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Re: 6 volt generator
oldbluetruck #799879 Tue Nov 22 2011 03:46 AM
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Ah, well, when you take the valve cover off, and the spark plugs off, you can tun the engine over by hand, and watch the valves and rockers move.

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Re: 6 volt generator
oldbluetruck #802588 Thu Dec 01 2011 04:34 PM
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Did you polarize the generator to the regulator...? There is a free information on how to check the regulator and generator on the vehicle as well as how to polarize the generator to the regulator at

Re: 6 volt generator
fifthave #803800 Mon Dec 05 2011 07:05 PM
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Thank you all very much.

Thank the Good Lord for the rain during last weekend

I rebuilt the carburetor but may have missed on one thing so I will open it back up and fix that. There is a ball with a spring and a T shaped metal thing at the top. It pops loose so I held it in place while I put the top on. This may not be good so I will take the top off and push it down at 90 degrees like I noticed on another carburetor I have for a 235.

I took off the top valve cover and turned the engine. I thought with the second valve down that was where the first spark plug wire needed to be. It started raining so I couldn't change the wiring. Thank God for rain. This is when the valve is open not shut. I need to do that again.

I thought I polarized the generator but will go to that site to make sure.

I will get this thing running. I will take some time.

Thanks again for all the help.

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Re: 6 volt generator
oldbluetruck #804019 Tue Dec 06 2011 04:18 AM
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Re: 6 volt generator
oldbluetruck #804154 Tue Dec 06 2011 05:58 PM
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I think you're confused about how to set the firing order. The pistons come to the top of the stroke twice, once at the top of the compression stroke, ready for a spark, and again one turn later, at the top of the exhaust stroke with both valves slightly open. Two cylinders top out at once, #1 and #6. Here's the best way I've found to get it right the first time:

1. Turn the engine, clockwise from the front. Watch the valves on the #6 cylinder.

2. The #6 exhaust valve is the last one in line, right back by the firewall. Turn the engine until it's fully open, with the spring compressed. Keep turning until the exhaust is almost closed and the intake just begins to move. It's the second one in line from the firewall.

3. With the #6 cylinder in this position, called "overlap" or "rocking" THE DISTRIBUTOR ROTOR SHOULD BE POINTED TO THE #1 PLUG WIRE POSITION ON THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP.

4. Start the firing order with the #1 plug wire in the cap position the rotor is pointing toward, and follow with the 5-3-6-2-4 order.

This is the simplest, most foolproof way I've found to make sure the distributor is installed correctly. It's more accurate than trying to stick a thumb over the spark plug hole and look for compression pressure.

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Re: 6 volt generator
Hotrod Lincoln #804163 Tue Dec 06 2011 06:35 PM
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Thank you Jerry. I will check this next weekend. Weekends are the only time I have. And usually it is only for an hour or so.

Thank you very much

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