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  1. If your car currently has a tilt column that's just not working, it could be because of broken pieces inside. Mine was stuck in one position when I got it, and when I finally got to taking it out and working on it, the broken pieces just fell out. I found another on ebay, and it worked for about 10-15 tries on the tilt, but it locked into one position as well - it was broken and likely super glued back together for the sale (that's the sucky part about ebay - no test drives). Fortunately, the broken pieces were different between the two columns, and I was able to make a good one out of both broken columns. I'm still not fond of the mechanism (seems like a poor design to me), so I'll be swapping to a Flaming River or Ididit column (with push-button start. maybe) one of these days when I get some of my other projects taken care of. Here's some pics that might be helpful. An exploded view of the tilt column: Lower flanges from both columns - the original (had a broken locking lever) on the bottom, and the 'new' ebay column with the broken piece of the lower flange on top.
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  2. Guys, Here's my Model A coupe with a 351 Cleveland and polished valve covers. These covers are aftermarket Ansen covers with the fins machined off the top, rounded corners and polished. Thanks, Jay
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  3. Those are date codes and useless, other than telling you he most likely has a mismatched set of heads, as one is a 1970 casting, the other a 73. Casting #'s are on top of the runners in the rocker area of the heads. See pic below. Crummy casting # guide below as well. anonymous picture share sites
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  4. Hi, I finaly found a solution for the problem when talking to a friend who is a mechanic dealing mostly with farm equipment (after all, we live in a small village in the worlds largest hop growing area ;-) These machines have a lot of strong springs and he knows how to deal with them. He recommended cutting one coil to beef the spring up a little. Obviously you need to build a new eye on the end that you cut. With the help of an anvil and by using a torch, this was done in a minute. However, you must make sure to heat the spring wire only at one spot and only to a very dark red. Otherwise, the spring might loose its tension. After re-installing the springs the hood now stays open as it should. I have no idea if this will work for another 40 years, but for now, it did the trick. Regards, Manfred
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