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    Quote Originally Posted by mschinelli3 View Post
    My car runs between 3-4 in most situations... idle and driving... I'm trying to figure out why its different for different cars... Hope this is a dumb question.. just trying to learn
    Bearing clearances, condition of the oil pump, pump pressure relief valve, oil viscosity, oil filter, idle speed, engine temperature, etc. affect oil pressure. To further confuse things, variations between sending units and gauges may give the appearance of different oil pressures as well.

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    speaking of oil pressure, I turn both oil pump gears around and use the unused gear surfaces to maximize oil pressure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomking View Post
    speaking of oil pressure, I turn both oil pump gears around and use the unused gear surfaces to maximize oil pressure.
    Neat idea, but I have to wonder how much effect it actually has on pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mschinelli3 View Post
    My car runs between 3-4 in most situations... idle and driving... I'm trying to figure out why its different for different cars... Hope this is a dumb question.. just trying to learn
    New rebuilt motor with freshly polished crank and all new bearings..

    Thats why yours is so good.. :P
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    I often look for a good used set of gears ( nice smooth teeth..), I have in the collection when rebuilding. That way there are fresh surfaces for the gears.

    That said you're in Middle TN, so finding any teeth is good, much less smooth ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoinManta View Post
    That said you're in Middle TN, so finding any teeth is good, much less smooth ones.
    Too funny Charles. Being neighbors with W. Virginia, I'm surprised you even know the plural version of tooth.

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    I can lend you my toothers...but I'll need them back!


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    Quote Originally Posted by GoinManta View Post
    I often look for a good used set of gears ( nice smooth teeth..), I have in the collection when rebuilding. That way there are fresh surfaces for the gears.
    In a pinch you can flip the short gear around..just sayin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    Too funny Charles. Being neighbors with W. Virginia, I'm surprised you even know the plural version of tooth.

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    What is 10 feet long and has 8 teeth (answer) front row at family re-union photo session
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    Update on Blue

    Last week I decided Blue needed a tiny bit of lowering in the front. I had a lowering spring that had been removed from another car so no cost to me other than labor. I started early figuring I'd be done before lunch. Things progressed normally until I got ready to re-install the lowering spring which is usually easier than re-installing the original spring. After I fought installing the spring eyes bolts for a few hours it finally dawned on me that the spring might be hitting the lower ball joints. After removing the spring and doing a little grinding the spring went back in and the bolt holes lined up with little effort.

    The end result appears to be a 1/2" lower front end. I would have liked a little more but can/will live with the end result.

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    Fuel Gauge

    The fuel level sender in the tank had been rebuilt by OGTS when the car was restored back in 2004. Now that doesn't sound too bad but...... I removed the sender shortly after I got the car and cleaned the contacts up restoring a weak signal to the gauge. It would never read full and finally it quit working again. With two drivers using the car and two different driving styles there wasn't much way to keep up with fuel usage and I didn't want to get a call from the wife that she was out of gas somewhere so I decided to give the sender another go. Long story short, I "fixed" it, so I called OGTS the next day, Tuesday. I had a new VDO sender on the front porch when I got home Thursday night and shortly after that I had a working gas that I can trust.

    After seeing the corrosion on the sender contacts and the surface rust on the inside of the tank I may become a believer in some of the ethanol fuel treatments. And yes, I do have plans to remove the tank at some point to clean it up, hopefully before the next problem arises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    Last week I decided Blue needed a tiny bit of lowering in the front. I had a lowering spring that had been removed from another car so no cost to me other than labor.

    The end result appears to be a 1/2" lower front end. I would have liked a little more but can/will live with the end result.

    Harold

    I don't like to refer to those springs, as "lowering" springs, as though that was their primary attribute. Their greatest attribute is the increase in handling and performance, the lowering is just a side attribute, IMHO. I think the names Intermediate or Sport describe them better.

    Which would you prefer to be, Harold, a lowered dude or a sporty dude?


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Which would you prefer to be, Harold, a lowered dude or a sporty dude?

    Well, I'm a "Sporty Dude" because I have a sports car with a manual transmission. At least I think I am.

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    Notice that I left out "Intermediate Dude".

    I guess that would mean that you're half a dude and half a............?




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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    The end result appears to be a 1/2" lower front end. I would have liked a little more but can/will live with the end result.

    Harold
    Best part is the reduced arc of the new spring no doubt. Less arc means less side loading of the suspension bushings, which means the suspension binds less. All good....
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    Tire clearance issues

    In trying to sort out the suspension I'm having a clearance issue with the right front tire rubbing the sway bar when turning hard right. My wheels are 7.5x15 with ET25 offset. 25mm spacers on the rear, I think this was mainly done for appearance. I want to use the same thickness spacers front and rear. No more than 15mm. I stacked approximately 10mm worth of washers behind the right front wheel, only slightly reducing the rubbing. Since I'm only rubbing on one side I'm wondering if the stops on the lower control are uniform or if one is bent. I'm considering filling in the worn places with weld. Any downside to this? Yes, I realize it may reduce my turning radius on one side. But then again it may equal them out. Either way I don't think it will be noticeable.

    The stop in the picture is on the lower right control arm. The left control arm stop seemed to be more worn maybe even bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrcollinsjr View Post
    .. Since I'm only rubbing on one side I'm wondering if the stops on the lower control are uniform or if one is bent. I'm considering filling in the worn places with weld.
    I would only use JB quick set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    I would only use JB quick set.
    But I have a welder that I've barely used.

    Harold

    P.S. JB Weld is some awesome stuff, but I'll pass on it this time.

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    Are these the big OGTS sway bars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Are these the big OGTS sway bars?
    I believe so.

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