Time to get the '64 out and ready to go. First off it had a flat tire
and that just happened to be back in the corner where you can't get at
it, more on that later. Tried to start it and no go, opened the hood
and removed the breather and set the choke. That's the reason I'm
posting this. The piston in the choke stove was frozen up again with
carbon/black soot. After I set the coke it started right up. By the
way it is stored with no fuel additive or battery charger. All I have
ever tried to control while storing a car is moisture and mice. I did
start it and take if for a drive sometime in November on a nice day.
I've had the choke apart a dozen times, even blocked the runners in
the manifold. Also took the right side manifold off and bored out the
stainless steel heat tube and replaced that. Old one was ok but
changed it anyhow. New hose and heat tube to the choke bimetal spring
housing. Polished the brass piston and honed the pot metal bore in the
housing. Put it back together and it works fine for about 100 miles
and then it locks up from soot. The way I see this thing working is to
suck fresh air from the top of the carb down through the exhaust
manifold to heat it for the bimetal spring to release the choke at
Somewhere in the world of one Carter WCFB gasket fits all, there must
be a port that is being left open or closed that is running exhaust
soot into the choke housing and I'm at a loss to know how to ask for
or get the right one. That is if there really is one that is correct.
Tried three or four so far which all are about the same and it still
plugs up way to fast.
Then again is it the way our new fuels burn? I've never seen this much
soot in an engine before. Any first hand experience that might help
would be appreciated.
Now for the tire, it was leaking badly around the bead. I can tell you
why knock off wheels no longer exist, but that's another story. Broke
the bead loose and it was loaded with white oxidation. Cleaned up the
rim with 120 grit wet/dry sand paper and Dawn soap and then some
aircraft aluminum polish. Inflated it to 40 PSI and washed off all the
soap I used to find the leak and all is well so far. This tire has
been mounted about a year and a half and it had way too much oxidation
for just normal moisture intrusion as it is seldom driven in the rain.
It might make a case for nitrogen in tires with aluminum wheels
05 C6 Silver/Red 6spd Z51
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