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The GREAT Ms. American 3.14159 Super Tuned Engine Caper

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  1. JCAllison

    JCAllison Well-Known Member

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    Hey Mr. Action,
    GREAT information. Will follow this.

    JC
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    Hey 70XL
    Was talking to Tim Bryant at the A Bit Personal Computer Shoppe about this yesterday. He says the same thing as YOU. And he also suggested ANOTHER way to do it using Team Viewer, which would permit working on each computer from any other computer.

    Haven't been able to get a suitable Ethernet Card for either The Scorcher or the Screamer, but Tim found a USB to Ethernet Adapter for Windows 2000 yesterday, and it has been ordered. Supposed to be here by January 18, 2018.

    There's actually no reason to have The Scorcher on line. It is the Graphics Computer here. And the only reason that The Screamer has to be Internet Enabled is to get DirectX off of the Web. The M-Audio Delta 1010LT Software require DirectX 8.1 (or later), and all available DirectX is Web Installed. Can't download it to a USB Flash Drive and then install it. It has to come direct from the Microsoft Web Site to install properly.

    Anyway, am in a bit of disarray around here. Much maintenance work needs doing, and am still a bit over-extended from yesterday.

    Hope YOU are staying warm.

    JC
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    I am looking for a carb mixture adjustment screw driver as well. Every year I go back to Michigan to visit family. (And to go to the Woodward Dream Cruise) This is where I have my Mark III. I know from my last visit the mixture is not correct. And reaching down there with a very small screw driver is difficult at best. And with a hot engine there is added pleasure of a burn. The left side mixture screw isn't reachable at all.

    So like you, I am looking for a screw driver of sorts that has a long flexible shaft with a flat blade to engage the mixture screws. I have not devoted much time to that search since I won't be back in Michigan until August 2018.

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    the one iuse the most is a mac tools cc800-8. one is available on ebaynow- $60 listed under ebay motors- carb adjusting tools
    mac no longer lists it
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    Action Moderator Staff Member Respected Member

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    $60 + another $10 for shipping. And looks like the lid is broken off of the box.

    A bit rich for me.

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    https://www.amazon.ca/Eazypower-79001-2-Inch-Screwdriver-10-Piece/dp/B00004Z064/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1515622396&sr=8-6&keywords=flex+driver+accessory

    Is this the kind of thing you're thinking of?
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    Hey All,
    Wednesday, January 11, 2018, Almost Late Afternoon Update.

    Checked to see if the Cold Idle Screw was stuck on the highest step of the three step Idle Cam. It was not. Decided to see if cold, the Neoprene Tubing on the Idle Mixture Screws would, turn if they were manipulated close to the front of the Autolite 4100. THEY WOULD!

    Left them where they were, and started the 3.14. It started right up, and took some Throttle Tending till it got warm enough to settle into a surging 600 to 700 RPM Idle.

    With the Vacuum Line to the Distributor clamped, the 3.14 idling up and down from (estimated) 600 and 700 RPM, the Vacuum Gauge was showing 10 in/Hg. surging to 14 in/Hg and back again, over and over. The Timing Light showed the Numbers on the Damper going between just slightly more than 10 degrees BTDC, and 15 degrees BTDC.

    So there Ms. American sat, running at operating temperature.

    First thing to do was to turn the Driver's Side Idle Mixture Screw OUT 1/4 turn. Vacuum started UP. Continued turning the Screw OUT, and before it got to another 1/4 turn, the Vacuum went to 15! Continued till the Screw was at 1/2 turn total, and the Vacuum started to go back down. 15 was the best it would do. Left it at that.

    Second thing to do was to turn the Passenger's Side Idle Mixture Screw OUT 1/4 turn. Vacuum started UP. Continued turning the Screw OUT, and before it go to another 1/4 turn, the Vacuum went to just above 16. Continued till the Screw was at 1/2 turn total, and the Vacuum started to go back down. 16 was the best it would do. Left it at that.

    With just those two adjustment to the Idle Mixture Screws, the surging had gone WAY DOWN.

    Third thing was to check the Damper. It was showing 14 degrees BTDC, and was fairly steady. Turned the Distributor till it was at 16 degrees BTDC, and the RPMs were UP! Turned the Hot Idle Screw DOWN 1/4 turned, and the Damper went back down to 14 degrees. Did the turning of the Distributor, till even with an estimated 650 RPM, the Damper was showing 16 degrees BTDC, and the Idle was the smoothest it had been for a couple of weeks.

    Un-clamped the Vacuum Line to the Distributor. The Idle went UP. Damper showed 20 degrees BTDC. Turned the Hot Idle Screw OUT and the idle went back to 650. Vacuum was almost steady fluctuating between 15.5 and 16.

    Figured that THAT was going to be a good as it would get.

    Shut the 3.14 down. Tightened the Distributor Hold Down Bolt.

    Restarted the 3.14, and it was running GOOD! Checked the Damper. It was at 16 degrees BTDC at about 650 RPMs. Vacuum Gauge showed 16 in/Hg.

    Revved the 3.14 up, and the Damper went to 40 degrees BTDC.

    Shut the 3.14 down feeling pretty satisfied.

    Still don't know if after turning the Idle Mixture Screws out almost 1/2 turn that the 3.14 will still need Throttle Tending because the 3.14 was hot. Will know tomorrow when we start her up cold.

    So the LAST thing to do was take all the Equipment (Timing Light, Vacuum Gauge, Screwdriver Handles (leaving the Neoprene Tubing on the Idle Mixture Screws)) OFF of the 3.14. Capped the Vacuum Fitting in the Intake Manifold, and reinstalled the Air Cleaner.

    With everything back together, restarted 3.14.

    WONDERS OF WONDERS, the Idle is back to turbine smooth with ABSOLUTELY NO SURGING!

    Starting the 3.14 tomorrow morning will tell whether it will still need Throttle Tending. If it does, without changing anything else, will schedule the installation of the Mustangs Etc. Manual Choke Conversion for right after the Sound/Music System is operational.

    Hopefully the 3.14 will start and run as good as it did this afternoon. Can live with the Throttle Tending.

    Weather Guessers are saying it is supposed to rain tomorrow, and back to freezing temperature at night till Sunday. Will just have to wait and see.

    On a side note, got both the Upstairs and the Downstairs Litter Boxes changed today.

    Will keep you all updated if, when, and as progress occurs.

    WHEW!

    JC
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    Here's one that lists Windows 2000, and even older operating systems. There have to be a lot NIC's that will work in the Scorcher. This is not only about being online, but being able to share files and printers across all the machines.

    https://www.amazon.ca/STARTECH-ST10...&qid=1515622598&sr=8-1&keywords=ethernet+card
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    Hi there,

    To quote a certain oldtimer:

    Everything happens when it is supposed to happen!


    Mel
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    i still say you have a vac leak. you just covered it up.
    the carb adjuster is expensive, but i was using it to make a living--cheap--
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    "https://www.amazon.ca/Eazypower-79001-2-Inch-Screwdriver-10-Piece/dp/B00004Z064/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1515622396&sr=8-6&keywords=flex+driver+accessory

    Is this the kind of thing you're thinking of? "


    I think that might work. However it is a Canadian seller. When I pull it up the Amazon sites it states, "This item does not ship to your selected location."

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    Hey Mel,
    "Oldtimer"? :) What about Young at Heart? :)

    Supposed to rain here today. Will have to be content to just START Ms. American to see if what was done yesterday has taken hold, or if she was just messing with me.

    Am thinking that Friday (which is supposed to be sunny) will be the time to take the old Gal out for yet another test drive, and a fill up at the Conoco, now that the Rosemary's Miscarriage is "kink-free".

    The numerous Projects are in kind of another "limbo", as we are once again awaiting arrival of stuff that has been ordered on-line. Had some Carson MJ-25 Bar Magnifiers that have been on order since December 27, 2017 from B&H Photo, but they seem to be on terminal back-order, so have cancelled the order as of this morning. Am also awaiting arrival of a USB to Ethernet Adapter which is supposed to arrive on or before January 18, 2018.

    Hopefully today will find The Scorcher up-and-running in the upstairs Computer Room.

    Plus, there is ALWAYS maintenance stuff that needs doing around here. So it's not like there's nothing to do.

    Anyway, it's still like swimming in frozen honey.

    Take care.

    JC
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    Hey Randy,
    But haven't been able to find it if THAT is so.

    How is THAT possible?

    JC
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    Hey All,
    Thursday, January 11, 2018, Morning Update:

    Got all the chores finished, or in the works this morning, and went out to start Ms. American. She started the BEST she has started for literally YEARS. The 3.14 caught after just a couple of revolutions. The 3.14 tried to die a couple of times, but was easy to catch. It ran for a couple of minutes and then went to an estimated 700 RPM idle with no more throttle tending. ALL the surging is gone.

    Other than the Idle Mixture Screws each being turned OUT slightly less than 1/2 turn, and the Initial Timing ending up at 16 degrees BTDC at idle, nothing else was changed yesterday. Also, the explosive increase in RPMs when the Throttle is blipped is BACK! If this morning is any indication, the old Gal seems to be PRETTY happy. Hope she stays that way. Will just have to wait and see.

    Am hoping that the old Gal is going to finally get back to being her old "reliable" self. Will be driving her as often as possible to see if she will cease having issues. If she will do that for a month or so, will then turn attention to rebuilding Lorrie Van Haul's Front Suspension and Steering as promised. Lorrie has just been WONDROUS through all of this. The trip to Livingston on Tuesday went flawlessly. She never got above 175 degrees. She is such a big, gentle old thing.

    Weather is supposed to be mucky with "heavy thunderstorms" due later today. But tomorrow is supposed to be Sunny. Am going to take Ms. American out for a test drive, and treat her to a fill up at the Conoco.

    Supposed to get cold (29s and 30s) tonight, and every night for the next week. A typical Texas Winter. Will have to cover the Philodendrons, but no heater will be necessary.

    BTW, Ms. American is due for her Inspection and NEW Registration Sticker this month. It appears that everything happens when it's supposed to happen.

    Got The Scorcher up and running this morning. She had been disconnected since Monday. Had to catch up on the January Diary entries that are done on The Scorcher.

    Anyway, have some maintenance stuff to do here today. Laundry, clean bed linens, straighten up around here. Just a nitzy task day to be done while wandering around the house.

    Will keep you all updated if, when, and as progress occurs.

    Take care everyone.

    JC
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    Hey All,
    Friday, January 12, 2018, Late afternoon Update:

    Temperature finally got to 40 degrees around noon. Needed to go out and about, and intended to have Ms. American be the transport. She started right up, and after a short warm up, backed her out of the Car Port and headed on our way.

    There was a VERY pronounced THUMPTHUMPTHUMP that increased with speed.

    Pulled out onto the FM3459, and headed South for Hwy 190. The THUMPING gradually resided, and by the time we got to 190, it was for the most part gone. Wasn't worried about it because I knew what it was... The Tires were COLD, and they have been sitting for over three weeks, and as a result they were flat on the bottom. As the Tires warmed up, they got back to being ROUND!

    Took Ms. American to the Conoco where she took $34.00 worth the Gasoline.

    Pulled out of the Conoco, heading West. Went up onto and over the Bridge at the Trinity River Bridge, and out the four miles to Rosa's Tacos.

    On the way, kicked the 3.14 out of Overdrive at 50 MPH, and with the Accelerator to the floor, went from 50 MPH to 80 MPH in VERY short order. The 3.14 was turbine smooth, and as powerful feeling and smooooth as ever.

    Pulled into to Rosa's Tacos, and turned around.

    Heading back East to Onalaska.

    Went over the apex of the Bridge, and started down. Kicked out of Overdrive at 50 MPH, and 80 MPH came up even quicker than the last time seeing as to how we were going downhill. The old Gal never missed a beat and felt VERY solid.

    Made it into Onalaska where the speed limit is 50 MPH, and then 40 MPH.

    Went to the A Bit Personal Computer Shoppe, and parked to go in to see Tim. But before shutting the 3.14 down, noticed that the idle was up somewhat from what it was earlier.

    Remember a few posts back, Kevin mentioned that the passage ways in the Autolite 4100 could uses cleaning? Am thinking that the two stints up to 80 MPH at maximum acceleration MAY have cleared out the passage ways!

    After visiting with Tim, had to get Milk at the Valero's, and met a couple of guys who were intrigued with Ms. American. Talked with them a bit, got milk, headed home, and parked in the Carport. Before shutting the 3.14 down, turned the Hot Idle Screw OUT 1/2 turn, down into about a 650 RPM, turbine smooth idle.

    Have to do grocery shopping tomorrow. Will take Ms. American out again. She starts right up now, idles GREAT, drives WONDROUSLY, and seems willing to be reliable. Barring any kind of mishap, or NEW issue, will be using her to get out and about in preparation for: 1. Going into Houston on March 5, 2018 for an MDeity appointment, and 2. Becoming the Daily Driver while Lorrie Van Haul gets her promised Front Suspension and Steering refurbished.

    Since everything happens when it's supposed to happen, am hoping that Ms. American's time has come.

    Anyway, will, of course, keep you all updated if, when, and as progress occurs.

    Take care all.

    JC
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    BRAVO JC......GREAT SHOW and BRAVO Ms. American.....ya see y'all CAN get along and play purty!! ;):):D
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    Hey Jack,
    Kind of going by feel here. Have in the past few months, not felt very well when being out with Ms. American. Kind of a tenseness, a trepidation that at any moment, she is going to come up with some kind of glitch. But yesterday while going across the Trinity River on the Big Bridge, the feeling was REALLY good. She was running between 50 MPH, and up to 80 MPH and back down to 50 MPH twice (once going and once coming back), and she did it so effortlessly, so smoothly! Like she was GLAD to be doing it.

    Told my friend Tim Bryant about the excursion, and he reminded me that a few weeks back that he had said maybe all the old Gal needed was to be taken out, and run hard for a bit. At the time, was reticent to do THAT. But yesterday, it just felt right.

    Will tell her you said THAT!

    Noticed yesterday that all the stuff (Tools, Equipment, Parts, Materials, and etc.) that have been being used to deal with the old Gal recently has been stored securely in her Trunk, and yesterday it would rattle and clatter with every little bump in the road (and there are a LOT of them in this little berg) and with the "flat spotted" Tires, until they warmed up. Now that everything seems to have straightened out, am going to get everything that isn't necessary out of the Trunk and into the Sound/Music Studio which will do away with the rattle and clatter.

    Anyway, it's cold here again this morning. Supposed to be this way till next Thursday (January 18, 2018). The days are nice from about noon till sundown, then it gets cold pretty quickly. Typical Texas Winter.

    Hope this finds YOU comfy.

    Take care.

    JC
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    We're warm and comfy inside but low 40's outside right now JC........remember Internal Combustion Engines LOVE COLD AIR......so go drive her again today....she'll be grateful and she LOVES the attention!!;)

    Stay warm.....travel safe!!:D
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    It is this adjustment that made your difference.

    "First thing to do was to turn the Driver's Side Idle Mixture Screw OUT 1/4 turn. Vacuum started UP. Continued turning the Screw OUT, and before it got to another 1/4 turn, the Vacuum went to 15! Continued till the Screw was at 1/2 turn total, and the Vacuum started to go back down. 15 was the best it would do. Left it at that"

    Based on your description more fine tuning could be done and it is pretty good where it is at now. The technology back then was not precise at all. Because of the technology the fuel system is not very efficient most of the time. The goal for fuel air mixture is to start out rich and move towards lean until a drivability issue is encountered. This is for all of the systems in the carb. (Idle mixture, choke, accelerator pump ....)

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    Hey Jack,
    It's about 29 degrees outside. Won't get above freezing till noon.

    Won't HAVE to get out till tomorrow. And am not disposed to just go out to be going out. Risk and expense. We're all right as long as we eschew extravagance.

    Am caught up with everything that needs doing. Am in a waiting mode for the other pending projects. Am thinking that maybe a payment could be made toward the sleep debt here. Maybe a nappie is in order.

    Just have to wait and see how everything feels.

    Take care.

    JC

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