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Forum: Wanted to Buy - Engines and Engine Parts 06-21-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Sam
It is unusual for me to be at lost for words but...

It is unusual for me to be at lost for words but I am. Sailing is great in Chicago but the season is short. I'll just say thank you and thanks to all of the site contributors that have helped me...
Forum: Wanted to Buy - Engines and Engine Parts 06-20-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 192
Posted By Sam
I have learned and benefited from some real pros...

I have learned and benefited from some real pros on this site over the past few years and as a result have sort of become the go to A4 engine guy in our harbor. I have had an early model 1966 A4 for...
Forum: Troubleshooting 06-17-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 245
Posted By Sam
On my early model A4 the shift lever stays in...

On my early model A4 the shift lever stays in place whether I use pedestal shift lever or engine lever. I like it this way since sometimes during docking I have one hand on the wheel and one on the...
Forum: Troubleshooting 06-01-2019, 09:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 588
Posted By Sam
Just another comment - the Dole T state housing...

Just another comment - the Dole T state housing after the manifold w/ recirculating loop takes a special t state, 140 F, originaly to avoid salt from forming particulates out of salt water. Moyer...
Forum: Troubleshooting 06-01-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 588
Posted By Sam
This is early model Prestolite distributor and...

This is early model Prestolite distributor and their is a third possibility besides wrong cap or 180 out of phase. I once picked up an ebay "rebuilt" prestolite dizzy, about $60 -75 bucks, should...
Forum: Troubleshooting 05-31-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 588
Posted By Sam
Only thing I can add is that the flame arrestor...

Only thing I can add is that the flame arrestor on the carb has been modified with copper scavenger tubing from manifold rather than the standard flex tube and a straight up arrestor. The electric...
Forum: Troubleshooting 05-28-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 588
Posted By Sam
Agree with above, pump is interchangeable, carb...

Agree with above, pump is interchangeable, carb is different, dizzy will work with modified hold down clamp sold by Moyer - $15-20 if I remember right, thermostat setup is different [early model is...
Forum: Troubleshooting 05-27-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By Sam
At the end of each season when I arrive at the...

At the end of each season when I arrive at the boat yard dock I change the oil and "fog" the engine - spray a fair amount of fogging oil through the carb. While I am spraying I am revving the engine...
Forum: Troubleshooting 05-26-2019, 12:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 739
Posted By Sam
I had similar problem a few years back where the...

I had similar problem a few years back where the engine started and ran fine for about 2 -4 min or so then just died as if the ignition was shut off. Checked points, fuel, compression, spark, extra...
Forum: Fuel System 05-22-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By Sam
I would spend a little more now and replace the...

I would spend a little more now and replace the Chinese auto parts store fuel pump[Mr Gasket etc] with a Facet brand or a specialized Facet one from Moyer. I think most of the psi on the off the...
Forum: Introductions 05-22-2019, 01:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By Sam
Well, a lot of folks will pipe in to help but a...

Well, a lot of folks will pipe in to help but a few basics come to mind. I have a similar boat 1966 Morgan 34 with original A4 in Chicago. The prestolite distributor means you have an "early" model...
Forum: Troubleshooting 05-13-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 501
Posted By Sam
Good idea, think I should I should add this as...

Good idea, think I should I should add this as one more spring commissioning tasks after a 6-7 month winter layup. Pumping out a 2-3 gallons should get any residue water out of a 18 gal tank pumping...
Forum: Fuel System 05-09-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 694
Posted By Sam
Dave, just thinking out loud here. We have a...

Dave, just thinking out loud here. We have a short season here in Chicago and I have a clean good running virgin 1966 A4 w/ Prestolite distributor w/points and some minor dark fouling on plugs by...
Forum: Troubleshooting 05-03-2019, 12:36 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 39,038
Posted By Sam
FYI - I used the same Facet "cube" pump as shown...

FYI - I used the same Facet "cube" pump as shown for over 20 seasons. Couple of friends of mine use the newer "posi-flow" design. Changed it out last spring with a new cube when I had some fuel...
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-29-2019, 09:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,064
Posted By Sam
Say hello to a fuel pressure gauge - your new...

Say hello to a fuel pressure gauge - your new best friend.
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-29-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 877
Posted By Sam
I think if you pump the oil out of the dipstick...

I think if you pump the oil out of the dipstick hole and have the tube all the way down you will be fine. My early model has a small hand pump build into the pan just under the carb - very difficult...
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-29-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 877
Posted By Sam
Here is some encouragement, my A4 is 53 yrs old,...

Here is some encouragement, my A4 is 53 yrs old, never rebuild, I have had it for 43 yrs. I do change oil a couple of times a season and keep it well tuned. If you got good compression I would keep...
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-24-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,287
Posted By Sam
I can shed a little light on the temp subject -...

I can shed a little light on the temp subject - pre 1969 A4, early models [mine], have a 140 F degree Dole thermostat setup. Reason was to eliminate or minimize salt leaching out of water at higher...
Forum: Troubleshooting 04-09-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By Sam
Being of Greek decent I am certainly not kosher...

Being of Greek decent I am certainly not kosher but my thinking is as follows: A4's w/ screw on dizzy caps are later model w/ Delco distributors. Smaller "clip on" caps are for Prestolite...
Forum: Ignition System 04-01-2019, 12:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By Sam
I'll second John's suggestion. My early A4...

I'll second John's suggestion. My early A4 points need a couple of light passes with a point file or emery cloth every spring after just a 6 month lay up hibernation. After 4 years... probably...
Forum: Electrical 03-25-2019, 06:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 727
Posted By Sam
Well, about 10 yrs ago I changed out an original...

Well, about 10 yrs ago I changed out an original 40 yr old battery selector switch which required 360 degree rotation through #2 -both - #1- off. When I installed a new design alternator with an...
Forum: Cooling System 03-07-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,193
Posted By Sam
For decades my SOP has been after winter haul out...

For decades my SOP has been after winter haul out to carefully pull out the impeller & shaft, coat the shaft with light grease or oil, wrap in plastic and store. This provides a opportunity for...
Forum: Cooling System 03-02-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 615
Posted By Sam
I set up a lady friends' 77 Catalina which had ...

I set up a lady friends' 77 Catalina which had gate valve on thru hole - very similar but instead of the cap added 6 in of galvanized pipe with another gate valve and barb to facilitate short piece...
Forum: Introductions 03-02-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 480
Posted By Sam
Helpful if you determine if you have "early"...

Helpful if you determine if you have "early" model [about 1969 or before], late model [about 1970 or later] or some hybrid combining some of both. If oil cap is forward implies late model, if oil...
Forum: Troubleshooting 02-26-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 805
Posted By Sam
When I'm "lazy" and have a carb bowl problem I...

When I'm "lazy" and have a carb bowl problem I spray some carb cleaner up through the bottom drain plug with the little tube and spray can cleans it out well and the float doesn't "stick" There are...
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