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continental f124 troubleshooting

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Old 03-29-2017, 08:24:01 PM
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Default continental f124 troubleshooting

I have a 1950's continental engine (I think) with casting mark of F124A4 and 09 punched in after it on the lower front right side of the engine block. It has a delco remy distributor on it but the tag is not legible installed and I am currently soaking it with penetrating oil as the sucker won't budge.

The distributor shaft wobbles about .020 so setting the points is well... pointless. I can get the unit to start if I spin it really fast and bump start it. Seems to run ok under load (driving) but she won't idle. She won't even think about starting with the starter.

Most of that behavior is classic low compression symptoms but I don't want to mothball her yet and I am not knowledgeable of these flatheads. I did a compression check and I did not write them down, but they were all over 100 psi - from the information I can see online these things have nearly 6:1 compression ratio so while not definite, I would think 100 psi would run.

I need to go through the ignition a bit more and check the condenser and such but I figure the loose distributor shaft should be the first order of business... Once I am able to actually remove the dist.

So - does anyone know if there is a bushing in that distributor that I can replace or am I looking at replacing the dist? Also - what is good compression for this engine?

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Old 03-30-2017, 05:34:05 PM
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Default Re: continental f124 troubleshooting

Yes, the distributor is bushed. if you cannot find them from a good rebuilder, check with a lift truck dealer. These engines were used quite extensively in 50's through 70's lift trucks, White, Clark, Yale, etc.
100# compression is alright, max I think was in the 120/125# range. Sounds like you get the dist. problem solved and it should be good for you.
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Default Re: continental f124 troubleshooting

Assuming someoe'd have the precise info, didn't reply immediately...
Montes Eqpmt, NW of Chicago, obsolete Cont'l parts dealer, is the place to start for parts/advice/sympathy...
Garrad (Gerry/Jerry) or
P A Ross, Dallas, longtime Cont'l dealer has also been helpful with older
As stated above, these engines were very widely used, and a surprising number of parts are still available thru local sources...
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