Building Up A Blown Olds Motor for an "A/GS Gasser"



Re: Building Up A Blown Olds Motor for an "A/GS Gasser"

Postby 2Loose » March 2nd, 2016, 4:36 pm

I was able to get an 18 tooth Ford driven speedo gear (yellow) off ebay for $5, and should be able to calibrate it out on the road, as it is electronic. We shall see how well that works...
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Re: Building Up A Blown Olds Motor for an "A/GS Gasser"

Postby 2Loose » March 6th, 2016, 5:27 pm

The speedo parts arrived and fit on no problem...
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Now to mount everything in the car and see how well it works...

A buddy sez I should be able to calibrate this speedo any way I want, and since it goes to 160 mph, maybe calibrate it to show 120 when I'm actually going 60???
What a kick!
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Re: Building Up A Blown Olds Motor for an "A/GS Gasser"

Postby 2Loose » February 12th, 2017, 5:32 pm

Been almost a year since my last post on this project, no problems really, drive it daily, enjoy the heck out of it, that's what it's all about, right ?

But....

A couple of years ago I started hearing some clunking sounds in the rear suspension, checked and found the bolts on the panhard bar were coming loose, tightened them up, with locktite, looked for some nylock nuts to put on, the bolts are grade 8, 5/8" x 2" fine thread, and couldn't find any nylocks for that bolt/thread size here on Maui...

So this last week, driving to lunch, the rear end suddenly is loose, and the rear tires, which run pretty close to the inner tubs anyway, are bouncing off the inner tubs. One end of the panhard bar came loose, the bolt is completely gone !!!

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I'm lucky I was going slow, 20 mph, when it happened, so was able to stop,
get help, and put a new 5/8" x 2" NF grade 8 back in w/ locktite...
Am looking for 5/8" NF nylocks to put on now, hard to find
here on Maui....

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On another note, my year old TKO600 is getting harder to shift...
Particularly from neutral into any gear, and downshifting
through the gears, 1st is often a real bear....

Upshifting is still pretty good.
Will be checking that out, am thinking that maybe the clutch
linkage I adapted from the original '55 has too much leverage,
and not enough travel, and maybe I need to decrease the
leverage, increasing the travel, in order to get more travel clearance
when the clutch pedal is all the way down.

The present setup has so much leverage that the pedal effort
is very light, several of my buddies who have driven the car
have commented on that, as I managed to get a very nice
balance between the over center spring on the clutch pedal,
and the clutch pressure plate springs....

More Later....
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