On a lighter note.....
Things have changed a bit in the FOCC but I am glad to say it is in safe hands. Due to
personal commitments I am unable to keep up the role of President at this time. Gordon has taken on the role and I wish him well in the role.
Back to the XL Falcon and the simple problems that are always the scariest because there is that thought that there must be something else wrong. After the last problem of the engine losing power while going up a hills and the engine is overheating I got back to it the next weekend.
Tried to start the engine but the spark across all cylinders was weak and haphazard, put in a replacement coil and it fixed the spark and she fired up, sort of. Barely running now so checked the timing and again it was out.
Now that seems a bit odd but you never know what causes these strange things. Anyone getting a little confused. You know that something else is wrong feeling. A short test drive and she is overheating a little again but it seems to be running ok except for uphill.
The next day I flush the radiator and see if I can push some of the muck out of it. It cleared up a bit but a proper job may be needed later but here comes the most fantastic part. The engine will not start. Once again the timing is way out and what was that metallic sound when she first turned over. She almost starts but is spitting more fuel out of the carbie than it is sucking. Anyone guessed it yet.
The rocker cover comes off and there it is. I suspected this engine was rebuilt and never got running. I can see why. The valve push rod on number three intake is not on the rocker but next to it. So when going uphill it falls onto the rocker and holds the inlet valve partly open causing inlet manifold mayhem. That will also affect vacuum and therefore put the timing out.
It will need a bit of checking over to ensure there has not been any other damage. See how she goes in a week or so.
The All Ford Day
It came and went and thanks to some hard working
members, it went well. We had a few members getting
awards for various classes e.g. Ford other. (Just what is a Ford Other class?
It seems to be a forgotten cousin as in Gary’s Mercury Park Lane) and Coup Landau (well Graham’s Lincoln Continental actually) and naturally Steve’s late Mustang and Ron’s GT. (hang on to that car Ron, it just might get away)
We also had a guest on our lot in a Model T Fire Engine that came all the way from Burra. We have received an invitation to put on a display at the Burra Fete in September so I will be putting forward details in a Cam-torque soon.
Bay to Birdwood (motorfest cruising)
As part of the Bay to Birdwood, there is a week before and a week after of daily events put on by various South Australian Car Clubs. The FOCC will be hosting a run on September 24th (Tuesday). Many of the people on these runs are from interstate and it is a chance to present our Club as well as do our bit to promote motoring and showcase our State.
Naturally our club members are welcome to take part in any of these events even if you are not a part of the B to B. nor is it necessary to travel in your precious car to take part. More information will be coming soon but I am looking for people to assist at our Club rooms for a morning tea. Then the cruise will continue into the Adelaide hills for a tour of a boutique winery with lunch supplied.
If enough of our members are available we will be able to put on a car display on the oval at our Club rooms so let me know if you are interested. Contact Lee 0488 107 755
Ex Club President