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Post by pila on Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:01 pm

Finally got the Elco on the road. I drove it from the hangar where I built it, to the local airport where the shop is. I have all my good tools at the airport, ( and heat !)
A friend & aircraft mechanic like me, has front-end alignment equipment there, and he is gonna do the alignment. A couple other issues to take care of also, like shifter adjustment on the linkage, and a rattle under the back end. The speedo doesn't work either.

So for the ride over there, my 6 year old grand daughter came along. She has been pestering me about when "we" are gonna take the Elco for a ride Very Happy

Since she was with me, I didn't do any massive burn-outs ! ( just a couple small ones !) Very Happy

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Post by Limey SE on Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:25 am

Very nice ....great feeling I bet after all this hard work !!!

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Post by 77mali on Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:49 am

Nice work Bill!

That's gotta feel pretty good- especially the little one being excited about it Very Happy
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Post by pila on Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:05 pm

Yeah, she won't likely let me alone now, wanting rides with Poppa !

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Post by clanceman427 on Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:13 pm

Congrats! What a milestone. And to share it with you're granddaughter- priceless Smile
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:01 pm

AWESOME!  Congratulations ... glad to see it has been on the road!


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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:42 am

Congratulations, Bill!

Broke the speedo on the first run, eh? Now that's impressive! Very Happy
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Post by pila on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:08 pm

This is the front side of the spare tire cover, which of course is located behind the passenger seat. It's part of the stuff I saved from the '77 I had to scrap ( sniff. Crying or Very sad )


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Post by ant7377 on Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:03 pm

Hey thats great!! Good to finally drive it I bet!
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Post by pila on Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:20 pm

I still have to fix some odds & ends. The fast idle cam on the carb was sticking ( at 1500 !) I fixed that today. And I fooled with the right side tail pipe position.
I need to set the initial timing ( on Caddy engines the guys are running as much as 20 degrees initial ) I'm gonna swap some springs around on the mechanical advance etc.

I haven't bought a spare tire for it yet either. Exhaust note isn't a loud as I thought it would be, once it was outside !
And the drive shaft that I built didn't show any vibration at about 60+ .. Speedo isn't working. Might be on of the cables at the cruise control transducer (?)

I'm ordering a new Power Master starter for it also. It has a Chevy starter on it, which was likely installed by the previous owner of the car the engine came from. The guys on the Cadillac power forum spotted that when I posted an engine pic !
It looks the same except the main case ( & field) is shorter.... Rolling Eyes

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Post by pila on Sun May 01, 2016 10:41 pm

Carb is still acting up. Didn't run worth a dam... I removed it from the engine yesterday, and I'm going to tear it down to the last screw & re-assemble, while checking all the adjustments. A friend did this for me a couple years ago, and I'm not sure exactly what he did as far as adjustments etc. And I want to measure the rods on the power piston & see what hangers are on it...

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