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December 1, 2017 at 8:57 am #13335
My parts book and experience does not substantiate that Jetfire block/engines used different connecting rods or head bolts. One Jetfire head bolt was/is different and has a screw hole on the top to accommodate the bracket to hold the oil dipstick tube to the block. It would be interesting if someone can show data to be otherwise?November 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm #13332
The Jetfire block is different than a 215 used in any other body style. The main bearing cap bolt holes were drilled and threaded 9/32″ deeper. The main bearing cap bolts are 9/32″ longer and have 12 point heads. The pistons used were only used in ’62 & ’63 Jetfire’s and ’63 4bbl carb cars. The main bearings were “Marine-400” bearings and were unique to the Jetfire cars. The heads and valves were different too, but you only asked about the block. You can make a Jetfire block from a non-Jetfire block by drilling the main cap bolt holes deeper and threading them to fit the longer Jetfire bolts. Functionally, it will work, but as Eric states, the block identification will be incorrect. Just depends on what outcome you want?November 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm #13307
I sent you back a email but I see my old article about air cleaners got posted?? If you didn’t get my email regarding rear view mirror glass & parts, send me a new email.
JimNovember 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm #13301
Thanks much for the offer! I did purchase one from Phil some time ago and have just what I need for now. I do have a good mirror glass with a broken frame for a ’62 if someone else is interested in your housing and would want my mirror glass? I also have the spring and mirror keeper ring. They did not use any glue.
Thanks, JimNovember 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm #13290
After you last post on the trouble you had making a usable gasket from RTV, I thought I had better check the outcome of mine. Pulled one lens to check out the gasket that I made and found that it is what I thought it was, light gray RTV silicone molded to fit. What I also learned is that it is stuck quite well to the plastic lens! I can peal it off if I am very careful, only tried a small area though, I do not want to have to make one again! Here are some pics of the lens and gasket. There is no residue in the aluminum frame, clean as a whistle.
You must be logged in to access attached files.November 8, 2017 at 7:40 am #13232
Yes, the ’63 Jetfire does have a “Jetfire” emblem on the hood, just above the left side headlights. The emblem on the rear does say “.F-85”, yours just needs some red and black paint.
You must be logged in to access attached files.October 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm #13213
I honestly do not recall! It was back in 2006 and my memory can’t pull up all the details.If you elect to coat the housing and lens with something to help the release of the new RTV gasket, a light coating of vegetable oil might work best. A silicone oil or grease might just incorporate with the RTV silicone rubber and not give the desired result. Experiment with a small amount of RTV on aluminum housing back side and a dab on the plastic lens on the side first to check it’s ease of removal.October 19, 2017 at 8:54 am #13210
I have made a set of gaskets out of light gray RTV Silicone rubber (elastomer). Both the aluminum housing and the plastic lens need to be very clean. Apply a generous amount of the RTV to the bottom surface of the housing (be sure to apply around the two screw holes too) and place the lens in place. Hold the lens in place with the two screws with only a very small amount of pressure. Let cure for a day or so. When cured, the lens can be pulled out and the newly formed gasket can be gently removed from the aluminum housing. This process took me a couple of attempts to get good sealing gaskets but I worked for me. I used a old lens to make the gasket so I would not harm a good lens in the process.October 17, 2017 at 9:16 am #13203
Ken, good for you and your “new to the road” turborocket! We all appreciate our own work and it is really an added bonus when others do too, especially car show judges! Congratulations, looking good, nice work.September 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm #13178
There have been a number of members who have changed their brake system to disk brakes. Look them up and see if they might have saved their old brake drums. I did search for front and/or rear drums new or used and didn’t find anything two years ago.I decided to have mine turned and now they are at or close to the limit but work just fine.