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Tin work on Super M

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Bill Sires, Jr.

08-29-2001 06:26:08

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I have a few old girls and have always had trouble matching up the tin hood to the grille cover and the fuel tank to avoid that big gap that seems to be so common. Any ideas for adjustment would be appreciated.


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Bob M

08-29-2001 09:09:43

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 Re: Tin work on Super M in reply to Bill Sires, Jr. , 08-29-2001 06:26:08  
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Bill - Check also that the top surfaces of the grille and gas tank are level with each other. Sometimes the padding (soft washers) between the tank mounting brackets and the bottom of the tank are deteriorated, or are missing altogether. The tank then rides low relative to the grille. The hood sloping down to meet the gas tank results in a noticable mismatch and gap where top front edge of the hood meets the grille.

My Super H had this problem - can see it in this photo. Installing new padding and raising the tank about 1/2" cured the problem.

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Denny Frisk

08-29-2001 09:49:25

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 Re: Re: Tin work on Super M in reply to Bob M, 08-29-2001 09:09:43  
BOB - Question about Your Super H; Every one I've ever seen, including Mine, has had a gap between the hood & grill on the left side and the gas tank and the hood on the right side. Did Yours? Finally found someone at RPRU in Sandwich a year ago with a Super H with no gap. I guess some how most of the radiators got set on the frt bolster slightly crooked and caused the problem.

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Bob M

08-29-2001 11:57:57

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 Re: Re: Re: Tin work on Super M in reply to Denny Frisk, 08-29-2001 09:49:25  
Yeah Denny - looks like my SH had it's radiator mounted crooked too! Apparently it was off so much the steering shaft rubbed on the opening in the radiator head tank causing a leak. The PO repaired the leak then put a hardwood shim under the left bottom of the radiator to straighten it somewhat. It's still off a bit, it's not noticable. I had attributed the whole misalignment issue to years of hard use - perhaps that's not the case.

My wife's dad has an unrestored '54 Super H. I'll take a look at the radiator on it next chance I have and see if it's got the same problem. ...Bob M

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Farmer Bob

08-29-2001 08:26:33

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 Re: Tin work on Super M in reply to Bill Sires, Jr. , 08-29-2001 06:26:08  
Bill, Check the adjustment on the radiator support rod that runs above the engine from the back of the upper radiator support bact to the gauge support post. If that rod adjustment is out of whack, you'll experience the wide gap in the hood to grille mesh. You can shorten the rod adjustment to close the gap.//FB

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