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Acceleration torque steer
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My 50 is suffering from quote severe torque steer when acceleration sharply. I have been advised that it is a rear suspension issue - either a broken leaf spring or a broken leaf spring center bolt. It is a funny feeling as the car seems to pull sharply left on acceleration and then seems to fall down flat when lifting of the power. It seems dangerous as if it will loose control. What is your opinions? I cannot see anything obviously broken with the car on the ground.

Posted on: 2016/7/1 5:29
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Re: 1949 RHD
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I can send some photos if you want. This was taken a few years ago when the front was removed.

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Posted on: 2015/5/12 0:02
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Re: Autolite Dizzy - Vacuum advance shot
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Managed to open up the canister. Very tight fit and obviously not meant to be repaired. Looked at rubber duck material, but it is too thick. Found a chemical resistant glove material that I think will do the trick as it is same thickness and pliability? Should be durable as well. Now the biggest issue is to re-attach diaphragm to shaft and then refit and totally seal the 2 halves of the canister.

Posted on: 2015/5/11 23:49
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Re: Autolite Dizzy - Vacuum advance shot
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My Auto Lite:

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Posted on: 2015/5/4 5:28
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Re: Autolite Dizzy - Vacuum advance shot
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Thanks for the offer DAF! But also we don't have a very good working post office system anymore - they are always striking and loosing packages! I recently waited 6 months for a package from the US! 2 Weeks to fly 10 000 k's from US and 5+ months to get from the postage depot 20 k's from my house!!!

Anyway, here is a photo of my distributor attached. I am investigating using a cloth fabric impregnated with nitrile rubber as replacement material. Dont know how to open up the canister yet....as well as how to crimp the rod and canister closed so it can be airtight....some good write ups online, but it seems to be a tough little job! Best Regards.

Barrie

Posted on: 2015/5/4 5:23
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Autolite Dizzy - Vacuum advance shot
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Mine is not holding when sucked.....

So what is the result on my engine if this does not work?

How problematic is this where you are? Keeping in mind I am in AFRICA and it seems to be an impossible piece to repair here...any advice will be appreciated!

Posted on: 2015/4/30 12:53
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Re: Starter Motor
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Try a Massey Ferguson TE20 starter. The starter housing looks the same.

Posted on: 2014/11/26 1:19
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Re: Michael's Starter motor bust and Barries car on the road - - - -
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Past sunday club meeting. First time in attendance with the Packard and a 50 km drive on the highway. Went wonderfully at 55mph! Lots of interest from the crowds as these are very very scarce here.

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Posted on: 2012/11/20 5:12
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Re: 1948 Super Eight Resurrection
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Joey

I like the whitewalls but it is difficult to keep clean and impossible to get in Africa. In my case I had to settle for thin white wall radials as it is all I can get locally! I also have the later 54 style hubcaps as they were cheaper on e-bay. Sometimes I have to sacrifice originality for the sake of having the car driveable and at least look like something. Are you running radials? I find mine very comfortable.
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Re: Michael's Starter motor bust and Barries car on the road - - - -
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Hi Michael!

Congratulations on a wonderfull hosting of the games in London!

I think we are experiencing a kinda de javu? Early on in my restoration my casing also broke clean off with a backfire.... I also had it welded as that part is totally unobtainable in SA. What I did find afterwards is that the welding was a very small bit skew or out of true, meaning that the starter gear tended to catch just a teeny bit after the car started. Sometimes you could hear the gear touching the flywheel. Fixed this with a thick spacer between the starter and bell housing. About 0.5mm made from a gasket material. This just moves the gear out of the way. In my case I have to make these kinda plans as getting a replacement is impossible ... sometimes I must laugh at myself for the kind of plans I have to make haha!

As a long term project I would like to look at a modern replacement starter to be adjusted as I believe once pot metal has cracked you cant really depend on it. The smallest imperfection in the welding means that starter can let you down at the most awkward time. I dont want that.

Good luck and send some photos of your car.

By the way, I bought myself some British problems the other day...see photo.

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Posted on: 2012/8/6 3:35
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