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    J-H no longer needs a push!

    After months of work, our project moves under its own power. Charlie drove the two miles from one shop to another where we will start finishing it out.
    When we first pulled the exhaust system, it was full of some thin oil like transmission fluid. The car doesn't smoke until it gets hot. We hope that the smoke is residual oil cooking off from the muffler!
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    Thanks for all the help we found here!
    Regards, Ray

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    Re: J-H no longer needs a push!

    Hey - congratulations on the victories. Looks like one happy guy at the wheel there.

    Interesting about the liquid in the exhaust system. Any idea what it is?

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    Re: J-H no longer needs a push!

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Hey - congratulations on the victories. Looks like one happy guy at the wheel there.

    Interesting about the liquid in the exhaust system. Any idea what it is?

    Tom M.
    The car was sitting and we can only guess that some kind of light oil like trans fluid was put in through the spark plug holes in some attempt of rust proofing. The exhaust was welded from the headers to the tips and we had to cut it just forward of the "Y" in order to get the engine out as the steering column went between the banks. When we cut the pipes a great quantity of fluid poured out. I suspect the muffler packing is still saturated.
    Regards, Ray

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    Re: J-H no longer needs a push!

    Does look like one happy bloke. Congratulations on the 2 mile run.
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    Re: J-H no longer needs a push!

    If the person who put the car up was extremely conscientious, pulling the plugs, running oil down the holes and hand cranking the engine a couple of turns periodically is good.

    If they did that every six months for several years, then you get oil in the exhaust and muffler.

    Neighbor did a 24-year restoration on a 1941 Lincoln Continental V-12, and every six months, a quart of 30WT down the twelve holes.

    After 20 years, he decided we should probably see if it would start.

    Ran it for 10 minutes, shut down, slammed the garage door down, and wait for the fire trucks to quit cruising the street. Seriously.

    If he could have run it 2-3 miles, it would have stopped smoking (and a year later when we did, it did).

    Had a drip pan under the muffler. Oil running out the seams.

    Once you get it all up to temperature, should burn the oil off.

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    Re: J-H no longer needs a push!

    Maybe oil from the carb dashpots?

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    Re: J-H no longer needs a push!

    Quote Originally Posted by PC View Post
    Maybe oil from the carb dashpots?
    Yeah, has to be it. Take the tops off, pour a couple of quarts down the carb, enough to coat the exhaust system to make it smoke.
    Probably easier than jacking the car way up on the side to pour oil directly into the carb throat.

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