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    What do compression gauge numbers mean?

    One thing that always surprised me was the high readings from my compression gauge. Normally one doesn’t care about the actual gauge reading when testing an engine, just that all readings are close...
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    Well, I'm a little far away, so my kit isn't...

    Well, I'm a little far away, so my kit isn't common to the UK. It's an ERA from New Britain, Ct.

    Since my car probably weighs close to yours (2500 lbs) and holds a big block, I thought I ought to...
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    I have a heavy engine (FE) and my front springs...

    I have a heavy engine (FE) and my front springs are 250 lbs/in. My manual listed them as 14" uncompressed, but I see by my notes, they were actually 12" long. The car seems firm enough, but then I...
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    I just run without a choke. When cold, it cranks...

    I just run without a choke. When cold, it cranks long enough before it fires to get the oil circulated. When hot, it doesn't matter as oil will already be everywhere.

    Not so easy on the starter...
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    I wasn't aware of those adjustable vacuum chamber...

    I wasn't aware of those adjustable vacuum chamber tops ChrisP posted about, but they look like a good idea for more than their adjustability. Anyone who has ever changed a spring knows that a...
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    Put a paperclip on the vacuum chamber rod and see...

    Put a paperclip on the vacuum chamber rod and see if it's moved after a run. Never tried this myself.

    The way I knew they were opening is when I took a 260 lb friend for a drive. You could tell...
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    Here's two good ones. The one by Jeff Williams...

    Here's two good ones. The one by Jeff Williams has some troubleshooting stuff in it, and the one by Dave Emanuel seems to have more info on modifying. Either should cover anything you need to know......
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    Yes, I'm pleased you have it fixed. I do wonder...

    Yes, I'm pleased you have it fixed. I do wonder about it though. Has this problem always been there, or is it a recent problem? If the problem suddenly showed up, then how did it go out of...
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    Yes, I have often thought that for a street...

    Yes, I have often thought that for a street engine, HP throughout the range is more important than peak Hp. I made up a representation below. One can see all the extra Hp the big block has in green....
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    Yes, first step is to check the needle and seat...

    Yes, first step is to check the needle and seat which can be done without removing the float bowl. Next step would be to remove the float bowl and check the float is full of fuel (if it's the hollow...
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    I adjusted the secondary idle gap. Unfortunately,...

    I adjusted the secondary idle gap. Unfortunately, the secondary adjustment screw is underneath and is difficult if not impossible to adjust with the carb installed. However, (and memory is not good...
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    Yup! And the real danger is when we think we are...

    Yup! And the real danger is when we think we are better than we are....

    Lloyd & Clive: It's quite gratifying to have both of you coming to basically the same conclusion as myself, but yet from...
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    How much Hp do I have? or need....

    Our cars, usually with modified engines, present a minor problem for me, and maybe you. Just how much horsepower does it have? I’ve been asked this question a few times. Not nearly so much as the...
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    Magic Crank Repair

    A little while back,, I was searching for some pictures on my PC and stumbled across some pics of a spare 428 crank I have. In one of them, there was a crack:

    https://i.imgur.com/uIv1wHY.jpg

    I...
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    I avoid it by the way I get into my car. Now you...

    I avoid it by the way I get into my car. Now you ought to substitute "right" for "left" in the following explanation as my car is left-hand drive. I'd do it for you, but would probably get mixed up...
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    Eggbert's Wish for the Holidays

    This hasn’t been a very nice year. We’ve had the virus, the associated stock market crash and major political issues in at least the UK and the USA. There's been other issues, and in my family a...
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    Something Different

    I haven't posted much lately. I've been busy. A promise long overdue had to be fulfilled. A potting shed for the missus.

    I'm no carpenter, but I'm rather pleased with the shed. I fully admit to...
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    I wanted to reply to this thread touting a...

    I wanted to reply to this thread touting a product I used years ago, but I can't find it anymore. It was a two-part system; cleaner and then neutralizer. It worked fairly well. So I'll try the next...
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    Yes, very nice layout! You move quick getting...

    Yes, very nice layout! You move quick getting that done already!!!

    Anyone remember this:

    https://i.imgur.com/6ZQQgfg.jpg
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    Be very careful about adding a capacitor across...

    Be very careful about adding a capacitor across "anything"! It's basically the same as a battery, and if the sensor shorts, it can provide a high amperage spark that could cause the fuel tank to...
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    My set is dormant at the moment, but my grandsons...

    My set is dormant at the moment, but my grandsons are almost old enough to use it.

    I did like to collect cars I liked. Here's my collection (not including the UKCC Cobra as this was a picture...
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    I posted bit about my layout. You can find it...

    I posted bit about my layout. You can find it here: http://www.cobraclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=58488&highlight=scalextric
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    Very good. Jay often try's to dominate a...

    Very good. Jay often try's to dominate a conversation when he's with someone else. Alone, he did very well. Notice how tactful he was about kit-cars... LOL. In any event, an amazing car.
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    California, I believe.

    California, I believe.
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    Yes Mark; now that you mention it I've had a...

    Yes Mark; now that you mention it I've had a de-humidifier ice up even in warm weather. It seems if the humidity is too high, it runs too long before stopping and it ices up. I'm not sure how it...
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