'61 356 Project

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Ken Tuvman
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Re: '61 356 Project

#46 Post by Ken Tuvman » Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:37 pm

Mouse house (horsehair covering floor) removed - gross!
Putting Zeniths back in service too!
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Re: '61 356 Project

#47 Post by Ken Tuvman » Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:38 pm

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Re: '61 356 Project

#48 Post by neilbardsley » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:55 am

Nice the zeniths look like they clean up nicely

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Re: '61 356 Project

#49 Post by Ken Tuvman » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:14 pm

Got my oil cooler back from Pacific Oil Cooler in So CA - they’re an FAA certified shop - $145 to ultra sonically clean & test & paint & documented - it looks brand new!

Waiting for some parts to build a bench testing unit to set floats on Zeniths.

Project going slow but we should be on the road in the Spring.
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Re: '61 356 Project

#50 Post by Ken Tuvman » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:45 pm

New Rubber on Engine Duct Shrouds today
A little challenging but mission accomplished!
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Re: '61 356 Project - repairing stripped threads

#51 Post by Ken Tuvman » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:51 pm

My son showed me how to fix the stripped thread in my Zenith
Carb top with a Time-Sert kit - pretty impressive - he used red
Loctite and a special tap type tool to insert the thread. Looks like new & threads now perfect!
Next task is to bench set floats & accelerator pump - wish me luck!
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Re: '61 356 Project

#52 Post by Doug McDonnell » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:44 am

Doug McDonnell wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:46 am
You can get Michelin xzx from Coker tire if you want period correct. 165SR15 https://www.cokertire.com/tires/brands/ ... n-xzx.html The sprint classics in 165hr15 have the same diameter 25.40 : https://www.cokertire.com/tires/brands/ ... -tire.html
It has been brought to my attention that Michelin XZX are NOT period correct for 356 as they came out after 356 production.
1965 356C There is never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.

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Re: '61 356 Project

#53 Post by Ken Tuvman » Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:14 pm

So much for the nice thread repair job my son did - after the fact, I find the carb top is warped and the accelerator pump male thread is stripped - ugh . . . have a good used one coming soon.

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Carbs

#54 Post by Ken Tuvman » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:59 am

Finally got around to bench setting floats & A/P yesterday - enlisted the help of a friend, a retired mechanical engineer and glad I did! Took awhile to figure out the action of the A/P and realized whoever had this car left the turnbuckle rods way too long - in order to actuate, the A/P lever needed to return to "home" position and adjusting the length regulates the amount of fluid squiring into the carb - we figured that out.

The Precision Matters tool gave us a nice visual of where level is supposed to be - first carb was spot on and second needed a couple extra washers - my friend has a dial indicator and did the math to get this right.

Also, thanks to Al Zim for suggesting we use an empty .22 case to measure "squirt" from A/P - we backed that up by extracting fluid from shell with a syringe and got it adjusted within specs.

We did run into a problem with a leaky square jet cover - I read in the Charlie White book that like the carb tops, a lot of these were overtightened and the pre-1963 Zeniths were more susceptible to warping due to lacking a "boss" on bottom of square opening - we are going to attempt to repair and if not will search for a new square cover.

Amazing engineering these Zenith carbs are!

Ken
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