Antique Engines and Old Iron
[Home] - [HELP] - [Forums] - [Library] - [Photo Gallery] - [Groups] - [Classified Ads] - [Subscribe] - [Links] - [Books] - [Sponsors] -

Go Back   SmokStak > SmokStak® Antique Engine Community > Multi-Cylinder Stationary Engines and Power Units
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Notices

Multi-Cylinder Stationary Engines and Power Units Waukesha, Buda, Climax, LeRoi and others.

Multi-Cylinder Stationary Engines and Power Units

continental f124 troubleshooting


this thread has 2 replies and has been viewed 661 times

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-29-2017, 08:24:01 PM
cadreamer cadreamer is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Lucerne, California, USA
Posts: 2
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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?

Thanks!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 03-30-2017, 05:34:05 PM
Dave Myers Dave Myers is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Paw Paw, Michigan, USA
Posts: 116
Thanks: 47
Thanked 100 Times in 44 Posts
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.
David
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Dave Myers For This Post:
  #3  
Old 03-31-2017, 02:16:43 PM
Bud Tierney Bud Tierney is offline
Registered-III
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Portland, Oregon USA
Posts: 2,930
Thanks: 224
Thanked 1,146 Times in 906 Posts
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) Moon---garradmoon@montes@flash.net or
montesequipment.com
P A Ross, Dallas, longtime Cont'l dealer has also been helpful with older models---parossmachinery.com
As stated above, these engines were very widely used, and a surprising number of parts are still available thru local sources...
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

F o r u m Jump

Similar Threads Chosen at Random
Thread Thread Starter F o r u m Replies Last Post
Radiator Troubleshooting sewered Smokstak Forums Meet and Greet 2 07-25-2016 10:10:43 PM
Troubleshooting a 5k and a 3k RJs Vegas Onan Generators 5 08-02-2010 09:21:26 PM
G-193 Continental Troubleshooting gnarles Farm + Industrial Antiques and Collectibles 3 04-29-2009 09:07:08 PM
Troubleshooting 3HP IHC M jmsolomonson Antique Gas Engine Discussion 6 04-23-2008 09:43:39 PM
Troubleshooting DJB gus Onan Generators 10 01-04-2008 09:01:28 PM


Use "Ctrl" mouse wheel to change screen size.
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:22:12 AM.

Smokstak and Enginads site search!


All use is subject to our TERMS OF SERVICE
SMOKSTAK® is a Registered Trade Mark - A Community of Antique Engine Enthusiasts
Copyright © 2000 - 2016 by Harry Matthews P.O. Box 5612 - Sarasota, FL 34277