Mel made it out to Herron. 75 miles down I-5 each way running like a top after a visit to Earl’s Garage. Seems the fuel problem was in the carburetor. Several problems were evident: a stuck valve, a missing spring (!), and a faulty fuel accelerator pump. Amazing that I was able to drive him at all. Afterward he drove like a champ, better than ever since I got him up and running. It was amazing! No longer the three tries on the starter to get started, the fainting spells going up hill, the poor acceleration getting up to speed, or rough idling.
Decided to give Mel a bit of bling for the upcoming parade:
Mel got lots of attention on the island. The poll on whether to paint or keep as is has tilted toward – drum roll please – keeping as is. Several have gone so far as to recommend clear coating him to preserve the patina. That may be a bit extreme but I do know that more work is needed on several fronts:
1. Replace the fuel float so I can tell how much gas is in the tank
2. Replace the valve cover gasket and adjust the valves while at it.
3. Replace the heater core
4. Redo the interior
5. Deep clean the motor and interior.
But that’s for later. In the meantime I’m happy to report a very successful trip down to the island and back. On the highway Mel enjoyed the 45-50 mph range. He’s geared so low in the rear end that much higher than that is excessive. The new tires and shocks made a huge difference.
For now, back to basic trips around town. Maybe an upcoming auto show?