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TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 08-18-2005 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP        Reply w/Quote
It ain't mine unfortunately but i get to work on it. A 22,000 mile original 34 Ford Tudor. Been stored in a barn since 1962 and not driven since 1954! The last oil change sticker is from June 30th 1954 at which point it had 19,000 miles. It's a Canadian built car (aluminum heads) so some specs may differ from US-built 34's.

Anyways to the problem at hand, getting it running. I took the original Stromberg carb and AC fuel pump apart and cleaned them... both are original and seem to work. I cleaned the orginal plugs (Champion #7) and have it cranking over and to assist that i hooked a seperate 12v battery straight to the starter so it cranks fast. It won't fire and i'm not getting a spark. I have some power at the terminal from the ignition switch, it barely illuminates the test light, do these things have 6v to the mag or use a resistor?

The ignition is quite foreign to me, it's front mounted in a quite difficult to reach area beneath the fan and close to the radiator. How do i get the cap off to look inside? I took off the three screws on the top "dome" but no amount prying loosens it.

I've checked the web and can only find small block Chevy ignition when i Google for "34 Ford ignition". LOL

DidgeyTrucker
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From: Greenbrier, TN USA
Registered: Oct 99

posted 08-18-2005 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker        Reply w/Quote
There should plenty of Ford flathead sites on the web. I'm no expert on the '34's. I know what they look like. I like The California Kid.

Tracy

TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
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posted 08-18-2005 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP        Reply w/Quote
ahhh, yes instead of my silly search for 34 Ford...


http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/flathead_home.htm

TomP
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posted 10-03-2005 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP        Reply w/Quote
Boy those things aren't easy to get at the distributor, no wonder they moved them in 36.

I may have a chance to buy the garage mate to the 34. A 1930 Model A 5 window coupe that was owned by the same family, 36,000 miles, original paint, last driven in 1957.

There is another guy who wants to buy it and build a generic 350 powered street rod, i feel i need to rescue this from that fate. It is almost a museum piece and i'd hate to even modify anything but would need to at least Hot Rod it up some way.

Moneymaker
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posted 10-04-2005 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
Did you get the 34 started and running Tomp?

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TomP
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posted 10-12-2005 01:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP        Reply w/Quote
Naaa, the guy i work for is just too laid back... the 34 is in our way and we push it each time we need to move it. Finally got a 6V battery today but never even tried to start it 'cause his Volvo broke down.

Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
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posted 12-01-2005 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
TomP,

Any progress on getting the '34 Tudor started ?

Did you buy the '30 5-window "A" ?


Just wonderin',,,,
Ryan

TomP
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posted 01-08-2006 01:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP        Reply w/Quote
Geez, i better update this...
The 34 needed a coil. It started without much fuss and runs beautifully. The fuel pump leaks but that's because i had it apart to clean the sediment. Couple new gaskets and she's good for another 70 years!

No Model A... yet, but he hasn't brought it back from it's old home. I need another project like a hole in the head so i'm sure if i get it i'll be driving it as is.

mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 01-19-2006 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
God Save that A-Bone! Be a nice piece of North American Auto History. Maybe would be tempted to put 16" wires on it-like the 34, and later Ford juice brakes if you were going to drive it. Does it have a manifold heater? One's in US often had the "Otwell Health Heater". Cook your shoe leather when it got hot! The 34 sounds cool, too. Years ago, those Canadian heads were sought after. Don't know if it's true but 34's were supposed to have a one year cam-they were guick for their time!

mellowyellow
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posted 01-22-2006 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
Got "corrected by an older "gray around the muzzle" Mustang guy who tells me that all 34's had aluminum heads, and that 16" wheels started in 35. 34's had 17.

TomP
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posted 01-31-2006 01:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP        Reply w/Quote
I'll have to look tomorrow, i was pretty sure the 34 has 16's and they are the original tires and rims.

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