Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
7/27/11 11:19 a.m.

We’re still tinkering with our Edsel project. Our latest issue: We'd been experiencing a slight miss when the engine was warm.

Before we dug into the carburetor, we decided it would be smart to check fuel pressure consistency. Sure enough, after riding around with a fuel pressure gauge taped to the windshield, we noticed the mechanical fuel pump was giving us 4 to 5 pounds on a regular basis and sudden drops to 1 to 3 pounds. We took apart the fuel pump and it's old—really old. We ordered a rebuild kit, as the vacuum wiper pump-type fuel pump is hard to find and rather expensive. We'll see if rebuilding the pump and insulating the fuel lines from heat will make a difference.

Speaking of cooling, since we also plan on using our Edsel for towing, we bought a universal transmission cooler kit at the local parts store. With an a/c condenser and our big Griffin radiator, space is tight, but we found a spot for the transmission cooler on the left side of the grille. The installation is going smoothly so far, and we think this will increase the longevity of the transmission.

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