Jul 27, 2011 update to the Edsel Villager project car

It’s All About the Edsel

After providing more than half a century of service, our fuel pump deserves a rebuild.
The generic transmission cooler isn't art, but it should help ease the strain on our system.

We took apart the fuel pump and it’s old—really old.

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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