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8683jb

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #270 on: July 17, 2018, 11:47:00 AM »
Looks great Don! I'm looking forward to doing that with mine.
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spec4don

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #271 on: August 13, 2018, 09:04:59 AM »
Got to do some really cool tows at Warbirds over the west. The week end before last! Had a great time until the Tach drive froze up. Then you hire a DUKW to winch you up on the trailer!So a new distributor, intermediate shaft and replacing the oil pump later Zelda’s back up and running! Glad some friends came down to help! Boy she sure runs good now!





A WW2 Vet, pretty girls, and a halftrack. Doesn’t get any better than that!







Thanks to friends Matt and Levi for coming down to help repair Zelda. Went back to standard ignition and she runs great! Really pleased.

Don G.
1941 M2A1 not restored
1942 M3 Diamond T Mostly restored
1943 M3A1 Under restoration
1967 M51A2 Tractor
1945 WC 63 needs restoration
1967 M36 Long wheel base duece
1951 M135 GMC Fire truck conversion

8683jb

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #272 on: August 13, 2018, 11:23:11 AM »
I'm glad Zelda's tip-top again!
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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #273 on: August 13, 2018, 12:25:30 PM »
She's keeping you on your toes Don!  Great pics...

-Tom
1944 AUTOCAR M15A1 (M16A1) HALF-TRACK:
(Being restored to an M3A1 configuration)
SERIAL NUMBER M-15 A 1, 1356
MODEL M-16 A 1, ORD. SERIAL NUMBER 1106

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beerman

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #274 on: August 13, 2018, 10:32:07 PM »
Sorry to hear about your break down, but glad you up and running again. Do you think you could share with us the root cause of the failure so the rest of us and be on the look out for that type of failure.

Thanks, Jeff

spec4don

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #275 on: August 14, 2018, 09:19:56 AM »
Hi Jeff, the problem was when the engine came back I didn’t check the grease cup on the distributor to make sure it had grease. I assumed! You know about assume! I was turning it in but my bad. I also didn’t realize there is an oil cup on the nose of the starter. You have to pull the starter to service that!

Don G.
1941 M2A1 not restored
1942 M3 Diamond T Mostly restored
1943 M3A1 Under restoration
1967 M51A2 Tractor
1945 WC 63 needs restoration
1967 M36 Long wheel base duece
1951 M135 GMC Fire truck conversion

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #276 on: August 15, 2018, 09:02:50 AM »
Thanks for the information on the failure. I often worry about these type of failures that can happen and try and keep a few extra spare parts around for times like these. Never can have too many spares.

emptyhead

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #277 on: August 19, 2018, 05:31:56 AM »
Didn’t know about the starter cup thanks don. Sucks to break down at an event but always someone in the community to help out.

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #278 on: August 25, 2018, 06:05:10 AM »
Don,

How did that cause the oil pump to go out? Did the distributor mess the gear up? I just want to make sure i don't run into the same problem.

Paul
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spec4don

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #279 on: August 25, 2018, 09:42:42 AM »
So the oil pump didn’t go out but the drive was damaged. On the White engine the oil pump is driven by the cam. The oil drives the distributor. When the Tach drive froze it caused the intermediate shaft tab the shear off in the oil pump drive. The intermediate shaft is between the distributor and the oil pump. The main thing is make sure the distributor is well lubed. And purchase a new intermediate shaft to have on hand.

Don G.
1941 M2A1 not restored
1942 M3 Diamond T Mostly restored
1943 M3A1 Under restoration
1967 M51A2 Tractor
1945 WC 63 needs restoration
1967 M36 Long wheel base duece
1951 M135 GMC Fire truck conversion

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Re: M3 Restoration
« Reply #280 on: August 26, 2018, 06:11:07 AM »
Thanks for the info!
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