What's that noise that I hear?
My good friend
came over to assist me on in the
moment of truth to see if the engine that I put together would run or
not. After a final check, I hit the key and the fuel pump started to
pump fuel (that was a good sign). Checking that the fuel was in the carburetor,
he noticed that it was running into mouth of the carb so we had to
adjust the needle-and-seat a small amount. After we adjusted the float
level, I clicked it one more notch and heard the sound that a gear-head
can really appreciate.....an engine coming to life for the first time.
Hot damn baby...it runs. A quick adjustment to the distributor and it
was alive and running even better. The first thing that was checked was the
oil pressure and it was reading 60 to 65 pounds (which was a great sign).
After it had been running for a few minutes, Gary
noticed how smooth the engine ran. Now I can't tell you why this is but
it does (another good sign). After looking around
for leaks, I only had one small one coming from a drain fitting on the
radiator after running for about ten minutes. No big deal because I
didn't put that fitting in, Griffin (the manufacture of the radiator)
did so it was there fault but would be an easy fix. We then put a timing
light on it and set it at about 36 degrees. The timing seems to jump
around a bit and I don't know why. It might be my timing light but it
could also be my advance springs are a little to light in the
distributor. Gary said I could try his timing light and see if that
makes a difference. After a few more
minutes of running, we set the idle down lower so we could here the cam. Well if you like a rough idle, then you'd like the sound of
this one. Sounds sweeeet!
The engine runs and sounds great but It didn't hit
me till later that day that after all the time and work that went into
it, that it really ran. It looks like all those hours paid off. The next step is to mess with
the engine a little like adjusting the carburetor. I've never played with
an HP series carburetor before but should be fun because of all the
little things that you can tweak on it. I'll also have to set-up the
transmission with the Compushift electronics too. It won't be much
longer till I can take it for a test drive after a few more parts.
I made a 30 second movie with my digital camera
but it only records in "mov". mode so the file is large (9.5
doesn't sound very good but it's better than nothing. If you want you
can check it out
but you'll need Quick Time Player to view it. Just right-click it and
choose "save target as" to download it. Sorry about the file
size for you dial-up people.