Fordillac V-8 engine running, finally

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  1. Apr 14, 2018 #1

    gbritnell

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    Gentlemen,
    After many trails and tribulations the flathead engine is running. As the video states many changes were made along the way to first correct my design miscalculations and second to get all the components of and internal combustion engine correct, spark, fuel and compression.
    I had the engine ready to go right after Christmas but didn't want to spend time in the cold garage trying to fine tune everything.
    The last couple of days saw temperatures in the low 80's here in Ohio so I had no more excuses not to try and get the engine running.
    Everything was hooked up, fuel ignition and wiring. I set the ignition timing to around 20 degrees advanced to get started. The fuel needle was just cracked so that I didn't load the plugs right off the bat.
    A short spin of the drill while adjusting the carb needle had the engine running on it's own. While running I made adjustments to the distributor but found the timing window was very narrow. A little too much one way or the other would stall the engine.
    I started the engine without coolant figuring that whatever changes would need to be made would only be complicated by draining coolant every time. When the engine seemed sorted out I then added coolant and found a few leaks, mainly from the hose clamps. The coolant was drained and the radiator removed so that I could modify the clamps to get a tighter squeeze on the hoses.
    I would eventually like to go back to the dual carb setup but for now I'm thrilled to have it running after almost 2 years, from inception to life.
    gbrtitnell
    https://youtu.be/694CKZlDyzg
     
  2. Apr 14, 2018 #2

    stevehuckss396

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    Thats great news! Good to see all your hard work finally all come together. Congratulations!
     
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    Another masterpiece, George ! I've been waiting for this one. Great work!
     
  4. Apr 15, 2018 #4

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    Fantastic work, thank you for sharing
     
  5. Apr 15, 2018 #5

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    Looks fantastic and the growl from the exhaust....love it.
    Cheers
    John
     
  6. Apr 15, 2018 #6

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    Another incredible engine from a master builder. Just beautiful!
     
  7. Apr 15, 2018 #7

    kadora

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    simply Masterpiece and voice of engine is beautiful .
     
  8. Apr 16, 2018 #8

    ShopShoe

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    It is great to see this engine running. I followed the entire post and I have been waiting.

    I can't think of enough superlatives to describe this, so just

    congratulations.

    And thank you for posting this project and providing helpful information for the rest of us.

    --ShopShoe
     
  9. Apr 16, 2018 #9

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    nice engine :thumbup:
     
  10. Apr 16, 2018 #10

    e.picler

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    Hi George!
    Congratulations, wonderful engine, you are really a master on building those scale engines.

    Edi
     

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