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07-12-2001 06:29:15

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Hello all
I bought a A today it starts good and runs but..
when it gets warmed up there seems to be a lot of vapor coming out of the oil breather.Should I be concerned ?Also it is a crank start but also has a battery.I though magneto ignition was self energizing?Im going to change the oil and cartrige today ,later 30 non detergent i assume.
One more thing how are the to over haul?Is it a good first time progect if later it needs it? thanks for all the good advice Bill

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07-12-2001 10:00:36

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 Re: New A in reply to Bill, 07-12-2001 06:29:15  
The rings are probably worn and you are getting a little blow by. I've re-ringed and honed the cylinders of an old truck engine I once owned and that fixed it right up. Throw in some new rod bearings and you may be able to postpone a complete overhaul. Worn valve guides would let oil slip into combustion chamber and you would get a some smoke at the exhaust pipe, especially when you first crank up. If you use detergent oil, you engine will stay cleaner. Try 40 weight oil since your engine is so old and loose, the heavier oil may help reduce blow by and will be better considering the increased clearance of worn bearings, etc. caused by age.

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07-12-2001 18:32:53

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 Re: Re: New A in reply to Kendall, 07-12-2001 10:00:36  
I'd drop the pan and clean the muck out before going to the detergent oil. I got about two inches out my my A when I cleaned it out two years ago. The detergent oil will loosen up the sludge and possibly allow it to get sent to the bearings, camshaft, and head, where it could cause a blockage.

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07-12-2001 07:03:17

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 Re: New A in reply to Bill, 07-12-2001 06:29:15  
My A pushes a little vapor out of the breather. I think it is normal; however, if it is smoking out of the breather I would suppect that the valves, valve guides or both are warn.

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