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Genuine Ford Autolite dual port vacuum advance freshly restored with best parts available. Correct A12 stamping .C8AZ-A with correct threaded brass fitting ( NOS also) You know these are tough to find in rough shape! Front and center under the hood requires best parts available. This is that part!

Appeals / Re: Enclosed Car Trailer Minimum Length
« on: March 07, 2022, 08:26:09 AM »
So much depends on the actual use you plan on.. are you renting one,or long term use?  I strongly suggest a 24’ w/v-nose and aluminum construction,including floor. Once you have the extra room available you will end up taking the equipment to make the event more enjoyable. I have 24’ Featherlite with heavy suspension option and use for everything. Drag car,show car,moving,helping,etc. Drag strip days I load an EZGO golf cart in front and ‘67 Fairlane behind. Still room for lawn chairs,coolers,extension cords,floor jack,etc,etc. Tows like a dream with either Ford F-150 w/ 5.4,or 30 ft motorhome w/Ford V-10. Everyone has a different plan and budget. ;)

1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Shelby Hubcaps
« on: February 25, 2022, 12:03:34 PM »
Special Ed, you may have seen ink stamp on back side of wheel cover “balance checked”.
That does not mean it was balanced,only that it was “checked”. Tire valve would locate wheel cover to same relative location each time,but if it was out of balance it would cause grief….that is why a “on car balance” could solve problems by balancing the COMPLETE rotating assembly……..drum/rotor/wheel/tire,and wheel cover. I spent 43 years at Ford dealers trying to make customers happy :(

1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Shelby Hubcaps
« on: February 25, 2022, 11:53:41 AM »
I did. I usually got others comebacks and had to solve issues. NVH (noise,vibration,harshness) complaints were common and were addressed under warranty initially. Ford had a spec for tire quality to be used on new vehicles that required manufacturers to supply highest quality in tire runout,weight required,etc. Techs that were on flat rate needed to get jobs “done” quickly and quality suffered at times :D. To try and improve NVH car manufacturers had to improve wheel runout. Aluminum wheels were MUCH better ,being a machined piece,not multiple parts welded together. Tires came with different color wax dots to show where weight was needed and amount. Replacement tires were usually inferior and required more weights. If you really want more info read the following exerpt. Boring but explains pretty good. Botton line is “you can balance an egg but it won’t roll smooth” Here it is:

Spot Check: What are the red and yellow dots on my new tires?

In an earlier post, we talked about how to identify if your tire was manufactured in the U.S. Looking at the DOT number on the sidewall of your tire will give you the information needed to locate its manufacturing facility. While looking at the sidewall, you may have noticed something else you didn’t recognize. If your tires are new or recently installed, you may have noticed a couple of red and yellow paint dots.

If you think you’re just seeing spots, don’t worry – that’s completely normal. The spots on the sidewall of your tires were specifically placed by the manufacturer to guide the tire installation process. In fact, these colored dots serve a specific purpose in helping the tire technician correctly balance the tire.

Creating a tire that is perfectly balanced and perfectly round is nearly impossible. Manufacturers make sure to label these inconsistencies with dots, so they can be corrected during the mounting process. Not all tires have these temporary markings and it’s also uncommon to see them on used tires because they can get scuffed off easily.

Most people will have their tires installed by a seasoned tire technician to ensure that mounting and balancing are done properly. Tire mounting and balancing requires special tire machines and balancing processes involving weights, lubricants, valve stems, and other things the average person doesn’t normally have on hand.

Because the process is so specific, it’s important to know whether your tires are being mounted correctly or not. That’s where the spots come in. Assuming you have them, there are two methods you can use to determine whether your tires were mounted correctly or not.

Weight Method

First, locate the valve stem on the side of your tire. If it’s lined up with one of the colored dots, the person who mounted your tire took heed of the label and installed it correctly. If the valve stem is located at the heaviest point on the tire, it will be lined up with a yellow dot on the sidewall. When a red dot is lined up with the valve stem you can assume that the valve is at the tire’s lightest point.
After a tire is mounted, its balance is checked on an automated machine that will locate any lighter weight areas. The machine will notify the tire technician to install tire weights at various points around the rims perimeter to balance the tire.

Uniformity Method

Your steering, traction, braking, and load support capabilities are all dependent on the radial force variation in your tire. Maximum radial force and runout (the difference between the highest and lowest weight points) is marked by a red dot. Radial force, as well as runout, should be minimized to ensure proper installation and guarantee a smooth ride.

The red dot may be aligned with a ‘dimple’ on the exterior of the rim. This indicates a wheel’s low point and should be adhered to in the mounting process. By pairing a dot with either the lightest or heaviest weight area, you will achieve the optimum balance point during installation. If both colored dots are present, the red dot will take priority.

Check the following with your tire technician the next time you have new tires installed:

Proper lubricant is used in the mounting process. If lubricant is not used, the bead areas will not seat and seal properly.
Any dirt between hub and wheel has been cleaned. If the beads of the hub are not properly cleaned or buffed, air will leak from gaps that will inevitably form.
Manufacturers marks have been properly aligned. Red and yellow dots, if present, should be in line with either the weight or uniformity mounting method.
Proper wheel weights have been installed. If the weights placed on your wheel are not properly installed, they have a greater chance of falling off at high speeds. You will know if this has happened if you suddenly experience excessive vibration while driving.
While your tire technician may be surprised to receive those questions, they will appreciate your interest in the methods they use and will inform you of their typical mounting process.

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Shelby Hubcaps
« on: February 24, 2022, 05:07:57 PM »
95% correct. To CORRECTLY balance each wheel assembly on the car it needed to be spun by required motor while manipulating slip rings to simulate weight needed and location. To do it right, wheel cover should be removed to install weight and re-tested. Dynamic balancing was needed to eliminate the lateral shake,not just mass balance
 Wrong weights or bent cover can cause difficulty installing covers. The edge is very easy to damage (hard to repair) with hard mallet. Patience is a virtue :D

Up For Auction / Re: 0F02R482841 on BAT
« on: February 22, 2022, 09:40:09 AM »
I hesitate to get too much involved,but after following this auction I looked at it this way…….to restore back to original ,as-built,condition it would require most ALL to be replaced or repainted. If that car was in ORIGINAL condition it would have brought twice the selling price. Just my opinion,of course.
 Short list of “original/correct” versus LONG list of “wrong”. I think that car is one of those cars that won’t be worth much more,or much less as time goes on…..

The Lounge / Re: Today fuel prices
« on: February 13, 2022, 08:01:13 PM »
What will it be next week?

The Lounge / Re: Today fuel prices
« on: February 13, 2022, 07:11:55 PM »
Yep,today 2-13-22

My F 150 tank is 36 gallons

$204.84 to fill with REGULAR

Carton of smokes,large coffee and apple fritter pretty close to $300. Ready for a week.

The Lounge / Today fuel prices
« on: February 13, 2022, 05:43:14 PM »
Here we go! Fill’er up!

Maybe insurance companies have more up-to-date info. Even project cars are being insured to some extent. Not that they would share that info readily,but the info is there. After 50 + years of abuse,rust,fires,floods,tornadoes,hurricanes,collisions,thefts,etc many are “gone”/eliminated. From about 1981-1992 our cars were not “treasured”. It did not take much damage to “total” one out. Once they hit the junk yards they were quickly parted out,the hulk got sold by the pound.
 Since we are all just giving opinions on this subject,mine is that approx 60% remain in existance. Of that number many will never see the road again. JMO

Concours Talk / Re: apron VIN stamp
« on: February 08, 2022, 08:22:03 PM »
Makes me wonder about some past projects… anybody remember a “questionable” resto?

The Lounge / Picture requested
« on: January 23, 2022, 07:37:47 PM »
W/s picture

Where/when is that car ( Charles) being sold?

Up For Auction / Re: Mecum Kissimmee 2022 - Shelbys
« on: January 16, 2022, 08:38:20 AM »
Sorry, damage during NEW car shipping was taken serious,even on a 4 door Falcon. Small parts,like moldings,etc could be replaced. Damage that would require REPLACING 1/4 panels ,out of the realm of possibility. The FIRST statement made about that is where the lies began. Picture damage to rear of 68 Shelby that would require REPLACING 1/4 panels…..fiberglass parts? Not a scratch/ding! More likely the info supplied for registry was distorted to hide the real reason. Auctions are the SECOND oldest profession. Do your inspections BEFORE you bid/buy.
 As the values increase,the crooks will come out of the woodwork.

Here is a group of NEW parts that are the most needed during a hipo dual point rebuild.
The dual point plate is a new,Made in America piece that is plated just as factory. The primary wire is new also,along with points mounting screws and condenser mounting screw. The new,genuine Ford upper bushing is the correct material and dimensions. I have enough for five sets as shown. $60 + shipping via USPS.
PayPal is preferred.

This will fit C3OF  AND  C5OF factory built units

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