This summer since I finished the engine work has been swamped. I have been to exactly two car shows so far. Two weeks ago the kids and I drove to the Sertoma car show in Westerville, OH. While I was setting the car up for the show I spotted some MORE issues. Last weekend it rained so I did not get to work on anything until this weekend.
|When I opened the hood the new cowl seal ripped right off the car. Why?|
|It looks like something stuck the seal to the bottom of the hood. Looks like black sticky stuff. What is on the hood?|
|Ugh! There are remains of the old cowl seal stuck on the hood. These are rock-hard now that everything is cold. Apply heat and everything gets goopy. That glued the hood to the cowl seal. I scraped off as much of this as I could then I used a rag and some kerosene to clean the debris off. That should solve the problem|
|The passenger side of the seal peeled loose too. This was just me not putting enough glue on. Both loose spots got re-glued.|
|This oil on the engine block got my attention. I thought maybe the oil filter return line (the silver line wrapping around in this picture) was leaking. I could find nothing so I probably just sloshed some oil when I filled the engine. The same rag and kerosene I used on the hood cleaned this right up.|
|There was more oil on the passenger side engine tin. It was just a few drops. Turns out the oil pressure gauge line (the copper tube in the picture) is dripping. I tightened it down a bit. Hopefully that fixed the problem. That rag got used a third time to wipe up the mess.I did not get a picture of it but the lower radiator hose was seeping at the radiator connection. I just tightened the hose clamp.|
|This is the heat riser again. It is frozen in position (I can’t even budge it). You can see the bi-metallic thermostat spring is totally off the pin. Time to pull this out.|
Wow! Look at all the soot. I am probably running a little rich. That is not a big surprise. In this case the soot is serving a useful purpose in showing that this plate is leaking. Like I said before this cast-iron plate is not exactly flat. I am going to see if I can get it machined flat.
The heat riser shaft simply froze in place in no time. I think the hole in the plate will need to be reamed out a little.
|A machinist at work milled the heat riser plate for me. The only hitch was the part moved a bit so there is a bit of a taper now.|
|I put the part flat on the table of my drill press and chased out the hole a couple of thousandths larger. This also squared the hole to the new flat surface of the iron.|
|I put everything back together. I reused the gasket since it was not damaged. Everything works free and easy. I will check on it when it has been through a few heat cycles.|