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Old 02-10-2012, 08:04 PM
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[QUOTE=StreetKruzer] I noticed the AC compressor has two belt grooves. I don't have to use both of them do I? It looks like the belt will have contact with at least 2/3 of the pulley, and it will be the only thing on it other than wp & crank. QUOTE]

With the belt having 2/3 pulley contact, you should be good to go, assuming that you have 1/4 or more contact on the crank pulley. And one belt is all that is needed. It is nice that they provide two pulley grooves so that you can just about always count on one of the grooves lining up, no matter what the application.

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Old 02-10-2012, 08:41 PM
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Can you post some pictures?

As a youngster I had two older friends who raced Austin gassers... (I helped build one of them). Eventually I owned a couple, that I unfortunately didn't complete. My cousin did completed one of the ones I had... with a 392!!! I still have a soft spot for them. :-)
Here's a link to my project journal here. It's got pics of the car from a stock Austin to gasser, to recent upgrades:
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:13 PM
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Very nice!

The ones I had were a '49 and '51, so the front was quite different.

Please keep the pictures coming. :-)
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:54 PM
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Very nice!

The ones I had were a '49 and '51, so the front was quite different.

Please keep the pictures coming. :-)
Yes, the '48-'52 were more modern, with no running boards, and fenders more blended into the body. They were also 6" wider, and 12" longer! The 1946 was a holdover from before WWII, and they used the same dies to stamp them that they used in 1940, so really an old design. My neighbor is a car nut, and he's got a 1948 Austin gasser. Kinda dwarfs mine when they're together!
Here's an old picture we took together when we both just got our's on the road:
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:05 AM
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Great shot! I'll share that with a friend in Canada who has one! :-)

From the windshield back, the earlier style looks almost like the "Prefect", or 4-door Anglia.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:51 AM
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Great shot! I'll share that with a friend in Canada who has one! :-)

From the windshield back, the earlier style looks almost like the "Prefect", or 4-door Anglia.
Yeah the later Anglias body looked much like Austin's earlier body design. Unlike Anglia, Austin didn't make their 4 dr. any longer wheelbase than their 2 dr. The Anglias are longer wheelbase than my Austin, even in a 2dr., but in a 4 dr. Prefect they're a good 10" longer wheelbase. My Austin is only 89" wheelbase.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:07 AM
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I love those friggin cars! I had an Austin A100 basket case for a short while and sold it to an old friend. I am a small guy, so I have particular love of the miniature cars of all eras.

My friend made a cool prostreet convertible out of it.

I have GOT to get to this museum on a future road trip. http://microcarmuseum.com/

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Old 02-11-2012, 10:31 AM
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I love those friggin cars! I had an Austin A100 basket case for a short while and sold it to an old friend. I am a small guy, so I have particular love of the miniature cars of all eras.

My friend made a cool prostreet convertible out of it.

I have GOT to get to this museum on a future road trip. http://microcarmuseum.com/

Brian
Great site! Loved that row of Meserschmidts! Don't see those too often!
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:58 AM
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Isn't that cool? I honestly have a road trip in mind waiting for me to take that includes that museum, I have a map to it and all in my "southern vacation" folder.

Brian

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Old 02-11-2012, 07:55 PM
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Back to the topic

I got a bunch of hours today on the new battery box, battery and wiring rearrangement being done on my car. Did a full wire check and sonuva gun, everything worked. The battery disconnect latching solenoid latches and unlatches, the engine cranks, sparks fly, horn works, lights light. Tomorrow I'll straighten out a couple of minor wire kinks, tie them down, reinstall the trunk upholstery then start the build for the upholstered battery box cover ( yep, the weather is going to be cold 15 or so deg. so I'll hibernate - thankfully I did get my truck back together successfully by Thursday PM)

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Old 02-11-2012, 08:17 PM
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Nothing real exciting----but something that turned real aggravating.

Front end squeaking in the Crown Vic, only when turning the wheel.

Seals/boots all rotted away on the ball joints, so just to make sure that
"SHE" would not have to worry about losing a ball joint AGAIN, I thought I
would go ahead an replace the lowers to give her a little peace of mind.

should be about a 2-3 hour job to knock a ball joint out and press in a new one--right.

No such luck----worked on that sucker for well over 7 hours and only got
one lower joint replaced.
Finally lost some patience and went and bought a new lower control arm with the ball joint already in it. (actually bought both sides---but only put one on)

That old joint would not come out of the spindle (took impact, BFH, and even broke a puller before applying a bit of heat to get it loose.

then it refused to come out of the control arm---
after a couple of hours of working on that one---with the PROPER tool, it finally came loose, but the new one refused to even come close to
re-installing.

Get the new arm----knock it into place----and all ready to rock&roll in
about 45 minutes.

Just wanted to get the lowers done for safety reasons, as the rest of the joints and tie rod ends will be just fine for another month or so before I can get to them-----and then get the front end aligned.

2002 Crown Vic only has 65k on the clock (bought with 49k four months ago),
and I think everything dry rotted from the Texas heat and lack of use over the years.

Car is like a brand new car except for the groaning the steering wheel was generating when you turned it.

No squeaks now---must have been that lower driver side ball joint.
Next Saturday----the right lower arm
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:06 PM
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Sucks to work so hard on something, just to get it back to zero.
I went to the wrecking yard and found a nice window regulator for my cousins Saturn that's in my driveway. I was telling the wife, there's something therapeutic about going to the wrecking yard and pulling a part off bringing it home and putting it on a car making it functional again, at least for me. Honestly, outside of the lowest forms of animal life who were there at the wrecking yard getting out there and pulling that part off, no sounds to speak of, just wind blowing. Then bringing that part home and putting it to use. I really felt good after finishing up that project.

Brian
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:29 PM
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Brian, besides parts for my personal vehicles, I buy and sell used parts online, most of which I get from one of the few local salvage yards. Nothing satisfies me more than saving a good part that would otherwise be getting smashed or rusting away...
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:05 PM
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went to the swap-meet
bought some air-bag mounting brackets for the rear-end
and alum. step treads for the nerf bars that are on my 4runner
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:15 AM
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Delivered a bunch of parts I sold to a friend. Couple manifolds..two Holley carbs a Carter..an old T-10..some other stuff in my way in the shop.
Need to sell my Coker Wide White BFG Silvertons..take up much too much room..

On the way home stopped at Little Anthony's car show for a bit..then back to the shop..
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