1776 in and running, minor fiasco notwithstanding... Yesterday was a long one. Got going at 9am doing headgaskets on a Vanagon, followed by a brake check and shoe sanding on a '68 bug (damn non-asbestos shoes love to glaze, skreeeeeeeeech!), a diagnose and points change on a super, all while assisting a brake job on a Buick. Then punch out at 6, pull the 40 horse out of the Ghia, rip off the heaterboxes, fuel pump and alterator, install on the 1776, then stab the engine, then pull the engine to clearance the bellhousing, then pull, then clearance, then pull, then clearance. Fired it up with Jerry wailing in the background, sounds good. Look down, oil everywhere. Reach behind shroud, oil everywhere. Pull the shroud, cooler is pissing. Stupid me, I trusted the "OK" tag on the cooler I found in the yard and didn't do a real pressure test before installing. Found another and by midnight she was alive. Again, stupid me at midnight after several beers and 15 hours of wrenching, I assumed the spade bent flush against the idle solenoid meant it had been cut off, so I didn't hook it up and after ten minutes of cam break-in, the lean mix had the 2 and 4 pipes glowing hot enough to light a smoke off (I did). Got that hooked up and called it a night.
Today I played with it a bit. The cam makes it not idle for squat until it's piping hot unless the choke is adjusted pretty heavy, but ho-ly-co-w! Gotta be careful with that pedal! Gave it a little punch turning out of the shop and she just kept turning until I was almost looking back to where I started. Gotta feather it through turns in second or she just lays down rubber.
Started it and drove around today with a 009 and she did fine, but there was a bit of blah in the low end, so I tried a 205 after work. Sure got rid of the flat spot when set at 30* max w/o vac, but driving across town tonight I heard her start pinging a bit, so I dialed it back to about 25* without much power loss, but didn't get a chance to get her hot. Might hafta deal with the 009 if the vac is too much. My '69 bus w/ similar setup did the same thing, pinging under heavy load, always figured the vac of a 1776 sucking through that little carb makes for a lotta suction.
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