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#42082 Mon Aug 18 2003 03:22 AM
Joined: Aug 2003
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I have a question about the compresion in my 1953 216 what should it be ? the compresion in it is 1)100 psi 2)115 psi 3)110 psi 4)100 psi wont hold 5)100 psi wont hold 6)120 psi wont hold . if you could help me out I would hightly appreicate it thanks

#42083 Mon Aug 18 2003 03:58 AM
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sounds like trouble IMO - should be very close to same on all 6 for starters, in which case even 100 would be workable, 110 or 115 prolly better, 120 might be like new - 'not holding' means fail leakdown? sounds like time for the tear down eek


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#42084 Mon Aug 18 2003 04:51 AM
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I dunno why, sounds to me like it could be a pretty good running old engine. It depends on whether it is using any oil and where. Everything over 100 sounds good. It depends on what you are going to do with it I guess.

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#42085 Mon Aug 18 2003 05:07 AM
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#42086 Mon Aug 18 2003 05:10 AM
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Posts: 525
Doesn't sound wonderful but not really bad
Did you do this warm?
Did you open the carb fully?
Did you run the same number of strokes?
Did you adjust the valves first?
If the answer to any of the above is no Please start over....and then report the results

#42087 Mon Aug 18 2003 05:21 AM
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i didnt think about that i just ran it up till it stoped.

#42088 Mon Aug 18 2003 05:37 AM
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OK ,, so why did it stop ?

Run out of fuel ... run out of spark ... broke something ... ??

Or are you still looking .

#42089 Mon Aug 18 2003 05:45 AM
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Posts: 525
Hi Dusty

I think he means til the gauge stopped

Boatright What about the rest of the questions?

#42090 Mon Aug 18 2003 06:13 AM
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Jeremiah, Are you giving it a compression check or a leakdown check? These two are done differently. Do as Profit says and check compression- with a compression guage. Then you can do a leakdown test. If you need help with the proper procedures for either one just ask and these guys will walk you thru both checks.

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#42091 Mon Aug 18 2003 06:25 AM
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If the pressure will not hold on the tester guage, I think you may have something wrong with your tester. Sometimes things can make the needle-valve in the guage or fitting to the guage to stick a little in the open position.
Do the checks and adjustments as needed like Jim Proffit mentioned.

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