I have found that come spring my rides take a long time to initially fire.I have learned that this is due, in part, to the high evaporation rate of ethanol laced fuels. In simple terms, the carburetor fuel bowl(s) is (are)dry. The quickest way, and the least stressful on your starter, to getyour ride to fire is to PRIME THE CARBURETOR. If possible, fill thefuel bowls via the external bowl vents before even trying to start the car.Whatever residual oil was lubricating the block and heads when youlast ran the engine in the fall is probably now at the bottom of the oilpan. For this reason, a good practice would be to try and get some OILCIRCULATING in the engine prior to start up. This may be accom-plished by turning the engine crankshaft a good number of times beforeever turning the ignition key. If you can get a socket and ratchet on theharmonic balancer nut you should be good to go in this regard. The jobmay be easier if you first loosen the drive belts on the crankshaft pulley.Hopefully, this discussion will aid in avoiding some of the inevitablewear and tear to your ride from being stored for extended periods?
You need new tires for your classic. No problem, right? Just log on toTire Rack™ dot com, or run down to the tire store and buy a set. Ah, if that were only true!The first thing one needs to know is what sizetire was on the car when it rolled off the assemblyline. I am almost 104% certain that what is on itnow is not the same size as what came from thefactory. For cars born in the late 50’s or after,you may have a tire sticker inside the glove box.Later years may have the sticker on the door or jamb. As a last resort, the owner manual should specify the proper tiresize.Next, you must answer, “What is the end goaIwith the purchase of new tires: an original/concours look or improved drivability?”. Theanswer to this question will guide you in your search for both a vendor and a set of tires. Ishould add that it is possible to have a
original look as well as improved handlingby switching to radials. However, be aware that going this route maycost you judging points.With the correct original tire size in hand, it must be converted to the
t is possible tohave asomewhat original look as well asimproved handling by switching toradials.However, beaware that going thisroute may cost you judging points.”
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