06
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Re: Not cranking over
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Shane,

You did not mention how you determined it was the neutral switch. As a FYI, the ignition switch itself is an electrical weak point as it was under engineered. The contacts on an old ignition switch wear out in such a manner that when the key is turned to the start position the switch does not provide enough current to engage the solenoid.

Posted on: 10/16 1:50:31
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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The secret to an outstanding paint job lies in a flawless foundation, which is all about surface prep and primer. For instance on my ’32 901 I had the body all repaired (e.g. rusty panels replaced) and the first spray of primer (2 coats) looked good. Then I went to block sanding it with 80 through 320 grits in a “X” pattern. While it looked good, there were high and low spots. On real low spots (probably less than 1/64”) I used a quality finishing putty (Blaze Glaze) to fill them in followed up with another 2 to 3 coats of primer. Then back to block sanding in a X pattern. Once I got it looking great it was sprayed with a very light coat of black primer. Then block sanded it with 320 grit paper in order to find the trouble areas. Trouble areas were repeated as above until all was great looking.

In all, I used about 1.5 to 2 gallons of an epoxy on all bare metal as it is tough as nails. The follow up primer was a high solids primer and I used around 2.5 gallons. I’m sure that 75% of the primer went floating around some place in Southern California.

Good Luck with your project - Its looking great.

Posted on: 10/14 17:17:14
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Re: Best way to start an engine after years of sitting
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On #1 I would not fill the cylinders with Mystery Oil or any oil. I've found that too much oil in the cylinders can lead to carbon buildup. I would suggest a squirt or two of diesel fuel that is ~ 10% (or so) oil.

At step #4 look at the oil pressure gauge and ensure that you have some oil pressure. Once you start the engine make sure that you have good oil pressure A.S.A.P.

Posted on: 9/10 15:29:25
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Re: 1942 "160" Engine Questions
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On my '55 (two 4 barrels) the acc. pump was worn out and very loose. It meant that very little gas was pumped when the car was given more throttle. A fast flooring of the car cause major hesitation. I removed the air cleaner and looked down both carbs and the issue was readily visible in the front carb. I replaced the pump in place (being extremely careful not to drop anything down the hole. Problem went away.

It is very easy to check to see if the pump isn't working

Posted on: 8/30 8:06:54
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Re: 1942 "160" Engine Questions
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The engine stalling when the throttle is opened very quickly. Could that be an issue with the accelerator pump in the carburetor?

Posted on: 8/25 17:22:20
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Re: Carpet
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A milk carton crate sounds a lot better than the 5 gallon bucket I used as a teenager. I was working on the interior of my newly purchased '49 Chevy and had the front seat out. I needed to move the car all the way into the garage. Grabbed a bucket to sit on. The bucket placed me higher than normal. As I let the clutch out I loss my balance as the bucket tipped backwards along with me. The car lurched forward and only by the grace of God I was able to grab the emergency brake handle. The car stopped inches from the back wall.

At the time I knew if I had gone through the wall my dad would have killed me. In retrospect, he would have killed and I'm sure that he and mom would have had a good laugh as they watch me repair the mess.

Posted on: 8/14 19:38:06
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Re: Adding antifreeze every 50 miles 1937 115
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I wasn't sure if it was pressurized or not. But I know from the 4 or 5 older cars whose cooling systems that I have flushed with OA the average person would be amazed at the junk that comes out after the OA has been circulated in a hot system for 20 or so minutes.

Posted on: 8/14 11:47:49
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Re: Adding antifreeze every 50 miles 1937 115
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Looking at the froth in you radiator I would flush your system before doing doing anything. There area few posts on using oxalic acid (OA) for flushing your system and how to neutralize it. Good stuff. Du-pont use to sell a kit. You can buy OA on the internet for ~$20 a lb. You'll need some sodium carbonate or sodium bi-carbonate to neutralize the OA. Make sure you flush without a thermostat in the system.

Posted on: 8/14 8:00:25
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Re: Stewart's 1955 Packard 400
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Looking at the inside of your car, if it were mine, I would get it sand blasted. Then seal around all the seams that sandblasting could not get to with a urethane caulking compound. Next I would spray (2 coats) or brush (1 coat) on Rust-Oleum. Install the stuff I mentioned above.

If the body is off the frame, I would sand blast it use Rust-Oleum primer and then paint with a good chassis paint (Try TCP Global).

Posted on: 8/14 7:50:51
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