Matthew Lickona 4 p.m., May 26
- Community Blog
- Custom Coupe
A HUGE thank you to my friend Louie and the good folks down at Car Connection in Barrio Logan. I just got my 1950 Ford Custom Coupe back and it's like a totally different car.
Issues: It was drifting all over the road and it was extremely underpowered. The brakes were just ok.
Louie's dad (Louie) dug in and it turned out that I did not need a rebuild on the stock flathead. There was a vacuum leak that was causing 2 of the cylinders to stop firing when there was a load on the motor. Also, the spark plug wires were crossfiring (he found out the hard way - with them in his hand). big Louie is an artist when it comes to old carbs and after a rebuild and all the other work the 239 feels responsive and it gives the proper amount of power (It's still a 239 Flathead, I won't say "fast").
The suspension was in need of serious love. The tires were very cracked, the shocks were shot and the '50 needed kingpins. The brakes were pretty much completely re-done. After sending it out for the alignment, it sails down the road super straight. The new Coker Classic tires do not follow the lines in the freeway and there is no more bouncing into the other lane with the proper length, new lowered shocks.
They even had the car detailed. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photo...
I love this car - and the guys at Car Connection treat it real nice.
Thanks!! - Joe
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