53 cavalier just won't fire

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:30 am

where the green manifold pipe attaches to the block. You can see the darker black spots where the leaks are.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Dave Czirr » Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:38 am

I'll send you a PM with my email address. If you can't resize your photo(s) yourself, email them to me and I'll resize and post for you.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:40 am

I believe the picture posted on page 8.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:43 am

Here it is
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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Bluedevil » Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:45 pm

Having the fuel line run across the exhaust manifold is something you may want to rethink. Vapor lock??

The oil at the manifold may be the result of the oil in the cylinders when you were checking compression???

Smoke may be from the same phenomenon.

Probably is a good idea to replace the gasket and check the manifold for flatness.

Good luck, hopefully we will have a short winter and you can get back into it soon.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:15 pm

Thank you. Never thought of the fuel line. That's where it was when I purchased the car. Ill try to find pictures of where it would originally be ran.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Dave Czirr » Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:57 am

That horizontal line going to the base of the carburetor is not a fuel line, it's a vacuum line to the distributor advance unit. If that's the line you guys were referring to, it's in the proper place and not an issue.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Bluedevil » Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:27 am

Thanks Dave, it just made me nervous. Thanks for calming my COVID impacted nerves.

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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Adam » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:44 am

Hi there !

Happy New Year

From the photo, I cannot see anything obviously wrong. Is the exhaust still quiet? If so, I would wait for spring and try running it. The oil might be from where some was spilled when you did the compression test, perhaps?

On the other hand, if the gasket does need replacing, it is imperative to ensure that the faces where the manifold meets the block are flat and that the studs are torqued progressively, and then re-torqued at intervals until they will not go up any more. Otherwise, the new gasket will fail quickly.

Adam..
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Re: 53 cavalier just won't fire

Post by Coach Js » Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:55 pm

Thank you Adam. All good advice to follow.

Where can I purchase a manifold gasket? It looks like Kanter only sells the full engine gasket set for $175. I really only need the manifold gasket. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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